October 1, 2014

How to Prepare for Relocation

Are you relocating? Perhaps you are looking for a change of scenery or are taking on a new job. Either way, you want to be prepared when you make the big move. Here are a few tips to consider, and don’t forget your Homesale real estate professional will also be well equipped with knowledge if you have questions or concerns.

 

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September 29, 2014

Cleaning Projects

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September 25, 2014

Neighborhood Spotlight- Annapolis, MD

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Thinking about moving to Maryland? Anne Arundel County is known as “the land of pleasant living”, and has a diverse selection of neighborhoods and locations to choose from. The Chesapeake Bay area’s quality of life and rich history, makes Anne Arundel County a great place to live and work.

Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, only a few miles away from Baltimore and Washington D.C., is Annapolis. There are three distinct regions of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis City, the State Capital of Maryland, is world-renowned as America’s Sailing Capital. The Annapolis Countryside, offers hundreds of miles of Chesapeake Bay Shoreline and a wide array of American history. Annapolis-Baltimore is home to Arundel Mills Mall, Maryland Casino and BWI Thurgood Marshall.

If you are considering moving, you should take a few days to explore your potential new town. Whether you are solo, moving with friends, a significant other or your family, here are a few ideas to get you acquainted with the new area.

 

 

Take a Day to Relax

Are you in the mood for little R&R? Have a spa day and get away from it all at the highly rated Robert Andrew The Salon and Spa. Take advantage of all their exclusive offerings and be sure to check out their “Zents-ability” services, which will leave you feeling calm and at peace.

 

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Have Fun with the Children

When it comes to family-friendly activities, there are a handful to choose from. A great idea is to check out the action with the various sports Annapolis has to offer. Get ready to start cheering on the Chesapeake Bayhawks Major League Lacrosse, Baltimore Ravens and U.S. Navy sports teams. Since it is football season, plan a trip to watch a U.S. Navy game, while also exploring what else Annapolis has to offer.

 

 

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Go for a Walk 

If you thought Annapolis was all inner harbors and boats, you are dearly mistaken. The Annapolis Countryside region will open your eyes to numerous acres of historical land. Experience history, archaeology and horticulture on the Historic London Town & Gardens. The 23 acre park features reconstruction of colonial buildings, tours of national landmarks, an 8-acre woodland garden and 2 historic gardens.

 

Shop until you Drop

Even if you come to Annapolis to enjoy the water, take in the history or simply appreciate the surrounding beauty, is it easy to make shopping part of the experience…..or the entire experience. Annapolis is filled with boutique shopping, convenient malls and town centers, and the largest outlet mall in Maryland, Arundel Mills Mall.

 

 

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Wine & Dine

Stop by one of the town’s newest restaurants in Eastport, called Blackwall Hitch. It gives off an “urban chic” ambiance. Inside includes an oyster bar, two large dining areas, several private dining rooms, rooftop dining space, and a private VIP room, called “The Living Room”. The restaurant serves modernized American cuisine, while accommodating plates for seafood lovers as well.

 

 

 

Real Estate Overview

With a desirable combination of highly rated school, low crime, and historic locations, Annapolis fits the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. If you’re interested in buying a home in Annapolis, please contact one of our local real estate professionals.

 

 

September 22, 2014

Short Sale: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

 

A short sale occurs when a property is sold at a price less than the amount the homeowner owes on the mortgage, and the homeowner’s mortgage lender(s) agrees to the “short” payoff. A lender may accept a short sale with the property worth less than the balance of the mortgage if: the borrower is no longer financially capable to make the monthly loan payment, does not have enough money to pay back the full balance of loan and needs to move out of the property.

Purchasing a home on a short sale can be beneficial to the buyer and seller. A home seller avoids foreclosure and the consequences that go along with a foreclosure, which will allow for an easier transition into more affordable housing. A buyer avoids the risk of buying a foreclosed property and receives a fair market value on the home.

 

If you are considering purchasing a short sale home, take precaution and make sure you avoid these 5 common mistakes:

 

1.) Ignoring property problems

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Short sellers are motivated to sell and repair their credit, so they will most likely fill out a property condition disclosure form. However, there is the possibility that the seller may not have thoroughly followed through on essential maintenance to the roof, furnace, air conditioner, hot water heater, etc. Also, since the seller is in a bit of a financial bind, it is most likely the home has not seen a cosmetic face lift for a number of  years.

 

 

 

2.) Skipping the home inspection

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As the potential buyer, you should make time to tag along on the home inspection of the short sale home. This is the time where the house is open for all criticism and questions. By drawing attention to questionable items/problems within the house, you may be able drop the price of thehome due to renovations. Also do not forget to ask about repair estimates when an inspector records a problem because homeowners typically underestimate the true cost of renovations.

If you are interested in purchasing a short sale home, you may want to consider doing an inspection on the property before you make an offer. A preoffer inspection allows potential buyers to walk away and find a better investment.

 

3.) Ignoring legal and insurance information

A typical disclosure statement would specify if a house was in a flood plain or had an unpermitted renovations. Bank-owned properties often sell “as is” without disclosure, buyers need to do extra research on the home’s status. Make sure that all renovations have been permitted and approved.

 

4.) Leaving too little time for closing

Short sale homebuyers need to be aware that the sale won’t necessarily close as quickly as it would for a traditional home. The seller’s lender must grant approval of the short sale price. Sometimes legal troubles can influence closing. For example, a buyer could wait months on a bank-owned property while the bank continually pushes back the close date due to unresolved liens.

 

5.) Having your mind set on a bad home

Consider the house’s condition, inspection, price and value dispassionately. Now ask yourself these three common sense questions.thinking-man

 

  • If you were to buy this property, could you afford to rent it out for as much as, or less than, your mortgage payment?
  • What if the home’s value drops another 20% percent, will you still feel confident in your purchase?
  • How much money are you willing to invest into the property (if necessary)?

Some homebuyers do not want to listen to inspectors because they believe it is their house already and they love it, even if there is a slope in the floor or cracks on the basement walls.

 

In the end, if you are in the market for a new home and are considering a short sale home, avoid the five mistakes above. Remember your Homesale Agent is here to guide you through the process by providing you with thorough information and keeping your best interest at the top of their priorities.

 

September 18, 2014

Freshening Up for Fall

With the season beginning to change, you may want to refresh the interior of your house. Refreshing may mean some light cleaning, a fresh coat of paint, new air fresheners, etc. However, you may want to consider some places within your house that you probablly have been neglecting to clean.

 

5 Places You May Be Forgetting to Clean

 

1.) Air conditioner/heating intake vents

Out of sight, out of mind is how many people treat their vents. Your intake vents may not be visible or are purposely hidden, which allows you to “unknowingly” forget to clean them. It is important to keep your vents clean in order to reduce potential damage inside your heater/air conditioner system. Cleaning off the vents will allow for better air flow and reduce the amount of dust/dust bunnies floating around your home. To clean the vents, you can simply wipe them down, thoroughly clean them by unscrewing the vents or you can have a professional come in and clean them (if necessary).

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2.) Curtains

Your curtains are another place that hair and dust are able to easily accumulate. If you have medium to heavy weight curtains, you can use the upholstery brush on your vacuum to give them a quick once over.
 
 
3.) Under Your Area Rugs

Dirt, dust, allergens and pet hair all seem to gravitate underneath the rugs. You don’t want this grit and grime rubbing into your nice hardwood floors with all the foot traffic; therefore you will want to vacuum or sweep when needed.
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4.) Upholstered Furniture

Eating snacks and other foods that easily fall in between cushions can cause quite an accumulation of crumbs overtime. Be mindful to vacuum underneath your furniture’s cushions, and you may even find some loose change…….don’t spend it all in place.

 

 

5.) Above your cabinets

The tops of your cabinets have most likely not been cleaned for a long time. Dust and cobwebs accumulate quickly up there, so every now and again you should dust and vacuum along that top area.

 

 


 

Now that your home is looking great, your hope is to have it smell great as well. Whether you want to add an extra touch to your home because your house is on the market or you are feeling adventurous, here are a few ideas on DIY Fall Air Fresheners. These DIY recipes will put your kitchen scraps to good use while creating a really wonderful welcoming atmosphere.

 

The Scent of Fall

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What You’ll Need:

  • Apple peels and cores
  • Peel of one orange or one lemon (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon dried cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried allspice
  • Small saucepan
  • 4 cups water

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to the small saucepan, fill with water, and simmer over low heat. You can keep adding water as needed, which makes this pot-o-happiness smell wonderful all day.

At the end of the day, toss what’s left in the pot in your compost, or store in a zip-top baggie overnight and then boil again the next day for scenting your space, adding water as needed. After three days, the mixture should be dumped and made fresh.


Fresh and Clean (Crockpot)

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What You’ll Need:

  • A few drops pf lavender essential oil
  • 2 lemons (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Water

 

 

 

That’s just “Pine” (Crockpot)

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What You’ll Need: 

  • A few sprigs of fresh pine
  • A couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Water

 

 

 

Apple Cider” (Crockpot)

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What You’ll Need:

  • Peels of 2 apples
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • Water

 

 

Directions for All Crockpot Recipes:

Add all the ingredients into a crock pot, fill with water, and turn on. As the water cooks away, you can keep adding more.

 

 

September 15, 2014

Preparing Your Home for Fall

The days are becoming shorter and the weather is becoming cooler; fall is right around the corner.  Now is the perfect time to get a jump start on accomplishing a few house chores before the cold weather strikes and it is too late. A lot of things are overlooked by homeowners when making the change from summer to winter. So, here is a guide on Preparing Your Home for Fall to help you remember all of the important tasks to get done to guarantee a safe and warm home for the upcoming cold weather.

 

 

Clean Out Your Gutters

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It is best to put this first on your list of things to accomplish. You will want to clean out your gutters during the last few days of summer or the first few days of fall. However the most ideal time for gutter cleaning is after the last heavy rain or thunderstorm. The rain will have washed away any debris that accumulated on your roof down into the gutters. You will want to start at the opposite end of the downspout and then work your way down the gutter. Once you reach the downspout, take a hose or a bucket of water to flush out the spout. If your downspout appears to be clogged, you will want to eliminate it with a plumber’s snake. Clogged gutters are prone to rust and corrosion, can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in the basement.  Stay ahead of the weather, have your gutters cleaned then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.

 

 

Put Away Your Gardening Tools

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Once you are finished with your gardening projects, you should properly clean your tools and store them away for winter. Thoroughly clean off all your spades, clippers, shovels, etc. and consider coating them with a thin layer of mineral oil to prevent having to replace them due to rusting over the winter months. After cleaning and coating your tools, make sure you put them in a safe spot like a garage or shed so they won’t be affected by the cold weather.

 


Check the Weather Stripping

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Gaps around door frames and windows can account for roughly 10% of your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Don’t lose money by not checking for air leaks in your home. Weather-stripping is a cost-effective way to take control of your home’s heating and cooling costs. It is important to check this material periodically because it can deteriorate over time. If the weather stripping in your home appears to be questionable in certain areas, there are a few options for checking.
– Close the door or window on a piece of paper. If the paper slides easily or automatically falls, your weather stripping needs to be replaced.
– Or light a candle and trace the frame of the door or window. If the flame flickers at any spot along the frame, then there is an air leak.
You should also check for missing or damaged caulk areas around windows, door frames, and any other entry points (pipelines, electrical wiring). If there are any areas where air is leaking seal the gaps with caulk.

 

 

Driveways, Walkways and Steps

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When any of these concrete areas are damaged it becomes a hazard year round, but the real danger arises when the weather turns icy. Fixing this type of problem in the fall is important in preventing a minor problem now from becoming an expensive headache down the road. Look for cracks, uneven sections, loose railings, crumbling of asphalt and loose-filled pathways. The majority of the cracks you will encounter will be within the ability to do-it-yourself.


 

Inspect your Fireplace

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No matter how often you use your fireplace, it is important to check it annually for damages and hazards.

- Flue: Check your flue (chimney) for creosote. Creosote is a flammable by-product of burning wood. If accumulation occurs, the result poses great danger to your home.

Therefore you should consider having your chimney inspected annually. For most people, the best option is to have the entire chimney system inspected by a chimney sweep. Once you know what to look for, you can perform an inspection yourself by shining a flashlight up the flue. Look for deposits approaching 1/8inch in thickness. If you suspect any deposits, then it is highly advised to have the deposits cleaned by an experienced chimney sweep.

- Look for flue blockages: Birds love to nest at the top of an unprotected flue. A chimney cap can prevent this from happening. If you don’t have a cap, look up the flu to ensure that there are no obstructions.

- Exercise the damper: The damper is the metal plate that opens and closes the flu just above the firebox. Move it to the open and closed positions to ensure that it is working properly.

 


Check Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

A lot of local fire departments will run campaigns urging you to change your fire alarm batteries during Daylight Savings time changes. Take this into account. Always be sure to check that any alarms you have that run on batteries, or ones that are connected to your home’s electrical system to ensure that they’re working.

 

 

Change Your Heat Filters

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If your home has a forced air centralized heating system, you need to replace your air filters. Whether they have been running continuously all year, or if your heater has been turned off all summer, you need to change them regardless. They will either be dirty from running all year, or they will be stale and possibly growing mold or mildew due to inactivity. Luckily, filters are cheap and easy to replace. When you’ve decided on a time to replace your filters, set aside a day to turn on your heating system for a few hours so it can blow out all the dust that built up over the summer months. A good time to do this would be when you’re going to be away from the home for awhile so you don’t have to endure a heated house, and the smell of burnt dust, when it’s still warm outside. Once you’ve had the heating system on for a few hours or more, turn it off and let your home air out.

 

 

Preparing your home for the fall can sometimes be a tedious job, but you’ll be thankful once the winter weather arrives. Whether you just moved into your new home or are planning on selling in the near future, stay one step ahead by preventing minor problems from escalating, while also saving money.

 

 

 

September 11, 2014

Open Houses: Are you asking the right questions?

 

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Are you in the Market for a New Home?

If so, then it’s a good idea to find yourself a buyer’s agent.  A buyer’s agent will always look out for your best interests and will provide you with the most up-to-date information about homes that fit your criteria.  However, you’ll still want to be sure to ask the right questions and take the right precautions while attending an open house, let alone making an offer to purchase.  If you play your cards rights, an open house can tell you a lot more about a property than its floor plan or what the current residents consider to be “clean”. The key is asking the right questions, or making sure your agent is asking them for you.

To help you determine if the house you are viewing has the potential to become your home; here are some items (exterior and interior) you should be asking questions about….

 

Roof:  A leaky chimney can cause all types of problems, which can be costly to repair. Leaks around the chimney are not always evident right away, but they can cause serious structural damage if ignored. When moisture enters the roofing, attic, and possibly the ceiling areas, it causes wood rot, roof damage and dry wall damage.  Therefore you’ll want to ask; if/ when the roof was replaced, what kind of shingles are on the roof and how many layers of shingles. You’ll also want to look for flashing around the chimney if there is one.

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Gutters: Where the downpipes are located, where they drain to, and how far away they drain from the home (should be about 4-5 feet depending on drainage and terrain).

 

 

Foundation: What kind of material is used (stone, block, poured concrete)? Look for wetness, discoloration on the foundation walls, as well as any support beams that might indicate previous standing water.  Also look to see how straight the walls are; there should not be any bowing or movement.

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Plumbing:  (in basement, under sinks in kitchen and bathroom) check the water pressure; look for discoloration from minerals in the water (“hard” water), look for wetness or dampness, leaks.

 

 

Heating:  You’ll want to know the energy source for the heating system and how long ago it was installed. You might even be able to find out the sellers’ average monthly heating cost.  During the home inspection they should test the heat output to make sure the entire house is getting heat and there are no blockages.  Check for multiple thermostats and whether the home is split into zones for individual temperature control.

 

 

Electrical: Make sure you know where the circuit breakers are located; you’ll want at least 150 to 200 amps.  The electrical box should be neat and the wires should be in good condition (no fraying, striped wires, etc.).  Also, there should be electrical collars (little fittings that keep the wire from shifting) at the entrance of each and every wire to the box (not necessarily a big deal, but it indicates poor work and potential electrical problems)

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Floors and Ceilings: Check ceilings for water marks or discoloration.  Check floors for bowing or movement as you walk (indicates poor support from the floor below).  Ask if/when the floors were replaced?

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Doors and Windows: Check windows and doors, specifically how well they seal to the outside. Even though a door may close, it may not seal tight enough to keep your heat inside and the cold air out.

 

 

***Other things to consider are gas/oil leases for the property, and any right-of-ways on the property or to get to the property.  You’ll also want to check ceiling heights on each level and in the basement, as well as door heights and widths.

September 8, 2014

Lancaster City : A month packed of events

Although summer is coming to an end, there is still plenty of fun to be had and memories to be made with the numerous events scheduled throughout September in Lancaster, PA. Whether you are looking for things to do in your hometown or considering moving to Lancaster (or a nearby town), make sure you check out some of these events!

 

September 12th-26th : Wine on the Vine – ON DECK

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Location: The Vineyard at Grandview (Mount Joy, PA)

Details: Come enjoy live music every Friday night from 6-8:30pm on the beautiful deck.

 

September 12th: Astronomy

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Location: Lancaster County Parks Environmental Center

Details: A nighttime star watch conducted by Astronomy enthusiasts.

 

September 12th: Taste the World Walking and Sampling Tour

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Location: Downtown Lancaster (24 E King Street)

Details: Theme – Seafood. Join a fun filled evening of walking and sampling delicious dishes in downtown Lancaster. Where else can you try Haitian stewed conch, Cajun seafood bread, Italian tuna pasta salad, Asian crab Rangoon, Greek calamari lemonato, Southern pan-fried swai, plus a French dessert, all in one meal?

 

September 13th: Wool Frolic at Landis Valley

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Location: Landis Valley Village & Farm

Details: A celebration of fiber arts, demonstrations on yard dying, knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving and bobbin lace making, hands-on kids’ activities and much more.

 

September 18th: Velocity – Celebrating a city moving forward

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Location: Tellus360 6-10pm

Details: Celebrate the City of Lancaster with local food tastings, live performances, galley exhibitions, a fashion show, VIP rooftop party with open bar. It is going to be quite a party – a chance to grab your friends for an evening of mingling, eating, drinking, shopping, dancing and entertainment.

 

September 19th: Music Friday

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Location: Binns Park

Details: Every third Friday of every month, live music abounds throughout City shops, restaurants and City parks. Plus the concerts are all FREE.

 

September 20th: Market Lights Up The Night (125 years in the making)

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Location: Lancaster Central Market 6:30-11pm

Details: A fundraising gala like none other you have experienced. The night will be filled with live music, an open bar and live/silent auctions.

 

September 27th: Annie Bailey’s 7th Annual Guinness Oyster Fest

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Location: Annie Bailey’s Traditional Irish Pub & Restaurant

Details: This is an all-day event and the biggest oyster fest in Lancaster City. There will be 1,500 east and west coast oysters, music and festivities throughout the day.

 

September 4, 2014

10 Secrets for Selling Your Home

When it comes to selling your home, you want the process to move quickly and smoothly. However, that it typically not the case. Selling your home can be time-consuming and stressful, so here are a few selling secrets to make your home selling process simple and fast.

 

Selling Secret #10: Price 

Find out what your home is worth, and then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. Buyers will be rushing to place multiple bids on your house. Even in low markets, with multiple buyers interested, they will bid over what the price of your home is worth. Choosing to price below the true value of your home takes real courage. Most sellers are apprehensive to take on the risk, however it is the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

 

 

Selling Secret #9: De-clutter your storage space

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Buyers are constantly on the lookout for storage space. A great way to emphasis your storage areas/closets is to remove half of the items and then neatly organize what is left. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your storage, closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

 

 

Selling Secret #8: Light it up

Increase the lighting in your home. After location, amount of natural light and interior lighting is the next thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. To brighten up your home and draw in buyers, take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what is necessary to make your house bright and cheery to make it more sellable.

 

Selling Secret #7: Scope out the agent field

A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong agent. Make sure you have an agent who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the competition in your neighborhood. Find a real estate agent who embraces technology; a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.

 

Selling Secret #6: Conceal the pets

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You may think your friendly and charming dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and smell kitty litter, see a bowl full of dog food, or have pet hair stuck to their clothes. Even though your house may be clean, it can give buyers the impression that your house is not. If you’re planning an open house, you may want to consider sending the animals to a pet hotel for the day.

 

Selling Secret #5: Don’t go crazy with improvements

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Quick fixes before selling always pay off, but large makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, consider updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Simple improvements can make a significant difference such as; giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, cleaning the curtains or buying some inexpensive new ones, replacing door handles, updating cabinet hardware, making sure closet doors are on track, fixing leaky faucets, etc.

 

Selling Secret #4: De-personalize your home

One of the most important things to do when selling your home is to de-personalize it into a house. The more personal  stuff you leave out, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. This does not mean you have to get rid of all your personal items. Get rid of a third of your stuff and put it in storage. This includes: family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. You may want to consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home’s floor plan. The stager will arrange your furniture to maximize the use of space.

 

Selling Secret #3: The importance of your Kitchen 

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You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops, while on the other hand, a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-palette so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance, because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

 

Selling Secret #2: Always be ready to show

Make sure your house is “show-ready” at all times (or at least the majority of the time) because you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You should be available as frequently as possible. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

 

Selling Secret #1: First Impression

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No matter how beautiful the interior, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they enter your home. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entry-ways are a great way to welcome potential buyers by putting in a small seating area, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some homemade cookies.

September 3, 2014

National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety Month, here are a few tips on how to baby-proof each room in your home.

 

 

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