Monday, August 26, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
If you’re on the home-buying journey for the first time or the first time in a long time, you may have the image of the “perfect” home in mind — every wall a color you love, the best flooring, and the perfect backyard. While there’s a chance you may find your dream house, it is more likely that you’ll find that house with a few exceptions. So where should you draw the line? Are there things you should ignore if the price and location are right? The answer is yes! There are some things you can ignore while home shopping if, it means checking the rest of your boxes. Here are some of the things you can overlook if you are considering making an offer on a home that has the perfect location or layout.
While it may be tempting to wait for a home with new carpet or freshly painted white walls, overlooking old carpet or vibrant wallpaper can help you get your otherwise dream-home. Replacing the carpet or painting the walls do ...
Friday, July 26, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Perhaps you have expanded beyond your current living space, or you would like to move into a different-better neighborhood. Maybe you want to move closer to your work…whatever the reason, there are a few things to do before the “For Sale” sign goes live:
To begin with, you need to look at the principal balance on your current home. You must also figure in all costs associated with selling your home such as; repairs, your closing costs which can be average 8-10% of the sale price of your home and the expense of the move itself.
Reviewing Market Conditions
Evaluate your local market conditions. You are assessing the market to include the current inventory of homes for sale, the recent successful transactions, and housing prices in general. Are homes moving fast in your area? Are you prepared to move quickly should the opportunity present itself to do so? The most helpful tool in this step is to work with an Expe ...
Monday, July 1, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Regular house-hunting isn't always easy, but adding distance into the mix can present challenges you don't have when looking over a few neighborhoods for a new home. While it may not be a walk in the park to buy a home from far away, it is possible. If you find a great agent and follow these steps, you can take away some of the stress that comes with moving long-distance.
1. Start Your Research
Knowing what is in your neighborhood is something we tend to take for granted. You know where the best sushi place is and exactly what grocery store is closest to your home for those last-minute runs. When moving to a new neighborhood, especially in a new state, it is key to decide what is important to you when it comes to proximity. Does your new house need to be near a park for your kids? Do you need to be 5 minutes from the closest coffee shop? You'll also want to look into crime rates and school ratings if you have children. Researching your potential neighborhoods will help you feel bette ...
Monday, June 17, 2019 / by Jody Lee
You just finished unloading the final box from the moving truck, and now you’re officially moved into your new home! You go to take a shower to wash off the day, only to realize you don’t have a shower curtain. After spending a full day moving into a new home, the last thing you are going to want to do is dig through all of your unopened boxes to find an outfit or a charger (or even a shower curtain). The next time you’re moving, create a ‘first night box’ so that your essentials aren’t hidden at the bottom of another box. Here is a list of what you should pack:
You may have thought about keeping your toothbrush in an easy-to-find place when packing, but you’ll need more toiletry essentials to get through the first night or two. Be sure to pack toilet paper, towels, a shower curtain + rod, shower items, and a first aid kit.
Unless you are an extremely organized packer, finding an outfit for the next few d ...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
You've just finished spring cleaning, and summer is approaching quickly. Summer means longer days and later nights, and usually more traffic in your home. With playdates, game nights, and bonfires, there are likely to be more guests in and out of your home than usual. While fun is the priority, safety should be as well for children and pets especially. To Create a safer haven, follow these steps so you can enjoy a safe summer (as well as all the other seasons):
1. Protect your belongings
If you have items that are important to you and could easily break, it is best to store them away, so they don't get damaged, and no one gets hurt from the broken item in the process.
2. Make off-limit areas
If you want to prevent children and pets from going places you don't want them, consider installing safety gates. Placing gates in front of staircases and rooms with more breakable items can prevent both children and pets from falling or ...