Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
As you prepare your home for sale, PLEASE don't forget the lawn and that VERY FIRST impression that it makes on a potential buyer! It make a big impact!
While the winter is now just a memory, the damage done to your lawn over those winter months may not be. If you’re in an area where temperatures drop severely and winter storms are constant, your lawn has probably suffered.
Now that spring is in full swing and summer will be here before we know it, it is time to give your lawn a little TLC. Here are the steps to turn your lawn from an eyesore into a sight to see!
1. RAKE IT OUT!
This is an important first step to take following the winter months! This will work to remove any dead grass or other winter debris. Make sure you invest in a durable rake to easily remove larger pieces like sticks and matted leaves. Raking will expose any patches that need attention and helps to begin preparing the soil for any reseeding that may need done.
Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Winter is now just a memory and your yard is now turning green. We live in an area with 4 seasons and that can take its toll on your yard, especially if you’re not taking care of it. Spring is in full swing and summer will be here soon. Now is the time to give your lawn a little TLC and your grass will be green before you know it, and the envy of the neighborhood and wow your future buyers.
Here are a few tips on what to do now to have an easy to care for lawn all summer long.
Rake to remove any dead grass leaves, pine needles, or other winter debris. Pick up and remove larger debris like sticks and piles of leaves. Raking will expose any bare patches that need attention and you can repair those spots.
Aerator your lawn which promotes soil drainage. This helps to increase the movement of water and allow for oxygen and nutrients to enter the ground easier. If your lawn sees a great deal of traffic or it spent the winter packed with snow, this is especially i ...
Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Even though you may not have the large backyard, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy entertaining outdoors. Make the most of your patio and turn it into a paradise. Here are some tips for how to decorate small spaces for outdoor entertaining.
* Arrange the furniture the right way:
The best way to maximize space is to arrange your furniture around the perimeter of deck or patio. Think twice before placing a table in the center, and instead give your guests plenty of room to stand or move around.
* Add extra seating with large pillows:
Get a few extra spots for guests to sit without taking up too much space by throwing in some large floor pillows. They add an extra element of coziness. Plus they're easy to add or subtract.
* Use color wisely:
Color can make all the difference when decorating, especially in such a small space. Keep things fresh and airy by sticking to a neutral palette in whites or grays. You can even add a bit of pop with some eye-catching patterns a ...
Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Spring is in the air, the weather is warming, the flowers are blooming, and home shoppers are out looking with great anticipation on finding a home.
If you are considering selling your home, Spring is the perfect time to list. As the weather warms home shoppers have come out of hibernation.
The market is a hot seller’s market with just over a month’s worth of inventory. A balanced market has 5.5 months of inventory. This is a great position to be in as a seller, but not so much as a home buyer because the competition to get their offers accepted is tough. With so little inventory and so many buyers there are plenty of bidding wars going on to get into contract on a home purchase.
My advice to sellers would be to get your home on the market as quickly as possible. The longer you wait the more competition you will have as a seller. The further we get into Spring the more listings we have. Beat the competition by getting your home on the market first. Chances are if ...
Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
So, you’ve gone through the process of selling your home. All contingencies have been satisfied and the appraisal has been completed and your listing agent let’s you know that “we are clear to close”. Relief is what you are feeling, then your agent tells you the buyer needs to do their final walk through before signing for the home. The stress returns. It really doesn’t need to be stressful.
Here are some tips that will help you to be prepared:
1. Make sure that you have completed all agreed upon repairs. Supply any receipts for work completed to your agent so she can get them to the buyer’s agent. During the final walk through the buyer will be checking that all agreed upon repairs have been completed. You have until 3 days before closing to complete these repairs. Make sure that if a licensed contractor was supposed to do the work, that you did indeed use a licensed contractor. Other repairs that didn’t s ...