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 ...
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 ...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
After all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers to roll in. While most of the heavy lifting is completed, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process. As you begin to allow and welcome potential buyers into your home, here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!
1. You might feel like you live in a museum.
You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is crucial to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home 'show-ready' will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a showing.
2. There will be so ...
Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
I don’t know about you but I think house hunting is so much fun! Everyone has a list of needs and wants when it comes to their dream home. But what happens when you walk into a home and it isn’t really speaking to you? Maybe the walls are covered in wallpaper and the clutter never ends. It can be SO hard to look past the visual noise that but it is so important to try when you are house hunting because, at the end of the day, the clutter isn’t what you are buying. The walls and permanent features of the home are what you are spending your money on. You just need to learn how to picture yourself in that space and determine what you would be able to do with it.
Size, shape, and functionality are all so important when looking at a home. When you walk in, look around to see what other rooms you can see. Are they on the first floor? Second floor? Try to get a feel for the walls that are up and how you would place your furniture in the space. How big are the rooms ...