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 ...
Sunday, May 26, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Now that you have completed your TO-DO list to get your home ready for the market, you are probably ready to relax and wait for the offers to roll in. While most of the hard work is done, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process.
Here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!
1. You might feel like you live in a museum.
Great job decluttering and cleaning before you listed. NOW, you need to keep it that way. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw while searching online, so it is important to meet their expectations. Now that you have 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 "ready to show" will help reduce any stress or anxiety about the appearance of your home for a showing.
2. There will be some inconveniences.
Now that you've realized you ...
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
So you have decided to put your home on the market and to you it looks great! Unfortunately, much of the wear and tear on your home becomes unnoticeable when you see it everyday. While you may not think about the one light switch that doesn't work or the chipping paint in the guest room, now is the time to take a step back and look at your home with fresh eyes. HINT: Ask a friend to come in and be the fresh eyes for you.
When you decide to sell your home, the first thing you should do is make any repairs you can to save yourself money in the long run. Here are a few repairs to cross off your TO-Do list so you can get the best deal for your home!
1. Paint Your Walls
Painting the rooms that need a fresh face lift is the cheapest way to update the appearance of your home. Consider using light, neutral colors to appeal to more buyers. If the room is too dark or has chipped dirty paint, make it look brand new with a coat of paint. This is a quick and inexpensive way to u ...
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
You have decided to sell your home but aren't sure what you should do first... Here is a home-selling timeline to help you along the way and keep stress at bay.
While you are making the most of your weekends by getting ready to sell, don't get overwhelmed and break your to-do list into manageable chunks... even better idea... break it into bite-size-pieces.. so much easier to swallow.
As soon as possible...
* Interview a real estate agent(s):
Take time to find an expert who has a great track record, good communication skills, and confidence!
* Make a plan:
Work with your agent to prioritize tasks. Focus on one at a time.
What can you live without until you move? Pack it up and move it out!
* Hire a home inspector:
Get a pre-inspection so you can identify issues or items that need repair. Work these into your budget in the beginning so it doesn't blow a deal later.
* Make the repairs:
Get some a ...
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.