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Maintain your Home’s Value

Purchasing a home is a serious investment, so homeowners should be sure to do as much as possible to maintain or even increase the value of their home. It is all about making sensible improvements and getting into the habit of smart maintenance. Over time many events can detract from the value of the structure. Home improvements generally fall into two categories: maintenance (repairs) or upgrades.

 

Here are 4 simple tips and points to consider in making sure you don’t overlook the key areas of your new home that may have a serious implication on its overall value.

 

Regular Maintenance

home-maintanenceThis is essential if you want to maintain your home’s value. Two important points of maintenance are your air-conditioning system and your furnace (heating) system.

Your furnace is sometimes connected to your HVAC unit, but most of us rarely inspect or maintain that part of the home. As much as possible, you should be swapping out air filters at least twice per year, and probably more like four times per year in order to improve your energy efficiency. Warning: not doing so will lead to energy inefficiency and other problems. Oiling the motor on older units is also a must-do. Never store hazardous chemicals near the furnace. Old units with five plus years are strongly recommended to have a professional come over to inspect it.

 

Fix Heat Leakers

heat-lossSmall cracks in doorways and windows are the #1 culprit, and they’ll slowly but surely sap your energy bills. They also have a knock-on effect that could sap your furnace and AC systems too which forces them to work harder. Reducing the amount of air leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. Caulking and weather stripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less.

Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. It is unwise to rely on air leakage for ventilation. This can also contribute to moisture problems that can affect the occupants’ health and the structure’s durability. An added benefit is that sealing cracks and openings reduce drafts and cold spots, improving comfort.

This won’t directly raise your property value, but it will maintain and extend the value, avoiding any unpleasant surprises down the line.

 

Landscaping and Gardening

gardeningClassically known as ‘curb appeal.’ It is generally the first thing buyers notice as they approach your home so it’s extremely important to ensure your garden is in good condition. Tidying the yard may have a substantial impact on the view from the street. Having your grass mowed, shrubs trimmed, flower beds neat and orderly, fence repair, and shutters painted are the most common things people see. Looking at the driveway, shutters and yard as a whole. Simple projects make everything look fresh and new. You can do a power washing to make your home’s exterior look clean and maintained.

 

Do major repairs the right way

home-repaisNever sacrifice on the quality – when you to take care of major high ticket repairs or improvements. A new furnace, windows, insulation, solar energy or even a home extension are all major selling factors when you come to sell your home, and they will be significantly noted and appreciated by your estate agent.

Start slowly, It’s not a marathon, not a sprint. If your home is new, get to know it. If you have already been there a while, get started. List the things you want to change and the updates you would like to make. Don’t worry about organization, just write it down. Take a guess on how long you may want to live in the house. Once you have made a plan, do research or talk to a realtor to see what sort of return those improvements may bring. Some improvements will add considerable more value to your home than others.

So if you’re making major repairs or improvements, do it the right way!

 

Source: RealtyTimes.com, HGTV.com, pestworld.org, discover.com, energy.gov

 

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Your Dream Home

Every decision, small to large, is important when deciding to buy your dream home. Here are the common issues that buyers think about:

 

Neighborhoodneighborhood

This one is very tricky. Considering once wants and needs vary by person. Most common factors are children = school district, short commute = work, neighborhood with historic homes, or homes that are near night life and restaurants.

 

Square footagesquare-footage

Will the size of the home fit your needs? The average home in the United States is 2,195 square feet; but 30 years ago, the average size was just 1,645. People wants larger and larger homes, with special purpose spaces such as exercise rooms, offices, studies, and media rooms.

 

Floor Planopen-floorplan

Think about how you live your life and what style best fits your needs. Some wants a house with open floor plan for a great flow for entertaining, and others may have a more traditional aesthetic for more cozy rooms.

 

Finishesfinishes

Think carefully about what you want in your dream home. These choices dramatically affect price. For example: Do you want stone floors or will ceramic suffice? Are you looking for green building materials, such as zero-voc paint, bamboo floors, and recycled counters? Do you want your kitchen to have laminate counters or the granite ones?

 

Amenitiespark

Be sure to think outside the “box” of your house when you buy. Our homes extend past the borders of our property. We live in the parks, shopping, and restaurants that surround us.

 

Landscapinglandscaping

Be sure to consider your needs now and down the road when it comes to yard maintenance. A large yard can mean lots of entertaining potential, but it can also mean a lot of work. One option with much less responsibility when it comes to maintenance is buying a townhouse or condo. Some prefer this option as their “dream home.”

 

Have these topics discussed with your real estate agent so they can help you decide on a happy compromise among the long list of choices. Realtors® also can help you know what items on your wish list you can get in your price range.

 

Source: RealtyTimes.com

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No Mistake

Selling your house for the first time? Don’t just let your Realtor do all the work. There are some responsibilities for you to do even though you’re not present for the open house. According to the experts, you could end the chances of having a successful deal in an open house with these mistakes.

 

pet-at-homeLeaving a Pet Behind

Some potential buyers might not like pets at all so letting your pets run free may annoy them, most especially those who really don’t picture themselves having one at all. You might also want to consider the safety of the animals.

 

dirty-dishes-in-the-sinkTurning a Blind Eye to the Kitchen

Many homeowners ignore this entire room when selling. A disgusting kitchen may leave your home unsalable. This is a great turn off for potential buyers. Check if there are any unwashed dishes or is there anything inside the dishwasher. Expect the nosy buyers to open the dishwasher and investigate the fridge. Clean up and store your dishes, and smelly food in the fridge must go out.

Other rooms you think buyers won’t check out are the garage, laundry room, or closets, so better clean up and organize.

 

clean-bathroomNot Hiding Your Dirty Bath Towels

Bath towels you’ve used and still wants to be used again must be tucked away properly in a closet. This will not only make it look well-staged, but it will also keep it away from the germs and dirt throughout the day’s procession of guests. Just maybe leave a clean set of decorative bath and hand towels for your guests to use during the open house.

 

prof-cleanersCleaning Solo

Not a fan of cleaning by yourself, you might want to consider hiring a professional. Cleaners will scrub all the out-of-the-way spots you might miss and eliminate any bad odors and messes that go back years.

 

check-out-homeNot Getting a Second Opinion

Having a blunt-tongued neighbor or friend is very useful during this time. After the cleaning and staging your home for the open house, you need a neutral party to tell you like it is. You should not be offended if they tell you that your place stinks, either figuratively or literally. This can get you focused on the cleaning details before the open house.

 

yard-maintenanceNot Maintaining the Yard

Don’t neglect your side yard. Not only that a messy yard is not pleasing to the eyes, scattered objects can also be dangerous. Get that garden hose coiled up and trash bins out of sight.

 

bathroom-medicine-cabinetForgetting to Stash Your Drugs

This is the most important one of them all. Stagers need to hide your private details as much as they can to remove all the ammunition against you during the negotiating process. That is why it’s really important to empty your medicine cabinet during an open house. They might steal meds and think that you’re selling the house because of some illness that they can use as leverage during the offer process. Same goes for the family photos and things such as walkers and canes because they might think that you can no longer take care of your home and wants an undercutting of the home’s price. This is not just for good staging but it’s a good business sense, too.

 

Source: realtor.com, dogvacay.com, gettingorganizedmagazine.com, goingcrazywannago.com, styleathome.com, homenclean.com, businessinsider.com, tg3k.com, dotcomwomen.com

 

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