Before you begin pick your paint colors carefully. You may love one color, but will it go well with your furnishings, carpeting, and adjoining wall areas? Choosing with care can save you a frustrating and costly re-do. Use water-based latex paint for ease in application and cleanup. Buy the correct paint for the surface you are painting. Wood floors, concrete, masonry or metal require specific products. Before you dip your brush in that paint, assemble every item you will need: Enough paint for the entire job (you don’t want to take your paint-smeared self back to the store in the middle of the job) Brushes, rollers (if you settle for the cheapest quality you’ll get brush hairs and roller fuzzies all over your walls!) Plastic dropcloths or old sheets (yes, you will make a mess) A large damp cloth for wiping up small drips and mistakes while they are still wet Stepladder Screwdriver and claw hammer to remove wall hooks, switchplates, nails, etc. Plastic automotive tape to edge windows, trim and carpet Hand cream—you will be so glad you used this on your hands and arms when it comes time to clean up Prepare the surface. Cracks and holes should […]
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I want to share some simple ways that you can improve the curb appeal of your home. Whether you have just moved in or are getting ready to sell, curb appeal is something every homeowner needs! I hope you are finding my Homeowner’s Tips useful as you get settled into your new home. Walk across the street and look at your overall landscape. Are shrubs trimmed neatly? Windows and doors shouldn’t be overshadowed by overgrown bushes. Clear your entry, sidewalk, and plant beds of leaves and debris. Add a new layer of attractive mulch to all planting areas. Are there bare spots or weeds in the lawn? Your local garden supplier can tell you the best way to remedy this problem. Hardscape (bird feeders or houses, simple water features, statuary) can add warmth and character to an otherwise drab terrain. Make your front door more appealing with a fresh coat of paint or stain and new hardware. Speaking of hardware, install new light fixtures on both sides of your door and change your old, scratched house number plates with shiny new ones. Consider shutters or awnings to dress up your windows. Well placed, low voltage landscape lighting is fairly inexpensive […]
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When you are ready to sell your home, there are a number of steps to getting everything taken care of. One of the last steps in the process should be the cancellation of your homeowner’s insurance. Even if you have already moved out of the home, you need that insurance in place for a variety of reasons. Liability Risks While Selling When you are selling your home, you have a number of people entering the home and walking around the property. If one of them is injured, you remain responsible for that injury even if you no longer live there. As long as you are the homeowner of the property, you remain the person who is liable for anything that happens there. Having a lot of people coming and going can increase the odds of something going wrong, and you could find yourself facing a lawsuit or claim against you. Keep that homeowner’s policy in force throughout the selling process to ensure you are protected. Keep Contents Protection With strangers coming and going from your home, your valuables are at risk. Although you hope that everyone who enters your home will respect your property, it might not always be the […]
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If you are selling your home and are motivated to get the deal done quickly, you may be tempted to accept a low bid. Whether you need to sell because you are being relocated or need to downsize to save your financial investment, there are several things you should consider before accepting a bid that is below your asking price. Here are a few tips on making that decision a bit easier. How Motivated Are You? The decision to accept a low bid should always be influenced by your actual financial position rather than simply wanting a quick sale. If you are in a situation in which you may lose your home due to foreclosure, accepting a low bid may be your only option. If, on the other hand, you are simply tempted to take a low bid because it is more than you originally paid for the home, you may want to reconsider. For most people, the motivation will lie somewhere in the middle, and balancing your motivation to sell and the potential financial loss of accepting a low bid should be carefully evaluated. Avoid Becoming A Motivated Seller The best way to sidestep having to take a low […]
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Every homeowner must set an asking price when listing their home on the market, but what happens when you don’t receive any offers? Just as it’s important to know when it’s time to sell, it’s important to recognize the right time to reduce the price. Supply & Demand If a lot of homes are currently listed on the market or your home is overpriced, it may be time to consider a price reduction if you hope to stay competitive. If five different stores sold your favorite soda, what would motivate you to buy from one over the others? If you are like most, the cost would be a leading factor. The same is true with home buyers, who are looking to get the best value for their dollar. Hurry Up & Wait If your home has been listed on the market for what is considered to be a lengthy time for your area, it may be time to consider a price reduction. This is especially true if you are in a hurry to sell, which may be the case if you are planning to purchase another house upon selling yours. In some cases, a homeowner will make an offer on […]
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When a homeowner lists their house with a REALTOR®, they may choose to store their house keys in the lockbox for easy access for the REALTOR® showing the home. In fact, these handy accessories have all but replaced the need to keep a key under the mat. And not to mention, they are a lot more effective and secure. Why REALTORS® Use A Lockbox It’s no surprise that REALTORS® like to sell houses, but they wouldn’t be in business for long if the homes they show were to be vandalized or illegally accessed by an unlawful individual. A lockbox works to prevent anyone, other than approved REALTORS®, from being granted access into the home. Not only does it allow the REALTOR® to be more effective in showing homes, but it also gives the owner some added peace of mind in knowing that their home is being protected. The Cost Lockboxes vary in price according to the unit itself. For instance, some lockboxes use a standard key to open while the more modern approach is a combination lock. In some cases, the seller may be required to purchase a unit if they prefer a REALTOR® use it when showing their home […]
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