BOB UPTON, Realtor®, CBR's Blog
Every season comes with a different set of challenges.
For summer, the house must be heat resistant, and it must be clean enough to allow the wind to come in or the owner must have the place ready with air conditioning units and fans.
For winter, the house must be ready with some heat and make sure that there us warmth for the people living there.
For spring and autumn, the house must be ready for some spring cleaning and prepare the home for the coming seasons.
Storm season, or the arrival of a hurricane or tornado, is a little different.
The following are some of the best ways to make a house storm-resistant:
The first thing you need to do is to protect your doors and windows at all costs. You need to invest in high quality and impact resistant windows that could withstand the test of strong winds and high impact debris.
It is amazing how this single investment could make any home value skyrocket especially when the property is in a high storm probability area.
Other than installing those high-quality windows, you may also need to install shutters that can easily be lowered from inside in the event of a storm. There are now shutters you can easily install and incorporate into your exterior design, so this one should be reasonably easy to find.
Second, whenever there is an announcement that a storm is coming, remove all patio furniture, trampolines, or anything that can easily get blown away by strong winds. In case you are into landscaping, the best way to protect the plants and landscape is to install a protective roof or a storm-proof greenhouse effect in the backyard. This one is especially good for areas that face hurricanes more than three times a year.
Finally, a small investment to make is the cleaning and maintenance of gutters and downspouts. This step is relatively easy to do, and it protects your protect from being damaged.
Now that you have made your house storm-resistant, you need to put your mind at ease and make sure you are ready for anything. A storm can be unpredictable, but at least you get prepared to protect your property value.
For other ways that you can do to protect your property value, you can always contact a real estate professional.
As you get ready to add your house to the real estate market, you likely will consider high and low initial asking prices. However, it is important to remember that no two residences are exactly alike. And much in the same vein, the initial asking price for your home may vary from that of a similar residence based on your house's condition, age and other factors.
Ultimately, a diligent home seller will allocate the necessary time and resources to determine a competitive initial asking price for his or her residence. This seller will be able to establish an initial home asking price that hits the mark with buyers, and as a result, stir up plenty of interest in his or her house.
Determining the ideal initial home asking price may seem tough at first. Fortunately, we're here to help you set a competitive price for your residence, regardless of the current housing market's conditions.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you establish the ideal initial asking price for your residence.
1. Assess Your Home
The present condition of your house may have a major impact on its value. Thus, you should perform a home inspection before you list your house to identify any underlying problems and address such issues.
A home inspection is generally requested by a buyer after a seller accepts an offer on a residence. Conversely, a seller who wants to go above and beyond the call of duty may perform an inspection to take a proactive approach to home improvement projects. This approach may help a seller mitigate potential home problems before they are discovered later in the home selling process.
Thanks to a home inspection, a seller can establish home improvement priorities. Then, this seller can perform myriad home improvements and move closer to maximizing the value of his or her residence.
2. Evaluate the Housing Market
Operating in a seller's market is far different from selling a house in a buyer's market. If you review the real estate market, you can gain the insights you need to establish a competitive price for your home.
Take a look at the prices of houses in your area that are similar to your own residence. This information will enable you to understand the price range for comparable houses in your city or town.
Also, evaluate the prices of recently sold residences in your area. This housing sector data will allow you to determine whether you are operating in a buyer's or seller's market.
3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent
A real estate agent knows the ins and outs of selling a home in any housing market. He or she can offer a wide assortment of housing market data. Perhaps most important, a real estate agent will make it simple for you to establish a competitive price for your residence and reap the benefits of a fast, profitable home selling experience.
Want to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble setting a competitive initial asking price for your house.
People tend to procrastinate when it comes to cleaning the house. Well, that shouldn't be much of a shocker as cleaning a messy house is never a pleasant job. So, you keep procrastinating until you have some guests coming over or can't deal with the feeling of living in a dirty house anymore. Frustrating, right?
If you are one of the millions out there who fall under these categories, then you are at the right place (or page) as compiled here are a couple of easy tips to back the sparkle in your home in an hour or less. Doubt it? Then, stick around as to discover how the trick works.
Step One: Get the Juice Flowing with High-Tempo Music
Cleaning your house doesn't have to be a tiresome, daunting task that you must check off your to-do list. Make it fun, easy, and fast with tempo music. Background music aims to keep you active and happy through the task. So, you can choose any music mix you love and get the volume up.
Step Two: Draft a Plan and Stick with it
Have you ever wondered why it is easier to clean someone else's house than your own? It is because you have no attachment or distraction in the house. No photo albums or old magazines are screaming for attention. Try employing the same level of focus while cleaning your home. Ditch the photo albums or magazines or quickly tuck them away first. Draft an hour plan and stick with it. No breaks or timeouts or cellphone checks. Put in all your focus, and you will finish in an hour or less.
Step 3: Always Start at the top
Our first big tip is to start from the top, irrespective of the room or activity with which you begin. Cleaning from the top ensures that dirt and dust from higher surfaces fall on ‘uncleaned' lower surfaces. This order helps eliminate the time you would spend re-cleaning lower surfaces.
Step 4: Learn to De-clutter
Whether it is the living room, kitchen, or any other part of the house, always learn to organize the area before cleaning. This way you will have things off the floor and where they are supposed to be.
Step 5: Spray and Allow to Sit
An easy way to get the dirt off your tub or counters or wall is to sprinkle cleansers on them and allow it to sit for some minutes before scrubbing. The trick is that the cleansers, like detergents, help break the bonds (especially in greasy stains), making it easy to wash off. You could use the time between spraying and scrubbing to clean other areas of the house.
Step 6: Save the Floors for the Last
This point helps emphasize the importance of Step 1. Endeavor to start all cleaning activities from the top and save the floors for the last cleaning step. Organizing helps prevent spending extra time re-cleaning the floors.
Cleaning the house does not have to be a tedious and daunting exercise to check off your to-do list. Follow the steps mentioned above religiously, and you will find cleaning to be a fast and easy exercise that isn't worth procrastinating. Get your home sparkling in an hour or less!
Keep these tips in mind when your real estate agent calls for that last minute showing.
It has been written; the kitchen is the heart of the home. So, when walking through a model or open house, the kitchen is a significant appeal or detractor. Where the kitchen is relative to the rest of the living space is essential. The layout of the workflow can make or break the impression of the house as a whole. Any upgrades and extra convenience features can turn an ordinary kitchen into your culinary dream area. Other architectural choices can affect the ascetics of the property.
Layout and Function
When looking at kitchen layouts, the choices are almost endless. How you use the kitchen will give you direction on what will work for you and your family. The number of people that will use the space at any one time can determine how much floor space in the kitchen you need. If you entertain often or tend to gather in the kitchen, an open concept may be up your alley. An island kitchen is another great idea for people who like to congregate and spend time in and around their kitchen. A raised bar on the island can help hide any messes while still enjoying the open island kitchen concept when entertaining.
Placement of what chefs call the work triangle is an essential element in any kitchen layout. The triangle is made up of the placement of the refrigerator, sink, and oven/stove. In other words, gathering ingredients, prepping, and cooking. Having an optimize work triangle can increase your enjoyment in the kitchen. When touring open or model homes, walk the space as you would use it at home. You could visualize the steps you would take in that space to get your morning cup of coffee. Does the layout make sense concerning how you work in the kitchen?
Upgrades and Add-ons
Many remodeled and new construction homes boast kitchen upgrades that look impressive. A hot water dispenser alongside the sink is convenient, as is an ice cube and water dispenser built into the fridge. Look for those upgrades that lend themselves to helping you make better use of your time. Remember, the more gadgets there are, the more items to maintain. Go ahead and enjoy the undercabinet lighting, so you don’t stub your toes when grabbing that midnight snack. In addition to functional upgrades, some are just there for the overall esthetics; such as crown molding, Italian tile work, or pendant lighting over an island bar. Those can give an otherwise ordinary kitchen a “wow” factor that makes a real impression.
Contact your realtor for more information on locating your dream kitchen.
As a first-time homebuyer, it is easy to feel plenty of optimism as you search for your dream residence. And if you find your ideal house, it may seem likely that a home seller will accept your offer on the residence right away.
However, it is important to remember that a home seller might reject a first-time homebuyer's proposal, regardless of whether this homebuyer submits a competitive offer. In this scenario, a homebuyer needs to know how to move forward and continue to pursue his or her perfect residence.
What should a first-time homebuyer do if a home seller rejects an offer on a home? Here are three tips that every first-time homebuyer needs to know.
1. Learn from the Experience
If a home seller rejects an offer on a house, there is no need to worry. In fact, a first-time homebuyer may be able to resubmit an offer and find out why a home seller rejected his or her initial offer.
For example, a first-time homebuyer may lack financing at the time that he or she submits an offer on a house. But if a homebuyer gets approved for a mortgage and returns with a new offer, he or she may be more likely than before to gain a home seller's approval.
On the other hand, a homebuyer should be ready to move forward with a home search if necessary. Thus, if a home offer is rejected, try not to get too emotional. Instead, a homebuyer should be prepared to reenter the housing market and start his or her search for the perfect home from stage one.
2. Don't Dwell on the Past
For a first-time homebuyer, it can be frustrating and annoying to conduct a home search, find the ideal home and receive a rejection after a proposal to buy the house is submitted. But there is no reason to dwell on the past for too long, as doing so may force a homebuyer to miss out on opportunities to pursue other residences.
Remember, the housing market often features dozens of outstanding houses to match all homebuyers' price ranges. This means if you receive a rejection on one home proposal, you can always restart a home search. And ultimately, a diligent homebuyer should have no trouble discovering a terrific residence, even if his or her initial offer on a residence is rejected.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
A real estate agent is a housing market expert who understands what it takes to submit a competitive offer on a house. Therefore, he or she will help you prepare a fair offer on a home before you submit it.
If a home offer is rejected, a real estate agent can help you alleviate stress. This housing market professional may be able to explain why the offer was rejected and help you plan your next steps in the homebuying journey.
Don't worry if your first offer on a house is rejected – conversely, use these tips, and you can move one step closer to acquiring a stellar residence that matches or exceeds your expectations.