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Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

Interior Maintenance

1. Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.

2. Have your furnace inspected. Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.

3. Winterize air conditioning. If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks.

4. Programmable thermostat. Buy a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one. If you already have one, check the temperature settings. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings.

5. Test home safety devices. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.

6. Clean humidifiers. Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.

Exterior Maintenance

1. Do a roof check. You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.

2. Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.

3. Stock up on firewood. Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it’s dry and ready. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons.

4. Inspect siding. Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional.

5. Clean the gutters. Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.

6. Check water drainage. Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.

7. Reinforce windows and doors. Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.

8. Turn off faucets and store hoses. Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.

9. Service sprinklers and irrigation system. Depending on your climate, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Have a professional perform any necessary repairs and mark sprinkler heads near snow removal areas.

10. Inspect trees. Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.

11. Trim landscaping. Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone.

12. Bring in flowerpots. If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside. If you replace plants every year, empty, clean, dry pots and put away for next spring.

13. Plant bulbs. If you plant bulbs for spring, now’s the time to get them in the ground.

14. Leaf removal. Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Put into a compost pile if you have one. Alternatively, put into yard garbage bags and leave at the curb for community pick up. Check with your local city or town for requirements and pick up schedules.

15. Fertilize lawn. Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it. If you have a lawn service, they should do this for you.

16. Put away seasonal furniture. Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.

17. Close the pool. If you have a pool and live in an area where temperatures dip, schedule a service to come and close it for the season or if you know how, buy the supplies and do it yourself.

18. Organize the shed. As your shed is filling up with summer items in storage it’s a good time to organize and clean out the shed. Move summer items to the back and winter stuff up front for better access. Also, remove any liquids that will freeze.

1. Service summer power equipment. Empty fuel and clean lawnmower and trimmer. Have lawnmower blades sharpened and oil changed. Have any necessary repairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring.

2. Store summer vehicles. If you have a motorcycle, summer car, ATV or other type seasonal vehicle, now’s a good time to have that serviced as well.

3. Get winter equipment ready. Service snow blower and make sure it is ready to go, especially if you live in an unpredictable climate.

4. Test the generator. If you have an emergency generator for power outages, give it a test, and make sure it’s in good working order.

5. Buy extra gasoline. Purchase extra gas to have on hand for use in your snow blower or generator, so you’re prepared for emergencies. Make sure you store gasoline in tanks away from fire sources and out of children’s reaches.

6. Clean the garage. Since you’re in the garage prepping for fall, you might as well purge, organize and clean it while you’re there!.

As you’re enjoying the last bits of summer, make sure that your home is prepared for the coming fall season. Preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs. Properly maintaining your home also enhances its value and appeal and is less effort than managing a crisis later. When the chilly weather approaches you and your home will be ready.

see the full story at https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/30-smart-tips-to-get-your-home-ready-for-fall.html

 

30 Ways it Pays to Work with a Realtor

 

  1.  They can check your credit report for you.
  2. You'll have a market expert price your existing home without having to do the research and guesswork yourself.
  3. Determine how much you can afford. Realtors can see the big picture and help you find something within your budget.
  4. They have access to the full market potential and will be able to show your home across many platforms.
  5. They will be able to market and advertise for you. Saving you tons of time AND money.
  6. Host open houses.
  7. Schedule appointments to show the current home and show you your next one.
  8. Find the perfect home with everything you heart desires.
  9. Research the school district. They'll know everything there is to know to put your mind at ease.
  10. Research the neighborhoods. You'll know exactly what you have access to without pending hours finding the information yourself.
  11. Analyze the neighborhood's home sales to price your home properly.
  12. They can make offers on your behalf and are skilled in negotiating with other realtors.
  13. They'll be able to weed through the offers on your current home and present you with the best options.
  14. Review home owners' association documents. Who wants to read through all of that themselves?
  15. Coordinate with the closing lenders, buyers, sellers, and the title company.
  16. Find you the best pest and home inspectors for your home.
  17. Schedule and meet with home and pest inspectors.
  18. Negotiate terms of sale or purchase including repairs or concessions.
  19. If you want, they can even find an attorney to draft the contracts.
  20. Review and approve contracts.
  21. Get signed contract to seller.
  22. Choose your mortgage lender.
  23. Hire attorney or title company to complete closing research.
  24. Hire surveyor to survey property.
  25. Review and approving closing costs.
  26. Obtain homeowners' insurance.
  27. Conduct a final walk through of the home.
  28. Review and sign closing documents.
  29. Get signed contract to seller.
  30. Order title search.

Negotiation - Good vs. Bad

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:

  1. Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer.
     
  2. Incremental negotiations: Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities.
     
  3. “Take it or leave it”: Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it.
     
  4. Nitpicking after inspection: Obviously if inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate.
     
  5. Asking for more, more, more: Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to build up resentment and think that you’re being greedy.

5 HARMFUL HOMEOWNER HABITS TO BREAK

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:

  1. Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer.
     
  2. Incremental negotiations: Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities.
     
  3. “Take it or leave it”: Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it.
     
  4. Nitpicking after inspection: Obviously if inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate.
     
  5. Asking for more, more, more: Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to build up resentment and think that you’re being greedy.

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Selling Your Home? Leave It As Is!

Well, sort of. We are by no means saying, do nothing but it's easy to get caught up in the idea of all the things wrong with your home when you're about to list. However, not everything needs to redone. Avoid the "while we're at it" attitude. It will cost you not only time but more importantly, money, that you could be spending on renovating YOUR new home.

Your goal is to find a happy medium between spending the least and netting the most from any potential buyers. The home should read as nice, new(er), neutral, and filled with necessity. If you're unsure what's included in those four qualifiers? We've compiled a list of things you don't have to waste your energy on below:

  1. Don't Compete
    The old saying, "the grass is always greener on the other side", seems to effect us all from time to time. For example, if everyone in your neighborhood has a fitted kitchen and a master bath, you may need to make improvements but if most of them don't, then you don't need to worry about them. Realtors will always check comps in the area for you but if those homes aren't even for sale and it's only 1 or 2, you have nothing to worry about. The most important thing is to be practical in your renovation.
     
  2. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
    What's the first thing people see when they enter your home? The entry and main living areas are what buyers pay the most attention to. Don't worry about things like the laundry room. For these "bonus" rooms, a good cleaning is usually enough. Buyers will customize these as they see fit.
     
  3. Is It Irreparable or Just Dirty?
    Could your shower really just use a deep clean and re-caulking? A power clean can bring life back to old tiles, appliances, etc. Hire a professional cleaning crew first before you decide to go ahead with expensive tile replacements or even bigger projects.
     
  4. Revive Not Replace.
    Rather than replacing baseboards, trim, tiles, an old fireplace, etc simply revive them by adding embellishments or a new coat of paint. You would be amazed by the results a new coat of paint can get you!
     
  5. Stage
    If you feel your home is too simple, just add coffee table books or raised displays to play up the minimal appearance of the home.
     
  6. Don't Overanalyze
    A lot of times sellers can get overzealous about what potential buyers want. If the improvement is as subtle as simply putting in solid wood doors opposed to hollow doors, don't waste your time. Most buyers won't even notice the change.
     
  7. No Fancy Drapes
    Buyers will not be impressed because you purchased a lavish new drape. To envision themselves in the home, you should keep things simple with plain, some shade of white blinds. If it's too much of you all over the home, it will be hard for them to envision themselves in the space.
     
  8. Don't Replace Appliances
    This will vary by market but overall, it will not add to your gain if you buy the new appliances for them. If they have the option of replacing them with what they want, they will be happier in the long run.

For more tips and tricks, call one of our experienced agents today!

 

Increase Property Value by Avoiding These Landscape Blunders

Everyone knows the importance of making a good first impression. It’s no different when it comes to your home’s curb appeal, which refers to your property’s overall appearance from the street.

To make your home’s “frosting” as appealing as possible, you’ll definitely want to think about planting stunning blooms and making sure your landscaping is well manicured and maintained. Implementing a long-term landscaping plan can help increase your property value when it comes time to sell.

When you go to plant, make sure to avoid the below common landscaping mistakes that homeowners make when planting trees and shrubs.

First, avoid planting invasive tree species. Some such species, like bamboo, grow quickly and actually push out native plants, which does tremendous damage to an area’s biodiversity.

Another no-no is planting too much and too close together. When too many trees and plants are crammed together, the greenery doesn’t have enough space to grow bigger, stronger, or healthier. While aesthetically this could look good for the first few years, the plants will eventually mature and fight each other for light and nutrients. So, unless you want a property covered in dead leaves and branches, it’s best to save your coins and plant less.

When planting anything, you’ll want to make sure you’re not too close to home. This, professionals warn, is a nightmare in the making. Trees planted too close to the home will, over time, get woody and grow too close, which will bring bugs and moisture inside. The resulting dampness could actually lead to rot inside your house, and the tree’s big roots could damage your property’s foundation or basement.

When it comes to planting and maintaining your home’s green exterior, do your research and exercise restraint. While trees and shrubs certainly boost your home’s value and curb appeal, some green mistakes could cost you.

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