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What’s a deal breaker for you when it comes to buying a new house?
Most home sellers dream of a stress-free sale in which they simply list their house, quickly find a qualified buyer, collect the cash and hand over the keys. If only it were that simple! In reality, selling a home involves many moving parts.
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How to make your home more sustainable:
Install high-performance windows
High-performance windows can cut energy usage, as windows account for 50% or more of lost energy. New technologies include double glazing, special coatings, nonconductive framing materials and higher-quality, air-tight construction.
Invest in energy-efficient appliances for your home
After your HVAC systems, appliances are the next biggest energy consumers in your home. Think of them as having two prices: the cost of buying and the cost of operating. When you buy the most energy-efficient options, you dramatically cut the cost of using them, which can easily exceed the cost of buying them.
Final walkthroughs aren’t home inspections. They’re not a time to begin negotiations with the seller to do repairs or add a contingency to the sale. The primary purpose of a final walkthrough is to make certain that the property is in the condition in which you agreed to buy it, including whether agreed-on repairs, if any, were made, and that nothing has gone wrong with the home since you last looked at it.
A final walkthrough is performed before the settlement of the homebuying transaction. Buyers are often pressed for time as the transaction closing date draws near, so they might be tempted to pass on this opportunity. But many issues can come up, and it’s never a good idea to skip the final walkthrough.
Term of the day: Seller Disclosures
A Seller’s Disclosure is a legal document that requires sellers to provide previously undisclosed details about the property’s condition that prospective buyers may find unfavorable. This document is also known as a property disclosure, and it’s important for both those buying a house and for those selling a house.
We recently kicked off fall, which represents a stellar time to check in on and evaluate your personal finances and overall financial plan. There are a number of financial moves you can make in the final months of the year to ensure you are set up for success come January and throughout the new year. Here are 3 pieces of advice to help you with your fall financial check-up.
1. Reduce financial clutter
2. Check your credit records
3. Take an inventory of belongings
Curb appeal refers to the exterior design and features of your home. Think of it like your home’s first impression, with the exterior giving potential buyers (or even just people who are walking through your neighborhood) a sneak peek at the quality of home that they might be able to find inside.
The more attractive the exterior of your home, the more curb appeal it has. This goes beyond the architectural style of your house and encompasses various capital improvements that you might have made while living there, including things such as:
– Landscaping, including the appearance of your lawn, trees, and plants
– Lighting design
– The color and quality of your exterior paint and/or siding
– The quality of your roof
The style of your front door
– Additional exterior features like a front or rear porch, water feature or pool, or fire pit
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Questions to ask when buying a new home:
1. Are The Major Appliances In Good Condition?
2. What Is The Cost Of Utilities?
3. Have There Been Any Additions
4. How Old Is The Roof?
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Everything is bigger when you buy a bigger house, including not just the size of the rooms but the costs that go into maintaining them. While you would already expect that your mortgage would be larger since larger homes come with higher price tags, it’s not just your monthly premium that’s going to rise. Buying a bigger house means:
Higher closing costs
Higher furnishing costs
Higher property taxes
Higher homeowners insurance costs
Higher utility costs
Higher repair and maintenance costs
Higher energy costs
Higher renovation costs
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Kitchens are one of the most expensive areas of the home to remodel due to the material and labor costs. But the good news is a budget kitchen remodel is possible, as long as you maximize your renovation efforts.
Fall scents envelop us and our families in the spirit of the season and many would argue it’s the best-smelling season. With that in mind, here are some easy ways to make your home smell like fall.
1. Make a simmer pot
2. Diffuse some fall-friendly essential oils
3. Use fall-scented cleaning products
4. Hang a cinnamon broom or cinnamon pinecones
How to easily freshen up your space:
1. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Paint is the simplest and easiest way to boost the mood of your space and create an environment that totally reflects who you are and what you want your home to be.
2. Swap out Light Fixtures
Overhead lighting is one of those sneaky swaps that can make all the difference in your home and mood.
3. Update Window Treatments
If your room is a photo, your window treatments are the frame, so switching these up is a super simple move that can completely transform the look of your space.
4. Add a Rug
Rugs have a special ability to add warmth and definition to the spaces they’re in. So, if you’re looking to redefine your space, there’s no better way to do it than with a new area rug.
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4 easy ways to declutter your home:
1. Get rid of duplicate items
2. Create a designated spot for items you want to keep
3. Utilize your furniture storage
4. Label every item
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If you’re thinking of selling your home, it’s smart to prepare a home selling plan before you start making repairs or marking a date on your calendar for an open house.
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Do’s and Don’ts when buying a home.
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4 items that should be on your home seller to-do list:
1. Get professional photos. Work with your real estate agent to schedule a photographer to capture marketing photos of your home. High-quality photos are critical, since maximizing your home’s online appeal can make all the difference between a quick sale or a listing that languishes.
2. Set a realistic price.
Even in competitive markets, buyers don’t want to pay more than what the comparables, or “comps” show, so it’s crucial to get the pricing right. Going too high can backfire, while underestimating a home’s value might cause you to leave money on the table.
3. Focus on your home’s online appeal. You’ve probably heard of curb appeal, but online appeal is just as important these days.
4. Stage your home. This simply means removing excess furniture, personal belongings and unsightly items from the home while it’s on the market, and arranging rooms for optimal flow and purpose.
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