Home Improvement Projects to Do Before Selling Your Home

Anyone trying to sell their home right now understands that the economy is not going to help move their home on the market. Motivated to do virtually anything to sell, some people might even do home-improvement projects. This is often the case, but you have to carefully analyze each possible project to make sure it’s really a good investment. This article will present some home improvement projects and repairs that can definitely help you sell your house much more quickly.

It is really important to ensure that when a potential buyer is looking at your home that their first impression of the place is a great one. This has quite a lot to do with the curb appeal of your house, and even little things are a part of this. The condition of your front door, for example, can play a big part in how people feel about your home. So you may want to give your door a cleaning or even a fresh coat of paint.

You also need to make sure that your front lawn, if you’ve got one, is kept up nicely. If you have fencing or gates around your home, keep them well maintained and make sure they don’t need new paint. Make sure that your windows are clean. All of these factors will add up and ensure that potential buyers have the impression you want them to have. Clutter is one of your worst enemies when you want to sell your home. This may not be logical, as clutter doesn’t really cause any damage and the prospective buyer knows that it will all be gone if and when they move in. However, it makes the space look smaller, and it creates the impression of chaos, or at least disorganization. This makes it very unattractive to potential buyers stopping by. Excess clutter should be removed, preferably placed in a storage facility not located on the property. You need to add value to your home; to do this, it needs to look neat and large enough to move in.

Spending money toward making your home more energy efficient is one option for raising the value of your home. This is something that might be worth the extra money, since people of today are becoming more and more environmentally friendly and also very aware of their energy costs. So putting in energy efficient windows, solar panels or having your home insulated is often a good investment. Usually the warranty for things like new windows can be handed over to the new buyer therefore this can be an appealing feature. Look at all the ways you could make your home more energy efficient, as it is likely you can recoup any money you spend in this area.

It just makes sense to make sure that the condition of your house is as good as possible when you show it to a potential buyer. You don’t want them to have to imagine how it will look when it’s been cleaned up, painted or had essential repairs done. Most buyers want the house to be as close to perfect as possible. The truth is, however, that you need to take all of these ideas under advisement before you can take on any real home improvement projects.


How to Make Your Home Buying Experience Easier

Buying a new home or other type of real estate for the first time can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Pour over this information, including the many tips, to help you understand the process and what to watch out for when making your real estate purchase, and you’ll be a pro in no time.

To make sure you buy a safe house, pay close attention to the walls on the inside and the outside. Look for any cracks or signs of dampness. This could indicate that the house is built on foundations that cannot support it or on a wet ground. If this is the case, you will need to pay for major repairs.

As a prospective home buyer, you should consider the location of the kitchen in the house. It is desirable for the kitchen to have direct access to the backyard, so you can easily prepare for garden functions or barbecues. It is also reasonable to demand a location adjacent to the garage, since most of the groceries are carried from the family vehicle to the kitchen.

When trying to buy a house remember that the color of a roof can mean just as much as the sturdiness of it. If the house you want to buy is in a cold climate, then a darker roof will hold in heat better. A lighter roof reflects heat and is ideal in warmer climates.

The best way to find a real estate agent to help you buy a house is to ask your friends or colleagues for recommendations. You want an agent who has happy clients. If your friends are pleased with the services of an agent, it is a good indication that he will provide good services to you as well.

When you place an offer on a house you are proposing to buy, you need to include a date when the closing will take place on the offer. This is important so both you and the seller can plan for moving, and the seller can assure he has somewhere to move when the house is put into your possession.

As a new investor, your goal should be to minimize risk. This is much more important than generating cash. One way to minimize risk is to work with someone who is familiar with the real estate market in your area. This will help you determine whether or not the property that you are considering purchasing would make a good investment, or whether or not the time is right to buy.

When looking at homes to buy, you should always set your basic needs down. Only look for homes that meet your needs. If you know that you need three bedrooms, you should avoid looking at homes that have less rooms, or homes that have too many rooms. You may see the many rooms in a home and have big plans for them, but realistically, they are unnecessary or better ask for contractors like http://coyotesidingandwindows.com/ for a better decision making regarding your home improvement plans.

If you use your resources and get yourself a good property, you can definitely profit from it. Whether it’s a new house for you or something you’re going to sell after fixing it up for profit, knowing when and where to buy property is a very beneficial thing to know. Lastly, you should also avail the services of a financial adviser to ease the spending flow of your money and you can find one from our trusted business partner in www.tucsontaxlaw.com.


Owning a home in Clayton

So are you ready for home ownership?  Are you ready to NOT own your own home – and keep paying someone else’s mortgage?  There’s pluses and minuses both ways and we’ll hit them here.  It helps when you have first hand experience – and we have just purchased a home in Clayton NC. Actually to be specific, we purchased a home just OUTSIDE of the town. We are just coming up on the end of our first year and have a LOT of insights for anyone looking to buy a home – or on the fence about it.

Paying someone else’s mortgage?

When one is renting a house – or apartment, they write out a monthly rent check usually as much or maybe more from the amount they might be paying for their own mortgage. Paying for someone ELSE to own a property month after month, year after year can feel very defeating. We know from experience.  In a LOT of cases, though, owning your own home is possible for a lot of people. Aside from all the hoopla that is being read and heard in the news about how hard it is to get a home loan, money IS being lent, houses ARE being bought and new homeowners are popping up daily! It is happening.

Making the decision to buy

We just recently bought our own home. After years of renting at 1000/mo – 5 years of renting, I decided that we needed to start looking at buying a house. Just the girlfriend and I and a few animals. We had been living in Raleigh NC – in name only as the little spit of land is dead square between Clayton NC and Knightdale.  She had a lot of thoughts about moving to the Raleigh proper area. Since I work out of the house, it really was immaterial to me. The house DID need to have an area that could be used for an office – or could be turned INTO an office. For HER though, she owns a hair salon in downtown Clayton and being able to get back and forth to work was a big consideration for her. We all hope gas prices will stay down but we can’t count on it forever. So the closer to town, the better.

Since it is just the two of us, and a few animals, we didn’t have huge needs – though we did end up with about a 2400 sf house in the end LOL. We were looking for something safe for the animals – no major road where cars would be whizzing by at 55 mph – or faster. Enough land where we could actually have a little room to do something. Our rental property in the Raleigh area had only a small backyard – and it was usually about a swamp – pretty much unusable. The front yard, while it DID have a cute little stream, was nothing but leaves and bare dirt. It’s not as bad as it may sound. It was cute and rustic looking, but it wasn’t someplace where you could invite the family for a big cookout.  My girlfriend, Kristty, HAS a large family – and she likes cookouts.

So, with those few things in mind, we went looking for a home that would fit the bill. It likely would not be in town per se. We both know from experience that the local electrical cooperative in Clayton can be considerably more expensive than the local Progress Duke electrical service. Additionally, outside of town, there will be no ongoing water/sewer costs. However, when there is no water/sewer, then you have well/septic tank. We’ll hit that shortly – or maybe in a second post.

Do you want an agent?

An agent who IS familiar with the town/areas that you are interested in can be a huge time saver – and make the value of the home that much better. Trying to find properties that are perhaps undervalued or have additional benefits that just don’t show up on a standard MLS sheet are why your agent will be so handy. Knowing that a particular area is going to be a good fit for your needs/personality – big boon.  For example, a young family moving into the middle of a neighborhood full of retired people may NOT be the best thing. Or an older established quiet couple looking at homes – next to local fraternity houses.  Realtors can help you knock the chaff off the wheat and get to the good stuff more quickly.

Since we are both very familiar with the town, we didn’t have a huge need for an agent to “show us around”, but having a good realtor on your side can make all the difference in the world. In our area, I can suggest Clayton real estate agent Teresa Byrd. I’ve know Teresa for years now and she is the kind of agent you dream of. Caring and has a slightly motherish/grandmotherly feel to her – depending on your age LOL.

This is actually getting long – I’ll put up another post to finish this. Sorry for the long-windedness, but I’m nothing if not complete! Check back for part 2!