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The phrase “the joys of homeownership” is a staple in most households. But sometimes, you think you hear a snicker behind the smile. Now that you’re finally ready to become an owner, you might be wondering if that term is truthful or sarcastic. The answer is “Both.”
How can it be both?
No doubt about it, buying a home and making it yours is a fantastic achievement. Taking on part of the American dream builds your confidence, creates community stability and sets your household’s future on a positive trajectory. However, a home can also become an albatross. That could be what happens when you blindly purchase a home without an upfront and thorough inspection. Even a home that a relative or friend sells to you needs a professional home inspector to give you a baseline of what maintenance and repairs it may need.
How do you stay "joyful?"
- Insist on a home inspection. As mentioned earlier, even if someone you know sells you the home, paying for an inspector to report on what’s up with the home’s major systems means you can plan for your future. If the inspection says the roof needs replacing in five years, you can factor that into your budget and not be surprised or upset when, in five years, you need a new roof.
- Ask for a warranty. As part of the negotiations, have your agent request a home warranty for at least a year. You may even opt for renewal after that year. Get a warranty that covers problems with major systems such as the electrical panel and wiring, plumbing, water heater, HVAC and sprinkler systems. The cost to the seller is typically low, and helps maintain peace of mind when things start to get a little worn.
- Stay on top of maintenance. If you’re handy, this is your moment to shine. Get a list of the most common maintenance issues in a home and schedule it into your free time. These include monitoring for water leaks, changing air conditioning and furnace filters and clearing out the gutters and downspouts before the winter weather wreaks havoc. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, then ask your agent to recommend someone to keep an eye on things for you so that they don’t turn into major problems.
Is homeownership a reason for joy? Of course. But don’t let unexpected expenses and maintenance issues dim your happiness. Ask your agent about home inspections, warranties and repair contractor referrals.
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If you plan to sell your house, you likely will want to do everything you can to maximize its value. Lucky for you, we're here to help you obtain the best offer for your house, regardless of whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get the best price for your residence.
1. Enhance Your House's Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is a difference-maker for any home seller, at any time. If you allocate time and resources to boost your house's curb appeal, you may be able to differentiate your residence from the competition. Perhaps most important, improving your home's curb appeal may help you increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home selling experience.
To improve your house's curb appeal, you should mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and perform any necessary home exterior upgrades. Consider the homebuyer's perspective, and you're sure to find lots of ways to enhance your house's appearance.
In addition, if you need help with home exterior upgrades, there is no need to stress. Many home improvement professionals are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these professionals are happy to help you transform your home's exterior from drab to fab.
2. Determine the Current Value of Your Home
A home appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for a seller who wants to establish a competitive initial asking price for his or her house.
During a home appraisal, a property expert will examine a residence both inside and out. This expert also will evaluate various housing market data. Then, the property expert will provide a property valuation based on the appraisal results.
Once you receive a property appraisal report, you'll have a good idea about the current value of your residence. You next can use a property valuation to set a competitive price for your home from day one of the house selling journey.
3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent
As you look for ways to earn as much money as possible from your home sale, you may want to consider working with a real estate agent. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive plenty of support at each stage of the home selling journey.
A real estate agent understands what it takes to optimize the value of a home. First, he or she will meet with you and learn about your house selling goals. A real estate agent then will help you determine the ideal initial asking price for your residence and promote your house to potential buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase, a real estate agent will provide a recommendation about how to proceed.
Want to achieve the best-possible results during the home selling journey? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can move one step closer to maximizing the value of your house.
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Whether you're hosting outdoor gatherings in your own backyard or at another outdoor venue, there are a few elements you will need to consider carefully. The size of your space and the number of expected guests is only the beginning. You'll want to plan out the flow of traffic and access to certain areas. Seating is also an important factor to establish as you plan your event. While flow and seating arrangements are practical and important parts of planning, but you will also want to think about the atmosphere, mood and parking aspects of your party.
Space and Flow
No matter your space size, you can plan a get together that accommodates all your guests. A small sit-down dinner party or a large open house type of gathering at a public park both require a deep spatial understanding of the area for comfortable interaction and relaxation. If you are working with a small area, make sure you keep walking spaces clear and that each guest will have enough elbow room. In a larger venue, you may want to set up several areas that will accommodate small groups to encourage interaction.
It may also be a good idea to let your guests know where the bathroom(s) are located at the beginning of the event. Walk through your space and think about how your guest will get to the food, beverages and seating areas. Take care of any obstacles or items that may pose as a tripping hazard or that can break easily. Trying to clean up messes during an event is difficult and takes time away from your guests.
Seating and Style made Simple
Having plenty of seating for all your guests will encourage social interaction. Make sure the seats are comfortable and in good condition. The last thing you want is a guest to end up embarrassed or hurt by falling out of a broken seat. Also, think about where your guest will set their drinks or plates down while they are visiting with each other. Having small side tables or coffee tables spread around the seating areas will allow for a relaxed setting.
To set up an area that feels relaxing and fun, you may want to hang some string lighting for an evening event. This gives softer lighting than your backyard security lighting or a couple of floodlights. Using colorful planters and inexpensive outdoor lanterns can add a festive feel, as well.
The next time you plan an outdoor gathering, walk through your space and anticipate the best flow, comfort and ambiance for your guests. You'll be glad you did!