• Preparing Your Home for the Fall Preparing Your Home for the Fall

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    Preparing Your Home for the Fall

    Unfortunately, the summer season is over.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to change.  This is the perfect time to complete the housework that you have been putting off until now.  Not only is it the perfect time to wrap up the loose ends from the summer, it is also time to be preparing your home for the fall and upcoming winter season.

    Proper fall home preparation is especially important if you are looking at putting your home up for sale.  Here are some important tips in preparing your home for the fall.

    Indoor

    Make sure to check all doors and windows for air leaks.  Improperly sealed doors and windows can really drive up your energy consumption and heating bills as the temperatures drop.  Make sure to replace all worn weather stripping or add more weather stripping to close gaps.  For doors, look at adding a door stop to the bottom of the door for a better seal.

    It is also a good idea to have your heating system checked and cleaned. A properly running furnace is not only for safety, it will also ensure lower energy bills this fall.  Make sure to book early to avoid this busy season and lengthy wait times.

    Unfortunately, the summer season is over.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to change.  This is the perfect time to complete the housework that you have been putting off until now.  Not only is it the perfect time to wrap up the loose ends from the summer, it is also time to be preparing your home for the fall and upcoming winter season.

    Proper fall home preparation is especially important if you are looking at putting your home up for sale.  Here are some important tips in preparing your home for the fall.

    Indoor

    Make sure to check all doors and windows for air leaks.  Improperly sealed doors and windows can really drive up your energy consumption and heating bills as the temperatures drop.  Make sure to replace all worn weather stripping or add more weather stripping to close gaps.  For doors, look at adding a door stop to the bottom of the door for a better seal.

    It is also a good idea to have your heating system checked and cleaned. A properly running furnace is not only for safety, it will also ensure lower energy bills this fall.  Make sure to book early to avoid this busy season and lengthy wait times.

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  • How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

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    How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

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  • Outgrown your home? Outgrown your home?

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    Outgrown your home?

    Have you outgrown your home? Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. You may have outgrown your home quicker than expected. What may have worked for a single person, a starter home, or a family with a newborn can soon become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.


    When you have outgrown your home, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may not allow you to do so. Selling, and moving on to bigger and better may be the solution.


    The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. When thinking about upsizing, it’s important to consider how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit
    for big gatherings.


    If you have outgrown your home and need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the city into the suburbs. While the walkability and short commutes...

    Have you outgrown your home? Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. You may have outgrown your home quicker than expected. What may have worked for a single person, a starter home, or a family with a newborn can soon become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.


    When you have outgrown your home, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may not allow you to do so. Selling, and moving on to bigger and better may be the solution.


    The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. When thinking about upsizing, it’s important to consider how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit
    for big gatherings.


    If you have outgrown your home and need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the city into the suburbs. While the walkability and short commutes...

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