• Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home

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    Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home

     

    If you have dogs, cats, or other pets in your family, you'll want to take their needs into account when you're looking to buy a house. Yes,really. Your furry friends might seem easygoing, but certain homes—and neighborhoods—are more pet-friendly than others.

    Here are some things to consider that often get overlooked; keep them in mind when looking for place where you and your pets can live in peace.

     

    1.  Consider the local pet laws.

    Even if you own a piece of property, it's not guaranteed that your pets will be welcomed there.  Depending on the number and the breed, there may be restrictions especially within an HOA condo development.  

    Some considerations

    • Some HOAs or condo developments restrict the number or type of pets you can have, or spell out how your pet must be restrained in common areas
    • In condo developments, there is often a limit on the number of pets per unit.
    • If you have a breed that tends to bark a lot, find out if your HOA enforces any noise ordinances.

     

    2. Check out the yard and fencing.

    Having a yard where pets can roam is amazing, of course, but keep in mind that if you want to keep your pets in (or other critters out), you'll have to have a fence—or build one.

    There may be zoning laws that only allow underground electric fencing, restrictions on the size or materials allowed for outdoor kennels or dog runs, and most neighborhood zoning will not allow animals to run free, so if you’re looking for a country setting, always...

     

    If you have dogs, cats, or other pets in your family, you'll want to take their needs into account when you're looking to buy a house. Yes,really. Your furry friends might seem easygoing, but certain homes—and neighborhoods—are more pet-friendly than others.

    Here are some things to consider that often get overlooked; keep them in mind when looking for place where you and your pets can live in peace.

     

    1.  Consider the local pet laws.

    Even if you own a piece of property, it's not guaranteed that your pets will be welcomed there.  Depending on the number and the breed, there may be restrictions especially within an HOA condo development.  

    Some considerations

    • Some HOAs or condo developments restrict the number or type of pets you can have, or spell out how your pet must be restrained in common areas
    • In condo developments, there is often a limit on the number of pets per unit.
    • If you have a breed that tends to bark a lot, find out if your HOA enforces any noise ordinances.

     

    2. Check out the yard and fencing.

    Having a yard where pets can roam is amazing, of course, but keep in mind that if you want to keep your pets in (or other critters out), you'll have to have a fence—or build one.

    There may be zoning laws that only allow underground electric fencing, restrictions on the size or materials allowed for outdoor kennels or dog runs, and most neighborhood zoning will not allow animals to run free, so if you’re looking for a country setting, always...

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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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  • Beautify Your Front Yard Beautify Your Front Yard

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    Beautify Your Front Yard

    The front of your home is the first thing that potential home buyers will see and first impression is key. Below are some easy tips on how to beautify your front yard.

     

    Trimming and Pruning

    The first step to beautify your front yard is ensuring that you’re taking proper care of the plants, trees and flowers that you already have planted in it. So get out the hedge trimmer and pruning scissors at the start of spring and every few months until winter to make sure that everything is looking neat. Oh, and don’t forget to weed your flower beds.

    Creating an inviting path to the front door

    The second step to beautify your front yard is creating an inviting front walk path to your door. This can be something as simple as planting flowers or shrubs or placing solar lights along an existing path to create a beautify look in the evening. Replace dying plants in your yard and tend to areas where grass may be sparse. These things often stand out and are among the first things that someone looking at your home will spot. On that note, be sure to remove and replace as necessary.

    Lawn Maintenance

    The third step to beautify your front yard is maintaining your lawn. If your lawn is browning and worn, it can affect one’s overall impression. It is essential to put down fertilizer at least twice a year, and it is also recommended to regularly aerate your lawn to ensure...

    The front of your home is the first thing that potential home buyers will see and first impression is key. Below are some easy tips on how to beautify your front yard.

     

    Trimming and Pruning

    The first step to beautify your front yard is ensuring that you’re taking proper care of the plants, trees and flowers that you already have planted in it. So get out the hedge trimmer and pruning scissors at the start of spring and every few months until winter to make sure that everything is looking neat. Oh, and don’t forget to weed your flower beds.

    Creating an inviting path to the front door

    The second step to beautify your front yard is creating an inviting front walk path to your door. This can be something as simple as planting flowers or shrubs or placing solar lights along an existing path to create a beautify look in the evening. Replace dying plants in your yard and tend to areas where grass may be sparse. These things often stand out and are among the first things that someone looking at your home will spot. On that note, be sure to remove and replace as necessary.

    Lawn Maintenance

    The third step to beautify your front yard is maintaining your lawn. If your lawn is browning and worn, it can affect one’s overall impression. It is essential to put down fertilizer at least twice a year, and it is also recommended to regularly aerate your lawn to ensure...

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