• 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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  • Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now

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    Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now

    Homeownership can be considered one of the key life achievements in one’s life. In our society, buying a home symbolizes that a person has achieved a certain economic status. Given the social and economic benefits often attributed to homeownership, positive impact towards one’s personal life and residential satisfaction is expected.

    However, housing inventory has not been the same as it was five years ago when there were more homes for sale and the prices were much lower than today. If you are considering buying a new home today, the following reasons might convince you why you may not want to put off that aspiration of yours to become a new homeowner.

     

    1. Lack of Inventory

    According to the Redfin Data center, (https://www.redfin.com/blog/data-center), based on the latest available data and zooming in on Suffolk County NY, home inventory or homes for sale in the month of April 2018 is at 5,388 has reduced by 18.7% from a year ago (6,624 home inventory in April 2017) and looking back one more year, it has reduced by 26.8% (7,964 home inventory in April 2016). Buying a home is, therefore, made all the more difficult when there are less homes to buy in your price range.

    It’s a sad truth, but a reality nonetheless: inventory is probably going to get worse before it gets better. That said, if you are considering buying a home, the sooner you can do so, the better. As days pass by, inventory will...

    Homeownership can be considered one of the key life achievements in one’s life. In our society, buying a home symbolizes that a person has achieved a certain economic status. Given the social and economic benefits often attributed to homeownership, positive impact towards one’s personal life and residential satisfaction is expected.

    However, housing inventory has not been the same as it was five years ago when there were more homes for sale and the prices were much lower than today. If you are considering buying a new home today, the following reasons might convince you why you may not want to put off that aspiration of yours to become a new homeowner.

     

    1. Lack of Inventory

    According to the Redfin Data center, (https://www.redfin.com/blog/data-center), based on the latest available data and zooming in on Suffolk County NY, home inventory or homes for sale in the month of April 2018 is at 5,388 has reduced by 18.7% from a year ago (6,624 home inventory in April 2017) and looking back one more year, it has reduced by 26.8% (7,964 home inventory in April 2016). Buying a home is, therefore, made all the more difficult when there are less homes to buy in your price range.

    It’s a sad truth, but a reality nonetheless: inventory is probably going to get worse before it gets better. That said, if you are considering buying a home, the sooner you can do so, the better. As days pass by, inventory will...

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  • The Importance in Having a Periodic Home Maintenance Guide The Importance in Having a Periodic Home Maintenance Guide

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    The Importance in Having a Periodic Home Maintenance Guide

    Your Periodic Home Maintenance Guide

    Taking care of your home requires time and effort and you may realize that there is a lot to keep up with. That being said, the importance of maintenance and upkeep of your home is real. In essence, taking good care of your home will ensure that your family has a safe and comfortable roof over their heads.

    With that said, we have broken the key steps of home maintenance to give you an idea to what your periodic maintenance guide should resemble. Bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and it does not include your house chores!

     

    Monthly

    Clean Kitchen Sink Disposal

    Our go to method for cleaning our kitchen sink disposal is dropping a cup of ice into the kitchen sink disposal together with a half cup of rock salt. Keep the kitchen sink disposal running for about a minute to get all the gunk out. Once this is done, pour a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda and let it sit for fifteen minutes. With this process, the solution will kill bacteria and the best part is, it will remove any odors all with a simple natural cleaner. Don’t forget to scrub the rubber flaps too!

    Clean Range Hood Filters

    To clean out your range hood filters, we recommend using a degreaser from an auto parts store. Take the filter off the hood. Mix...

    Your Periodic Home Maintenance Guide

    Taking care of your home requires time and effort and you may realize that there is a lot to keep up with. That being said, the importance of maintenance and upkeep of your home is real. In essence, taking good care of your home will ensure that your family has a safe and comfortable roof over their heads.

    With that said, we have broken the key steps of home maintenance to give you an idea to what your periodic maintenance guide should resemble. Bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and it does not include your house chores!

     

    Monthly

    Clean Kitchen Sink Disposal

    Our go to method for cleaning our kitchen sink disposal is dropping a cup of ice into the kitchen sink disposal together with a half cup of rock salt. Keep the kitchen sink disposal running for about a minute to get all the gunk out. Once this is done, pour a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda and let it sit for fifteen minutes. With this process, the solution will kill bacteria and the best part is, it will remove any odors all with a simple natural cleaner. Don’t forget to scrub the rubber flaps too!

    Clean Range Hood Filters

    To clean out your range hood filters, we recommend using a degreaser from an auto parts store. Take the filter off the hood. Mix...

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