7 TIPS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR FALL
The fall season is a perfect time to get your home ready before the cold winter months arrive. By taking precautionary steps, you can prevent serious home damages and expensive home repairs from occurring. Our team compiled a list of seven important home maintenance tips you should do during the fall to get home ready for winter.
- Get your heater/furnace serviced- Autumn is a great time to have a service technician come out and check to ensure your furnace is working properly. In the winter time, service technicians are more likely to be booked up with service calls, which can cause delays.
- Get chimney checked for blockages- Fireplaces are used frequently in the cold winter months. It’s a good idea to make sure your chimney is checked for any blockages as it can result in falling debris or a smoky smell in your home when the fire burns.
- Remove window A/C units- We suggest removing your A/C window units during the fall because leaves, dirt and other particles can get inside the unit and potentially can potentially damage the unit.
- Clean gutters and downspouts- It’s a good idea to get your gutters and downspouts cleaned because the clogging of leaves and other debris can lead to falling gutters which can cause flooding and foundation issues to your property.
- Trim trees and bushes- Trimming trees and bushes around your home in the fall can prevent loose branches and limbs from falling onto your property during winter storms.
- Get your roof inspected- It’s important to get your roof inspected for any leaks or loose shingles before winter strikes. Roofers will also charge more for services during peak season (winter months).
- Seal any cracks around windows and doors- Sealing cracks around your windows and doors before the cold winter comes, can prevent bugs and rodents from coming inside your home. When its cold outside, these pests are looking for warmth and will try to get inside your warm home.
Once you get these preventative maintenance steps completed, you can be assured your home is prepared for the upcoming colder months. Taking these preventative steps can also save you time and lots of money in repair costs. The cold weather is coming, cozy up and relax knowing you fully prepared your home for the colder months.
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Is it time to relocate and begin making memories in a new house? If so, consider putting your property on the market this summer. Not only will you be able to present your home in the best possible way but competition won’t be as fierce in the warmer months. Real estate investors will see your house in a different light if it goes on the market when Mother Nature is looking her best. With better moving conditions and children out of school for the summer, there really is no better time to present your property to potential buyers.
The stages of selling property involve setting your sale price and staging the home to give it that lived-in look. The sooner your potential buyers can envision themselves settling into the place that you once called “home”, the faster you can expect to make a sale. Furthermore, you can guarantee that the offers you receive will be higher if you focus on enhancing curb appeal.
In order to accomplish this, your real estate game needs to be on point. Take a moment to enlighten yourself on the top tips to get your house ready to sell this summer:
- Clean Entire Home – Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and think about what you would expect when you are looking around a property of interest for the very first time. Cleanliness is a must! You can’t cut corners when it comes to dusting, sweeping, mopping, and everything in-between. Some buyers can be more particular than others, so put a bit of elbow grease into it and make your property sparkle!
- Get Rid of Any Clutter – Not only will a de-clutter clear your mind, it will also give the illusion of a bigger space. You should leave some furniture in place to paint a picture of a “home”. Too much clutter will can distract the potential buyer and make the space feel cramped.
- Take Care of Landscaping – The garden and grounds on which your property stands are the first thing a potential buyer will see. Maintain the area well with professional landscaping services or, if you have time, cut the lawn, remove weeds, and trim foliage to ensure your property is a sure-fire seller.
- Fresh Air and Sweet Scents – Don’t forget about setting the mood with the right aroma. An incense stick, air freshener, or scented candle that smells of lavender or chamomile will instill a feeling of calm. The more relaxed the potential buyer is, the easier it will be for them to imagine themselves living in the property. Open the windows and scatter bowls of baking soda around the home to absorb foul smells.
Don’t underestimate the importance of “staging” your home for a sale. Consider keeping decor simplistic, so as not to distract from the overall design of the property, from its flooring to its ceilings. Professional home staging services might come in handy if you don’t consider yourself much of an interior designer!
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Are you thinking about selling your property? If so, it is your job to make the residence appeal to potential buyers. The exterior of a property is the first thing that people will see when they are pursuing the real estate market and so, it is crucial that the grounds on which your property stands are well-maintained. A flawless garden will complement the facade and will indicate that you take pride in ensuring your home is in good condition, from the inside out.
While you could hire a professional gardener to water the plants, de-weed the grounds, and take care of the landscaping in general, it is not entirely necessary. By sparing a little bit of time to maintaining your garden, you can feel confident that your real estate listing will attract more buyers.
The following tips, when put into action, will not take up much time. They will, however, make a big difference to the appearance of your garden. So, let’s dig deep into the ways you can keep your grass and plants looking good throughout the summer months:
- Water in the Morning - There are numerous benefits associated with watering plants in the morning, rather than in the middle of the day or at night. The sun is at its strongest between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm therefore avoid watering your plants at this time. Direct sunlight absorb moisture from the soil and leaves, causing it to die. Aside from the fact that the sun will not be as strong during the morning, the water will absorb deeper into the soil if you take the time give your plants a good drink in the morning! Once absorbed into the soil, the water will make its way to the roots of the plant, which will encourage deeper rooting. As a result of this, the plant will thrive, and appear healthier and brighter, even when exposed to the sun at the hottest parts of the day.
- Keep Potted Plants in the Shade – The main reason why you need to keep your plant out of the sun is to preserve moisture. A dry plant will not live as long a life as a moist plan, so try to find or create a shaded spot where the plant can grow and blossom with a simple watering in the morning. Of course, this depends on what type of plant you are growing (we will go into this next) however; shaded gardens require much less maintenance.
- Research Plants to Grow – Fertilization methods differ for various plants, as well as the preparation methods and maintenance. So, how do you know what will transform your garden into a vibrant natural oasis? Well, every little helps, from reading a gardening book to researching online. Alternatively, you could participate in a gardening class and learn about plant growth, germination, and tissue culture.
Aside from the garden, dedicate some time to maintaining the paintwork on the property’s exterior, as well as the interior. Property value will soar when the home is cared for properly, therefore the time you spend preserving its appearance will be more than worthwhile. Since your buyer will be inspecting the house during the primary visit and final walk through, preparation is key to ensuring you receive the best offer.
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For some people, barbecuing is just an occasional thing you do in the summer: haul out the grill and the charcoal, throw on some burger, and call it a day. But for others, it’s a way of life. Your barbecuing is legendary—and so are your barbecue parties. But if you really want to throw some parties this summer, you’re going to have to do some landscaping. What can you do to turn your backyard into the top spot for outdoor parties? Here are a few ideas…
Fix Up Your Lawn. The first thing you need to do before you invite people over is make sure your lawn looks good. If you’ve got brown patches, or bare patches, you might want to reseed. Also consider bringing in some potted plants, to add to the atmosphere. You can even have a potted herb garden, and impress your guests by picking fresh thyme or rosemary and bringing it straight over to the grill to season the meat. (more…)
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Home repair is essential for bringing your house up to code, to remodel a “fixer-upper” or prepare for a life style change. The average cost for home repairs depends upon the quality of materials used, project size and locality. Home repairs create a more healthy living environment and add great value.
“How much do home repairs cost?”
You should visit your local hardware or home improvement store to price various materials. Experienced carpenters will give you an estimate based upon the area or the project. You will need to know how much money you need for your home repair loan application.
When you are buying a home, you should also calculate how much home repairs will cost. Improve your living environment with a good home repair.
Here are the average costs for 5 common home/outdoor repairs and/or improvement projects: (more…)
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Your lawn is an extension of your home, so you want it to look good. A well cared for yard is not only enjoyable for the whole family; it adds value to your home as well. The following are five practices to avoid when learning how to take care of your lawn.
It may seem counter intuitive, but watering your lawn every day isn’t good for it. Weak, shallow roots form when a lawn is watered every day. Give the soil a chance to start drying out. This forces the roots to grow and reach for the water that’s available deeper in the ground. Stronger roots protect your grass from drought.
Mowing Too Short
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Home values are used to determine the maximum loan amount for residential properties. Most lenders will extend a loan based on an allowable percentage of a home’s value. In exchange for an ownership interest, a bank or mortgage lender might offer you a home loan. Certain upgrades that increase the value of your home might enable you to procure a more attractive loan.
Increasing the Value of Your Home
Some home improvements may be aesthetic or required for maintenance and repairs. (more…)
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Want to plant the garden of your dreams but are currently faced with a backyard full of plain dirt? While this situation may seem depressing, it actually is probably the best situation one could ask for to start the landscaping process. A bare backyard essentially represents an entire clean slate in the process of landscaping your home.
Planning and Conditioning
If you want to learn how to landscape like a pro, it starts with planning. A good developer doesn’t go out and start laying grass sod hoping for the best.
First, start with an evaluation of what you have. Soil makes a big difference and a lot of people get stuck with clay instead. If this is the case, the dirt needs to be conditioned. More (more…)
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