Home Smarts: What You Should Remember When House Hunting

House hunting is one of the joys of adulthood. Today, let me share some tried and tested tips for when you go looking for a potential home:

Stay within Your Budget

If we lived in an ideal world, budget would never have to be an issue. Unfortunately we live in the real world and everything is determined by the budget. So it would always be important to never lose sight of it.

Always remember that there are hidden costs to buying a home. You have to pay for any additional fees, taxes, association dues, and whatnot. So that few extra that you may think is worth it can actually just go toward the other things that you need to pay for.

Trust Your Gut

If you are looking at any piece of property and something is just telling you that there is something off, you are better off believing it. Even when it turns out that there is nothing wrong, going with a purchase where you have misgivings is always a bad idea.

You must learn to trust your instincts when it comes to buying a home. Listen to your gut but keep your eye on your budget. Those two go hand in hand.

Don’t Do It Alone

House Hunting is infinitely more fun when you have people with you. What makes a distinct difference is the quality of people that you bring along. As much as it would be great to have mom and dad with you when you look at homes, you have to remember that this is going to be YOUR home. So your tastes may clash with theirs.

Ultimately, you should go with professionals who can give their experienced opinions on what they see. They can point out any problems with the property or what you should expect as additional cost when you buy it.

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Your hunt for a potential home shouldn’t be anything that is overtly stressful or complicated. Just keep the tips above in your mind when you go hunting and everything will be a little bit smoother.

Presentation Matters: Two Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Hey there you lovely people! Welcome back to Excellence Home Staging! I’m really glad you’ve continued to tune in for more information on real estate! Today’s topic is going to be about curb appeal.

What is “Curb Appeal”?

This is what real estate agents and brokers all try to upscale. It is the attractiveness of the overall property based on the view from the street. It is ultimately what first impressions will be made of.

It is important to improve your home’s curb appeal if you are ever thinking of selling your property. Even if you aren’t, it is still good to improve your curb appeal since, let’s be honest no one wants anything bad to be said about where we live.

So in light of that, here are three ways you may be able to improve a home’s curb appeal:

Flower Power

You would just be surprised at how much a property’s value soars when there are blooming flowers in the picture. When you install flower boxes in key places, you give off a real sweet impression. After all, not everyone has time or the effort to grow plants.

If you have flower boxes at the front of your house, it shows that:

  1. The home has owners that care
  2. The property’s land is fertile
  3. The property is well taken care of

Mailbox Upgrade

Yes, this may seem like a silly thing but having a fun or memorable mail box is one way to improve your home’s curb appeal. People always remember something that is out of the ordinary. You can just paint your mailbox in bright colors or you can try using an odd thing as a mailbox.

Remember how that lovely couple in Up had a cute mailbox with their handprints on it? It spoke to the hearts of many and added to the homey appeal of the property.

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Remember, if your property’s front looks like it’s something that came out of a horror movie, you can pretty much expect people to keep their offers to a minimum amount.

House Hunting 101: What You Should Look At In a Residential Property

Having your own home has always been a sort of dream for everyone. You own rules, your own styling, and your own preferences—all there on display. When you are looking into owning your own piece of real estate heaven, there are certain things that you should definitely look for. This is what we shall be looking at today.

The Immediate Area

Nothing ruins your property’s values more than neighbors from hell. These manifest early on. Seriously! In my experience, you can just be looking at the property and they’ll pop up and be there giving you their opinions. Also, look about you. How well kept are the other houses nearby? If there are any that are severely unkempt, that can mean parasites and pests that can migrate to your own home.

N o matter how lovely a place or piece of property is, you must always consider your peace of mind.

The Site

Look at the land that the house is perched upon. Is it on a hill? How is the general topography? What are the normal temperatures year round? What kind of weather does the location see?

Knowing these things can help you plan out what sort of maintenance would be needed. This can help you look over the actual building on the property and see what sort of money is needed to keep it in good condition.

The Materials Used

If you are not familiar with the materials that are used in a residential property, you should have someone who is an expert at spotting such things. It is important to know the materials because you never now how long those materials have been there.

It is usually easy to determine how sturdy the home is by having an engineer or a maintenance person come in to do inspections.

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There are a lot more other things that you should be looking at but that’s all the time I have for today! Let me know what you guys look at when you do home hunts! Share the knowledge so that we can all build better decisions about home inspections.