Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
7 Home Upgrades Worth the Investment
Whether you want to make special updates to your home to make you and your family more comfortable or just want to increase the resale value of your house, here are seven upgrades that are worth the investment and can speed along the home buying or selling process.
1. Add a bathroom
If you only have one bathroom in your house, adding one more can increase your return on investment by up to 130%. If you’re struggling to find where you can add an extra bathroom in your home, take a look at spaces that are underutilized or rooms that are extra spacious—this can include larger closets that aren’t being used, an alcove that serves no purpose, or even a large master bedroom that can benefit from an en-suite bathroom.
2. Repurpose a room
Having rooms that serve multiple purposes can add greater appeal to a house, but many homeowners get over-ambitious when converting these spaces and waste a lot of time and money. Try ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
Contributed by Kay Carter
When you get ready to sell your house, chances are you’ll be competing with several other sellers at the same time, so it's a good idea to do everything you can to get your house in the perfect selling condition. Here are four ways you can get your house ready for potential buyers.
1. Make no compromises on cleanliness
One of the first things a potential buyer will notice when touring a home is the overall cleanliness of the space. To ensure that your home is in the best condition, make a checklist of all the indoor and outdoor spaces that need attention. Not only should you be focusing on organization, but you should also pay attention to smells. Don’t cook foods with strong odors on the day of a showing and be sure to have air fresheners throughout your home—you don’t want a potential buyer to be distracted by a smell and miss out on all your home has to offer.
Inside the house, assess the condition of the walls, doors, an ...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
CONTRIBUTED BY JIM MCKINLEY
Becoming a homeowner for the first time is incredibly exciting — and incredibly confusing. There’s a lot that first-time buyers don’t know about the home buying process, and that lack of knowledge can lead to big, expensive mistakes. If you want to avoid the most common mistakes that first-time homebuyers make, read this before you start house hunting.
Planning Ahead Saves a Ton of Stress
It’s tempting to dive into open houses and showings as soon as you decide to buy, but it’s not wise. There are a lot of logistics to figure out when buying a home, from your budget to your must-have criteria. If you shop before having a frank discussion with your spouse, one of you could get your heart set on a home that doesn’t fit. This is a recipe for stress and disappointment, so know what you want and what you can afford before you start looking.
Don’t forget to include ancillary costs like moving expenses in ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
8 Strategies to Help You Sell Your House Faster
Article Contributed by Kay Carter
Whether you’re looking to make a quick move, or your house has been sitting on the market for what seems like forever, there are a few things you can do to help you sell your house faster. Follow these eight strategies to get your house off the market quickly and efficiently.
1. Make simple home improvements
Investing in a few home renovations can increase your home’s resale value and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Though big renovation projects are often prioritized, there are a few smaller moves you can make to add resale value to your house:
- Declutter your home and get rid of items you haven’t used in over a year.
- Add trim to major rooms in the house, like your kitchen or living room.
- Re-grout bathroom tiles and caulk showers and tubs. ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
5 Ways to Avoid Debt When Shopping for Your First Home
Contributed by Kay Carter
Shopping for a home can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. The entire process, from finding listings in your area to successfully obtaining a mortgage loan, is a complicated one that always seems to take a lot longer than we’d like. Buying a home can especially be confusing for first-time home buyers who just want to find their perfect starter home without going into a lot of debt in the process. Luckily enough, that’s not an impossible task. Here are five ways you can avoid debt while shopping for your first home.
1. Create a Budget
Before you start looking for a home, consider creating a strict budget and looking at properties that cost less than the amount you were approved for. What can you afford? Be realistic with this budget and stick to it. Make sure that you also have money set aside for closing costs, home insurance, a home warranty, and any repairs you&rsquo ...