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First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid
Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2017, 09:15:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Probably you have been planning to acquire your dream house for long. You have scrimped and saved enough to cover the down payment, and you have even come across these lovely apartments for sale. It is your first time in the real estate market; so, you aren’t sure how to go about a successful purchase. If you don’t want to be caught up in a financial mess, here are the mistakes to avoid:First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid

 

  1. Not Considering What You Can Afford

Consider what you afford so that you look at homes within your price range. Looking at homes outside your price range will make you lust for relatively expensive homes thus stretching your means financially. Experts suggest that you prepare a list of all your monthly expenditure including student loan payments, groceries, vehicle costs, credit card payments, health insurance and so on. Also, remember significant expenses that occur only once a year, such as annual vacations or insurance premiums. This will help you realize how much you can spend on your new home every month.

 

  1. Skipping Mortgage Qualification

What the bank is prepared to lend you and what you can afford may not match up, particularly if you have unstable income or poor credit. So, before placing an offer on a home, ensure you get pre-approved for a loan. This will help you save the seller, the seller’s agent and your agent’s time if you sign the contract and then realize later that your bank is willing to lend you a mortgage you find unacceptable.

 

  1. Neglecting To Inspect

Let’s face it—owning a home is a dream that many would wish to accomplish however tough it may be. Sometimes we come across an offer that we find hard to resist: a house that looks like it is in a perfect condition, and the price is affordable. You quickly rush to sign the papers ignoring the inspection while not knowing what is awaiting you— this is a money pit of expensive repairs.

 

  1. Ignoring To Hire an Agent

Avoid walking into an open house alone. Always hire a real estate agent. A real estate professional will help you a great deal to avoid some of the simple mistakes you could otherwise make.

 

  1. Being too picky

It is good to put everything you wish for in your new home wish list. However, avoid being too inflexible because you may end up continuing to live in a rented home for a significantly longer period than you anticipated. Usually, first-time homebuyers have to compromise on some items because of limited funds. You may be forced to live on a busy street, make some repairs in the home, accept the outdated decor, or live without that extra bedroom. Though you can choose to continue living in rented space until you can afford everything on your wish list, you will have to make a decision whether it is important to become a homeowner now or a few years later.

 

  1. Lacking vision

Even if you can’t afford major renovations in the home, it is worth to cope with the ugliness for a while and in turn get a house that you can afford without strain. If the home fits your needs regarding the unchangeable things such as the size and location, don’t allow the physical imperfections cloud your judgment and turn you away. Furthermore, upgrading the home by yourself is far much cheaper than paying the seller who has already upgraded it for you.

Buying your first home may seem stressful and devastating, and it isn’t without its fair share of potential pitfalls. Being fully informed of the issues ahead helps you protect yourself from these costly mistakes thereby giving you confidence while shopping.


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Getting Ready to Sell Your Home? What to Do About Nightmare Neighbors
Posted on Sat, 31 Dec 2016, 10:05:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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Do you have nightmare neighbors? Maybe their yard looks like the local landfill. Or, they have several not-so-friendly pit bulls that bark and growl every time someone walks by. These types of neighbors are definitely a nuisance, and can be a nightmare when it comes time to put your home on the market. They can cause potential buyers to run the other way.Getting Ready to Sell Your Home? What to Do About Nightmare Neighbors

Thankfully, there are things that you can do to resolve with these types of issues. Here are some steps that you can take to deal with unruly neighbors before you put your home on the market.

Strike up a Kind Conversation

Initially, engage your neighbor in a friendly, tactful conversation about the issues at hand. Approach your neighbor in a kind, yet assertive manner and try to work out a solution. Avoid becoming accusatory or confrontational. It will not get you anywhere. Explain that you are getting ready to put your home on the market, and you would really appreciate their help in maintaining their property or addressing other concerns. Appeal to their interests. Explain that it will also benefit them by driving up home values in the area. If your home sells for a good price, it will increase the value of their home, as well. If the neighbors are renters, then talk directly to the owner, pointing out to the owner how resolving this issue will benefit them in the long run. They have a vested interest in the neighborhood values and will likely take action to preserve that interest. 

Complain to the HOA

If you have tried to talk to your neighbor, and they refuse to cooperate, then the next step is to complain to the homeowner’s association or HOA, if you live in a subdivision that has one. Homeowner's Associations have very strict rules on how homes that are part of the HOA must be maintained. When you contact the HOA, it is best to provide photographs as evidence that your neighbor is in violation of one of the codes. It would be helpful to review the codes before contacting the HOA. If your neighbor is in violation of HOA rules, the association will initially send letters asking them to remedy the situation. If you neighbor ignores the letters, the HOA will fine them, and bring legal action, if needed. The HOA can even foreclose on a home if fines and fees are unpaid. 

Contact the City

Many cities have bylaws that prohibit noise and nuisances. Check to see if your city has bylaws or ordinances in place. If they do, then file a complaint. The city will usually send the owners a notice advising them that they are disturbing the neighbors and that further action will be taken if the disturbance does not stop. It is always best to keep an incident log when making reports. 

If All Else Fails

If you have tried all of the above and gotten nowhere, it might be time to file a lawsuit. This is something that should be considered only as a last resort. Lawsuits are expensive and time-consuming. You would most likely have to prove the harassment is intentional and meant to prevent you from selling the home. 

Dealing with nightmare neighbors can be stressful. But, it does not have to prevent you from selling your home for what it is worth. Keep the above tips in mind when you list your home and consult a knowledgeable real estate professional for guidance, as they can provide expert information to help you sell your home, even in less than ideal situations.


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5 Open House Tips that Every Buyer Should Know
Posted on Thu, 15 Dec 2016, 10:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Sellers will do their best to please buyers during an open house, regardless if the seller is the homeowner or a real estate agent. However, you should never walk into the open house with a list of demands. Instead, use these tips to ensure that you have a pleasant experience.

 5 Open House Tips that Every Buyer Should Know

Scheduling

It is best to go to open houses on the weekend, unless your schedule permits you to view homes during the week. Clear your entire schedule for that day, in order to attend multiple open houses. To thoroughly look at each home, you should set aside at least an hour per property. Keep in mind that it may not take you a full-hour to view the home, but you do not want to rush. This is your chance to look at the home and gather as many details as you can about the property, first-hand. Be sure to allow yourself enough traveling time to go from one open house to another.

 

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Although you should wear presentable clothing, remember it is an open house, not a fashion show. Prepare to do a lot of walking on the inside and outside of the home. It is best to wear comfortable shoes, instead of high heels and dress shoes. You should also wear a comfortable outfit. Depending on the structure of the home, you may need to walk up a lot of stairs, so keep this in mind when choosing the shoes that you are going to wear while viewing the home.

 

Respect the Host

You should always be polite to the host, regardless if it is a homeowner or real estate agent. It is never a good idea to give the host the cold shoulder. When you walk in, smile and greet the host, and be sure to sign in. If the host is too pushy, or makes you uncomfortable, let him know that you or your Realtor will be in touch, thank him, and leave. If you like the property, being respectful of the host could mean more information, and possibly a better deal.

 

Understand Boundaries

While you have the right to look at the property thoroughly, you should not rummage through the personal items of the seller. Check out the amount of storage that the home has, including closet space, but do not touch the seller’s clothes if they are hanging in the closets. It is okay to measure the width and length of the cabinets in the bathroom and kitchen. When looking in drawers, cabinets, and closets, see if anything squeaks or is broken. However, you should respect boundaries and never rummage through personal items.

You should take pictures of the home, but only after you have asked permission to do so. Remember that this property is likely a private residence, so you always want to ask if it is okay to record or photograph rooms in the home.

 

Hold Off on the Criticism

You may have issues with the home, and decide that it is not the property for you; this is normal. However, you should never criticize the home to the host. Wait until you have left and discuss the property with your family, friends, or real estate agent. The seller may be the host, and if she still lives in the property, you do not want to criticize her home. If you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all. If you were to end up in a multiple offer situation, you do not want a seller to choose the other buyer simply because she overheard you criticizing her home. You can ask questions and voice concerns over repairs and other issues, but refrain from using a rude tone.

These tips will help you have a successful viewing. Remember to always ask questions in a polite manner. Be respectful of the host, but also gather enough information to use during the decision process.


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Organize The Closet Of Your New Master Bedroom
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 12:50:00 PM  in Marketing strategies
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There is nothing like organizing the closet of your new home. It allows you to create an organizational system that may not have worked in your previous closet. One example is the closet in your new master bedroom, which is going to be the source of your seasonal and year round items. Use the following tips to organize the closet in your master bedroom.Organize The Closet Of Your New Master Bedroom

Clear Out The Clutter: The first step to organizing your new closet is to clear out the clutter. You should actually do this before you start packing so you can lighten the load. The best way to eliminate the clutter is to take everything out of your closet. You are going to separate the items based on what you plan to keep, donate or give away, sell and discard. Purging your closet creates more space and allows you to focus on the items you plan to keep.

Create Ample Lighting: You need to create ample lighting if you want your closet to be a functional space. Consider using an LED bulb to brighten your space without consuming a lot of energy. You may be able to fit an actual lamp inside a larger or walk-in closet.

Hanging Your Clothes: Hang the clothes you plan to wear this season and year round, and pack the clothes you are not going to wear this season in a storage bin or comforter bag. Come up with an organizational system for the clothes you plan to hang up, such as hanging them by color, size or occasion. You can also hang your outfits based on what you plan to wear each week, but this method does require you to change the order of your clothes once a week.

Organize The Shelves: Your closet may include built-in cubbies or shelves for folded clothes or accessories. The items you wear several times a month should go on the top shelves, and the items you wear less frequently should be stored on the bottom shelves. Store the items you wear daily or several times a week at eye level so you can access them with ease.

Use A Small Dresser: A small dresser is perfect for large or walk-in closets with plenty of space. You can use the actual drawers for scarves, winter accessories and items that need to be folded. Use the top of the dresser for items such as your jewelry box or tabletop hat rack.

Shoe Organizer: It is always frustrating to spend time looking for your shoes when you need to head out the door. This is why you should consider investing in a shoe organizer for your new closet. There are different types of shoe organizers, from a shoe cubby to an over-the-door rack. You are sure to find an organizer that fits your bedroom closet.

Maximize Your Space: Maximizing your space is important if you do not have a lot of room in your new closet. Store your seasonal items on the upper closet shelves, and arrange your shoes neatly on the closet floor. You can use over-the-door organizers for items such as hats, belts and scarves.

Seating Arrangement: If your space allows it, consider placing a seating arrangement inside your closet for easy dressing. One idea is to invest in a bench with shoe storage for your walk-in closet. You can use a stool or chair to add a seating arrangement to a regular closet.

You are going to use the closet in your master bedroom daily, and you do not want to pull your hair out trying to find a specific item. A good organizational system can create a functional spot inside your master bedroom.


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How To Price Your Home Just Right
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016, 12:45:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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 Pricing a home is truly a science. However, when it comes to setting a price, many homeowners want to listen to their hearts rather than the cold hard facts. However, experience tells us that the numbers don't lie and in order to sell your home, you will need to accept the professional's assessment of your home's fair market value.

 How To Price Your Home Just Right

Beware Of Overpricing

All too often, homeowners mistakenly think that that they should overprice their home at first. However, this strategy never pans out as they think it will and they sacrifice most of the buyers in the process. Overpriced homes stay on the market for much longer than other homes in the area and often cause delays for sellers who are looking to move into a new home. Even worse, if they have already purchased their next home, then they are saddled with two mortgages.

Sure, it is possible to lower the initial price of your home. However, homeowners should beware. If they continually lower the price of their home, the home may develop a stigma as home buyers wonder what may be wrong with the home to warrant the continual price drops. The best thing you can do to market and sell your home is to price it right from the beginning. This way, your home will sell faster. Who knows, in the right market, with a well-priced home, you may even land more than one offer.

 

Why Your Home May Not Be Worth As Much As You Think

Most homeowners who overvalue their home's worth either confuse their home's sentimental value with its dollar value or they believe that their home is more valuable because of the renovations that they have made.

Unfortunately, buyers do not see the cherished memories when they walk into the home and they certainly do not equate the sentimental value into a monetary sum. Likewise, buyers do not necessarily value all of the renovations the same way that the seller does, and no buyer is willing to pay more than the price of similar homes in the area that have sold recently.

 

The Numbers Don't Lie

What is the best way to price your home? The answer is simple, get the help of a real estate agent. Real estate professionals are able to look at the comparable sales in the area. These recent sales help agents determine what would be the fair market value of the home. This value can help you arrive at a listing price that will be competitive in your home's current market. Agents look at a huge amount of data and variables to arrive at this price. They look at information such as square footage, amenities, floor plans, and more. Additionally, all of the information comes from homes that have sold in your area in the last few months.

Once the agent has collected the list of similar homes and the prices that buyers were willing to pay for them, they are able to make an estimate of what they believe your home will fetch on the current real estate market. Although this number may be less than you hoped, you will be glad when your home sells quickly.


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6 Tips For Renovating Your Basement To Perfection
Monday, 31 October 2016, 12:00:00 AM
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Whether you just bought a new house or are looking to sell your home you may be in need of a basement renovation. Here are 6 tips for renovating your basement to perfection. Renovating your basement may be hard work but is more than worth It once it's complete.

 

6 Tips For Renovating Your Basement To Perfection1. Make Sure There Are Exits

The most important tip of renovating your basement is to make sure that there are exit windows to get out of the basement in case of an emergency. It is required for any bedrooms you build in the basement to have escape windows in them in the event that there is an emergency. If you do not have an exit window in what you want to be a bedroom in the basement it will not count as a bedroom so it won't be counted in the overall value of your home as a bedroom. However, if you do put a bedroom in your basement and it has an escape window it counts as a bedroom and can make your home value go up when it's time to sell.

 

2. Get Rid Of Any Moisture

The second most important tips for renovating your basement is to make sure there is no moisture or water getting into your basement as this can cause damage such as moldy or soggy insulation and even wrecked floors. If there is no moisture then you are good to go but if there is you need to figure out how to stop it from coming it before renovating the basement.


3. 
Livable Ceiling Height

Some basements do not have high enough ceilings for them to be used as a living space. If this is the case in your basement you may have to figure out a way to make the ceilings higher so that you can renovate your basement to where it is able to be a living space. One option to fixing this problem is to dig the floor down in order to have more height in the basement.

 

4.Don’t Cover Anything Up

When it comes time to put the ceilings into your basement make sure that there is no wires or duct work that you may need to get at in the future. Chances are if there is something that connects to the upstairs your going to have get at it at one point or another. An option for being able to get at any wires or duct work would be by putting in a drop ceiling. Drop ceilings are tiles that can be moved if they need to be.


5. Basement Style

Once you figure out if there are any ceiling or water damage problems and get them fixed you have to decide if you want your basement to be renovated as a separate living space from the rest of your house or if you want it to match and flow with the rest of your house. Some ways that it could be similar is by using the same floors, wall colors, and even fixtures that are used in the rest of your home.


6. Building a Utility Room 

The utilities in your basement are not meant to be moved or renovated at all. So when renovating your basement you have to work around the utilities such as the hot water heater and the furnace. You can do this by putting a wall up between the utilities and living space and have a door to get to where the utilities are. By doing this you won't have to even see the utilities well you are in the living quarters part of the basement.


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Choosing Between Household Features
Saturday, 15 October 2016, 12:00:00 AM
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When you're deciding between various properties to buy, there are countless features that need to be evaluated. Every person and family will have different values placed on certain items, such as a home complete with a hot tub or master closet. Before you bid on any property, take a close look at the features that are part of the investment. The monetary and personal value will rise when you pick a property with those top, desired amenities.

 

Choosing Between Household FeaturesBedroom Quantities

The main household feature that must be considered is bedroom quantities. Ideally, choose a home that has at least one more bedroom than you currently need. A family may only count as three residents today, but another child or a returning relative might need an extra room in the near future. If the pricing is too high for an extra bedroom, look for a home that has large rooms. You can always build walls within these rooms to create small bedrooms if necessary. Growing families simply need more space as time goes by.

Exterior Features

Some buyers don't want a big yard to care for each week. Mowing, gardening and other chores may not be feasible for a busy household. You'll want to concentrate on a home with more structural space compared to exterior, square footage. In contrast, you may want a big yard in order to install a pool. Work with your real-estate agent to verify if certain properties can even have a pool installed. Exterior features may also include gazebos, fountains and patio areas. Consider your family's needs as they enjoy the great outdoors so that you can find a property that matches those desires.


Community Perks

Many properties reside in a gated community. You'll have association fees that pay for certain amenities. Explore these communities because they can have perks that everyone can enjoy. Recreational centers, gyms, pools and tennis courts are some of the common perks found in some communities. If most of the amenities don't thrill your family, paying the extra fees for their use won't be a good investment. You might find a better property down the road with no community perks but a larger, master bedroom.

 

Major Appliances

When you consider a property for sale, you're also investing in the major appliances. The electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems are all part of the home when it's transferred to your name. If any of these systems are malfunctioning, it can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Allow the home inspector to give you a full report of each property's appliances. Be wary of any property that has questionable systems. There might be more problems that are hidden within the home. You want a property that has minimal issues from the moment that it's placed in your name.

 

Luxury Amenities

The family may want a room for the pool table or a freestanding guest house. These luxury amenities are possible, but you'll pay for their value. Make a list of every necessity and desire in a potential property. Because financial situations will differ for each family, you'll need to narrow down your luxury list as necessary. It's possible to find a deal on a fixer-upper property with a particular luxury item. Be aware of the home's benefits and drawbacks as you consider the investment.

If you have flexible time for your property purchase, you can wait for that perfect home. Properties enter the real-estate market every day so it's possible that a better home might be available in the near future. When you finally encounter this coveted property, bid on it as soon as possible. These opportunities may not arise very often.


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4 Tips When Buying a Home “For Sale By Owner”
Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016, 10:40:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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When searching the housing market, you will definitely find some properties that are for sale by owner (FSBO). You will have the opportunity to meet with the owner personally, making this type of sale more emotional. Remember to keep your eyes on the prize, which is buying the home. Here are four tips that every buyer should know when buying a home FSBO.

 

Eliminate FeesFor Sale By Owner

When buying a home directly from the owner, you could save a lot of money on potential costs, including the agent fees. You and the homeowner will be able to communicate with each other without worrying about the self-interested goals of a Realtor. You can build a rapport with the owner and discuss specific goals pertaining to the sale. You also have a better bargaining opportunity because the seller is not paying commission to a real estate agent, so he can afford to sell the home for less. However, without legal advice, you could encounter many issues, such as being forced into purchasing a home that you do not want.

 

Overpricing

Most homeowners will reject the opinion of local real estate agents, as it pertains to the value of their home. The homeowners will meet with a local Realtor before listing the property, but if they are not satisfied with the pricing strategy, they choose to fly solo. When homeowners sell their home, they are often emotionally attached to the property. As a result, the homeowners overprice the house. Another issue homeowners who fail to detach from their home face is not having a solid plan post-closing, which also leads to overpricing.

You should never purchase a home when the price is off, regardless of how much you like the property. You can also have a real estate agent look at the property for you. A good agent will look at the property with his eyes open, and know exactly what the asking price should be, or have the skills to negotiate a great deal for you.

 

Laws Still Apply

Whether you purchase a home through a real estate company, or a property that is for sale by owner, real estate laws are still upheld. Some of the real estate processes and procedures that still apply when purchasing a home FSBO include:

- Home Inspections
- Performing Repairs
- Disclosing Issues Pertaining to the Home

When these issues arise, the seller is legally required to cooperate. Trust your real estate agent’s judgment, as well as your own gut, to determine if the homeowner is not allowing your due diligence, or if you believe the homeowner is neglecting his duty as a seller. If the home does not feel right, move on to another property.

 

Better Insight

The homeowner will know the neighborhood better than a real estate agent because she has lived in the property. She can give you better insight to the best schools, stores and malls, instead of going by statistics. For example, the school system may have a high score, but the homeowner will know what teachers are the best, and what your child can truly expect. Other examples include the best doctors, the best routes to take to work, and how to maintain the home properly. When you want to know the perks of the community, or more information about the neighbors, a homeowner is better equipped to answer your questions, in comparison to a real estate agent.

Buying a home that is for sale by the owner is not a bad choice, but you should always enlist the help of a real estate agent to ensure you are getting a good deal. These four tips are also beneficial when buying a property that is FSBO.


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When selling your Home Make Sure it has Curb Appeal
Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016, 04:10:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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First impressions are important and a positive first impression when selling your home is essential. Unless a home buyer is looking for a fixer upper, a home that looks like it needs work will not get a lot of consideration. Curb appeal is the key when attracting attention whether that attention comes from a photo or the look of the home from a home buyer driving through the neighborhood.

 

 Let’s discuss seven ways a homeowner can kick curb appeal up a notch when selling a home.

  1. When looking for a new home, one of the first things a prospective buyer will notice is the lawn. Make sure the lawn is neat and trimmed. If the property has a fence of any kind, unmanageable looking grass growing around the fence is not an attractive site. If the home has walkways and planting areas trim the grass along the borders defining the planting areas and walks.
  1. Curb AppealLandscaping never hurt the look of the home unless it is unmanaged. Well maintained flowers, shrubs and trees add a very attractive accent to a property and compliment the home while giving the property a secondary focus in addition to the home. Unsightly utility fixtures can be hidden with properly placed and maintained shrubbery. It is important the vegetation does not interfere with the proper function of the utility fixture.
  1. If the property has a sidewalk and/or curb in front of the property pull out any weeds and grass growing along the gutter line, as well as pick up any litter. It would not hurt to sweep the sidewalk in front of the property and remove any left over ice treatment from the walk. They may seem like small things, but it’s the small things that add to the larger equation that is curb appeal.
  1. Power washing the exterior of the home will remove any dirt, grit and built up debris on the sides of the home and give it a fresh new look. Secure loose shutters or remove them all together. Scrape and touch up any paint that is cracked and flaking and repair any broken or otherwise compromised steps. If the home has a porch and railing system, tighten or replace any loose balusters and perhaps give the railing a new coat of paint. Hanging plants or a well placed potted plant along the porch will give the area a fresh new look. A sitting area on the porch will give the home a comfortable and welcoming feel.
  1. Outside light fixtures should be updated and well placed lights along a walkway or drive area will give the home a sense of security. Most homeowners have home security and safety high on the list of things they want in a home and a prospective home buyer who gets a secure vibe from a home may just want to give it more than a passing look.
  1. Wash the windows inside and out and they will glisten in the sun light. Shades and blinds on the windows will add to the comfort and security value of the home. Clean windows are a sign the home is well cared for and the owner pays attention to detail.
  1. Clean gutters are also an attractive feature to any home and also demonstrate the owner pays attention to detail. Clean gutters assure a potential home buyer the roof will remain uncompromised from any water and ice damage. Since the roof is the most important feature of the home, it is important to keep it secure and structurally sound.

 Investing in a little curb appeal will help increase the attraction to a home for sale and it just may be the difference between a home that languishes on the market and adding the “sold” sign out front.


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Make Relocating Stress-free for Your Pet
Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016, 01:25:00 PM  in spare room
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Whether you are buying or selling a home, sooner or later you will be faced with the task of relocating. Anyone who has moved knows that the process is stressful. There are endless arrangements to be made and tasks to be completed. The changes in routine and environment associated with a move are also stressful for our four-legged family members. The following are steps you can take to make the moving process as easy as possible for your pet.

Before the Move:

pet stressMake an appointment with your vet to make sure that all of your pet’s shots are up to date. You should also ask for a copy of their medical records. If your pet is a particularly nervous traveler, your vet can recommend appropriate medications to help ease their anxiety.

Plan Ahead:

If you are driving to your new home, be sure to identify pet-friendly hotels along the way. If you are travelling by air, it is important to contact the airline ahead of time to find out their rules regarding transporting animals. If you have multiple pets or a pet with special needs, you may want to consider hiring a professional pet transport service.

Keep Your Pet on Schedule:

Try to maintain your pet’s normal routine until you are ready to leave. Even a small change in your pet’s feeding, sleeping, or walking schedule can add to their anxiety. You should also maintain their regular diet unless directed otherwise by your vet. You should also avoid the temptation to bring extra treats to comfort them during the trip. A sudden change in diet can cause your pet to have an upset stomach, diarrhea, or constipation.

Preventing Escapes:

Even the most mild-mannered dog or cat can become frightened by the unusual noise and activity of moving. Be sure to have your pets in a secure room or crate before you start loading and unloading your belongings to make sure they do not make a dash for the door. You should also make sure that your pet is fitted with a collar and tag with your contact information or microchipped in the event they do escape.

During the Trip:

Be sure to pack a pet travel bag with all of the supplies that you will need during your journey, including:

  • Food
  • Medicines
  • A favorite bed or blanket
  • A litter box for cats
  • A leash or harness

Be sure to stop every couple of hours during your trip provide food and water and to allow your pet to exercise and relief itself. Do not forget to keep pets leashed or harnessed during all potty breaks.

After the Move:

Once you arrive at your new home, be sure to get your pet back on their regular routine as quickly as possible. You can ease their transition to their new environment by allowing them to adjust to the home one room at a time. Set them up in a safe and secure area with all of their familiar belongings. As your pet becomes more comfortable, you can gradually expand their territory to other rooms in the house. You should not allow pets outdoors without supervision until they are fully acclimated to their new environment. Dogs often experience increased separation anxiety immediately after a move. If this occurs, try adding more walks and play time into their routine to help them destress and work off excess energy. If you are unable to do this yourself, you may want to consider hiring a pet sitter or doggy daycare.

Most pets are highly resilient. Even if your dog or cat becomes stressed during the move, they should rebound quickly once they realise that you are still a constant in their life and that they have a place in your new home.


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