Monday, June 11, 2018 / by Dane Carlson
Are you moving into a new home this summer? Congratulations! The summer season is a great time to explore a new neighborhood and make your house feel like a home. Unfortunately, summer is also the top season for home burglaries. While you’re getting settled, be sure to use these tips to make your beautiful new home less of a target to potential criminals.
Install a home security system
If your new home didn’t already have a security system when you moved in, now is the time to install one. There are so many types of security systems available at many different price points. You can opt for a set of surveillance cameras you install and monitor yourself, or choose a system that includes remote monitoring by a third party. The most important thing to remember with a home security system is that it doesn’t help you if you don’t set the alarm. Always be sure the system is engaged when you leave the house.
Secure the garage
Burglars will look for the eas ...
Monday, June 04, 2018 / by Dane Carlson
Summer home-selling season is here! The next few months are a great time to sell your home as many buyers wait until summer to make a move. While it means there are potentially more people who may be interested in buying your home, it also means more competition from other sellers. Make your home stand out this summer by staging it like a pro!
Nothing is more off-putting than a dirty house, and it’s doubly true when you’re trying to sell. The most important thing you can do when selling your home in the summer is to clean it from top to bottom. Everything should get a thorough scrubbing, from the floors and baseboards to the bathtub and countertops. And don’t forget the windows! Buyers don’t want to look through months of accumulated grim when checking out the view from the living room. Make sure those windows are crystal clear and sparkle in the summer sun.
Summer is the time when everyone wants to slim down to look good in that ne ...
Monday, June 04, 2018 / by Dane Carlson
Whether you’re in the market for a home with a pool or not, you may end up wanting to make an offer on a home that has a pool. It’s important to understand both the responsibilities that come with pool ownership as well as safety and liability concerns. Here’s what to consider if you’re thinking about buying a home with a pool.
Cost of upkeep
According to HomeAdvisor, the average monthly cost of maintaining a pool is approximately $190. You’ll want to factor this amount into your projected monthly expenses when you’re determining whether or not you can reasonably afford the house. That number includes general upkeep such as cleaning and maintaining the proper chemical balance of the water. You’ll also want to consider additional costs you may incur with a pool, such as heating the water, replacing broken parts like a pump motor, fixing leaks, and resurfacing as needed. Be sure to ask the seller if they have had any issues with ma ...
Friday, June 01, 2018 / by Dane Carlson
Is there a decision in life that is more nerve-wracking than choosing which house to buy? You know it’s a major financial decision, and any reasonable person wants to ensure they’re making the right choice before jumping in. But how can you tell when you’ve found “the one”? We’ll lay it out for you.
It fits your budget
One of the most important things to remember when buying a home is to buy what you can afford. Nothing is more heartbreaking than not being able to make your monthly payments. You’ll know you’ve found the right house when it fits easily within your budget.
It’s in a great location
Once you find a house you love, consider its location. Remember – you’re not just buying the house, but you’re also buying the neighborhood. If you visit the home and find a lot to love about the location, then that’s a great sign.
You’re excited to see it in person
Monday, May 21, 2018 / by Dane Carlson
Do you want to make your home look like a million bucks without spending a fortune? You can, with a little bit of creativity and know-how. Here are the best tips we’ve gathered from designers and stylists to make your home look more luxurious on a budget.
The first step to making your home look more luxurious won’t cost you a dime. In fact, you might even make a little money off the challenge. By de-cluttering your home, you’re drawing attention to your favorite pieces and allowing space for your eyes to rest. You can re-organize your decorations to fit a theme in each room, which will also add a layer of luxury.
Add crown molding
What is it about crown molding that makes a room look more sophisticated? It’s the finishing touch that adds architectural interest to any room. It signals sophistication and elegance, yet can be installed very inexpensively. Even a simple style of crown molding will elevate any ro ...