Friday, November 02, 2018 / by Ryan Carlson
You know how it goes. In the beginning, it was all sunshine and heart emojis. You fell in love, and it was hard to imagine ever feeling differently. But time marches on, and sometimes you grow apart or fall out of love – with your house. Buying a house is just as much of an emotional decision as a practical one. And when it comes time to break things off and move forward, it can be tough. Here’s how to break up with your home gracefully.
Understand that your home no longer suits your needs
As we get older, our needs change. The house that you bought as you started your family may no longer suit your needs once those kids are grown and move out. Perhaps you’ve gotten a new job and the commute is too long and is making you unhappy. Maybe you or your spouse have mobility issues that make climbing stairs difficult. Or maybe it’s time to care for an elderly parent and you don’t have the room you need. Whatever the reasons, it’s smart to rea ...
Friday, October 19, 2018 / by Ryan Carlson
If you think Halloween isn’t a good time to sell your home, then think again. While it’s a holiday that’s typically associated with ghouls, goblins, and ghastly creatures, it can also be a great time to market your home creatively. Here are some of the best tricks we’ve discovered to use the holiday to your advantage when selling your home.
There’s no reason you can’t get into the Halloween spirit, just because you’re selling your home. But this is not the time to drag out the coffin, hang the spider webs, and cue up the scary music. Instead, opt for more family-friendly decorations with a fall theme instead of a spooky theme. Great choices include potted mums and pumpkins for the front porch and a wreath for the front door. Leave the scary stuff for next year in your new home.
Plan a Halloween open house
If you really can’t live without your Halloween decorations, then you can use them to your advantage. ...
Friday, August 24, 2018 / by Ryan Carlson
When searching for a new place to call home, many homebuyers will pass over older homes. They worry that an older home will be full of problems that will require expensive repairs, or that the layout or design will be too dated. While there are some risks associated with buying an older home, there are benefits as well. Here are some of the best reasons why you should consider buying an older home.
Let’s face it – many of the new homes on the market today lack character. When developers design new subdivisions, homeowners generally have just a few layouts to choose from. All the houses end up looking similar. If you crave a little more diversity, an older home is the way to go. Many older homes have great character with unique qualities that make them different from the other houses on the block. You’ll also find more interior details like carved moldings, wainscoting, and pocket doors.
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