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Even if you love your home and never plan to leave it, there may come a point when you need to put it on the market. The home maintenance tasks you tackle today have a direct impact on your home’s value tomorrow. If you want to protect the value of your home, these are the home maintenance tasks you shouldn't put off.
Keep the Roof in Good Repair
A roof can make or break a home sale. Most roofs will last 20 to 25 years. If yours is nearing the end of that lifespan or is showing signs of distress, start planning for a replacement. Similarly, if you’ve had a storm recently, have the roof inspected, and tap into your insurance coverage for a new roof if needed.
Maintain Your HVAC
Your HVAC system may not be the most attractive part of your home, but it’s one of the most important for your home’s comfort. Keep up with routine maintenance, including filter replacement, air duct cleaning, and yearly maintenance inspections. This will help you get the best possible life out of your system, while also ensuring you can list the home with all of its components when you’re ready to sell.
Freshen the Paint
Not only does a fresh coat of paint make your home look great, but it also helps protect the woodwork in your home from damage due to everyday life. Buy quality paint when you paint, and try to keep up with the current trends while also reflecting your own style. This will keep your home looking attractive while also protecting its value. Keep the interior and exterior painted whenever necessary.
Protect and Cultivate Your Landscaping
A beautiful home with an unkempt yard is going to be worth less than a standard home with a beautiful yard. Your landscaping doesn’t need to be extravagant, but you should spend some time each year keeping it looking its best. This will increase your property’s perceived value down the road.
Appliance Care and Upgrades
Your appliances are something you rely on every day to keep things functioning well in your home. Keep up with their maintenance, and upgrade as needed, to give your home the best possible value. You will need good, working appliances in your home to keep things running smoothly, and potential buyers down the road will appreciate these items as well.
Maintaining your home makes it more enjoyable to live in, and it also makes it more appealing to potential buyers down the road.
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For those who love reading, the right nook with the perfect amount of light is a dream come true. Often times, these areas are found in a quaint coffee house or an old library. But what about in your home? Here are a few things to think about when creating your dream, reading corner.
• Space: You may need several shelves for your books, but your nooks only need a little bit of space. It should be somewhere quiet and inviting either inside your home or even in your back yard. No matter your decorum, reading nooks generally take up a small fraction of a room or outdoor area.
• Lighting: Make use of any lighting you find comfortable. You may opt for natural lighting by using a sunlight, large window, skylight or simply setting your nook up outside. If you want to get that quiet, somber, library feel, try using a small, free-standing light with a soft bulb or fix a little lamp to the wall close to your seat. Try to avoid using candles or dimly lit bulbs unless they’re supplemental to your main light source. This will make sure you avoid eyestrain so you can keep enjoying your space without the headache!
• Chairs and Tables: The seating in your nook should be comfortable and cozy. Smaller seating options may be your best bet when looking to unwind and relax. Adding wood or wood-like side tables with a dark stain can help give you that rustic feel. If you’d prefer a simpler, more modern corner, try sleek neutral colors for your table. These can be found in almost any material.
• Sound: For those that love reading while listening to soft music, you could use a nice set of earbuds or headphones. If you’d prefer to have your ears free, a quality sound system with small “hotspot” speakers may do just the trick.
A reading corner doesn’t need a lot of space, but placement strategy is key. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
• Armchair Plus Floor Lamp: One way to get the perfect lighting without windows is to place a floor lamp and an armchair in a corner. You’ll have a perfect corner for reading – simple, well-lit, and classic. Some floor lamps come with a built-in table, which can save you space if you want to keep everything consolidated.
• Children's Reading Corner: The youngest household members can also have a corner of the room designed to encourage reading. Only a small armchair or even a beanbag or poof is needed and can be placed in the most illuminated part of the room.
• Chair by the Window: A chair by the window is the simplest way to put together a corner for reading. Complement it with a few shelves and decorations, and you’ll have a modern and neat cove for your reading time.
• Built-ins: If you have more space, install a window seat or bench in front of a window. Top it with a comfortable cushion and throw pillows. Use shelving below as an organizer that can be used to store books or other objects. The shelving can also be used as a neat table, too!
Now that you have a few tips and tricks under your belt, go set up your reading nook! If you’re in the market for a new home with little areas that can be used as your own, personal escape, give me a call. I’d love to help you find your perfect nook in your perfect home.
Although you might already own a house, now may prove to be a good time to pursue a second residence. For example, if you have always wanted to own a home in the mountains, you can purchase a second residence to make your dream come true. On the other hand, if you want to own a vacation residence on or near the beach, you could enter the housing market to find a beachfront house that suits you perfectly.
Like any home search, finding a second house that matches your expectations may be difficult. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to streamline your quest to find a second home, such as:
1. Evaluate Your Finances
Your finances will play a significant role in your ability to purchase any house, at any time. As you get set to pursue a second home, examine your finances closely. Then, you can map out your home search accordingly.
Generally, it helps to consult with banks and credit unions before you launch the search. If you meet with these institutions, you can gain financial insights that you can use to make an informed purchase.
2. Establish Home Buying Criteria
Think about the features you want to find in a second residence. Next, you can craft home buying criteria.
Once you have home buying criteria in hand, you can narrow your house search, too. By honing your home search to residences in specific cities and towns, you can speed up your quest to find the right home at the right price.
It often helps to maintain flexibility as you conduct a search for a second home as well. If necessary, you can modify your home buying criteria throughout the home buying journey.
3. Hire a Real Estate Agent
There is no reason to enter the housing market on your own. Thankfully, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market experts can help you quickly and effortlessly acquire a second residence.
A real estate agent understands what it takes to navigate the home buying journey. This housing market professional first will learn about you and your home buying goals. He or she next will craft a custom home buying strategy based on your individual needs. Finally, a real estate agent will put this strategy into action and ensure you can discover a terrific home at an affordable price.
Furthermore, a real estate agent takes the guesswork out of buying a second home. If you are unsure about whether to submit an offer to purchase a particular residence, a real estate agent can offer a data-driven recommendation. Or, if you have concerns or questions at any point during the home buying journey, a real estate agent is prepared to respond to them.
If you want to pursue a second house, it helps to plan ahead for the home buying journey. By using these tips, you should have no trouble finding a second home that you can enjoy for years to come.