When you put money in stocks, a mutual fund or another type of traditional investment, you get regular performance reports. You always know if your investment has gone up or down, and by how much.
You should be sure to get that same information when you buy a home.
So, if you want a status check on the value of your property, give me a call. I can provide you with information on the local real estate scene, show you what your home would sell for in today’s market, and answer any questions you might have.
It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on your home investment.
Home Inspectors Help More Than You May Think
If you’re thinking of buying a particular home, you’re probably aware that you should get a qualified home inspector to examine it. In fact, most offers will include a condition that the property be inspected before the sale becomes final.
A good home inspector will go over the property from top to bottom, inside and out. He or she will look for things like cracks in the foundation, out-dated wiring, repairs that need to be done, and aging components (such as the roof and furnace). The inspector will also provide a timeline for the replacement of any of the major components including HVAC windows, roof, etc.
Basically, a home inspector helps you understand the condition of the home and the related expenses you should expect.
But it can also be very beneficial for a seller to hire a home inspector. Getting your current home inspected before you list it for sale can help sell your property faster and for the best price.
So a good home inspector can be more valuable than you think!
Give Your Outdoor Space a Wash & Haircut
When preparing a home for sale, most people focus on making the inside look as appealing as possible. But the outside of your property deserves your attention too. After all, it’s the first thing a potential buyer sees.
You can dramatically improve the appearance of your property by giving it a “wash and haircut”!
Clean the driveway, walkways and deck or patio. A pressure washer — which can be rented from most home improvement centres — works best, although you can do nearly as good a job with a water hose and walkway cleaner.
Trim hedges and shrubs. Mow the lawn. Pull any weeds out of flower beds.
These small measures will help you make the best first impression on buyers.
Creating a Realistic New Home Budget
You’re probably aware that there’s more to the cost of a new home than its purchase price. So to help you make an informed decision, ask yourself the following questions:
- How much do you expect to pay for moving expenses? Don’t forget to include packing materials in your calculations.
- “Closing costs” are the extra charges you will have to pay at closing. How much do you expect your closing costs to be?
- Estimate how much you’ll pay for activating your phone, internet service, cable television, and other utilities at your new home. These little costs can add up.
- Will your new property require painting, repairs, and other preparations once you move in? How much will they likely cost?
- Will you need to purchase new furnishings, decor, and other items for your new home? What’s your budget for those items?
The more aware you are of the true costs of a home you’re interested in buying, the better choices you’ll be able to make about that home. If you decide to buy, you’ll be able to do so with much more confidence.
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