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Waiting for spring can seem endless on cold, winter days. But wait no longer! Usher spring into your home a little early this year and the cheery feelings to go along with it.
As the Winter Olympics are about to begin, one could compare them to house hunting. But by taking a few steps, you won't need to consider buying a home to an Olympic event. This experience doesn't have to be rigorous, with the right help and preparation all can go well.
Are you tied of throwing your money away on rent? Considering buying a home or putting your hard-earned money towards another large purchase? Check out some areas where your cash could go instead of paying monthly rent.
Four places your money could go each month instead of paying rent:
Winter can be the season for fun in Hampton Roads, even though the temperatures can get down right chilly. Take a look at some of the many happenings across southeastern Virginia to see what's going on in your neck of the woods.
When temperatures dip, there are plenty of ways for industrious homeowners to easily and economically improve their homes. There's no need to call for outside help; just buckle down and tackle any areas that could use some TLC.
The recent blast of polar air can make anyone see the difference an energy-efficient home in Hampton Roads can make. Those without proper insulation can feel the effects in any type of severe temperature fluctuations, but that's only the beginning of the importance of improving residential energy efficiency. Even though initial costs may seem steep, these improvements can add value in various ways.
The Pantone color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. How can you use this bold hue to add a fresh look to your home? Don't feel like you need to cover every wall and surface with this bright color. There are ways to seamlessly incorporate such a shade for even color-shy homeowners.
If you've been thinking that 2014 could be the year for you to become a homeowner, there are a few resolutions that could help. Take your ambitions seriously this year to get the results you want.
Now is the time of year for giving big, and who better to lavish gifts on than homeowners who hold a special place in your heart? Sometimes these folks are too consumed with decorating or maintaining their homes that they could use some nice presents. When you want to surprise that special homeowner in your life, find out how to make a lasting impression.
Thanksgiving can be wonderful when you enjoy this holiday in your own home and neighborhood. Forgo the rushing around in exchange for some quiet fun in your own space. Look into all the activities that can be done to make this day special on your home turf.
This is the time of year that a home fireplace becomes more than a feature; it becomes a gathering spot. Make sure to practice fireplace safety, and maintain those focal points with a few simple steps. Keep those home fires burning during the coldest months to lower utility bills while creating a welcoming ambiance.
As Veterans Day approaches, service members may be interested to know just what types of homes may work best for them and their families. There's nothing quite like the amazing feeling knowing you've chosen the right home; all of our military members deserve to feel that way.
Autumn in Hampton Roads can be wonderful, and there are some features in the home that make it even better. So stick around the house this season to enjoy all the comforts of home.
There are some times when homebuyers tour homes with not only their own agents, but also the seller's agents. It is during these times it's wise if buyers refrain from uttering certain words that may impede their house hunting progress. Take the polite route, but keep your comments to yourself until you can share them with your agent in confidence.
'Tis the season of ghouls and goblins, so infuse the festivity of Halloween into your home and lawn. It's not too late to bring forth the orange and black before trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door.
Get into the Halloween spirit by:
Skip the tricks, and find the treats when you know how to maneuver the current housing market. Hampton Roads offers much to homebuyers who know how to scope out properties that make the cut.
Avoid tricks like:
One-Level or Two? Choosing a home that is all on one story compared to one on two or more levels is a question that can sometimes perplex homebuyers. Which is better and why? Unfortunately, there is no stock answer to this question as all buyers are different and have different wants and needs.
Amp up home security while increasing the value of your home with a few improvements. Home security features help protect occupants of the home, but can also maintain the safe status of the entire neighborhood. Do your part, and get rewarded with a secure home that commands a higher resale value when you're ready to sell.
The holidays are right around the corner, so now's the perfect time to prepare for company. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve are some of the more popular holidays in the fall to winter timeframe. And for many homeowners, this means extra people. Guests, both invited and uninvited, may show up without much notice. Being prepared can keep residents sane, and make visits go smoothly.
Searching for that new house in Hampton Roads? A condo may be the right fit. When some house hunters begin their search, they may have visions of white picket fences and single-family houses. But upon closer inspection, it can become clear that condos may be the ideal alternative for many of today's buyers. Take a look to see what condos offer that houses typically don't.
Invite the whole gang over to your home for Labor Day, but first spruce up your outdoor space. Even if your backyard, patio or deck has seen better days, a little bit of elbow grease and creativity can make it ready for visitors.
Save tens of thousands of dollars, and sell your home yourself. The prospect sounds good, right? Such a scenario may seem like a slam dunk, but it is rarely that easy even in a seller's market. You can't save the commission if you never sell the home and unfortunately, without the professional know how it is often simply unfeasible for many owners to sell their home without help. Here are some challenges that come with selling a FSBO.
Go green and get that new construction home at the same time. Today's builders offer so many choices that buyers don't have to choose between being eco-friendly and getting their dream homes. Check out some of the ways developers make it easy for homebuyers to be kind to the earth.
Staging your home in late summer is critical to getting those offers. Contrary to popular belief, there are still buyers house hunting in late summer; it's your job as the seller to get their attention. Not every buyer wants to get in a home before Labor Day; some have the luxury of time, but still want to find a home before interest rates go up much more. Capture the right buyer's interest, and a sale can be in your near future.
As "Breaking Bad" begins its final season, homeowners can use this groundbreaking show to look for lurking disasters that can move into neighborhoods and devalue properties virtually overnight. Although this program has a die-hard set of fans, these folks would do well to steer clear of the harsh ways of living often observed from week to week in this drama series.
"Breaking Bad" neighborhood disasters may include: