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When you choose a real estate agent, it can seem you're putting all your eggs in one basket. But is that necessarily a bad move? Absolutely not! When you find a knowledgeable agent who can help you meet your real estate goals, there is nothing wrong with this common strategy. Actually, this route can be quite beneficial for several reasons.
As the temperature heats up and flowers begin blooming, it's time for owners to embark on spring cleaning their homes. Now this isn't regular dusting and sweeping; this is the deep cleaning that all homes need now and then. Spring is the ideal season to take care of these duties as eliminating pollen and dust can increase the well-being of all household members.
Homeowners looking to get the biggest bang for their buck in 2014 can do so with three major renovations as well as three minor renovations. When done properly, each of these projects can yield a significant return and more importantly, can improve quality of life for every household member who can enjoy the home after improvements are completed.
When buying a house, it may be tempting to bypass the home inspection. With so much going on, why go through the extra trouble of getting a home inspection? Ask any real estate professional and learn the reasons why, or just continue reading.
If you've thought about listing your home for sale, 2014 could be the year! Hop off that fence and call your real estate professional because a sale could be right around the corner. There are several reasons why now is the perfect time to sell, no matter what type of home you have.
Reasons why 2014 could be a good time to sell
So your home's not a spring chicken- there are plenty of fairly simplistic updates that can bring your home into this century. Don't feel like you'll have to spend six weeks on renovations or mortgage your house to complete these updates, either. Go at your own pace and freshen up your place, so that it feels like the right space for you.
Every home gardener looks forward to spring, but this time of year also comes with a list of chores that should be done around the yard. Even if you need a jacket, it's best not to put these duties off if you want a beautiful garden the rest of the year.
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.