This year I sold my house and bought another, and it was EXTREMELY STRESSFUL!
Listing your home is tough; inspections, appraisal, repairs, negotiations, etc. You’re saying goodbye to a place with a lot of special memories, and no deal seems fair enough.
Buying a home is exciting, but it feels like you are on the defense; making sure the home is exactly what you want for a price you can afford. You’re always on the lookout for a bait and switch situation.
This is EXACTLY why it helps to have a #Realtor. Someone to explain the process and the paperwork… Someone who’s job it is to FIGHT FOR YOUR BEST INTEREST!
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Whether or not your are planning to sell this spring, consider boosting the curb appeal of your home! Your neighbors will be happy (maybe even jealous), your guests will be impressed, but most of all you will fell like a king pulling up to your very well groomed castle! Here are some tips for a LUSH and HEALTHY lawn:
1. Find out the acid/alkaline levels of your soil with a testing kit from the hardware store before you buy fertilizer and seed. The test will help you determine the right products to help your lawn and garden grow… and it will tell you what color hydrangeas you can expect!
2. Grass and soil can get compacted during the winter, making it difficult for oxygen and nutrients to reach root systems. Aerating, or poking holes in the lawn, helps. You can hire a lawn service to do this, buy a rolling tool, or invite your kid’s baseball team to run around in their cleats!
3. Spring is prime time for seeding sparse areas of your lawn! Just don’t forget to keep those areas well-watered if you want the seed to grow.
4. You have probably noticed weeds and crabgrass popping up all over the place! Now is the time to start applying a natural herbicide to prevent weeds from sprouting. Ask the folks at the hardware store to help you find one that won’t kill any of the surrounding plants.
5. You instinct may be to mow the lawn as short as possible to avoid mowing again soon. DO NOT DO THIS! NC is famous for summer droughts, and you could end up killing your grass! Set your mower to the tallest setting and cut only about the top third of the grass. Taller blades promote healthier root systems and help shade the ground soil, preventing it from drying out.
“I’m buying all new furniture before closing.” No you’re not, if you are selling you home you need to buy only necessities during showing. No splurging on clothes, furniture, electronics, anything. I say only buy food, gas, and pay your bills in the time you have. If this sounds excruciatingly difficult for you, then I recommend you have a friend or family member help you watch your spending carefully. As long as you can avoid the unnecessary shopping sprees you are in the green zone!
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Many times people will wait to show their house until they have shaved off every imperfection. I understand you want your house to look as great as it can look for a showing, but honestly if you don’t have some kind of sewage back-up or some kind of disaster on your property show it! The more people you can get to look at your home the better chance you have at selling it. Even if the buyers than come to see it don’t like it, they have friends! They can help spread word of your home and get it sold faster!
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A perfect house means it is perfect in every aspect, not “good enough.” So when looking for a house, take your personal items into consideration. If you have an exceptionally large sectional couch that you love and you’re not ready to part with, will it fit in your new home? You need to consider everything from furniture to decorative pieces. If it wont fit, then accept it and move on to a new home. The same goes for people selling their home, if you have a potential buyer and they say they love the home, but there is not enough room for their furniture, then that’s that!
Going on a first date and smelling your dates obnoxious cologne or perfume can be irritating, it is the same with houses. Have you ever walked into a friends home and you have so many overwhelming aromas that it gives you a headache? Many people don’t realize the over use of aromatics in their home because they spend most of their time in it. You don’t want to tie a rubber band around the handle for an air freshener, like you would a sink hose to pull a prank, and just let the entire can out in a room. Certain scents fit the area your home is in as well. If you are in the mountains a pine scent is generally pleasing, if you are near the beach an ocean breeze scent works. One thing that will turn people running for the hills is the smell of smoke in a home! You want to avoid that smell as much as you can.