Thursday, April 7, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Owning a home is a wonderful milestone and an investment in your future! Your home purchase is likely to be one of the largest investments you will make in your life, and just like any other investment, you must protect it. If you properly maintain your home, you may find you can live in it for several decades and still sell it for more than you originally paid! When you buy a new car, it will most likely depreciate the moment you drive it off the dealer's lot. On the flip side, when you purchase a new home, it will likely retain value for years if its condition is maintained. In this article, we will outline the best ways to protect your home, so you maximize the value of your investment in the future!
Make Preventative Maintenance a Priority
Owning a home means you are the "landlord", which comes with the responsibility of upkeep and maintaining the property. The first step towards keeping your home in tip-top shape is creating a maintenance schedule. Outline all the majo; ...
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Buying your first or next home is a major step in life, and after you’ve closed on your new digs it may feel like you’ve finally won the race and can take a breather! While you may now be the proud owner of a new home, the process is not over quite yet. You still have a few more steps to go to get your home ready for living!
Put New Locks on Your Home
Changing the locks on your home may seem like an obvious step, but many new homeowners forget this stage. Since you do not know who has access to the house via the old locks, it is crucial to have your entrances re-keyed for safety and peace of mind. To exchange your locks, you can purchase DIY kits or call a locksmith to come out and replace your locks. For older homes, you may consider hiring a professional as the building standards for locks have changed, which can cause challenges during installation.
Hook Up All Utilities
When the homeowners leave the premises, they will shut off util; ...
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 / by Brian Armstrong
Environmental concerns have driven demand for sustainable living solutions. Eco-friendly solutions come in many shapes and forms, but one of the best ways to make an impact is by improving your energy efficiency. Many options on the market can not only help you improve your home's eco-friendliness, but many can also save you money! Here are some of the most popular upgrades that homeowners are installing in their homes!
Making Your Energy Usage Smarter
When it comes to making eco-friendly improvements to your home, understanding your energy consumption is crucial. From interior lighting to heating and cooling your home, energy consumption typically makes up the largest environmental footprint in your home. Homeowners seeking to make some green improvements can install smart meters into their homes. These devices can help you monitor your electricity, energy, and/or water. Smart meters track the quality, quantity, and time of consumption - and display real-time data to you via inter. ...
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 / by Brian Armstrong
If you are thinking about selling your home, you may have heard of the term “staging” to help you sell your home quicker. Staging refers to preparing the home with the primary goal of appealing to as many potential buyers as possible. Staging focuses on highlighting your home’s best features to help you attract potential buyers and maximize the price your property sells for. The goal when you sell your home is to help potential buyers envision their future living in your home, and this guide can help you do so!
Why You Should Stage Your Home
If you look across the market properties for sale, you will notice some homes that really stand out and some that don’t pop out as much. Many homeowners do not stage their home prior to putting it on the market, which means two things. 1) Those homes are likely not going to fetch a large pool of buyers or the highest value they could get for their home. 2) Your staged home will really stand out next to comparable homes in ! ...
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 / by Jordan LaFond
How to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal in 5 Easy Steps
Have you ever driven by a house and thought, “Wow, that’s a really nice looking home?” There’s a phrase for that: Curb Appeal! Curb Appeal is a fancy way of saying how well one's home and surroundings look when viewed from the road. In this article, you will learn why curb appeal is so important and how you can increase your home's curb appeal without breaking the bank!
Why is it Important?
Curb appeal is the first impression that someone will have when looking at your home. You always want to leave a good first impression, and it is no different when it comes to your home! If your home isn’t appealing from the outside, buyers may assume that the inside will look similar.
Additionally, pride of ownership is one of the “not so obvious” things buyers are looking for when it comes to buying a home. Buyers want to know that a home has been well maintained by its current owne5 ...