10 Fall Home Maintenance Items for Homeowners

This is a great checklist for anyone who owns a home.  Follow this checklist to make sure your home is well maintained and trouble free.  It includes many items that aren’t daily or weekly maintenance, but are vitally important to do at least annually.  This is an excerpt from an article written by Karen Kostiw … Continue reading 10 Fall Home Maintenance Items for Homeowners

Improving your home’s Curb Appeal

The Importance of Curb Appeal We all know how important first impressions are … well, your home’s Curb Appeal is it’s first impression.  Many know how important it is to clean up the interior of a home, but if your home’s Curb Appeal doesn’t draw them in, then all of the work on the inside … Continue reading Improving your home’s Curb Appeal

January Pool Service

Keeping your pool healthy January is a great time to service your pool.  Whether you hire it done, or you do it yourself, the new year is a great trigger for less frequent maintenance tasks.  Every pool owner knows to regularly empty filter baskets, brush and vacuum the pool and balance the pool water chemistry.  … Continue reading January Pool Service

Homeowners’ Associations (HOA) – Good or Bad?

Deed restrictions and the presence of a strong Homeowners’ Associations (HOA) can either be an attraction to a buyer or drive buyers away.  How do they affect your buying decision? Personally, I live in a deed restricted community which has an HOA that enforces the Covenants and Restrictions for the community.  The last home I … Continue reading Homeowners’ Associations (HOA) – Good or Bad?

8 Tips to Reduce Moving Stress

Moving does not have to be stressful I have moved 11 times in my adult life.  I used to enjoy regular moves when I was much younger … the opportunity to see and experience new places was particularly appealing.  But, moving is also a very stressful event.  Here are 8 tips I have learned from … Continue reading 8 Tips to Reduce Moving Stress

Drive By Before You Buy

Avoid Unwanted Surprises BEFORE You Buy a Home Interested in buying a home and you want to know you will like living in the community?  Visit the neighborhood at these 6 different times to get an idea of what it will be like living in it. 1) Drive to and from the house at Rush … Continue reading Drive By Before You Buy

Financing Your Home Purchase – Dealing with Mortgages

Take Care of Financing BEFORE You Start Your Home Search The financial troubles in the recent past has possibly affected home mortgage processes more than anything else.  Lenders made it too easy for people to forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home.  As a result, many homeowners were devastated.  Here are a … Continue reading Financing Your Home Purchase – Dealing with Mortgages

Maximizing Your Home’s Value to Buyers; Tips for Sellers

A Little Work Before Marketing Your Home Will Pay Big Dividends Of course you expect high offers when you sell your home.  You can increase the chances of getting higher and better offers with a little work before putting your home on the market.  Start by getting someone who sells homes as a profession involved … Continue reading Maximizing Your Home’s Value to Buyers; Tips for Sellers

Relocating to a new city? … Making it “Home” more quickly

Are you considering a move?  Does that move include moving to a larger city?  Moving can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible. Research your destination first.  It is important to understand the character and culture you are joining.  Consider the types of activities you … Continue reading Relocating to a new city? … Making it “Home” more quickly

5 Tips To Make Buying a Home Easier

Are you considering buying a home?  Many people assume buying a home is impossible, or at least difficult.  You can do these five things to make it easier to buy a home: Be financially prepared Poor credit is one of the most frequent problems home buyers encounter, especially first time home buyers.  Getting your credit cleaned … Continue reading 5 Tips To Make Buying a Home Easier