Tips to increase your homes curb appeal when selling

Curb appeal is a reflection of the owner’s care for their home, and it’s the first thing people see. A neatly trimmed lawn, well-maintained shrubbery and clean exterior areas show the owners’ pride in their home.

If you want to maximize the value of your home, you need to focus some effort on improving the curb appeal. First impressions can make a significant difference when it comes to selling your home. Improving the exterior of a property may not be as exciting as trying to figure out what to do with the kitchen, but in many ways it is more important. At first glance, you want your property to have a wow factor.Do these things to give the impression of a well maintained home. READ ARTICLE BY TRULANDING.COM

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How can a smart home save you time and money?

You could save 10-30% on your monthly electric bill by using a smart home connected products.  Smart homes features include HVAC automation, Security automation, curtains/blinds and lighting.  Smart grid technology uses a wireless thermostat.  These gadgets (examples below) are connected to the home network  with thermostats and smart meters. By connecting with the , smart meters can act on real-time pricing to change home energy usage patterns, like adjusting the during times of high prices. Examples of smart home gadgets are Google (Nest Thermostats; Smoke + CO Monitoring), Samsung (SmartThings) and Apple (Homekit).

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-01-consumers-favor-home-efficiency-smart.html#jCp

Smart homes use wi-fi or blue-tooth to control, optimize and automate temperature and lighting.  Smart home technology also incorporates security and entertainment but with cyber crimes on the increase, it may not be worth the investment to incorporate your home security quite yet.

How Has Buying a Home Changed Since Your Parents’ Time?

It’s natural to ask your parents for their input if you are thinking about buying a home for the first time. Although they may have valuable advice to share, be mindful that the times have changed from when they bought their first home to now. Read the article and watch the video to see the differences in purchasing a home in 1985 and now.

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Buying your home: A step-by-step approach

by Tara Sharp

There is a lot to consider when you decide to buy a home, especially if it is your first. How much home you can afford? What kind of loan should you choose? Which neighborhoods are both affordable and a good investment? These are just a few of the questions you’ll be asking yourself. But with an experienced agent to help you, you’ll get the guidance you need to come up with the right answers−and a home you love. Read more

Moving Day Checklist

Moving into your new home is a big job. The further you plan in advance, the smoother it will go. This list contains most of the big tasks you’ll need to do and suggested timeframes. Depending on your situation, you might be able to delete (or may need to add) some items.

8 weeks Before

  • Call moving companies for estimates
  • Remove and dispose of unnecessary possessions
  • Start compiling an inventory of your possessions.
  • Get a floor plan (with room dimensions) of your new home to help you decide which furnishing you want to keep and which room they will go in.
  • Start a file of moving-related papers and receipts.
  • Locate schools, healthcare professionals and hospitals in your new location.
  • Arrange to transfer your children’s school records and family medical records.

6 Weeks Before

  • Secure off-site storage.
  • Choose a mover and sign contract.
  • Contact your homeowner’s insurance agent about coverage for moving and secure.
  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowners, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your home.

4 Weeks Before

Create a file of important papers, such as auto license, registration documents and title; any medical dental and school records; birth certificates; wills, deeds stock certificates and other financial documents.

  • Notify the following of your change of address:
    • Post office
    • Banks
    • Credit card companies
    • Relatives and friends
    • Insurance agent, lawyer, tax/financial advisor
    • Magazine subscriptions
  • Notify utility companies of date to discontinue/transfer service and/or establish service at your new home. Also arrange for final readings and bills, including refunds on prepaid services.
    • Electric
    • Heating oil
    • Internet service
    • Natural gas
    • Telephone
    • Television
    • Trash collection
    • Water
  • Notify your state’s department of motor vehicle of your new address/
  • If moving from an apartment, arrange for refund of your security deposit.
  • Discontinue additional home services (housekeeper, gardener/lawn service, snow removal, and pool cleaner)
  • Start using up things you can’t move, such as perishables.

3 Weeks before

  • Make travel plans.
  • Make arrangements with condo or homeowners association to reserve elevator usage time if moving into or out of a high rise building.
  • Arrange to close existing bank accounts and open new accounts in new area.
  • Arrange for child care on moving day.

2 Weeks Before

  • Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
  • Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.

1 Week Before

  • Pack moving-essential boxes–important documents, travel clothes, personal items and prescription medications.

2-3 Days Before

  • Confirm all final arrangements with your mover and other service providers.

Article provided by Real Estate Buyers Agency Council