Buying THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARPET Carpet. What separates us from the animals. There’s an aura of civilized living to a carpeted room. A warmth. Though wood-flooring maybe have become a more popular flooring option, you still probably prefer carpet in certain rooms like a bedroom or personal office. It’s just cozier. But not all carpets are the same. Going from […]
Homeowner CAULKING LIKE A PRO Caulk often cracks during the first year of a house’s life, due to the house drying out and settling. Unsightly cracks in the caulk aren’t just ugly, they can lead to leakage too. Once a house has settled, caulk cracks should appear much less often and with much less severity… but we live in the […]
Homeowner 14 ITEMS THAT WILL MAKE MOVING DAY GO SMOOTHLY My husband and I just bought a new home and sold our current. We are moving! Now that the excitement has worn off, it is time to get packing. As I think through packing and how I will get five years into a truck, I am also thinking through what moving day will look like. […]
Buying How to buy and sell a home at the same time   We all believe buying a home for the first time is the hardest thing until we have to buy and sell at the same time! If you’re looking to graduate from first-timer to repeat buyer, you know things are about to get much trickier. Unless you’re a bona fide house collector, you’ll have to sell your home […]
Homeowner 5 QUICK TIPS FOR DAZZLING CURB APPEAL Take a good look at your home’s exterior. Does it give the first impression you want to make? What could you do better to improve the look — and maybe value — of your property? Whether you’re planning to sell your home or you just want to make it more inviting, one of the best […]
Buying 13 VISUAL TRICKS HOME STAGERS ARE PLAYING ON YOU In today’s ultracompetitive real estate market, it’s said that potential buyers make up their minds within seconds of stepping inside a home. That’s why an ever-growing number of sellers turn to professional home stagers—whose services, some say, can add instant appeal and even sell a house up to 40 days faster. Their secret? An arsenal […]
Homeowner IT’S TIME TO CLEAN YOUR GARAGE   A garage is one of the easiest spaces in your home to let get unorganized and messy, one day you’ll walk in and wonder how it all happened. Take a second, breathe, and commit yourself to fixing this, it doesn’t have to be hard! First, you need to completely take everything that isn’t nailed […]
Homeowner THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTERIOR PAINTING I hate painting.  No, I’m not talking about Picasso’s “Guernica” or Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.  I’m talking about being up on a ladder in the baking sun painting one of four sides of my house.  It’s tedious, expensive, and can be difficult.  But in reaction to this article, it’s extremely important. I still […]
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Selling The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist Thinking about selling your home, but not sure where to start? Follow this link for the The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist from Houselogic. This checklist will help you narrow down what’s important to you with selling your home and selecting your listing agent. Want more information on selling your home? Give us a call at […]
Buying Real Estate Terminology jar·gon1 /ˈjärɡən/ noun special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand. “legal jargon” a form of language regarded as barbarous, debased, or hybrid. Every industry has their own jargon. Whether you are buying or selling a home, here are some important real estate […]
Buying What if you want to keep the sellers furniture? When you buy a pre-owned home, do you know what will come with the house? Do you get to keep all the appliances, the art on the walls or the outdoor pizza oven on the patio? Determining what will stay with the home and what will go with the previous owner will vary by seller […]
Buying Chimney & Fireplace Inspection A chimney inspection is a service performed to look for buildups and blockages, followed by sweeping to remove problems inhibiting performance. In this article, we will outline what is involved in a good chimney sweep. A good chimney company certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, will include these elements (and more!) within their chimney inspection: […]