Do you know when you feel yourself getting over a cold? It’s when you can finally get out of bed and walk around without a Kleenex in your hand. You’re not 100%, but hey, you’re active, getting in the car, playing with the kids, and suddenly you see the light of big breaths at the end of dark, mucus-filled days (I know, the irony of starting this post off with a cold analogy). As we enter the start of June, there are signs that the worst of the coronavirus shutdowns and the economic impact may be over. For example, we saw an increase in new home sales for April, well above expectations. In addition, more people applied to open new businesses. Two great things!
Home renovation projects make homeowners happy and feel a sense of accomplishment, according to a recent survey of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The survey used a scoring system called “Joy Score” with 10 being the highest to determine what renovation project makes a homeowner happy in general.
With fall on the horizon, it may be a good idea to start prepping your home for the winter months! Not all home maintenance tasks or repairs require you to hire a contractor. With the warm weather still around, taking time to prioritize your winter home prep may work to your advantage.
Many families who live on a tight budget may have to hold off on remodels or upgrades. A few years after taking out a loan, you may find it necessary to make some home renovations as your family grows. If you think it’s time to make home improvements to give your family a comfortable living, refinancing could be your best option!
Summer makes it perfect for families to enjoy sumptuous grilled foods. However, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) noted that grilling puts many homes at risk of catching fire. As we plan to enjoy grilling during the summer months, it’s critical that we practice safe grilling techniques to prevent house fires.
Upon hearing the term “smart home” you may have flashbacks of The Jetsons, Back to the Future II or other futuristic depictions of fully-automated homes that prepare your dinner and take care of your laundry. It may seem silly, but we are moving closer to that reality every day.
Whether you’re planning to stay in your home for several more years or are looking to move within months, it’s never too early to start thinking about what it will take to get top dollar for your home. Fortunately, there are a few quick and inexpensive things you can do now to boost your home’s value so that once the time comes to go on market, you don’t find yourself with an overwhelming to do list.
By now you’ve heard tons of cost-effective, energy-efficient tips for keeping your home warm in the winter; make sure doors and windows are insulated, use a programmable thermostat and maintain your heating system, close the fireplace damper, etc.
Whether you are looking for clues to restore your home to its original glory, curious about previous owners, or just trying to determine property boundaries, discovering your home’s history may be easier than you think. Who were the previous owners? How much has the home sold for in the past? What interesting events have happened on or near the property? What did the property used to look like? Find the answers to these questions and more with a few sleuthing hacks to uncover your home’s hidden past:
Moving into your new home is an exciting time! But before you celebrate, there are a few items you’ll want to check off your list to ensure your safety and well-being in your new home.