Moving and Selling | Quad Cities Real Estate Blog
After you’ve purchased a home, there are undoubtedly many, many things that you will want to do in order to make it your own. From replacing lighting fixtures to updating the appliances, there is a very good chance that you will start making a list of projects to undertake when your free time and financial wiggle room both reach the right status.
When people come to look at your home, the first thing they will see and judge is not the living room or the roof, not the bathrooms, not the entryway or the windows. It is the yard and surrounding landscapes. Because this is a factor that people have a tendency to forget when it comes to preparing a home to sell, it is doubly important to keep it in mind as you work on preparing your home for listing.
There is both a blessing and a curse to having neighbors. When the relationship is good, it can be a great comfort knowing that someone is close by who is looking out for you and your home. The reassurance of a wonderful neighborhood community cannot be overstated. However, there are times when we want to have privacy from even the best of neighbors. Additionally, many of us live in homes where our “neighbors” live in a large apartment building or constitute anyone walking down the sidewalk bordering our backyard. Regardless, homeowners often find themselves wondering how to create a barrier between their yard and the outer world in order to cultivate a greater sense of privacy and peace.
After placing an offer on a home, and after that offer is accepted, there are still numerous things that must take place before the sale is finalized. One of the most important of these is the home inspection. The inspection itself is necessary to ensure that you are not being misled as to the condition of the home or that there aren’t severely problematic issues with the house unknown even to the seller. The process as a whole is something we’ve written on in the past and something that we will be presenting future articles on as well, but today we want to focus on something that is often scheduled with the home inspection but is often misunderstood or not understood at all: radon testing.
Okay, let’s imagine that you’ve found a home that checks most of your boxes. It’s in a good location, has the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, is close to the schools (if you’ve got kids) or far away from schools (if you don’t like them), and the yard is big/small enough for your tastes. Let’s imagine that there are all of these things and even more that work, but then let’s also imagine that there are some things that aren’t quite as appealing. Maybe the floors are the wrong material, or the cabinets are outdated. Maybe the roof looks a little sad with its sagging gutters, and maybe the yard could use a little – or a lot – of work.
If you’re here because of our introductory article on home improvement, welcome back! If this is your first time visiting our blog, a warm welcome to you as well. Today we are jumping off of last time’s article and starting to look a little at some of the areas of care you might need to consider as you move forward in the homebuying process.
Chances are good that if you’re in the process of selling your home you’re also in the process of trying to make the house and connected property as appealing as possible. It’s a factor that we often note that, major issues aside, an attractive house will immediately boost the salability of a home. For this reason, many people spend hours and hours going through the interior or connected property trying to fix and spruce up as much as possible before the home hits the market.
We spent some time with our last article talking about tree overgrowth and how it can affect the health of a home’s roof. Today we are going to continue with the theme of trees, although we want to bring things back to Earth, under the dirt, in fact, to where the trees extend with invisible arms to grip the soil beneath our feet.
We often speak about the importance of cleaning before showing a home to be sold. While it isn’t the most glamorous of tasks, and while it can sometimes feel frustrating to spend effort tidying up a space that you are preparing to leave, a clean home is increasingly important to the selling process.
We live in a time without modern precedent. The rise and proliferation of the coronavirus disrupted most of our lives, and the bungled and confused response from the government has left us in a state of perpetual uncertainty. What is safe? Who can we see? How do we live our lives in a manner that is both fulfilling while also not placing ourselves and our communities at risk?