5 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom for Under $50

Did you know that you can give your bathroom a well needed facelift without totally bathroombreaking the bank? By following these simple suggestions you will be able to update and essentially renovate one of your most used rooms. (and one of the rooms that potential buyers pay especially close attention to)

* Paint Your Cabinets: You are not doomed to have those light wood colored cabinets forever.  All it takes is a little elbow grease in the form of sandpaper and paint.  One of the most popular colors now is white or a light colored paint that not only modernizes but also makes the space appear brighter and bigger.

* Tile It: What is so great about tiling now is that you don’t need to go through the long, labor intensive process of actual tile but instead use the peel and stick tile.  The final result is almost eerily the same and the cost and work is much lower.

* Paint the Door: While you still have your paint supplies handy you may want to paint the interior door to the bathroom an eye popping color.  This gives the entire room a focal point and brightens it up.

* Change Your Lighting:  More specifically change the glass covering on your lighting.  This is an inexpensive way to purge your old looking bathroom and give it a modern makeover.

* Change Your Towels and Bathmats: This seems simple enough and you will be amazed at the overall change.  As a side note: even if your bathmats come with a fluffy toilet seat cover… don’t use it.  It makes the entire bathroom look very dated!

Halloween Magic Show

I know many of you are always on the lookout for fun Saturday activities for the kids to do! hat with logoThis Saturday you will have no trouble at all finding something the whole family is sure to enjoy because the Pendleton Community Library is hosting a Halloween themed magic show at 10 am Saturday morning (Oct.25th).  During the show children will be asked to join in on the fun and all children will receive a prize for participating.  Halloween refreshments will also be served.  After the show is an ideal time to check out everything else that our amazing library has to offer! Hope to see you there!

Benefits of Listing Your House in the Fall

I think it is common knowledge that listing your house in the spring time is the most fall photo with logopopular time but did you know that fall listings can be just a successful.  Think about it… most people who are house shopping want to make sure they have found their new home before the harshest part of the winter hits.  This ensures that those buyers are more serious, make quicker decisions, and want to speed the process along just as quickly as you, the seller, does.

Curb appeal is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of selling a home. If you can’t get them interested from the outside there is not much of a chance they will even take the time to see the inside.  And really, what better backdrop can you have to your home than the deep, rich, and beautiful colors of the fall leaves.  You can’t buy this type of home staging!

The fall weather also helps to encourage potential home buyers to set up roots.  With the chill in the air the desire to nestle into a cozy, warm home is almost instinctual.  Increase the appeal by lighting a fire in the fireplace, baking a batch of cookies, and adding warm, earth tones to the interior of your home.  All of these will help the buyer feel at home and comfortable.

If you are considering selling your house soon but thought you should wait until spring… don’t! We can help you figure out the best home selling plan, price, and timeline.  Feel free to contact us with any questions! We look forward to hearing from you!

Qualities and Traits that Your Realtor Should Have

Choosing the right realtor is almost as important of decision as choosing the right house checkfor your family.  The difference between the wrong realtor and the right one may be thousands of dollars lost during the sale, months of sitting and waiting for your house to sell, or in extreme cases loss of your home due to financial hardship.  That is why we have compiled a list that we feel that every realtor should strive to achieve and we feel that we meet and surpass many of these requirements.  Our south Madison County market can be a competitive yet exciting market and we feel that with each home sold or bought we are gaining even more experience and insight into what makes a successful real estate agent.

* Reputation: Nothing, not even advertisements, commercials, or signs speak louder than word of mouth reputation.  That is why asking around to your friends and neighbors is a great idea when seeking out an agent.  We feel very confident in our reputation due to our diligence in the process and overall determination to ensure our customers satisfaction.  We encourage you to poll our customers and see their responses!

* Online Presence: I’m sure that this comes as no surprise that real estate methods have changed drastically since the internet has become commonplace.  With that being said we have prided ourselves in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to online advertising, use of social media platforms, staying in the know of current trends, and being fluent in new technology.  All of these help to contribute to the overall success of our team.

* Being Local: When searching for a home in a specific area or town you want your agent to be familiar with not only the homes but the heart of the town.  You want someone who can tell you that this particular street will be closed during parades or that this particular neighborhood has lots of kids, dogs, etc.  Being immersed in the town of Pendleton and all that it has to offer allows us to serve you, our consumer, to the fullest extent and bestow upon you the knowledge of the town that we have picked up along the way.

* Experience: This one is simple, you want someone that knows what they were doing.  Many of us on the team have years and years of experience and can help guide you seamlessly along the process.  We have worked hard and dedicated ourselves full time to the real estate business so as to better accumulate more and more experience/knowledge.

* Busy… but not TOO Busy: You kind of have to question a real estate agent that is not very busy or has very few listings.  This is because it’s either he/she is not fully dedicated to the process or their poor reputation has finally caught up.  A steady stream of clients and houses is the ideal situation that a realtor would be in and very much represents our day to day business.  You also do not want a realtor that is too busy to properly handle your transaction.  We feel that we have found the perfect balance.  We have a fully staffed team that includes job specific titles such as operations manager and marketing manager to allow our agents to focus on those more important things such as YOU!

Local Business Spotlight: Three Little Monkeys

For all of you moms, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. you know how expensive three little monkeys and logohaving a child can be.  The diapers and formula alone can wreak havoc on your bank account.  Then comes all of the clothing needs, toys, shoes, seats, and strollers.  As a mom myself I don’t even want to think about the amount of money I spent on each of these items to only use some of them once or twice.  That is what makes Three Little Monkey’s such a wonderful and cost saving store.  In addition to their amazing, clean, brand named, and organized selection of clothes ranging from new born all the way up to tween, they have toys both new and used that the kids are sure to love. Their selection of pre-owned strollers, carseats, bouncers, bath-tubs, and more is always changing.  They even have a maternity section for those moms-to-be.  The best part is as your child outgrows a toy, clothing, or accessory you can set up an appointment to potentially sell the items to them on consignment.  There really is no better, more cost effective way to shop for your little ones! Be sure to follow them on Facebook to see new items they receive or specials they may have!

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a House

We all know the saying, “live and learn” and that is certainly a mantra in the home buying oops with logoworld.  That is why I am letting you first time home buyers in on some of my hard earned experience and sharing with you some mistakes that I as well as some clients have made.

* Don’t go it alone.  I’ve seen many potential buyers think that they can navigate the home buying process without the assistance and guidance of an experienced realtor.  Unfortunately, all too often this ends in headache and financial loss.

* Don’t forgo the pre-approval from your lender.  There is truly no worse feeling then watching the house of your dreams slip through your fingers because you didn’t get the loan pre-approval.  This way you can also help determine your price range.

* Don’t exceed your budget.  While the new house prospects out there are all very tempting you have to remember that there will be other expenses that arise as well.  It is important to be financially responsible so that you don’t end up over your head in expenses.

* Don’t EVER skip a home inspection.  Sure the house may look great or you may not want to spend the money on an inspection but be rest assured, it is the best money you will ever spend.  You would be amazed at the unforeseen issues that may arise.

* Don’t get hung up on the little things that are easy to change (i.e. paint, carpet, fixtures, drapes, etc.) You wouldn’t want to pass up on a great house because of the color of the kitchen, which would cost on average $50 to repaint.

* With that being said, don’t ignore the bigger issues that aren’t so easily fixed (i.e. not enough natural light, layout of the home, location, etc)

 

Things to Do After Purchasing Your New Home!

While the big decision has already been made and you are eagerly awaiting the start of  moving truck with logoyour new life in your new home there are a few things you may want to do once you move in.  Be sure to share these tips with any new homeowners you may know!

* First things first… change the locks.  While the crime rate may be low in the area you still never know who all has a key from the neighbors, old babysitter, in-laws, etc… there may be more keys to your house floating around out there than you would care for.

* Fill out for a change of address.  This of course includes filing a change of address form with the post office but also notifying all businesses and contacts of your new address.

* If you are bringing pets to your new home be sure to familiarize yourself with a local veterinarian and a local animal hospital.

* The same goes for your local hospital.  It is always wise to know your new surroundings and routes to get there.

* Before moving into your new home make sure you have changed all utilities into your name and had them switched on.  Sometimes this can take a day or two and you don’t want to be unpacking in the dark.

* Before your furniture and belongings are moved in it would be a good time to thoroughly clean the house, inside cabinets, under appliances, etc.  If there is any hint to an insect issue now would be a good time to bug bomb the house.

* Once you start unpacking this is an ideal time to make a recorded inventory of your valuables.  This can be as simple as snapping quick photos of everything.

* Something that can save a headache down the road is going ahead and labeling your breaker box.