There’s many different things that can make or break a home sale. When you’re selling your home, you want it to be as attractive as possible to buyers. Besides proper staging, there’s plenty of things that you can do to attract buyers and get the best price for your home. 

Don’t Let Gutters Hold You Back

Routine gutter maintenance can save you a lot of grief later. Just simply taking the time to clean your gutters can prevent a lot of damage to the foundation of your home. Water will be able to run off to surface of your home properly. 

The Roof Is A Problem Area

Roofs typically last anywhere between 20 and 25 years. If it’s approaching the end of its lifespan, or if it needs repairs, you’re wise as a seller to spend money on the roof. It will keep buyers interested, and you’ll be able to negotiate a better return on the sale of your home. You can even get a certification that the roof is in good shape to help you during the inspection phase. 

Buyers Want Modern Appliances

While replacing some appliances doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to homebuyers, having more modern appliances in your home helps buyers to see that you have done some updating. It won’t leave buyers wondering what else needs to be replaced in the home if the appliances are from the current decade.   

The Doors And Windows Are A Pathway To Selling

When potential buyers enter your home, expect them to open your doors and windows. Any windows that are stuck or doors that don’t work properly can be red flags to buyers who are looking for homes that have been well-kept. Replacing the windows in your home can bring you a return of between 50 and 80%. Complete replacement may not be necessary if the windows are still functioning as they should. 

Maintain HVAC Units For Happy Buyers

Typical well-cared for HVAC systems can last up to 25 years. One that is aging can be a problem area for some buyers. If you don’t want to lose a sale, an old heating and cooling system can be an issue for you as a seller. Keep in mind that this could also be a place for negotiations during the sale of the home.  

The Foundation Gives Buyers An Overall Picture Of The Home

Cracks in the walls or the foundation itself can be a sign of larger problems in the home. You should fix any cracks in the foundation or issues with the walls. Definitely have a plan in place in case buyers worry about any repairs that were made to the foundation, especially after the inspection. 

Harmful Substances

One of the big areas that can be a deal breaker in the sale of a home is the discovery of radon. This is a radioactive gas that is a proven carcinogenic. It’s found in rocks, salt, soil and water. This one thing can throw both buyers and sellers for a loop, so do your research in the selling process. 

Don’t Be Overzealous In Your Listing Price


One of the biggest reasons that you won’t find the right buyer for your home is the listing price. Without a good pricing strategy, your home could stay on the market for a long time. Be sure that you’re not listing a property above the market value so you’re not missing out on the right buyers.

Once you start the process of buying a home, you may begin to feel as if you know everything there is to know about real estate. There’s so much house hunting, researching and negotiating that the process can be dizzying. Once you get into a contract and start the home inspection process, a whole new host of questions comes to the table. Now, you need to know the nitty gritty of what you’re about to buy. 

Once you hire a home inspector, it could seem like they are speaking an entirely different language. These inspectors will be looking for any and all potential problems with your new dream home. In order to get the most out of your home inspection, you’ll want to ask smart questions.

How Much Of An Impact Does This Have?

Home inspectors cannot legally tell you whether a property is “good” or not. They can only tell you the things they find wrong with the property, or where they see a need for improvement. These inspectors will seem pretty even keeled when you meet them, so they can be hard to read. They’re all about facts. Asking them what kind of an impact a certain problem will have can help you to make a more informed decision. 

Who Can Fix This?

In many states, home inspectors cannot legally make repair recommendations. They can however give you an idea of how easy or how complicated it may be to fix something. You may find that you’ll be able to make simple repairs on your own rather than hire someone for a big price. The only drawback is that home inspectors cannot actually “fix” anything for you. They can only give advice.  

What’s A Priority?

Your home inspector can give you an idea of what issues in the home you are about to buy need to be fixed first. Since the inspector’s job is to point out absolutely everything- both big and small- you’ll want to know what has the biggest priority so that you can plan accordingly. If things are at the “end of their lifetime” rather than in need of a simple repair, you’ll understand as a homebuyer how much money you’ll need to shell out for repairs sooner rather than later.   

Where Is That?

Many times as home inspectors as heading through the property, mentioning things that need repairs and attention, you may have no idea what they are referring to. It’s a good idea to have a notepad and and a camera so that you can refer back to what the inspector was talking about. Some inspectors even insert digital pictures into their reports, so you can ask about that when you’re hiring an inspector.   

How Does That Work?

Inspectors can often give you an idea of how different moving parts of the home operate. If you’re new to homeownership, or come across something that you have never seen before, your inspector will be happy to help you figure it all out. It can be a lifesaver once you move in since you’ll already know how much of the house operates.

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Purchasing a house on a budget can be difficult for even the most diligent property buyer. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you create an effective homebuying budget and reduce the temptation to spend beyond your means to acquire your ideal residence.

Now, let’s take a look at three tips to help you craft a property buying budget.

1. Examine Your Finances Closely

Your income, everyday expenses and other financial factors may impact your ability to buy a house. Therefore, you should analyze your finances closely to determine how much you can spend on a residence.

Once you evaluate your finances, you can establish a price range for your home search. Next, you can kick off a house search and move one step closer to acquiring your dream house.

2. Get Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a three-digit number based on your outstanding debt, length of credit history and other factors. It may have a major impact on your ability to secure home financing and establish a successful homebuying budget. As such, you should review your credit score and work to improve it before you enter the housing market.

To obtain your credit score, you can request a copy of your credit report from each of the three reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). You are eligible to receive a free copy of your credit report annually from each credit reporting bureau. Thus, you should take advantage of this complimentary perk and obtain your credit report as soon as you can.

If you identify outstanding debt on your credit report, you should work to pay this off. Or, if you find errors on your credit report, you should contact the bureau that provided the report to fix these mistakes.

3. Meet with Lenders

Banks and credit unions are happy to meet with you to discuss various home financing options. If you consult with these lenders, you may be better equipped than ever before to create a successful homebuying budget before you launch a house search.

Ultimately, lenders can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage. If you get a mortgage prior to searching for a house, you’ll know exactly how much you can spend on a residence. Then, you can speed up your home search and discover your dream house faster than ever before.

As you get ready to begin your quest for your ideal residence, you may want to hire a real estate agent too. This housing market professional can put you in touch with top lenders in your area and help you secure home financing. Furthermore, a real estate agent can tailor a home search to your property buying budget. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will help you negotiate with a seller’s agent to ensure you can get the best price on any home, at any time.

Create an effective homebuying budget – use the aforementioned tips, and you can establish a property buying budget and use it to streamline your home search.

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Are you planning on moving in the next 6-8 months? Don’t let your belongings take ownership of you. As consumers, we tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff” over the years. After spending 5, 10, or 20-plus years in one home, this can amount to more than some of us can handle. Do you have more than 4 sets of dishes? How about piles of toys & board games from when your kids were younger? And then there are those passed-down antiques that no one in the family seems to have use for, yet no one wants to throw away.

 

Rather than rush while packing and having to take the whole mess with you to your next home, consider starting the process early! You can categorize your belongings into the following groups:

 

  • Keep
  • Sell
  • Donate
  • Throw it away

It may be hard to discern which category an item goes in. This is why it’s a great idea to solicit help when you’re moving and downsizing your piles of stuff. An outsider can be a bit more objective to help you see what’s useful and what isn’t. 

The Keep Pile

The items you want to keep through your move are those that you use every single day. There’s no question in your mind that you’ll need these things at your next residence. Think of the items that are either irreplaceable or still in good working condition like bedding, the coffee pot, furniture, and personal items like books, DVDs, and electronics. 

Sell For Profit


If you have a question about any of the items that you’re going through, you may want to consider selling them. Is your sofa still in good condition, but won’t fit well into your new place? It’s time to get that piece of furniture to another good home and make a bit of cash while you’re at it. There are tons of websites, apps, and other resources that connect you with people who are looking for the items that you want to get rid of.

Donate

Some items may not be an easy sell. You may not even have the time to sell them. This is where donation centers allow you to do some good while you’re cleaning out your things. As you’re packing for the move go through things like clothes, books, DVDs, games, toys, and other knickknacks. Those figurines that have been sitting on the shelf may not be ideal for your new house. 

It’s also a good idea to keep the amount of space that you’re dealing with in mind. If you have less space, downsizing will be ever important. On the flip side, if you’re moving into a bigger house, you don’t necessarily need to fill it up!

Trash Pile

Unfortunately, we’ll always have a few things that need to be thrown out. Items that are ripped, stained, worn, broken, or plain useless must face the fate of the dumpster. 

No matter how you go about cleaning out your home before a move, you should know that it will feel amazing to have a lighter load to move as the clutter is cleaned out.             

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