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8 Factors that Enhance a Home’s Value

Text Version: Looking for the best return on investment on the home you're buying? Consider these factors, which Realtor.com identified by analyzing millions of sales nationwide: 1. Small Size. Over the last five years, homes under 1,200 s.f. are favorites of retiring boomers and first-time buyers' and have appreciated by an average of 7.5% per year - While homes 2,400 s.f. or larger have risen just...

How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Text Version: ✔️ If home is empty, leave utilities on and pilot lights lit. ✔️ Make sure electrical sockets, light fixtures, switches and fans work. ✔️ Confirm smoke and carbon monoxide detectors operate. ✔️ Check that faucets and toilets run properly and don?t leak. ✔️ Clean stove and over so they won?t smoke and set off alarm when tested. ✔️ Verify doors and windows open...

11 Home Features that Help You Sell Faster

Text Version: Thinking of upgrading your home before you sell? Here are the features buyers want most. 1. Laundry Room (92%*) 2. Energy Star Appliances and Windows (90%) 3. Exterior Lighting (90%) 4. Ceiling Fan (86%) 5. Patio (86%) 6. Full Bath on Main Level (83%) 7. Hardwood Floors on Main Level (82%) 8. More Insulation than Required by Code (81%) 9. Garage Storage (81%) 10. Eat-in Kitchen...

10 Most Common Flaws Found During Home Inspection

Text Version: In a study of more than 50,000 residences, here are the top 10 defects found during home inspections. 54.9% Doors need adjusting/servicing 54.8% Faucets and shower heads need servicing 54.5% Exterior caulking/sealant missing 53.7% Outlet or light switch problems 48% No circuit breaker (GFCI) protection 45.1% Missing or defective smoke alarms 45% Cosmetic or sheetrock...

5 Things to Do If You’re Selling Your Home During the Pandemic

Text Version: The world has changed a lot in recent months.  However, that doesn't mean the process of selling your home needs to be put on hold.  Here are 5 things to do if you're selling your home during the pandemic: 1. Clean and disinfect your home thoroughly. Finish up any DIY jobs and work on your home's curb appeal. 2. Reschedule any in-person open houses, in consultation with your Realtor,...

How to Protect Your Home During an Open House

Text Version: 1. Never picture anything of value in listing photos. 2. Remove antiques that might be damaged. 3. To prevent identity theft, hide bills and other documents that might have your contact information, Social Security numbers or bank account numbers. 4. Remove your checkbook and bank deposit slips. 5. Lock up or remove valuable jewelry. 6. Hide extra house keys, car keys and garage door...

House Not Selling? Try These Fixes

Text Version: Having a hard time attracting buyers? Consider these ideas to revive your home's potential. 1. Check Off the basics. If you haven't done so already, eliminate clutter and family photos, repair obvious flaws and have the home professionally cleaned. 2. Rethink room staging. Can you shift around furniture to make small rooms look more spacious, or to create focal points in large...

Home Closing Checklist for Sellers

Text Version: Clean the entire house, including inside drawers and cabinets. Close utility accounts and have them shut off on the day of closing. Place all keys (house, mailbox, pool, etc.), garage remotes, alarm and gate codes, etc. in one place, such as a drawer closest to the refrigerator. Create a packet of appliance manuals, service contracts, warranties, etc. and place them in the same...

What to Expect During a Remote Closing

Text Version: Florida is one of 23 states that has remote online notarization policies.  A few highlights on what to expect: The title company prepares the required documents, and then emails or uploads them to an online portal. The title company verifies personal information and identification by video. Buyers and Sellers sign documents electronically. The Notary Public uses audio-video...

How to Add Curb Appeal to Your House

Trim bushes and branches so they don’t block windows or architectural details. Set a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch or front walkway. Install new, matching locks and knobs on your front door. Repair any cracks or holes in the driveway, and clean oil spots with degreaser and a steel brush. Edge the grass around walkways and trees. Stow your garden tools...

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