Housing market fluctuations aside, investing in your home can increase its value and selling price when you’re ready to make a move. Even small, low-cost improvements can create large and lucrative results. Before you nail up a “for sale” sign, take a look around your humble abode and determine what changes you can make that will up the ante on your home.
Take a Curb-Side View – Your home’s first impression will be made from the outside. Survey your property and determine what improvements are needed. Rusty gutters, missing roof tiles and un-pruned bushes or weeds immediately devalue an otherwise sound property. Chiseling overgrown shrubbery and trees can also increase the amount of natural light coming into the home, which is a huge selling point. Adding a few well-placed rose bushes or seasonal decorations that lend visual interest can create a warm, inviting atmosphere, adding significant monetary value. Make sure your…
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Everybody should close their crawlspace vents this time of year and remember to undo your garden hoses from the bibs. If you have a vacant house, or a bathroom or guest area that you don’t use all the time, you should also take a few extra steps to prevent burst pipes. If your bathroom is on an exterior wall, leave the doors open on any cabinet that has plumbing in it. Don’t close bedroom or bathroom doors or shut off the heating vents. Keep those pipes warm enough to prevent the water from freezing!
1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers!
2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and
less competition means more money for you!
3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there
will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money
4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays!
5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to
pay your price!
6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do
during a working week!
7. Some people must buy before…
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For the National Trust’s Packwood House, a picturesque Tudor-meets-Arts-and-Crafts residence in Warwickshire, Mick Evans reimagined the existing sunken garden as a modern xeriscape. The surrounding beds were filled with gravel and planted with flowering species that thrive in low-water conditions, such as euphorbias and the succulent Echeveria.
Owner’s Title Insurance
When considering title insurance, it can be confusing as to what is required and what is optional. Many times when one is beginning the mortgage process, it can become puzzling as to what certain insurances are, and what exactly they are protecting. This can be especially true when it comes to title insurance. There are two different types of title insurance policies; lenders and owners. A lenders policy protects the lender in the event of title defects, while an owner’s policy protects the new homeowner from liens owed by the previous owner. Today, I am going to discuss the owner’s policy.
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A lot of times, when people are at the grocery store, they are trying to get in and out quickly, so they don’t spend much time examining different cleaning products that are available. They tend to stick to what they’ve always bought, whether they are the best and safest products or not. There are so many different options out there now, though, especially when it comes to greener, more eco-friendly products, so it makes sense to spend a few minutes seeing what’s available.
If you don’t have the time or money, however, to purchase natural cleaning products, you will be happy to know that there are many items that you probably already have in your home that can be used as natural cleaners as well. These cost-efficient natural products can serve purposes other than what you have initially bought them for and have been proven effective when it comes to…
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Fall cleanup: Rake up fallen tree/shrub leaves and compost them if healthy.
If you have had significant diseases such as downy mildew, apple scab, rose blackspot, powdery mildew, buckeye/horsechestnut foliar diseases or anthracnose, take them to the yard waste center where they can be hot-composted and properly destroyed.
For vegetable gardens, if you have not experienced foliar/plant diseases, (such as tomato early blight, late blight or Septoria leafspot) the leaves can be composted.
If your plants have had diseases, dispose of as recommended for diseased tree leaves above.
If you have had squash vine borer or cabbage looper caterpillars, be sure to remove and dispose of all plant debris as these pests can overwinter in the debris and return to haunt you next season.
If you have finished compost in your compost pile, you can spread it and till it in to vegetable garden beds so they are all ready…
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