Check your credit. It is important to know your credit score upfront because it will help determine whether you’ll be able to secure a mortgage loan and gauge what your interest rate will be. You can check your credit score through several free online credit reporting agencies or you can inquire with your bank. According to Ron…
Spring and summer are traditionally thought of as the busiest times in real estate. For-sale signs crop up like daffodils on lawns across the country. But buying or selling a home during the autumn and into winter can carry many advantages, too.
After all, people are always moving and deciding to buy or sell, no matter what season it is. The National Association of Realtors has found that fall is the best time to purchase a home. Sellers during this time may be weary if their homes have been on the market since summer and willing to take an offer.
“Homes sell every month of the year,” said Gary Scott of Long and Foster. “I continue to think fall is the greatest time to sell, and that means it’s also a good time to buy.”
In recognition of National Kitchen and Bath Month—celebrated this month, our October checklist provides helpful maintenance tips for those two rooms—both of which are often considered the most important in a home.
Get your kitchen ready for holiday cooking and entertaining.
Refrigerator. Use a vacuum or a bendable coil cleaning brush to remove dust, pet hair and cobwebs that catch in the coils located under and behind your refrigerator. Clogged coils can cause the compressor to work harder and longer, using more energy and shortening the life of your refrigerator.
Exhaust fan. Remove the exhaust fan filters from above your range and put them in the dishwasher to clean all the grease that have collected in them from cooking.
Whether you enjoy outdoor entertaining or have a love for gardening, backyard spaces continue to transform as new trends flourish. From landscaping to outdoor amenities, homeowners are investing more than ever in their backyards. Today, the backyard is less about the extra lot of land and more of an extension of the home. Here is a look at how backyard spaces have changed since Long & Foster was founded in 1968.
Landscaping: “The emphasis on landscaping has changed drastically over the years – from the bare basics to much more extensive designs,” said Dave Reed, vice president of the Landscape Department of Meadows Farms Nurseries & Landscape. While annuals and woody shrubs continue to be used in backyard landscaping, perennial plants are much more…
By Jackie E. Allder, Vice President, Public Relations & Communications, The Long & Foster Companies
Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, an accurate appraisal is key to the transaction’s success. When the appraisal is not right, the whole deal can end up going sideways—leaving all parties frustrated.
To help you better understand and get ready for a home appraisal, we talked with Brian Quinlan, chief appraiser for Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC.
Here are three things that buyers and sellers need to know about appraisals:
The sellers’ agent can provide helpful information directly to the appraiser. For home sellers, your real estate agent serves as your advocate during the appraisal, and the information they present to the…
Personalizing your home can often be a long process as you search through store after store to find that one furniture item or accessory that speaks to you and fits with your home. Here are some quick and easy ways to make any part of your home feel more personal.
Follow these 11 tips to see how.
Change light fixtures. Adding new lamps or changing your current light fixtures can give a fresh light to your home. Switching up your lampshades also can bring your personality to life.
Hang artwork. Art is an easy way to make a statement in your home. Find cheap art in old calendars, art books by your favorite artists or online. Further personalize by mixing up the shape, size and color of the frames that you use.
Add throw pillows and rugs.…
Not only is selling your home a daunting task but preparing your home to sell is a huge undertaking. There are little changes that can make a huge impact on potential buyers, and can even increase the value of your home! Here are a few that you should do right now.
1. Start On The Street
An approachable home can make all the difference! A few things to consider doing at a street level: wash the entire exterior, touch up any paint jobs that have weathered over time, remove any overgrown plants and weeds, mow the lawn, and consider adding hardware such as a door knocker or updated numbers to really add that extra “oomph.”
One Month To Go:
1. Read over documents from your movers before signing anything. Don’t let contracts intimidate you by learning about the documents you’ll be receiving ahead of time. We can’t emphasize enough how important this is.
2. Take pictures of all electronics & cables before unplugging them. This will make reconnecting things such as your TV, cable box, and internet much easier.
3. Make a list of all your valuables before they go on the moving truck. Label the boxes you packed your them in.
4. Gather socks, t-shirts, towels, and linens to use as free packing supplies, especially for those fragile items.
5. Switch your cable and internet. Be sure to check if your current cable company can move with you. If not, cancel your old…
You might have heard that saying about the number of fish there are in the sea – the sea of prospective dates and mates. The same goes for homes on the market.
Even when the market heats up as it's doing now, it's not uncommon for a buyer to visit 10, 20 or even more homes before finding the property they want to make their home.
These numbers can be daunting, but even the most particular buyers, even buyers who are frustrated by how many homes don't seem like the right fit, can take heart in this one truth of dating that also applies to house hunting: You only need to find ONE.
So the next question is this: how do you know which fish is the one you should take home – I mean, make your home? To help, here are six signs that a given home…
Not everyone has the time to put major work into their home.
There are tons of DIY fixes that you can complete in a weekend if you are committed to rolling your sleeves up and getting your hands a little dirty! (not really)We filtered through some of the trendiest DIY hacks & projects that we think will be the perfect addition to spruce up even the most dated rooms in your home!
1. Paint A Room Or An Accent Wall
Painting a room or wall may sound like a tough job, but it can make all the difference and can be knocked out in a day!
2. Switch Out Cabinet Hardware
This one may sound too easy, but we promise it can be the thing to turn your…