Carrie Reynolds' Blog
There is a science to selling your home at the best price and within the shortest period of time, but it's not always an exact science!
Although you can't control market conditions, seasonal fluctuations, or the condition of your neighbors' property, you are still in the driver's seat when it comes to pricing, curb appeal, and the interior condition of your home.
Assuming there's no legal snags or major "red flags" about the condition or appearance or your home, the selling price you set may make the difference between a fast sale and house that lingers on the market for months on end. Many house hunters and (all) real estate agents are quite savvy about property values and real estate prices. If the selling price of your home is based on emotional factors or the amount of money you need to get back in order to purchase your next house, then there's a good chance you'll be pricing yourself out of the market. That's where your real estate agent comes in. They will help you set a realistic asking price that will favorably position it to similar properties in your neighborhood and community.
While everyone wants to get the maximum return on their real estate investment, there's usually a limited amount of "wiggle room" between the appraised value of your home and the amount of money a potential buyer would be willing to pay for it. Since it may be difficult for you, as a homeowner, to be objective when determining a realistic price for your home, it's often beneficial to have a comparative market analysis done by a real estate agent or professional appraiser.
Another reason for consulting with professionals involves the need to be objective about home improvements. Some home sellers have a difficult time accepting the fact that their asking price can't always reflect the full cost of recent home improvements. Home additions, updates, and recent remodeling work can have a positive impact on your home's asking price, but it's usually not a dollar-for-dollar return on investment.
If you're preparing to put your house on the market in the near future, it pays to do a little online research, have your property professionally appraised, and/or work with a real estate agent who will do a comparative analysis of your home's value. Other things you can do to increase the likelihood of getting your home sold quickly include a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning, applying a fresh coat of paint where needed, and "staging" your home to appeal to the widest variety of potential buyers. While that might include making some major changes to your home's décor, its landscaping, or even furniture arrangement, the rewards of a speedy sale often justify the effort and short-term inconvenience of getting your home ready for the close scrutiny of house hunters, home inspectors, and buyers' agents!
Your kitchen floor is what makes a statement in your home. The floor of the kitchen sets the design tone for the entire room. The choices for your kitchen floor are seemingly endless with tile to hardwood to everything in between. While the kitchen floor may not be on the top of the list during your kitchen remodel, it should be. These floors take quite a beating due to food being dropped, entertaining, foot traffic, and just overall frequent use. The flooring of the kitchen will help to pull the look of a room together and help to add value to your home. The floors should help accent the counters, appliances, and cabinets. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most common kitchen flooring materials with some advice on how to choose what’s right for you
Stone Or Tile
These choices are perfect especially if your kitchen is a heavily traveled area. Let’s face it, most kitchens are where people come in and out, looking for food! Your decision will depend on where your kitchen is to the relationships of the main entrance to your home.
This is a durable material that’s quite versatile and available in a variety of colors to suit your style. The great thing about cork is that it is water-resistant and it reduces noise from impact. This could be a great choice if you have children who love to run around and you also have a need for a quiet space upstairs.
Wood is to kitchen flooring what granite is to kitchen countertops. Wood just makes a kitchen feel classy. It’s great under your feet and durable at the same time. Wood can withstand heavy traffic, water stains, food spills, and more. You can even go for a less expensive alternative that gives the same look and benefits of wood for less.
If you’re on a budget, vinyl kitchen flooring is the way to go. these floors offer a variety of styles and color choices. The material can be purchased either in tile or sheet form.
Laying Down The Flooring
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is not hiring professional help when needed to install things in the home. This applies to flooring as well. If you don’t feel comfortable laying down tile, or whatever type of flooring you choose, call the people who know how to do it best. Improperly installed flooring can lead to bumps, cracks, and the need for yet another new floor much sooner. It could be worth the extra investment to hire professional help to install your new kitchen floor.
Buying a home is a very detail-oriented process, and there's a lot of important things you can overlook if you're not organized.
Home buyers generally have the opportunity to do a last-minute inspection of the premises to make sure everything's up to standards prior to closing on the property.
A real estate buyer's agent can accompany you on the final inspection or provide you with advice on what to look for.
If you've already visited the home a couple times and had the house professionally inspected, you're probably well-acquainted with any major malfunctions, flaws, or repair issues. In many cases, home buyers may reach an agreement with the seller to fix, replace, or make allowances for mechanical or cosmetic problems. While real estate negotiations and sales agreements are as varied as the people and properties involved, there are typically dozens of things buyers need to check on before they sign the final documents and accept ownership of the property.
Final Walkthrough Tips
As you're doing the final walk-through of the house, it's necessary to remember or have notes on the condition of the home when you last looked at it. You'll also want to have a clear idea of what appliances, fixtures, and window treatments are supposed to be remain in the house after it's been vacated by the seller. Depending on how close your final walk-through is to the actual closing, that has probably already happened.
If there's anything missing that the seller agreed to include in the sale, then that's an issue you'll want to discuss with your real estate agent or attorney. Any property damage that may have resulted from moving furniture and other belongings should also be discussed before final papers are signed. The same thing would apply to landscaping changes that appear to be inconsistent with the sales agreement. Your buyer's agent and/or lawyer can serve as intermediary in getting these issues clarified and ironed out.
To make sure your final inspection is thorough, it's a good idea to have a "final walk-through checklist" to help keep you organized and focused. You'll want to take a last-minute inventory of items that are supposed to be included with the property sale, such as appliances, lighting fixtures, furnishings, window treatments, children's play structures, hot tubs, and anything else that was agreed to in the sales contract.
Other items you'll need access to may include garage door openers, manuals for appliances and mechanical systems, warranties, invoices for repairs made, and remote control devices for things like ceiling fans, alarms, and other systems.
Your checklist and final walkthrough should focus on a variety of items, including the working condition of appliances, the electrical system, plumbing fixtures, and the condition of walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and landscaping features. For a complete checklist, look online or consult your real estate agent.
If you live in Florida or are considering moving here, chances are it's the warm temperatures, the appealing lifestyle, and the hundreds of miles of sandy beaches that draw you to the Sunshine State.
For people who love a brisk walk or a leisurely stroll along the water's edge, there's really no other place that compares to Florida!
Residents enjoy a major advantage over first-time visitors because they know "the lay of the land." After you've lived in Florida for a few months -- maybe longer -- you discover where the best beaches are and what times of day conditions are the most favorable.
For example, some beachcombers prefer strolling on the beach early in the morning because the sand is freshly groomed, the rising sun makes the surface of the water sparkle, and there's just a smattering of other people enjoying the same sights and sounds. Certain times of the day are also better for collecting shells, which, for many people, is one of the focal points of their beach experience. By the way, if you happen to be an avid seashell collector, Sanibel Island on Florida's Gulf coast is one of the best places to search for shells of every description.
Other Florida beaches the Travel Channel recommends include Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, Clearwater Beach near Tampa, Palm Beach, Siesta Key, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples, various beaches along 12th Avenue South in Naples, Miami's South Beach, Delray Beach, and Atlantic Beach near Jacksonville. Several other well-known and popular Florida beaches include Cocoa Beach, Panama City Beach, Playalinda Beach, Daytona Beach, Henderson Beach State Park, Caladesi Island State Park, Fort De Soto Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and Lovers Key State Park in Fort Meyers Beach.
Destin, a city in northwest Florida, has several appealing beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. The city of Sarasota, also on the Gulf, is another spot that offers access to beaches and other attractions. It's described online as "the gateway to miles of beaches with fine sand and shallow waters, such as Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach."
One of the great things about living in Florida is its diversity. Whether you're looking to live in a wealthy, upscale community or a more casual, small-town environment, there's a strong chance you'll find a great home in a nice setting -- one you can be comfortable in for years to come.
By enlisting the help of an experienced real estate agent, you'll be able to zero in on the ideal beachside community for your tastes and budget. If easy access to a beach is near the top of your priority list, make sure to emphasize that in conversations with your agent. You'll be pleased to discover that there are a lot of very desirable properties either right on the beach or just a short walk from the ocean's edge.