Category: Homeownership

14 Jul 2010

A Checklist for Your Homeowners Insurance Physical!

Earlier this week, our own Pat Riley posted an insightful blog about the importance of getting an “insurance physical” each year. As Pat mentioned, the best time to review and update is a couple of months prior to the date that you purchased your home.

If you’re like me, you like lists.  So, here’s our list of helpful questions to think about and discuss with your trusted insurance advisor during your check up:

9 Jul 2010

Home Additions that Won’t Break the Bank

outdoor-living-spaceI am Italian so naturally, I come from a large family where entertaining is as essential as breathing. Living in an older home that was less than 1000 square feet made that challenging. With a living room that measured 11X16, only four people could comfortably be in the house at one time, which was a fact I was just unwilling to accept.

One cost effective way to add living space to your home is to create an outdoor living space. While some higher end spaces may have kitchens and fireplaces, creating a simple comfortable sitting area can add the space and value you need at very little cost.

22 Jun 2010

Let Your Home Take the Stage

I was taught very early on in my real estate career that what buyers look for when they first enter a home is light and space.  This is what your real estate agent or staging professional is aiming to achieve when they “stage” your home. Making a home appear more spacious can only benefit the homeowner, whether the house is on the market or not.

Not sure where to begin? I’m here to help!

A great place to start is by cleaning up the clutter. We get so used to the things in our home that we tend not to see them.  For example, you may not notice that your refrigerator is filled with pictures and papers, but others well. Remove them. It is important that buyers see your appliances, counters, etc, because it is important to them. Less clutter creates a more welcome, friendly and stress-free environment.

9 Jun 2010

Curb Appeal Will Make A World of Difference

The 80’s taught us many things. But it was the Head and Shoulders commercials from that era that taught me, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Curb appealin real estate terms, is the first impression your home makes.

My first home was a rental for eight years before I purchased it.  Based on the way the color drained from my mother’s face when I first took her to see the property, it is not an exaggeration to say that the yard needed work. A lot of work.  Nevertheless, the price of the house and the investment potential I saw pushed me to move forward with my purchase (despite my mother’s many pleadings to do otherwise!).  In essence, what I purchased was a .25 acre jungle with a 1000 square foot house on it. Only after closing on the property did I realize the magnitude of the project I had purchased.

3 Jun 2010

Take the Time to Maintain

You know those thoughts you get while getting yourself and the kids ready to go and out the door.  Those thoughts about “is it time to change the filter” because realistically, when do we look at our filters much less remember to change them.

There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  This is so true.  Who wants to deal with the kids in the house with no air during the hottest day of the summer because your system is not working just because it was not maintained? There are simple things you can do to maintain the major systems in your home that are not too time consuming and are gentle on the pocket book.

Follow

Get the latest posts delivered to your mailbox: