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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 10/15/2019

The summer is a much-anticipated season. It often means you get to enjoy those lovely outdoor activities you've missed like gardening or treating your friends to barbecue on chilly evenings.After the cold, you'll be happy to use plenty of warmth and sunshine. However, the weather in summer can be extreme in some locations, so you have to ensure your home is in perfect shape when it comes.

Here are some great ways to prepare your home for the warm weather:

Prevent water damage

Summer does not only come with heat. You should expect a lot of rain too. Damaged shingles or faulty flashings in your roof can give way for water to seep into your home. You certainly don't want to deal with some messy mold problems that will cost you more. Check walls, vents, windows, and doors for cracks and be sure to seal them properly. Make sure to unblock the gutters, so you don't end up taking in water instead of keeping it away.

Keep out the bugs

While you're planning to remain cool during summer, insects are also on the lookout for great hideouts too. Most of them don't thrive in the cold weather so when summer comes; you may have bugs crawling around your home. An excellent way to avoid this is by spraying your home for insects. You should also seal cracks and holes that can serve as an entryway to them.

Check your cooling unit

In preparing your home for summer, the primary concern is keeping cool as much as possible. Because air conditioners are put out of use for a long time before summer, it is essential to change the air filters, inspect the refrigerant and coils. Also, remove debris from the condensing unit outside. This season is the right time to install a smart thermostat to save cost and energy. If you have ceiling fans, set them to rotate counterclockwise. It will keep your home fresh in summer.

Give your home a retouch

There will be plenty of sunlight, and you need those bright rays in your home during the day. You can repaint the walls with bold, reflective colors and change the drapes. Materials that allow light in are also perfect. Pressure wash external walls before coating them with paint to clean off mildew. If you have shrubs around, you should trim them off for some serene greenery. 

Some of the tips above you can perform yourself, but for additional help, visit your local home hardware store to talk to an expert.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 10/8/2019

When most homeowners think of creating a more eco-friendly home their mind goes to replacing windows, increasing insulation and using less water. But friend, we live in the 21st century! It’s time to catch up with the times. AI, that is artificial intelligence, is everywhere right now. From refrigerators to children's toys it’s almost impossible to turn around and not be confronted with this new, rapidly growing trend.

Right, so you’re saying to yourself I thought this was an article about creating a more environmentally home. And it is! But it’s also about how we can take advantage of AI to do so. Let’s get started.

Our energy bill is usually the first place we look to cut back. Running a home uses up lots of resources, and let’s be honest, can cost a lot of money as well. The Nest Thermostat is a smart thermostat that helps you find a happy balance between maintaining a comfortable temperature and conserving energy.

You can set schedules for changing the temperature throughout the day. You can also put your home on “away mode”, which is kind of like putting a laptop in sleep mode. Your thermostat will lower the temperature while your family is out for the day, but not so low that it takes as much energy as you saved to heat back up again.

Nest even offers the ability to create reports on your usage each month. Drill down into your data to find trends in your usage. Learn more about how your family consumes energy so you can create heating schedules that work best for you unique needs.

Wemo’s Instant Smart Plug also allows you to take ultimate control of all the devices throughout your home. You can control power usage right from your phone. As well as set the different devices on schedules.

And just like Nest Thermostat, you can report on usage. The beautiful thing about Wemo’s Smart Plug is that you can gather data per device to see which is an energy hog as well as curate an overall data set per room to see which uses the most energy.

Become eco-savvy when it comes to your lawn and gardening. Skydrop uses weather upcoming conditions from local forecasts to automatically plan out a watering schedule for your sprinklers. Take all the guesswork out of whether to water or not. Skydrop will take care of it for you.

And lastly, you don’t need to make huge investments to get green tech. Pick up a solar power bank to charge small devices like your phone. They’re available almost everywhere at very reasonable pricing. It might seem small, but overtime opting for solar in this one way makes a huge difference!  




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 10/1/2019

Home sellers may encounter problems as they try to get the best prices for their residences. Fortunately, there are lots of things that sellers can do to reduce or eliminate hurdles that otherwise may slow down the house selling journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you tackle various home selling hurdles.

1. Analyze the Local Housing Market

The local housing market may play a major role in how much you ultimately receive for your residence. Thus, if you analyze the local housing sector closely, you may be able to gain deep insights that you can use to guide your home selling journey.

Oftentimes, it helps to differentiate between a buyer's and seller's market. If you find out how long houses generally are available before they sell in your city or town, you may be able to determine if a buyer's or seller's market is in place. Then, you can tailor your house selling efforts accordingly.

2. Know Your Home

A buyer will assess your home's condition before deciding whether to submit an offer to purchase your residence. If you understand the current state of your residence, you can correct house problems right away. And if you quickly address these home issues, you may be able to accelerate the house selling journey.

It may be beneficial to conduct a house inspection prior to listing your residence. With an inspection, you can receive in-depth insights into any underlying house issues. Next, you can use an inspection report to prioritize home repairs and upgrades.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

As you get set to navigate the home selling journey, you may want to hire a real estate agent. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive the support you need to instantly identify and resolve assorted property selling issues.

A real estate agent is committed to client satisfaction, and he or she will do everything possible to help you alleviate house selling issues. First, a real estate agent will learn about you and your house selling goals and craft a personalized property selling strategy. He or she then will work with you to promote your residence to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent is happy to provide a recommendation about whether you should accept, reject or counter this homebuying proposal.

In addition, a real estate agent goes above and beyond the call of duty to minimize home selling stress. If you ever have concerns or questions during the home selling journey, a real estate agent is ready to address them.

For those who want to resolve home selling problems, it helps to plan ahead for the property selling journey. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can prepare for any home selling problems that may come your way. As a result, you can use these tips to address home selling issues and achieve the best-possible results during the house selling journey.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 9/24/2019

With 24 hours before you finalize your home purchase, you might feel a mix of anxiety and excitement.

What will it be like to finally own a home? How will the home closing process go? And what will I need to do to ensure everything goes seamlessly as you wrap up your home purchase? These are just some of the common questions that homebuyers consider in the hours leading up to a home closing.

It is important to prepare as much as possible before you complete a home purchase. Lucky for you, we're here to help you do just that.

Let's take a look at three tips that you can use to get ready to finish a home purchase.

1. Get Your Paperwork in Order

You may need multiple forms of identification and other essential documents when you close on a home. Thus, you should put together a folder of any must-have documents at least a day in advance.

If you find that documents are missing, retrieve them as quickly as possible. Also, try to get multiple copies of important documents if you can.

When it comes to getting ready for a home closing, it usually is better to over-prepare. Therefore, if you plan ahead as much as you can, you'll have all of the documents you need to complete the home closing process without delay.

2. Finish Any Last-Minute Packing

After you finalize a home purchase, you'll be ready to move in to your new home. As such, you should ensure that all of your belongings are packed up and ready to go.

If you're vacating an apartment, ensure that you've notified your landlord and provided sufficient notice about your upcoming move. That way, you'll be able to finish your rental agreement on good terms with your landlord.

Also, if you need extra help for your move, be sure to reach out to a moving company or family members and friends. And if you require a moving truck, don't forget to rent one in the days leading up to your move.

3. Consult with Your Real Estate Agent

The day before a home closing can be stressful, particularly for first-time homebuyers. If you have any concerns about the home closing process, be sure to consult with your real estate agent.

Your real estate agent likely has been a life-saver throughout the homebuying process thus far and will continue to assist you in any way possible. If you have questions about the home closing cycle, your real estate agent will respond to your queries immediately.

In addition, your real estate agent can teach you the ins and outs about what will happen before, during and after a home closing. He or she will explain what to look for during a final home walk-through, what home closing forms that you'll need to sign and what to expect after a home purchase.

Streamline the home closing process – use these tips, and you can get take the guesswork out of finalizing a home purchase.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 9/17/2019

You’re moving into a new home and have all kinds of ideas about new furniture pieces, arrangements, art, and organization. Knowing this, you also know that you’ll need to pare down the items you’re bringing from your current home. Nowadays, there are myriad ways to sell your unwanted belongings. The classic garage sale, or estate sale, is still a great option and there are simple actions that you can take to make sure your sale goes well. Here are some suggestions to help you be successful in selling off and getting rid of all your items, before, during, or after your sale.

Remember, remember, remember—plan ahead! Knowing what you want to sell, what price you can accept, and when you want to host your sale is imperative to your success. 

PICK YOUR SALE DATE: Many cities only allow you to conduct yard sales on specific dates or weekends throughout the year. Double-check when you may host your sale. Then pick your time and start advertising a few weeks early. Post signs in your neighborhood and on surrounding city streets if you're allowed. And connect with your social network to spread the word. Include the types of items you’re selling, and even images of your higher-value pieces if you can. If your city requires any notice or paperwork completed, make sure you cross all your T’s well before your sale date. 

BIG TICKET ITEMS: If you have any higher-priced items—furniture, appliances, exercise equipment, or tools—consider pricing these items first and starting your sale efforts online. Posting your sale items on Craigslist, eBay, Neighborhood, Facebook Marketplace, Upcycle, and other classified sites can help put your things in front of buyers currently looking for just what you're offering. People looking for specific pieces or professionals looking for new wares for their shops frequently search through these classifieds—and they typically know precisely what their budget is for each item. Once you know your timeline for completing your sales, what day you will host your estate sale, and when you’re moving into your new home get your big-ticket items posted online as early as possible to get the sale process rolling. 

Note: for things you are not able to sell or donate, posting items as “Pick up for free” on classified sites can help you unload them with less effort on your end.

THE SALE:

  • Set prices ahead of time. When you know what pieces you want to sell, start researching their resale price online. Compare resale prices on classifieds sites with suggested pricing on garage sale advice sites. Note the amount you want to sell the item at, and the lowest price you're willing to accept. Keep these handy in a notebook so you can check your bottom line before you haggle. Checking prices ahead of time will also help you discover items that won't sell, so you can price them lower for a quick sale. You’ll help yourself get rid of clutter and have less to manage at the end of your sale. Consider having a “Clearance” or “Liquidation” or “Lowest Price Marked” area—and even a “FREE” area—to indicate items that must go!
  • Create enough space between tables, racks, and standing furniture for shoppers to move through easily and see everything. Try to design the flow of your sale so that traffic moves past the best place for you to be to conduct transactions, answer questions, and keep an eye on your belongings. Clothing will sell better if shoes are set out in pairs, clothing hung on racks (especially adult clothing), and if you divide items by adult/child, gender, and size.
  • If you are selling any electronic items or appliances be sure to provide an area near an outlet or extension cord for shoppers to use to test them. For battery-powered items have a few spare batteries in each of the sizes you need to allow for testing. Make sure you check all items yourself ahead of time and mark any that aren't fully functional.
  • Have a team designated to help you during your sale. You may not be able to answer all questions, make deals, and monitor your belongings on your own. Have enough cash on hand to give change, even for large bills, and designate someone on your team to keep a close eye on the bank box while you assist shoppers. 
  • Attract buyers with signs, by putting attractive large items and small items out front, and by offering a beverage or simple snack to encourage them to say and browse.

AFTER THE SALE: For the easiest close to your sale, arrange for a local charity to come to pick up any remaining items at the end of the day. Or, have someone on your team (maybe your friend with the pickup?) scheduled to take leftovers to a donation center. This way you won't have to worry about storing any items you weren't able to sell. 

Ask your local real estate agent for their advice on preparing for a sale before your next big move.




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