Summer is one of the best seasons to invest in your home’s curb appeal, especially if you’re thinking about taking advantage of the current seller’s market to get top dollar for your home. So, whether you’re looking to improve before a move or impress your neighbors, here are some new items to add to your to-do list.
Cleaning up your home’s exterior is step one of boosting your curb appeal, and that means pulling out the pressure washer. If you don’t already own a pressure washer, you can rent one from most home improvement stores or check with friends and neighbors to see if they have one you can borrow.
The plants in your yard need more than just the occasional watering to look their best. Take some time to prune back overgrown plants and create new points of interest with some new growth. Garden borders, rocks, and mulch can also help give your front yard a boost.
Even the best paint doesn’t last forever and this may be the year you decide to repaint the front door, window trim, or even the whole house.
Keeping Your Home Safe During Your Summer Vacation
Vacations should be a time to kick back and relax, not stress over who could be inviting themselves into your home while you’re away. Make sure your house is locked down and secure with these tips.
Crimes of Opportunity
Crimes of opportunity are one of the biggest threats to your home, so minimize the risk by limiting how many people know your house is going to be empty. Set your lights on a timer to make it seem like someone is in the home. Remember to lock your doors and windows so no one can just walk in. And wait to post your vacation pictures on social media until you’re back home.
Home Security & Insurance
Whether you rent or own your home, insurance can protect you against flood, fire, and burglary. You can also invest in a home alarm system to monitor your home and alert you or the authorities should anything happen.
Hire a House Sitter
One of the best ways to keep your home safe while you’re away is to recruit a friend, family member, or trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house so that it isn’t unattended. Even having them pop by once a day to check on things can discourage burglars and ensure unpredictable damages are caught quickly.
How to Decide Your Offer Price in a Seller’s Market
It’s a seller’s market right now, and with many home buyers vying for a limited number of listings, it’s important to make sure you have a competitive offer. That starts with one of the most basic terms in your offer: how much you’re willing to pay.
In some markets, offering a few thousand dollars over the asking price is all it takes to win a bidding war. In other cases, the final sale price could rise well over the initial asking price. Knowing how much to offer in any given situation is the key to winning the home of your dreams without overpaying.
Considerations to make when determining how much to offer:
- Compare how much homes similar to the one you’re interested in sold for compared to their original listing prices.
- Determine whether the home’s appraisal value supports the amount you’re willing to pay.
- Evaluate how much cash you are able to offer over the home’s appraisal value.
The most important step you can take to make sure you’re placing a competitive offer on a home is to work with an agent you can trust. When you’re ready to start looking for a home, give us a call!!