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The Buzz – April Edition

Posted by Alex Levy on April 14, 2020
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Spring is here! The weather is finally turning nice, making now a great time to learn the truth about DIY projects and implement some fantastic technology upgrades in your home. You’ll also find tips on how to know if now is a good time to sell your home as well as what you need to know to get the process started.

Spring DIY Myths

If you’re looking for a fun and productive way to spend time at home, you can’t do much better than taking on a new DIY project. However, before you pull out your hammer and nails, familiarize yourself with some common DIY myths.

Myth 1: You’ll Save Money with DIY

Doing a job yourself will remove labor costs and with simple projects, this is definitely a good option. However, there are many home improvement projects that will benefit from the experience of a trained professional. Trained experts know what products to use, already have the necessary tools, and will know the quickest and easiest way to complete your project.

Myth 2: Weekend Projects

Many of the projects you find online that are advertised as “weekend projects” may end up taking much longer. You never know when the need for a different tool, screw, or weather will delay your project. So, be prepared for your weekend project to take a little longer.

Myth 3: DIY Projects Don’t Need Inspections

Unless your home-improvement project is a cosmetic update, such as new paint or deck staining, there’s a good chance you need a permit, inspection, or both. If you fail to complete these steps and someone is hurt as a result, you could be liable for the injuries.

 

Why You Should Incorporate More Technology In Your Home

When you combine smart phones and smart home technology, you gain broad control of your home and its devices from anywhere. Locking your doors, viewing your home via video, turning on the lights and resetting the temperature on the thermostat are just a few of the functions you can control from your phone. Here are three reasons why you should incorporate smart home technology into your home.

Safety

Upgrades such as a doorbell camera, smart fire alarms, and smart locks can improve your home security to keep you and your family safe. If you have a vacation home or rent a property through vacation rental programs, these smart home features can also help you manage your properties and protect your investment without having to physically travel to the property as frequently.

Convenience

Some smart home features, such as thermostat and light controls are both convenient and money savers. Use your smartphone to adjust your home’s temperature while you’re away or program the thermostat to kick on at a certain time each day. You can also use smart lights to turn off lights you left on or to light up the home before you arrive.

Selling

There may come a time when you’re ready to sell your current home. When that day comes, your home will be more attractive to many buyers if you already have smart home features in place.

 

3 Tasks to Complete Before You Sell Your Home!

Do you need a bigger home or a space that more closely matches your lifestyle? Do you want to be nearer your family or job? There are many reasons to sell your current home. Give me a call once you know what yours is, and then I can help you through these steps to get started.

Walk through your home.

Once you have the reason why you want to sell your home firmly in mind, we’ll walk through your home and identify any areas buyers may note as less than ideal. Even minor details such as wall scuffs, faded paint, or older light fixtures could impact a buyer’s opinion of your home.

Make repairs/upgrades.

After identifying potential problem areas, take the opportunity to make repairs and upgrades to present your home in its very best light. Investing a little time and money in your home before you list can help it sell faster and for a higher price.

Stage your home.

Once your home is in top shape, it’s time for staging. The most important part of the staging process is decluttering. Clear out your closets and cabinets and remove bulky and non-essential furniture to make your home feel larger.

For more staging tips or information about buying or selling your home, give me a call! I’m always here to help.

 

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