Thursday, October 4, 2018 / by Annette Kershner
We’ve covered selling a home without a realtor before (and why it’s not normally a good idea), but what about if you’re on the buyer end of the equation? At face value, buying a house without a realtor seems easy enough. You browse the listings, find a property you love, and go from there. But in actuality, realtors bring a whole lot of expertise to the table that you’re definitely going to want when you’re trying to get the best house and the best deal possible.
If you’re asking yourself “do I need a realtor to buy a house?” you’re starting with the wrong question. Instead, ask yourself what the benefits are of going it alone. For sellers, choosing to work without a real estate agent usually comes down to cost. Unless otherwise agreed upon, it’s the sellers who are responsible for paying agent commission fees, and that includes fees for the buyer’s agent. Buying a house without a realtor probably isn’t going to ...
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / by Pamela Ott
House Fire Prevention and Safety Tips by Pete Mitchell
Knowing how to prevent and detect a house fire is vital to the safety of those in your home.
Here are some common fire dangers according to consumersafety.org:
• Check your home for cords that are worn out or frayed. Remove and replace these cords.
• Stay safe when cooking in the kitchen. It is a good idea to have a fire extinguisher that is easily accessible in your kitchen to quickly put out a fire.
• Smoking in the home is also a cause of house fires.
• Candles that have been forgotten and left burning while not home or set too close to something that is flammable or knocked over by a child or a pet, can all cause a fire.
• Unplug your curling iron or hair straightener when done using and make sure it is placed in a safe spot to cool away from flammable materials.
• When using an outdoor fire pit make sure the fire is at least 25 feet away from any structures and that sticks, branches and ...
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 / by Pamela Ott
Staging Your Home Like a Pro by Pete Mitchell
Are you considering putting your house up for sale, but not sure where to start? Afraid it will take too long to sell, or that you won’t get the price you want?
Think about staging your home, or in other words, setting the scene for immediate buyer interest in your property.
To be really effective, you need to look at both the outside and the inside of your home. Here are some tips to get you started with the inside of your home:
1. De-clutter. This is one of the most important things you can do. It might be easier to think of de-cluttering like this you’re moving anyway, so why not start packing now?
Pack up everything you don’t need and store the boxes out of sight in the garage (or consider temporarily renting a small storage locker).
2. Organize your closets – put similar colors together, pants together, skirts together, shirts together etc. Why? Because it will make the closets look bigger. (Really.) An ...