Should you sell first or buy first?

Should you sell first or buy first?

Should you sell first or buy first?

When you’re looking for a new home, one of the first things you need to consider is the order of events – do you sell your existing property before you buy, or after? Here are some factors to consider before taking the plunge.

Buyer’s market or seller’s market?
When buyers are plentiful, but properties aren’t, homes generally sell quickly. In a seller’s market, there is less risk associated with buying first and then selling your existing home. However, sellers in this kind of market may be less likely to accept an offer that is conditional upon you selling your home, so you could end up owning two properties for a period of time.

The average time it takes to sell a property varies from region to region and from month to month, so it’s important to talk to your sales consultant to get advice about current market conditions, recent comparable sales in your area and the possible demand for your property before making a decision to buy first. Read more

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOME SECURITY by Lauren Schneider

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOME SECURITY by Lauren Schneider

Lauren Schneider and her team and recently created a guide for people interested in researching and improving home security. This covers a good amount of the basics like helpful habits and types of security systems, but it also goes into some newer issues like smart home security and “porch pirates”.  The Ultimate Guide to Home Security 

Here we have published just one section of her work under the heading of :

HELPFUL HABITS FOR HOME SECURITY

Establishing a few simple habits can greatly increase a home’s overall security. Of course, homes in Colorado Springs military bases have some level of “built-in” security, but these tips can be helpful for anyone. These habits are inexpensive to implement and may use features your home already has.

  • Lock doors and windows. Check them every time the house is left empty and make keeping them locked the “default” setting for door and window locks.
  • If the house has an alarm, set it. Many homeowners find setting the alarm at each departure an inconvenience. But it is a simple habit to form compared to dealing with the aftermath of a break-in.
  • Get to know the neighbors. One of the best forms of home security is having more protective eyes watching a property; especially when the owners are at work or on vacation.
  • Keep bushes trimmed. Overgrown vegetation can serve as camouflage for a burglar. Keep hedges trimmed and the house visible.
  • Keep entrances well lit. Install and use lighting around entrances. Solar, motion activated or timed lighting can provide added security in the absence of an owner.
  • Maintain doors and windows. Older and deteriorating doors and windows are easier targets for burglars. Keep them maintained, repaired and replace as necessary.
  • Don’t advertise your absence. Avoid announcing your absence publicly on social media. Have mail and newspaper delivery stopped when away for several days or more. Keep lawns mowed.
  • Leave a radio on in your absence. A talk radio station can be particularly effective in creating the illusion someone is present in the home.

Get in the habit about taking home security more seriously. Consider it each time you leave. With enough practice, safety will become second nature to homeowners.

If you are serious about securing your home, then we highly recommend that you visit and read Lauren’s helpful article!

The Ultimate Guide to Home Security 

By Lauren Schneider