Preparing your property for sale

Preparing Your Home For Sale

Preparing Your Home For Sale

 Here’s some great tips to help get your home ready for sale

First impressions really do count and that’s why it’s important that you thoroughly prepare your home for sale. We’ve pulled together this handy list which points out things potential buyers are most likely to notice. Walk around your home and take an objective look at everything in it – put yourself in the buyers’ shoes.

In general

  • Clean everything
  • Flowers are a nice touch
  • Eliminate clutter wherever possible as this creates the impression of spaciousness

Kitchen

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Add Value to Your Home with Home Improvements

Add Value to Your Home with Home Improvements

Owning a house is a never-ending project, and if you wish to blissfully enjoy the perks of your own home and move its value up a bit on the property ladder, you may want to know about what projects are good to invest in. So, let’s see which Home Improvements are good for you to consider to add value to your home.

Make sure your property is sound structurally

Before you even think about making your interior improvements, you need to remember that no home should have structure issues unattended to. So, get your tools out or hire a professional and start here. Check the foundation and check for any weathertight issues. Next check your floors and see if they have any issues eg. loose floorboards. Then check your walls, look for any wall damage eg. cracks in the gib, check for any insect infestation, and if required consider adding insulation. Then, you can focus on the roof and look for any rotten joists or timbers, replace any missing or damaged flashings, treat any rust or fix broken tiles. Read more

Adding value to your garden

Add value to your Property with your Garden

Add value to your Property with your Garden

Spring and summer are a popular time to sell your home, but where do you begin? Most people will spruce up their property by decluttering and cleaning their house, but many people don’t realise how much impact their garden can have. Here are some easy ways to help ensure your garden adds value to your property before you put it on the market.

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Mortgage saving tips

Cut The Cost Of Your Mortgage

Cut The Cost Of Your Mortgage

Here are some tips for trimming the cost of your mortgage from our partners at Mortgage Express.

As a property owner, paying off your mortgage before you retire is important. Once you hit retirement age, the last thing you want is to still be saddled with debt. Here are some ways to help reduce your total mortgage and essentially help you pay less for your property.

Shorten your term

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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

Add Value To Your Home By Designing Your Outdoor Space

Add Value To Your Home By Designing Your Outdoor Space

Wanna Add Value To Your Home? Design Your Outdoor Space

Today, many New Zealanders enjoy spending time with their families and entertaining their guests outside. In fact, a lot of people out there are ready to spend some extra money on a home with a well-designed outdoor space. Therefore, if you’ve been thinking about selling your home but you first want to add some value to it, designing your outdoor space is a great idea. And in order to get the design right, you’ll have to follow some of the tips that have proven to be quite effective in the past. Here are 5 of them that might be exactly what you’re looking for. Read more

Things You Don't Want to Forget When Moving into a New Home

Things You Don’t Want to Forget When Moving into a New Home

Things You Don’t Want to Forget When Moving into a New Home

Moving house is an overwhelming task and many things can get lost or be forgotten in the process, from actual objects to the smallest bits of paperwork or important documentation. And you only find out about it when you’re already at your new location and it’s too late.

Here’s a list of things you don’t want to forget in the midst of your move. Read more

Exterior Concrete Surfaces: Care & Maintenance

Exterior Concrete Surfaces: Care & Maintenance

Exterior Concrete Surfaces: Care & Maintenance

 

The reason many people choose concrete over other materials is that it is very low maintenance. However, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require any maintenance – it just means that concrete surfaces are easier to upkeep than surfaces made of other materials.

Now, when it comes to driveways and pathways made of concrete, even though they are very sturdy, they are still porous which means that they easily get stained over time as any sort of liquid can easily find its way among those pores. So, if you want to find out how you can keep your concrete surfaces clean, keep on reading. Read more

Summer Home Improvement Ideas

Summer Home Improvement Ideas

Summer Home Improvement Ideas

 Summer is nearly here and we are all looking forward to spending some time outdoors and using up some of those precious vacation days to relax and spend time with loved ones. One thing people love to do in the summer is some home renovations, for several reasons: If you are doing anything outside, you are much more likely to have good weather that will not ruin the new work and will also speed up the drying process. And secondly, if you are doing renovations inside, you can spend a lot of the time outside, so it’s easier to deal with the mess. So let’s see what some great options for your house renovation this summer are: Read more