Knowing the right questions to ask and steps to take before starting the house hunt is one way to help keep emotions in check. And, many common home buying missteps can be avoided by following these five tips.
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5 tips for keeping a cool head in a hot market
How long will your home appliances last?
If you're paying alot of money for a new washing machine, wouldn't it be nice to know how long you should expect it to last? There is, of course, no exact formula for figuring that out. Every brand and unit is different. There are however, some broad estimates.
A list of important things to fix before selling
When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s not unusual to need to fix up a few things around the property. After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly.
What do you need to fix? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list.
1. Anything that squeaks or creaks.
How to Cut Your Electricity Bill in Half
You don’t have to freeze in the winter or start reading by candlelight to reduce your electricity bill. There are many simple ways to use less power with little, if any, impact on your lifestyle.
A good place to start is with your electronics.
Making an Offer in a Competitive Market
Imagine finding a home you love, making an offer, and then finding out there are other competing offers on the table. OUCH!
If you're looking for a property in a competitive market, it is likely that there will be multiple offers. Even just one can create the risk that you'll lose the home. So how do you make sure your offer is enticing enough to win over the seller? Here are some ideas:
Will an Open House Help Sell your Home?
You've probably seen signs around the area for Open Houses. You may have even attended a few. These are open invitations for potential buyers to drop by on a certain day and time, to check out the property and get more information.
When you're listing your home for sale, you might wonder whether you'll need to have an Open House.
Your exit plan in case of a fire
In almost every movie featuring a house on fire, the actors seem to be able to move around the house and see just fine, while beating back flames with a shirt or coat. Of course, that's not what happens in real fires!
When there's a fire in a home, there is typically complete darkness (because the power goes out) and a cloud of spreading thick, black smoke makes it difficult to see and breathe.
That's why knowing how to get out of your house ---fast--- is crucial.
How to watch out for poisons in your home
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of exposures to poisons occur inside the home. Almost all are preventable, if you follow some simple guidlines.
What Does a Property Surveyor Do?
Property Surveyors, sometimes referred to as land Surveyors, play a vital role in the real estate world. They are the professionals who determine or confirm the exact boundaries of a property.
Will you need to deal with a Property Surveyor when selling your home?
Knock, Knock - How to Avoid Door-to-Door Scams
It’s early in the evening and there’s a knock on the door. You answer and are greeted by an official-looking man who claims he needs to see your utility bill to confirm you’re getting your energy rebate.
Do you let him in?
While he may be legitimate, he may also be using deception to sell you something you don’t want. Here are some suggestions for finding out: