• Home Maintenance

    Five Maintenance Issues Owners Shouldn’t Ignore

    Consumer Reports magazine advises home owners not to put off important maintenance projects, noting that waiting until the economy rebounds could end up making the repairs more costly while putting a family’s health at risk. The magazine identifies five crucial maintenance issues: Check the gutters: Clogged gutters, broken fasteners and separations where the gutters meet the fascia board will lead to roof leaks if they haven’t already. Inspect the roof: Cracked, curled and mussing shingles mean a roof is nearing the end of its useful life. Cracks around chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys can also suggest the roof might be leaking. Look for bugs: Termites and carpenter ants can bore…

  • Selling a Home,  Staging

    Fast Fixes Can Help Sell a Home

    It’s not rocket science: Houses that look fresh and attractive sell faster than beat-up homes. Here are some cheap tricks from Money Magazine for boosting appeal: ● Buy a new mailbox, house numbers, doorbell, and knocker: $200 ● Green the grass with nitrogen-rich fertilizer: $50 to $200, depending on the lawn size ● Edge and mulch the flowerbeds: $300 to $600, depending on the number of beds ● Replace the bathroom faucet: $300 ● Install beadboard over dated bathroom tile: $800 to $1,000 ● New paint: $60 to $100 per room, if homeowners do it themselves ● Replace switchplates and outlet covers: 50 cents each ● Install stone tile over…

  • Home Value

    What’s Your Home Worth?

    Market value is the main concept you must understand when determining the value of your home. But what is it and how it can help you price your home? What is market value? Market value is the amount prospective buyers are willing to pay at the time homeowners are ready to sell. The best way to find out the market value of your home is to ask me for help. I can ensure that you get the best price by providing and discussing with you the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). What is a CMA? The CMA will include homes in your area that are currently on the market, expired from…