Show Notes: Is spring just around the corner OR just around the bend? Either way, let's get ready for spring! Then in our Chef's Kiss segment, we share three local menus with you…which will be your favorite? If sports are more your thing, there are exciting events happening right here in Columbus you will enjoy. All this plus One More thing! How to Prepare Your Home for Spring Home | The Mochi Shop Seitan's Realm Parlay Sporting Club & Kitchen Arnold Sports Festival ColumbusCrew.com Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule Explaining the News to Our Kids
CLICK HERE to listen to episode audio (5:17).Sections below are the following: Transcript of Audio Audio Notes and Acknowledgments ImagesExtra Information Sources Related Water Radio Episodes For Virginia Teachers (Relevant SOLs, etc.). Unless otherwise noted, all Web addresses mentioned were functional as of 11-26-21. TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of November 29, 2021. This episode is part of a series this year of winter-related episodes. MUSIC – ~10 sec – instrumental. That excerpt of “Mid-winter Etude,” by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg, Va., opens our annual episode on winter preparedness. This coincides with Virginia Winter Weather Awareness Week, which is being observed this year from November 29 to December 3, according to the Wakefield, Va., National Weather Service office. In 2021, winter astronomically begins in Virginia on December 21 at 10:59 a.m. That's the Eastern Standard time of the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, when that hemisphere is at its maximum annual tilt away from the sun. At its beginning, middle, or end, winter can bring cold temperatures, hazardous roads, power outages, and fire hazards. To help you be prepared, here are 10 tips compiled from information provided by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC.1. Avoid traveling in winter-storm conditions if you can. If you must travel, get road conditions from the Virginia 511 telephone system, Web site, or app. And have an emergency kit for your vehicle, including jumper cables, water, non-perishable food, blankets, a flashlight, and other items.2. Have battery-powered sources of lighting and information, particularly weather information, along with enough batteries to last through a power outage of several days. Whenever possible, use flashlights and not candles during power outages. If you do use candles, put them in safe holders away from anything combustible, and don't leave a burning candle unattended.3. Make a family emergency plan that covers sheltering; evacuation from your area; escape from a home fire; emergency meeting places; communications; a supply of food, water, and medications; and other factors specific to your circumstances; and practice your plan. 4. Get fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys inspected and cleaned.5. Install a smoke detector in every bedroom and on every floor level, test them monthly, and replace the batteries at least annually. 6. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and check or replace the battery every six months.7. If you use space heaters, make sure they'll switch off automatically if the heater falls over; plug them into wall outlets, not extension cords; keep them at least three feet from combustible objects; don't leave heaters unattended; and check for cracked or damaged wires or plugs. 8. Generators, camp stoves, and other devices that burn gasoline or charcoal should be used outdoors only.9. Learn where to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. And 10. Be careful of overexertion during snow shoveling. More information on preparing for winter weather, fires, and other emergencies is available online from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, at vaemergency.gov.Next time the forecast calls for snow, freezing rain, or other wintry weather, here's hoping that you can stay warm, dry, and safe.Thanks to Timothy Seaman for permission to use this week's music, and we close with about 25 more seconds of “Mid-winter Etude.” MUSIC – ~28 sec – instrumental. SHIP'S BELL Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment. For more Virginia water sounds, music, or information, visit us online at virginiawaterradio.org, or call the Water Center at (540) 231-5624. Thanks to Ben Cosgrove for his version of “Shenandoah” to open and close this episode. In Blacksburg, I'm Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water. AUDIO NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS “Midwinter Etude,” from the 1996 album “Incarnation,” is copyright by Timothy Seaman and Pine Wind Music, used with permission. More information about Mr. Seaman is available online at http://timothyseaman.com/en/. This music was used previously by Virginia Water Radio in Episode 561, 1-25-21. Click here if you'd like to hear the full version (2 min./22 sec.) of the “Shenandoah” arrangement/performance by Ben Cosgrove that opens and closes this episode. More information about Mr. Cosgrove is available online at http://www.bencosgrove.com.IMAGESSnow and ice on a seasonal pond at Heritage Park in Blacksburg, Va., December 26, 2020.Snow along Toms Creek at Heritage Park in Blacksburg, Va., December 26, 2020.Ice hanging from tree twigs at Heritage Park in Blacksburg, Va., February 20, 2021.EXTRA INFORMATION ABOUT WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND FIRE SAFETY On Winter Weather Preparedness The following information is quoted from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), “Winter Weather,” online at https://www.vaemergency.gov/winter-weather/, accessed 11/29/21.Winter storms can range from freezing rain or ice, to a few hours of moderate snowfall, to a blizzard that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures, power outages and unpredictable road conditions. Before, during, and after a winter storm, roads and walkways may become extremely dangerous or impassable. Access to critical community services such as public transportation, child care, healthcare providers and schools may be limited. Preparing your home, car and family before cold weather and a winter storm arrives is critical. Overview for Dealing with a Winter Storm*During a winter storm, stay off the roads as much as possible and only drive when absolutely necessary. Always give snow plows the right of way. *Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning device inside your home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any other partially enclosed area. *Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks! Always avoid overexertion when shoveling. *When severe weather occurs, plan to check on elderly or disabled neighbors and relatives. *If you must travel, know road conditions before you leave home. Visit 511Virginia.org or call 511 for road condition updates. *Protect yourself from frostbite! Hands, feet and face are the most commonly affected areas so wear a hat, mittens (which are warmer than gloves) and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss. *Keep dry! Change out of wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. *Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer or heavy clothing.Prepare Your Home *Make sure your home is properly insulated. *Check the weather stripping around your windows and doors. *Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. *Have additional heat sources on hand in case of a power outages. *Keep a fire extinguisher accessible. *Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector annually. Prepare Your Car *Batteries lose power as temperatures drop, be sure to have yours tested. *Check your car's antifreeze level. *Have your radiator system serviced. *Replace your car's windshield wiper fluid with a wintertime mix. *Proactively replace your car's worn tires and wiper blades. *To help with visibility, clean [snow or ice] off your car entirely, including your trunk, roof, windows and headlights. Did You Know?*Dehydration can make you more susceptible to hypothermia.*If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet! Don't leave pets outside for prolonged periods of time and have plenty of fresh, unfrozen water on hand.*Each year, snow, sleet, slush and/or ice on the road leads to approximately, 537,000 crashes, 136,000 injuries, and 1,800 deaths.*It can snow at temperatures well above freezing*Temperatures do not have to be below zero degrees to cause harmOn Fire SafetyThe following information is quoted from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), “Fires,” online at https://www.vaemergency.gov/fires/, accessed 11/29/21. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In just five minutes, a home can be engulfed in flames. Learn About Fires *Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.*Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.*Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.*Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio. Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan*In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.*Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:*Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.*A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.*Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.*Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.*Teach children not to hide from firefighters. Smoke Alarms*A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.*Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.*Test batteries monthly.*Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).*Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.*Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or according to manufacturer's instructions.*Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake. Smoke Alarm Safety for People with Access or Functional Needs*Audible alarms for visually impaired people should pause with a small window of silence between each successive cycle so that they can listen to instructions or voices of others.*Smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for the hearing impaired. Contact your local fire department for information about obtaining a flashing or vibrating smoke alarm.*Smoke alarms with a strobe light outside the home to catch the attention of neighbors, and emergency call systems for summoning help, are also available. During a Fire*Crawl low under any smoke to your exit – heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.*Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.*If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.*If you can't get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.*If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.*If you can't get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out. Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.*If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel. Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department. Fire Escape Planning for Older Adults and People with Access or Functional Needs*Live near an exit. You'll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building. If you live in a multi-story home, arrange to sleep on the ground floor, and near an exit.*If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure you get through the doorways.*Make any necessary accommodations, such as providing exit ramps and widening doorways, to facilitate an emergency escape.*Speak to your family members, building manager, or neighbors about your fire safety plan and practice it with them.*Contact your local fire department's non-emergency line and explain your special needs. Ask emergency providers to keep your special needs information on file.*Keep a phone near your bed and be ready to call 911 or your local emergency number if a fire occurs. After a Fire – The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.*Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.*If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies. If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.*Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire. The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.*Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made. Try to locate valuable documents and records.*Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.*Notify your mortgage company of the fire. Cooking*Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.*Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.*Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of 3 feet around the stove.*Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Smoking*Smoke outside and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.*Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.*Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.*Be alert – don't smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first. Electrical and Appliance Safety*Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run
The Top 5 Things to Prepare Your Home for SaleSegment 2The Top Five Things to Prepare Your Home for SaleBarb, If someone is thinking of selling their home, What are some the top things a home seller should do to prepare their homes for sale1. Curb Appeal – Buyers spend a majority of their time looking at homes at the Front Yard, the Back Yard and View.a. This time of year there is no excuse not to make your yard look great!b. Even though it's a Sellers Market.c. Buyers Eliminate Homes with ‘Deferred Maintenance'd. Spoke with one buyer last week that told me she eliminates home in just 5 Clicks!e. Wrong:f. Right:#2: Cosmetic finishes really impact buyers…In most price ranges, a home seller's competition is new construction….Even if you have stellar views!Buyers are ‘doing the math'They will say…”for the same payment, I can get a new home with fresh everything AND a warranty. g. Staging and Dealing with Clutter:Story: Closets Filled to the BringPantry Bursting with FoodPoorly Maintained Landscaping Nice Views but…Buyers could not get past the work and clutter!We include staging advice and help with these projects. While we do NOT take photos of closets and garages, buyers WILL look at them and assume your home does NOT have enough storage.What are some other things a home seller can do to prepare their homes for sale?1. Rent a storage space, many you can get at a starting rate of $1 for the 1st month.2. Focus on the Basics:a. Curb Appealb. Flooringc. Neutral paintd. Clean, clean, clean3. Flooring is also a big deal for buyers…a. They see big expense and hassle in having to replace or improve flooring.b. Damaged hardwood,:c. The question was: How do we refinish these floors…Answer…You DON'T! They have to be replaced! Cha Ching!4. Our Team Helps You Get Photo ReadyYou are listening to the Real Estate Voice with Barb Schlinker of Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty, if you are thinking of making a move Barb at 719 301 3900 or visit BarbHasTheBuyers.comWhen We come Back we will be Discussing: Why Winter is a Great Time to Sell A Home
From freezing temperatures, heat waves, wildfires, and floods, most of the U.S. is plagued with one form of disaster or another. On this episode of The Build Podcast, Matt is joined by his VP of Construction and good friend, Tim Hill, to discuss how to stay prepared for whatever disaster comes your way. They'll address each disaster, as well as some great solutions for each including different types of generators for power backup, fireplace considerations, roofing materials, and slab thoughts. Each topic will provide critical insight into what you can do to the prevent of extreme home damage, physical harm, and inconvenience.
Ron Siegel discusses local and national current events, politics, personal and business finance with a few mortgage tips along the way. A Southern California mortgage expert and bonafide political junkie, Ron Siegel delivers intelligent, entertaining radio that makes the hard news of the week easy to understand! Ron Siegel is joined by Joe Ingram. Ron Siegel will discuss: 10-Day Author Class; Is it Ever Ok to Let Your FICO® Score Drop?; Real Time Real Estate; Your Credit Matters; Mortgage Minute; Word on Wealth; and so much more. Ron Siegel, consumer advocate and mortgage lender, discusses anything that affects the roof over your head, your bank account or other items that will benefit you / your family. Reach Ron Siegel at Ron Siegel: 800.306.1990Ron Siegel: Ron@RonSiegelRadio.comwww.RonSiegelRadio.com your Irvine Mortgage LenderMonthly Home Equity Monitor: www.SLTHomeDigest.com Ron Siegel, Your Irvine Mortgage Lender offers: Conventional Loans, FHA Loans, USDA Loans, Refinancing, and Reverse Mortgages #RonSiegelRadio #Mortgage #Housing #Realtor #RealEstate #LoanOfficer
In part one of their "How to Prepare Your Home for the Market" series, Mark and Corey were joined by Chris Sekula from Sekula's Precision Painting to talk about how a fresh paint job can wind up making you money!
From California's crimson skies to smoke so thick along Colorado's front range that sent people indoors for days, wildfires in the US have becomes more and more extreme. On today's episode, we ask, how did the wildfires get so bad – and what can we do to address them? This episode originally aired in October of 2020. Call(s) to action Help build fire adapted communities. If you're interested in learning more about the range of small, wonky, zoning-type solutions to reduce pressures driving people to the WUI (pronounced wooie!)and make managed retreat a more palatable option, check out fireadaptednetwork.org, where you can keep track of all the little policy changes that would actually help make a big difference. Prepare Your Home for Fire. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CalFire, has a great resource to teach you how to prepare your home for wildfire. You can find it at readyforwildfire.org. Learn More about Fires from Bobbie Scopa through the audio stories she tells on her website, Bobbie on Fire Guests: Bobbie Scopa and Suzy Cagle *And one last thing, the anthology that Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson co-edited with Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, All We Can Save, will be published in paperback on July 20th. So, we are using that as a chance to celebrate! On publication day, Ayana and Katharine hosting a celebration featuring a bunch of the contributors to the book – women leading on climate solutions, poets, artists. And you're invited! Please save the date, July 20th, and head to allwecansave.earth/events to save your virtual spot.* Check out our Calls to Action archive here for all of the actions we've recommended on the show. And if you take any of the actions we recommend, tell us about it! Send us your voice message, ideas or feedback with our Listener Mail Form. We might use it in an upcoming episode. Sign up for our newsletter here. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram. This episode of How to Save a Planet was produced by Kendra Pierre-Louis. The rest of our reporting and producing team includes Rachel Waldholz, Anna Ladd and Felix Poon. Our senior producer is Lauren Silverman. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Sound design and mixing by Peter Leonard with original music by Emma Munger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
With homes selling so fast (sometimes after just hours on the market!) should you even bother to prep your home for sale? Brian dives into this topic and tells you why home prep is still important and shares his top tips for making sure your home is the prettiest girl at the dance.
Spring is in full swing in North Texas and it might be a good time to revisit your home inspection report to ensure your home is prepared for the season ahead and repair any damage from the most severe winter storm we have endured in years.Although springtime may bring about thoughts of gentle rain, fresh flowers, green grass, and an overall sense of renewal, spring can sometimes look a little different around here. This time of year can bring about everything from gentle rains to thunderstorms to hail and even tornados.Your home inspection report is a great resource for tips and ideas to keep your home maintained. Is your home prepared to keep you safe and dry during spring storms? Here are 3 quick tips pulled from a home inspection report plus a bonus suggestion to help make sure you're prepared.Trim Your TreesOne of the biggest ways you can prevent damage to your home during a storm is to keep the trees maintained. Trees that are too close to your roof can rub your shingles in the wind leading to damage and even removal of the shingles. In addition, tree limbs can break and fall, any that break while overhanging your house can cause damage to your roof or walls. Keep in mind trees can not only land on your house, but also vehicles, people, and power lines. Check And Clean Drainage SystemsHaving a proper drainage system can prevent flood damage from stormwater. Be sure your gutters have been cleaned out after fall and winter, and that downspouts allow water to discharge away from your home. If you have subsurface drains, be sure they are free and clear of debris. Subsurface drains that have backups and clogs can lead to standing water and flooding around your home. In certain circumstances, broken subsurface drains can even lead to water penetration or damage to your home’s foundations. You can find more details about the type of drainage system you have in your home inspection report.Check Your Rain GaugeIf your sprinkler system has a rain gauge, it’s time to check it and make sure it is working. Many sprinkler systems have a wireless rain gauge that requires batteries. Some have a simple receiver close to the controller with a digital screen letting you know the battery life, other older models do not. Be careful changing these as many are mounted to the gutter or roof of your home. You can find photos with the gauge’s location in your home inspection report under “Landscape Irrigation”.Emergency Preparedness KitThe recent winter storm left many Texans entirely unprepared for even the most basic of needs like clean water, bandages, blankets, and flashlights. If the last 15 months has taught us anything, it is that having a basic emergency preparedness kit ready and on hand long before an emergency is just plain smart. Final ThoughtsIt’s never too early to be prepared. Start by reviewing your home inspection report for any details on your drainage system, roof, landscape irrigation system and more. Once you have a good feel for what you have, do a basic walk around your house and remember to keep in mind the systems we discussed in this article. Finally, putting together a basic emergency kit can provide some comfort in the event of an emergency.If you can’t find your home inspection report, just let us know and we’ll send a copy over to you.
Top Five Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale & Hot New ListingsSegment 4Top Five Tips to get your home ready for sale. Can you tell us about?Common Mis-Conception: “It doesn’t matter which agent we use – our house will sell quickly anyway. We have a desirable home and it’s a hot market.”It may be true that you can get your home sold by just about any agent, or even doing it yourself, at times when the market is “super-heated”, when it seems most homes are selling quickly. If the Home is NOT Properly Prepared for Sale It Could MeanYour Home Sits on the Market LongerBuyers Make Low Ball offers to Make up for Deferred MaintenanceBuyers Ask for an Excessive Amount of “Repairs” or really Improvements after you accepted their offer.Why Else do We Prepare?Keep in Mind – If you Do Not Want to Do This Alone:We provide this service for FREEGive you Tips on What to Do and What NOT to Do to get your home Ready for SaleYou can reach me at719 301 3900 Preparation Tip #1:Start with Curb Appeal!Buyers spend the MOST amount of time looking at the outside, the back yard and view.Preparation Tip #2:Take a Hard Look at FlooringReplace Carpet in the BathsPreparation Tip #3:Moving to the Inside of the Home.This Can Be Overwhelming, so…Start with Planning on 1 Room At a TIME!Preparation Tip #4:The Top 4 Things that COMMAND TOP ROI:Living Rooms – de-clutterKitchens – clean, update countersBaths – clean, update lightingFresh Flooring – new, freshPreparation Tip #5:Relax while be MethodicalThere is No Rush, the Market will Remain StrongThe FED Says He will Keep the Rates Low for a Few YearsDon’t worry about Inside of Closets or Garages first, we do not photograph these typically.if you are thinking of making a move callBarb at719 301 3900 or visitBarbHasTheBuyers.com Hot New Listings1619 Sand Rd, Woodland Park CO $9499997845 Lindsay Dr, CS, CO 80920, $349,9995330 Ridgelfield Ln, Cs, CO 80921, $634,999
How to Sell a House in 1 Afternoon & Get a Great Offer On your HomeSegment 3To sell a home quickly You have a unique RBID system to selling a house in 15 minutes…how does that work?We are the only company in town offering the RBID system. RBID stands for Realty Bid System.With this system there are massive Seller Benefits because:Every seller wants to sell their home for top dollar and as-is…The RBID system does just that.Why is this important? Well most buyers want what I call ‘move in ready’. However, if they perceive a good deal, whether or not a home is updated does not matter as much. If the home marketed properly they will pay top dollar for a home that is NOT updated!Here is an example:But there is a process to the system and I need a few weeks advance notice to sell a home properly using the RBID System..Then we cross-search our buyers in waitingWe reach out by marketing to the 5000+ agentsWe create ads We also need to get all the information about the home up front so the buyers can bid on it:These homes are pre-inspected so the buyer’s know what they are bidding on.You can reach me at 719 301 3900 We are talking about Your Exclusive RBID System for Selling Homes in 15 Minutes, I know you get top dollar on homes, is this system for every home seller?Not necessarily, some homes sellers are not in a hurry and want me to slow down the home selling process so they can plan out their move. But there are a few that want to get their home sold fast, yet they want TOP Dollar, and are offering the home completely as is.1. I recently sold a home in the Garden Ranch,2. This home is dated but good quality overall3. Because we priced it appropriately to sold for $50,000 OVERCommanding top dollar is all about creating buyer perception of value.RBID Stands for Realty Bid System. It’s designed to create a greater perception of value for prospective buyers and their agents. 2. Each RBID home carries a Buyer Satisfaction Guarantee that guarantees the Buyers satisfaction of the purchase of their home.These homes also have a 12 Month home warranty against system failures as well.2. Buyers bid on them through a unique and hassle-free auction like bid system.3. To qualify for this auction, your home must be a very good value – this is accomplished by eliminating any negotiating or speculation room to insure an aggressive asking price.4. But the great news is the home seller reserves the right to reject any bids unacceptable to you.if you are thinking of making a move call Barb at 719 301 3900 or visit www.BarbHasTheBuyers.com Top Five Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale – Hot New Listings
Steve "The Hurricane" unpacks the three most important things your agency can do today to prepare to sell. Whether you've been in business for a year, three-years or twenty years, it's never too early or too late to have this conversation.
On today's episode of DesignSafe Radio, we speak with Erik Salna, associate director of the International Hurricane Research Center at the Florida International University. Salna explains tips on how to mitigate your home from future hurricane damage. A link on this topic has been provided below. Salna also announces exciting news for the NHERI Wall of Wind at FIU and how it will be utilized in future research projects. The Wall of Wind can replicate hurricane winds as high as 157 mph and can spray water to imitate hurricane rainfall. Which means wind researchers can perform tests on structures with Category 5 hurricane wind speeds. **Check out the full episode with Erik Salna when it is released on April 6, 2021.** Preparing for a hurricane:https://dem.fiu.edu/emergencies/hurricanes/before/ Check out this article on How Disaster-proofing your home can lower insurance costs :https://grow.acorns.com/disaster-proof-your-home/ Articles on Erik Salna & his research: https://www.designsafe-ci.org/community/news/2020/february/salna-inducted-meteorologist-hall-fame/https://mods.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BIO_SALNA_12-17-20.pdf NHERI Wall of Wind at Florida International University:https://fiu.designsafe-ci.org/Inside Look at the Wall of Wind: https://www.designsafe-ci.org/community/news/2019/december/fiu-wall-wind-featured-news/See the WOW in action: https://newsarchives.fiu.edu/2016/07/imax-films-hurricane-force-winds-at-wall-of-windWall of Wind Informational Booklet PDF: https://fiu.designsafe-ci.org/media/cms_page_media/359/NHERI%20WOW%20EF%20Informational%20Booklet.pdf Social Media Accounts for FIU Extreme Events Institute:Twitter handle- @FIUExtremeEvent Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/FIUExtremeEventsInstitute/ FIU Extreme Events Institute Website & Equation Link :https://eei.fiu.edu/https://eei.fiu.edu/equation/the-equation/ FIU International Hurricane Research Center:http://www.ihrc.fiu.edu/
The Top Five Things to Prepare Your Home for Sale Segment 2If someone is thinking of selling their home, What are some the top things a home seller should do to prepare their homes for sale.Preparation Tip # 1: Curb Appeal – Buyers spend a majority of their time looking at homes at the Front Yard, the Back Yard and View. CURB APPEALGONE Wrong: Still Wrong: CURB APPEAL DONE Right: If you Have Summer Imagery – GREAT! If You DONT– Focus on Its Best View/Features Cosmetic finishes really impact buyers… BUYERS FOCUS ON WHAT IS AVAILABLE IN THEIR PRICE RANGEPreparation Tip # 2: REMOVE ALL CLUTTERStaging for Vacant Spaces Then we have 3 VERSIONS OF STAGING: Bringing in Staging PiecesRe-Design We Do NOT Photograph Closets or Garages unless there is something special about them You can reachBarb Schlinker at 719 301 3900 Preparation Tip #3: Tackle Clutter by Making More Space Preparation Tip #4: Focus on the Basics: Neutral paint, no DRAMA! Clean, clean, clean Repair broken stuff Preparation Tip #5: FLOORING is also a BIG DEAL for buyers… There are Times when it DOES NOT Make Sense to Update This is where WE COME IN Nothing more frustrating than buying something new to sell only to find they pulled it out after closing! Story of Bronco Orange Carpet What we do: FREE No Obligation Should You Decide to Let Us HandleWe Offer a Free, No Obligation Consultation on What to Do and What Not to Do to Get Your Home Ready for SaleYou can call us anytime at 719 301 3900 or visit www.BarbHasTheBuyers.comIf you would like to find out more about our Alliance program and have us show you what to do to get your home ready for sale, please give us a call719 301 3900 or visit www.BarbHasTheBuyers.comHow Home Sellers Can Ensure the Home Appraisal Comes Through with Flying Colors
Ever wonder how to do the little things that give you the BIGGEST return on your home sale? A lot of the concepts are simple yet so many people miss them!Not to mention in this episode you get an invite to a PRIVATE event!LIVE EVENT:How to Stage your Home to Sell; with Design Expert Jillian SummersDescriptionWhen: Dec 10, 2020 02:00 PM ESTTopic: How to Stage your Home to Sell; with Design Expert Jillian SummersRegister in advance for this webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tLo3VxcPR8SlbqrYr_q1wg===============
LIVE from Inglenook Winery in the Napa Valley - Realtor John V. Pinto discusses how you should prepare your home for an inspection with Eric Syren, Assistant General Manager for HomeGuard, Inc. & Rafael Betances, SF North Bay Acct. Manager for HomeGuard, Inc., saving you time and a potential re-visit for the inspection. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/john-pinto2/message
Realtor John V. Pinto discusses how you can save time and a potential re-visit by properly preparing your home for an inspection with Eric Syren, Assistant General Manager for HomeGuard, Inc. & Rafael Betances, SF North Bay Acct. Manager for HomeGuard, Inc. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/john-pinto2/message
Down to Earth: Tucson, Episode 32, In this episode, Gabe Esquibel, Technical Specialist II Demand Side and Renewable Resources with UniSource Energy Services, provides the expert’s perspective of how to get your home ready for cold weather – all the home energy and cost savings tips you need this winter! This episode made possible by […]
What are the steps to take to prepare your home for sale? Do Home Improvement Trends Differ along Party Lines? Is it better to provide an allowance in lieu of repairs or to go ahead and make the repairs prior to closing?
From California's crimson skies to smoke so thick along Colorado's front range that sent people indoors for days, this year has been an especially bad one for extreme wildfires. On today's episode, we ask, how did the wildfires get so bad – and what can we do to address them? Call(s) to action Help build fire adapted communities. If you're interested in learning more about the range of small, wonky, zoning-type solutions to reduce pressures driving people to the WUI (pronounced wooie!)and make managed retreat a more palatable option, check out fireadaptednetwork.org, where you can keep track of all the little policy changes that would actually help make a big difference. Prepare Your Home for Fire. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CalFire, has a great resource to teach you how to prepare your home for wildfire. You can find it at readyforwildfire.org. Learn More about Fires from Bobbie Scopa through the audio stories she tells on her website, Bobbie on Fire
We recently purchased the 2020 Audi Q7, so this week we discuss what's new in the freshening of this 3-row midsize SUV, give our take on the new dual screen infotainment system, and how it compares to competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7. Also, with hurricane season in full swing, we talk about precautions drivers should consider when driving in heavy rain, what to do if you encounter flooded roads, and share some telltale signs a car might have been previously flooded when shopping for a used car. We also consider which sportback would be the best fit for a family vehicle, if shifting into neutral at traffic lights can save on gas (or potentially harm your vehicle,) and options for a fuel efficient subcompact SUV or a compact pickup truck to serve as a daily driver. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 01:34 - Driving in heavy rain and how to avoid buying a flood damaged used car 06:51 - 2020 Audi Q7 First Impressions 14:09 - Question #1: Which Sportback would be the best fit for a family vehicle? 18:50 - Question #2: Could shifting into neutral at traffic lights save fuel? 23:24 - Question #3: What is the best subcompact SUV or compact pickup truck for a daily commuter? ---------------------------------- Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/ How to Prepare for a Weather Emergency https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/preparing-for-a-weather-emergency/ How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm https://youtu.be/zYJnWkQ4aC0 Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8 First Drive: Freshened, Swanky Audi Q7 Is Brimming With Technology https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-audi-q7-review/ 2017 Audi Q7 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFrwYBVGdok 2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8AkZXtyxcI 4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKYkg3Jw8HQ 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7SsXtZs98 2015 Volvo V60 review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggj4-63VrXM 2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJJeNbqaQAM 2019 Ford Ranger Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ09demkO_E 2015 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon at the Detroit Auto Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK1BZTEt3fc 2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSAuvdH_oGQ 2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrwNxWFsBFQ ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
We recently purchased the 2020 Audi Q7, so this week we discuss what's new in the freshening of this 3-row midsize SUV, give our take on the new dual screen infotainment system, and how it compares to competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7. Also, with hurricane season in full swing, we talk about precautions drivers should consider when driving in heavy rain, what to do if you encounter flooded roads, and share some telltale signs a car might have been previously flooded when shopping for a used car. We also consider which sportback would be the best fit for a family vehicle, if shifting into neutral at traffic lights can save on gas (or potentially harm your vehicle,) and options for a fuel efficient subcompact SUV or a compact pickup truck to serve as a daily driver. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 01:34 - Driving in heavy rain and how to avoid buying a flood damaged used car 06:51 - 2020 Audi Q7 First Impressions 14:09 - Question #1: Which Sportback would be the best fit for a family vehicle? 18:50 - Question #2: Could shifting into neutral at traffic lights save fuel? 23:24 - Question #3: What is the best subcompact SUV or compact pickup truck for a daily commuter? ---------------------------------- Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/ How to Prepare for a Weather Emergency https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/preparing-for-a-weather-emergency/ How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYJnWkQ4aC0&feature=youtu.be Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8 First Drive: Freshened, Swanky Audi Q7 Is Brimming With Technology https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-audi-q7-review/ 2017 Audi Q7 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFrwYBVGdok 2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8AkZXtyxcI 4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKYkg3Jw8HQ 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7SsXtZs98 2015 Volvo V60 review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggj4-63VrXM 2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJJeNbqaQAM 2019 Ford Ranger Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ09demkO_E 2015 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon at the Detroit Auto Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK1BZTEt3fc 2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSAuvdH_oGQ 2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrwNxWFsBFQ ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
Home preparation has to start somewhere; here are top my five suggestions. Buying a home? Click here to perform a full home searchClick here to search our new construction homes.Selling a home? Click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation Check out and subscribe to my YouTube channel!Preparing your home for sale seems simple at first, but can soon unfurl into a daunting campaign. Like most things, home prep becomes easier once you know what to focus on. Here are the top five things you should do as a soon-to-be home seller: Have a consultation with your Realtor. I love to meet with a potential client to discuss some of their goals, establish a practical time frame for each step in the process, and share what sort of approaches we can implement to maximize their sale. Tackle home improvements. If you’ve lived in your home for 10 years or more, you’ll more likely need to tackle some problem areas. Today’s buyers are savvy when it comes to scoping out a home; they’ll leave no stone unturned, so we need to make sure any issues to the front, back, and inside get addressed beforehand. Whatever we can do to make the home more turnkey ready will be worthwhile. Make sure the home is decluttered. Before we can have photos taken, your home needs to be clean and photo-ready. I know everyone likes to think they always keep their home presentable, but selling is a different ball game; your home has to look like a model home—cleared out, clean, and minimally (yet tastefully) furnished. I suggest getting a few boxes and mark some for donation, trash, and the rest for storage. If you declutter thoroughly, you will get the highest value for your home. Improve curb appeal. Now, I’ve already addressed a lot of this topic in a previous video, but here’s a quick recap of things that go a long way for a home’s exterior: power washing the driveway; planting new flowers and weeding the garden; painting your front door; trimming lawn edges and shrubbery; and laying fresh mulch. Professionally stage the home. I have a couple of professional designers that come in and help us stage the property. So if you don’t have furniture that’s necessarily in the best shape, we can actually rent chic items and arrange them in the most conducive way for pictures. We could also just move your furniture around to maximize lighting and make each room appear larger. If you want your staging prepaid, we can deduct that money from the escrow at the end of the sale (this financing option also applies for any of the aforementioned projects if you don’t have the money to get them done yourself). I hope this list provided you with a better sense of direction as a seller. If you have any questions, reach out to me via phone or email. I’m happy to answer your questions, refer you to great resources, or schedule that initial consultation with you.
When it comes to selling a home, sometimes it's not as easy as just simply putting a sign in the yard instantly finding a buyer. Sometimes there is some prep work involved. Brian explains his top tips for getting the most money for your home and also dives into market trends for the rest of 2020.
Preparing your home for sale isn't hard if you know where to start!When it comes to preparing your home for market, there are three tried-and-true tips to follow: 1. Clean. Leave no area unscrubbed; when you think you've finished cleaning, clean some more! 2. Declutter. Here's a general rule of thumb to remember: Look in every room and eliminate about one-third of the items in there. 3. Depersonalize. Imagine you're a huge fan of a particular team. If you leave up all of your fan merchandise and memorabilia, it could distract a buyer whose favorite team happens to be your team's rival. You never want to offend or distract potential buyers by broadcasting your personal interests; let the house speak for itself. Hopefully, these three simple tips can get you started on the right path. If you have any questions on this or any other real estate-related topic, feel free to reach out to us via phone or email. Don't forget to listen to the Team Lally Radio Show every Saturday on AM830!
Preparing your home for sale isn’t hard if you know where to start!When it comes to preparing your home for market, there are three tried-and-true tips to follow: 1. Clean. Leave no area unscrubbed; when you think you’ve finished cleaning, clean some more! 2. Declutter. Here’s a general rule of thumb to remember: Look in every room and eliminate about one-third of the items in there. 3. Depersonalize. Imagine you’re a huge fan of a particular team. If you leave up all of your fan merchandise and memorabilia, it could distract a buyer whose favorite team happens to be your team’s rival. You never want to offend or distract potential buyers by broadcasting your personal interests; let the house speak for itself. Hopefully, these three simple tips can get you started on the right path. If you have any questions on this or any other real estate-related topic, feel free to reach out to us via phone or email. Don’t forget to listen to the Team Lally Radio Show every Saturday on AM830!
The Top Five Things to Prepare Your Home for SaleBarb Schlinker Radio Show719-301-1802 | 719-301-3900Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty Colorado#coloradosprings #yourhomesoldguaranteedrealty #barbschlinker #realestatevoiceWhat are some the top things a home seller should do to prepare their homes for sale?1. Curb Appeal – Buyers spend a majority of their time looking at homes at the Front Yard, the Backyard and View.a. This time of year there is no excuse not to make your yard look great!b. Even though it’s a hot market.c. Buyers will turn their nose up at anything that looks like deferred maintenance and you will never know, it will get eliminated ONLINEd. Spoke with one buyer last week that told me she eliminates home in just 5 Clicks!e. Wrong:2. Cosmetic finishes really impact buyers…In most price ranges, a home seller’s competition is new construction….Even if you have stellar views!Buyers are ‘doing the math’They will say…”for the same payment, I can get a new home with fresh everything AND a warranty. g. Staging and Dealing with Clutter:Story: I showed a home yesterday in which the closets were filled to the brim, the pantry was busting out…packed with food the garage was so full you could not walk in there, the back yard had deferred landscaping maintenance. But it did have nice views…Buyers could not get past the work and clutter!We include staging advice and help with these projects. While we do NOT take photos of closets and garages, buyers WILL look at them and assume your home does NOT have enough storage.Richard, your thoughts closets and clutter…What are some other things a home seller can do to prepare their homes for sale?1. Rent a storage space, many you can get at a starting rate of $1 for the 1st month.2. Focus on the Basics:a. Curb Appealb. Flooringc. Neutral paintd. Clean, clean, clean3. Flooring is also a big deal for buyers…a. They see big expense and hassle in having to replace or improve flooring.b. I was in one home yesterday where the engineered prefinished hardwood was severely scratched up by dogs. Note: this was the same house with the dead yard asking more than the others that size.c. The question was: How do we refinish these floors…Answer…You DON’T! They have to be replaced! Cha Ching!4. Our Stagers will give you great advice on what to do and what NOT to do.
What is VA Financing?VA Financing is when a buyer obtains a mortgage that is guaranteed by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs against a foreclosure. It allows military members and veterans to purchase homes with zero down payment instead of the 20% down payment typically required by conventional financing.These loans also have lower interest rates than conventional financing and lower payments because the mortgage insurance in the form of a VA funding fee (which is typically added to the buyers mortgage balance) is much less costly to the buyers.Home sellers should have their homes VA financing - ready in this market because 44% of the jobs in the area are related to military service and 36% of the sales are financed with VA financing.Q. What is VA Financingo 100% financing for homes – no upper limit – thanks to President Trumpo In this location Veterans can purchase a home with Zero down for as much as $510,000 and in Elbert & Douglas counties as much as $575,000o Started after WWII to help Veterans buy homes with zero down Q. Who Qualifies for VA Financingo Active Duty Militaryo Veterans with an Honorable Dischargeo Gold Star SpousesWhat are some typical fears of home sellers about accepting VA Financing?Its a myth - that the seller would have to pay loan discount pointsIts a myth - that VA financing for the buyer is harder to get closedIts a myth - that the home will not appraise at the agreed upon priceWhat do Home Sellers Need to Do to Prepare their Homes to be Accepted for VA Financing?Repaint any exterior peeling paint, including any sheds or un-attached buildingsFix broken windowsRepair any safety items such as: missing stair railings, missing electrical outlet covers, correct any sidewalk tripping hazards, cover any large, open window wellsHow Does Selling their Home to Veterans and Military Support the economy?Military and government workers represent nearly half of this local economySelling your home to a military or veteran, I believe is a way your can support those who serveThey volunteer to serve, many times are being transferred all over the country and have few opportunities to stabilize their housing and settle down like most people.Barb Schlinker is the Team Leader and Owner of Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty Colorado and you can contact Barb and her Team at 719 301 1802 or visit:http://www.BarbHasTheBuyers.com
Are you thinking of selling your home this year? Join us as we discuss staging, decluttering and which home improvement projects are worth your time and money with Susan Vogel and JR Helguera from RE/MAX First. We also explain how and why talking to a Realtor early in the process benefits you and what marketing works in to get your home sold.
Putting your home's best foot forward is the number one priority when selling your home. Making sure that it is marketable, likable, and lovable can be the difference between selling under of over asking price. In this episode of The Realtor of Chicago, you will meet Joanna Espinosa. She is the founder of The Avenue Floor and Design. She has been doing Interior design for years and is ready to share some of her best tips on how to prepare your house for the market. Take it one step further and hire here to do the work for you...after all...she is the professional!The Avenue Floor and Design on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/theavenueflooranddesign/Find me on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheRealtorOfChicago/ Call me Directly at: 708.205.7121
Is your home winter-ready? If not, here are five tips to help you prepare it for the cold season ahead.Selling your home? Get a home value report here Looking to buy a home? Search all local homes for sale here Some of us cringe at the mention of the colder weather on its way, but, like it or not, winter is just around the corner. It’s time to start getting ready for the season, and, for homeowners, this means making sure your property is ready to endure the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures ahead. With all of that said, here are the top five things you need to do to prepare your home for winter: 1. Turn off and detach all hoses from outdoor faucets. There shouldn’t be any water left in the lines, as they will be some of the first areas to freeze if your home loses heat. 2. Clean out your gutters. Clogged gutters are among the leading causes of ice damage, so make sure yours are clear. You may have to clean them twice this season, depending on how many trees are in your neighborhood. Seal up air leaks around windows and doors to keep your house warm and your energy bills low.3. Clear the downspouts. This way, water will be directed away from your home as things thaw out. The last thing you want is for water to start building up at your foundation. 4. Properly store all outdoor machinery. Now is the time to put away lawnmowers and other such equipment. Storing them high up and making sure they are covered will help deter mice and other pests from making homes in your shed or garage. While you’re at it, make sure to get winter equipment (like snowblowers) serviced ahead of time. 5. Seal up air leaks around windows and doors. This will keep your home warmer and your energy bills lower. If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
With recent wildfires, and even earthquakes, we have been reminded of the perils that come with living in Southern California. Cari Butler is an emergency preparedness expert and the brains behind a company she created called Emergency Cafe. She says she is the only Angeleno who provides emergency preparedness consultations and services. She formed the company after volunteering at her daughter’s school.
The Inside Track with The Dekker Team Aired: October 18th, 2019 on CHRI Radio 99.1FM in Ottawa, Canada. For questions or to schedule an appointment with the Dekker Team, e-mail email@example.com or call 613-860-4663. Visit dekkerteam.com for more information. For more CHRI shows, visit chri.ca.
I've received a lot of questions lately about how to prepare a house to sell for top dollar. Today I'll go over the easy and inexpensive things you can do to maximize your profit.After a recent video about why you should list your home during the winter, I received multiple emails from people who wanted to know how to prepare their homes to maximize their profit.So what's the best way to prepare to sell for top dollar? Every home is different, but most buyers are looking for a move-in ready home. To prepare your home to sell, the first thing you need to do is make sure the front yard looks good. Buyers can typically tell what the inside of a house will look like by looking at the outside. If the outside is a mess, the inside tends to be a mess too."First impressions are extremely important." Paint is another improvement you can make at a relatively low price. It will make the house look and smell good. You should also pay attention to your kitchen and flooring to make sure they look great. If your cabinets are worn, consider painting or staining them. When it comes to flooring, if you have tile, wood, or carpet, they need to be professionally cleaned. Next, you want to open all your blinds to let as much light in as possible and turn on all the lights—even in the closets. You want your house as light and bright as possible. You should also buy air fresheners to ensure a great smell and even play some soft music while you're out of the house for showings. De-clutter your house by packing up, storing, or getting rid of knickknacks and unnecessary furniture. Finally, you want to clean the house top to bottom.As you can see, you don't need to do much to maximize your profit. So, if you are thinking about selling your home or getting a free personal estimate of your home's current value, give me a call, send me a text, or send me an email.
People always ask me what they should do to get their home ready to sell. This is a great question, so today let’s review a few of the most important steps. The very first step is, of course, to hire a great agent. I would be happy to fulfill this role, so reach out anytime. After that, it’s time to declutter. Not only will this help you get a headstart on packing for your move, but it will also make your home look and feel cleaner and more spacious. For a great example of a decluttered home, click here. Next, paint your front door. A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference, and given that your front door is one of the first things a buyer will notice as they enter your home, you want to make sure it leaves a good first impression. “It’s the little touches that make your home seem more inviting.” Of course, the inside of your home needs to look great, too. Therefore, always make sure to clean your carpets—especially if you have pets. We all love our animals, but buyers might not love the damage, dander, and odors they can leave behind. Kids, too, often cause messes that leave your home smelling less than fresh. Even if you’ve gone noseblind and no longer notice any odor in your home, buyers certainly will. Getting your carpet professionally cleaned is a great way to ensure that buyers won’t turn up their nose at your home. Finally, don’t forget to wash your windows. Sparkling clean windows don’t just look great, they also help your home to appear brighter. It’s little touches like this that make your home seem all the more inviting For a great example of a ready to sell home, click here. But why should you do all of these things to begin with? It’s simple: to attract more buyers and sell your home faster and for a higher price. I know this is a lot to take in at once, but don’t worry. My team and I have the knowledge, skills, and resources to make your home selling process as successful and stress-free as possible. If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Hello, my Empty Nest Friend! As you sit in the simmer of your life and work on things for the next version of you, one of the areas you may want to begin to consider is how you want your home to look in the empty nest years. You may start dreaming about this early and make changes over time - or all at once if that is how you roll. Is your home set up to accommodate those dreams of yours? If not, why not begin making some changes now? My guest, today, April Force Pardoe, is your Designer Bestie. April has fantastic suggestions in this episode where she also shares impactful tips and tricks with us. She is a ball of energy, and I can't wait for you to hear this episode. Take a listen, or read the full transcript on my website! Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review this podcast!
What if after a natural disaster you could return to a home rather than to a pile of rubble? Stricter building codes could help stop disrupting lives, displacing families and cut the huge cost of storms. But are we up for the challenge to implement them for a warming climate? Join Kait as she learns how you can ready your home for a disaster from Roy Wright, CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.
This episode is packed with valuable tips on how to maximize a bottom line from the sale of your home. Some of these suggestions you have heard before ad some might be new. They've been tested in the marketplace and they work every single time.
Today we’re going to discuss six ways to get your home ready for sale this spring: 1. Let natural light in. Open up your blinds, windows, and let that natural sunlight in. 2. Renovate what’s outdated. If your kitchen or bathroom is stuck in the 1980s, it’s time to freshen it up a bit to get top dollar for your home. Updated faucets, towel racks, and cabinets are things you can do even if you’re on a tight budget. 3. Think small with renovations. Don’t overdo it with expensive renovations. Instead of replacing all of your cabinets, just paint or replace the doors. If you’re going to spend money, spend it on curb appeal. 4. Paint with whites and neutrals. A fresh coat of paint is relatively inexpensive and an easy way to give your house a facelift. Keep the colors neutral so that buyers can better imagine the home as their own. 5. Fix anything that’s broken. Repairs can take some time, but getting them out of the way allows you to sell your home much faster. 6. Pay attention to odors. The smells inside your home can kill a home sale, and you may not even notice a lot of them. If you have pets, smoke, or regularly cook fragrant foods, consider getting your carpets freshly cleaned and adding a fresh coat of paint. “Let as much natural light in as possible.” If you have any real estate-related questions or needs that I can assist you with, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
People always ask us what steps they must take to prepare their home for the market. Well, in addition to having us perform an analysis of the property, the first step any future seller must take is to clean and declutter. If you’re not using something, it’s time to pack it away. “The first step any future seller must take is to clean and declutter.” The key to preparing a home is to make sure that it looks fresh and inviting, and that all its major systems, appliances, and features are in working order. If a lightbulb is burnt out, for example, you need to change it before buyers set foot inside. You should also take the time to paint both inside and out. This will make your property seem like it’s brand-new. If you follow these steps and work closely with our team to make any other preparations your specific property may need, you’ll be sure to capture and keep an interested buyer’s attention in no time. If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Prepare to sell with a room-by-room review. You’ll learn what (and what not) to do to get your home ready for listing. Things are about to get hectic; Thanksgiving is just around the corner with Christmas and New Year’s following quickly after. And if you’re wanting to sell your home soon, the craziness just keeps piling up! Instead of thinking about everything you’re going to need to do in the future, focus on what you can do now. Today we’ll be talking about how a room-by-room review is important for making sure your home is completely ready when you decide to list. You’ll begin by meeting with your marketing expert to receive a room-by-room booklet and begin getting your home ready. You’ll find out how to rearrange, what to paint, and when to call a professional. The staging ideas provided are key to having your home prepared for when you go to sell. “Don’t invest any money that you won’t get back out.” If you want to sell in spring, now’s the time to do your room-by-room preparation. You can get my guide at freeroombyroom.com, and with it you can even review home inspection lists. With this, we can narrow down what you need to focus on so you don’t invest any money that you won’t get back out. Don’t start renovations thinking it will add value without looking at this guide. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you’re thinking of getting ready to sell, reach out to me and we can discuss how to get everything prepared. I look forward to hearing from you.
Expensive home upgrades aren’t the best way to prepare your home for sale. Here’s what I recommend. A lot of my clients ask me for advice on how to get their home ready for sale before listing it on the market. Today I’m going to discuss the best way to maximize your home’s value without spending a ton of money. When it comes to making upgrades and improvements on your home, I don’t typically recommend them. If you spend a dollar on improvements, you will only get 50 cents back if you’re lucky. If you’re thinking about remodeling the kitchen or bathrooms, it’s typically not a good idea unless your home is in really bad shape. If something is damaged beyond repair, whether it’s your flooring or your kitchen cabinets, you should fix it. Otherwise, don’t bother. A buyer would rather have a reduction on price than have you charge them more after doing the upgrades. “Paint won’t cost much, but it will make a huge difference to homebuyers.” Another key is decluttering your home. It really helps open up the space and make the buyer feel that the home has more room. If you have extra bulky furniture or cluttered countertops in the kitchen or bathrooms, take that out. Each of the rooms in your home should function as intended. Also, if you have scuff marks on your walls, get that taken care of. A fresh layer of paint won’t cost much, but it will make a huge difference for buyers. Any other minor aesthetic issues should be taken care of as well. Make sure your yard is looking good, too. Don’t make the mistake of making huge, expensive upgrades just to increase the price of your home. We had a recent client who spent $30,000 on marble floors, only to see them replaced as soon as the new buyer moved in. If you have any questions about getting your home ready for sale or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.