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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 6/14/2018

Moving to a new home quite literally uproots your entire life. From moving day on, youíll be learning to navigate your new home and rebuilding your daily routines.

The first week in your new home is both the most excited and the most chaotic. Boxes are likely still scattered around the house, youíre constantly forgetting where the light switches are, and trying to figure out how to arrange your furniture.

With all of these changes going on it can be easy to get overwhelmed in your new home. Thatís why weíve put together this list of things you should do in your first week at your new house to get settled in and prepared for your new life.

On Moving Day

Day one of your move can only run so smoothly. As a result, itís important to try and relax throughout the day. Remind yourself that you donít need to unpack and arrange everything today. Itís also a good idea to keep a checklist of everything you need to accomplish on moving day, whether thatís paying movers, handing over keys, or turning on utilities.

Since the majority of your belongings will likely be in disarray for the next few days, you should make sure you have a box of your daily essentials clearly labeled that you can unpack first. Weíre talking about toothbrushes, toiletries, and anything else youíll absolutely need to get your day started.

The First Week in Your New Home

Once youíve made it past the first day the hardest part is over. It will soon be easier to get a good nightís sleep in your new bedroom, and your morning routine will run more smoothly.

To be best prepared for the first week in your new home, weíve prepared a checklist of important items to tackle so that youíre fully settled in as soon as possible.

  • Familiarize yourself with the home. Safety should always be your first priority, even at home. Take the time to find out where your circuit breaker is, your water main valve, light switches, fire extinguishers, and so on. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, or just change the batteries so you know the exact date they were changed.
    Itís also a good idea to develop a fire escape route. Since you and your family arenít as familiar with the layout of your new home as your old one, itís important to understand where the best exits are in case of an emergency. Pick a landmark outside that youíll meet at in case of a fire.

  • Change your locks. A top priority for your first week should be changing out your locks. Not everyone is careful with their keys and discriminate in who they give them to. Whether you choose to hire a locksmith or buy and replace the locks yourself, itís better to get this task accomplished sooner rather than later.

  • Deep clean. You wonít soon have another opportunity to clean a house that isnít filled with meticulously arranged furniture. The first week in your new home is a good time to clean the carpets, scrub the corners of each room, and do a thorough cleaning of your refrigerator and cabinets. Itís tempting to start putting items where theyíll go as soon as you arrive, but cleaning first will save you time later. The same principle applies for painting your walls.




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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 6/8/2018

WELCOME HOME to this private 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath pond front Garrison. Situated on over an acre with views of Snake Pond! Step inside..hardwood floors, sunfilled front to back fireplace living room w/sliders that lead you to deck overlooking yard & pond. Formal DRM has wood floors and opens to eat in kitchen. Upstairs you will find the master with private bath & a wall of closets, 2 additional bdrms and a full bath. Recent updates: all windows, roof and heating system. Need more space? Finished basement (not included in a total square footage) offers endless uses. Outdoor living space is great, level yard, flowers & pathway down to water to enjoy swimming or a relaxing kayak ride. Popular public beach right around the corner! A little updating will make it shine, don't hesitate.

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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 6/7/2018

If your home has lingered on the real estate market for many months, there is no need to worry. Revisit your home selling strategy, and you can find innovative ways to promote your house to the right groups of buyers.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you revamp your home selling strategy.

1. Consider the Homebuyer's Perspective

One of the reasons why your house might have failed to generate interest from homebuyers is you have not effectively accounted for the buyer's perspective. Fortunately, now is a great time to take a fresh approach to highlight your home to dozens of prospective buyers.

Think about why you bought your house in the first place. Then, you may be better equipped than ever before to prioritize home upgrades and ensure your residence matches or exceeds buyers' expectations.

Furthermore, it may be beneficial to cut down on clutter inside your house. Because if you have a clutter-free home, you can make it easy for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.

2. Assess Your House Listing

A home listing is important, particularly for a seller who wants to stir up significant interest from buyers. If at first your home listing misses the mark with buyers, you can always revise it as needed.

Ensure all of the information included in your home listing is accurate and up to date. That way, you can help buyers make an informed decision about your residence.

In addition, include high-resolution photographs in your home listing. With top-notch photographs incorporated into your home listing, homebuyers can view each room of your house at their convenience. Plus, these photographs may help you differentiate your residence from other available houses.

3. Reinvent Your Home's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal can make a world of difference in any housing market, at any time. If you enhance your house's curb appeal, you may be able to move one step closer to selling your house.

Trim the hedges, mow the lawn and perform other home exterior improvements as soon as possible. Also, if you need assistance with home exterior upgrades, you can always reach out to landscapers and other home improvement professionals for support.

Hiring a great real estate agent may help you streamline the home selling journey too. In fact, a real estate agent who understands the ins and outs of the housing market can offer lots of guidance as you sell your home.

A great real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events, negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf and help you prepare for a home closing. And if you ever have concerns or questions along the home selling journey, a real estate agent is available to respond to them.

Accelerate the home selling journey Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can rework your home selling strategy and boost the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.




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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 5/31/2018

Although being a first-time buyer can seem overwhelming, there was one advantage to the entire process: You didnít need to sell another property. If you would like to move out of the home that youíre currently living in and are in the process of buying a new place, your life is about the get complicated! Hold tight to your realtor and get ready for quite the ride. 


Since itís often unrealistic to pay two mortgages at once, thereís a certain way that you must complete the transactions so as not to cause a huge financial headache when moving from one place to another. Unfortunately, youíre going to have to deal with buying a new home and selling your current one simultaneously in most cases.    


The good news is that it can be done! Read on for tips to find out how you can make the process go as smoothly as possible. 


First, youíll want to understand the housing market that youíre in. Youíll know what strategies you need to employ if you understand the type of market that youíre dealing with. If the two homes are in completely different areas, this research will be even more important to you. 


Buying


While youíre searching for a new home and selling your current one, youíll want to leave your options open. That means not locking yourself down to just one home. Of course, youíll only put in one offer at a time, but knowing whatís out there for you to buy is important in case the purchase falls through on the first prospective home. This way you wonít have much chance of being ďstrandedĒ once your old home sells. 


Selling


You want your home to be sold in a timely manner. This means that your old home should be well-priced and ready to sell. Work with your realtor on staging, pricing, and holding open houses. The more effort that is put into marketing your home, the better chance youíll have of selling it. Extra time on the market means that youíll have a bigger headache when it comes to buying your new home. Selling quickly is not a bad thing so long as you have some other place to live. You can also put a contingency in the sale stating that you need to find suitable housing before you can move. Realtors can do a lot when their sellers are cooperative and proactive.           


Should You Buy First?


If you sell your home first, youíll have an easier time getting a mortgage on a new home. The problem here is that youíll need to find some sort of temporary housing before you even head out on the house hunt.


If you buy a home fist, your buying power may be less than if you sold your current home. Your debt-to-income ratio will be higher, giving you less money to spend on a new home.


While buying and selling a home simultaneously can be complicated, if you strategize correctly, youíll be able to go through the entire process with ease.   

 





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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 5/24/2018

Selling a house may prove to be a high-pressure situation, particularly for an individual who is listing a residence for the first time. However, if you share your home selling plans with family members, friends and other loved ones, you may be able to receive additional support throughout the home selling journey.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to inform your loved ones about your plans to sell your house, and these reasons include:

1. You can respond to any concerns or questions before you finalize your home selling decision.

Loved ones have your best interests in mind, and as such, they probably are unafraid to tell you exactly what they think and how they feel. Therefore, it may be beneficial to tell your loved ones about your intention to sell your house, as you'll be able to receive unbiased feedback about your decision.

Although loved ones might not always agree with your decision to sell your home, it is paramount to open the lines of communication with them. And if you tell loved ones about your plans to sell your house, you can clear the air with them before you list your residence.

2. You may be able to gain extensive home selling insights.

In many instances, loved ones may have sold a house in the past, and you may be able to learn from their prior home selling experiences.

Loved ones may provide you with home selling insights that you might be unable to obtain elsewhere too. Then, you can use these insights to increase the likelihood of a successful home selling experience.

3. You can take the first step to promote your house to potential buyers.

Loved ones can help spread the word about your house to dozens of potential buyers. Thus, if you give loved ones advanced notice about your home selling plans, you may be better equipped than ever before to stir up significant interest in your house.

Of course, once your house is listed, it usually is a good idea to share your home listing with loved ones as well. Loved ones then can share your home listing with co-workers, friends and others, thereby improving your chances of a fast, profitable home sale.

As you get ready to list your residence, you also may want to seek out a real estate agent. Because if you employ a real estate agent, you can get the expert help you need to accomplish your home selling goals.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market and will help you put together a successful home selling strategy. This housing market professional can help you showcase your residence to interested buyers. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to respond to any of your home selling concerns or queries throughout the home selling journey.

Want to achieve the optimal results when you list your house? Collaborate with your loved ones Ė and a real estate agent Ė and you should have no trouble getting the best price for your residence.




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