• Why You Still Need a Real Estate Agent to Buy or Sell a Home

    real estate agentWith the prevalence of real estate apps and websites, you may be wondering whether it’s still necessary to use a realtor when selling your home or buying a new one. While there are tools out there that can help inform you and make it easier to do these things without help from a real estate agent, there are numerous reasons why it’s still in your best interest to use one. An experienced real estate team will have a lot more familiarity with market trends and specific locations, and your realtor will likely have increased access to home listings and will be able to negotiate with other agents with more proficiency. Let’s take a closer look at just some of the reasons why you should still use a real estate agent when buying or selling a home.

    • They have more experience and access
      No matter the industry, someone who handles specific tasks as part of their daily job duties is simply going to have more experience than someone who does them as a hobby or is tackling them for the first time. Having more experience will typically translate into a higher success rate. A well-regarded realtor is going to be much more familiar with the real estate market as a whole, which can help you in many ways during the buying or selling process. They can help you price your home, negotiate a fair price, and access property listings you might otherwise miss. A realtor can make appointments to see homes or will schedule viewings and open houses so that you won’t have to take these jobs on yourself. When real estate is your full-time job, you’re most likely going to be a lot more skilled and take care of everything in the correct way.
    • They can act as a go-between
      You might be under the impression that when buyers and sellers deal with each other directly, the negotiations are more transparent. That may be true in some cases, but having a go-between can be a huge benefit for both parties. You won’t have to worry about insulting a buyer or a seller because your real estate agent can help smooth things over. In addition, many buyers are hesitant to deal directly with a seller without an agent; sellers often price their properties too high and are unwilling to negotiate or they may make stipulations that slow the process down. When you have a real estate agent, he or she will act in your best interests but in a diplomatic way that can keep emotions from running high during a stressful time. They’ll also advise you on best practices and whether to make or accept an offer on a property.
    • They can help with marketing, paperwork, and more
      You may not know the best ways to market your home listing. Some methods are better than others, and when you try to sell your home yourself, you may overlook the updates that really matter to buyers. When it comes time to draw up the paperwork, you’ll probably be overwhelmed and uncertain about what needs to happen. Essentially, your realtor is a priceless resource. In fact, 78% of recent buyers found their real estate agent to be very useful for learning new information. Whether you need input on landscaping or want to know whether you should still advertise your listing in print publications, your realtor will be able to use his or her expertise to guide you along the way. When you choose to go it alone, you won’t have this option. It definitely pays off to have a knowledgeable realtor on your side.
  • Choosing the Right Type of Flooring for Different Areas of Your House

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    The flooring of your home is something that you will be living with for a long time, so it’s worthwhile to take the time to think about your choices. It’s also important to keep in mind that different areas of the house may need different types of flooring. For instance, cozy carpeting works well for bedrooms and family areas but vinyl flooring would be best for areas like the kitchen and bathroom.

    Choosing the best flooring for your home
    What’s the best type of flooring for your house? The answer to that question might well depend on which area you’re talking about. Wood floors can be welcoming, adding a touch of warmth to any interior, while carpeting can be cozy or sleek. Vinyl floors are hardworking and easy to clean.

  • Radon What Is It and How To Check For It

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    Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that is produced from the Earth?s soil due to the natural decay of uranium. However, while radon levels may be limited outdoors and therefore may not be a health concern they can accumulate and become detrimental indoors. Knowing how radon may get into your home and how to test for it are essential to not only your health, but also the health of your loved ones.

    How does radon get into your home?

    Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the soil. In the United States alone, 1 in 15 homes is estimated to have levels of radon which are above EPA action level. But how does it get into our homes in the first place?

    Air pressure inside a home is typically lower than the pressure of the soil outside. This difference causes the air Continue Reading

  • Cheap Mosaic Backsplash Ideas for Your Kitchen

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    One way that tile can be used to really add personality to a home is with a mosaic backsplash. It might sound complicated but creating one of these mosaics can be done by a homeowner. You won?t have to spend a ton of money on this project, if you follow the right tips. Here are three methods to save money on your next ceramic backsplash.

    What is a Mosaic Backsplash?

    This term is used to define an area where tiling is done in a mosaic pattern. In many cases, mosaic tiling will involve the use of different colors and materials. However, those wanting a more uniform look may choose to keep colors closely related. The degree of customization you have with a mosaic backsplash is entirely in your hands.

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  • Top 3 Ways to Keep Your Home From Flooding

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    One of the greatest nightmares for any homeowner is having their home flood. While Mother Nature is responsible a good amount of the time, your plumbing might also be to blame. It’s good to have a plumbing service that you can you rely on if you need plumbing repair or just need some plumbers to come out and check over your pipes and equipment. A full septic tank or clogged pipes or drains and leaking water heaters can contribute to flooding inside your home and not having a backflow valve can prove detrimental if your sewer system floods and backs up into your house. Continue Reading

  • Landscaping, Outdoor Residential Furnaces, and Other Home Improvement Projects

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    Whether you have a short or a long list of home improvements you’d like to make, improving your curb appeal may be at the top of your list. When you complete your lawn beautification and landscaping projects, just imagine how much more you’ll enjoy being outside in the warmer weather.

    A recent Harris Poll survey for the National Association of Landscape Professionals was conducted with 2,034 adults 18 and older. The results showed that 75% of people in the United States feel spending time outside in their yards is important. The survey also showed that 83% of the participants think it’s important to have a yard, and 90% of the participants with a yard believe it’s important to keep it well-maintained.

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  • When Was the Last Time You Upgraded Your Landscaping?

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    The neighbor with a landscape design company did not do a great job of advertising his services. Although the ground lighting that he installed initially gave his lot an attractive look, the fact that nearly half of the trees, plants, and shrubs that he planted did not survive the first six months took away from the lighting.
    Although you and your husband are making plans to update the landscape design around your home, you have decided to go with a landscape designer that has a better reputation in the area. As soon as you decide on the landscape design options Continue Reading

  • Installing New Kitchen Appliances in Your Kitchen to Make Your Life Easier

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    If you are a homeowner, it is likely that you would already know that one of the most important parts of your home is your kitchen. The kitchen is the one place where you can make the kind of food that gives you and your family sustenance, and important culinary enjoyment, which can easily be one of the most important ingredients to a rewarding and fulfilling life. Having a fully functional and convenient kitchen can be one of the best parts of home life, and if you are a homeowner, you would be in complete control of making the right kinds of choices that can make your kitchen efficient and functional, while adding convenience and aesthetic appeal to the overall feel and the ambience of the kitchen. Kitchen design is an important subject that many homeowners take interest in, and if you really w Continue Reading

  • Do You Plan to Construct an Extra Storage Building on Your Lot?

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    The 90 degree day took an immediate turn for the worse right around dinner time.
    It was easy to tell that many of the people in the area believed the evening forecast for threatening weather because the grocery store was packed. It seemed that everyone was trying to get their last minute grocery shopping done so that they could be inside before the evening storm moved through.
    With a quick drop in temperature, the 60 degree mark was indeed an indication of the the approaching storm. Within an hour of the prediction the winds reached nearly 85 miles and hour, hail pelleted the ground and anything else it came in contact with, and the rain fell in buckets. Although it did not last long, the intense weather damaged the roofing on both your home and fencing, your storage buildings and the metal roofing.Continue Reading

  • Dangers of Deceased Deer Near Your Property

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    Research shows that the population of the white-tailed deer has increased dramatically from 500,000 to nearly 30 million in current times. When an animal sees a large increase in population growth, it’s likely we will see more of them in our lives. In many cases, deer dart across the roads all over the United States. Unfortunately, many drivers will not be able to brake in time and hit the deer. In this post, you will learn the dangers posed by leaving a dead deer near your property.

  • The Smell of Decay: Once an animal has died, the smell may not be that bad in the beginning. However, especially in warmer months, a dead deer could permeate through into your home. The last thing you want to deal with after a long day is the smell of decay present in your home. Calling a de Continue Reading
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