A Happy Home And A Good Investment

Happy Home

Living in a home that is both a good investment and the home you’ve always dreamed of is the ultimate goal for just about every homeowner. If your home is an older home then you probably have to work a bit harder to keep it maintained as opposed to a newer home. If you’re the kind of person that likes to constantly make improvements on your home to maintain or even increase its value. The good news is that the process of increasing the property value on any home isn’t all that difficult. 

 

Happy Home = Happy Life

People can sense when other people are happy as well as when they’re not happy. If you’re happy in your living space, it tends to be contagious to people that visit your home. Furnish your home with items that fit your taste and interests and no one else’s. Don’t worry so much about what the latest trends in home design if they really don’t appeal to you. If want to change things up a bit and need some ideas, you may want to consult with an interior designer that can work with you on making a few changes that will not only make you happy, but also your guests.

 You can also get help from a real estate agent. Experienced realtors can be very helpful when it comes to making recommendations that will add true value to your home. Even if you feel that you will never sell your house, sometimes things change that are beyond our control and if you’re house’s design is appealing to both you and everyone else, it will be much easier to sell for he highest price.

 

Use Quality Materials Or Nothing

Whether your home needs a quick facelift or major surgery it’s important that you use quality materials. This is not only about you being happy while you live there but you should also consider that every penny you spend on your home should be an investment. You should make an effort to use designs and materials that increase your home’s value and ensure that your choices will last for generations to come.

Don’t Forget The Exterior
Creating a consistent look between the exterior and the interior of a home is a must. Having a nice front and backyard really enhances the overall feeling of a home and your guests will notice right away. Consider planting a few flowers near the front entrance for a splash of color.

Get Ideas From The Internet

If you don’t really trust your sense of style and you don’t want to spend money on a professionalhome furnishings designer then Google it! The internet can be helpful in many ways to a homeowner searching for ideas. You can view countless images of every home design known to man to see what appeals to you and your sense of style.

 Once you have some ideas about how you would like to decorate your home, you don’t even need to leave your chair for the next step. You can do most or even all of your home furnishings shopping online. Great deals are available from private sellers as well as sites like Amazon, Ebay, etc. at a fraction of the cost of the major retailers.

 Finding the right design and decor for your property shouldn’t be frustrating or difficult. It should be fun! Especially if you’re creating the look you’ve always dreamed of. If you enjoy the process, it will be easy and rewarding when you’re done.If you need help or ideas on making your home a happy one, call me. I’m here to help!

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2015 Tips For De-Cluttering Your Orlando Home

With the introduction of the new year, resolutions are in full swing. It’s also the best time of the year to do a massive cleaning and de-cluttering of your Orlando home. For our family, the means to donate old toys, outdated furniture, and other objects so that we can utilize the extra space in each room. It’s actually something that I really enjoy doing because it gives me that sense of a new beginning. I don’t know what you’d call the opposite of a hoarder, but that’s me [out with the old, in with the new!].

For some people, however, this can be a painful process. Just the idea of cleaning out those daunting cabinets, closets, and drawers can make them want to run for the hills.

6 Step Guide To De-Cluttering Your Orlando House With No Stress

  1. Don’t Try to Do it All at Once! This will make the task seem overwhelming and impossible. Pick the room that’s the most cluttered in the house and start de-cluttering, one room at a time. I like to start with the biggest items and work my way down to the small stuff. You can put the things you want to keep in a storage facility or your garage and donate everything else. You will see that once you get started it’s kind of hard to stop (It is for me anyway). The more you get rid of, the better you feel.
  2. Decide What Stays and What Goes. When moving the things back into the room after cleaning, it’s a great time for you to ask yourself; does it stay or is it history? Bring the items back into the space one at a time.
  3. Get Organized! When clearing everything output similar items together in a box. This will allow you to take inventory and get rid of unnecessary duplicate items scattered throughout the house.
  4. Stay Organized! When you’re to start putting things away, make sure that you place things in a location that makes sense. For items that you use day-to-day, put them in a location that’s easy to access. For other items that may not get used that often, maybe a high cabinet space or in the closet. Having a specific place for the items you wish to keep will prevent things from ending up all over the house again.
  5. Don’t Procrastinate! Once you’ve figured out what gets thrown away and what gets donated then either throw it away or take it to the donation box immediately. Don’t put it off, the sooner you get that stuff out of your house and clear from your mind the better off you’ll be and you’ll have a better of preventing clutter from returning
  6. Clutter Prevention. It’s a good idea to not purchase items unless you need them. If you’re like my wife, then you love a good bargain and sometimes it’s hard to resist getting a good deal on something,…even if you don’t need it! Take a moment to think about where you will put it in your home, will you really use it? Where will you store it? I the answers don’t make sense, don’t make the purchase.

The key to keeping you’re home de-cluttered is to keep things organized by creating a system that enables you to keep your home free from clutter every day. Once you’ve committed yourself to be clutter-free, you’ll feel better and actually be healthier. If your home is free of clutter, then your mind will be able to focus with less effort for maximum production.

Working as an Orlando listing specialist, I’m always giving my clients tips and advice for staging the home before listing it. The first thing on my list of recommendations is always to clean and de-clutter the home. Doing this step alone will make a huge difference in the way the house shows and together with my other staging recommendations will ultimately attract more buyers and a higher selling price. If you need help or advice on helping you to sell your Orlando house, call me today! I’m happy to help.

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6 Questions To Ask Your Orlando Realtor

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Orlando, you probably have a ton of questions about the Orlando real estate market and how much your house will sell for. In addition to these questions, there are other questions you should be asking an Orlando realtor before you commit to working with them. 

1- Are you a realtor or just a real estate agent?

It’s important to know that a “REALTOR” is more than just a licensed real estate agent. A realtor belongs to an organization known as the National Association of Realtors [NAR]. Realtors operate under a code of ethics that exceeds what might be demanded of other real estate professionals. You should also ask your realtor about any other industry certifications they may have.

2- How much commission do you charge?

Realtors have the power to negotiate their commission. Find out how much they usually charge and ask if they will be willing to give you a better rate than usual. Although some realtors are given strict guidelines by the brokers that they work for, it never hurts to ask.

3- What makes you different than other realtors?

This question will really put the realtor on the spot and provide you with the opportunity to see how they react to it.  You’ll also see what kind of personality they have and if it meshes well with yours. Remember, this is someone that you’ll be dealing with on an everyday basis so it’s important that you feel comfortable with them.

4- How will you market my house?

Unfortunately, some realtors rely solely on the Multiple Listing Service [MLS] to sell their homes. But the truth is that there are several other things that a realtor can do to get a house sold quickly for top dollar. You want to hire a realtor that uses every tool in their toolbox like social media, videos, direct mail, blogging, etc. The more exposure your property gets, the better your chances will be of getting it sold for the highest amount possible. 

5- Do your listings typically sell for the asking price?

Ask your realtor to show you some of their more recent home sales. Then compare what the original listing price was to the sold price. This is a good indicator of how good the realtor is at pricing homes correctly from the start.

It’s the agent’s job to help you to come up with the listing price. Therefore if the home was priced correctly, there should be no reason why it wouldn’t sell for the asking price or at least very close to it.

6- What’s the best way to reach you?

Let your realtor know that you will be in contact with them often and that you expect them to be easily accessible to you. Find out the most convenient way to keep in touch for both of you is by email or text and make sure that they understand that you would like to be updated on what’s going on with your property regularly.

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How To Choose The Right Realtor- VIDEO

When searching for the right Orlando real estate agent to meet your needs, keep these important things in mind.

Real estate agents in the state of Florida go through endless hours of special training to ensure they know all the real estate laws in their state. Going it alone without the representation of an experienced realtor is dangerous and can cause you to slip up and lose a deal or even worse, end up in legal hot water.

Traditional real estate marketing through the MLS and other network channels is effective so make sure that your Orlando Realtor is active every day maximizing exposure to their properties.

The Realtor that you choose should also have a strong online presence through their own websites and social media profiles.

How To Choose The Right Realtor

The following are three vital tips to help you find the right real estate agent for you.

 

1- The right Realtor may have information on financing that may allow you to progress through the process more effectively and avoid the challenges you may normally encounter.

 2- See if they have online capabilities like virtual tours and walk-throughs which will do wonders when showcasing the property and making it available to the largest amount of potential buyers possible.

3- Always ask if they have online testimonials are positive reviews they could direct you. Having the right real estate agent in your corner can save you time and money so make your choice wisely.

 


 

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