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Posted by Wendy L. Johnson on 2/22/2017

It's many homeowners' worst fear to come home to a water disaster in their home. Water damage can cost thousands to repair and will include a lengthy process in order to adhere to safety standards, potentially disrupting your home life for weeks. In this article we'll give you tips on how to avoid water damage and what to do when you discover it.

Water damage vs. flood damage

Many people are unaware of the difference between water damage and flood damage. Water damage can occur when you have plumbing issues such as a leaking pipe or overflowing bath tub. Flood damage, on the other hand, is defined by FEMA as an "overflow of inland or tidal waters, unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters," or even mudflow. Flood damage tends to be the more costly and the more dangerous of the two, as it puts home inhabitants at serious health risk. Part of the stipulation in differing between the two types of damage is insurance coverage; water damage is often covered by homeowner's insurance whereas flood damage is not.

Avoiding water damage

To avoid costly and time-consuming repairs, follow these steps to prevent water damage from occurring in your home:
  • Keep your gutters clean to avoid backups and drainage issues
  • divert rain water away from your house with downspouts
  • Disconnect hoses and turn off their water supply when temperatures drop to freezing overnight
  • Don't leave water using appliances running while you are away from home for extended periods of time
  • Keep up with maintenance on your dishwasher, washing machine, toilets, and tubs
  • Turn off your water main when you go away on vacations
  • Check the water pressure to your home. High water pressure can be nice in the shower, but pressures too high can cause your plumbing to fail
  • Check regularly for leaks. Some water damage may go unnoticed for weeks or months, which subjects you to another danger: mold

What to do if you have water damage in your home

If it's too late for prevention and you've discovered water damage in your home there are several steps you'll need to take to ensure the safety of your home.
  • Turn off electronics in the affected area. If possible switch off power to whole the whole section of your home at the circuit breaker. This first step is to ensure your own safety. Once you've turned off power to all potentially dangerous electronics, you can move on to the next step.
  • Remove electronics and other perishable items from the area. If you remove the items soon enough you might be able to salvage them by drying them out.
  • Soak up the bulk of the water. You can do this the old fashion way by using towels and buckets. Or you can use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to suck up the water from rugs, carpets, and other surfaces.
  • Dry the area completely. To avoid mold, use fans and a dehumidifier to fully dry out the area.
  • Disinfect. Spray the area to remove any bacteria that may have accumulated due to moisture.
  • Contact the professionals. A contractor will be able to tell you the full extent of the damage and whether any serious repairs will need to me made.
 





Posted by Wendy L. Johnson on 2/15/2017

Ready to transform an ordinary bedroom into a dazzling space? Paint your bedroom, and you should have no trouble enhancing the setting's appearance in no time at all.

As a home seller, you may want to consider painting your bedroom to give it a neat, clean look. With a fresh coat of paint, you may be able to make your home more attractive to prospective homebuyers. As such, a stunning bedroom could help you speed up the home selling process and boost your chances of maximizing the value of your residence.

Although painting a bedroom may seem like a time-consuming task, there are many easy ways to ensure you can revamp your bedroom's appearance quickly.

Here are three tips to help you take the guesswork out of painting your bedroom.

1. Choose Your Paint Color Carefully

Ultimately, you'll want to do everything possible to ensure your bedroom remains a serene setting where an individual can rest easy night after night. But if you select the wrong paint color, an individual may have trouble feeling comfortable in your bedroom. And as a result, this person may struggle to get the rest needed to maximize his or her daily productivity.

Many paint colors are available, and you should evaluate all of the options at your disposal. By doing so, you can find the right color to match your home's décor perfectly.

Also, pick up primer and other painting supplies when you purchase your paint. This will ensure you'll be ready to get started on your bedroom painting project immediately.

2. Paint in Long, Continuous Strokes

For a consistent paint coat, you'll want to use long, continuous strokes when you paint your bedroom. Also, if you use a roller, be sure to paint in sections to ensure you can apply sufficient amounts of paint to your bedroom's walls and ceiling.

When it comes to painting your bedroom, you may want to consider multiple coats of paint too. Although your bedroom may look good after you apply a single coat of paint, using a second coat will further enhance your bedroom's appearance.

3. Clean Up and Put the Room Back Together

After you finish painting your bedroom, you'll want to set aside a few hours to ensure the paint dries properly and you are fully satisfied with the paint job. At this point, you'll want to clean up your painting supplies and put your room back together.

Remove any painter's tape in your bedroom as soon as the paint is dry. Furthermore, clean your brushes with dish soap and a brush comb, smooth the brushes back into shape and let them sit out until they dry completely.

Spend some time putting your bedroom back together as well. Now that your bedroom features a fresh paint job, you may want to rearrange your bed, dresser and other bedroom items to optimize the amount of bedroom space that is available.

Use the aforementioned bedroom painting tips, and you can improve your bedroom's appearance instantly.




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Posted by Wendy L. Johnson on 2/8/2017

Clutter can be overwhelming, particularly for a home seller who wants to generate plenty of interest in his or her residence. However, there are many quick, easy ways to declutter your house, including:

1. Organize All of Your Belongings.

Although you may have accumulated many items over the years, a step-by-step approach will enable you to organize all of your belongings and declutter your residence at the same time.

To get organized, take a close look at all of the items in your home. Then, sort through these items and differentiate your must-have items from the non-essential ones. This will enable you to declutter your house with ease.

Remember, if you devote the necessary time and resources to organize your belongings now, you can clean up your living space. And as a result, you may be able to make your home an attractive option to a wide range of homebuyers and boost your chances of a quick sale.

2. Add Storage.

If you choose to keep a broad assortment of items in your home, you may want to pick up storage bins. That way, you can place various items in storage bins, label the bins accordingly and store the bins in an attic or basement to minimize clutter.

Furthermore, decorative storage options are available for those who want to declutter without sacrificing their distinct sense of style. For example, chests and dressers make it simple to store clothing and accessories and may help enhance your living space's décor. Also, file cabinets ensure you can store your documents with ease.

Don't forget about garage storage cabinets, either. These cabinets can make a world of difference for home sellers who have assorted tools scattered throughout a garage. In addition, garage storage cabinets often are portable, which means you can bring these cabinets with you after you sell your house.

3. Get Rid of Junk.

Junk can be problematic, but one individual's junk is another's treasure, and it may be simple to find many people to take junk off of your hands.

If you have a large collection of non-essential items that look great and work properly, you may want to consider hosting a yard sale. By doing so, you can declutter your residence and earn extra cash by selling assorted non-essential items.

You may be able to donate non-essential items to local charities as well. And in some instances, you could receive a tax deduction for your charitable donations.

When it comes to decluttering your residence, there is no need to clean up your house alone. Thankfully, your real estate agent can offer guidance and tips to help you take the guesswork out of decluttering. This real estate professional will make it easy for you revamp your house, and as such, help you optimize the value of your residence.

Spend some time decluttering your home – you'll be happy you did. With hard work and attention to detail, you can declutter your residence and bolster its appearance .





Posted by Wendy L. Johnson on 2/1/2017

Selling a home requires a combination of careful planning, favorable market conditions, and good luck. As a result, there’s no simple formula for determining when your house will sell. There are, however, things you can do to help increase the odds of your home selling within your timeline.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the reasons homes sell quickly or slowly, and offer some tips on how to plan accordingly so that your home sells at the price you want and within the time you need, so you can get back to your life in your new home.

What you can’t control

Let’s start with the pre existing conditions that you won’t have much sway over when it comes to selling your home. First, there’s the market: is it a buyer’s or a seller’s market? The term “seller’s market” deals with supply and demand. In a seller’s market, there is more demand than supply, and therefore listings often see quicker sales and more frequent offers. These terms are used geographically as well. While we are currently considered to be in seller’s market nationwide, it could vary geographically. Certain cities and regions experience surplus housing and are therefore considered buyer’s markets.

What you might be able to control

One factor in the amount of time it takes for your home to sell that you have some control over is when you put it on the market. A new study has found that the best time to sell a home is early March to late April, depending on your geographic location.

For you, this means ensuring that your home is ready to be listed by the end of January. That means you won’t want to delay in getting outdoor issues taken care of before winter arrives if you live in a colder climate. It’s much easier to work on roofs and driveways or septic systems before temperatures reach freezing.

What you can absolutely control

Now that we’ve talked about those details which are out of your hands, let’s talk about what you can do now to increase the likelihood of your home selling when you need it to.

First, be sure to price your home accurately. Any time that your house sits on the market with an inflated price is time wasted.

Next, stay on track with home improvements and upgrades that will increase the interior appeal and curb appeal of your home. That means fresh coats of neutral paint, a lot of cleaning and decluttering, and some appropriate landscaping. It’s important to remember, however, that some upgrades aren’t very cost-effective, so be sure to do your research before taking on big home improvement projects.

Right before you put your home on the market, take the time to stage the home and take great photos. Cell phone pictures of a dirty house with poor lighting won’t do you any favors. If you know a photographer, enlist their help for the day to make sure your photos stand out on listing websites.

If you follow these tips and remain consistent in communicating with your real estate agent, there’s no reason you shouldn’t sell your home within the timeframe needed for you and your family.





Posted by Wendy L. Johnson on 1/25/2017

With all the emphasis on paint, staging and accessories when selling a home, there is one thing that is often overlooked. Windows can make a huge difference in the appeal of a home to buyers. The size and placement of windows affects everything from the character to the curb appeal of the home from the outside. On the inside, windows determine light, views, energy efficiency, and air flow. If you are selling your home take a look at your windows. Make sure they are clean and adding value to your home. Remember windows are the way your home is connected to its surroundings. If the landscape outside of your home is pleasing to the eye, pull back the curtains and shades and show off the view. If privacy is an issue or the outside view is undesirable, you will need to enhance the view with shutters, shades, or window treatments. View your home from both the inside and outside, and at various times of the day to be aware of what potential buyers will see. This will allow you to correct any issues and play up any benefits. Essentially look at your home in a whole new light.