It’s that perfect time of year: right before it gets too cold and frigid, but after the heat of summer breaks. It’s the best time to get outside and admire changing colors of the season. That’s not the only seasonal change you should watch out for though; as much as fall brings to the table when it comes to outdoor fun, it brings some outdoor challenges for your home. Here are some easy and quick tasks that will get your home in tip-top shape and ready for Autumn. As a bit of a bonus on this first day of fall, all of these tasks can easily be completed (or for the less home-repair-inclined, the handyman can be called) in a single day!
Having someone paint your home can save you a lot of time and effort and yield a better finished product. Finding a trustworthy contractor may seem daunting, but these six questions will help you on your way. Any reliable painting contractor should be able to easily and quickly provide appropriate answers to all of these questions.
Unsure when to sell your home? If you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to take a leap: it’s a seller’s market right now! Limited home inventory has driven home prices up and days on the market down, with average homes spending just 42 days on the market. Better yet, the median original listing price up 6.4% and still rising, due to continued low supply of homes.
As the temperatures drop, people relax, and kids go back to school, it’s time for more than just fall. While many people think that spring is the best time to sell a home, fall is just as viable as long as you know how to sell the season! Buyers don’t only look in spring, people are looking for homes 365 days a year. Emphasizing your home’s seasonal amenities will help you sell your home any time of the year. Be sure to get on the market as it picks up after the slow end of summer!
In the words of Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch philosopher, “prevention is better than cure.” A home that is not maintained properly can lose around 10% of its appraised value. Whether you’ll sell your home soon or plan to stay in it for a while, prevention and maintenance can be make or break habits.
Nobody ever hopes for an emergency, but everybody should prepare for one. The best thing you can do to prepare your family is to put together a preparedness plan and create a disaster survival kit. Keep the kit in an easy to carry duffel bag, and make sure items in it are kept from expiring. The Red Cross offers many of these items online, or you find them from a retailer near you.
Life seems like it’s always getting busier, and sometimes it can all get overwhelming. Your home can be the perfect thing to help you detox at the end of the day, and Scandinavian design techniques can help you lighten up your space so that walking into your home is a breath of fresh, soothing air.
As a homeowner, life is so busy that it’s easy to lose track of the little things. Especially when it comes down to minutia like changing smoke alarm batteries, room measurements, and insurance item catalogues. For all of these things, and more, these apps can make your homeownership experience so much better: