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How to Prepare Your Home for a Sale

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Selling your house can be stressful and time-consuming, and for many people is not an enjoyable experience. In many cases however, this comes down to lack of preparation in the time leading up to the listing and sale. Once you know you are going to sell your home, there are a number of things you can do before you reach out to an agent to have it listed that will ensure you are able to negotiate an efficient and hassle-free sale:

Complete Renovations

Any lingering repairs or renovations in your home or on your property should be finished before you put your house on the market. Go through the house, inspecting for rooms that need to be re-painted, floors or walls that need to be patched up and repaired, and if the carpets need to be professionally cleaned. If you have additional renovations that you know can improve the value of your home, such as the kitchen or master bedroom, consider taking these on as well.

Have a Pre-Listing Inspection

A pre-listing inspection lets you know about problems with your property that you will likely be required to fix before sale when the buyer has their own inspection conducted. This may be things you weren’t aware of such as problems with the foundation or plumbing. Knowing about these ahead of time allows you to save money by choosing the best course of action for repair, not simply rushing through the repair when your house is about to sell.

Tackle Curb Appeal

Finally, don’t forget to make your house look nice from the outside by tackling curb appeal. Curb appeal is like the first impression of a home, as it is what potential buyers see from the outside. To boost your curb appeal, focus on the landscaping and make sure you clean up the yard. Tackle any repairs to windows and siding as well as paint the decking if necessary. To make the property even more inviting, plant fresh flowers and shrubs and put out a welcome mat for when potential new owners come for an inspection or open house

With these helpful tips your selling experience will be drastically improved and you will find it much less stressful to sell your home. Not to mention, when you put in the effort to make your property look desirable, you are more likely to get the asking price for your home. Don’t tackle the projects alone however. Reduce your stress further and learn about the best ways to boost your home sale by appointing a qualified agent to help you out. Contact Global Life to learn more about how I can help you with your sale and make the process seamless and hassle free.

 
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First Time Buyers: Talking Money, Saving and Getting Loans

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

There is no question, that as a first-time buyer, one of the hardest things is to save enough money to allow you to get a mortgage loan and put a down payment on your first home. After you purchase your first home, it gets easier to continue to maintain a hold in the market and buy future properties but putting in the effort to save your money and make your first home purchase is an important step. Here are some ways you can help yourself save more money and get there faster:

Know What you Want

Before you start saving or head to the bank, get really clear on what you want and how flexible you can be on the property you are purchasing. If there are things you know you want included, don’t let those fall by the wayside because you get excited about finding a home that is in your ideal Florida neighbourhood. On the same note though, be reasonable with your expectations, given that it is your first dip into the market.

Get Pre-Approval

Part of knowing what you want is knowing what you can afford. Once you have given some thought to the home you would like to try to buy, head to the bank and get pre-approval for a loan. They will tell you how much money you have to spend and help you get a good idea of the range of prices you should be considering for purchase.

Create a Budget

Break down your finances and see where you are currently spending money and see how much you need to be spending in each category – living costs, utilities, insurance, car payments etc. From there allot an appropriate amount to each and stick to the plan!

Cut Costs

Saving for a house means cutting back on spending! Downgrade your phone plan and internet plan, turn off the lights to cut down your electricity bill and eat out less, opting to buy groceries and cook at home.

Make Sacrifices

In addition to cutting costs on things like monthly subscriptions, you may also need to make some sacrifices along the way and go without. For example, if you are used to taking a yearly or twice-yearly holiday, consider opting for a less expensive holiday or shorter holiday while you are saving.

As a first-time buyer, you are bound to have lots of questions and be a little nervous and unsure of the whole buying process. And that’s why I am here to help. Reach out to us to learn more about how we can make the home buying process way less stressful and help you get into your first home sooner, not to mention make sure that it is one that you love and are proud to call your own.

 
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Should I Renovate my Home Before I Sell?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

If you are planning to put your home on the market and getting ready to sell, you no doubt want to maximize the chances of getting the best value for it that you can. In many cases, a home renovation is a great way to do that and is a wise move before listing your home. Consider these reasons why it may be beneficial to renovate prior to selling, and then speak to your agent to help you decide what is best for you and your home:

You Increase Home Value

You may be concerned about making sure you get what your house is worth, but what about making it worth more? In many cases, renovating your home prior to sale can dramatically increase the home value. This is especially the case if you renovate the kitchen and dining area, the master bedroom or the bathrooms. Adding a piece on to the home, such as an additional bathroom or garage can also greatly increase your home’s value. Renovations which are more along the lines of repair work may not fall into the category of increasing the value, but will make it more likely that you receive your asking price because there is no work for the new owner to do to justify offering a lower price.

You Increase Visual Appeal

There is a reason curb appeal and home staging are so important when it comes to successfully selling your home: homes sell on first impressions and visual attractiveness. When you renovate your home and make it look more attractive to the buyer physically, this will increase the number of buyers who express interest and look at your home and will increase the likelihood that they will put in a reasonable offer. Make your renovation count by putting some time and thought into making sure it boosts the home’s aesthetics.

You Increase Your Audience

If you renovate your home making it more modern, inputting more technologically advanced features and updating the overall look to a more sophisticated and classy property, you will have a larger audience that will be interested in what you have to offer. Selling a home that has out of date decorations and features, is not technology-friendly, or is lacking basic amenities by today’s standards, immediately discounts a large percentage of the population who could be potential buyers. Try to renovate your home to cater to a maximal audience and you’ll have maximal interest and offers in return.

If you are struggling to know whether a home renovation is right for you before you sell,or are interested in getting a professional opinion prior to listing, reach out to Carla at Global Life Realty. With her expertise and experience you’ll be able to work together to determine the best renovation choice for you and your property.

 
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3 Nature - Inspired Home Decorating Ideas

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

If you spend a lot of time cooped up in an office, working away at your computer and answering the phone, you may feel like there is a bit of nature missing in your life. Or perhaps you recently purchased a new home form Global Life in Fort Lauderdale and are ready to re-decorate with a nature driven theme. Whatever the case, these simple to implement decorating plans are an easy way to bring nature inside!

Floral Friends

While there was a time when floral patterns took a bit of a break and were looked upon as out of date and like the decorations your grandmother might use, they’re back in play! This year, the trend is toward large, busy floral patterns, especially as an accent in a room in the form of a cushion, wall-hanging or accent wallpaper. Bonus points if the flowers are brightly coloured and bold, and in particular if they fall in line with the bohemian flower stylewhich has been taking over decorating for the last few months.

Go With the Grain

It doesn’t get more nature inspired and earthy than going with wood. If you have seen an abundance of natural wood products, finishes and wood-inspired décor popping up this season, it’s for good reason: the natural bespoke wood look is back on trend, and many homeowners are embracing it and running with it. This allows you to bring a very custom and authentic look to your home, bringing in unique wood pieces that suit you, opting for custom-made wood furniture, or even experimenting with how different wood grains and finishes impact home items. Get creative with wood this season and let yourself feel like you are going into an indoor oasis every time you walk in the house.

Get Greener

With the increasing trend toward greener living, including everything from eating local to recycling more to wasting less, it’s no surprise that the greenness is coming inside too. The color green has been shown to have a calming effect on individuals and when implemented into a home via plants and nature-inspired green items, this increases even more: you have the calming benefits of the green, combined with the health benefits, including improved air quality, better oxygen production and mental clarity that is associated with having house plants. And the best part? With the increasing range of succulents and cacti available now, you can buy plants that are hardy and easy to look after if you don’t have much of a green thumb!

Still looking for a home? Want a new place where you can put all of these nature-inspired themes to use? Reach out to Global Life Realty and ask about how we can help you find the perfect place for your budget and needs.

 
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