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Posted by Paul W Sullivan & Assoc on 12/1/2019

After you decide to sell your home, it may be only a few weeks before you need to pack up your belongings and relocate to a new address. Thus, it may be beneficial to start planning ahead for moving day. By doing so, you can sell any items you have no plans to bring to your new address before moving day arrives.

Ultimately, there are many items that you may want to sell prior to listing your residence. These items include:

1. Appliances

An outdated refrigerator, washer or dryer is unlikely to do you any favors when you show your home to potential buyers. At the same time, you may be unlikely to bring these appliances to a new home in the foreseeable future.

If your current appliances no longer serve your needs, you may want to sell your appliances and pick up new ones. New appliances may help make your home more attractive than ever before to potential buyers. Plus, you can account for the price of any new appliances when you set your home's initial asking price.

Meanwhile, you should have no trouble selling appliances online or at a yard sale. You also can donate appliances to a local charity or give them to family members, friends or others.

2. Furniture

Your couch, work desk or other furniture have been staples in your residence for many years. Yet these items may take up lots of space. And in some instances, your furniture may make it tough for you to show off the true size and beauty of your house.

When it comes to selling your current furniture, there may be no reason to wait. If you sell your current furniture today, you can earn extra cash that you can always use to buy new furniture for your new house. Furthermore, you can avoid the challenges commonly associated with moving big, bulky furniture from your current address to a new residence.

3. Decorations

As a home seller, it is important to make it simple for prospective buyers to fall in love with your residence. And if you have decorations set up around your home, it may be difficult for a buyer to envision what life may be like if he or she purchases your house. As such, if you have lawn decorations, paintings or other decorations outside and inside your home, you may want to sell these items sooner rather than later.

Selling decorations online or at a yard sale is an effective option for those who want to get rid of various decorations. On the other hand, if you need to get rid of decorations immediately, you can give your current decorations away for free.

Lastly, as you get ready to sell your home, you may want to hire a real estate agent too. With a real estate agent at your side, you can receive expert recommendations as you navigate each stage of the property selling journey. As a result, you can receive comprehensive home selling support and boost the likelihood of a fast, profitable property selling experience.




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Posted by Paul W Sullivan & Assoc on 11/24/2019

You may take your front door for granted. Maybe you only use your front door occasionally when company comes or you have a gathering at your home. Itís amazing how much more curb appeal you can give to your home with a properly lit front door. Below, youíll find some tips to help you brighten your front door and the overall appeal of your home. 


Make Your Front Door Shine Through The Night


If you want your home to have curb appeal, you may think of the daylight hours. Sure, you want your home to look good during the day, but there are 24 hours! You can find plenty of ways that you can add nighttime curb appeal to your home with correct types of landscape lighting. Some ideas to help you highlight your front door can be found below:


Put a spotlight on the entryway


Using bold lighting like this can help you to enhance the features that are already present on the front of your home.     


Use sconce lighting

This type of lighting is easily mounted onto the side of walls or the side of your home. You can use these types of lights to add to the style of your home as they come in many different kinds from the stately to the fun and whimsical. These lights also provide quite a welcoming touch to the home.


Consider Lighting Your House Number


Wherever your house number is present, you should try to light it. This way, after daylight hours, guests can clearly see what house number is yours. You can do this with a lamp post or a spotlight depending on where you have your house numbers mounted. 


Use Lighting Variations


Just as you would on the inside of your home, the outside of your home should use variations of lighting. Use sconces for overhead lighting. Think of the lighting on the outside of your home based on the main types of lighting: task, decorative, ambient, and accent lighting. Using these basic design principles can help you to find where the need for light is in your yard.


Highlight Your Landscape


Your hard efforts at landscaping arenít just for the daylight hours. Use lighting in your yard as a way to highlight the beauty of your yard the whole day and night through. If you have particularly unique trees or bushes, or a nice statue in your yard, use lights to brighten the space and show off the best features that your yard has to offer.

When thinking of lighting your yard keep safety as your first priority and design as your second for a great outdoor lighting scheme.    





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Posted by Paul W Sullivan & Assoc on 11/10/2019

The purity of the water in your house depends mostly on your home water purification system. Therefore, it is essential you know how to choose the best water filter for your household. Water filtration is a purifying process that ensures that the water in your home has an excellent taste and is purified.

The kind of filter that connects with the main supply to provide the home with already treated water is the whole house filter.  The point-of-entry filter enables your laundry, showers, toilets, kitchen, and bathtub dispense filtered water. Below are some pointers that will guide you towards selecting the best home water filtration system.

Decide on the water filtration system you want for your house. 

The level of contamination in your water will determine the filter to install in your home.  If you don't completely understand how to do this, you should seek the help of professionals in this area. They will identify the contaminant and recommend the filter you need.  You may need to remove sediments like minerals, chlorine, and other chemicals if a municipal service runs your main supply.  

If the source of your water supply is a private water well, the contaminants that you are likely to encounter are iron, hardness minerals, and sediments.  

Know the flow rate of your dispenser and appliances. 

A flow rate is the amount of water running through your water dispenser at a particular time. The unit of measure of flow rate is in gallons/minute. It is essential that you know the demand specification of your filter and appliances before buying them. For instance, the specification of a toilet and dishwater are 3gpm and 5gpm, respectively.  

When the flow rate of a whole house filter system is lower than the required speed, there will be lower water pressure and interrupted water flow. 

Note the size of the filter you want.

You are advised to go for a more extensive service filter because of its longer service interval. Apart from that, it provides with enough water supply.  Also, you should not hesitate to consider the port size of the filter because it influences the flow rate and the pressure of water that enters your home. 

Make an inquiry about the life of your whole house water filter system. 

The life of your home water filter system will depend on the condition of water you intend to filter.  Therefore, you should note the quantity and quality of contaminant when planning to buy a filter. 

Are you planning to buy a home water filtration system or replace the existing one, the tips above will guide you towards making the right choice. 




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Posted by Paul W Sullivan & Assoc on 11/3/2019

All you need to know when you are buying or selling a home and what your rights are if you are not satisfied with the outcome.The stress that comes with making a mistake in the buying and selling process of a home is overwhelming most times. It is vital you take enough time to research homes if you want to purchase one or make the best investment decisions if you are selling.

Realtors or real estate agents are professionals who have been licensed in their state to promote the sale or purchase of a house. They must pass through professional training before obtaining a license and work in the confines of the strict ethical standards of the profession. So, how is a real estate agent useful to a consumer Ė buyer, and seller?

The Role of a Real Estate Agent to a Buyer

The following are the duties a real estate agent owes the home buyer.

- A real estate agent can assist a home buyer in finding the right kind of house, at the best price, and show them houses until they find the right one that suits their needs.

- In fact, they help their buyers go through all the buying process, from choosing the best mortgage companies to finding the perfect homes of their dream.

- The real estate agent reviews the daily activity of MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to find the hottest and trending houses or offers and real estate movements in their area.

- Most of them go the extra mile to educate the buyer about the home buying process. They prepare information packs in brochures and booklets and give to their clients to help them succeed in the buying process.

The Role of the Real Estate Agent to a Seller 

Real estate agents assist a seller to market or sell their homes. However, is that all they do to help the seller? Here are the other benefits a seller gets from the agent.

- They help you determine the fair market price of your property.

- The real estate agents market or advertise your property to prospective buyers.

- It is their duty to arrange for interested buyers to come to see your home and guide you through the process of closing a deal or an offer. 

Consumerís Rights in the Home Buying Process

Consumer rights in the home buying process provide adequate security for the buyer. This means that without these rights, the home buyers are exposed to various risks and risks with respect to buying a home. So, consumer laws require home sellers to abide by certain specific standards.

Although these laws vary from state to state, most of them grant consumers the right to the followings:

- Select and interview a real estate agent who can assist you in buying a home.

- Understand the relationship existing between the agent and available property as well as the seller.

- Accept or reject a property based on the physical condition of the house.

- Negotiate for repairs on the property.

- Have a lawyer review the documents that are directly related to the home sale.

- Move into the property immediately the contract requirements are met.

When these rights are respected and the rules are followed, the real estate industry is a much more comfortable space to work in. So when youíre ready, go find a real estate agent who can help you make your real estate dreams a reality.




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Posted by Paul W Sullivan & Assoc on 10/27/2019

Many of us will move home several times throughout our lives. Whether itís relocating for work, needing a bigger house for children, or a quiet place to retire to, itís likely that the home you live in now wonít be yours forever.

 As a result, many homeowners wonder what they can do to ensure their home will have a high resale value when the time comes to move on.

 The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do now that will give you a good return on investment when it comes to selling your home later. However, there are a few factors that affect a homeís valuation that are out of your control. Weíll talk about all of those factors below. So, read on for a list of the factors that affect your homeís resale value.

 The age of your home

Your house may not complain about it, but it isnít getting any younger. Homes tend to slowly decrease in value over time. A home built in the late 1970s, even if itís well taken care of, most likely wonít sell for the same price as a 15-year-old home.

There is one exception to the rule, however, and that is historical houses. Homes that are a century old can sell for top dollar because of the craftsmanship and history that the house contains.

Admittedly, this is a niche market, as many people just want a safe and efficient home to live in. However, there are some homebuyers who will put in a bit of extra work around the house for the chance to live inside of a piece of history.

Smart renovations

When youíre upgrading your house itís important to remember how that upgrade will pay off years down the road. Some renovations will almost always give a good return on investment such as a finished basement or attic and improving efficiency via added insulation or replacing windows.

Renovations that match a very specific decorative taste or style could come back to haunt you. This includes bathroom sinks, kitchen cabinets, countertops, and other expensive projects that are subject to the next ownerís taste. While these upgrades can give a good return on your investment, theyíre more likely to be successful if they fit the current trends of style and craftsmanship.

Neighborhood and town

One of the factors of home valuation that you have little control over is the town and neighborhood the house is located in. If there are closed down businesses, foreclosed and deteriorating homes then potential buyers might be turned off to the neighborhood.

Similarly, the town you live in has a lot to do with how much people are willing to spend. If you have easy access to interstate highways and large cities, highly rated schools, and good local infrastructure, then buyers are likely to take these into consideration when making an offer, as the average cost of a home in your town is likely higher than some surrounding towns.




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