Have you made the decision that the time is right to put your house up for sale? Have you also decided that a private sale or selling the house yourself is not for you? Real estate agents can save homeowners all kinds of hassles and stress, and at the same time they can help ensure that your home gets seen by the right potential buyers who will offer top dollar for your property. With that said, not every real estate agent is equal. There should be some thought put into the selection process in order to find the “right” real estate agent for you and your home. But what should you be on the lookout for? Here are some tips that can help you find the ideal real estate agent. Check Out a Few Agents Before Making a Selection Rather than just go with the first one you speak to, it’s a good idea to meet with a couple and get a sense of how they would approach the sale of your home. Think of it as an interview process wherein you can get to know them, their experience, how quickly they sell homes, how many homes they have sold, and how they will highlight your home’s specific features and amenities. Find an Agent that is Familiar with Your Local Market Another tip is to make sure you’re using a real estate agent that has direct experience with your local real estate market. Working with an agent from many towns away means they don’t have that inside scoop on what sells in your market, the average listing and selling price, neighborhood amenities, and so forth. Do These Use Professional Staging? Another question to ask is whether the real estate agent uses a staging company to help ensure your property looks .....
If you live in the Midwest, you must prepare for the storm season. Unfortunately, the frequency and severity of bad weather are unpredictable, meaning it’s up to you as the homeowner to take precautionary measures to ensure your property and loved ones are safe and protected. When a storm strikes, the damage caused to your home can be devastating. While your first step should be to contact a storm damage repair company, here are five additional steps you must take to protect your property from storm damage. Clear Away Backyard Items Before a storm hits your area, you must ensure any gardening tools, lawn furniture, and sporting equipment are removed from your backyard and stored in a safe and secure area. Storms and high winds can potentially pick up backyard items and result in them flying through your window. Make sure that any doors and windows are sealed shut too, as serious injuries can occur from a severe storm. Install Storm Shutters Regardless of what preventative measures you’ve taken in your backyard, heavy rains and strong winds can still cause severe damage to your windows. Should a window break, the wind can blow inside and wreak havoc on the interior of your property, as well as cause extensive damage to your roof. The Midwest is an area of the US that frequently experiences high winds. So, you should install storm shutters that will prevent your windows from smashing. Have Standby Power In the event of a power outage, you must have access to electricity. When a storm hits, fallen branches can snap power lines with ease, causing you to have no power. In the event of an emergency, you should consider buying a home generator that will keep your power on and help you stay safe and protected. A home .....
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Not being able to sell a home is one of the most distressing things any homeowner can experience. You have to contemplate the prospect of possibly losing money or practically giving it away to avoid foreclosure. But in some cases, it could be boiling down to a few things that you could easily correct. And who knows, maybe you could even increase your home’s value as a result. The key is being to identify what is going on and act immediately. Here are..