Although we’re still seeing unseasonably cool temperatures in the Metro DC area, the flowers are blooming (which means the pollen count is up), and we’re finally seeing some sun! Which means, if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to think about a spring home design refresh. Here are our ideas to help you out.
Realtor.com has published a fantastic infographic showing the profile of veteran and active duty home buyers and sellers. There’s lots of good information here, especially if you are considering listing a home.
Selling a home will be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. While some people like to go it alone, we advise against it for lots of reasons, and they aren’t selfish ones. You’re often too close to your home to make the best decisions, and sometimes you need someone else to “be the bad guy” when you can’t do it yourself.
That said, how do you find the right agent for you?
It’s spring, and your pets are probably suffering from cabin fever as much as you are. However, even if you have a fenced-in yard, it can be tricky to allow your pets outside. How do you make sure they are safe as they explore the great outdoors? Read on for some of our best tips for pet proofing your yard this spring.
Selling your home is an emotional decision and process. Sometimes it seems like it’s just taking way too long, and you want to look for someone to blame. It might be that your agent is ineffective, but before you blame him, first make sure you aren’t making some of these common home seller mistakes.
Schools will be closing in a couple of months, and it’s time to start thinking about vacation. However, if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, you’ll want to consider how to protect your home while on vacation. Here are our suggestions.
Does your homeowner’s association do an annual spring walk-through and write up homeowners for violations? If so, you may have some questions.
It’s pretty obvious what they mean when they ding you for painting your door the wrong color, commenting that your yard really needs to be mowed or pointing out other areas of concern. But a common question in our community is “what are soffits and fascia?” and what does it mean that they are rotting and need to be fixed and/or painted?
It’s easy to get excited when moving into a new home, but you’ll want to take a few minutes before you finish moving in to find these important items. Some of them could potentially save your life in an emergency!
1. Electrical panels
Most of the time, you’ll need these to reset a blown fuse. (We’ve learned the hard way that we can’t use the microwave and electric kettle at the same time.) You’ll probably find it in the basement, and it’ll be a large, probably gray, box. When you open it, you’ll see the various switches for the circuits in your home. They should be labeled, but labels fade, and you might need to create new labels for legibility. Do it now because we can assure you that you’ll likely blow a fuse in the middle of the night, and it will probably be on the same circuit as the light in the room with the electrical panel. Trying to read a faded label with the light of a flashlight is no fun.