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Posted by Judy Moore on 1/16/2022

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When it comes to your new home, you have quite a few heavy options to consider. One such option for consideration is, "do you buy a pre-existing home or build your perfect house from scratch?" While finding your perfect pre-existing home is possible, building one from the ground up can offer certain benefits. Here are a few of those benefits for those considering new construction.

1. Know the Entire History of Your Home

If you choose to build your home from scratch, you have the advantage of knowing exactly what the house has been through. This goes both for the stories of who has lived in the home and what the house itself has gone through.

When you purchase a home thatís already built, gaining access to its history is standard. The process normally includes having the buyer fill out a questionnaire that details what they know about the house, reviewing surveys and deeds for the house and conducting a home inspection.

But even with these steps, you may not learn everything there is to know about the property. You'll be able to talk about most major points, but the minor details that could add to your home's history could be lost.

2. Avoid Potential Mold or Mildew Issues

While mold and mildew can be detected and completely treated in pre-existing houses, it's a lot easier to keep tabs on it with a new construction home. You'll be able to construct your home with mold-resistant materials such as mold-resistant drywall, stucco, wood or even carpet. You'll also have a personal understanding of the materials that will work best for your household. This could be highly beneficial if someone has an intolerance to certain building materials or mold-inhibiting solutions used during the construction process.

3. Design the House to Your Liking

The biggest benefit of building your own new house is that you get to design it. From the size and floor plan to the landscaping and interior finishes, you have a say over virtually every aspect of the house. While there are parameters to stay within, you can tweak and customize to make the home truly unique to you. When purchasing an existing house, you might plan on redecorating or remodeling part of the home. Even with these plans, it can be difficult to restructure the entire house to meet your customizations.

If youíre in the market for a new home and considering the different options that are available, give thought to building a new home. It comes with significant advantages and may be more doable than you realize. 

Posted by Judy Moore on 1/9/2022

When it comes to selling a house, there is no need to make rash decisions. Instead, you should review your home selling options closely so you can make informed choices time and time again.

There are many factors to consider as you review your home selling plans, and these include:

1. Your Home's Condition

How your home looks to buyers may have far-flung effects on your house selling experience. If you allocate time and resources to upgrade your house's appearance, you could boost the likelihood of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling journey.

First, you may want to upgrade your house's curb appeal. You can mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other home exterior upgrades to bolster your house's curb appeal and differentiate your residence from other properties.

You should clean each room of your house, too. That way, homebuyers may be more likely than ever before to fall in love with your residence as soon as they walk through your house's front door.

2. The Current State of the Housing Market

The current state of the housing market may dictate how you price your home. If you analyze the local housing sector, you can set a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

Take a look at available houses in your city or town that are similar to your own. You then can use this information to establish a price range for your residence.

Also, find out how long recently sold houses in your area were available before they were purchased. This housing market data can help you determine if the current housing market favors buyers or sellers.

3. Your Home Selling Goals

Consider what you want to accomplish during the home selling journey. By doing so, you can map out what you will need to do to achieve your home selling goals.

For instance, if you want to sell your residence as quickly as possible, you may want to establish an aggressive initial asking price for your home. On the other hand, if you want to optimize your home sale earnings, you may want to consider myriad possibilities to promote your residence to as many potential buyers as you can.

For those who want to review their home selling options, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent as well. In fact, with a real estate agent at your side, you can get the help you need to streamline the home selling journey.

A real estate agent offers comprehensive insights that you can use to accomplish your desired home selling results. Plus, he or she is ready to respond to your home selling concerns and questions. And if you are unsure about how to navigate the home selling journey, a real estate agent can provide guidance to help you make informed decisions.

Ready to list your residence? Consider the aforementioned factors, and you can plan ahead for all aspects of the home selling journey.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 1/2/2022

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Building a custom new home allows you to create a home thatís well-suited to your needs and lifestyle. Floor plans, color choices and fixture options are just some of the ways that you can adjust a home to your liking. Here are five other major ways to make a custom home truly yours.

Make the Basement Bigger With a Deep-Pour Basement

A deep-pour basement increases your basementís height by digging the foundation down deeper. Depending on how deep you want it, the increase in depth may just be 1 foot or it might be several feet.The purpose of a deep-pour basement isnít so much to increase storage space beneath your home, but rather to make your basement more comfortable to use. The increased height can be helpful if you eventually want a finished basement with overhead lighting fixtures.

Add Space to Rooms With Elevated Ceilings

Elevated ceilings increase the height of first- or second-floor rooms, usually for an aesthetic effect. Higher ceilings can make rooms look larger without increasing square footage, and higher ceilings can let in more natural light if oversized or additional windows are installed.

Depending on a homeís design, slightly elevated ceilings might be used throughout an entire floor. Alternatively, a single room might have an elevated ceiling that looks up to the second floor. 

Create Storage With Built-In Bookshelves

A home can never have enough storage, and you can increase your new homeís storage by adding built-in bookshelves. While you always have the option to buy standard bookshelves from a furniture store, they wonít be quite as nice as custom ones that are installed when the home is built. You can design every aspect of the shelves both so they look the way you want and accommodate your oversized books or personal touches.

Upgrade to an Expanded Garage

Upgrade your garage from a standard one- or two-car garage so that itíll better accommodate your future (or present) storage and vehicle needs. Even if you donít expect to need another parking space, you might still extend the length of your garage so that it can provide more room for large tools and gear.

Go for a Jacuzzi

A jacuzzi tub is a pleasant luxury anytime you feel sore, are cold or just want to relax. Itís also a fairly easy upgrade to put in when building out a master bathroom. Go for a jacuzzi in your master bath, and youíll reap the rewards every time you relax in the tub. You might also get a better selling price when you eventually move out, as master bath upgrades have some of the highest returns on home sale prices.

Make Your New Home Truly Yours

If any of these upgrades or customizations sound like something youíd appreciate, talk with your home builder about putting them in. A few customizations like these can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your new house.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/26/2021

When finding a home, everyone has their unique set of priorities. If physical fitness is on your list of lifestyle must-haves, you might be in the market for a home to support that. This could be through home gyms, outdoor features and proximity to parks and fitness centers. However, besides searching for features like Olympic-sized swimming pools, it's not always clear how to find a home that offers fitness benefits. Here are some tips to help you in your home search to get the best fitness benefits:

Pedestrian & Bike-Friendly Neighborhoods

When searching for a home with fitness benefits, consider the characteristics of the neighborhood. Streets with well-maintained sidewalks and ample bike lanes will make it safer and easier to enjoy the outdoors. Check for well-lit pathways and whether other residents are actively spending time outside. These are all signs of a neighborhood that will encourage physical fitness.

Availability of services and non-residential features is another facet to consider in your search. If your new home is close to conveniences like grocery stores and restaurants, it can help encourage an active lifestyle while avoiding traffic. Choosing a home near favorite destinations makes it easier to reach them without driving or getting a ride, which is just another bonus to an active lifestyle.

Bonus Rooms, Basements & Attics

A big backyard isn't the only home feature that offers fitness benefits. A home with extra indoor space can serve many purposes including a home gym. Search for homes with basements, attics and extra bedrooms. Instead of using that space only for storage, use it for fitness equipment or a quiet space to focus on exercise. Having a dedicated place in the home devoted to fitness will help you focus and get the absolute best out of every square foot.

These are just a few ways to identify homes with fitness benefits. Keeping these things in mind during your home search will help you find the perfect home to match your lifestyle.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/19/2021

Container planting is an excellent way to enjoy gardening without a lot of outdoor space. You can grow flowers, greenery and even vegetables in planters on your porch or patio. While you can find a wide variety of traditional pots and planters at your local garden store, itís not always clear how best to arrange them. Here weíll share some tips for a variety of different outdoor spaces so you can create a look thatís all your own.

Go Vertical

Vertical planters are the perfect way to add flowers and greenery when you have limited space. There are several different ways you can set up vertical planters, as well as plenty of ready-made options available for purchase. One popular DIY option is to use a wooden pallet and hang individual small pots from hooks in the empty slats. This option gives you the freedom to move plants around as needed, as well as add in new ones to update the look.

You can attach multiple hanging pots together for a multi-tiered look. This works best if you can hang the plants from an overhang or a metal bracket attached to the wall. You can find some multi-tiered plant hangers on the market or make your own. Just be careful that the material you use can support the weight of the pots, soil and plants inside.

Plant on Every Step

Whether they lead to your deck or to your front door, stair steps are a great place to showcase outdoor plants. Arrange several small containers on each step, either on one side or both depending on the width of the steps. You can use containers that match in color and size for a neat and traditional look, or go for mismatched planters for a more casual vibe. As long as the containers arenít impeding traffic, the choice is yours.

For stair-step planters, vibrant flowers are an excellent choice. One idea is to alternate back and forth between two colors. You can also mix different plants into the same container to create lush and colorful combinations. For safety, itís a good idea to stick to low-growing plants that will not trail or overhang onto the path of the stairs.

Opt for Unexpected Containers

One hot trend to try regardless of how much space you have is using unexpected objects as planters. Some great examples of larger DIY planters include wheelbarrows and vintage claw foot bath tubs. As long as you add adequate drainage to the bottom of these containers you can plant lots of things in a bold and funky way thatís still compact. For smaller spaces, try converting watering cans, old rain boots or tool boxes. With some minor adjustments, you can turn practically anything into a container for your plants and flowers.

If you donít want to DIY, itís easy to find fun and unique planters at thrift stores or through online sellers. Many have taken these ideas and done the work for you by adding drainage, special interior coatings and more to household objects like those mentioned above.

These are just a few ideas for adding plants to your patio or outdoor space. In planning your container gardens, the most important factor is available space. Always make sure you have enough room to move around even the most creative arrangements for safety and ease of plant care.