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May 22, 2019

Here’s How to Make Your Clay Home Shine to Prospective Buyers

Use focal points to jazz up a Clay home.Whether you’re planning to put your Clay home up for sale or you just want to improve its decor, there are lots of easy ways to create the feeling of luxury. Professional home stagers do this by creating a feeling of space and light. A very simple change to make is the way you hang curtains. Attach the curtain rod as close to the ceiling as you can, and make sure that when you open the curtains they are totally clear of the windows.

Another easy way to add light to Clay real estate is to literally add more lamps, along with overhead lighting and wall sconces. If you have a little money to spend, consider items that could be anchoring pieces in a room, like a large piece of art, a really elegant armchair, or an eye-catching rug. You don’t have to go crazy. In fact, having just one or two fine pieces make them stand out and get noticed.

Use Paint and Art Work to Jazz up Clay Real Estate

Don’t forget the walls. Paint, wainscotting, and trim can all work to your advantage and don’t have to be expensive to pack a punch. A careful use of color can take a room up a level, and adding crown moulding will take a room from boring to elegant very quickly. Painting the front door a bold color can be another great choice. If you’re unsure about what will work, you can hire an experienced painter or interior designer to do a consult. You can even find designers who offer e-packages and cost less than traditional consultations.

Putting in new flooring is an excellent way to make a Clay home look more luxurious. Hardwood floors are amazing and last a long time. The price tag might be too much for some budgets. In that case, check out quality vinyl plank flooring. It has the look of hardwood while being easier on the wallet. It’s also pretty easy to install yourself.

 

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May 20, 2019

Providence Springs Real Estate Owners Get Their Exteriors Looking Good

Make the exterior of Providence Springs real estate look good.Warm weather is here to stay, so it’s time to get the exterior of Providence Springs real estate looking good. Those considering putting a Providence Springs home on the market should especially pay attention to making the exterior look good to increase the curb appeal. People form an impression of a home very quickly, so make sure it’s a good one.

A Nice Exterior Helps a Providence Springs Home Sell for Top Dollar

Start with your lawn. Mow and edge it, then see if there are any brown patches. Head to the home improvement store and get some fertilizer to eliminate brown patches and fill it out. While you’re there, get some new flowers. Planting some along the borders of the walkways will look quite inviting when you (or potential buyers!) first drive up to the house.

Be sure to get the exterior of the house itself in ship shape. Start by power washing the house. Go carefully so that you don’t strip the paint off. Get any accumulated dirt out of the walkways, too. If you are putting the house up for sale, consider hiring a professional to repaint the exterior. Painting is one of the least expensive ways to improve the house and usually has a high return on investment.

Cleaning your windows is also really important. Wash the screens, too. If you don’t want to get up on a ladder, hire a professional service. Windows that show signs of condensation should be replaced. Condensation is a sign they are letting in moisture. Dual-pane windows can solve this problem and are another good investment for Providence Springs real estate, both for lowering utility bills and for resale value.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is to clean out the gutters. Make sure they are free of leaves, dirt, and other debris. There’s no way to do this without getting up a ladder. If you don’t have a long enough ladder or a head for heights, consider hiring a professional.

Feel free to get in touch with the office so we can work with you to get your home sold.

 

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May 15, 2019

Clearing out a Dawson Springs Home? Here’s How to Make a Storage Unit Work for You

Dawson Springs home owners use storage units to help make moving easier.When you start preparing your Dawson Springs home to sell it, you might want to look into getting a storage unit. It can be a convenient place to store your things while your house is on the market. Most real estate agents will advise that you take out some furniture so you home looks bigger. Cutting down on how much stuff you have in storage spaces in your house is another standard piece of advice. Some things you’ll decide you can part with permanently. But other things are important even if you don’t use them everyday. To make the storage unit really work for you, you need to come up with a plan for organizing it before you get into the Dawson Springs real estate market.

Our Best Tips for Dawson Springs Real Estate Owners Packing a Storage Unit

First of all, label all boxes clearly on all sides. Inevitably, if you haven’t labeled a side, that’s the side facing out. Mark boxes that contain something fragile and need careful handling. Be sure to make a master list of everything that’s going in the storage unit. A map of what’s where can help, too, especially if you have a large space.

As you load things into the unit, take care to leave space so you can move around easily. Disassemble large pieces of furniture if you can. This allows you to stack components compactly and takes up less space. You should also have a plan for how to group boxes together. The simplest way is to put things from the same room in the same area.

No one wants to have a storage unit for a long time, but it might happen. Especially if there are hiccups in the moving process. Or, if you’re just moving from one Dawson Springs home to another, clearing out the storage unit may become one of those chores it takes a while to get around to. Whatever the case, you’ll want to be able to find your winter gear or good dishes easily if things don’t go quite as planned. Do yourself a favor and make a plan for that storage unit!

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May 13, 2019

Buying Clay Property? Here’s Why You Should Hire a Home Inspector

Before you buy Clay property get a home inspection.There are many reasons why you should hire a professional home inspector before purchasing Clay property. Even though it is a little more money spent now, it could potentially save you a ton of money and headaches in the future. Here are just a few reasons to hire a professional home inspector to take a look at the Clay property you hope to buy before the sale is final.

A trained inspector will be able to find problems that are not visible at first glance or that a buyer does not even know to look for. There can be small cracks in walls or problems with the plumbing. An inspector will also take a look in the crawl space and attic to look for signs of damage or the presence pests. The foundation is another very important part of the house to check out. An inspector will know what to look for and let you know about any potential problems.

Make Sure Living in Clay Is a Good Move for You with a Home Inspection

Even if the sale of the home is “as is” it is important to know exactly what you are getting yourself into before going through with the sale. If the house is just too run down, it may be best to move on and find something else. An evaluation will let you know if the price of the home is fair. This process is also very important when a house has had any major changes or additions made. You will want to know that they were done correctly and check that proper permitting was pulled and a final inspection done.

A quality home inspector can really help to ensure that you will enjoy living in Clay. No one wants surprises. This is especially true when figuring out property boundaries. There are many instances when a property’s boundaries do not exactly match what meets the eye when visiting the property. Marking the true boundaries will mean fewer conflicts with neighbors down the road and a clear idea of changes and improvements that can be made.

Please call our office at 270.635.1495 so we can help you find home in Clay or the surrounding communities that’s right for you!

 

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May 8, 2019

Our Best Tips for Providence Home Owners to Spruce Up a Backyard

Play in the backyard of your Providence homeA beautiful backyard can bring satisfaction and relaxation to your Providence home. Whether you are sprucing things up to sell or just want to create a private oasis, there are many things that can be done to make your backyard shine. A great place to start is to think about adding structure to your backyard. Create different areas for different purposes and put pathways in that lead to each space. Paths can limit the traffic that goes through the lawn and can also add character with pavers or stones.

Entertain on Providence Real Estate with Comfortable Backyard Seating

Consider adding a shed to your yard. This doesn’t have to be your regular old boring shed, but a place to store tools with an attached outdoor kitchen or bar. Your yard will look much cleaner without garden tools strewn about and it could be nice to add an area for entertaining purposes. A pergola, deck, or patio could be a nice addition as well. Attach this to your shed or house or find a flat area to build one. Put in some outdoor seating. Add some to your deck or patio or get creative with hammocks, wrap around tree benches, swings, or seating built using recycled materials like old tires, pallets, or bathtubs.

Keep the kids entertained at your Providence home as well. A tree house or playset can add a fun tone to a backyard. A pool or spa can be great fun as well. Just be sure to think about how to incorporate the items into the flow of the yard. Use pathways, lighting, and other personal touches to weave it all together. Consider a wrap around deck or completely separate deck or porch area for the pool or spa.

A final idea to beautify the backyard to your Providence real estate is to add some color. Paint your fence or add some wrought iron fence decor. Also add color with a variety of plant selections. Plan a butterfly garden, lovely borders, or even create an outdoor room, using comfortable and weather-proof furniture.

 

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May 6, 2019

3 Ways to Easily Speed Up Buying Dawson Springs Real Estate

Get a good agent to buy Dawson Springs real estate quicklyHome buying season is in full swing, and many people are checking out Dawson Springs real estate and thinking of purchasing their first home. For some people, the need to choose a Dawson Springs home quickly is even more urgent. Perhaps you’re changing jobs on short notice, you need to get out of an apartment before the rent is raised or the landlord is especially difficult, or maybe you just feel like now is the time to become a home owner. Whatever your reason, we have several tips to help you make the transition as quickly and smoothly as possible.

First things first, hire an experienced real estate agent. A good agent is an invaluable resource, especially if you’ve never bought a house before. He or she can recommend a good lender, tell you about down payment assistance, and help you narrow down your house hunting to only the houses that meet your criteria. A good agent can also help you narrow down your criteria to something reasonable!

A New Dawson Springs Home Could Be Your Best Bet

Be sure to ask your agent about new housing developments. These can be a little more expensive than an already built home. However, they often have programs to attract new home buyers. In the long run a new home can be a better bet than an older home, since all the appliances and major structures will be brand-new.

Next, get your finances in order. Get your latest pay stubs, tax returns, and credit score together. The bank will be looking at all these, and maybe other documents, too, to determine how big of a loan you qualify for. It’s a good idea to get pre approved as soon as you know which lender you want to work with. This will help you determine your budget and further narrow down your search. You also look more attractive to sellers when you have a pre approval letter.

Finally, get packing or hire a moving company. Professional movers are astoundingly fast at packing up an apartment or house. They also take most of the headache of packing out of your hands. And you don’t have to drive a weird rented moving truck. It’s more expensive, but it can be worth it to eliminate the stress.

If you need to find Dawson Springs real estate to buy in a hurry, get in touch with our office at 270.635.1495. We’d be happy to help you!

 

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May 1, 2019

Simple Ways Anyone Living in Clay Can Improve the Health of their House

Everyone living in Clay has fun in the gardenNow that the weather is nice and warm, a lot of people are out in their yards, soaking up the sun and tending their gardens. Whether you’re planning to live in Clay for years to come or are thinking of selling Clay property, beautiful landscaping is a big boost for any home. It’s so nice to come home and see a lovely garden or sit outside and enjoy the fragrances of the flowers. Good landscaping also increases the curb appeal of a house, which can help it to sell faster and for more money.

Add a Veggie Garden and Fruit Trees to Increase the Value of Clay Property

Take your landscaping to the next level by planting an herb and vegetable garden. Many herbs make great ground cover, including rosemary, lavender, and sage. These plants are very tough and grow into attractive flowering bushes. Purple cabbage and kale both look very pretty, even in a front yard.

In most neighborhoods, you’ll want to keep the bigger veggie beds in the backyard. Raised beds delineate the kitchen garden from the rest of the landscaping. They also make it easier to protect plants from pests. Tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, and zucchini are all easy to grow. Consider putting in fruit trees, too. These provide great produce for the home and also make the house more attractive to potential buyers.

If you’re thinking of adding appliances, keep on the healthy theme by putting in Energy Star rated models. You should also consider adding a steam oven. These are becoming a popular appliance for re-heating food, as they help to preserve more vitamins and minerals and don’t require as much fat and oil for grains and proteins. A well organized and pretty kitchen is a great selling point for any house and will make preparing healthy meals to eat as a family much easier.

Anyone interested in living in Clay can contact our office at 270.635.1495. We’d be happy to discuss which neighborhoods will suit your needs.

 

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April 29, 2019

If You’re Thinking of Living in Providence, Research Neighborhood Amenities

There's lots of fun for everyone living in ProvidenceIf you are planning on living in Providence and are looking for a house, it is important to do some research. Of course, you have to think about the particulars of the Providence property you are seeking, but you also have to think about neighborhood amenities. After all, you hope to live there for many years so it is important to make sure the area the house is located in has the things you are looking for.

Choose a Providence Property Close to Good Schools and Local Shopping

If you have kids or plan to have kids down the road, check out the local schools. Are the neighborhood schools good and do they offer bus transportation? Or is that private school your kids go to close by? Shopping, banks, and other conveniences are also important to consider. Having stores within five miles of a house can be a real lifesaver, especially when there is that one thing you forgot and you need it for dinner tonight or your little one has woken up with a fever and you need medicine.

It is also important to think about leisure activities. If you enjoy the outdoors, make sure there are parks and trails nearby. Think about other activities your family enjoys. Will you be signing your kids up for baseball, ballet, or swimming lessons? Do you and your spouse take ballroom dancing lessons or play softball during the summer? If so, think about how far those facilities are.

What else does your family like to do? If you like going out to eat, bowling, seeing movies, or going to the opera, research their distance from potential homes. Is it important to you to get to know others living in Providence? If so, be sure to look into if potential neighborhoods have neighborhood associations and planned activities for residents.

It is no easy task to find the perfect home for your family. Taking the time to think about not only the type of home, but also the neighborhood can ensure you will be happy there for years to come.

Call our office at 270.635.1495 to discuss Providence neighborhoods that might be right for you.

 

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April 24, 2019

Get 7 Essential Tips for Staging a Dawson Springs Home

Get staging tips for a Dawson Springs homeMost people start their house hunting online, visiting agents’ websites or the big real estate aggregators. This is why real estate photography and home staging have become such thriving services. It’s vital to put your Dawson Springs home’s best face forward when you list it online. Paying for professionals to stage and take pictures is the ideal, but not everyone can afford it. If you’re on a budget, read our top seven tips for home staging to help you sell your house quickly and for a great price.

Stage Dawson Springs Real Estate to Get Great Photos

1. Make your home feel spacious. Of course, you begin the process by purging unwanted items and packing belongings you won’t need while you’re in the process of moving. Then, go through closets and cupboards and make sure they are at most half full. Stuffed storage spaces look small and cramped. Potential buyers will look in storage areas of the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Make sure the garage and basement, if you have one, are cleared out, too.

2. Update the kitchen. Simple changes, like putting in brushed silver or stainless steel hardware, will make the kitchen seem much more modern than leaving in old brass hardware from the 80s. If your cabinets look a little sad but are in good shape overall, consider painting them or sanding and staining.

Be sure the counters are cleared off and organize the drawers and cupboards. Don’t forget to clean out the fridge, too. Many people will go through every storage space, so make them look big and well organized.

3. Make sure the bathrooms gleam. A shining, tidy bathroom with white towels on display looks beautiful and relaxing. Counters should be clear in the bathrooms, too. If you’re doing your own photos, be sure the toilet seats are down. Also keep yourself out of the reflection in the mirror.

4. Create a haven of rest in the bedrooms. Make the beds carefully and consider getting a few throw pillows for an extra pop of color. If you don’t have a headboard, think about buying one. It will give the room a focal point. Make sure the colors in the room coordinate and are gender neutral.

5. Get lots of light into the living room. Open the shades and add extra lamps if necessary to flood the room with light. A bright room is inviting, while a dark room is gloomy and forbidding. Consider investing in a good quality couch cover in a pale color if your couch needs a bit of an update.

6. Set the table in the dining room. Pretty place settings allow buyers to imagine throwing a party in their new Dawson Springs home. Fresh flowers on the table are a nice touch.

7. Depersonalize as much as you can. This applies throughout the house. Take down family photos. Paint over bright walls in a neutral. Think of your house as a canvas. You want potential buyers to be able to image their life in the house.

To discuss your Dawson Springs real estate plans, give us a call at 270.635.1495. We’d be happy to discuss home staging trends and real estate photography.

 

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April 22, 2019

Bought a New Clay Property? Here Are 5 Tips to Make Moving Easier

Make a plan for your Clay property moveMoving is a notoriously stressful process, but there are steps you can take to lighten the burden on yourself and your family. If you’re considering buying or selling Clay property, plan ahead to help things go more smoothly.

1. Declutter and start packing early. While you’re tidying and organizing to get your house on the market, evaluate your possessions critically. Donate or dispose of items you haven’t used in the last year or so. Pack up and carefully label off-season items and anything else you won’t need while your house is on the market.

Plan to Have Essentials Easy to Find at New Clay Real Estate

2. Speaking of packing, be strategic and label everything clearly. It may be tempting to throw all your clothes and shoes into one gigantic box. However, it will be super heavy to move it, and your things will be a mess when you get to new Clay real estate. Instead, think about what you will need as soon as you arrive. Pack those things together in smaller, easy to carry boxes. You’ll want your bedding, a capsule wardrobe for school or work, toiletries, and items like a laptop and chargers.

3. Call in favors. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do before you move. Ask family and friends to help you pack, plan, and clean. After a day of work, go out to eat at your favorite restaurant.

4. Double check details. Be sure to check in with your real estate agent so you are certain of the day you move out of your old house and into your new Clay property. Be sure you have utilities scheduled to be turned on or off on the right days, too.

5. Rent a truck or hire professionals. Those moving a short distance can probably get away with renting a moving truck for a few days. If you’re moving a long way or to a new state, research and hire a reputable moving company. Either way, be sure to schedule the service you need in advance. This will keep you from having to scramble at the last moment and will probably save money, too.

If you need a real estate agent for professional advice on your Clay move, call our office at 270.635.1495.

 

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