Thursday, March 28, 2019

What Not To Do To Sell Your Home

You’ve found your dream home – your new home – and the only thing you need to do now is sell your current home.
Of all the things you should do – have you thought about what not to do?  Here are a few things you need to make sure NOT to do!
1.      Don’t have pets in the home when potential buyers are coming to look at your home.  Barking dogs, pet hair or scratching pets can turn buyers off from really seeing the home.
2.     Take down any potentially divisive memorabilia whether political or sports related. There is no gain in creating negative associations in the home over even seemingly minor d├ęcor choices.
3.     Even if you didn’t have time to clean as well as you wanted, don’t leave a room off limits or locked. Let potential buyers see the whole home.
4.     Too much clutter, too many family photos or knick knacks will take away from the overall look of your home. De-personalize your home so buyers can picture themselves living there.
5.     Another major turn off for buyers – sellers who won’t leave! When you have a showing giving the shoppers plenty of privacy and space to evaluate the home without your watchful eye following their every move!
What selling turn offs have you experienced when shopping for a new home?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

New Homes and Taxes

If this is your first tax season in your new home you’ll be looking forward to some positive effects on your tax return.
Although there were many changes in the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation – deducting mortgage interest is still an option, although only on amounts up to $750,000 in qualified residence loans.  Interest on home equity loans can only be claimed if the loan was used toward home improvements.
This is an important deduction since many other options are off the table with the new changes including restrictions on home offices, theft and property damage and tougher rules on itemized giving deductions.
It is important to find a tax preparer who understand s the new changes to the tax code and can help you maximize the benefits you’ll receive as a homeowner.
What will you plan to do with your tax refund? Do you have any home improvements on the list?

Friday, March 15, 2019

Spring Yard Prep

As winter winds to a soggy end most of us are looking forward to the arrival of warmer temperatures and spring days!
To help your yard get out of its winter dormancy and ready for the spring growing season here are a few steps you can take.
-        Remove any leaves or debris that might be on your lawn blocking access to sunlight – this can best be achieved by a spring raking
-        Apply a fertilizer
-        Overseed patches of heavy wear and bare spots
-        Use a preemergent weed killer to prevent seeds of problem weeds from germinating
Following these few steps can help ensure a beautiful and lush spring lawn.  What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy the Spring season?