Thursday, April 11, 2019

Preparing Yourself for the Spring Home Buying Season

April and May tend to be the most popular months for new home buyers and sellers.  The good news? More inventory! The bad news – less time to decide and more competition!  So be prepared and you won’t miss out on your dream home!
Know what you can afford and speak with a lender. Any offer you make will be more appealing with a pre-approval from a mortgage lender.
Have your down payment ready. Most loans require a 20% down payment in order to not require additional mortgage fees.  Having your down payment already saved means being able to move quickly once your offer is accepted.
Research the neighborhoods you want to be in, the type of home you want and the builders you trust to build a quality home.
If you have a home to sell make sure you have it already listed or ready to list as soon as you find the home you want. Begin the decluttering process so you can have it open house ready as soon as possible.
Spring is an excellent time to buy so make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to buy your dream home!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Spring Cleaning Tips For When You’re Too Busy to Clean

Spring Cleaning – some love it and some hate it, but it’s a common ritual this time of the year.  If you choose to join in the spring cleaning fun here are some tips to help you speed up the process so you enjoy the rest of your spring!
1.     Focus on a big impact. Choose the areas that cause you the most headaches and tackle those first. Think about where you spend the most time and start there.
2.     Clean in allotted blocks of time. You don’t have to commit to a full day or weekend of cleaning. Give yourself 15 or 30 minute blocks during the day to get projects done.
3.     Bring a bin into each room for random clutter that doesn’t have a good place to go. It can be dealt with later once it’s all collected from over the house.
4.     Use an all purpose cleaner – perfect for bathrooms and the kitchen alike.
5.     Create a daily routine. Instead of waiting on a change in the seasons to deep clean, clean a little each day to keep the chores from building up.
What tips and hacks do you have for spring cleaning?  Do you love it or hate it?