Along with all the planning of what you're going to do and where you're going to stay, consider this checklist to make you feel more comfortable while you're away from home.
These easy-to-handle suggestions may protect your belongings while you're gone while adding a level of serenity to your trip.
It’s understandable; you’re excited; you’ve found the right home, negotiated a contract, made a loan application and inspections. Closing is not that far away, and you are making plans to move and put personal touches on your new home.
Even if you have an initial approval on your mortgage, little things can derail the process which isn’t over until the papers are signed at settlement and funds distributed to the seller. The verifications are usually done again just prior to the closing to determine if there have been any material changes to the borrower’s credit or income that might disqualify them.
Most lending and real estate professionals recommend NOT to:
Your real estate professional and lender are working together to get you into your new home. It’s understandable to be excited and feel you need to be getting ready for the move.
Planning is fine but don’t do anything that would affect your credit or income while you’re waiting to sign the final papers at settlement.
The American flag is obviously a symbol of our country but it has come to remind us of every man and woman who has fought for the freedom that we enjoy. The emotions that are stirred by images of our flag can run from happiness to sadness to trust and everything in between.
Most of us learned American flag etiquette or the Flag Code when we were young but occasionally, it is a good idea to review the guidelines so that the flag is treated with the respect it deserves.
More information on flag etiquette can be found at the Veterans of Foreign Wars website.
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer you don't want in your home but because it is colorless and odorless; you may not even be aware the deadly condition exists. The Center for Disease Control says more than 400 people in the U.S. die annually from carbon monoxide poisoning and over 10,000 require medical treatment each year.
Unmaintained furnaces, water heaters and appliances can produce the deadly gas. In addition, other sources could be leaking chimneys, unvented kerosene or gas space heaters or exhaust from cars or trucks operating in an attached garage.
The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the following to reduce exposure in the home:
Headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and feelings of weakness or fatigue are a few of the most common symptoms. Lower levels of exposure to carbon monoxide may be mistaken for the flu.
Carbon monoxide alarms should be on every level of a home and especially, in sleeping areas. The alarms can be purchased for as little as $25 and plugged into the wall like a night light.
Regardless of the government requirements, no one would want to put their family, guests or themselves at risk for something so deadly.
The Central Indiana Spring real estate market is in full gear and it is a competitive, frustrating market, especially for buyers! Homes that are in good condition and priced competitively are selling, often within 24 hours with multiple offers. I have buyers that contacted me on Easter Sunday who wanted to look at a home that had just gone on the market the night before. I called Centralized Showing and found that the sellers had placed a showing block for all day Easter Sunday. 1st showings on the home would be at 8 am. Monday morning. Unfortunately, my clients couldn’t see it on Monday due to work schedules, so we set up a showing for Tuesday at noon. The property pended Monday night with multiple offers. This was the 3rd time we tried to see a home and it was sold before we could get in the door.
The other side of this is that if you have a property that has been on the market for a week or two, buyers think there is something wrong with it! Maybe it was pended & for some reason the sale fell through or it just has a unique floor plan, there seems to be a mindset that it is flawed. Also, properties that are overpriced or in need of work, even if it is just paint, will take longer to sell. Most buyers want move-in ready.
If you have been frustrated by not finding what you desire in a home, maybe it’s time to take a step back and ask yourself if there are items you would be okay with taking care of yourself, if you could get the home for the right price. Go back and look at some of the homes that have been on the market for a month or so, there may be a candidate that would fit your needs with a little paint or carpet.
At any point, in your search, please know we are here for you, to answer questions, show you homes and make the process as easy as possible.
Thanks to a little warmer weather we were able to get out for a nice 21 mile ride last Saturday. One of the things I love about covering the area by bike is you get a much more up close and personal view of homes, neighborhoods, parks etc. than you do by car. The push in recent years by Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville, Fishers and Indianapolis to create great trails connecting them to each other gives us the opportunity to see all the new things going on, up close and personal.
Riding along the Monon in Carmel, the amount of construction is amazing! It is being widened from Main Street to City Center to accommodate the large number of people who take advantage of the trail. The new Sun King Distillery is taking shape and is supposed to be open this Spring. Anthony's Chophouse is well underway.
Many of you may know that I purchased a new ebike last May from Pedego Bikes in Carmel. I LOVE this bike! It has what they call, pedal assist, which while you pedal, it makes it easier. You don't have to worry about hills and head winds any longer, you can simply ride for fun like when you were a kid! Pedego rents them too, so you should check them out if you haven't already.
Isn't it pretty!! If you would like to know more about the trails in the area, David is very knowledgeable . I know many people consider the walk-ability and trails when considering a move to a new area, so if you have questions , don't hesitate to reach out!
Five Simple Things to Do to Prepare Your Home for Sale
Here are the five keys to concentrate on:
These “simple” steps will add value to your home while costing you nothing but your time & elbow grease, a worthwhile trade!