Vacation getaways are approaching. This is great time to prepare your home for intruders. Here are a few home basic security tips to help you protect your home.
- Check Locks and Latches – Add checking locks and latches on windows and doors to your regular maintenance routine. All it takes for a thief to gain entry is a single broken latch.
- Cut Back Trees and Hedges – Maintain sight lines to the street by removing trees and hedges that obscure key points into the house. The lack of a suitable place to hide is sometimes enough to deter would-be criminals.
- Alarm System – Consider an adding alarm system. Modern systems offer features like remote access, security cameras and 24- hour monitoring.
- Security Lights – Install security lights anywhere a potential thief might look to gain entry to your home, including back doors, attached or detached garages, covered porches and any other outbuildings.
- Beware of Bragging – Avoid broadcasting big-ticket purchase via social media – this could be an invitation for trouble. It’s also a good idea to shred any receipts or credit card statements that may alert thieves to your recent purchase (this also helps prevent identity theft)
- Keep Control of Keys– Get in the habit of gathering keys from contractors or household helpers after they are done.
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Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. In honor of all the Fallen for Our Feedom, those injured fighting for our United States Of America 🇺🇸 & Veterans as well as the active service members. “Thank YOU for all that You do❣️”
We hope you’ll enjoy the company of friends, family and the beauty that summers holds.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
. -John 15:13
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How to give your Offer an Edge in a HOT Market
- Be Ready – Have everything you need in place. Get pre-approved for financing and set aside your down payment. If you have to sell a home, consider waiting until after your home sells before making any offers.
- View and Inspect – Try to write an offer as few conditions as possible. One strategy is to have a home inspector accompany you on subsequent viewings of the home you are considering so a home inspection may be excluded from the conditions.
- Be Flexible – Let the sellers know that you are flexible about terms, such as move-in dates and inclusions. If possible, have your agent find out as much as possible about the seller’s needs before making an offer so you can offer exactly what they want.
- Introduce Your Family – Have your agent tell the sellers about your family and why you chose their home. Creative buyers have written personal letters to sellers, including photos with their family and even artwork created by their children.
- Show them you are serious – Increase the earnest money to show the sellers you aren’t going to get cold feet after the bidding war is over. The last thing they want to do is put their home back on the market after a deal has fallen through.
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In today’s market, getting your home SOLD and getting the best possible price requires using every tool and resource you can get your hands on. There are some FREE resources available for you, right now, that can help you do both!
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Whether you’re looking for greener ways to clean your home or you just want to save money at the store, there are simple household cleaning products you can make on your own. Use the recipes, tips and precautions below to help you get started.
Create your own inexpensive and effective all-purpose cleaner with liquid castile soap, tea tree oil, vodka, washing soda (not baking soda) and white vinegar. Boil the vinegar in the microwave, mix in the remaining ingredients according to the recipe and put the solution in a spray bottle for easy cleaning.
Avoid questionable foaming agents and heavy fragrance by making your own laundry detergent. Measure the correct amount of soap flakes or grated bar soap, borax and washing soda, and store in an airtight container.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Avoid mix-ups by labeling and dating each product when it’s made.
- Add a few drops of essential oils like tea tree, lavender and lemon to scent your homemade cleaning solutions.
- Substitute vodka for vinegar if you want a lighter smell.
- Before using a homemade cleaner on delicate surfaces like hardwood floors or marble, first test it in a small, hidden area.
What to Avoid
- Do not mix bleach with ammonia or vinegar. The dangerous combination can damage your respiratory system.
- Keep hydrogen peroxide and vinegar separate at all times. Together they create peracetic acid a highly corrosive compound that can lead to chemical burns.
- Don’t use vinegar on reactive metal surfaces like aluminum or cast iron.
- Refrain from using large amounts of any cleaning solution, homemade or store-bought, in unventilated areas.
When mixed and used large amounts of any cleaning solutions can work as well as, if not better than commercial cleaners, plus they’re also easier on your wallet. Make sure you know the basics before you make your own cleaning products.
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The curb appeal of your home is a critical factor in attracting prospective buyers. A potential buyer will come to a decision on the compatibility of a new home within the first few minutes of seeing it, and often merely from seeing pictures of it on the Internet.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer.
- Take care of small tasks like weeding, mowing the lawn, or cleaning out the storage closet.
- Start planning and executing the larger tasks such as painting, remodeling or other aesthetic repairs.
- Make a cleaning checklist for the days leading up to your showings: carpets, floors, walls, bathrooms, linens..etc.
- Order a garbage bin or start making hauls to the local trash repository – moving is one of the best ways to purge the old and start fresh!
- Clear the clutter – renting a temporary or mobile storage unit is a great way to hide belongings that might otherwise mask the greatness of your property.
I have many more tips on how to get your home into prime selling condition and ways to determine which home improvement projects will get you the most bang for your buck.
That’s the question that’s teased buyers and sellers for ages, but the answer is simple. Every home is different. When a home is sold, a willing seller and a willing buyer have just announced to the world the value of that home. From there, other similar homes are benchmarked, but other factors come into play.
The most important are:
- Location – The closer a home is to jobs, parks, transportation, schools, and community services, the more desirable it is.
- Size – Square footage impacts home values because they’re built using more materials. Larger lot sizes mean more privacy.
- Number of bedrooms and baths – Over time, median homes have grown larger. Decades ago, household members shared bedrooms and baths without complaint, but today, families want more privacy. The median home purchased today is a three-bedroom, two-bath home.
- Features and finishes – Features such as outdoor kitchens and spa baths make a home more luxurious. A home finished with hardwood floors and granite countertops is going to cost more than a home with carpet and laminate countertops.
- Condition – The closer a home is to new construction, the more it will retain its value. It’s perceived as more modern, up to date, and perhaps safer. Homes that are not updated or in poor repair sell for less. It’s a good idea for homeowners to keep their homes updated and in top repair.
- Curb appeal – From the street, the home looks clean, fresh, and inviting. Fresh landscaping and flowers won’t change the size or location, but they certainly add charm. When two homes are identical in the same neighborhood, a higher price may come down to something as simple as views, or paint colors, or the overall taste of the homeowner. Valuing a home will never be an exact science, but if you buy wisely, keep your home updated and in good repair, you should recoup most if not all of your investment.
Perhaps you’re in the market for a newly built home. Or maybe you’re in the process of having a home built. Or maybe you’re considering a remodeling project to your existing home. No matter what your scenario is, taking the latest home-design trends into consideration will make any home pop and give it some unique flavor. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), these home-building trends are not just about style but functionality, and can serve to increase the resale value of your home as they reflect consumer preferences in housing moving forward. Check with a real estate expert to see if and how these trends can affect a home’s value in your particular neighborhood:
• Reworked Spaces: New homes are being designed to allow plenty of space for family interaction in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, and to eliminate rooms such as formal dens and home offices that aren’t frequently used. Small spaces devoted to home management, also known as “pocket offices,” are being included in large pantries or spaces nearby the kitchen or family great room. Window seats and alcoves are being used to provide an area for private time, without taking up a lot of space. A popular and efficient location for laundry facilities is now added onto the master bedroom’s walk-in closet.
• Multigenerational Living: Many families are all living under one roof due to increasing cultural diversity and the state of the economy during the past few years. New single-family home designs reflect this with “shadow” units that are built alongside a home, separate living units that access the main floor plan through a door, or by having at least two master suites; one is usually located on the ground floor to be more accessible for elderly occupants.
• More Impact, Less Cost: Rectangular home designs are more cost effective, so new homes no longer have the formerly-popular feature of multiple roof lines or the resulting unnecessary interior volumes they created. But home designs now include innovative modifications that are still visually stimulating, such as using two windows in a corner with mitered glass to allow unobstructed views and maximum light to come in. Another example is using a mix of materials in the home’s facade such as metal, wood and stone to give the home a modern look.
First impressions are crucial, and that counts for your home, too! Here are a few simple ideas for adding style and upping to your house’s curb appeal.
Try painting your front door for an inexpensive update that really packs a punch. Bright colors like the turquoise shade shown here (Sherwin Williams Nifty Turquoise) are an easy way to give your home a fun, fresh look.
Line Your Paths With Lavender
Lavender is practically indestructible, comes in beautiful hues, and is deer-resistant.
Mix It Up
To keep your landscaping looking fresh and dynamic, mix in various plants with an eye-catching tree to maintain an interesting, textured look.
A pair of colorful rocking chairs on the front porch will elicit nostalgic memories of the past while also providing the perfect backdrop for creating new experiences.
A small grouping of plants in classic terra cotta pots is a great way to add color to your entrance, while reserving the ability to easily swap your vegetation whenever you choose.
For more tips By: Keri Sanders
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You have 10 minutes…
- Panic! Okay – now check that off the list… You’re already making progress!
- Make the beds
- Grab a laundry basket – throw all of the clutter into it and put the basket into you car (you’ll sort it when you get back)
- Empty all garbage into a garage bag and take out (or take with you)
- Put up your “show” towels
- Close all toilet seats
- Wipe down all countertops and sinks with damp cloth
- Turn on all lights in the house
You have an Hour…
- Do everything on the 10-minute list
- Vacuum all carpeted areas
- Sweep all hard-surfaced floors/spot -mop sticky spots
- Use cleaner/vinegar and water to clean all glass and mirrored surfaces
- Give the toilets a scrub and wipe down tubs
- Clear kitchen countertops as much as possible; all dishes in dishwasher, soaps and scrubbier under the sink
- Laundry should be folded and put away (or chucked into a laundry basket and put away into your car)
- Sweep the front walk/shake out doormat
We love what we do! Call us today @ 281-793-5193 for all of your Real Estate needs! Don’t make a move….. without the Houston Realty Team.
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