Harold (Buddy) Pope's Blog
As a home seller, it is important to do everything possible to transform an ordinary kitchen into a comfortable, attractive setting. With an awe-inspiring kitchen, you may be able to differentiate your house from others that are available in a competitive real estate market. Plus, your house's kitchen might even lead some homebuyers to submit offers immediately following a home showing.
Clearly, a top-notch kitchen can make a world of difference when you sell your house. But how can you determine whether a kitchen overhaul is necessary?
Here are three questions to consider before you embark on a kitchen renovation.
1. When do I plan to sell my house?
If you intend to sell your home quickly, you may have limited time at your disposal. Therefore, a complete kitchen overhaul may not be an option.
On the other hand, if you have several weeks or months to plan ahead, it may be worthwhile to evaluate your kitchen and find ways to improve it.
Consider your home selling timeline closely. That way, you can examine various home improvement projects and determine whether a kitchen renovation is a priority.
2. How much money do I have to complete a kitchen renovation?
A kitchen renovation can include everything from simple upgrades to a massive overhaul. As such, the costs associated with a kitchen renovation may vary.
Assess your home improvement budget and plan accordingly. If you have the funds available, you may be able to revamp your entire kitchen. However, if your financial resources are limited, you may need to consider cost-effective measures to enhance your kitchen.
Remember, there are many quick, easy ways to bolster your kitchen. Wiping down the walls and ceiling can help your kitchen dazzle. Meanwhile, repainting the kitchen walls and mopping the floors also provide simple, effective ways to improve your kitchen's appearance without breaking your budget.
3. Is a kitchen renovation worth my time?
A home appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for home sellers who are on the fence about completing a kitchen renovation.
During a home appraisal, a property inspector will examine your residence and provide a report that highlights your house's strengths and weaknesses. This report can help you establish a price range for your home. In addition, the report may provide you with insights into whether a kitchen renovation may enable you to boost your home's value.
Lastly, if you're still uncertain about a kitchen renovation after a home appraisal, a real estate agent may be able to provide extra support.
A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of selling a home. Thus, he or she can evaluate your residence and help you decide whether a kitchen renovation is worth your time.
When it comes to a kitchen renovation, it is essential for home sellers to examine all of their options. Consider the aforementioned questions, and you should have no trouble determining if a kitchen renovation is right for you.
Emotion is nothing to play with, especially when you're shopping for a new house. But,it's hard not to become emotional when thinking about the place you plan to spend the next several years of your life in. And it's not just the next years of your life.
Emotional house buying can hurt for years
Popular television shows that promote the financial rewards of flipping houses can make buying and selling houses for a profit seem easy. It can also make buying a house seem hassle free, as if buying the wrong house can be corrected within a matter of months. All you'd have to do is fix the house up and put it back on the market.
The fact is that it's not that easy to get out from under a bad house purchase. In a good housing market, it can take 50 days to sell a house and another 40 days to close the deal. That's three months and what happens in a good housing market.Let the market drop and your emotional purchase could cost far more than it's worth. It could set you back years. You could be forced to remortgage your home and take on more interests. You could go from building a savings to living paycheck to paycheck.
How to know if you're about to make a badhouse purchase
Signs that you may be entering a bad, emotional house purchase start with how much you missed when you attended an open house. More information on what emotional shopping can make you miss during an open house follow. Keep reading to learn about other bad decisions that emotional house shopping could force you to make.
House reviews lack detail - You became so convinced that the second house you saw was the perfect house that you only recall four details about every other house your realtor takes you to. For example, if asked you couldn't tell a friend how close any other house you saw is to the nearest major roadway. You also don't recall if there are trees in the backyards, if the houses have an attic or if the roof shingles are metal or wood.
Over looking the house's value - Get too emotional about a house and you may avoid getting the house appraised. Why? You don't want to face the fact that the house is overpriced. You'd rather follow your gut.
Take on too much mortgage debt - Even if the house is not overpriced, that doesn't mean that the house is a good buy. A mortgage shouldn't exceed 35% of your net income. Falling in love with a house could cause you to take on a mortgage that costs more than you can afford.
Mounting maintenance problems - You haven't been in the house a year and the roof is already leaking after a hard rain. Water is damaging the walls and the floors and the water heater is starting to show signs of wear. No sooner do you fix the roof and replace the water heater does the wiring start to short circuit.
Real estate is not the market to take huge risks in if you have limited disposable income. Even if your emotions are high and you're convinced that a house is right for you,look at several houses before you buy. A good realtor might recommend that you look at seven or more houses before you buy. Compare houses, including amenities, square footage, number of entrances and exits, window sizes, age of the houses and exterior features. Be a smart, informed buyer, not an emotional buyer.
4 Main Street Bennington, NH
Listed by Buddy Pope, of BEAN GROUP, Bedford, NH (603) 562-5186 or at Buddy@Popesays.com
Now for sale at $159,900. First time home buyers take note! Would also make a great rental property. Only serious offers considered. Hardwood floors throughout, located just behind village library and off street!
Walk to restaurants, village store, library, town offices, elementary school. 5 minute drive to downhill skiing, 18 hole golf. 15 minutes to Peterborough and 35 minutes to Keene and Concord, NH.
See the walk through video at: http://www.walkthruhomes.com/
128 Carriage Road, New Boston, NH 03070
Moving to a new home is both an exciting and stressful time. There’s nothing quite like a fresh start in a new place. It’s a blank canvas just waiting for you to make your mark. It’s just that there is also a lot of stuff to move! And for fish owners there comes the added complexity of how to move the carefully acclimated ecosystem of their aquatic pets.
While moving fish is not as simple as loading them into a carrier with their favorite blanket or toy it’s not an impossible task. And I’m sure you don’t need reminding how temperamental fish are to their environment. Because they are so easily upset I highly recommend setting a day aside dedicated solely to moving your aquarium. Ideally, your fish will spend as little time as possible outside of their familiar habitat.
Before you begin disassembling your tank you’ll want to have the place you would like it to be located in your new home already picked out. This way you can have a plan of action to put into place as soon as you pull into the driveway. You’ll also want to make sure you have the proper supplies for moving your tank.
Check in your local aquarium shop for advice on how to move your specific type of fish. You’ll also want to pick up some bags like those your fish are placed in when you first bring them home, a battery operated pump, a fish net, a few 5-gallon buckets with lids and a siphon hose if you don’t already own one. Be sure to bring home as many bags as fish you own. You’ll also want to pick up or borrow a cooler that would fit your bagged fish if you don’t have one.
To preserve as much of the vital bacteria in your tank’s ecosystem you will want to siphon as most of your tank water into your new buckets along with your aquarium’s rocks and filter. Pumps, heaters and other tank accessories can be packed separately as normal.
Your fish will be much easier to catch with less water and nowhere to hide. Gently catch your fish and place each one in its own individual bag filled ⅓ of the way with water from the tank. You’ll want to place all of your fish in the cooler as the dark reduces stress and the insulation helps to prevent extreme temperature changes.
When setting up your tank in your new home remember that you want to get your fish back in their familiar habitat as soon as possible. Start by adding the water and rocks from your buckets. You’ll want to hold off on setting up any complex decorations until your fish are in the tank and a few days to settle down. You’ll just want to add any live plants you may have and a place or two for your fish to hide.
Top off your tank with the appropriate type of water your fish and consider using a bacterial additive to support your fish's ecosystem as they adjust to the big move. Watch the readings on your water closely for the next month and do not add new fish until acclimated. You will also want to hold off on feeding until your water reaches proper levels.
I'll be honest t’s not the simplest process to move with fish but it’s also not the most difficult. And if you’re a fish enthusiast it’s well worth the effort to keep your beautiful friends happy. With some proper planning and some help from your partner or a friend moving your fish can be a smooth, stress-free experience.