Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 8/18/2017

Who doesn't love upgrades? They make houses feel new, warm and welcoming. Upgrades also add value to houses. But, not all upgrades are applauded by landlords. Minimal upgrades like hanging oil paintings and photographs, installing motion detector lights up front walkways and significantly trimming hedges may easily be approved by landlords.

Home rental renovations that may require pre-clearance

It is upgrades like these that landlords may not only approve of the house renovations, they might allow tenants to make these changes to houses they are renting absent getting the landlords' written or verbal agreement. Types of house renovations or upgrades that landlords might frown upon include:

  • Painting walls, especially if walls are re-painted bold colors like bold greens, yellows, reds or blues
  • Opening one or more walls at the rented property- As convenient as it is to open a room, making it easy to see from one room into another, this type of structural upgrade could change an appeal of the house. Some people prefer closed rooms to open rooms at a house. Eliminating this option could make it harder for the landlord to find the right tenants or buyers.
  • Ceiling fans can help to reduce indoor temperatures and lower utility bills. Ceiling fans also alter the appearance of rooms. Depending on the design of ceiling fans, this particular renovation could give off the impression that the house is Southern, located in a laid back neighborhood or located in an upscale community.
  • Definitely get approval before upgrading, removing or replacing kitchen or bathroom cabinets, flooring or the roof. As terrific as the upgrades might look, they could change the rented house in ways that the landlord doesn't want.
  • Faucets add beauty to kitchens and bathrooms. They are one of the quickest ways to give a house a lift. Faucets are also generally inexpensive house renovations. But, landlords may want certain faucet designs, materials and colors and those designs, materials and colors may not agree with what landlords want.
  • Furniture upgrades work unless you are renting a furnished house.

To prevent any stress from entering your house rental arrangement, discuss renovations with landlords in detail before you start paying for upgrade material. Increased security may come through a signed agreement.

Make renovating your rented house easy

Rent a house and you won't have to worry about closing costs, property taxes or major home maintenance expenses. You can feel as if the house that you're renting belongs to you. Some adults who rent houses are incredibly open, approachable and understanding landlords.

Enter a home rental agreement with one of these landlords and years might pass before you even think about moving and buying a house of your own. But, even the best house landlords want to know about certain home renovations before renters make the upgrades.

By getting renovations in writing before you move into a rented house, you can have the green light to make upgrades when you get ready. This may help you to feel as if the house that you are renting is your own.




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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 8/11/2017

As a home seller, you'll want to ensure all areas of your house look great. By doing so, you may be able to generate substantial interest in your house and boost your chances of a quick home sale.

Unfortunately, some home areas are tougher to clean than others. And when it comes to cleaning your attic, it may prove to be a time-consuming process to transform this space from a liability into an asset.

So what does it take to fully clean an attic? Here are three tips to help a home seller revamp an attic in no time at all.

1. Look Out for Dust and Mold.

Dust and mold can be problematic, but these issues may arise if you rarely enter your home's attic. Fortunately, a home seller who spends some time cleaning the attic can minimize dust and mold with ease.

Repair or replace any loose, broken or missing shingles in your attic. Also, check attic windows for missing caulk or cracked panes. Resolving these issues may help you prevent mold from forming.

If you encounter mold, contact a certified indoor air quality professional immediately. This professional can evaluate your attic and offer recommendations to correct the problem.

In addition, dust your attic thoroughly. This will enable you to minimize the risk that dust mites and other irritants could enter other areas of your home.

2. Get Rid of Unwanted Items.

From holiday decorations to family photo albums, your attic may be filled with a broad assortment of items. And if you remove clutter from your attic today, you may be able to save time after you sell your residence.

Go through your attic belongings and separate the essential items from the non-essential ones. That way, as moving day approaches, you won't have to rush to get rid of non-essential items.

Furthermore, wear rubber gloves, eye protection and a dust mask any time you clean or organize your attic. This will enable you to stay safe as you work.

3. Collaborate with Your Real Estate Agent.

Does your attic require a complete overhaul? If so, you may need professional cleaning support, and your real estate agent can put you in touch with the right cleaning company instantly.

Your real estate agent will do what it takes to help your home stand out in the eyes of homebuyers. He or she can offer attic cleaning recommendations and general cleaning tips, guaranteeing you should have no trouble creating a dazzling home interior.

When it comes to selling your home, it is easy to ignore your attic. However, a home seller who performs extensive attic cleaning may be able to differentiate his or her residence from others – something that is exceedingly important in a highly competitive real estate market.

Take advantage of the aforementioned attic cleaning tips – you'll be happy you did! If you revamp your attic, you could improve your chances of maximizing the value of your residence and accelerating the home selling process.




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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 8/4/2017

Despite the fact that children are injured each year by hazards inside their home, you can safety proof your home and keep your children unharmed. Talk to your children about dangers of playing with certain products or items in your home. For example, you could tell your children not to touch the stove, stick objects in electrical outlets or play near or on steps. Creating a safe home environment is fairly simple To protect toddlers and young children from falling down steps, install safety gates at the tops of steps. Ensure that the gates are properly installed and don’t give way when leaned against. Also, install safety locks or latches on kitchen and bathroom cabinets that store harmful household cooking utensils, chemicals like bleaches, grill lighter fluid and heavy skillets and pans that could fall on your child. Again, test the latches to ensure that they are properly installed. Additional steps that you can take to child safety proof your kitchen include putting anti-scald covers on stove eyes and remaining in the kitchen while the stove is on. Keep pots and pans on back eyes, if possible, while the stove is on to help prevent children from accidentally bumping into pots and pans, causing hot liquids and foods to splash on them. If stoves, refrigerators and other appliances are uneven, install pads beneath them to make them even. Anchors, similar to those used in hotel rooms, can also be installed on furniture to keep furniture from toppling over should children climb atop the furniture. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission also shares that edge bumpers can keep children from being injured should they fall against furniture. Alarms that should be in every home To protect your child from electrical shocks, place hard-to-remove covers over electrical outlets. Also, make sure that all electrical outlets have a standard plate on them. Engage in fire safety by installing fire alarms throughout your home. It’s also a good idea to store a fire extinguisher in a safe room in your house. Another type of alarm that you can install is a carbon monoxide alarm. Inspect both alarms regularly and replace the alarm batteries no less than once a year. As a family, practice fire and other safety exit drills. This can let you know if older children need more instruction on what to do in the event of natural disasters or a human created emergency. Outdoors child safety proof measures include putting locks on the garage door and placing garage door openers high enough so that young children cannot reach them. Make sure that electric garage door openers are functioning properly. Rakes, shovels, gravel, hammers and other heavy or hazardous objects should be kept out of the reach of young children. Because no child safety proof measures may work all the time, particularly if your child is determined to explore an area or object, educating your child about the dangers of playing with certain items is important. So too is making sure that you and your older children practice safety such as removing toys from the bottom of steps, keeping cords and plastic out of the reach of children and removing water from tubs when they are not in use.





Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 7/28/2017

Move into a house that has a smaller price tag on it and you could keep more of your paycheck, perhaps as much as ten percent or more of your paycheck. But, moving has unique expenses like shipping, transportation and labor. You’d also have to shop for a new home, play closing costs and inspection and mortgage fees.

Lower housing costs without leaving the home you love

And if you love where you currently live, moving may be the last thing that you want to do. Yet, you still need more money. Look over these tips to learn how you could keep more of your paycheck without moving,

  • Roll credit card balances into lower interest accounts. Pay attention to the fine print. Some cards start low then jump as high as 23% a year after you open the account.
  • Combine student loans into one low interest account. Check with your bank to see if they offer this service. If not, consider getting the service from another lender. If you choose this route, make sure that the total monthly payments and total interest that you will pay on the combined loans is lower than what you would have had to pay had you not combined the loans.
  • Rent out a portion of your home. You could receive several hundred dollars a month if you rent out one floor of your house.
  • Take on part-time freelance work. By working as a freelancer, you could work from home and increase your overall income. Set your own hours, deciding if you’re only going to work three, five or ten hours a week as a freelancer.
  • Conduct a monthly yard sale. A good yard sale can bring in a thousand dollars or more. Organizing a yard sale is also a good way to keep your house clear of clutter.
  • Create and stick to a budget. This is a habit that can pay off for years. Identify how much you are going to spend on food,clothing, entertainment, home upgrades and travel. See if you can cut back $100 a month on unnecessary spending.
  • Pay yourself first. Invest in an IRA or another savings plan before you go shopping.
  • Switch to lower cable, telephone and Internet plans. Are you paying for cable channels that you hardly ever watch? Consider switching to a lower priced plan. You may also find a better rate with a competitor.
  • Avoid giving into your children’s whims to buy them more toys or electronic gadgets. Steer clear of emotional spending to keep more of your paycheck without moving.

It doesn’t take a major repair to send you dipping into your savings to maintain your home. Routine lawn, roofing or wiring care can add up. Let your home owners association raise its fees or your local municipality raise property taxes and you’ll have less of your paycheck to keep. Fortunately, there are choices that you could make that allow you to enjoy keeping a larger portion of your income,without you having to move or log more hours at work.





Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 7/21/2017

Summer boasts sunshine, warm temperatures and, of course, plenty of great homebuying opportunities.

The summer real estate market frequently represents a homebuyer's dream come true, and perhaps it is easy to understand why. There are many terrific properties available summer after summer, and homebuyers who know how to approach the real estate market should have no trouble securing a high-quality residence at a budget-friendly price.

What does it take to explore the summer real estate market effectively? Here are three summer homebuying tips that you need to know:

1. Become an Informed Homebuyer

Although many first-rate residences likely are available at the beginning of summer, the best properties will sell fast. Thus, homebuyers should take a diligent approach as they browse properties in summertime.

Stay up to date about homes in cities or towns where you would like to relocate. Also, examine home listings closely. Consider how long a property has been available, if the price of the property has been reduced recently and other homebuying factors as you conduct your home search.

An informed homebuyer will be better equipped than others to purchase a home that will serve him or her well for an extended period of time. And if you allocate the necessary time and resources to become an informed homebuyer, you may be able to accelerate the process of acquiring your dream residence.

2. Take Advantage of Open Houses and Home Showings

Open houses and home showings give you the opportunity to get an up-close look at a variety of top-notch residences.

Typically, you will be able to set up home showings at your convenience. These events enable you to browse a property, learn about its pros and cons and determine whether this residence meets or exceeds your expectations.

You also can take advantage of open houses, which serve as large, public home showings. An open house may feature dozens of potential homebuyers who visit a property over the course of several hours. As such, an open house will enable you to check out a house's interior and exterior, imagine what life would be like if you purchased a particular residence and decide whether to submit an offer.

3. Work with an Experienced Real Estate Agent

Browsing residences can be tricky, particularly for first-time homebuyers. But with an experienced real estate agent at your side, you can take the guesswork out of buying a house in summer.

Experienced real estate agents are available year-round and are happy to teach you about the ins and outs of purchasing a house in summertime. A real estate professional will help you submit offers on houses, keep you up to date about open houses and provide expert homebuying tips and guidance. That way, your real estate agent can help you accelerate your journey from homebuyer to homeowner.

Ultimately, an experienced real estate agent is available to support you in any way possible. He or she will even respond to your homebuying concerns and questions and make it easy for you to discover a terrific home in summer.

Collaborate with an experienced real estate agent, and you can navigate the summer real estate market quickly and effortlessly.




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