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Mar18

5 Things You Should Know Before You Go House-Hunting

5 Things You Should Know Before You Go House-Hunting

House hunting is one of the most exciting parts of buying a house. This is especially true for first-time homebuyers. Perhaps you have spent years saving up for your downpayment and building up your financial profile. 

Unfortunately, the homebuying process can be a long and arduous process. It can be stressful and overwhelming if you don’t stay focused and organized.

In this blog post, we listed down some tips to make the house hunting process easier and more effective. Use these tips to help you find your dream home.

Know where you want to live 

Almost everything in the house can be changed and upgraded later on, but the location isn’t one of them. 

Before you start looking at houses, you should first determine where you want to live. Consider what type of neighborhood you want, the length of your commute, the which school your children will attend etc. 

Research before viewing 

We know that you’re eager to go out there and find your future home, but you shouldn’t just dive into the house hunting process. The last thing you want is to look at dozens of houses over the weekend, only to come home disappointed. 

Start by shopping for homes online. Browse through the online listings and create a list of houses that have features you want and fits your budget. The goal here is to reduce the number of homes you have to visit. Also, plan your route so you can visit a few houses within one drive around.

Identify your housing needs

You need to decide what features you want and need in a house. Make a list of these features, and make sure that you bring this list with you.

It can be easy to get swept away with features such as hardwood floors, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. This is actually fine if it’s within your budget. But if not, then you need to let go. There is no point in buying a gorgeous house with top-of-the-line appliances if you can’t afford it.  

Clear your schedule 

Some people fail to realize this, but house hunting can be time consuming. So if you are planning to look at a few houses, make sure that you free up at least a few hours of your day. Otherwise, you may find yourself rushing.

A house is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. If you find a house that you like, it is best to linger for a while and look closely at every aspect of the house. 

Take notes

It will be impossible to remember every aspect of the houses you’ve visited. As such, we recommend taking notes and taking photos of each house you look at. This way, it will be easier for you to compare the properties later on and make a more informed decision.

Mar10

Thinking of Skipping the Home Inspection? Think Again

Thinking of Skipping the Home Inspection? Think Again

Since home inspection isn’t mandatory in some parts of the country, some buyers skip it in an attempt to save money and streamline the buying process. But it makes no sense to put a huge sum of money on what will likely be the biggest purchase of your life without even knowing what you’re getting into. 

Thinking of skipping the home inspection? Think again. 

Reveal the big picture

During a home inspection, the inspector examines the different parts and systems of the house. At the end of the process, they’ll tell you the current condition of the house and provide a written report of everything they found in the house. 

The home inspection report provides potential homeowners a clear picture of the property you’re buying. Considering the amount of money you’ll be putting on this property, you want to make sure that the house you’re investing in is in good condition. 

Forecast future costs

Home inspectors will help you determine repairs and maintenance that needs to be done once you move in, as well as in the long run. Major issues such as foundation problems, plumbing problems, electrical problems and roof problems can lead to costly repairs. Home inspectors can give you an estimate as to how much money you need to spend to take the house to a condition that is personally acceptable. 

Safety issues

A home inspector can determine safety issues such as mold, carbon monoxide, faulty wiring and radon. These issues can lead to serious safety and health risks. Are you willing to put your family’s health and safety at risk? 

Provides an out 

A home inspection may cost you $300 to 500, depending on the size and age of the house. You might be tempted to skip the home inspection and use the money elsewhere, but please resist the urge to do so. Being aware of the issues that are present in the house prevents you from spending thousands and thousands of dollars on repair down the road. Hence, allowing you to save you a lot of time and money in the long run. 

If you’re not comfortable with the result of the home inspection, you are free to back out of the deal. In most cases, buyers are able to recoup their earnest money. 

Mar05

4 Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

4 Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

You have a new place to live in and you’re ready to settle in. Walking into your new house can be exciting, but it can also feel cold and unfamiliar. Finding ways to make it cozy and comfortable is quite a task. As if the challenge of redecorating the entire house isn’t hard enough, you also have to deal with the chaos of moving boxes and crazy kids.

In this blog post, we reveal a few things you can do to appreciate your new space and make it feel like home.

Add some personal touches

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Your goal is to create a Colorado home that reflects your personal style. Unpack your cherished pieces such as books, decorative vases etc and place them throughout your space. Hang your favorite artwork and display family photos.

Try to inject a little bit of your personality in each room. It may take time to adjust to your new house, but if you decorate your home in a style that suits you, it will quickly feel like your own.

Fill it with people

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Having familiar faces in unfamiliar spaces can help make you feel at home. Invite a few friends over and spend time with them in your new place. If you just moved across the country and don’t know anybody in the area, you might want to open your doors to other people.

Hosting means never having to say you’re sorry. Don’t worry about the things that didn’t get done or the dust they might see.

Make it smell nice

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It’s hard to feel settled when you’re surrounded by boxes. It might be tempting to just order pizza, but don’t.

Unpack your cookware and utensils and buy some fresh groceries. Get comfortable in the kitchen and prepare a hearty meal for your family. Not only will it help you settle in your new place, it will also help you create new memories.

Put on some music

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Consider lighting a candle and playing your favorite music for instant cozinnes. You may not have much in the way of entertainment, but putting on some music can go a long way to making your environment enjoyable. Choose your tunes to match or make your day.

Feb18

How Important Curb Appeal is When Selling Your Home

How Important Curb Appeal is When Selling Your Home

In the real estate business, curb appeal is a reflection of how the owner takes care of his/her home. A clean exterior, well-maintained shrubbery, and a neatly manicured lawn are ideal, especially if you’re selling your home.

The idea behind curb appeal is to make your Colorado home look attractive to anyone viewing it from the curb or street. Some sellers, however, are so busy staging the interiors of their Colorado house that they sometimes forget to make the exterior presentable. This is a big mistake. 

Homes, just like books, are often judged by their covers. First impressions make a big difference when it comes to selling your home. In fact, studies suggest that potential buyers make a decision within a few seconds of driving by the house or just by viewing the property online. If they think that the exterior is unattractive, then they won’t be interested to look inside.

You may think the inside of your home is important, but an attractive landscaping and a clutter-free exterior will not only make your property standout, it will also add value to your home.

It is a well documented fact that homes with excellent curb appeal sell faster; whereas, homes that reflect overdue exterior maintenance do not sell quickly. Oftentimes, these properties even sell at a lesser price. 

Most buyers who are looking for a bargain often look at properties that appear distressed on the outside. If you want to sell your home fast, and for a fair market value, you must take steps to improve your home’s curb appeal.

You don’t have to spend a fortune just to make your Colorado home look attractive on the outside. You just need to keep the grass mowed, get rid of weeds and plant some seasonal flowers. Also, keep the outside of your home clutter-free. A few coats of paint can also breathe new life into your home.

Feb11

Why It’s Important to Test Your Home for Radon

Why It’s Important to Test Your Home for Radon

Radon is a toxic gas that can be found in any house, old or new. It can enter your Colorado home through leaks in your foundation or porous building materials. Unfortunately, radon cannot be seen or smelled. Because of this, most homeowners aren’t even aware of the presence of radon in their home. 

Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. This is why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that all homes be tested.

Health effects of radon 

Inhalation is the primary route of exposure to radon. It attaches to the dust particles in the air and can be inhaled by homeowners. These radioactive particles can get trapped in your lungs; thereby, increasing your risk of lung cancer. 

According to the U.S. EPA, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. It is also thought to cause a significant number of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers, accounting to 20,000 deaths each year. A smoker who is exposed to radon has a much higher risk of developing lung cancer. The lower the radon level in your Colorado home, the lower your family’s risk of lung cancer. 

Radon testing 

Radon testing can be done in a number of ways. You can purchase a do-it-yourself radon test kit or hire a professional to do the testing. If you are considering buying or selling a house, we recommend going for the second option. Sure, it may cost you more money, but this is the more accurate method of radon testing. 

In average Colorado homes, radon levels are about 1.24 pCi/L. If the test reveals radon levels of 4 pCi/L or above, certain steps should be taken to reduce it. 

Radon can be present in your house, even if it has been taken care of. As a seller, it is your responsibility to ensure that the testing is done correctly and that the future homebuyers won’t be exposed to high level of radon. If you are a buyer, testing ensures that your family will be safe and protected from this invisible threat. 

There is no safe level of Radon exposure. Call Steel Rhino Properties Inspections today to schedule your radon testing. 

Feb04

How to Sell Your House in the Sluggish Winter Months

How to Sell Your House in the Sluggish Winter Months

It's not peak selling season, but these smart strategies will help you make sure your Colorado home looks good even when the weather is dreary. Here are a few tips to help you sell your home this season.

Crank up the heat

Cold Colorado houses don't sell. If potential buyers shiver at your open house, they aren't likely to stick around, let alone make an offer. This isn't the time to save on the heating bill. Keep the thermometer at least at a steady 70 degrees. A cold house sends the wrong message. It doesn't need to be hot; it needs to be not cold.

Get shoveling

Don't let a little snow come between you and the next owner of your house. Get shoveling, and make sure the walkway is clear. If someone has to slip and slide their way into your house, you'll lose the battle before they cross the front door.

Moreover, if you want buyers to attend your open house, make sure they have a place to park. This task can be challenging as snowbanks and drifts accumulate. Don't clear just the driveway -- shovel out some spaces on the street as well. While you are at it, make sure you don't wind up with big piles of dirty snow near the front door. If they are concerned about breaking a leg, then they are not paying attention to your house in a good way.

Decorate, but don't go overboard

Some Realtors suggest stripping a house of all holiday decorations to avoid turning off potential buyers. But that sends the wrong message. After all, buyers are trying to get a feel for whether your house could become their next Colorado home. If your house is cold, empty and sterile, that sends the wrong message.

This is not the time to go nuts with plastic lawn ornaments. It might be the season to stow Santa and his reindeer out of sight in your cellar. Better to focus on some lighter, classier touches, such as wrapping a garland around the banister on the stairs or putting up a wreath. It really makes the entryway pop.

Become a weather freak, and stay flexible

One thing you can't control during the winter is the weather. It's time to start tuning into The Weather Channel, at least while you're trying to sell your house. When planning an open house, it's better to be prepared for weather changes. If a big storm is headed your way, maybe it's a good idea to reschedule for a new day or push a morning open house into the afternoon. Even if you can lure a few buyers out in the storm, a dark and dreary day is probably not the best backdrop for showing off your house.

Jan22

Overpricing Your Home Can Be A Costly Mistake

Overpricing Your Home Can Be A Costly Mistake

Getting the right price for your home is the first and most important step in the sale process. You want to make sure that your house isn’t priced too high that you can’t make a sale and that it’s not priced too low that you don’t regret the sale. 

All too frequently, seller’s opinions of their Colorado house are clouded by their emotions.  It’s easy to think that your home is worth more than your neighbor’s, especially if you’ve lived in that house for several years. After all, you’ve made some improvements through the years and your Coloardo home has been special to you and your family. It may be one of your most prized possessions, but what your home means to you must come to terms with what the real estate market dictates.

Some sellers would list their home higher than what their real estate agent has advised. Some do this in the hopes of getting more money out of their property. Others think that they can always lower the price later on.  This is not a good strategy. Your real estate agent has already provided you with information that can help you see the bigger picture. Listen to his/her advice.

Home buyers will not waste their time looking at and negotiating on a Colorado home they know is overpriced. There are a lot of properties on the market. They’ll just move on to the next property until they find something that matches their needs and budget.

You can avoid the pressure and disappointment of your property sitting on the market and seeing no activity after a few months if only you priced it correctly in the first place. Eventually, you’ll decide to reduce the price in order to compete with the listings that are actually in your price range. But since your home has been sitting in the market for a while, buyers may not give it much attention.

An overpriced Colorado home is not going to sell. It doesn’t matter how many sites your home is listed or how many glossy fliers you’ve handed out. You need to put the right price tag in order to get that buzz going around your home.

As the owner, you are free to ask for any price on your home. But if it’s priced too high, don’t expect it to sell any time soon.

Jan14

4 Smart Tips to Make Moving in Winter Easier

4 Smart Tips to Make Moving in Winter Easier

Winter is a great time to move. Since most people are out on vacation or busy with holiday get-togethers, you can get great deal with moving companies. However, moving house during the winter is not without challenges. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can make the moving process even more difficult.

Here are 4 smart tips to make your winter move easier.

Keep an eye on the weather 

Winter weather can be unpredictable. Even if the sun has been shining all week long, a blizzard may suddenly pop up just as you’re pulling away in your car.

Check weather reports from time to time and make sure to follow it up until the moving day. Keep the radio on until the movers arrive so you get the latest updates. Anticipate any weather challenges and adapt to them.

Keep the heat on

You might be tempted to have your utilities disconnected prior to moving day, but please resist the urge to do so. On moving day, you’ll be opening and closing the door many times as the movers carry your boxes. This will send cold air into your home. Without the heat, everybody will feel cold and uncomfortable. You’ll want to keep the heat on on moving day.

Protect your belongings 

Some items are especially vulnerable to cold temperatures. Electronics and other cold-sensitive items should be kept indoors for as long as possible and should be transported in a heated vehicle to avoid damage. Objects that are made of wood should be insulated during a move. These items can warp when exposed to freezing temperatures. Books and other documents will also need additional care. Place them in waterproof bins and make sure that they are sealed tight before they get loaded onto the moving truck.

Clear snow 

We understand that you have a lot on your plate right now, but make sure that you shovel snow prior to moving day. Snow and ice can be slippery. Clear the snow to prevent anyone from getting hurt. You may also spread rock salt on the ground to slow down the re-icing process. If snow is falling, we suggest that you mix calcium chloride with the rock salt. This will make snow and ice melt faster.

Jan07

Quick and Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

Quick and Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

As temperatures start to drop, many of you are probably taking steps to ensure that your family stays warm and comfortable throughout the winter. While cranking up the heat seems like the best way to keep your house warm, it can be quite expensive.

This blog post will help you prepare your home for the cold weather. Here are 4 quick and easy ways to winterize your home while saving money.

Install a programmable thermostat

The furnace typically runs 24/7 during the winter. Installing a programmable thermostat keeps your Colorado home at a comfortable thermostat while saving money and energy.

A programmable thermostat allows you to program the thermostat to be at a lower temperature in the morning and then set it at a higher temperature in the afternoon. In addition to saving money and energy, it also simplifies your morning routine.

Check for air leaks

Air leaks will allow heated air to escape. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 to 30% of your energy use. This will prevent your home from being the cozy, energy-efficient home you want.

Inspect the doors and windows to ensure that there is no air leakage. Make sure that the weather stripping around the doors and windows are in good condition. Inspect the threshold under each door.  Make sure to caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.

Run fans in reverse

Most people will only turn on the fan when they feel hot. But fans can actually come in handy during the winter.

Reversing your ceiling fan direction will make the room feel warmer. When you turn on the fan, cooler air is drawn upwards while warm air is pushed back down. This allows you to set the thermostat at a lower temperature without sacrificing comfort.

Insulate your pipes 

Nothing is more relaxing than taking a steamy, hot shower in winter. However, your pipes are in danger of freezing and bursting in winter.

Insulating your hot water pipes will prevent heat from escaping through your pipes. Since insulated pipes deliver hotter water than uninsulated pipes, you can raise water temperature by 2 to 4°F; thus, saving you money and energy. It also prevents pipes from freezing and bursting. Pipes in the garage, crawlspace, and attic are in danger of freezing. Insulating them is essential to prevent broken or leaky pipes.

Dec17

Tips to Avoid Holiday Plumbing Disasters

Tips to Avoid Holiday Plumbing Disasters

Christmas is such a joyous occasion. Everyone is looking forward to eating good food and spending time with their family. However, holiday meal preparation and clean up can lead to a lot of unwanted waste in the kitchen. Plus, extra occupants who require additional toilet flushes, hot water usage, showers, and washing can put a strain on your drain system. 

As much as you try to avoid plumbing problem during the holidays, you still end up with clogged sinks, toilets, disposals, and sewers.

Here are some tips to avoid holiday plumbing disasters.

Turn off water before going on vacation 

There is nothing more frustrating than coming home to a flooded home. To prevent plumbing disasters, make sure that you turn off the main water valve prior to your trip.

Pipes are susceptible to freezing during the winter. Water inside them expands as the temperature drops. This causes the pipes to freeze and burst. Shut off the main water valve when you leave your home, even if it’s just overnight. This is the best protection against catastrophic water damage.

Use a strainer screen 

During the holidays, you cook more food and wash more dishes. Having guests also mean taking more showers. 

Hair and food particles that go down the drain can cause it to clog eventually. Using a strainer screen can help prevent these issues. They keep hair from clogging your bathroom sinks and bathtubs. Plus, they prevent food particles from going down the kitchen sink.

Give the garbage disposal a break 

Your garbage disposal is not a trash can, so you shouldn’t treat it like one. Overloading your garbage disposal can damage the blades and create clogs. Never feed your garbage disposal with items such as fibrous foods, fruit and vegetable peels, and bones.

Never dump grease down the drain 

Fat and grease are common bi-products of any holiday feast. But they are a drain’s worst nightmare. Pouring excess grease down the drain may not seem like a big deal, but they tend to harden as they cool down. This can seriously clog the drain.

Be mindful of what you put down the drains. Pour excess grease in an empty container and then throw it in the trash can.

Get your trashcans ready 

Throwing trash like cigarette butts, kid’s toys, sanitary napkins, and paper towels down the toilet can create a plumbing disaster you don’t want to deal with. Place trash cans in the bathroom, so guests won’t be tempted to throw trash elsewhere.

Dec10

Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Among the many myths we hear in real estate, one of the biggest whoppers is that the holidays are the worst time to sell. Perhaps, this misconception stemmed from the fact that spring and summer are the busiest seasons in the real estate market. 

Winter may be the least active real estate season, but it is actually a great time to sell your Colorado house. There are fewer homes for sale. The competition is less fierce. Plus, homes embellished with lights and holiday decorations make for better showings. 

Here are some tips to help your sale go smoothly. 

Create a knockout online listing 

Living in the digital age, the home buying process usually starts online. Potential buyers would look at online listings and find properties that suit their needs and budget. 

To make a good first impression, we highly recommend that you create a knockout online listing. Make sure it includes high quality photos that highlights your Colorado home’s best features. 

Keep it cozy 

House hunting during the winter can be a challenge. From sub zero temperatures to driving in ice and snow, these conditions can put potential buyers in a less than jovial mood. 

Keep the heat up to a comfortable level. Also, offer holiday cheer by offering a plate of cookies and warm beverages. This will give potential buyers a reason to spend more time in your Denver home. 

Give them a place to escape the cold and they’ll spend more time admiring your home’s best features. 

Price it right 

While we usually see a decrease in the number of buyers during this time of the year, those who are still in the market are incredibly serious buyers. 

If you want to sell your Colorado home fast and for top dollar, then make sure that it is priced appropriately. Don’t overshoot your asking price. These buyers are looking to move in fast. Many of them don’t have the luxury of waiting until the weather gets warmer. 

Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard. 

When buyers walk into your Colorado home, you want them to be able to envision themselves living there. As you stage your home for showings, we suggest that you add some tasteful yet festive decorations. Some decors can add some holiday spirit to your home, but make sure not to overdo it. 

Keep the seasonal decorations simple and easy to maintain. Remember, not everyone has the same love of holiday decorations. Plus, too many decorations can be distracting and overwhelming. 

Dec04

Simple and Festive Holiday Decorating Ideas

Simple and Festive Holiday Decorating Ideas

The holiday season is often filled with fun and excitement. With gifts in tow, people travel thousands of miles just to be with their family. There’s also an abundance of delicious meals and tasty treats. However, nothing says Christmas than a beautifully decorated home.

Use these holiday decorating ideas and turn your home into a festive gathering place for family and friends.

Mix It Up

‘Tis the season to create and decorate the most festive tree for the holidays. To offer a refreshing change from the traditional holiday schemes, consider mixing things up with a new color palette. Also feel free to decorate it with colourful garlands, elegant ornaments, silver balls and more.

Festive Tableware

Think seasonal when dressing up the holiday table so you don’t have to worry about taking it down once Christmas is over. Now is the perfect time to get that red and white china and glassware that has been sitting on the cupboard all year. You can also decorate a serving tray with silver ornaments for a simple yet elegant centrepiece.

Festive Foraging

Pinecones are free and plentiful during the winter, making them a holiday decorating favorite. Tucking some pinecones here and there can easily vamp up yourColorado  home and make it feel warm and cozy.

You don’t have to limit your pinecone decorating to winter displays. You can use them to decorate your dinner table or the fireplace. If you’re feeling crafty, you can create wreaths, vibrant basket arrangement of pine cones or candle stick holders.

Warm Welcome

The weather outside is frightful, but nothing beats the warm and comforting glow of a blazing fireplace. Make your fireplace an eye-catching addition to your living room.

Create the perfect Christmas scene by hanging some festive stockings off the mantle. You can also drape real evergreens and pinecones across the mantle for an earthy look.

Front Door Flair

Hang a wreath on your front door to create a festive impression to your guests before they even knock on your door. You can either buy a wreath or just make it on your own.

Nov19

Tips for Staging Your Home During the Holidays

Tips for Staging Your Home During the Holidays

Most people believe that spring is the ideal time to sell your Colorado home. While selling your home during the holiday season has its challenges, it gives you an opportunity to show your Denver home at its very best. In fact, it is a great selling point. Buyers will find it easier to envision their family celebrating the holidays in your house once they see that it’s full of holiday cheer.

Create a festive, buyer-friendly environment with these staging tips.

Keep it simple

As tempting as it is to hang every last ornament to celebrate the season, it is best to keep your decorating to a minimum. Too much holiday cheer can drive potential buyers away. Subtle hints like a hand-sewn stocking hanging from the fire place, mulled cider brewing on the stovetop or a welcoming evergreen wreath at the front door gives the space a jolt of spirit.

Complement your palette

You’ll want to think of about the color scheme when adding holiday decor in your home. Skip the clashing red and green garland if your living room is painted a soothing ocean blue. In this case, a silver glass-ball wreath or white snowflakes would be more appropriate.

Create a cozy vibe

Colorado Home buyers don’t want to look at properties that are freezing cold. Make sure that the thermostat is set at warm. 

To create a cozy, warm feeling, we suggest sparking up some candles or start a fire in the fireplace. Also, give house hunters a reason to stay for a bit longer by serving cookies or hot beverages.

Light up your home

Winter can be a dreary season. Open curtains or blinds during the day to let natural light in. Use simple string lighting to draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard. Most importantly, make sure to consider safety above all else. Light up the walkway and porch when showing your house at night.

Nov12

4 Maintenance Skills Aspiring Homeowners Need to Master

4 Maintenance Skills Aspiring Homeowners Need to Master

Being a homeowner entails a lot of responsibilities. This includes taking care of your home and making sure that it stays in tip top shape. Some maintenance tasks require the assistance of a professional, but there are a number of things you can do to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Here are 4 maintenance skills aspiring homeowners need to master. Master these skills to keep your home in the best condition possible. Plus, it will help you save lots of money down the road.

Changing air filters

According to the U.S. FDA, indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. You may not realize it, but there are lots of pollutants inside your Colorado home. Dust, dirt, pet dander, mold, pollen, chemicals, and the list go on. These pollutants get trapped in the air filters.

During the summer and winter months, your HVAC system is running round the clock. That means, the air inside your Colorado home is being re-circulated again and again. When the air filter is dirty, these pollutants will be blown back into your home and will be floating in the air. Make it a habit to change your air filters every 30 to 90 days. Not only will it improve indoor air quality, it will also help extend the life of your HVAC system.

Unclogging drains 

If you notice that the sink is draining slower than usual or there is standing water in the tub, you probably have a clogged drain.

Clogged drains can be a serious nuisance, which is why you need to address the problem fast. You can clear up even the most stubborn clogs with a little practice and some simple tools.

Cleaning gutters 

Most people don’t give their gutters much thought until they stop working properly. Your gutters are designed to keep water away from your Colorado home. When it’s clogged, water can’t run through them and will collect in the roof. Eventually, it will cause damage. When there is too much water on the roof, it will drip down the side of your house.

The last thing you want is to deal with water damage due to clogged gutters. Make sure that you clean your gutters regularly to ensure that they are working properly. You may also want to consider putting a gutter guard to prevent leaves, twigs, and other debris from accumulating.

Repair a leaky faucet 

Every homeowner will experience plumbing problems at some point. Leaky faucets are one of the most common problems homeowners face. Often, they tend to ignore the problem thinking it isn’t a big deal. But if left unattended, you’ll be wasting a lot of water. Also, this can lead to a bigger, more complicated problem. Learn how to fix a leaky faucet. It’s a simple task that anyone can handle.

Nov05

Best Things About Buying a House in the Fall

Best Things About Buying a House in the Fall

If you’re in the market for a Colorado home, you’re probably wondering if you missed the boat by not purchasing one during the spring or summer months. After all, that’s the best time to buy a property, right? Not necessarily.

The cooler days are starting to set in and the days are getting shorter, but fall may be a good time to go house hunting. In fact, it is a season filled with great deals.

Still not convinced? Here are 4 reasons why fall can be a great time to buy a house.

Less competition

Real estate market ebbs and flows just like the season. Potential buyers start looking at Denver houses as the sun comes out and slows down by the end of the summer. At this point, families who want to be home before school starts are no longer shopping. That means that there aren’t as many buyers as there were in spring and summer.

With fewer buyers out there, you don’t have to go on a bidding war just to get the Colorado home you really want.

Home for the holidays

The holidays are coming quickly. While some people are busy with their holiday shopping, you might want to take this time to go house hunting. Getting settled in your new home for the holidays can heighten your holiday mood. Since you have a new Colorado home, why don’t you host this year’s event and invite your family and a few friends over?

Year-end tax break

Buying a property during this time of the year allows you to take advantage of tax breaks, including property tax deductions, prepaid interest deductions, FHA and PMI mortgage insurance premium deduction and mortgage interest deductions.

More attention from your agent

With the reduced activity during this time of the year, you can enjoy additional attention from your agent. They can respond more quickly and spend more time discussing about certain things as their client load starts to dwindle down.

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