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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/23/2017

It has been said that owning a dog is like having a two year old that stays two for his entire life. There is some truth in this statement. Dogs--like children--have many needs, and each dog has a unique personality. But, as any dog owner will tell you, there is no greater joy than coming home to your tail-wagging, slobbering best friend. There are several factors you should consider before getting a dog. You'll want to think about how much time you have to spend with the dog, your family's ability to contribute to caring for him or her, and how suitable your home and yard are.

Your dog's new home

If you've always wanted a large, playful dog, you should think about the size of your home and yard. Big dogs and dogs with high energy need a lot of room to run around in. If you live on a busy road would you consider putting up a fence to keep your dog safe from traffic? If not you might have to tether your dog to a run in the backyard, which is significantly less fun and exercise for the both of you. Inside the home poses another challenge. If you are considering a puppy, know that there is much training involved to keep your dog safe and your house in one piece. One of the many benefits of adopting an older dog is that they tend to already be housebroken, avoiding a lot of clean-ups and chewed furniture.

Raising a dog is a team effort

If you are thinking about getting a puppy or a high energy dog (in other words, a "permanent puppy") it's important to recognize that your whole family will have to be on the same page when it comes to training. Your dog takes cues from your family's behavior. So if one person in your family allows the dog to jump up on them when another doesn't it will give the dog mixed signals. This is also true for rewarding good behavior. Your dog should obey each member of your family because they trust them, not fear them or feel dominant over them. Play-time and treats are a great way to build that trust with every member of your household.

Please consider adopting

We all have the image in our heads of our children playing with a new puppy. But the same joy and bonding can come from adopting an older dog. When you adopt, you can teach your kids the value of rescuing and caring for animals that have been neglected. What's more, adopting is also a way to show support for shelters rather than puppy mills who often breed puppies in poor conditions.

Guidelines for dogs and your home

  • If you have a small home and yard, get a small dog or an older, low-energy dog
  • Likewise, take the dog on lots of walk to make up for missed exercise in the yard
  • If you have a wooded yard be extra vigilant about ticks and fleas
  • Training never ends for you or your dog. Make sure you are constantly working with your dog





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/16/2017

For homebuyers, finding a dream home may require many days, weeks or months. However, when the big day finally arrives, you'll want to submit the right offer to ensure you can secure your ideal residence quickly.

Unfortunately, making the right offer on a home can be tricky. If you submit a proposal that is far below a home seller's expectations, you risk missing out on your dream home entirely. Or, if you submit an offer that is above your comfort level, you may wind up paying more for a house that it is actually worth.

So what does it take to make the right offer on a home? Here are three tips that every homebuyer needs to know to ensure he or she can submit the perfect offer on a residence.

1. Use Housing Market Data to Your Advantage

The internet is a powerful tool, particularly for homebuyers. And if you search for housing market data, you should have no trouble finding the information that you need to submit an offer that matches your budget and satisfies a home seller's expectations.

For example, a homebuyer who finds a two-bedroom home that he or she would like to buy should consider the prices of comparable houses in the area. Also, be sure to look at what other homes in the same neighborhood may be worth and tailor your offer accordingly.

A wealth of real estate market data is readily available across the web, and homebuyers who use this information to their advantage can submit a reasonable offer on a house at any time.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Although you may submit the best offer for a home, there is no guarantee that a home seller will accept your proposal if you lack the necessary financing. On the other hand, a homebuyer who receives pre-approval for a mortgage may be able to stand out to home sellers, and for good reason.

With pre-approval for a mortgage, you may be able to move through the homebuying process faster than other potential homebuyers. Thus, a home seller may choose your offer over others, as he or she will be able to minimize the risk that a deal could fall through due to a homebuyer's lack of financing.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of both seller's and buyer's markets. Therefore, this real estate professional will offer tips and insights to ensure you can submit a fair offer on a residence.

Remember, your real estate agent is happy to help you in any way possible. And with this professional at your side, you can gain insights into the home seller's perspective. Plus, your real estate agent will be able to negotiate on your behalf to help reduce the risk of overspending for a house.

Find a real estate agent who boasts years of industry experience, and you can reap the benefits of unparalleled support throughout the homebuying journey.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/9/2017

Your kitchen is probably the room that you clean the most often. From dirty pots and pans to spilled food and drink to loading the dishwasher, there’s always something to clean in the kitchen. While you may wipe up the obvious places day after day, you may not notice the areas where dirt and grime tend to accumulate. Whether it’s the places you’re often surface cleaning or other “hidden” places in the kitchen, you’re sure to find something that needs to be cleaned and has been overlooked in the kitchen. 


Places Most Often Cleaned In The Kitchen


Sink 

Stove

Countertops


You’re probably already wiping these areas down at least once a day. They are the most used parts of the room. But, are you cleaning them well? Is there grime building up around the edge of the sink? Have you cleaned off the drain stopper recently? Has the space under the countertops been wiped down to eliminate dirt and grime? While we tend to focus on the visible parts of these areas, we really need to be focusing on the invisible parts. This is where the real dirt and grime build up over time. If you haven’t cleaned these areas in a while, or (gasp) you’ve never done cleaned them, you’ll find they’re pretty disgusting and need a little extra attention. 


The Space Between


While you may clean the front of your refrigerator, you probably neglect the sides of the fridge. Also, don’t forget the refrigerator door handles. These can be  real breeding ground for germs and dirt. Grease, grime, and dust can also build up on the sides and on the floor along the sides of the fridge. A place to pay special attention to would be the space between the fridge and the counter. Even the floor space there. Also, don’t forget about the creases in your counter, and even in your flooring (depending on the type of floor you have). Crumbs can get lodged in these crevices and cause a buildup. One of the simplest ways to clean these spaces is to wrap a butter knife around a cloth and run it around the edge of the creases. 


Don’t Forget Your Small Appliances


It’s important to remember to clean in and around your small appliances in the kitchen every so often. Empty the crumb tray from your toaster. Wipe under the toaster, coffee maker, and knife block. Use something like an old toothbrush to get at any hard to reach places.


If you give your kitchen a deep clean every so often, you’ll save yourself from a kitchen with a lot of hidden dirt and grime.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/2/2017

When prospective homebuyers see your residence, are they impressed or disappointed? A homebuyer's first impression might depend on your house's curb appeal – something that can make or break a home sale. For home sellers, ensuring your home is attractive to homebuyers is paramount. Thus, it is essential for home sellers to spend some time avoiding these common curb appeal mistakes: 1. Keeping Clutter on Your Front Lawn Lawn ornaments like a bright pink flamingo sculpture or large pinwheels may help your home's front lawn make a bold statement. At the same time, however, they can clutter up your front lawn and may be an eyesore for prospective homebuyers. When it comes to clutter, you'll want to do whatever it takes to eliminate it from your front lawn entirely. By doing so, homebuyers will be able to focus on your home's outstanding exterior and its other stunning features. Remember, your goal as a home seller is to keep your residence as neat and clean as possible and allow your home to make a positive first impression on homebuyers. And if you devote time and resources to remove clutter from your front lawn, you'll be able to showcase the size and beauty of your front lawn day after day. 2. Ignoring Peeling Paint on Your Home's Exterior Adding a fresh coat of paint to your home's exterior is never a bad idea, particularly for home sellers who notice peeling paint. Typically, you can touch up areas where peeling paint is present and eliminate such problems instantly. If your home needs an extensive paint job, you may be better off hiring a professional home painter as well. This home renovation expert will help you take the guesswork out of repainting your home's exterior and work toward transforming a drab exterior into a fabulous one. 3. Failing to Replace Outdated Light Fixtures You know the light in your driveway that constantly flickers at night? Well, now may be a great time to replace it, especially if you're a home seller who wants to boost his or her house's curb appeal. Outdated light fixtures will do more harm than good for your home's curb appeal. But if you install new light fixtures, you'll be better equipped to enhance your home's curb appeal at night. As a home seller, you'll want to ensure homebuyers can view the beauty of your residence during the day and evening. Meanwhile, installing new light fixtures enables you to brighten up your home's exterior and improve your house's chances of making a great first impression on homebuyers. Curb appeal represents an important factor for home sellers, and if you ever feel unsure about how to improve your house's curb appeal, hiring a real estate agent usually is a wonderful idea. A real estate agent possesses industry experience and know-how and can help you explore innovative ways to improve your home's curb appeal. And ultimately, this professional can empower you with the insights and resources you need to accelerate the home selling process. Enhance your residence's curb appeal, and you may be able to reap the benefits of a fast home sale.





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 4/25/2017

Looking to add your home to the real estate market in the near future? Home interior improvements are a must, especially if you want your residence to stand out from the competition.

Believe it or not, your bathroom can serve as a key differentiator for your home. With a neat, tidy bathroom, you may be able boost your home's appeal to potential homebuyers. On the other hand, a messy bathroom is unlikely to do you any favors in a fierce housing market.

If you spend some time cleaning your house's bathroom from top to bottom, you could increase your chances of a quick home sale. Lucky for you, we're here to provide simple, effective bathroom cleaning tips so you can enhance your house's bathroom.

Here are three bathroom cleaning tips that every home seller needs to know.

1. Use an All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner on the Sink

Dirt and grime may form in your bathroom sink over an extended period of time. Thankfully, an all-purpose bathroom cleaner will make it easy for you to eliminate residue from your bathroom sink.

An all-purpose bathroom cleaner is a great option to remove light soil and film from a bathroom sink. And if you need extra help, you can always use an abrasive or soft-scrub cleaner as well.

2. Scrub the Shower and Bathtub

When was the last time you cleaned your shower and bathtub? If it's been several years, then there's no time like the present to scrub down every inch of your shower and bathtub and give them a fresh look and feel.

Abrasive scrubbing pads are ideal to remove bathroom rings or deposits on shower floors. Also, tile brushes will enable you to scrub tile grout and clean cracks and corners as needed.

3. Spend Some Time Cleaning the Toilet

Let's face it – no one likes cleaning the toilet. However, a home seller will need to spend some time cleaning the toilet to ensure a home's bathroom stands out for all the right reasons.

Toilet bowl cleaner dissolves deposits and kills germs, and as such, can help you speed up the process of cleaning a toilet. Plus, you can use a toilet bowl cleaner in conjunction with a strong, durable toilet bowl brush to eliminate all deposits with ease.

Lastly, don't forget to use a disinfecting spray cleaner on the toilet rims, seat, lid, tank and bowl exterior. Wipe down these areas, and you'll be able to enhance your toilet's overall appearance.

If you're unsure about how to improve your bathroom, be sure to consult with a real estate agent before you list your home. This real estate professional is happy to provide home selling tips and ensure you can revamp your house's interior and exterior.

A real estate agent can serve as an expert guide to the home selling process and will offer tips along each stage of the home selling journey. Therefore, if you work with a real estate agent, you should have no trouble maximizing the value of your house.