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July 1, 2022

Yard Care Tips

Mowing the Lawn

Whether it’s the scent of freshly mowed grass, space for your dog to run around, or preparing a home-grilled meal for friends, there’s no doubt that the outdoors is one of the biggest advantages of owning a home. As an added bonus, taking good care of your yard can also help improve your home’s value over time.

Curb appeal can play an important role in determining the value of your home and lush green grass can often make a positive first impression! Whether you’re new to homeownership or you've owned your home for many years, make sure you’re doing your best to care for your home’s exterior. Below are a few quick and easy tips for maintaining your yard. 

Mow and Water Your Yard Frequently

During the summer, your lawn should be mowed about once a week and should get an inch to an inch and a half of water during the same period. If you don’t want to invest in an automatic irrigation system, you can purchase an inexpensive programmable hose timer to help you monitor your watering schedule. Just be sure to check your local laws and be mindful of potential local watering restrictions. 

If you’re worried about not being able to set aside time to maintain your yard, consider hiring a professional lawn care service. They will be able to care for your lawn or even install convenient landscaping options like xeriscaping or low-maintenance turf. 

Fertilize and Aerate Your Lawn Seasonally 

Aerating allows your grass and plants to stay healthy by making room in the soil for nutrients and water. Some cities may require you to remove noxious or non-native weeds. In most cases, you can use weed-killer to remove unwanted plants in your yard — just be careful since some herbicides can be dangerous to other plants as well as humans and animals.

Remove Debris from Your Yard

Leaves and other yard waste can hurt the grass underneath if left unattended. Trim and prune overgrown trees and shrubs to promote new growth, and add fresh mulch to areas that need it. Edging the lawn along your sidewalks and curbs is an effective way to add a professional appearance to your lawn. 

Care for Tools and Equipment

You want to make sure all of your tools are properly cared for, especially your lawnmower. Mower blades should be sharpened at the beginning of each season to keep your lawn healthy and to prevent grass from being damaged or cut inconsistently. You should also check the height setting on your lawnmower to make sure it's not set too low, which could dull your blades or damage your grass. And last but not least, always remember to use safety equipment while you work on your lawn, including ear plugs, safety glasses, long sleeve shirts, long pants, close-toed shoes, gloves and sunscreen.

Hopefully these tips will help you achieve a well-maintained yard that you can enjoy with family, friends and neighbors. As always, if you have questions on your home or the current real estate market, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are  happy to assist! 

 

June 25, 2022

Ways to Maximize Your Home's Storage

Ways to Maximize Your Home's Storage

Shoe Storage

As you get settled into your new home or reorganize a home you’ve lived in for years, you may find yourself searching for additional storage. There are several ways to maximize storage in your home, whether that means buying creative furniture or renovating to add shelving, cabinets or drawers.

Declutter Each Room

First and foremost, you can often solve a few storage issues simply by decluttering your home. Go through cabinets, drawers and closets to determine what you need — and donate or sell the rest!

Incorporate Shoe Organizers

Avoid shoes piling up on your closet floor by adding a shoe organizer on the back of your door or a shoe rack to neatly display your shoes. Organize by style to make the collection look more cohesive. Or find a creative way to build shelving for your shoes in a small nook around your home!

Install Toe-Kick Storage

If you are struggling with storage in the kitchen, you might consider installing toe-kick drawers under the base of your cabinets. These can hold thin items like cutting boards, baking pans, user manuals and more.

Consider Floor-to-Ceiling Storage

Bookshelves or shelving that does not extend to the ceiling does not use all available wall space. Consider buying a bookshelf or installing more shelving that goes from the floor all the way to the ceiling to maximize the space — and make the room look taller! Or, for a more affordable option, consider getting baskets that can be filled and placed along the top of cabinets and shelving.

Store Items Under the Bed

The space under your bed is prime real estate for additional storage. This is a great place to store extra bedding, sheets and pillows, or even seasonal decor, luggage or other seldom-used items.

Invest in Multifunctional Furniture

Purchase creative pieces of furniture to add storage in unexpected places — including the living room! Search for ottomans, benches, coffee tables and beds with secret storage compartments.

We hope this helps you maximize every square inch of your home!

Posted in Home Organization
June 9, 2022

Market Update May 2022

Posted in Market Updates
June 5, 2022

8 Home Improvement Projects You Can Tackle in a Weekend

 

8 Home Improvement Projects You Can Tackle in a Weekend

Summer is the perfect time to tackle a few of those projects you’ve been putting off for months! From tidying up your exterior to cleaning those neglected spaces, here are eight tasks you can tackle in just a few days this season.

Pressure Wash Your Home — After months of snow, rain, and other weather phenomena, your home is bound to need a little TLC. Give it a good scrub down by power washing the siding, driveway, and deck. You can hire professionals to take care of it for you, or you can easily rent a power washer from your local hardware store. 

Re-stain Your Deck — Get your backyard ready for those summer barbecues by adding a new coat of stain to your deck. The stain will help you protect the exterior wood from the elements and hide any evidence of past grime. 

Build a Shed — If your garage is overflowing with toys and outdoor equipment, it may be time for a new storage solution. You can find plenty of free storage shed building plans online or head to your local hardwood store for a pre-built option. 

Clean Your Gutters — While the summer is full of beautiful, sunny days, it can also be wrought with intense rainstorms. Use the warm, clear weekends to ensure your gutters are clear and in prime condition to help avoid any future water damage.

Spruce Up Your Landscaping — Of all the summer home improvement projects you can DIY, landscaping is the most popular. There are so many things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal from adding a new garden or flower bed to adding a few new hardy shrubs here and there. Visit Pinterest for some inspiration or take a drive around your neighborhood to see how your neighbors have taken advantage of the local foliage. 

Replace Your Air Filters — Making sure to clean or replace your air filters is imperative during the summer months. Dirty filters can cause allergies by circulating dust, mold, and other allergens around your home. They can also inhibit your A/C units from functioning properly, causing your electricity bill to potentially rise. 

Paint Your Front Door & Shutters — Putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door and shutters can help make your home instantly warmer and more inviting! 

 

Upgrade Your Ceiling Fans — The summer is a great time to ditch your old ceiling fans and invest in new, high-quality fixtures. Not only can this help make your home more energy efficient, but it can also improve the overall air circulation within the house.

 

 

 

June 1, 2022

How to Prepare Your Home for Showings

How to Prepare Your Home for Showings

Sellers, you never get a second chance to make a first impression so please follow these suggestions to get your home ready to show. The perfect buyers for your home could be coming at any time, so your home needs to be ready at all times. 

THE 3 C’S OF GETTING READY TO SHOW YOUR HOME

Clean   Spotless kitchen, baths, patios and decks.

Clutter free   No personal items. Model home look.

Color   Warm rooms with color accents.

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What to Do When You Have a Showing

You can have as much or little notice as you require for showings, but keep in mind that you want to sell your home and it is best if you can be ready within an hour or so for an agent to show your house. Showings are scheduled during the week AND on the weekends.

It is ideal to have you gone when the prospective buyer arrives. They are more likely to stay a while and imagine their new life in the house if you are not there. Give them space to make the buying decision.

If you have pets, please crate them or take them with you as not everyone is comfortable with pets.

Put away any personal items you had out including laundry, dishes and even your toothbrush. You want this buyer to feel like a buyer, not an intruder.

If you are available to turn on all the lights before a showing, please do. It adds to the nice atmosphere.

If you have any special considerations, let me know. I will inform our staff of the special instructions for showing your home. If they change, please tell me and I will update our staff.

May 25, 2022

Tips for sprucing up your landscaping

Putting your home on the market this spring or just looking to give your yard a fresh look this spring and summer? Consider sprucing up your landscaping, lawn and outdoor areas. Administering a little TLC can go a long way and may even help increase the value of your home.

Grab a shovel and some gardening gloves and complete one (or several) of these simple landscaping projects to get your home in tip-top shape!

Plant Bright + Cheery Flowers

Add an instant dose of color to your landscape by planting some bright and cheerful flowers to your garden, particularly in the front of the home. Include a combination of larger blooms with dainty flowers to add variety. 

Add Mulch

Spread mulch around your plants for an instant boost. Mulch adds a clean, finished look to your yard, keeps weeds from growing, and helps to hydrate your plants. A fresh layer of dark mulch adds contrast to bright and colorful plants and flowers. Plus, mulch is relatively inexpensive!

Spruce Up Small Pots + Containers

Add a little interest and beauty to the spaces where potential buyers will be entering and exiting the house, such as the front door or back entrance. Frame the doorway with beautiful planters filled with tropical greenery or colorful flowers.

Shape/Trim Trees + Shrubs

Take some clippers to overgrown bushes, trees and shrubs. This simple grooming shows that the property is well-maintained, both inside and out. Keep in mind that it is okay to prune deciduous trees and shrubs any time of the year.

Plant a Tree

Adding a small tree to the yard can provide immense value for someone down the line. Although it may not provide shade at the moment, it will grow tall and is a beautiful addition to your landscape.

Power Wash

Power washing is a simple yet effective way to spruce up your outdoor space. Rent or buy a power washer to clean off paved walkways, the driveway, patios, decks, outdoor furniture, and even brick and vinyl siding.

Install Outdoor Lighting

Showcase your beautiful landscaping work with some outdoor lighting. Consider installing path lights, spotlights, floodlights, deck lights, well lights, or string lights to illuminate your property at night.

Put Your Best Foot Forward!

 

Curb appeal can make a big impact and can help showcase your personal style. By spending a little time and energy in the yard in the spring, you can enjoy a beautiful yard all summer long!

May 19, 2022

Colorado Fire Prevention Order Updated May 16, 2022

 

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May 6, 2022

Market Update April 2022

Posted in Market Updates
May 1, 2022

Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Home Exterior with Plants

You know what they say! First impressions are everything. Whether you are putting your house on the market in the near future or you simply want to spruce up the exterior for your personal enjoyment, it is wise to upgrade your home’s curb appeal. Here are a few easy ways to boost curb appeal!

Plant Some Flowers or Shrubs 

This is an obvious but effective way to improve your home’s curb appeal. Add vibrant flowers to planters or window boxes for an easy pop of color. Or consider creating a more complex garden with greenery and flowers, adding mulch to create contrast.

Maintain Your Lawn

Keep your lawn in pristine shape to improve the overall look of your property. Keep it mowed, fertilized, and free of leaves and weeds. Use a lawn edger to maintain clean lines.

Paint Your Front Door

Change things up without having to paint your entire exterior. Instead, paint your front door a bold hue for added interest.

Install Outdoor Lighting

Illuminate your garden, walkways, trees and the front of your house with some outdoor lighting. This ensures visitors can always admire the yard — even after the sun sets!

Add Some Decor or Furniture to Your Porch

If your house has a spacious porch, create a relaxing and inviting place to sit and unwind with some outdoor furniture and decor.

Swap Out Hardware or House Numbers

Switch out your house numbers to match the style of your home. Or upgrade the door latch, mailbox and other small details surrounding your home’s entrance.

Power Wash Surfaces

Power wash your driveway, walkway, siding and porch to remove all grime and dirt.

Create a Stone Pathway or Wall

Consider adding a stone pathway to make your home look more put together and inviting. Or build a stone wall to create a clear border around your garden and give it an overall clean look.

Enjoy the process of boosting your home’s curb appeal — and take time to admire your hard work. We hope it is love at first sight!

April 20, 2022

5 Factors that Affect Your Credit Score

FICO® credit scores range between 300 and 850, with scores above 640 considered to be the minimum for obtaining most mortgages. The following factors affect your score:


1. Your payment history. 

Did you pay your credit card obligations on time? If you paid late, then how late? Bankruptcy filing, liens, and collection activity also impact your history. 

 

2. How much you owe.  

If you owe a great deal of money on numerous accounts, it can indicate that you are overextended. However, it’s a good thing if you have a good proportion of balances to total credit limits. 


3. The length of your credit history. 

In general, the longer you have had accounts opened, the better. The average consumer's oldest obligation is 14 years old, indicating that he or she has been managing credit for some time, according to Fair Isaac Corp.  You may want to think twice before closing accounts you’ve had for a long time.

 

4. How much new credit you have. 

New credit, either installment payments or new credit cards, are considered more risky, even if you pay them promptly. 


5. The types of credit you use. 

Generally, it’s desirable to have more than one type of credit — installment loans, credit cards, and a mortgage, for example.

For more on evaluating and understanding your FICO credit score, visit www.MyFICO.com as well as speak to a professional lender.

 

It is not advisable to contact creditors or collection agencies without first consulting with a professional lender who can guide you through the process.  To obtain your free credit report allowed from each bureau each year, go to www.AnnualCreditReport.com.  The three different credit bureaus and their contact information are listed below.

 

Equifax – www.equifax.com -1-877-322-8228

Experian- www.experian.com – 1-888-397-3742

 

TransUnion – www.transunion.com – 1-800-493-2392

 

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