You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and trends to community events. Please reach out if you have any questions; we would like to talk with you!

 

Feb. 7, 2023

Market Update January 2023

Posted in Market Updates
Feb. 3, 2023

Appliance Maintenance and Replacement

Jan. 22, 2023

7 Tips for Keeping Your Home Organized

7 Tips for Keeping Your Home Organized All Year Long

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and master the art of organization this year, use the 7 tips outlined below! These tips will help you form sustainable cleaning habits that will keep your home sparkling throughout the next 12 months and beyond. 

1. Start Small – Don’t just dive right into decluttering and reorganizing your spaces. Instead, ease into your cleaning resolution by tackling smaller chores like cleaning out a wallet or purse. Starting small can help you prevent cleaning burnout and create lasting habits. 

2. Spend 15 Minutes Tidying Every Night — Before you go to bed each night, make a point to quickly tidy each room. Put away clothes, pick up trash, and put dishes in the dishwasher. While it sounds small, just 15 minutes of cleaning can have a huge impact on your home!

3. Use the “One In, One Out” Rule — Make sure you aren’t cluttering your home with things you no longer need. For every new item you add to your space, get rid of something similar. For example, if you recently bought some new shoes, consider donating an old pair.

4. Actually Throw Away Your Trash — While it sounds obvious, you’d be surprised to learn how much of your clutter is actually stuff meant for the trash bin! Shopping bags, gift boxes, tags, and other small items can pile up so be sure to toss them or recycle them as soon as you can. 

5. Create a Home for Everything — It’s easy to allow new items to sit in your entryway, on your kitchen counter, or in front of your closet. Help avoid this unnecessary buildup of clutter by ensuring each new item you bring into your home has a space where it permanently lives. If you can’t find a home for these items, it may be time to consider getting rid of something! 

6. Keep Cleaning Supplies Close to Where You Use Them — Make cleaning easier on yourself by storing cleaning supplies in their proper spaces! For example, keep some bathroom cleaner, a microfiber cloth, and toilet brush right in your bathroom so you can easily grab them and wipe down the room in just a few minutes. 

7. Set Up a Cleaning Schedule — One of the best ways to ensure you create long-lasting cleaning habits is by setting up a cleaning routine! You can even add your routine to your physical or digital calendar, so you don’t forget what you’re supposed to be tidying each day. 

Posted in Home Organization
Jan. 13, 2023

Prepare Your Home to Sell in 2023

How to Prepare Your Home to Sell in 2023

If you’re considering selling your home this year, now is a great time to start preparing! The quiet of January gives you the opportunity to start tackling your selling to-do list, plan for any big remodeling projects, and make a lasting impression on buyers once you finally list.  Not sure where to start? Here are 10 helpful tips to help you prepare your home to list in 2023:

1. Call the Pikes Peak Home Team and we'll help you make a listing plan including prioritizing your "To Do" list

2. Organize your paperwork and finances

3. Take inventory of any necessary home repairs

4. Schedule home maintenance

5. Make a plan to boost your curb appeal once the weather warms

6. Start decluttering your spaces

7. Deep clean your home or consider hiring a professional

8. Take advantage of January home décor sales for staging your home

9. Depersonalize each room, removing photo frames and posters or artwork

10. Rearrange furniture to make rooms appear as large as possible

Jan. 9, 2023

Market Update December 2022

Posted in Market Updates
Jan. 1, 2023

Community Resource List

Looking for information about a particular neighborhood? Here are some great resources:

Community:

- http://www.peakradar.com/

- Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

- www.coloradospringsrelo.com/cs

 Crime:

- https://spotcrime.com/co/colorado+springs

- El Paso County Sheriff's Website: https://shr.elpasoco.com/

- Sex Offender Registry: https://www.epcsheriffsoffice.com/services/sex-offenders-search

Search calls to CSPD, sex offender info, sexually violent predator, meth lab property info:

 

https://coloradosprings.gov/police-department/page/your-neighborhood?mlid=5001

Other Helpful Websites:

- http://www.homefacts.com/

- El Paso County Assessor Tax and Property Info: land.elpasoco.com/

- School ranking, programs & location: www.coloradoschoolgrades.com

- Mining Subsidence: http://mining.state.co.us/Programs/Abandoned/MineSubsidence

- Mudslide Areas: http://www.americangeosciences.org/sites/default/files/Environment-colorado1.pdf

- EPA - Radon : https://www.epa.gov/radon

It's a great way to become knowledgeable about areas in which you live.

 

Posted in Community News
Dec. 15, 2022

Why Should I Use an Agent to Purchase a Home from a Builder?

The advantages of having me help you purchase a new home are the same as those for purchasing a resale home. I can provide you with valuable insight into the new construction industry, help you find the perfect home or home builder more quickly, negotiate the price and terms based on the quality and amenities of the property.

The builder has a professional real estate representative who watches out for his or her best interests, and you need and deserve the same expert representation watching out for yours. Buying a new home is a little more difficult and time-consuming than buying a resale home. I can guide you through this process. Having spent years working with builders, RE/MAX Properties, Inc. has a rapport with local builders.

It is very important that your interests be professionally represented when you are entering into a contract for a semi-custom or a build-to suit home. These transactions are complex and the contract details must be exactly in order to protect you and to ensure that you get exactly the home you want!

MAKE SURE THE BUILDER KNOWS YOU ARE WORKING WITH A REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

Many builders will require that you give up your right to representation if you visit their model homes without an agent on the first visit. Therefore, please call me if you would like to look at some model homes, so you are given the representation you deserve! The builder will pay the buyer’s agent’s fee just like the seller pays in other real estate transactions.

If you happen to be out driving and see a model home that you want to check out, give them a copy of my business card and fill out their “registration” form with your name and mine. Call me right away and tell me if their homes interest you so we can discuss the benefits of that particular builder and community.

Dec. 8, 2022

Market Update November 2022

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 3, 2022

Proper Snow Shoveling Tips

Nov. 20, 2022

Why Switch to LED Lighting?

Posted in Conservation