Real Estate Tips

Fall Property Maintenance

As we approach the changing season, you should consider preparing and protecting your home from the harsh weather that could possibly do damage to the overall life of the structure.
Maintaining your home with these simple tips will not only extend the life of the different systems but also extend the life the infrastructure. Whether you hire a contractor, or whether you do it yourself, conducting these  seasonal maintenance tips is really important.  

Start by checking the roof. Clean out gutters and make sure there is no debris lying around. Check for leaks and other damage with the shingles or around the chimney for any possible repairs. Having your chimney cleaned is also a wise choice. Also, make sure water is draining away from the home and that moisture is not doing damage to the interior. Secondly, make sure all plumbing is working properly. Check around toilets and under sinks that there are no leaks and also check faucets for dripping water. Higher water bills can be a sign that there is water leaking somewhere. Thirdly, the heating/cooling system is also important to have serviced yearly. Having the HVAC system flushed out maintains the system from clogging and causing serious problems. Next, exam all electrical outlets for anything that may be loose or dangerous, caulk around all doors and windows to save on heating and cooling bills, insulate any pipes to prevent freezing, check smoke detectors, and finally, make sure you have a fire extinguisher.  

These important tips for fall maintenance can extend the life of your home and its prevailing systems  and can prevent damage and prevent higher water or electrical bills. Plumbing, heating,
electrical, and the outside structure of your home can be well maintained either by a professional
or by yourself. Investing a little time and money into the home also protects the value of it. Any home maintenance extends the life of the systems and brings a return on your investment. For further information on home maintenance or to schedule an appointment to list your home contact one of our agents at Miller and Associates and we would be glad to assist you in your needs. Preparing your home is important in the  sale process.  


Before that Condo Purchase...

So you’ve decided to purchase a condo and you are ready to take that next step.  Before you make that decision then about where to place your investment dig a little deeper by following these few simple steps so that you know that your venture is the most profitable, the most adventitious, and the most beneficial one you make.  Ask one of our agents at Miller and Associates to set up an appointment to see several different complexes that interest you and then once you’ve decided on a location let us help you research the HOA, the rules, and the outlying development.  

First off, find out how much are the HOA fees and what does it include?  Does it include any utilities, are pets allowed, are their restrictions on rentals, and what about renovations?

Next, find out about the master insurance policy and what does this include?  What is the coverage amount should any damages arise?  Don’t forget about the owners own HO-6 policy for interior coverage.  

Are there any lawsuits pending?  This can determine if there is any trouble going on between owners, the developer, or the association.  

What is the associations budget and are they delinquent on their dues?  What are the capital reserves?  Problems with delinquency and capital reserves can signal financial troubles.

Are there any pending special assessments?  Special assessments for capital improvements can run into the thousands of dollars and are an extra expense you should be aware of.  

Finally, What is the ratio of owners versus renters in the development?  How quiet, loud, or noisy is the complex and is there lots of turn over traffic.  

Answering these simple questions is imperative before you make the next move.  You will want to have the peace of mind that what you choose will be the perfect match that is the most suitable for your needs.  Ask one of our knowledgeable agents to assist you to find the answers to these questions.  Then you can go ahead with the purchase of your new property!


Staging Your Home

Staging Your Home

Now that you have decided to sell your home it is best then to consider ‘staging’ it so that it looks its finest.  In order to receive the highest possible price, consider transforming your space using some easy expert tips that costs little to nothing at all.

The main focus of staging your house is so the prospective buyer can ‘imagine living in the home’. First impressions count.  Start with decluttering and depersonalizing each room. Start packing your items in boxes and remove excessive photos, toys, and other personal items that distract the tentative buyer when viewing the home. Neatly stack the packed boxes in a corner in the garage. Also, remove items from the kitchen and bathroom countertops to make the areas look neat and clean.

Additionally, new paint in rooms that most need it is something to also consider.  Neutral colors work best.  Touch up other areas that need it the most.  

Clean, clean, clean.  The fresher and cleaner the home the better staged it is.  Consider hiring a professional company to do a deep clean which covers everything from curtains to blinds, and from wall to wall.  

View model homes to know how best to rearrange furniture.  Professional builders stage their model homes to best suit the buyers eye.  Tour one of these or take a virtual tour online to get the best layout design.

Finally, do not forget about the exterior of the home.  Pressure wash, mow the lawn, cut back the shrubs, and possibly mulch for that neat and clean look.  The neater the exterior the better!

Staging your home for the best possible price for what you have to offer is a good idea when listing your property.  Contact Miller and Associates for more tips on staging or to have an agent come do a walk-through with you so that we may start the process to list your home!