Posted by David Noyes on 3/19/2019

A homebuyer must stay focused throughout the property buying journey. Otherwise, a buyer risks missing out on an opportunity to acquire the right house at the right price.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you stay on course during the homebuying journey.

1. Craft a Homebuying Strategy

Creating a homebuying strategy enables you to outline the steps that you'll need to take to make your homeownership dream come true. Plus, with a homebuying plan in place, you'll be better equipped than ever before to streamline your house search.

Think about where you want to live and what you want to find in your ideal residence. Then, you can make a checklist of home must-haves and wants. And once you develop this list, you can enter the housing market with a plan in hand.

2. Get Pre-Approved for Home Financing

Home financing plays an important role in a buyer's ability to acquire a residence. If you ignore home financing as you move along the homebuying journey, you may struggle to get the finances you need to purchase your dream house.

Oftentimes, it helps to get pre-approved for a mortgage so you won't have to worry about home financing as you move along the property buying journey. To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you should meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. That way, you can learn about all of your mortgage options and select a mortgage that matches your finances.

As you review your mortgage options, don't hesitate to ask questions. Banks and credit unions employ home financing specialists who can remove the guesswork commonly associated with getting a mortgage. These specialists are happy to respond to your mortgage concerns and questions and ensure that you can make an informed home financing decision.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to staying focused during the homebuying journey, it generally is a good idea to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can offer plenty of assistance throughout the property buying journey. And by doing so, a real estate agent will ensure that you can seamlessly navigate the property buying journey and achieve your desired results faster than ever before.

A real estate agent understands the challenges that buyers frequently encounter when they pursue houses and can help you plan accordingly. Furthermore, a real estate agent will guide you along each stage of the homebuying journey and do everything possible to help you avoid potential pitfalls.

Also, a real estate agent provides comprehensive support as you get ready to finalize a house purchase. He or she will help you get ready for a home inspection, appraisal or closing and ensure that you can purchase your ideal house at a budget-friendly price.

Don't lose focus as you pursue your dream residence. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you can stay on course and accomplish your homebuying goals.




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Posted by David Noyes on 3/12/2019

Sheen, in the paint world, is the level of gloss or shine in the paint product. The more gloss paint has, the shinier it is and the more washable the surface. So, different sheens work better in some regions of your home. Finding the right shine depends on your project and location.

Types of sheen

  • Flat, also called matte, glosses work best in lower-traffic areas where walls are less likely to gather fingerprints, smudges or scrapes. Matte has almost no shine and works best on bigger walls such as living rooms, master and guest bedrooms, and formal dining rooms. Because it does not reflect as much light, a flat finish may hide minor imperfections and repairs.
  • Ceiling flat is a paint specially designed to paint ceilings. These paints have a flat finish but are more splatter-resistant and work well to hide imperfections in the ceiling. Some ceiling paints also have a temporary colorant (often purple or pink) to help you see any missed areas as you paint the ceiling. As the paint dries, the color disappears, leaving behind a smooth white surface.
  • Eggshell, sometimes called kidsí room paints, have slightly more sheen than flat paints which makes them more washable. Such paint finishes hold up to a bit of scrubbing and work well in childrenís rooms, family rooms, and entryways and other areas where touching walls is more likely.
  • Satin finishes are another step up the sheen ladder. While not as shiny as a semi-gloss or gloss, satin finishes are easy to clean and can be an excellent choice for nearly any room where easy clean up is a necessity.
  • Semi-gloss paints are very durable. Often used in moist areas such as bathrooms, semi-gloss wipes down very quickly with a simple sponge or cloth. Walls painted with semi-gloss paint repel water, so walls above the shower stall, for instance, are less prone to mold or mildew. Semi-gloss paints also work well in laundry rooms where you can just dust off the dryer lint without damaging or marring the paint. Semi-gloss also works well for trim along doors and windows, giving that extra light-reflections combined with easy care.
  • High-gloss paints create an especially reflective surface and work nicely on doors, cabinets, shelving, and any area subject to constant use. It is the easiest sheen to clean, gives a beautiful shine, and when properly prepared and applied, lasts a long time.

If youíre unsure which sheen is best for your paint project, chat with a specialist at your local professional paint store. There, youíll get advice and the proper tools to complete your project and clean up afterward.




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Posted by David Noyes on 3/5/2019

While there are plenty of weekend projects to take on that would be more satisfying to complete than ďage-proofingĒ your home taking the time to make these upgrades will make your home more accessible. Both to older family members visiting and even for your future self. These small changes will make a big difference and you might just find them helpful for your life now!   

Replace doorknobs with handles. Itís easy to take what, to us, feels like the simplest of actions for granted. The twisting action of a doorknob can be difficult and even painful for arthritic hands. This is a quick project and one that can add a fresh new look to the doors in your home. IF youíre looking to switch things up or modernize your home opt for a different, more modern finish for your hardware. Bronze and satin finishes are very popular choices.   

Turn a first-floor office into a guest bedroom. And move the office upstairs. Stairs can be an issue for those with limited mobility. Be proactive now by establishing a first-floor bedroom that can be easily accessed by older guests staying the night and by you down the line. Having a bedroom on the first floor can save you the cost of installing a chair lift down the line if stairs become a serious obstacle.

Install a hand held shower head. This is a shower feature that really is useful for the whole household, even the dog. But choosing a model with a sliding tube and optional side mount for the handle makes for an easier experience for those with limited mobility. It allows the ability for the shower head to be reached when sitting and also to be placed within arm's reach without having to stretch overhead.

Railings along stairs, ideally on both sides. When mobility and balance are an issue stairs can become dangerous. If your staircases donít already have railings installed this is an ideal feature to add. Make note of the dimensions of each of your sets of stairs and research what sort of style would best fit that area of your home. This is a project that adds an element that is seamless to a home and doesnít stand out. In fact, you may find guests of all ages will appreciate this addition.    

Less furniture in each room. Keeping less furniture in a room makes it easier to navigate a room and ideally fit mobility aids like wheelchairs and walkers. It also can bring new life to a room as well as make it feel more open and spacious. Keep only the most necessary elements to a room and take out shelves or bulky furniture designed to hold and/or hide knick-knacks. Make each element in the room really count. Youíll have a much more chic, magazine-esque room on your hands when you're finished.?





Posted by David Noyes on 2/26/2019

Your kitchen floor is what makes a statement in your home. The floor of the kitchen sets the design tone for the entire room. The choices for your kitchen floor are seemingly endless with tile to hardwood to everything in between. While the kitchen floor may not be on the top of the list during your kitchen remodel, it should be. These floors take quite a beating due to food being dropped, entertaining, foot traffic, and just overall frequent use. The flooring of the kitchen will help to pull the look of a room together and help to add value to your home. The floors should help accent the counters, appliances, and cabinets. Here, weíll take a look at some of the most common kitchen flooring materials with some advice on how to choose whatís right for you

   


Stone Or Tile


These choices are perfect especially if your kitchen is a heavily traveled area. Letís face it, most kitchens are where people come in and out, looking for food! Your decision will depend on where your kitchen is to the relationships of the main entrance to your home. 


Cork


This is a durable material thatís quite versatile and available in a variety of colors to suit your style. The great thing about cork is that it is water-resistant and it reduces noise from impact. This could be a great choice if you have children who love to run around and you also have a need for a quiet space upstairs. 


Wood Floors


Wood is to kitchen flooring what granite is to kitchen countertops. Wood just makes a kitchen feel classy. Itís great under your feet and durable at the same time. Wood can withstand heavy traffic, water stains, food spills, and more. You can even go for a less expensive alternative that gives the same look and benefits of wood for less.


Vinyl Flooring


If youíre on a budget, vinyl kitchen flooring is the way to go. these floors offer a variety of styles and color choices. The material can be purchased either in tile or sheet form.


Laying Down The Flooring


One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is not hiring professional help when needed to install things in the home. This applies to flooring as well. If you donít feel comfortable laying down tile, or whatever type of flooring you choose, call the people who know how to do it best. Improperly installed flooring can lead to bumps, cracks, and the need for yet another new floor much sooner. It could be worth the extra investment to hire professional help to install your new kitchen floor.





Posted by David Noyes on 2/19/2019

A homebuyer is an interesting person, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

Each homebuyer is different, yet every property buyer shares a common goal: to acquire a top-notch house at a budget-friendly price. Furthermore, how a homebuyer approaches the property buying journey may dictate how long it takes this individual to accomplish his or her ultimate goal.

So what does it take for a homebuyer to become a homeowner? To find out, let's analyze the homebuyer's perspective and consider three steps that a homebuyer can take to speed up the property buying journey.

1. Know What You Want to Find in Your Dream Residence

No two homebuyers have the same definition of a "dream" residence. As such, it is up to you to define the criteria for your home search, and doing so may help you accelerate the homebuying cycle.

Differentiate between "must-haves" and "wants" before you kick off your home search Ė you'll be glad you did.

"Must-haves" refer to things that you absolutely need from your dream home. Some of the most common must-have home features include a fenced-in backyard or multiple bedrooms.

On the other hand, "wants" are things that you would like to have but can live without. These may include an indoor swimming pool, a spacious basement or other non-essentials.

After you define your dream home must-haves and wants, you can narrow your search for the ideal house. Then, you can move one step closer to transforming your homeownership dream into a reality.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Let's face it Ė every homebuyer wants to acquire an excellent residence, but no one wants to break their budget to purchase a house. Thankfully, you can meet with a variety of banks and credit unions to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you embark on your quest for the ideal house.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can be fast and simple. Meet with several lenders, and you can explore all of the mortgage options at your disposal.

Also, don't forget to ask questions about different types of mortgages. This will allow you to become a mortgage expert and select a mortgage that matches your finances perfectly.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

As a homebuyer, entering the real estate market can be overwhelming. But with a real estate agent at your side, you can get the support you need to secure a first-rate house at an affordable price, regardless of the current housing market's conditions.

A real estate agent is a housing market professional who will go above and beyond the duty to serve you in any way possible. He or she will set up home showings, keep you up to date about new residences as they become available and negotiate with home sellers on your behalf. Plus, if you ever have homebuying concerns and questions, a real estate agent will be happy to respond to them at any time.

Ready to acquire your dream residence? Now that you understand the homebuyer's perspective, you can take the guesswork out of finding and buying a residence that matches or exceeds your expectations.




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