Top 3 Home Improvement Upgrades to Increase Property Value

If you’re planning on selling your home, you want to get as much money as possible from the deal. Making a few key home improvement upgrades can significantly boost your home’s value and help it sell faster. What enhancements can you make that will bring the most value? Here are the top upgrades you may want to invest in before putting your home on the real estate market. Landscaping Your property’s curb appeal is the first thing that affects potential buyers’ perceptions of your home. [...]

June 30th, 2020|

What to Consider When Buying a Fixer Upper

Buying a home that needs some work can be a savvy move to help you save money. If you don’t have experience flipping houses, you’ll need to be careful not to go over your budget with repairs. There are things you should keep in mind to decide if the house you’re considering will be worth the time, money, and effort you’ll need to invest. Here are factors you should consider when buying a fixer-upper. Location Picking the right location for buying a fixer-upper can create [...]

June 25th, 2020|

Buying a House Sight Unseen? Avoid These 8 Mistakes

From grocery shopping to home buying, it seems like almost everything can be done completely online now. The idea of buying a house without seeing it is less daunting these days with all the new technologies and ways to buy a home virtually, and it’s becoming more common. In fact, 20% of homebuyers recently made an offer sight unseen, meaning they made an offer on a home without ever seeing it in person.  Maybe you’re currently living in a condo in Chicago, but have to [...]

May 5th, 2020|

Relocating After the Loss of a Loved One: Saying ‘Yes” to Your Future

Losing a loved one is at the top of the most stressful events you’ll ever experience, according to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory. Moving to a new home is another stressor, but some find it to be a constructive way to move toward healing. While there is no escaping from the grieving process, moving can offer a sense of renewal along the way.   Below are some of the benefits of moving, along with tips to manage the actual move itself.   Moving On   An [...]

April 23rd, 2019|

HVAC Tips for Homeowners: How to Make Repairs and Troubleshoot

HVAC systems can be difficult to understand for the average homeowner; even if you’re relatively handy, it can be overwhelming to deal with repairs and maintenance on a system that has so many complicated parts. Yet, it’s important to know what to do when your unit requires service, as in the dead of summer it can be very hard to get a professional out to take a look without a long wait. In some cases, there are simple things you can do to troubleshoot and [...]

April 12th, 2019|

Why Winter Is a Great Time to Sell Your Home

Photo by Nathan Wolfe on Unsplash Everybody knows spring is the best time to sell a house. Or is it? Here in the Upper-Midwest, it might be easy to believe buyers aren’t as interested in trudging through snow and ice so they can look at homes. According to the National Asociation of Realtors, for the past three winters, existing home sales during November and December increased by an average of 4.5%. Here are a few reasons why winter might be a great time to put [...]

December 6th, 2018|
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