Christine Lindemer's Blog
When you plan to stay in your new home for years to come, you can buy just for yourself and ignore things that would otherwise make reselling the property difficult. However, if you know this home will be back on the market in a few years, you need to check different boxes on that list. Do you know you'll have to move on a tight schedule for work? That makes minding the view even more important.
A Room with a View (that you hate)
Not all homesites have the future view in mind and even those that do risk ruin by city planners adding new infrastructure to your area or new businesses opening. Here's what to avoid:
- Railroad Tracks: Number one on many buyers "do not want" list, railroad tracks can be a huge barrier to a quick sale. Any train tracks with noisy, consistent business can be irritating to home buyers and reduce the draw for your home. If the property is walking distance from a local station with city access, however, use the local public transportation as a selling point to bring in new potential buyers.
- Water Towers and Wind Turbines: Unavoidable in most areas, especially those headed for greener energy or where water is scarce, the goal here is merely to avoid direct window views. If you notice one of these tall local structures blocking the homes' views, finding the house with a different perspective could be the key to your super-fast sale.
- Power Lines: Electrical lines distract from the view similarly to wind turbines. However, there's a more sinister problem here. Many people believe that power lines emit a kind of radiation that causes health problems. Even though the American Cancer Society says that power lines emit only ELF (extremely low frequency) radiation which shouldn't cause health problems, just the belief in society can drag out your sale timeline or lower the price.
- Shops and Restaurants: The goal here is to be careful what businesses are nearby. Visit the property at different times of day to determine how much noise is generated by the nearby restaurants and what kinds of lights or signs might impact your view and living situation. Imposing privacy walls between your home and local businesses don't necessarily help since that can ruin the entire view without actually blocking the noise.
When you're looking at homes to purchase, make sure you check them out at a variety of times of the day. When possible, check the view from every window, both in the dark and during the day. Also, make sure you review the location on weekdays and weekends alike since the activity level of neighborhoods and businesses can change drastically.
I already bought it, what now?
Just because you didn’t consider the view when you purchased the property—or if the view has changed over the years—doesn't mean you're out of luck. You can adjust the landscape to your advantage, planting trees to add greenery while blocking a regrettable view. Be careful with power lines and trees though, planting trees that will cross over powerlines can increase maintenance costs on the property and could get you into trouble with the city or utility provider. You can even offset the sounds railroad tracks and local businesses by swapping out your windows with ones that are more sound-insulating. Or try investing in sound-proofing paints which have the added benefit of being more temperature insulating as well.
Let your real estate professional know if you plan to resell the home on a tight schedule so they can help you find the best resale property in your market.
Although statistics may not be reflective of your individual real-estate buying habits, the "typical" homeowner tends to stay put in their home for around a decade -- give or take.
One of the few "drawbacks" of being a long-term homeowner is that, over time, you tend to forgot many of the details of the home-buying process.
However, an advantage of buying a home in the Internet Age is the availability of instant information on everything from interest rates and real estate agent reviews to house hunting tips and choosing a moving company.
Your Real Estate Journey
Buying a home can be an extremely satisfying experience... or it can be filled with frustration and disappointment. However, by having a basic understanding of how the house-buying process works, you'll be more effective at preparing yourself for what's to come, anticipating what you need to do, and creating a clear picture in your mind of your requirements and ideal living environment. As various thought leaders have said over the years: If you're not clear on what you want, you'll probably end up with something else!
The cornerstones of a successful real estate search are knowing your credit score, having enough money on hand for a sufficient down payment and closing costs, enlisting the help of an experienced real estate agent, and being proactive about meeting with mortgage bankers and shopping for a competitive interest rate (and terms).
Staying organized, creating priority lists, and continually educating yourself about the nuts and bolts of buying a home will help ensure that your real estate experience will be a positive one. Even though there may be a few bumps and detours along the way, taking the time to be organized and well informed will help you stay on track and produce the type of results you and your family are looking for.
Although it does pay to read articles from credible online sources, you don't have to achieve "expert status" as a house hunter and real estate buyer. If you choose your real estate agent with care, they should be able to provide you with the expertise, advice, and professional guidance you need to clear the hurdles and make it all the way to the finish line!
How does one choose a great real estate agent? The ideal way is to get a referral from a trusted family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor. If someone you trust can attest to the service level and results a particular real estate agent has produced, then chances are good that your experience would be comparable. If more than one person you know recommends a top-notch agent, then that creates a "multiplier effect." In other words, it increases the likelihood that you'll be satisfied with the service and results this agent provides. If you don't know anyone personally who has worked with a great agent, there are well-known websites that post reviews, years of experience, and relevant sales information on licensed real estate agents.
Everyone loves barbecue, whether you are from the South (famous for barbecue) or New York City. There is nothing like a grilled steak. As city and state laws have changed, though, how you can barbecue has changed too. Years ago, an everyday barbecue cooked on charcoal briquettes was the norm. Today, although you can still buy charcoal and an inexpensive grill, laws have changed limiting the use of starter fluids, for example. Compounding this is that the available time to barbecue is shorter (getting home later), so many homes have transitioned to the gas grill.
Propane or LP gas grills are quick and easy. You turn them on and instantaneously you’re ready to put the meat on the grill. There’s nothing wrong with that kind of barbecue; it works for a lot of people. But if you like the smoked wood flavor of the charcoal flame, you’re not completely satisfied.
Or maybe you have turned on the TV and seen those fantastic cooking shows where they are showing smoked brisket or fall-off-the-bone ribs done with wood flames, and you wish you could do that. But, since you have neither the time nor the skill set to make that happen, you settle for getting your “smoked barbecue” out or when you travel to the South.
Welcome to the new world of barbecuing! It is several years in the making, but maybe you have not seen them or even heard about them. Introducing the “chip” barbecue—a new revolution in barbecue grills. Now, you can get the smoky flavor of oak or apple or mesquite woods without having to chop wood or figure out how to get it started. Now in just about as quick as it takes to get a gas grill started, you can have your own wood-fired barbecue.
These barbecue smoker-grills come with a hopper that holds wood pellets (we’ll talk about them next). There is an auger that delivers the pellets to the center of the grill into a hotspot that causes them to catch fire and burn just like a chunk of wood, without the starting hassle. The grill, controlled by a thermostat on, uses a fan to circulates the air-smoke inside the grill. The thermostat also turns on the heat to the firebox and then turns on the auger that begins to feed the pellets into the firebox. Most of these grills have temperature settings from 0 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, as the grill reaches the temperature chosen is haunts the augur from feeding pellets once the temperature starts to degrees is starts back up.
Now you can grill like a professional
You can set the temperature to 95-105 degrees—the perfect “smoking” setting, and you can slow smoke your meat as long as you want to. Or, you can set it at the highest temperature. When it reaches that setting you can throw the steaks on and grill them just like you did when you had a fresh hot bed of charcoal.
There are a plethora of ways you can use this grill other than grilling or smoking meat. You can make wood-fired pizza, bake bread and desserts, cook vegetable skewers or place the veggies directly on the rack. You name it; someone has a recipe for it. All this is possible because you have control of the temperature and the flame created by burning wood.
Not all wood pellets are created equal.
Look for pellets that are bored out of wood, and not compressed wood. Bored pellets give a hotter flame and have very little dust. Those that are compressed are mostly dust, and so they fall apart very easily, and they can clog up the augur. Having to take the auger apart to clean it is not fun. So, a word to the wise.Finally, while summer is the regular barbecuing time, now that has changed as well. You can buy heat blankets that fit your grill so that it can be snowing outside or -10°F and you can still smoke or grill as much as you want. The blanket keeps that heat inside so you have the same temperature control.
Happy smoking/grilling year ’round!
If grilling is what makes you do your happy dance, make sure your real estate professional knows to find you a home where you can grill to your heart’s content.
No home is complete without a bathroom. Bathrooms are in daily use and so requires renovation occasionally. Before you renovate your bathroom, there are some important things to consider. Some of what you should think about when renovating your bathroom is as follows:
Select Elegant Fixtures
This is very important because it affects the overall feel of your bathroom. You should be aware of the fact that small margins can make a huge difference. Therefore, it is better to renovate your bathroom with quality and beautiful material to bring to make it look appealing. You can consider a freestanding bath if your bathroom is large enough. This will make your bathroom look classy and creates an aura of elegance.
Sit in the Bath Before you buy it
In this case, bigger is not always the best. A 1500mm can accommodate most people. It is wrong to assume by sight so lie in it to be sure it works for you. The essence of doing this is to make sure it has enough space for you to stretch without any discomfort. Also, if you are buying a double-ended bath, you should check if you can comfortably sit on it. It might seem obvious, but it is advisable to sit on it. It can be very frustrating if you buy a bath for two and you discovered at home that it can only fit one.
Select durable flooring
Durable and water-resistant flooring is ideal in this case. Some of the materials to consider are marble, stone, and ceramic. When selecting your bathroom flooring material, you should have in mind that your bathroom floor is always in contact with the most challenging conditions in the home, often wet and with regular activity. Well-sealed, hard wearing flooring is essential for the bathroom’s wellbeing. You should do adequate research to know how best to care for your bathroom floor.
Build a shower Area
A built-in shower area can be of great value. Also, when you build an open shower area, you give your bathroom a unique look and make it appealing to guests. Apart from the well-designed drainage, an excellent showerhead and shower enclosure can make the bathroom attractive and stylish.
Hang a Stylish Mirror
You should always have a mirror in your bathroom. It is essential for both beauty and practicality. You can make your bathroom more beautiful by adding a well-designed mirror. Apart from that, it can also provide an illusion of space.
Check your home supplies store for the best bathroom tubs and flooring materials to see how they look and feel before buying.
Are you considering adding some new life to your home? Then you may want to introduce some elements to your home using the current design trends. Even though some of the trendiest contemporary space feel out of reach, there are several easy techniques that you might take advantage of to renovate a home that won't necessarily require you to demolish your house completely. Below are some added embellishments that can make your home look a little more modern.
- Avant-garde Furniture - Large pieces of furniture will always draw a lot of attention to themselves, so if you want to change how a room looks, an excellent place to start is merely replacing the furniture. Furniture pieces that shun the traditional and regular sofa and chair shape always have a more updated and give an almost futuristic vibe. If erring on the side of safety, do not do anything too bold. You also might want to think about some of the more minimalist and modern ways people are using furniture. At the moment, neutrals seem to be somewhat popular, but mixing them with brightly colored single accent pieces can help a room shine even more.
- Symmetrical Light Fixtures - Another way to add a more modern look to your home is to think about changing the lighting fixtures. An elaborate lighting fixture can undoubtedly change the way any room looks. Its stylish chrome design and industrial-style exposed bulbs make it quite the eye-grabber. A new lighting fixture will go a long way in setting the general atmosphere for a more modern look. You can opt to go for chrome or sleek metallic pieces. Lighting fixtures are also rather easy to change, but they make it look like you did some major hardware renovations in your space.
- Change the Wall Art - Changing the art on your walls is an easy way to modernize a space without doing anything too extreme. Having a large-scale piece of art can produce a visual centerpiece, so changing or adding new items can help set a new tone in the room. A good piece of modern art can go beyond the age it represents with its color, raw sensations, and visually appealing designs. Having a work of abstract art can also serve a design purpose.
Visit your local gallery for exceptional pieces that you can purchase for your home.