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Spring Clean Your Home into Tip-Top Shape

In Curb appeal, Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Design Trends, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Home Selling, Home Staging, Houston Real Estate, Investment, Sellers, Selling Your Home, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on April 27, 2016 at 10:21 am

With the official start of spring right around the corner, the real estate market is set to heat up as homeowners who are looking to sell put their homes on the market, and house hunters come out in droves to find a place they can call home.

Before scheduling any showings, however, the start of the spring season is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and get your home in tip-top shape. In fact, there are a number of easy jobs you can do on your own that will go a long way toward helping your home stand out from the competition.

To start, clean the windows and open up the blinds and drapes to let the sun shine through. There’s nothing that says spring as much as a bright living room on a weekend morning. Plus, buyers are attracted to rooms with natural light.

It’s also important to change the batteries in any and all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace any light bulbs that have blown out. These are things that prospective buyers will most likely check when touring the home.

When it comes to the kitchen, clean out the fridge, freezer and cabinets and throw out any items that are expired. Add some baking soda to the fridge to keep odors at bay and clean the oven so that when people look closely, these areas are as clean as possible. And make a splash in both the living and dining room with some new accent rugs or a fun piece of furniture.

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s critical that you pay attention to the areas outside your home, especially the yard. Planting some foliage or shrubbery will give the outside of your home a clean, fresh look. Incorporate bursts of color with annual flowers, perennials, trees and shrubs.

If you have a deck, rent a power washer and remove any dirt, debris or moss that may have seeped in during the fall and winter months. Be sure to give the sides of your home—and your driveway—a good wash down as well.

While you’re outside, clean the gutters and inspect downspouts to make sure they haven’t been damaged. Before the spring rains come, you want to be sure that the gutters are free of leaves, tree limbs and other debris that might cause problems later on.

By taking the time to do these things, your home will be in the best condition possible for a quick and easy sale.

For more tips on preparing your home for sale, contact our office today.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

Do you have real estate questions?   Contact Connie Vallone at (713) 249-4177 or connie@knowsrealestate.com or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 1531 W 23rd Street, Houston, TX 77008 – MLS# 66821288

In West Houston Real Estate, Houston Real Estate, Home buying in West Houston, Home Buying, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone, Relocate to Houston on April 22, 2016 at 6:19 am

NEW LISTING! 1531 W 23rd Street, Houston, TX 77008 – MLS# 66821288

1531 W 23rd StreetBeautiful home with oversized lot and fully finished apartment! From the quaint front porch step into your huge living room and dining area with double fireplace. Leads to your spacious chefs island kitchen and den perfect for entertaining or family fun. Tons of windows for plenty of light and a nice big yard to relax and play. Hard wood floors through out first floor, granite tops. Retreat upstairs to your master retreat plus two more bedrooms.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/1531-w-23rd-street/sale_66821288

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

American Dream: The Changing Interests of Homebuyers throughout the Decades

In Buying a new home, Curb appeal, Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Design Trends, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Home Selling, Home Values, Investment, Marketing your home, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on April 12, 2016 at 10:58 am

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Those immersed in housing trends likely know what makes today’s buyers tick: updated kitchens and bathrooms, ample closet space, low-maintenance features, in-home technology. But what excited potential homebuyers a decade ago is vastly different from what interests today’s generation of homeowners. This interactive infographic from Fielding Homes dishes out top design and technology trends. Here are a few top takeaways:
1. Homes in the 1950s often had more bathrooms (an average of 2.35) than bedrooms (1.5).

2. Buyers in the 1970s craved appliances in funky colors like avocado and harvest gold.

3. In the 1960s, the average home size was 1,200 square feet.

4. Average home square footage increased by 21 percent in the 1990s compared to the 1980s, but the number of rooms stayed the same.

5. In the ’80s, the average number of televisions per household was 1.50, and the average listing price was just over $216,000.

6. In the ’90s, the average square feet per home had nearly doubled from the ’60s, moving up to 2,080.

7. By 2010, the average television per household jumped up to 2.93—that’s just under 3 televisions per house.

8. Today, buyers seek homes with flexible spaces, connectivity between rooms and the outdoors, and opportunities for personalization.

What will the next decade bring us? Experts forecast a heavier emphasis on technology and self-maintaining features.
For more information on how home wants and needs have evolved over the decades, check out this infographic by Fielding Homes.

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for real estate tips and trends.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty, Inc.  at 713 249 4177, connie@knowsrealestate.com   or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

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