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Why You Should Sell Your Home during the Holidays

In Home buying in West Houston, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Home Selling, Home Staging, Home Values, Houston Real Estate, Marketing your home, Sellers, Selling Your Home, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on December 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

Despite the fact that most shy away from listing their home during the holidays, it’s actually a great time to sell your home. Below are reasons you should deck your halls—and then sell them.

Time Off – The holidays are a great time to sell! There can be people relocating before the New Year, or people who have time off to shop for a home.

Weather – It can be good for buyers, too, because in states with wet weather, buyers will see homes when it matters, not when the sun has dried everything out and made everything look pretty. After all, roofs never leak in August!

Blackout Dates – For sellers, avoid stress by advertising the days you don’t want to show your home so you are not bothered—maybe Christmas Eve/Day, New Year’s Eve/Day, and Thanksgiving weekend. It causes a lot of stress on whomever maintains the home to worry about providing a happy holiday and keeping the house clean!

 Decorations – Decorate to the hilt! Have fun! It will exemplify the love you have for your home. Personal holiday photos are an exception; you still want to keep the house rather “mute” as far as truly personal innuendo. That is the only thing that might turn off a buyer.

Variables – Many sellers and their agents argue about the best time to sell. The reality is that if you want to sell, the best time is usually now. A day, a week, or a month can change interest rates, the economy, the political climate, and even your health. Selling a house is hard, and if you want to sell, why put it off if you can do it now?

 

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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

Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You Are Making on Your Home

In Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Home Selling, Home Values, Houston Real Estate, Investment, Selling Your Home, Texas, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on November 22, 2016 at 7:12 am

Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. Are you spending extra money unnecessarily on the upkeep of your home? Here are 10 of the most expensive mistakes you could be making.

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its lifespan, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home’s bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.

3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size

We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems, or accidentally buy the wrong size. Using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system, and set a reminder to change them after the recommended amount of time. You won’t regret it.

4. Not Customizing Temperature

Invest in a customizable thermostat. If you’re away at the office all day, you can program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you’re gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.

5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly

Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals can come regulate this to ensure your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating. 

6. Over-Watering the Lawn

Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you’re never around to see what you’re actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you’re not around. 

7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High

Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7. If you don’t keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.

8. Leaky Windows and Doors

Leaky windows and doors are great places for cold, winter winds to enter your home. Many homeowners simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in. 

9. Paying a Handyman

Don’t pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you’re unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.

10. Ignoring Curled Shingles

It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.

Use these 10 tips to cut maintenance costs on your home today.

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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 .

NEW LEASE LISTING! 869 Usener Street, Houston, TX 77009 – MLS# 68450747

In Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Selling, Home Values, Houston Real Estate, Investment, Relocate to Houston, Relocate to Texas, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on November 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm

NEW LEASE LISTING! 869 Usener Street, Houston, TX 77009 – MLS# 68450747

869 UsenerStunning townhome in the heart of the Heights with fantastic floor plan, loaded with architectural features, FULL Downtown views! Open concept living space with tons of windows. Beautiful kitchen including stainless steel appliances, granite tops, wine chiller, wood floors. Fresh paint and new carpet upstairs. White Oak Park directly across the street with three mile jogging track or bike trail along the Bayou. Two car attached garage, washer, dryer, refrigerator and lawn care included.

 

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/869-usener-street–869/rent_68450747

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 .