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Here Are Six Problems Your Home May Have

That Can Instantly Turn Buyers Off

      Potential buyers are much more likely to return to a home that impresses them at first glance, while homes that appear disorderly or poorly maintained seldom sustain buyer interest.

  1.  Home Odors.  Because homeowners become desensitized to the odors in their homes, they   rarely  realize how obvious odors can be to visitors.  This is particularly true of pet owners and smokers. 

      2.  Carpet and Flooring.  One of the most visible areas of your home is your flooring.  If your                     carpet is worn or dirty, get it replaced or cleaned.  If you have vinyl flooring with corners                        coming up, get it glued down.  Special note:  Replacing flooring in smaller areas, such as                        kitchens, with high quality flooring can bring in premiums in price.

  1. Paint and Walls.  Paint is one of the least expensive ways to “spruce-up” your home.  Consider painting outside trim and interior walls and doors. 
  1. Clutter.  Excess clutter is a big buyer turn-off.  You have to move anyway, so you might as well pack away items that make your home feel good to you, but turn off buyers.  This includes nick-knacks, furniture, pictures, wall hangings, plants, etc.
  1. Signs of Pests.  If you have any sign of mice, rats, roaches, spiders, or bees, you should immediately contact a local pest control company and have them eliminated.  There’s no better way to show your home is filthy than by infestations.  Remove all spider webs with a broom.
  1. Landscaping.  If your landscaping is messy, overgrown, or looks cluttered in any way, you need to fix it.  Buyers make positive or negative conclusions about your home within the first five minutes.  Don’t lose the battle before you’ve even begun.

If you do not feel that you could spot (or smell) these potential deal stealers, why not ask a friend or neighbor or relative to give you their honest opinion.  Of course your realtor will be able to help you through this preparation stage as well.  If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to send me your comments or email me at caroldaniels@remax.net. 

TIPS FOR WINTERIZING A VACANT HOME

by Carol Succarotte Daniels

For a home to remain in good shape throughout the winter it needs regular care and attention. When a home is occupied, many of the things that are necessary to keep it in good working order happen by default. But when the home is vacant, it is up to the owner or the property manager to prepare it from freezing temperatures and other winter risks.

The worst risk comes from bursting pipes, which can lead to water damage that can significantly impact the value of the home. Left alone, water can ruin everything it touches – walls, floors, electrical systems, etc. It can even damage the foundation. Other risks exist as well, such as pest infiltration, which can leave nasty surprises for the homeowner.

Taken together, the dangers of failing to winterize a home are too severe to ignore. Any real estate agent who has been involved with selling bank owned properties or vacant short sales can certainly tell you the necessity of knowing how to winterize a vacant home! In order to get an informed opinion on the subject we reached out to a well-known real estate agent in Westborough, Mass., Bill Gassett, who has been selling homes for nearly 30 years. Gassett runs a popular real estate blog known as Maximum Real Estate Exposure that offers numerous tips to buyers and sellers. Below he shares all of his tips for getting your place winterized.

When readying a vacant home for winter weather, there are several things you can do to prepare before freezing temperatures and other winter risks arrive. These include:

Bring in a plumber.

Hiring a professional plumber to winterize the pipes and water system in the home is extremely important if you want to avoid the incredibly expensive water damage that can occur from freezing pipes. The plumber can examine the entire system, inside and out, and then prepare it for freezing temperatures. The plumber will drain all areas where water is stored, like water heaters and hot tubs, and will use an air compressor to expel water from the pipes throughout the house. With the water removed, you do not have to keep the house heated to prevent freezing. The pipes are protected and you save money in utility costs.

Drain outdoor garden hoses.

Water hoses must be disconnected from the home and drained of water to prevent damage to both the hoses and the spigots where they attach to the house. Left undrained, the water inside will freeze and burst not only the hose, but often the spigot as well. If winter watering must be done to keep landscape plants alive, make sure the person who does the watering drains the hoses and disconnects them from the house after each use.

Close up all openings to the house.

To prevent animals and insects from entering the home for shelter, you will need to close up all openings throughout the house. These include dryer vents and the chimney.

Have the gutters cleaned and repaired if necessary.

Gutters must be free of debris and attached properly to the house to funnel water away from the roof, siding and foundation. When debris accumulates, the gutter may stop working properly. If enough water collects and a freeze hits, the weight of the ice can pull the gutter away from the home, damaging the siding and leading to potential ice hazards where water collects at the base of the house. If you live in a cold weather climate then you understand just how bad ice damning was last year. Knowing how to prevent ice dams is something every homeowner should have a grasp of. Ice dams can cause serious damage to a home including mold behind ceilings and walls that you may not be able to detect! Have the gutters cleaned periodically until all leaves have dropped from the trees, and make sure they are in good repair.

Remove anything touching the side of the house, such as leaves and firewood.

Water and insects can accumulate in firewood and debris, causing damage to the siding and leading to potential infestations. Keeping everything away from the house creates a safe barrier and prevents water damage. This includes shrubbery and other landscaping. Keep a minimum of a couple of feet to allow the home to breath.

Have trees trimmed over the home.

Remove any tree branches that may touch the house or hang too closely. Tree branches increase the leaves that accumulate in the gutter and can also break and fall on the house in a snow or ice storm. If you are negligent about keeping branches over your home it could lead to insurance denying your claim.

Use moth balls to keep insects out of the house.

Moth balls may smell unpleasant, but they are effective at keeping insects away. Use them anywhere you think insects may be a problem.

Talk to the gas company about disconnecting the gas supply.

A gas explosion can cause even more damage than frozen pipes. Let the gas company know the home is vacant and ask them to disconnect the gas supply to the home. Obviously if you are not living in the home this becomes important because if a gas leak were to form it would be too late for you to do anything about it. This is one of the major reasons why nearly all bank owned properties get winterized.

Make the home appear occupied at a glance.

It is better for potential buyers and discouraging to unwanted visitors if the home appears occupied. You can setup lights on timers and have the landscaping tended to periodically to keep things looking nice. If snow is an issue you can also have the driveway cleared. We provide a list of many tips on how to sell a home in the winter. This advice applies to both occupied and non-occupied homes. Keep in mind that if your home is on the market you are going to need to get it un-winterized with fairly short notice when the buyer schedules a home inspection. Buyers will want to be able to check the heating and plumbing systems and will not be able to do so if the home is winterized.

Hire a landscaper to perform a fall cleanup.

As the weather gets colder, plants will die and you will be left with a disheveled looking yard and landscape. It is beneficial for the sales process if you have someone come in and cleanup around the home after the first freeze or two, when most of the vegetation has died off. The landscaper can cut back any dead growth, rake up leaves and prepare plants for the winter.

Check on the home periodically.

An unoccupied home, even when the lights come on and the driveway is plowed, can be appealing to burglars and to squatters. It can also be a destination for kids in the neighborhood to come hang out for fun. The only people you want visiting are potential buyers, so you should maintain a schedule of visiting the home periodically to make sure it is being left alone and to discourage unwanted visitors.

Use of all these tips and your experience with winterizing a home should be a breeze!

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

How do HOAs work?

by Carol Succarotte Daniels

How do HOAs work?

When you purchase a home, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar planned neighborhoods. The idea is to keep common areas clean and maintained, and there’s usually an HOA board that is responsible for setting the rules and regulations.

Each HOA is different, but most have the same core elements. You’ll typically pay your HOA fees either monthly or annually, and it’s an important factor to consider when you’re weighing your options for a new home. So what is typically included in your HOA fees?

First, the fun stuff Amenities are typically the big perk of living in a community with an HOA. While you lose out on some of the freedom of living without an HOA, you instead get community amenities like a maintained pool, gym, clubhouse, tennis courts, and other amenities. The HOA fees pay for cleaning and maintenance, so—in theory—you’ll always have a clean pool whenever you want to use it.

Protecting the community HOA fees often contribute to insurance for the community amenities, as well as a fund for unexpected repairs to damaged community property—think damage from weather or accidents.

General maintenance Your HOA fees will go toward maintaining the general safety and upkeep of the community. This means things like elevator maintenance for condominiums, snow removal, and trash/recycling services.

Be active in the association There may be a board of directors, but homeowners associations exist for the betterment of the entire community, and every voice matters. HOA meetings—and the amenities they support—provide great opportunities to meet your neighbors and make your community a better place.

 


5 Ideas for Re-purposing Unused Items

by Carol Succarotte Daniels

5 Ideas for Re-purposing Unused Items

You undoubtedly have some items in your home that you’d like to get rid of or you’re having trouble finding a use for. Rather than throwing them out, consider repurposing them. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

  1. Turn an old dresser into a kitchen island: Do you have a beat-up old dresser that’s currently an eyesore? Dress it up with some bright new paint, and then put it in your kitchen. You’ll suddenly have a new surface for preparing food, as well as a colorful accent piece.
  2. Use that old door as a table or desk surface: Just pick up some table legs from IKEA or order some online, attach them to the door, and now yo’ve got a cool repurposed workspace.
  3. Convert a wooden ladder into a bookshelf: Attach the ladder to the wall horizontally. The ladder frame will support the bottom of your books, the rungs will serve as dividers, and the wall itself will keep the books from falling off.
  4. Make a rack out of a wood shutter: Attach the shutter to the wall, and the slots will be perfect for organizing your envelopes and mail. Add hooks for keys and clothespins to attach other objects.
  5. Add a chalkboard surface to a coffee table: This is a great one for the kids. Get some chalkboard spraypaint from a home improvement store, and use it on your old coffee table. It’s the perfect play surface for Legos, action figures, and more.

 


Monday Motivation - Importance of a Smile

by Carol Succarotte Daniels


Monday Motivation

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. Dalai Lama
 

 

Importance of a Smile

Read this short inspirational story about the importance of smile and find out what a smile can do.

About ten years ago when I was an undergraduate in college, I was working as an intern at my University’s Museum of Natural History. One day while working at the cash register in the gift shop, I saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair. As I looked closer at this girl, I saw that she was kind of perched on her chair.

I then realized she had no arms or legs, just a head, neck and torso. She was wearing a little white dress with red polka dots. As I took the money from her grandparents, I looked back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest smile I have ever seen.

As the couple wheeled her up to me I was looking down at the register. I turned my head toward the girl and gave her a wink. As I took the money from her grandparents, I looked back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest smile I have ever seen.

All of a sudden her handicap was gone and all I saw was this beautiful girl, whose smile just melted me and almost instantly gave me a completely new sense of what life is all about. She took me from a poor, unhappy college student and brought me into her world; a world of smiles, love and warmth.

That was ten years ago. I’m a successful business person now and whenever I get down and think about the troubles of the world, I think about that little girl and the remarkable lesson about life that she taught me.

Unknown Author

Lesson Learned:

  • A smile can make all the difference in the world
  • A smile has the power to release stress
  • A Smile will calm you down
  • A smile make someone else happy 

Have a smiley day

5 Apps for Easy Home Decorating

by Carol Succarotte Daniels

Technology has made it easier than ever to bring your home decor ideas to reality. There are countless smartphone apps that help you plan a space or do some valuable comparative shopping. Here are five apps to use on your next decorating project. Most are available on both iOS and Android devices.

  1. Color Capture: Ever see a color that would make for a perfect paint scheme? Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app allows you to take a photo of anything and instantly get a matching paint color.
  2. iHandyLevel: Hanging photos and artwork? Rather than searching through your toolbox for a level, you can use something that’s already in your pocket: Your phone. The iHandyLevel app functions just as well as a dedicated level, turning your phone into the ultimate picture-hanging companion.
  3. LikeThatDecor: Let’s say you see the perfect Chesterfield sofa in a coffee shop, and you want to see where you could get one of your own. Use the LikeThatDecor app to take a photo of furniture and instantly see similar items from dozens of retailers.
  4. IKEA Catalog: Forget about the nightmare of navigating the parking garage, showroom, and warehouse at your nearest IKEA. The IKEA Catalog app allows you to virtually place furniture in a room. If only there was an app for easy IKEA assembly!
  5. DesignSponge: DesignSponge is one of the best DIY and home decor websites out there. Now there’s an app that makes it easy to access all of their awesome content on your smartphone.

 

Monday Motivation - Changes For Survival

by Carol Succarotte Daniels

 

The Eagle Story – Inspirational Short Story

Changes For Survival….

EAGLE Can Live Up To 70 Years, But To Reach This Age, The Eagle Must Make A Hard Decision In Its’ 40’S

Its’ Long & Flexible Talons Can No Longer Grab Prey Which Serves As Food, Its’ Long & Sharp Beak Becomes Bent

Its’ Old-Aged & Heavy Wings, Due To Their Thick Feathers, Become Stuck To Its’ Chest & Make It Difficult To Fly

Then Eagle Is Left With Only 2 Options: Die Or Go Through A Painful Process Of Change Which Lasts 150 Days.

The Process Requires That Eagle Fly To A Mountain & The Eagle Knocks Its’ Beak Against A Rock Until It Plucks It Out

After This, Eagle Will Wait For A New Beak To Grow Back. When Its’ New Talons Grow Back, The Eagle Starts Plucking Its’ Old-Aged Feathers & After 5 Months, Eagle Can Take Its’ Flight Of Rebirth & Lives For 30 More Years

Moral Of Story…

Many Times, In Order To Survive, We Have To Start A Change Process. We Sometimes Need To Get Rid Of Old Memories, Habits & Other Past Traditions. Only Freed From Past Burdens,We Can Take Advantage Of The Present.

The Eagle Story – Inspirational Short Story

Education Spotlight - Delmarva Christian Schools

by Carol Succarotte Daniels

Delmarva Christian Schools - Sussex County Delaware Private School

Two Locations in Georgetown and Milton Delaware, Delmarva Christian Schools offer a centralized location for Sussex County students beginning from 6 weeks old. Parents who are seeking Christian based education for their children can get more information on their website http://dchs.me
 
 

Delmarva Christian High School

Founded in 1999

 

Eagles Nest Christian Academy & Early Learning Center

Joined in 2015

 

 
HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS

21777 Sussex Pines Rd
Georgetown, DE 19947
302.856.4040

 
MILTON CAMPUS

26631 Zion Church Rd
Milton, DE 19968
302.684.4983

FAX 302.856.6878
EMAIL info@delmarvachristian.com
 
 
 
Click here For more information on Sussex County Schools & Education
 

 

 

 

 

The New and Improved Doorbell

by Carol Succarotte Daniels

The New and Improved Doorbell

You’re probably familiar with devices like Nest, which use smart technology to automate your thermostat and save you money. Think of Ring as the Nest of doorbells. It’s a product that replaces your standard doorbell with a device that connects to your home WiFi connection and sends video and audio of your doorstep to your mobile device.

In other words, you can use your smartphone to see who’s at the door, and you can do it from anywhere in the world.

It brings a whole new level of convenience. You’ll never have to worry about missing a delivery or having a package left in the wrong place—you can be at work when FedEx arrives, and use the intercom feature to tell the delivery man to leave the package where you please.

It’s also a great security tool. You can use the intercom to give the appearance that you’re home, turning away everyone from annoying salesmen to potential burglars. It activates with motion detection, so you don’t have to wait for the doorbell to ring before you’re alerted that someone is at your home.

There are various ways to install Ring, and it starts at $199. Go to ring.com to learn more.

Monday Motivation

by Carol Succarotte Daniels


The Hidden Truth About Failures: How They Improve Your Likelihood of Success

Failure (feyl’-yer). n. A person or thing that proves unsuccessful; an insufficiency; nonperformance of something due, required, or expected.

The definition of “failure” might make you wince a little. It’s a heavy word used to describe some of the worst things that can happen in life. And we’re taught from an early age to do what we can to avoid it at all costs.

We’ve been misled.

Failure is not the monster under the bed. Rather, it’s an opportunity for learning, growth … and ultimately, achievement. Studies have shown that in some situations, failure actually improves your likelihood of success.

As a writer charting your own career path, failure is virtually certain somewhere along the way. By embracing it when it happens, you can learn to not only minimize your negative reactions to it, but also to benefit from it. Read on and I’ll tell you why and how.

Failure Is a Beginning, Not an End

When something “ends in failure,” it’s only that particular course of action for that particular project that is ending. But another way to look at is that you’ve reached the beginning of a new attempt.

And what’s the worst thing that can happen with your next try? You might fail again, sure. But you’ve already been there and done that. And you survived. A second failed attempt isn’t a further setback. At worst, it’s a lateral step.

So don’t overdramatize your failures — or let them stop you from dusting yourself off and getting back out there.

Failure = Opportunity

Lessons taught by failure are just as valuable as those taught by success, if not more so. Consider all the things you gain that simply don’t apply when you’re successful right away.

  • Failure helps us learn where we need to improve. Most of the time, failure is not “total,” but is a matter of making a few changes. It helps give us clarity. For example, I recently failed to land a couple of projects. After asking my prospects why, both said it was because of the cost. So I know where the problem is now. Which means I don’t need to waste my time wondering if my ideas were uninteresting or written poorly, if my revisions policy is reasonable enough, or if there were any other shortcomings with these proposals. I know the reason I failed to land the projects, and I know I can address this issue by either lowering my rates, or preferably, finding clients who will pay more.
  • It teaches us what doesn’t work. One major benefit of failure is that you’re experimenting and gaining valuable experience. Knowing what doesn’t work saves time later and can help prevent recurring mistakes. And by expanding the field of “things that don’t work,” we narrow the category of “things that will work,” bringing us closer to figuring it out. As the old Thomas Edison quote says, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
  • Failing helps us develop willpower and grit. It can be tempting to give up when things don’t go the way we want or expect them to. But by accepting failure as a stumbling block rather than an absolute barrier, we develop the resilience to continue trying. And as we develop the ability to bounce back, it takes less effort to continue on the path to our goal. (Not to mention that willpower and grit make life easier overall.)
  • It can provide powerful motivation. Failure isn’t always something we have to force ourselves to step forward from slowly. Instead, it can instill a sense of desire and urgency to try a little harder, learn a new skill, or come up with a plan that will more likely be successful next time.

How to Fail

The first time you tried to walk, you fell down. You might’ve cried a little, but you tried again pretty soon afterward, and kept at it until you mastered your new skill.

Failure is inevitable. We have all failed, and we will continue to do so. As writers, it might be by failing to win a project … failing to bring in the sales we’d hoped for … or maybe having a critical typo (such as “can’t” instead of “can”). So don’t panic when you fail at something. Instead, “fail forward” so you learn and benefit from the experience — and set yourself up for success in the future. How to do that? Let me share a few of my own “fail forward” strategies:

  1. Be honest with yourself. Don’t give your failure more meaning than it should have, but don’t minimize its importance, either. Recognize and acknowledge that things didn’t go the way you intended. And go ahead and wallow — briefly. It’s okay to feel sorry for or angry with yourself. Burying these kinds of feelings makes them more likely to well up later in an unproductive way. So let yourself feel these emotions, but only for a short time.
  2. Pull the plug on the negativity by commending yourself for trying. Many people don’t have the courage to write — never mind attempt to earn a living as a writer. But you do! Celebrate this, and the fact that you’re working hard to create the life you want.
  3. Examine the failure as objectively as possible. This can be difficult, so it may help to picture yourself as an uninterested third person, or as if you’re trying to help a friend through a challenge. Why didn’t things work as expected? What are some alternatives? Spend time thinking, learning, and absorbing.
  4. Take stock of the current situation. Is any of it salvageable, and if so, is it worth saving? Decide whether it makes more sense to start from where you are, or from scratch — or if it’s time to move on altogether.
  5. Throw yourself into your next project with gusto, whether it’s brand-new or a revamp of your failed efforts. Stay busy and maintain your focus on moving forward.

Follow these steps and soon enough, your failures will be mere tiny blips on the timeline of yourwriter’s life. They won’t sting the way they first did, and they’ll make you stronger and wiser. And when you do succeed, the difficulties you’ve encountered will make your victory that much sweeter.

This article, The Hidden Truth About Failures, was originally published by Wealthy Web Writer.

 

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