Selling your home is a major undertaking that can be stressful, but if you prepare beforehand, much of that stress can be eliminated. If you are well-prepared to sell your home, it might even sell faster than you and your real estate agent originally anticipated. Here are a few simple tips to make the process of selling your home a much smoother one.
Creating a healthier home doesn't require costly upgrades or a big investment of time. Small changes in areas such as air quality, energy use and chemical exposure can make big differences in the health of a home and the people living there.
Improve the Air
ZipRealty released a new report today showing that Oakland median home price growth has surpassed San Francisco, Berkeley and Alameda. ZipRealty analyzed the latest MLS data on home sales as of May 31, 2014 to create the four-city study. Zip codes in which five or more real estate sales closed in 2014 were included in the analysis.
Any area with slope problems and insufficient erosion control is often a good candidate for retaining wall construction. The likelihood of soil and other debris slipping downhill will help to determine the necessity of a retaining wall versus an actual wall to prevent damage to the home. In some cases, homeowners may just need a retaining wall for aesthetic uses like a garden wall.
Why Build a Retaining Wall?
What is the one thing on the mind of all new homeowners today? It's the immediate image of how their furniture or purpose of rooms and spaces will play out in a potential home. There are a few updates that can and should be implemented before moving in that can make the process much easier as well as reduce work later down the road.
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A new backsplash can transform an entire kitchen. With the right tools and know-how, an average homeowner can construct a backsplash over the course of a weekend or have a professional do it in a matter of hours. A great new backsplash can attract buyers, along with making a kitchen more beautiful and functional.
What Is a Backsplash?
A new report released by ZipRealty today shows that median home sales prices increased a healthy 6.1% year-over-year in April 2014. However, that mid-single digit increase represents a sharp deceleration compared to last year, when the average home sales price was increasing at a 16.4% pace year-over-year. The median sales price in ZipRealty’s 24 metros stood at $277,627 in April 2014.
The big leaders in median home price growth were:
When deciding to have new carpet installed in a home, it's best to find out as much as possible about the installation process as well as the different types of material that are available. New carpet requires a lot of decision-making. They must choose the color and type of carpet they want to have installed as well as determine the overall costs.
With the summer months rapidly approaching, now is the time to start working on your lawn or garden. To get your lawn or garden in tip-top shape, these 10 tools are essential: a rake, garden hoe, spade shovel, flat shovel, wheelbarrow, trowel, pruning shears, water hose, gardening gloves and a hat.