Researching the history of your home (or your future home) is important, as it can help you better understand the home maintenance schedule and potential problem areas. You could find out when the house was built, how, when was it modified or new additions created. Has it suffered any disasters like fire, flood, earthquake etc. Or perhaps some infestations. Yikes!
Home history research is also an exciting activity and can provide a great deal of fun to everyone who’s participating (everyone can play a role or tackles a certain area). At the end you compile all your research and thus create a chronological picture of your home.
Here is a shortened 10 step list of what you gotta do:
Visit the local courthouse or historical society
While you’re there, get a copy of the original building permit
Dig up or get a new copy of your property’s abstract.
Look through your city’s newspaper archive.
Pay a visit to your local municipal planning agency
Inspect your house closely
Talk to your neighbours
Track down previous owners to find out what improvements were made
You may think that looking after the environment is some sort of new fad, however it’s just really using your common sense. Saving energy and reducing the amount of power you use seems like the logical thing to do when you’re trying to make your home nicer and more comfortable. As energy costs rise, we all have even more incentive to become greener in our choices, and the tips we’ll be sharing in this article can help to inspire you in this direction.
The kitchen is the very first place that people want to modify when they wish to remodel their homes. This is also a room that gives you many opportunities to make green choices, from the countertops you use, to your refrigerator and appliances. Making a green choice with worktops is easy because you can get a nice looking kitchen in addition to being environmentally friendly by simply choosing a natural material like stone or clay tiles. Also you should try to find out whether or not your kitchen appliances are up to date with the latest energy efficiency standards. Take a look for the Energy Star logo to see whether or not it’s efficient. Most new ones will have it.
Well, what do you think about that so far? There is a great deal in the body of knowledge surrounding green home improvement projects. A lot of people have found certain other areas are helpful and contribute excellent information. A lot of things can have an effect, and you should widen your scope of knowledge. It is always a good idea to determine what your situations call for, and then go from that point. The rest of our talk will add more to what we have mentioned so far.
Your roof is something to think about when remodeling your home. It would be wise to look into metal roofs when replacing your roof because they are energy efficient. This reflects the heat and prevents it from escaping, which can make a big difference in your heating bills. You could additionally paint your roof with white paint. What this will do is make sure your home stays cool during the summer because the paint will reflect the sunlight. You should certainly check that your roof is properly insulated because if it isn’t you will be wasting a lot of energy and money.
There are some ways of heating your home up efficiently, and this will greatly impact your energy bill. The traditional fireplace certainly looks very good and it’s a good old method of keeping your room warm, however it is in fact one of the most inefficient ways of heating up your house. On the other hand, there are fireplace inserts that can change this in your favor, so if you have a fireplace you should look into this option. Additionally you can try to heat up with a pellet stove. A pellet stove burns corn pellets. This is a much cheaper option when compared with conventional heaters. The most important thing when being energy efficient, regardless of how you heat your home, is your insulation.
When you make up your mind to make greener choices for home improvement, you realize that it’s not so difficult. Things actually become easier for you because you’re less dependent on others and you will be reducing your bills. Sometimes, however, as with insulation or solar panels, you do have to pay an upfront cost to reap these advantages. In the long run you will definitely get your money’s worth from environmentally friendly investments.
Thinking of selling your home this fall? While the fall season typically sees a slow down of house sales, it’s not to say it’s a bad time to sell; you may just have to put in a little extra effort to ensure that your home stands out amongst others.
Autumn’s beauty helps to create instant curb appeal for your home. Trees with leaves in warm tones of pumpkin, red and gold naturally provide a lovely backdrop for your home. Certainly fall’s rich and warm hues help to create a great first impression for your home and property. Now go the extra mile and do some work to make your home all the more sale ready for fall.
Maintain your lawn. Yes, your lawn needs attention and care during the fall season so now is no time to stop, especially if you are planning to sell! Maintain your lawn by raking leaves and twigs and patching brown spots. Prune shrubs and bushes. At the same time, ensure that walkways are free of leaves and debris. Clean gutters and downspouts too.
Make your front entranceway a fall focal point. Create a warm and welcoming feeling to your front walkway and porch area. First impressions do count, so be sure to set a favorable tone for potential home buyers. Spruce up your front entranceway with tasteful fall décor and plants. A fall inspired door wreath adds instant appeal. Take advantage of the beauty of fall flowers. A series of potted mums on either side of the front door is an easy way to help frame the front entrance. Or, with Halloween approaching, consider adding a couple of urns filled with fall plants and flowers and even pumpkins and gourds for great color and a really stunning first impression.
Inside, highlight the fireplace; it’s a super fall selling feature. Make your fireplace shine by making it the focal point. To start, add beautiful artwork to the mantle or perhaps candles or even a collection of treasured vases filled with fresh fall flowers to draw the eye upward. Nestling furniture around the fireplace is another way to make the fireplace a focal point in any room. Add cozy cushions and a throw to the couch or chairs surrounding the fireplace to complete the mood.
Make widows sparkle. Clean your widows and open blinds and curtains to let the light in. If you have a great view outside, be sure to flaunt it! In fact, everything in your home should be sparkling clean for showings. Pay particular attention to the front hall where fall leaves and debris can blow in from outdoors and muddy shoes can leave a mess on floors. Of course, no matter the season, always de-clutter before even thinking of inviting potential home buyers into your home for showings.
Play up a festive fall mood by adding flowers inside the home. Adding fall flowers to just about any room in the house is an instant pick-me-up. Flowers are simply beautiful. Rooms with fresh cut flowers look warm and inviting. A fall centerpiece on the dining room table for example is certain to stand out and make a great impression. Also take advantage of the sense of smell. Perhaps some baking before showings will do the trick. If time is short, lightly scented candles or even a pot of apple cider and cinnamon brewing on the stove will help to create a warm feeling in your home.
Make sure everything works and looks fresh. Everything should be in good working order. No leaky toilets, loose knobs or handles and walls and ceilings should be clean and free of chips, etc. Take the advice of a professional real estate agent for an objective view of what work absolutely needs to be done to ensure the quick sale of your property. Sometimes interior or some exterior painting is all that is needed to freshen up a home and make it ready for sale.
Enlist the expertise of a licensed real estate agent. If you don’t already have one, invest the time to find an experienced realtor to work on your behalf. One of the most important things you can do is develop a relationship with an experienced real estate agent with whom you are comfortable. Your realtor will be an active partner every step of the selling process. He/she will provide invaluable facts from comparable prices, advice on housing market conditions, information on neighborhood trends and much more. She will help you price your house correctly. Some buyers may be looking for a bargain before the holidays and your real estate agent will offer sound advice to price your house competitively.
Have a wonderful fall season and happy house selling!