Painting a home can transform the dullest and mundane home into an inspiring haven where you’ll always love to be. It also increases the value of the home substantially. In some cases, you may want to do it yourself. This has its inherent benefits as not only is it fun, you would be saving some cash in the process. Here are some steps you need to follow to get it right.

1. Take a tour of your house and develop a vision of how you want the house to look like. What colors do you want and in what shades do you want the color? If you are preparing the house for sale, your choice of colors should be neutral, blending easily with the furniture.

2. Get Others To Agree: There are other family members who are surely interested in the issue at hand. Discuss with them and get their opinion before embarking on your quest.

3. Estimate: Since you are not a professional, you need to make your guess as reasonable as possible. The amount of paint required depends on the area to be painted and the number of coats per area. Be sure to include the cost of tools required for the process.

4. Plan The Budget: The budget for the project depends on a lot of factors some of which are:

  • Paint Quality
  • Paint Area
  • Grade of tools

All these must be taken into consideration. For an area of 2000 sq. with top quality paint, it may cost you $350.00 in paint alone. You can add about $250 for brushes and any other materials that may be required.

5. Plan A Schedule: Make sure you have a grip on the time and how long it would take you to complete the job. Do you have kids? It would be a nice idea to send the kids on an outing to the park or to their grandparents so you can concentrate on the job at hand.

6. Protect The Furniture: You cannot paint the house with the furniture exposed. There needs to be some protection for the furniture. They can be covered with polythene wrappers or cleared out entirely. This would allow for ample working space.

7. Prepare The House: Clean the walls and remove anything that would contaminate the paint. Cobwebs, wall papers, stickers and anything similar should be removed from the wall. Open the window to allow for cross ventilation. This makes the paint dry faster and promotes a healthy work environment.

8. Apply Prime: Dark walls, stained walls and walls which have not been previously painted would need priming before painting. This would enhance the appearance of the end result. However, not all surfaces need to be primed. Some can be painted without priming. The essence of priming is to equalize the wall to an even surface and acts as a foundation for the paint to be applied.

9. Start Painting: Start with the most difficult part, applying paint from the top to the bottom. It should be applied gradually with a brush. Look at how things turn out and adjust accordingly. With a few strokes, you will understand the application process.

At the end of painting, make sure you clean the entire environment, removing and disposing all waste. Do not forget to reward yourself with a little refreshment as you have earned it.

Do you have too much stuff? Are you making a move and looking for storage options? If so, the fist thing you will need to determine is how much storage space you need.

As you are going through your things ask yourself if you really need to store everything, or is it better to donate or sell some things. This could cut down on the amount of storage space needed and ultimately reduce the cost.

Once you determine which items will be stored take an inventory of your items. Make a list and have this information ready when you start calling storage companies.

So what size storage unit will you need? Here are some standard sizing options that most storage companies use. Always check with your company first.

  • 5 x 5 x 10 = Small items, boxes, books, etc…
  • 5 x 10 x 10 = Small 1 bedroom home
  • 10 x 10 x 10 = 1 bedroom home
  • 10 x 15 x 10 = 2-3 bedroom home
  • 10 x 20 x 10 = 3-4 bedroom home
  • 10 x 30 x 10 = 5-7 bedroom home

Note: the measurements above are represented as L x W x H in feet

 

Everyone is talking about it but not many real estate professionals are doing it…social media marketing. The numbers say it works but the competition has yet to embrace the tech savvy marketing that only benefits their sellers. Recent studies show that social media does influence the products we buy.

Traditionally, the number one way to market has been word of mouth advertising, but now social media has the power to influence consumers to buy according to what their family and friends like. Social media marketing has become word of mouth marketing on steroids.

This chart below shows a study from eMarketer citing the number of internet users who would buy a brand from social media influence.


eMarkerter also found that; “while that is a relatively small percentage, younger consumers were more likely to buy because of a “like.” They found that 23% of US internet users under the age of 35 said they would buy a brand because of a friend’s social endorsement, and nearly as many internet users between the ages 35 and 49 would do so. Females and males were about even by this metric, at 18% vs. 17%”.

What does this mean for sellers? All real estate professionals need to be utilizing social media including blogs, facebook, twitter and more to promote their properties. Not doing this is a disservice to the seller. The National Association of Realtors in 2011, found that 52% of the first time home buyers were between the ages of 24 and 35 years old. First time home buyers made up 37% of all homes purchased. These numbers directly correlate with the study of influence of social media on buying decisions.

So when looking to make a decision on who to list your home for sale with make sure your real estate professional is social media savvy.

Buying a new home is a significant investment and it’s best to get it right the first time. To achieve this, it is important that you take into consideration lots of important factors before signing on the dotted line. Many people, in a state of euphoria and excitement hurry into making  decisions that they later regret. There are many important elements involved in purchasing a home that need serious consideration to avoid long term remorse.  Here are some important factors to consider when you are looking to purchase a home.

The Condition Of The home

The condition of the home you are buying is very important as it should be a true reflection of the purchase price. Here are a few specific issues you must keep an eye open for.

  • Start in the kitchen, make sure all appliances are functioning. Make sure the integrity of the kitchen cabinets are intact. Turn on the tap and leave it running for a few minutes to make sure there are no problems with the drainage system.
  • What is the capacity of the hot water system? Is it sufficient for the needs of the entire family? Check for leaks, rust and aging indicators. Be careful with this as repairing a hot water system is quite expensive.
  • Examine the walls carefully, were they recently painted? If so, do not be deceived, a fresh coat of paint could be masking existing cracks in the walls resulting in an investment of thousands of dollars to repair.
  • Tap the walls to perform a preliminary termite infestation check. You may need the services of a professional to do this for you.

Financial Requirements

After certifying that all is well with the home, you can then proceed to negotiations. Although this requires some skills, here are a few tips.

  • There is no harm in negotiating as much as possible, push as far as you can. Some individuals hire a negotiator for this, as cool as this may seem, it may not be the best idea as you are the only one who can effectively communicate your needs. It is recommended you do the negotiation yourself. You will be amazed at how much you can save.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the entire terms and conditions. What is the down payment? What is the payment plan? Are you comfortable with it, what is the interest rate? You must be familiar with all these factors before signing on the dotted line.

The History Of The House

  • It would be nice if you had a little insight into the history of the building. How do you go about this? Ask the neighbors, do your due diligence. Inquire about previous owners, ask about recent renovations, get a feel for the vibe in the neighborhood.  Get as much information as possible, in short learn the story of the house before making it your home.

In summary, there is a lot of joy and sense of fulfillment that is associated with buying a new home. In order to make this joy last, you have to get it right the first time, taking the aforementioned into consideration would help you achieve this.

 

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