Thankful For Fall!

Hello,

Fall is in full swing, so We’ve prepared a list of ways to cozy your home up for the season as well as some tips to add value to your home without overwhelming your budget and some questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking about selling your home. As we head into the holidays, We hope you know we’ll be happy to help you with any real estate questions you have!

5 DIY Projects to Cozy Up Your Home This Fall

After a long, hot summer, it’s finally fall. Make sure you’re ready for the cooler weather and immerse yourself in the spirit of fall with these fun DIY projects!

Rearrange the furniture.
If your home has a fireplace, take some time to shift the room’s focus around that feature. This will help make your home a cozy conversation hub as family and friends gather around.

Make gourd bowls.
Gourds have a long history as a fall decor staple, and starting in September, many grocery stores, farms, and craft stores start stocking up on dry gourds. Pick up a few for your house and enjoy carving, painting, and filling them up with fall-inspired items or use them as a convenient place to store your loose change.

Create leaf art.
Next time you rake your yard, keep an eye out for especially nice leaves. Put these aside to frame or use in art projects.

Decorate your table.
The dining room table is a great place to make a seasonal statement and bring the outdoors in. Create a centerpiece with plenty of acorns and pine cones or use an old quilt as a tablecloth. There are limitless opportunities to show your love for the season with your place settings.

DIY pumpkin potpourri.
Bask in the sweet scent of pumpkin pie any time by creating your own pumpkin pie potpourri. All you need is a small pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and a small, lit tea light to diffuse an all-natural pumpkin pie fragrance throughout your home.

3 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

The value of your home fluctuates constantly and is dependent on factors such as location, local growth, your neighbors’ homes, and current market conditions. Those factors are out of your control; however, you can add value to your home yourself through the upgrades you make to your home. Here are some easy, budget-friendly ways to add value to your home.

Backsplash
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to add value to your home. Start with small upgrades like a new or refreshed backsplash. Applying a fresh coat of paint can cover up old stains and scratches. Retiling the backsplash is a task most beginner DIYers can achieve and will make your backsplash look brand new. Many home improvement stores also offer peel and stick backsplashes for an even easier application.

Hardware
Upgrading the hardware, such as your door knobs, cabinet handles, and even light fixtures in your home can give it a more modern feel and help you make a statement. If you aren’t sure what kind of hardware you’d like to use, consider looking into stainless steel. It’s easy to care for, very durable, and attractive.

Paint
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your walls and cabinets. Make any room feel cleaner and more welcoming. Just remember to keep the colors neutral if you’re planning to sell your home.

3 Financial Questions to Ask Before Selling Your Home

Before you sell your home, you need to understand the finances involved in the process. This will help ensure you have a smooth transaction and set you up for success with your next home purchase. Here are the three most important questions to ask yourself before you get started:

What are the current market conditions?
As a general rule of thumb, the best time to sell is when listing inventory is low. More buyers vying for fewer houses means you’ll likely get a better deal for your home. When listing inventory is high, buyers have more options and you may need to price your home more competitively to get offers.

How much can I reasonably expect to get for my home?
Depending on the current market, the condition of your home, and how much homes similar to yours sold for recently, I can create a comparative market analysis that will give you a good idea of how much you could expect to get for your home.

How much do I owe on my home?
If you owe more on your home than it’s worth, it may not be a great time to sell. However, if you’ve built up a good amount of equity on your home, you could be looking at receiving a large check for selling your home. Take the amount you expect to get for selling and subtract how much you still owe to get a basic idea of how much you could walk away from the closing table with.

Figuring out if it’s the right time to buy or sell a home can be tricky. If you have questions or would like help figuring out when the right time to move is for your family, let me know. I’ll be glad to help!

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