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    Direct: 614-755-9566 jdeeds7@yahoo.com www.buyahomecolumbus.com Realty Executives Central

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Sell First or Buy First??? When You Need to do Both…

Posted by Jody Deeds on January 27, 2008

Deciding whether to buy or sell first can be a difficult decision.  Both have pros and cons depending on your particular situation.  Here are some things to consider when making your next move.

Buying First and Then Selling, may create 2 mortgage payments, which most people aren’t comfortable handling.   Also, buying before you sell could end up costing you much more in the long run…you’ll be more inclined to lower your price to get it sold and not lose out on your new home, plus the carrying costs to keep the old home maintained and the utilities on, can deplete your savings rather quickly.  In addition, you may not qualify for a loan on your new home if you haven’t sold the old one first.  Unless you have a plan of action in place that has taken into consideration these factors, buying before you sell might not be the best way to go.

But, What About Selling Before you Buy.  This too can create some challenges.  Where will you live if your current home sells before you’ve found your new home?  Are you prepared to pay the new owner rent until you can find a new place to live?  Where will you store all of your belongings if you can’t move everything into your temporary living space?

One advantage to putting your home on the market BEFORE you buy a new home is that you’ll have a much better position in negotiating with the seller, than if you didn’t have your home on the market yet.

Every situation is unique.  Be sure to discuss all options with your Realtor and lender, and then decide the best position to take for your situation.

If you need to make a move, but have a home to sell, visit us at www.sellyourhomecolumbus.com  We’ll help you sort through the options.

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Most Common Home Problems

Posted by Jody Deeds on January 27, 2008

Mold, Mildew and Musty Odors

Water leaks are usually to blame for these issues.  These leaks could be from leaky water pipes, toilets, showers, tubs, roof leaks and gutter problems.  If you notice leaks for areas needing repair, it is extremely important to have those items remedied immediately to prevent structural damage and potential health issues.

 

High humidity caused by everyday tasks such as showers, cooking and drying clothes, can also be culprits.  Indoor humidity levels should be maintained between 30%-50%.

High Energy Bills

High energy bills can usually be traced to windows, heating and cooling equipment, and insulation.  To reduce your energy costs, it’s important to have your furnace and air conditioning units serviced regularly.  If windows have condensation between the panes or have broken locks and seals, contact the manufacturer to see if they are still under warranty.

Damp Basement

Primary source of damp basements are water leaks and high humidity.  Again, look for water pipe leaks, as well as basement wall cracks and areas where water may be penetrating.  Have these issues repaired immediately.

Drafty Rooms

Common areas for cold air leaking in the home can be found around doors, windows, light fixtures, electrical outlets.   The biggest leaks are usually in the attic and around recessed lighting.

Be sure to have your contractor check the air and furnace units to check for air leaks and to make sure there is a balanced airflow.  In addition, caulking around window sills and door jambs will help prevent drafts.

Dust

Dust can penetrate your home through air leaks around windows, doors, and air ducts.  To reduce dust in your home change your furnace filter, and vacuum regularly.  Furnace filters should be changed once a month.  Be sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outside of your home.  Leave shoes at the front door instead of wearing them throughout your home.

Moisture on Windows

Windows that get condensation on them, are usually a result of old windows, and single pane windows with aluminum frames. Ignoring this issue could lead to deterioration and rotting of wooden trim, sills and framing, and could lead to mold and mildew.

 

Consider replacing with storm windows.  If cost is an issue, you can use install a shrink film or polyethylene sheet.  Window insulation kits can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Ice Dams

These usually occur after heavy snowfalls and freezing temperatures for several days.  As temperatures warm, and the snow and ice begin to melt, water begins to drain along the roof under the snow.    When this water reaches the overhang, it refreezes and creates the ice dam.  This can cause roof damage and could lead to water leaks.

 

Fixing the roof leak will not prevent future ice dams.  You’ll need to seal the air leaks, in the attic, and add insulation  Make sure there is adequate ventilation in the attic and be sure to keep gutters free from debris throughout the year.

For information about buying or selling a home, visit us at www.buyahomecolumbus.com

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The BEST DAY to Change The Price When Selling Your Home!

Posted by Jody Deeds on January 27, 2008

The BEST DAY to Change The Price! Monday? Tuesday? Friday?


Hopefully, you’ve priced the home properly from day one.  However, after weeks on the market and no offers, it might be time to consider the market conditions, home prices and general interest in a home. 
When the market warrants that dreaded price change, you might be surprised to learn that the timing of that price change may benefit you as a homeseller.  So what’s the best day of the week to change your price?

Is it Monday?  Right before a holiday weekend?  The day of an Open House?

Sellers…Want to know the answer?  Send me an e-mail and I’ll clue you in on a little secret that could help you get it SOLD!

Buyers…Got your eye on a home and want to know if the price has changed? Get FREE e-mail updates.

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