Does Installing a Pool Add Value to Your Home?

If you plan on selling your home in the not too distant future, you might be thinking about investing in a few home improvements. Certain home improvements can help increase the overall quality of life in your home as well as increase your home value. However, not all home improvements automatically increase the value of your property. Take the installation of a pool for instance. Installing a pool could help add value to your home, but it could also hurt the value. How it affects your property value is dependent on a variety of factors. It’s why you should consider the pros and cons of installing a pool:

The Benefits of Installing a Pool

If your home is located in a higher end neighborhood and all of the surrounding homes have pools, then adding a pool to your home is likely going to raise the value. Obviously, the climate you live in will have a big impact as well. Fortunately, here in the Charlotte area, summers can get quite hot and a pool will be a nice feature for owners to have.

The Drawbacks of Installing a Pool

First of all, a pool is expensive to install. If you’re looking for projects that will result in a high ROI, there are better home improvement options. Secondly, properties with pools make insurance more expensive due to the liability involved. Last, but not least, a pool can be very expensive to maintain.

Essentially, installing a pool makes sense if you already have an expensive house in a high-end neighborhood. Otherwise, the pool could turn away buyers who don’t want to deal with the expense involved with maintaining a pool and paying for increased insurance premiums. For more home selling tips in the Charlotte area, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

How to Size Up A Neighborhood When Home Shopping

It’s difficult not to limit your attention to the properties you’re looking at when house hunting; however, it’s extremely important that you judge the neighborhood they’re in as well. The neighborhood plays an important part in buying a home after all. The following are a few things that you should look for when comparing neighborhoods:

  • Safety of the neighborhood – While you’ll want to make sure the neighborhood is relatively crime-free, a lack of crime is not the only thing that makes a neighborhood safe. Consider things like traffic as well. For example, if there’s heavy traffic outside your home, it may not be the safest place for a child to live.
  • Quality of the school district – If you have children or are planning on having children, you’ll want to do some research on the schools that serve the neighborhood.
  • Length of commute – The perfect neighborhood may not be so perfect if it’s going to take you hours just to get to work. Figure out how long it will take to commute to work.
  • The neighbors – You won’t want to end up living next to a frat house or next to neighbors who live in a dilapidated home. Look at the houses next door and speak with the neighbors to get a sense of who they are.
  • Nearby amenities – Take note of how close you are to amenities such as banks, grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and more.

These are some of the most important factors you should consider when looking into the neighborhoods of the properties you have a potential interest in. The last thing you want to do is to buy a dream house that ends up being in a nightmarish neighborhood, after all!

3 Tips to Alleviate the Stress of Selling Your Home

Selling a house isn’t as easy as just putting up a for sale sign in your front yard. Unfortunately, it can take a lot of work to sell a house. As such, it’s not uncommon for owners to stress out throughout the process. Stressing out won’t help you any–and it can even cause you to make bad decisions, which is why you should keep the following three tips in mind to help keep your stress levels low:

  1. Be flexible – If it’s possible, be flexible with your timeline. If you’ve planned your whole life around selling your home within the first few weeks that you’ve listed it, you’re going to put yourself under an enormous amount of stress. The less of a rush you’re in to sell your home, the less stressed out you’ll be during the process.
  2. Get away – It can be easy to become so involved in trying to sell your home that you don’t do anything else. This is not healthy. Try to get out of the house on a regular basis. For example, plan a day trip with friends or family. It will help get your mind off the selling process, thereby allowing you to relax a bit.
  3. Be healthy – One of the best ways to reduce stress is by exercising regularly and to maintain a healthy diet. Run in the mornings, cut out the junk food, and get plenty of sleep.

Use these three tips to reduce the stress of selling a home. Keep in mind that the more help you have selling your home, the less stressful the process will end up being. It’s why you should strongly consider using a professional real estate agent.

Why You Should Have Your Own Real Estate Agent When Buying a Home

These days, there are tons of resources available online that can help inform you and guide you as you go through the homebuying process. In fact, it’s not difficult to look for houses listed in your area and to schedule walkthroughs with the seller’s agent on your own. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s no need for your own real estate agent. The following are a few important reasons why you still need an agent:

  1. Knowledge about neighborhoods – A local agent can tell you everything you need to know about a neighborhood, including future developments that might affect the value of the property.
  2. Knowledge about properties for sale – A good agent will be able to alert you to properties that are about to be listed or have just been listed so that you can beat other buyers to the punch. This is because of their personal connections with other agents who are representing sellers in the area.
  3. Price guidance – Local agents will be very familiar with the local real estate market and will be able to tell you whether a property is accurately priced so that you don’t overpay.
  4. Negotiating assistance – Real estate agents know how to negotiate and can help you lower the price of the house or possibly the closing costs.
  5. Paperwork – There’s a lot of paperwork involved with buying a home and an agent can guide you through it.

A real estate agent will provide you with a huge advantage when it comes to the homebuying process. You’ll quickly find that the homebuying process can be a lot more challenging than it appears without the professional guidance and connections of an agent. If you’re looking for a reputable real estate agent to assist you in the homebuying process, then be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

How Your Outside Spaces Can Be a Big Selling Advantage

Homeowners who are putting their house on the market often focus on the house itself, from the way it looks to the interior space and features. However, it’s important to remember that your outdoor space plays a big part in attracting potential buyers. People want outdoor spaces that can be used for their kids and pets and that can be used for entertaining guests as well. The following are a few ways that you can emphasize your outdoor space:

  • Clean up your outdoor space – A dirty or unkempt outdoor space will turn buyers away before they even get a chance to look inside of your home. Your outdoor space has a huge impact on your property’s curb appeal, so make sure you clean it up. This means removing all trash, lawn tools, and toys that litter your yard, cutting your grass, removing branches and leaves, and trimming bushes.
  • Furnish your outdoor space – Add some furniture to your patio, deck, or porch to extend your living space outdoors and to help make your outdoor space feel more comfortable and inviting. At the very least, put out a nice bench or a couple of chairs.
  • Make repairs as needed – Repair crooked fencing, broken patio pavers, or faulty outdoor lighting. You don’t want your outdoor space to look like it’s in disrepair.
  • Invest in a few improvements – Consider investing in a few outdoor improvements. For example, build a new fence, give your existing fence or shed a fresh coat of paint, or plant flowers to add some color.

These are just a few ways that you can take advantage of your property’s outdoor space when selling your home.

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