How to Make Your Small Home Look Bigger

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Selling your home is challenging! And if your home is on the smaller side, homebuyers might think twice about whether it will address all their needs. Even if it does, if your home feels small and cramped, it won’t attract a lot of buyers. 

There are ways you can make your small home feel bigger and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Try these tips on how to make a small house feel bigger:

1. Use light colors when painting your walls

Light colors make a room feel more open and airier, which can give the illusion of more space. In contrast, dark colors often make a space feel smaller and more cramped than it is. If you don’t want to paint the entire home, paint an accent wall in a light color to make a statement and open up the space.

2. Let in natural light

Natural light is one of the best ways to make a small room feel bigger. If your home doesn’t have a lot of windows, consider installing skylights or solar tubes to brighten things. You can also use mirrors to reflect light and make the space feel more open.

3. Keep the clutter to a minimum

One of the quickest ways to make a small space feel cramped is to have too much stuff. Go through your belongings and get rid of anything that you don’t need or use. This will not only create space, but it will also make your home feel less cluttered.

4. Use multipurpose furniture

Furniture that serves more than one purpose is ideal for small homes. For example, ottomans with storage can be used as a coffee table or extra seating, while a Murphy bed can be folded up into the wall when not in use. Look for furniture that is both functional and stylish to make the most of your space.

5. Hang curtains high

Hanging curtains closer to the ceiling will make your windows look taller and your ceilings appear higher. This simple trick can give the illusion of more space and make your small home feel bigger.

Making your small home feel bigger doesn’t have to be difficult. By using these tips, you can create the illusion of more space. If you’re selling your home, making your small house feel bigger can attract more interested buyers. For advice on selling a house, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

Choosing Between Buying and Building a Home

Buying Versus Building a Home

If you’re looking for a new home, you have two main options: You can buy an existing home or you can build your house from the ground up. The decision of whether to buy or build a home is a big one. There are pros and cons to each option, and the right choice for you will depend on your specific circumstances. Here is a brief breakdown of the benefits and drawbacks of buying vs. building a home:

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Home

Buying an existing home tends to be more affordable. You can also buy older homes that have unique characteristics that you won’t find in newly built homes. You’ll have more options in terms of what neighborhood you prefer. Additionally, you won’t have to wait as long to move into a home that you’ve bought.

Some of the disadvantages to buying an existing home include it’s very hard to find the perfect home. You may not be able to find a home that perfectly suits your needs and preferences. You may also have to deal with expensive repairs or renovations, especially if you’re buying an older house or one that may not be up to code.

The Pros and Cons of Building a Home

When building a house, you’ll be able to design your home exactly how you want it. You can customize every aspect of your home, from the layout to the finishes. Because everything is brand-new, you probably won’t need to spend a lot of money on repairs or replacements for some time as well.

The biggest downside is that it takes quite a bit of time – at least several months – to build a new home. Additionally, it can be quite expensive to build a home from scratch. You’ll need to consider the cost of land, materials, labor, etc. Finding land on which to build can also be a challenge.

Buying vs. Building a Home

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to deciding whether to buy or build a home. The best decision for you will depend on what kind of home you want, your budget, and whether or not you have time constraints. It all depends on your individual circumstances.

For more advice on buying or building a home, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

Can I Sell My House Soon After Buying It?

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If you’ve recently bought a new house, then you can sell it anytime you want. It’s your house, after all! However, that doesn’t mean you should. Although extenuating circumstances might force you to sell your house soon after buying it, there are several reasons why you should consider waiting a few years if possible.

Why Should I Wait Before I Sell My House?

Real estate tends to be a very stable investment and will typically appreciate over the long term. If you sell quickly after you’ve bought (say, within the year), then odds are you won’t make much of a profit; if any. In fact, it’s more likely you’ll lose money when you take into account all of the costs associated with buying and selling a house as well as moving to and from a new location.

For instance, in addition to the down payment and mortgage payments you’ve already made, you’ve also spent money on moving costs, property taxes, mortgage insurance, and more. 

Secondly, even if your house does jump in value significantly, if you sell your house within a year of having bought it, your capital gains will be taxed like regular income. You need to wait at least a year for your capital gains to be taxed as long-term gains and not short-term gains (which will save you money).

How Long Should I Wait Before I Sell My House?

At the very least, you should wait a year to avoid a higher capital gains tax rate. However, considering all the costs associated with buying a house, most homeowners won’t break even when they sell unless they wait at least two years.

For more advice on buying and selling homes, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

3 Homebuyer Bidding War Mistakes to Avoid

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You’ve finally found your dream house, and you can’t wait to submit a bid! However, you’re not the only one interested: You have competition. A situation like this is likely to occur when you’re in a seller’s market, and it’s critical that you know how to navigate it.

If you get caught up in a homebuyer bidding war, you’ll want to be sure to avoid the following mistakes:

  1. Bidding all your money: It can be easy to get caught up in a bidding war, but the last thing you should do is bid the entirety of your budget. It could make things very tight financially speaking, especially since you should put aside money for things like maintenance and repairs.
  2. Lowballing the seller: If you know there’s another buyer in the picture, don’t try to submit a lower offer thinking you’ll be able to submit a second offer. The seller may simply decide to accept an offer from the competing buyer. Make sure your first offer is a strong one if you want to be taken seriously.
  3. Removing all contingencies: Removing all contingencies from your offer will be appealing to sellers, but you’re putting yourself at serious risk. For instance, if a home inspection discovers significant issues, you won’t be able to back out of the offer without incurring a financial penalty. If you plan to remove contingencies from your bid, be careful about which ones you remove.

These are a few of the common mistakes you should avoid if you find yourself in a homebuyer bidding war. It’s essential that you don’t get too caught up in a bidding war and proceed cautiously. 

For more homebuying tips, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

3 Hidden Home Selling Costs

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Believe it or not, selling a home can cost you money. It’s not as simple as just putting a for-sale sign in your yard. If you want to sell your home as quickly as possible, hire a real estate agent who can help you navigate the home-selling market and find motivated buyers.

You may need to invest some money into repairs and upgrades where needed. But a Realtor and home improvements aren’t the only expenses associated with selling a house. The following are three hidden home selling costs you may not have known about:

  1. Appraisal: You can use comps within your neighborhood to help determine the value of the house, but you’ll get a more accurate assessment of what to ask your home is appraised by a professional. Independent appraisals cost between $350 and $500.
  2. Survey: If you own an older home in an older neighborhood (and/or your home is in a rural area surrounded by natural elements), you’ll need to schedule a survey. A land surveyor will determine the property lines so you know exactly how large your land is and exactly what you’re selling. A land survey can cost from $250 to $1,000.
  3. Vacant house insurance: If you’re not living in the house, you’ll want to purchase vacant house insurance. This protects you financially if your house is vandalized. Expect to pay upwards of a few hundred a month.

There are a lot of different costs associated with selling a house. Although you may be aware of most of them, there are often hidden home selling costs.

For more home selling advice, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

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