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June 26, 2020
Finding the right season for your remodel, renovation, or repair can be difficult. Especially if you are looking to optimize your costs. If you are getting your project done in the same season that everyone else is, you are going to pay more for labor, component parts, and get slower service. But when you get your project completed during a season when things are less busy, you end up paying less and getting service done quicker. Here are some tips for finding the right season for your next remodeling project.
You May Want To Add Heating During The Summer Months
When it is warm outside, most homeowners are not thinking about their property’s heating. But it is often the best time to add or repair a furnace or a fireplace. If you wait until the fall or winter months, then everyone is going to be trying to get their heating done at the same time. That means you are going to be paying more for labor and for parts. By getting this done early in the summer, you can rest easier in the winter knowing you won’t have to wait to make sure your home is comfortable.
Fall Is A Great Season For Exterior Painting And A/C Units
The fall months are great for exterior painting and A/C units. Painting because the weather is relatively mild and A/C units because most people aren’t using their air when it is getting cooler outside. If you wait until the summer months to get your A/C fixed, you are going to have to sit in a hot and humid home while contractors work through all of the properties they already have lined up. Get your A/C fixed and property painted before the heat of the summer months.
Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations May Be Cheapest In The Winter
Remodels and renovations often take place during the summer, especially for bathrooms and kitchens. If you don’t want to pay the most expensive prices for contractors, labor, and parts, then you may want to consider handling this during the winter months instead of the summer. Want to change the flooring, add in new tile, or put in new appliances? Don’t wait until the summer months when everyone else wants to do the same thing.
Aren’t interested in figuring out what the best season for a remodel is? Don’t want to handle a remodeling at all? That’s no problem. You can still sell your home for the type of value that you want. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We’ll pay cash for your property, without the need for you to do any repairs or remodeling. We’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote. Sell your property the way you want to.
June 22, 2020
There was some speculation that COVID-19 would make selling a home impossible. That hasn’t been the case. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped buyers and sellers from taking part in the real estate market. But the way homes are sold has changed. If you are looking to sell your property, you have to be aware of these changes and how they will affect you. If you aren’t prepared to sell your property in the manner that today’s buyers expect, you could find your property lingering on the market for longer than you’d like. Here is how you can navigate the selling process during the pandemic:
Invest In Virtual Tours
In today’s environment, it is harder to have in-person showings and group showcases. That is why it is important for sellers to invest in virtual tours. Virtual tours can be interactive, or they can be static videos. You can film a virtual tour video yourself, or you can hire a professional company to do the process for you. Figuring out your virtual tour strategy early is important for keeping buyers engaged at a time when they may not be able to visit in person.
Don’t Overprice Your Property
In these uncertain times, there is still demand for properties; however, you don’t want to push it. This probably isn’t the time to ask for far more than you know your home is worth. Overpricing your property could leave your home languishing on the market for much longer than you’d like. And the longer your property sits on the market, the more likely buyers are to think there is a problem with your home.
Make Sure All Your Inspections Are Done
When you are selling during a pandemic, it is absolutely critical to make sure that you have all of your inspections done. You don’t want to get a buyer lined up and then have to wait weeks or months to get an inspection done. Inspections can take much longer to complete during this process, and waiting too long to get one done can be the difference between a sale being finalized or falling through. That is why it is important that you get your inspections done beforehand. That way, you don’t have to worry about if a contractor can make it on time.
If you aren’t interested in going through all of the precautions that other homeowners are working through during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still sell your home. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your property for cash. You don’t have to hire a real estate agent or handle repairs during this time. We can visit your property and give you a quote–or we can handle the entire process online after viewing high resolution images of your property. Forget the stress of trying to go through a showcase during the COVID-19 pandemic. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call and sell at your own pace.
December 23, 2019
Often it is the front yard that gets all of the attention. Curb appeal is a huge concept in the real estate business, and that’s why most sellers focus their outdoor attention on how the property looks from the street. But you don’t want to neglect your backyard either. The backyard often is where the most outdoor living space is, and it is where families like to spend a lot of time on the weekends in the spring and summer months. Having an attractive backyard space can make your property much more attractive to prospective buyers.
Add Seating And Shade
Seating is a great way to make your outdoor spaces more comfortable. Think about how you would arrange a living room, and then apply that to your outdoor space. You may consider some outdoor long chairs next to a table for food and drinks. You may even want a wireless stereo system outside to listen to music while you enjoy the day. Adding shade is critical, especially for the summer days. You want to make sure that you can sit outside without feeling uncomfortable.
Invest In Outdoor Lights
A great way to make your outdoor environment more comfortable is to add lighting. Adding lighting to any space can make it feel more welcoming, this is especially true for outdoor living spaces. Lighting up your backyard can make it easier to stay outside during those early evening hours. In the summertime, this could be your favorite time to be outside!
Keep The Plants In Check
It is important to make sure that your outdoor spaces are maintained well. That means cutting the grass on a regular basis and making sure that the shrubs are cut and the tree branches are trimmed. No prospective buyer wants to walk into your backyard and feel like nobody has taken care of the place. You need to take the time to invest in the aesthetics of your outdoor living spaces. Everyone has been to a home where the backyard wasn’t maintained. It looks bad, and as a prospective buyer, it makes you want to move on. Make sure that your backyard is a selling point and not a negative.
Handling improvements to your backyard space can be difficult and time consuming. If you don’t want to spend the time, effort, and resources necessary to upgrade your backyard before a traditional sale process, then you may want to consider selling your property to 4 Brothers Buy Houses. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will come out to your property and give you a free, no obligation quote. You can sell your property how you want to, and get the value that you deserve on your own timeline. You don’t have to work on costly outdoors upgrades if you don’t want to. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call today.
December 23, 2019
Its holiday season, which means that millions of Americans are decorating their homes with holiday charm. You may think that this isn’t for people who are selling their homes, but you’d be surprised–more and more sellers are starting to get into the holiday spirit by decorating their properties for showcases to prospective buyers. Prospective buyers want to feel at home when they visit a potential purchase for the first time, and decorating the home for the holidays can really show them what living in your house could feel like.
Having A Holiday Theme For Your Open House Can Make It More Welcoming
You may want to consider a holiday theme for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. The primary objective here is to make your prospective buyers feel at home. When they feel welcomed into the home, they are more likely to show genuine interest. You can get started with the decorations by thinking about the colors of the season. For Halloween, this may mean having some pumpkins near the front door. For Christmas, may you are hanging a wreath and a setting up a Christmas tree in the living room.
Don’t Forget To Bring The Snacks
Each season has its own flavors, and you want to make sure that you get those right too. Bringing snacks is a great way to get into the good graces of prospective buyers. You may think about bringing cookies to a Christmas themed showing, or candy to a Halloween themed one. The snacks are part of the immersion process, what really makes visitors feel as if they are at home when they visit your property.
You Don’t Want To Overdo It
Even though having a themed showing is something that can intrigue buyers, you want to make sure that you don’t overdo it. For example, if you are having a Halloween themed showing, you don’t want to make your property into a haunted house. The purpose isn’t to scare them, it is to welcome them and make them feel at home. Think about how you can be festive without overdoing it or overwhelming a potentially interested family.
Not interested in going through the process of decorating your home for prospective buyers? Don’t want to bake cookies or bring snacks for a showcase? Then you may want to think about selling your property to 4 Brothers Buy Houses. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will buy your property cash, without the need for you to go through expensive or lengthy repairs beforehand. We can send someone out to your property at your convenience for a free, no obligation quote. Give us a call today and we’ll work with you on selling your property how you want to.
October 15, 2019
Every home is going to have maintenance issues at some point. If you don’t stay on top of these maintenance issues, they can become major problems that require the need for an expensive repair. You want to stop things from ever getting to that point. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can check up on your property to ensure that things aren’t breaking down. Here is how you can stay prepared instead of worrying after the fact.
Here are the things
1. Look For Leaks
Leaks coming from the sinks or toilets in your home should be fixed as quickly as possible. When you wait to fix these leaks, they can end up costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars to fix. Especially if the leak leads to water damage.
2. Evaluate Your HVAC Systems
You want to contact an HVAC professional–such as a mechanic–to come evaluate your properties systems. They will ensure that the heating systems are prepared for the winter and that the cooling systems are ready for summer. If your HVAC system breaks down, it can cost thousands of dollars to fix. And you definitely don’t want to be handling that in the sweltering heat of the summer months.
3. Checkup On Your Roof
Roof damage can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. You definitely don’t want to have to deal with that problem if you don’t need to. That is why inspecting your roof on a regular basis is critical. Think about hiring a contractor to check out your roof and see if the shingles are in good condition. Roofs may fall into disrepair after a particularly harsh winter.
4. Look Out For Termites
Termites are a danger to your property. They are also very easy to see. Check for mud tunnels going up from the ground on the outside of your property.
If left unchecked, they can cause structural damage that costs tens of thousands of dollars to fix. To avoid this problem, make sure that you contact pest control professionals who know what to look for. Wood damage, such as blisters, could be indications that you have a termite problem. If you have a particularly bad infestation, you’ll likely also notice termite droppings near wood in your home.
Looking to sell your property without having to deal with all of the frustration of maintenance and repairs? If you don’t want to handle these expensive repairs before selling your property, give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your home for cash, without the need for you to complete any additional repairs or renovations on the property. We’ll provide you with a free, no-obligation quote after you contact us, and then you can make a decision that works for you and your family. Sell your property on your own terms.
September 30, 2019
There are plenty of mistakes that sellers make on a regular basis, especially if it is their first time selling a home. The key is identifying these pitfalls so that you can avoid them and the hassles that they bring along. Each of these mistakes can be expensive, and cost you in both time and money. But once you learn each of these common mistakes, you’ll figure out how to avoid them in the future. Let’s take a closer look at the mistakes that new sellers usually make.
Not Understanding The Costs Of Selling
Some new sellers don’t fully understand that there are costs to selling. For example, you may need to move out and rent a new place while you showcase your property to prospective buyers. Obviously, you’ll need to consider repairs and closing costs. Some have even estimated that the costs to sell can be 5-10 percent of the final sale price. That’s pretty steep, especially if you don’t have enough equity to be comfortable financially.
Not Being Willing To Move On Price
Fair market value may not be what you envisioned when you first thought about selling your home. Holding on to a price that doesn’t make sense is one of the worst things you can do as a seller. The longer your property stays on the market, the more prospective buyers will wonder if something is wrong with the property. You need to be willing to move on the price. Don’t be afraid to be flexible.
Refusing To Make Repairs
If your home needs a long list of repairs, buyers can be scared off. Buyers are already making a major investment in your property, they want to move in and feel at home. They don’t want to also have to deal with expensive repairs. Make sure that you make sure your property’s structure is intact and that key appliances are all in working order.
Refusing To Make Accommodations On Showing Times
Selling your property is a process, and you need to be prepared to jump through some hoops. That means having to accommodate prospective buyers. Sometimes a buyer won’t be able to make it to an open house and may request a specific time to come see the property. If you aren’t able or willing to meet that request, then you could be missing out on a potential sale.
If you are frustrated with the traditional home sale process, you aren’t alone. Most people don’t enjoy going through the process of selling their property, especially with all of the hoops that are necessary to jump through. That’s why more and more sellers in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas are looking at 4 Brothers Buy Houses. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will provide you with a free, no obligation quote. That means you can sell your property and get the cash you need immediately, without having to wait for several months. Contact 4 Brothers Buy Houses today and get cash for your home when you need it.
September 27, 2019
Have you ever gone into a store that wasn’t lit very well? Chances are that you didn’t stay long. Lighting at absolutely key to selling your property, but it is something that pretty much nobody in the real estate industry talks about. Realtors aren’t talking about how critical lighting is, and home sellers often don’t even know that their lighting is a problem until after the fact. If you can’t find your property easily at night, then your lighting is an issue. Likewise, if your property has poorly lit closets, kitchens, or bathrooms, you will also have problems attracting buyers. Let’s take a closer look at lighting in the home.
If Your Home Is Dimly Lit, Buyers Will Assume You Have Something To Hide
You want to pay specific attention to areas such as the closets, storage areas, bedrooms, and hallways. You probably are going to have your kitchens and bathrooms fairly well lit, but you may mistakenly neglect these other areas. This is a mistake. You want to make sure that your entire home’s interior is well lit. Think about it from the perspective of a buyer. They may think that if your home is dimly lit, you are hiding something. Maybe they think there is a repair that you are trying to avoid. Either way, you want to avoid the perception that you have something to hide.
A Poorly Lit Exterior Makes It Difficult To Find Your Property At Night
If you want your property to sell, then you need to make sure that people can actually find it. Unfortunately, poor exterior lightning can make it very hard to find your property at night. That is why it is important to make sure that your yard is well-lit, and that your porch and driveway also have lighting.
Improving Your Home’s Lightning Is Easy
The good news is that you can improve your home’s lighting relatively easily. Often, the change can be as simple as installing higher wattage light bulbs. You want to check and see what is the highest voltage that your fixtures can handle, but it isn’t that difficult to get started. You’ll also want to consider adding more light fixtures as well, so that you have a higher quantity of lighting. Another thing to consider is natural lighting inside the home. You’ll want to make sure that your home has enough lighting from natural sources to keep your living and bedroom areas well-lit during the day.
If you aren’t interested in handling lighting additions to your property, don’t fret. You can still sell your home. 4 Brothers Buy Houses is interested in purchasing your property, and we’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote at any time. That means you won’t have to wait for months to get the cash you need to move on with your life. 4 Brothers Buy Houses lets you sell your property on your own timeline, and on your own terms.
September 20, 2019
There is a wide range of new trends that homebuyers are looking for. If you are interested in selling your property, you need to be aware of what homebuyers are looking for. That is how you will maximize the sale of your property and get the strongest possible offers. Trends are constantly changing, and now millennials are entering the market and making new demands of what they want in a home.
Here are some of the new trends that you’ll need to know if you are going to sell your property in the near future.
Built-in Wine Coolers In Kitchens
Today’s home buyers are much more likely to be millennials. And millennials love wine. Millennials are driving wine trends, and enjoy buying wine online for shipment directly to their mailbox. Perhaps that is why millennials are looking for built-in wine coolers in their kitchens. This is an accessory that many older generations may have foregone, but millennial buyers are increasingly asking for it.
Tons Of Glass In Bathrooms
Older bathrooms used a lot of tiles, but these days buyers are more interested in having glass and stone. It is very important to make sure that you prioritize glass, especially when it comes to renovating your shower and adding doors. Younger buyers are also looking for showerheads with multiple options for spray strength.
Motion Light Sensors
New buyers tend to be much more worried about their energy consumption. That is why motion light sensors are such an attractive perk. Motion light sensors reduce the need for turning on lights manually, and they also help to conserve energy over long periods of time. Installing them will save you money too, especially while showcasing the property.
Open Floor Plans
Young buyers are looking for more space. They don’t want to feel cramped in their new homes. They want open floor plans that give them the space that they didn’t have when they were renting apartments. If you are selling your property, you need to be aware of this. You can rearrange furniture to provide more space, or you can do a significant renovation which may include knocking down a wall. Either way, you need to understand that it is important to provide prospective buyers with the appearance and feel of open space. The more cramped the interior of your property feels, the less likely it is to generate interest from young buyers.
Looking to sell your home but aren’t sure if you can renovation to incorporate the latest trends? Don’t worry about having to go through a lengthy and expensive renovation process. Instead, give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We can provide you with a free, no-obligation quote on your property at any time. We’d be happy to work with you on the process so that you can sell your home on your own terms. Contact 4 Brothers Buy Houses today and get the cash for your home that you deserve.
February 3, 2016
A home inspection is one of the most critical junctures in a real estate transaction. If a deal is going to fall through, this is usually the time at which it happens. The other critical issue that typically sinks real estate deals is financing.
It is highly recommended that every home buyer, first time or otherwise, order a home inspection on the property they are under contract to buy. In fact, it is typically considered a ‘Fiduciary Responsibility’ of the buyer’s Real Estate Agent to ensure their client does a home inspection so the client is protected from any unknown issues the home may have.
Further, almost all lenders also require a home inspection as part of their financing commitment when providing a loan to a buyer for the purchase of the property. Since the house is serving as the collateral on which the loan is secured, it is critical for the lender to understand the quality of that collateral. A home inspection helps assure them that the security for their loan is void of any major issues that will negatively impact the property’s value.
What should buyers and sellers focus on when looking at a home inspection report? Read on to find out…
Major Areas Of Concern On A Home Inspection
Individuals who are looking at a home inspection report in Washington DC should focus on major, high ticket items that come up as problematic on the home inspection report- such as the foundation, electrical system, plumbing system, and the roof. Since these are the most important systems in the home, and also the most costly to repair, these are what a buyer should be most focused on. ‘Small stuff,’ like missing screens, doors that stick, missing doorway thresholds, etc, are not usually anything to worry about. And the reality is, when asking for repairs from a home seller, it is best to be judicious with what items you ask the seller to fix- fewer items that are higher price point will often be received better than long laundry list of less expensive repairs.
This is probably the single most important potential problem that may be uncovered from a home inspection, as the entire structure of the home could be at risk with a major foundation issue. Typically, as long as floors, ceilings, and walls are straight, and doors open and close normally, any foundation problems that come up will be more minor- like cracks in the foundation. However, even with these minor issues, it could still cost somewhere between $5K and $15K if something like Helical Piers are needed to reinforce a settling corner of the foundation. A good rule of thumb that we use when renovating properties is that any small foundation issue will take around $10K to fix. If it’s a more significant issue, like a cracked or bowing wall, then the cost will go up dramatically.
On a house we renovated in Lanham, we had to completely tear down and rebuild a basement wall in a 1,000 square foot rambler basement, which ended up costing around $45,000. If any structural or foundation issue is uncovered by the inspection, the buyer will have the option to walk away from the deal using the home inspection contingency that is in almost every offer. Or, if the buyer would still like to buy the house, write into the inspection addendum that the issue must be evaluated by a structural engineer of the BUYER’S choosing, and any recommended repairs made at seller’s expense.
The best way to spot a leaky roof is to look inside the attic. Any worthwhile home inspector will go into the attic (make sure that the seller has provided some means of attic access), and will also often go on top of the roof. It is HIGHLY recommended to find an inspector with a long ladder that will always physically go onto the roof, as many issues can’t be uncovered unless the inspector is literally on top of the roof. If a roof leak is uncovered on a buyer’s home inspection, the buyer’s best bet is to write into the inspection addendum to have the roof further evaluated by a licensed roofer of the buyer’s choosing and any repairs made by the seller at their expense. If seller will not agree to this and will only agree to use their roofer, this opens the buyer to more risk, but can still be workable as long as seller provides a written report and proof of license from the roofer. Often, the best course of action if a roof has more than 1 or 2 leaks is to replace the entire roof, which can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000.
There are 2 main electrical systems in the house- the main electrical meter and panel, which is where the power from the street attaches to the house and is the way all the power is provided to the house, and the internal system, which goes from the electrical panel to all the various outlets and switches inside the house. Any issues with the main electrical panel will be most costly to repair, while a few non working outlets or switches is usually not particularly costly and is something that most seller’s should have no problems with fixing.
Dealing With Major Problems Revealed On Inspection Reports In Washington DC
Those homeowners who find that that they have major problems with their property in Washington DC often decide to simply sell their real estate to an investor who specializes in such sales. The advantages of doing so are plentiful, real estate investors are able to complete the sale quickly, with cash, and allow homeowners a way out of their property without the stress and headache of costly repairs.