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June 29, 2020

Common Home Repair Mistakes To Avoid

Everybody makes mistakes. When it comes to your home repair project, you are going to make some mistakes too. But the key is making sure that you don’t make the kind of major, costly mistakes that can really set you back over the long-term. It is important that you stay engaged in the project, be realistic about the costs and potential setbacks, and that you don’t try to do things on your own that you aren’t qualified for. Here are some of the most common big home repair mistakes that you want to avoid:

 

  • Failing To Stay Engaged In The Project

 

When you don’t stay engaged or involved in the project, things are more likely to go wrong. Even if you feel like you don’t have the time, you need to make sure that you are doing some supervising of the project when you hire contractors. When you don’t stay engaged, projects are more likely to go over budget and you are more likely to run into other problems.

 

  • Believing There Won’t Be Any Setbacks Or Interruptions

 

There are always going to be some setbacks or interruptions. No project goes 100% smoothly. You don’t want to make the mistake of thinking everything will go smoothly and then get frustrated when they don’t. Leave yourself some leeway in case some small things go wrong. 

 

  • Trying To Handle Repairs Yourself That You Aren’t Qualified For

 

If you aren’t an electrician or a plumber, you shouldn’t be making those repairs in your own home. Trying to do so can be dangerous to yourself. In some cases, you can make things worse and cost yourself even more money. 

 

  • Forgetting To Check If Your Contractor Is Licensed

 

This is a big one. Over 30 states require all home repair contractors to be licensed, but many states still do not. If your contractor isn’t licensed, they may not know what they are doing. This could cause you significant damage to your property. You want to avoid this at all costs. That is why it is important to do your research and make sure that the contractor that you hire is licensed. 

Working on home repairs can get old fast. Repairs can get expensive and you may not have the time or patience to stay engaged over the weeks that a repair might take. The good news is that you can still sell your property without the need to go through expensive repairs. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We will provide you with a free, no obligation quote on your property. You can sell at a time that works for you, instead of rushing through repairs and a showcase process, you can sell at a time that works for you. Contact 4 Brothers Buy Houses today.

April 28, 2020

Selling Your Property Without Having An In-Person Showing

This is the story of Willie Roberson, who sold his property to 4 Brothers Buy Houses without having even one single in-person showing. Willie had a property that he had lived in or rented out for 30 years. The property wasn’t in great shape, but Willie wasn’t interested in having more repairs or expensive renovations. He was either going to sell the property or keep renting it out. 4 Brothers Buy Houses provided Willie with the perfect opportunity to sell his property without having to deal with real estate agents or showcasing the property to dozens of prospective buyers. Here is his story. 

Willie Owned His Property For 30 Years

Willie had owned his Bouie property on Congressional Court for three decades. For the first 20 years, Willie lived in the property. After moving out, he decided to rent it out, and had been doing so for the past 10 years. The property started off in good condition, but it wore down over the years. Willie didn’t want to invest in costly repairs and renovations. That was fine for renting the property out, but he knew that if he wanted to do a traditional home sale, those would probably be a requirement to get buyer interest.

After Seeing An Ad On TV, Willie Decided To Reach Out

After his latest tenants moved out, Willie decided he wanted to sell if possible. He saw an ad on TV for 4 Brothers Buy Houses, and decided to make the call. Willie called on January 14th and talked to the 4 Brothers Buy Houses team. He got all of his questions about the sale answered via email and was ready to move forward with the sale.

Willie Was Able To Sell His Property Without An In-Person Showing

After the initial call on January 14th, it only took 10 more days for the sale agreement to be finalized. Both parties signed the agreement on January 24th, and title work went smoothly after that. Closing was finished on February 11th, less than a month after Willie’s initial call to 4 Brothers Buy Houses. Willie never had to have an in-person showing–he sent 4 Brothers Buy Houses photos of the property and that was all they needed.

Want to sell your property without going through an in-person showing just like Willie did? When you work with 4 Brothers Buy Houses, you can sell your property on your terms. Whether you have a rental property, an older property that hasn’t been renovated, or just don’t want to work with a real estate agent, you can feel confident knowing that 4 Brothers Buy Houses is here for you. Give us a call today and we’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote on your property. This is your opportunity to sell without going through the frustrations of the traditional sales process. Give us a call today.

April 22, 2020

Want To Paint Your Home? Here’s What You Need To Think About

Looking to paint your home? Maybe you just want to improve your property’s aesthetic. Maybe you want to improve your curb appeal for prospective buyers. Maybe the paint in your property is getting old and peeling. Either way, there are some things that you need to think about before you get started on the paint job. You need to consider whether you can paint the property on your own, how the current paint is holding up, and whether you’ll be doing the painting on the interior or the exterior. Here is a closer look at what you need to be thinking about.

Can You Paint The Property By Yourself?

This all comes down to the size and scale of the job. If you are painting a single room, or even just a few rooms in your property, you may be able to complete the entire project on your own. But if you want to paint the entire inside of your house, it may be better to call a professional painting company to work with you. The same goes for if you want to paint the exterior of your home. Exteriors tend to be more complicated because of the sheer size and because being outside exposes the paint to the elements. Going it alone may be cheaper, but if the job is large, it can cost you in the long run.

How Is The Current Paint Job Holding Up?

If your current paint is peeling, you may need to do significant prep work in order to get the surfaces ready. This may also require professional help if you don’t have the right tools, since you don’t want to damage the walls or have an uneven paint job. But if you are working on a new property where the paint is smooth and the surfaces are even, then you may be able to go it alone and handle painting by yourself.

Interior vs. Exterior Painting

When you are painting on the interior of your home, you don’t have to worry about the elements. That means no worrying about rain or wind or debris. When you are painting on the exterior of your home, those are all things that you need to be aware of. That is why exterior painting jobs often require professional help. Most times, individuals don’t have the knowledge or resources to keep their exterior paint safe from the elements. It is much easier for individuals to handle painting the interior of their properties.

Painting your property can be strenuous work. Especially in the summer months when the outside heat can take a toll on your body. If you don’t want to put in the work to paint your property, that doesn’t mean you can’t sell your home. You don’t have to hire a costly painting company either. You can sell your property to 4 Brothers Buy Houses for cash. Contact us today and we’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote. You can sell at the time that works for you and your family. Give us a call and talk to our team to get started.

April 17, 2020

Why You May Want To Consider Having A Garden In Your Yard

Gardening can actually be a really great way to spend the spring and summer months. You get to be in the sun and get some exercise in while creating a beautiful landscape. There’s a wide range of personal benefits to starting a garden, but there are financial benefits as well. Homes with attractive gardens have higher curb appeal, and owners find that more prospective buyers are interested in their properties. Starting a garden isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great way to merge a hobby with the goal of selling your property at a higher valuation.

Gardens Can Improve Curb Appeal And Increase Interest In Your Property

Curb appeal is crucial when it comes to selling your property. If your home isn’t attractive from the curb, prospective buyers will keep driving. Since so much of the homebuying process is done online these days, you’ll need to make sure that you have attractive outdoor shots of your property. Having a beautiful garden in those shots can make your property that much more attractive to prospective buyers. You could work with a landscaping company, but you could also handle the gardening yourself and save some money.

Gardening Can Be A Great Hobby In The Spring And Summer Months

One of the reasons you may want to take up gardening may not even be about the financial reward of selling your home. You may just want to start a new hobby during the spring and summer months. Gardening is great for families because they get to plant something and see it grow over time. It also takes hard work–pulling out weeds and making sure that the mulch is replaced when need be. You may find yourself even growing fruits and vegetables to eat for later in the year.

You Can Establish An Outdoor Leisure Area

Gardens can be scenic for your outdoor leisure area. Make sure that your garden is visible from your patio, so that you can enjoy the view during the warm summer months. You may want to think about investing in some outdoor furniture so that you can drink some lemonade and read a book while the day goes by. The good thing is that outdoor leisure living spaces are increasingly popular with homebuyers as well.

Interested in selling your property but don’t want to go through all of the work to improve your curb appeal? If you aren’t interested in gardening to get your property ready for sale, don’t worry about it. You can still sell your property without learning how to plant new flowers outside. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your property cash. We’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote. You won’t have to work with a real estate agent or deal with showcasing your property to prospective buyers who may or may not be interested. Call us today and get started selling your property on your terms.

April 14, 2020

Here’s How You Can Get Your Home Ready For The Summer Months

The summer is almost here, and that means that if you are interested in selling your property you’ll need to start getting prepared. Summer is one of the busiest seasons for home sales because of the great weather, and because it is when most people take off from work. Selling in the summer months comes with a lot of competition from other sellers, so you’ll need to get your property ready to stand out from the crowd. Here is how you can do just that.

Think About Doing Maintenance In The Summer

During the summer months, you can get a wide range of deals and discounts on maintenance. That is because most maintenance is done during the winter months. Think about things like having your HVAC system, your plumbing, cleaning carpets, and even your gutters.

Keep Your AC Units Running Smoothly

Your air conditioner is key to staying cool during the summer months. If you are getting ready to sell, the last thing you need is your home to be extra hot during an open house with prospective buyers. Invest in a new AC system or repair your current one during the summer.

Start Thinking About Pest Control

Pests–especially insects–can really be a nuisance during the summer when it is warm. If you are worried about pests, you may want to think about spraying the outside of your home or making sure that windows and doors are sealed. If the problem is serious, you may need to call an exterminator to make sure that you don’t get an infestation that gets out of hand.

Keep The Grass And Shrubs Trimmed

Making sure that your grass and shrubs are trimmed is the best way to make sure that your property’s curb appeal stays where it needs to be. When the grass doesn’t get cut, prospective buyers are much less likely to stop and take a look. Make sure that you don’t let your yard grow out of control. That means either regularly doing the trimming yourself or hiring a landscaping company to do the work for you.

Getting your property ready for the summer months can take weeks. And handling any of the necessary repairs can get expensive rather quickly. These are all things that real estate agents will push you to do if you are looking to sell. If you aren’t interested in working on your yard or getting your air conditioner back up to speed, then you may want to think about selling your property to 4 Brothers Buy Houses. With 4 Brothers Buy Houses, you can sell your property without going through the frustration of the traditional sales process. We’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote so that you can sell on your own timeline. Contact us today and we can get to work.

April 8, 2020

5 Spring Cleaning And Maintenance Tips

We’re in the middle of the spring, and that means focusing on spring cleaning and maintenance. This is especially key for those families who are looking to sell their properties in the coming months. You want to make sure that your property is looking top notch, and that starts with how you spruce up your home after the snow and sleet of the winter. Spring is the season for renewal, so here is how you can get your home back to feeling like it is full of vibrance and life: 

Keep Both Sides Of The Windows Washed

Keeping your windows free of marks and smudges can actually go a long way towards improving your home’s appeal. Luckily, cleaning your windows is easy. You can make a solution with just water and vinegar. You can apply the solution to the interior and exterior of your windows and then rub it down with a sponge or cloth. 

Consider Having The Carpets Deep Cleaned

Vacuuming is nice, but it doesn’t get all of the debris out of your carpet. Doing a deep cleaning once a year is great to make sure all of the spills, debris, and dust are fully removed from your carpet. You can either work with a carpet cleaning company or rent a carpet cleaner locally to get the clean your carpet deserves.

Check The Roof For Potential Damage From The Winter

Roof damage can get very expensive very fast. And it is most likely to occur during the winter months. Make sure that your roof doesn’t have any issues after the winter by getting a ladder and during a visual inspection. If you can’t do that safely, you may want to call a roofing company to do an inspection for you.

Brush Off Your Outdoor Furniture

This is the time to get your outdoor furniture ready to be used again. The winter months are over and the snow is gone. Getting your front porch and patio ready to be living spaces again is key for not only your own leisure during the spring and summer months, but also for increasing your property’s value for prospective buyers. Potential buyers want to see if your property has spaces that they can enjoy during the warm months, and patios can really attract buyers.

Not looking forward to handling spring cleaning this year? Don’t want to work on maintenance after those long winter months? Still want to sell your property without going through all of the hard work and expense? You are in luck. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your property for cash. You don’t need to hire a real estate agent or go through a lengthy showcasing process. We’ll come by your property and provide you with a free, no obligation quote. You can take the entire sales process at your own pace. Forget spring cleaning and costly repairs. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call today.

March 1, 2020

Now Hiring: 4 Brothers Inside Sales Rep For Real Estate Investment Company

I’m Jon Carcone, and I own 4 Brothers Buy Houses. We are one of the largest privately owned homebuyers in the DC Metro Area. We are a small, entrepreneurial and fast growing company. We’re looking for an independent, driven part time sales person to join our team.

Make $30+ per hour with good performance ($15-20/hr base pay + commissions). Health insurance, 401K with match, PTO, Flexible schedule provided. Job requires work on some nights and weekends.

You’ll have the ability to structure your day the way you want for maximum results, and have autonomy as to how you conduct your day-to-day. As long as you’re performing, we treat you like a ‘business owner’ where you can tweak and design your day in the way that suits you.

You’ll be calling existing leads in our database, taking new lead calls, and making outbound cold calls to single family home owners to gauge their interest in selling their house. You’ll then setup sales appointments with interested prospects to speak with our sales representative.

We are looking for 2-3 hours a day to start, with opportunity to increase to 4-5 hours a day+ and eventually full time if you hit your sales targets.

This will be a performance based job where your output in terms of number of appointments is tracked, and that will dictate your incentives and ultimately how long you are in the role for. We are looking for someone already skilled in phone sales who can be effective immediately. For that person this will be a long term position.

We offer a weekly cold calling training to support you, every Wednesday, which is mandatory to attend. Beyond that you will mainly be required to go through our training materials and ‘self teach’ and learn quickly through calling.

**Only those who complete application e-mail request at bottom of job posting will be considered.**

Compensation:

  • $15-20/Hr Based On Experience + Significant Commission Potential
  • $1,000-$3,000 per appointment you schedule that closes
  • Easily make $8-15K a year in commissions alone if performing well

Requirements:

  • Must possess solid phone skills and be unafraid to talk to anyone – both cold and warm calling (we’ll teach you the things to say and the questions to ask)
  • Must be comfortable in a performance based culture where those who perform well will have greater responsibilities and those who don’t will not be in the position long
  • Deal oriented with ability to manage our sales CRM system and calendar
  • Comfortable with technology- video conferences, google voice, google drive, etc
  • Willing to have accountability conversations on a regular basis

TO APPLY: E-mail [email protected] a 2-3 sentence e-mail describing the following:

1- your phone sales experience, 2- what your past sales quotas were, and 3- how many of those sales quotes you were able to hit and exceed

When you send the email, please make the subject line of the email the job posting title and job board name where you learned about the position.

About 4 Brothers Development:
4 Brothers Development is a residential & commercial real estate company. We buy, renovate and sell 40-70 houses per year, and purchase multi mobile home parks as well.

January 14, 2020

How to sell your home in the winter months

Trying to sell your home in the winter? It can be pretty difficult to do so, considering the cold weather and the snow. Its harder to get around during the winter months, and the lack of sunlight makes it harder for visitors to make an emotional connection with the property. If you are focused on selling during the winter months, then you need to make sure that your property feels warm and cozy. You’ll want to keep the snow shoveled, and work hard to keep the home well lit. Here is how you can get started.

Keep The Snow Shoveled

When the snow isn’t shoveled, you’ll find that you’ll get less interest in your open house showings. Make sure that you regularly shovel the driveway, walkways, and make sure that the yard is clear. You want to make it easy for prospective buyers to walk up to your property. If your driveway is filled with snow, prospective buyers may believe that it is simply too difficult to shovel at your property, and they’ll look elsewhere. Make sure that doesn’t happen.

Make Sure Your Home Has Enough Light

Light is notoriously difficult to come by during the winter months. That means that you’ll need to make sure that your home is well-lit. If your home feels too dark, it is likely that prospective buyers won’t feel comfortable. You’ll want to make sure that your home has enough natural light during the day, and at night you’ll want to make sure you have enough light fixtures on the interior and exterior of your home. Exterior light is critical, because people won’t come to your property if they can’t see it from the road. 

You Want Your Property To Feel Cozy

You want prospective buyers to feel right at home when they visit your property. A good way to do that is by keeping the home warm during the winter months and by doing small things, like offering up baked cookies or snacks. You may also want to consider putting up holiday decorations, such as a Christmas tree. These kinds of things can help people feel like your home is cozy and familiar, even on their first trip to your property.

Do you want to sell your property during the winter months without going through the hassle of shoveling snow and buying new light fixtures? Then you want to contact 4 Brothers Buy Houses. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your home cash, no matter the condition. That means you don’t have to worry about handling repairs or renovations. It means that you don’t have to spend more money to get your property winter ready. Contact us today and our team will provide you with a free, no obligation quote.

December 23, 2019

Tips For Improving Your Online Listing Photos

When it comes to selling your property, it is absolutely critical that you have pristine online showing photos. You have to put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer. In today’s digital world, there is more competition than ever. If your property doesn’t intrigue them right off the bat, they aren’t going to take the time to visit your property in person and see if there’s any magic there. They are just going to move on. That is why it is vital that you take your online showing photos seriously. These are the first (and sometimes only!) impression that you get to leave on prospective buyers. Here are some tips for getting your photos up to par. 

Use A Professional Camera

iPhone cameras are popular for taking photos on social media, but those just aren’t the level of quality you would come to expect from an online home listing. You want to use professional level photos to really sell your home. You may even think of hiring a professional photographer who understands angles and lighting. 

Get Rid Of The Personal Memorabilia

Prospective buyers want to feel as if the property they are purchasing already belongs to them. They want to imagine themselves living in the house. That is difficult to do if your family photos are in every room. Make sure to get rid of those family items–even down to the magnets on the refrigerator–when you are selling your property.

Understand The Importance Of Curb Appeal

Every buyer wants to know what the exterior of your property looks like. Those are some of the most important photos in the entire set. That is why you need to put an even greater effort into your exterior photos, to highlight your curb appeal. Make sure the grass is cut, the shrubs are trimmed, and the windows are cleaned when taking these photos. The exterior needs to look warm and inviting. 

Make Sure Each Room Is Well-Lit

Lighting can be the difference between an inviting room and an unattractive one. You don’t want any dimly lit rooms in your online listing. Prospective buyers may think you are trying to hide something, such as an important repair. Invest in lighting upgrades to make sure that each room of your property gets a chance to shine. 

If you aren’t interested in getting professional level photography done to sell your property, then you may want to think about selling to 4 Brothers Buy Houses. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your property without the need for photos, renovations, repairs, or inspections. You can sell at a time that works best for you, for a price that you are comfortable with. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call today, and we’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote. You can get the value that you deserve and sell on your own terms. Give us a call today.

November 18, 2019

The New Minimalist Home Trend

If you have bought or sold a home in the past five years, then the odds are you have heard of the minimalist trend. Minimalist homes are on the rise, and that trend shows no sign of stopping, thanks to millennials. While previous generations placed a premium on their properties having a cozy, warm, feeling, newer generations are attracted to open air designs that lack clutter. Let’s talk a little bit more about what the minimalist trend is and how you can use it to maximize your property’s value. 

What Is A Minimalist Home?

A minimalist home is one that doesn’t have any clutter. The designs are nearly all open, with a bevy of available space. The rooms in the home aren’t excessively furnished. Instead, the interior design prioritizes function and airiness. The minimalist look is sometimes called “sleek” or “modern.” It is sometimes characterized as “futuristic” as well. These homes get rid of all of the unnecessary furniture and clutter to focus on what is most important. Not all properties are minimalist, of course. These types of homes are most likely to be found in and around major metro areas. That’s where millennials tend to cluster, and those are the demographics buying these homes and driving these trends.

Minimalist Homes Are A Favorite Of Millennials

Millennials are entering the home buying market in huge numbers, so the trends that they prioritize are important. If you are selling your property, you need to be aware of what millennials like. Millennials are more likely to be purchasing homes in major cities and the extended suburbs. Cities like Washington, DC, San Francisco, and New York City are all millennial hot spots. If your property is in any of those metro areas, then you may need to start considering how you can apply the minimalist look to your home. 

How To Give Your Property The Minimalist Look Before Putting It On The Market

The first step to giving your property a minimalist makeover is to declutter all of your spaces. Get rid of unnecessary furniture and even limit the artwork on display. Minimalist homes often use neutral colorways, such as grey, white, and beige. Make sure that the furniture fits with the shape of each room.

Think redesigning your home to fit the minimalist look is too much work? If you don’t want to spare the expense of adding a minimalist aesthetic to your property, don’t fret. Just call 4 Brothers Buy Houses. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will provide you with a free, no obligation quote so you can see what your house is truly worth. You can sell your property on your own terms, without going through the long and arduous process most real estate agents take sellers through. Give us a call today and we’ll help you get started.