Day: April 15, 2017

Home Maintenance Rules When Buying

Here are some tips to help determine which house is best for you.

Once you’ve settled on a couple of preferred neighborhoods for your home search, it’s time to pick out a few homes to view. Having a house features “wish list” keeps you focused on which features are most important to you.

When narrowing down your home search, consider the following:

  • know what types of home you want to buy
  • determine what age and condition of the house you want to buy
  • consider resale potential
  • use a features wish list to keep focused
  • use a home search comparison chart to keep organized
  • act decisively when you find the right home

Determine What Type of Home You Want to Buy

There are several forms of home ownership: single-family homes, multiple-family homes, condominiums and co-ops.

Single-family homes and their roofing materials: One home per lot.  Never buy a home that has a really bad looking roof as it will mean you aren’t going to get what you are expecting when buying a home.  A roof is the backbone of the house and is what makes you have a better life span while you are living in a specific type of house. If you need information on how to find roofing repair in your area then click on the link.

Multiple-family homes: Some buyers, particularly first-timers, start with multiple-family dwellings, so they’ll have rental income to help with their costs. Many mortgage plans, including VA and FHA loans, can be used for buildings with up to four units, if the buyer intends to occupy one of them.

Condominiums: With a condo, you own “from the plaster in.” You also own a certain percentage of the “common elements” – staircases, sidewalks, roofs, etc. Monthly charges pay your share of taxes and insurance on those elements, as well as repairs and maintenance. A homeowner’s association administers the development.

Co-ops: In some cities, cooperative apartments are common. With co-ops, you purchase shares in a corporation that owns the whole building, and you receive a lease to your own unit. A board of directors, comprised of owners and elected by owners, supervises the building management. Monthly charges include your share of an overall mortgage on the building.

Decide What Age and Condition of Home You Want to Purchase

Weigh your needs, budget and personal tastes in deciding whether you want to buy a newly constructed home, an older home or a “fixer-upper” that requires some work.

Consider Resale Potential

As you look at homes, you may want to keep in mind these resale considerations.

  • One-bedroom condos are more difficult to resell than two-bedroom condos.
  • Two-bedroom/one-bath single houses generally have less appeal than houses with three or more bedrooms, and therefore have less appreciation potential.
  • Homes with “curb appeal,” i.e., well-maintained, attractive and with a charming appearance from the street, are the easiest to resell.
  • The most expensive houses on the street, or ones with anything unusual or unique are not suited for resale. The best investment potential is traditionally found in a less expensive, more moderately sized home.

Use a Features Wish List to Keep Your Search Focused

Make a features wish list to clarify which features are most and least important to you when looking for a home. Using this features wish list will keep your house hunt focused and effective.

Use a Home Comparison Chart to Keep Your Observations Organized

While house hunting, it’s a good idea to make notes about what you see because viewing several houses at a time can be confusing. Use a home comparison chart to help you keep track of your search, organize your thoughts and record your impressions.

Act Decisively When You Find the Right Home

Before you begin the home buying process, resolve to act promptly when you do find the right house. Every REALTOR® has stories to tell about a couple who looked far and wide for their dream home, finally found it, and then said, “We always promised my Dad we’d sleep on it, so we’ll make an offer tomorrow.” Many times the story had a sad ending – someone else came in that evening with an offer that was accepted.

Resolve that you will act decisively when you find the house that’s clearly right for you. This is particularly important after a long search or if the house is newly listed and/or underpriced.

DIY: How to Build a Wood Fence

Fences have always been there to give us the privacy that we’ve always wanted to have. Whether you want to ensure that your child or pet remains inside, refrain neighbors from snooping in on your own personal business or simple to make your yard or garden more pleasing to the eyes, the fact remains that fences would always be an integral part of our daily lives. Robert Frost even said in his poem that “Good fences make good neighbors.” If so, making sure that you have the right fences in your yard is something that you have to prioritize.

There are actually quite a lot of things you should know about fences. First is that, it’s not as easy to install as what some people would like you to think. There are some mechanics and rules that you should follow before you are able to install one by Pro-Line. Second thing to remember is that you can’t put the fences anywhere. You have to know your property lines and make sure that you correctly follow the boundaries of your property. You wouldn’t want to get sued for illegally putting your fence on other person’s property. Of course, you also have to consider the material that you’re going to use.

Wood is the most common fence material being used today. It’s light, durable and affordable, making it a popular choice for those who wants to have their own fences. It’s also abundant and people can easily find it almost anywhere. Before we start with our “how to build a wood fence”, you must first choose the type of wood that you would prefer to use. There’s cedar, fir, pine, redwood and so many others more. Ideally, you should use the heartwood of the tree rather than the sapwood. Heartwood is located deep inside the tree and consists of the oldest part of it. It’s not that much susceptible to decaying faster than sapwood is.

Now, in order to build a wood fence, you need to prepare the three main parts of the fence first. The wooden picket, rails and the posts. We have different types of wooden fences but we’re going to focus on the most popular ones-the picket fence. For the description of the parts, a picket fence usually is only 3-4 ft. in height. The pickets are evenly spaced and they usually have only two rails.

So how to build a wood fence? Well first of all, you have to plan out the length and design of your fence. After which you have know your property lines. Look for them and then mark the four corners to serve as your reference for later on. Tie a string to one of your corners and tie them to the next marker. After doing this, measure the space from one corner (typically 6-8 ft. apart) going to the direction of another corner and drive a stake to it. Once you’ve done everything, dig holes where you placed the stakes and bury your posts. Pour cement on them and let them dry. Next step is to attach the rails on the posts using nails. After that, it’s time to attach the pickets as well. The gap between each picket is up to you, but make sure that they are evenly spaced. Now all you have to do is maintain them through the years.