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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 5/15/2019

Not every home will have all of your favorite features. It is especially true if you live in a condominium home in a large city or just couldn't afford the neighborhood of your dream home. You might end up with some unique configuration that you don't love or a view out your windows or balcony that is less than desirable. So, what can you attempt to mitigate the lack of views from your home to assist you in making the most out of your living space to enjoy life in your current home?

Plants. 

Houseplants remain a great way to improve the view from your windows or balcony. Hang a window box or grow a vine up a trellis on your balcony to help distract you from the brick wall across the alley or dumpster down below. Place indoor trees near your windows or between windows and furniture so you when you look toward the light you see beautiful and uplifting greenery.

Wallpaper, Wall and Window Decals. 

An excellent way to liven up your space and draw attention away from the view out your windows is to introduce attractive wall coverings. If you like bright colors, try a creative pattern of wallpaper that attracts the eye. You might live in a city but wish you were closer to or had a view of nature. Luckily there are many wall-decals you can install that depict forests, beach scenes or open fields. If you merely want to cover up the view from your windows without losing daylight try patterned white or opaque window decals that add texture to your space without adding noise or stealing light away from your home.

Screens. 

There are many folding screens you can use to add structure and interest to a room that covers your windows without taking up too much space or blocking a lot of light. Find a natural wood carved screen, a bright white folding screen or a cloth screen in a pattern and color you find uplifting and turn that into your new view.

Creative Window Treatments. 

Finally, go with a good old window treatment. You can find tall opaque screens that cover your windows while letting in the light. Use curtains and beautiful drapery around your window or balcony doors to create intrigue and add to the design of your space.

A combination of some of all of the ideas above can readily help you transform your home and help you cope with a less than stellar view. Don't overdo your cover-up and crowd your home but consider which tricks will best help you create the illusion of beauty out your windows to help you best enjoy your home.




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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 5/8/2019

If you’re searching for a home and are looking for a deal, you may turn to homes that are listed as “For Sale By Owner.” These homes tend to be a great deal for the sellers, but not necessarily the buyer. This makes it all the more important that you hire a buyer’s agent for yourself. Your agent can check a bit of the work that the owner is doing without hiring a real estate agent for himself. When buying a for sale by owner property you’ll want to do all of the same things that you would do if you were buying a property that was for sale through a realtor including:


  • Check the asking price through comps
  • Get a property inspection
  • Make an offer and complete contract negotiations
  •  Check how long the home has been on the market


Just because a home is for sale by an owner, there’s no need to give up on the normal procedures that one goes through in buying a home. You have the right to have a buyer’s agent represent you in the transaction. Beware though as some for sale by owners are not willing to pay commission to any agents including buyers‘ agents. Be sure that the contracts are clear in this area so that you don’t fall in love with a home only to find out that you can’t use your agent in the transaction.


Other Points To Consider In A For Sale By Owner Transaction


You may need to hire an attorney, especially for an estate sale or short sale. 


You still need a home inspection and have the right to back out of the sale if something isn’t satisfactory about the home. The home inspection is important because it can reveal serious problems with a home such as high levels of radon, issues with the furnace, or a possible plumbing disaster waiting to happen.           


You may want a C.L.U.E. Report 


This type of report tells you what kind, if any, insurance claims have been made on the property in the past 5 years. The report will detail the date of the claim, the cause (if a natural disaster) and the amount that was paid to fix the damage. 


You should still get pre-approved


Getting pre-approved before buying a home is just something that should be automatic for buyers. It really lets the seller know that you’re serious about purchasing a property.


Buying a for sale by owner home is the same as purchasing any other property. You’ll just need to be an informed buyer through the process in order to make sure you’re doing what’s right for you.        





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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 5/1/2019

Let's face it – after you buy or sell a home, moving can be a major hassle. Lucky for you, moving companies are available to help you streamline the process of transporting your personal belongings from Point A to Point B.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to hire a moving company to assist you with your upcoming move, including:

1. A moving company can help you transport heavy items to your new address.

When it comes time to move, there is no reason to put a strain on your body. Fortunately, a moving company employs moving professionals who are happy to take heavy items to your new address.

A moving company hires only the best moving professionals to provide day-to-day support. As such, these professionals will take care of your belongings to ensure they can reach your new home quickly and safely.

Furthermore, a moving company may even be able to help you pack your belongings. This will ensure you can speed up the process of getting your belongings ready to take to your new residence.

2. A moving company can help you save time.

The time it takes to pack up all of your belongings, place them in your car, drive them to your new address and unpack your items can add up quickly. However, with support from a moving company, you may be able to reduce the time it takes to get settled at a new location.

A moving company will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you can get your belongings to the right location, at the right time. In fact, this business will work with you to fulfill your moving requests without delay.

3. A moving company can help you alleviate stress.

Moving to a new residence may seem like a long, arduous and complex process at first. Conversely, a moving company can help you take the guesswork out of getting your belongings to your new house.

A moving company is available to help you transport your belongings to a new location at your convenience. This business will do whatever it takes to help you enjoy a fast, seamless move.

Typically, a moving company will offer tips to help you prep for moving day and will assist you as you get your items ready for your upcoming move. Moreover, this company employs friendly, knowledgeable moving professionals who are readily available to respond to your moving concerns and questions.

If you're unsure about whether a moving company is right for you, don't hesitate to consult with your real estate agent.

Your real estate agent is committed to helping you in any way possible. Therefore, he or she may be able to provide moving company recommendations to ensure you can work with the best professional movers in your area.

Ready to transport your belongings to your new address? Employ a moving company – you'll be happy you did. If you hire a moving company today, you can get plenty of support to help you complete a successful move.




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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 4/24/2019

The beauty of your home starts from your lawn. If you intend to keep a beautiful property, then you must take care of your yard. There are several means to care for your lawn, like regularly cutting it to keeping anyone from walking across it.

However, this piece will focus on ensuring that you fertilize your lawn correctly. Below is an easy guide to follow;

  • Timing is everything. The best time to feed your grass is in the Spring. The soil temperature will have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and the grass shoots will have begun to grow. So, ensure you don't apply fertilizer on your lawn before spring if you want success. That means the first feeding should around mid to late April. 
  • Take notice of the numbers. When you buy fertilizer, it comes with three numbers on the label. These numerals indicate the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium, which are the primary nutrients that your lawn needs. For instance, a fertilizer with the numerals 20-5-10 is a good mix for spring. It contains 20 percent nitrogen, 5 percent phosphate and 10 percent potassium. The rest of the bag usually includes filler materials that help ensure an even application.
  • Use a slow-release fertilizer. When buying any fertilizer, check that it is a slow-release fertilizer or ask the seller before you buy it. Slow-release fertilizers break down their nutrients over a long period. With slow-release fertilizers, your application can be every six to eight weeks. What you should target is getting your lawn as green as possible without growing it fast, so you don't have to mow the grass as often.
  • Use granules. Applying the fertilizer uniformly to every part of the lawn is essential but difficult to achieve. But when you use pellets, which are simple to apply using a spreader, you can be sure you will have a uniformly spayed lawn.
  • Don’t forget to water. Water your lawn. The only thing you should be careful to do is to find out if you should water the grass before or after applying the fertilizer. The information will be on the fertilizer bag.
  • Don’t over apply. Applying fertilizer relative to your lawn is essential. You don't need much, ensure you use just enough fertilizer.
  • Sweep up excess fertilizer. If there is excess fertilizer on the ground where you poured it into the spreader, don't leave it to be swept away by rain or wind. Sweep up the granules and keep it out of reach of children and pets.




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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 4/17/2019

If you're an apartment renter ready to take the plunge into home ownership, there are a lot of reasons to be excited! Owning your own home does bring with it additional work and responsibilities, but the feeling of pride that accompanies it makes it all worthwhile!

Once you get used to the idea that "the buck stops here" and that there's no landlord to handle repairs and maintenance any more, it won't take long to get into the rhythm of being an established property owner. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your first experience with home ownership is a satisfying one.

  • Get a good real estate agent. A real estate professional can provide you with valuable guidance, advice, and information about houses you're considering in your desired neighborhoods and price ranges. A buyers' agent can help you avoid many of the potential pitfalls of buying your first home and help you stay within budget. They'll assist you in clarifying your priorities and work on your behalf to find homes that meet your requirements. A service-oriented agent will not only point out the positive aspects of houses you're considering, but they'll also discuss ideas for adapting the home to your specific needs and lifestyle.
  • Hire an experienced property inspector. A seasoned home inspector can take a close look at the condition of the house and property you're considering and help make sure there are no major structural defects, safety issues, or operational problems with the home's systems and components. Although every property inspector approaches their job a little differently, their inspection service should include everything from the roof and foundation to the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. They may also report to you on the condition of the home's insulation, its exterior, and any existing or potential drainage problems on the property. Certain aspects of the house may be excluded from the inspection if it's difficult or unsafe to gain access to them. A top-notch home inspector can also provide useful insights into repairs that need to be made on the house. As a side note, professional property inspectors are often members of The American Society of Home Inspectors and follow the organization's Standards of Practice.
  • Visit a lot of different houses for sale before making a final decision. It also pays to have a checklist with you to keep track of how each house stacks up to your requirements and expectations.
While your emotions will invariably play a role in your final choice, many other factors should also be taken into account, including the character of the neighborhood, proximity to conveniences and shopping, and the quality of the school district. Your real estate agent and/or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can provide you with a handy checklist for evaluating and comparing homes for sale.







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