Ready to sell your home? Besides dusting every nook and
cranny and pulling weeds from the garden, don’t forget to protect yourself and
your home when it’s on the market! Here’s a few ways on how to protect your
home while it’s on the market so that you can feel more at ease.
Hide the Valuables
Don’t keep high-end valuables visible in your home while it’s on the
market, including jewelry, collectibles and other items that are easy to steal.
Keep a safe in the home with the valuables locked up, or secure a safe deposit
box at your local bank to keep them in while your home is for sale. Another
thing to hide? Your social security number, bank information, blank checks,
prescription medications, and anything else that someone is able to snatch
while undetected. Inform Your Neighbors Had an open house or buyer showing? If you’re not returning home directly
after, inform the neighbors to check to be sure the doors were locked in the
home. This will keep your home safe from unwanted visitors who know your home
is for sale. Accidental Property Damage Potential buyers want to know the ins and outs of your home. Many will want
to test the appliances and facets for functionality. Will they remember to turn
off the gas burners and the bathroom sink? Avoid property damage that’s caused
by fires, water damage and other threats by asking your realtor to communicate
these concerns to the selling agent. The selling agent can double check to be
sure everything is OFF before leaving the property. Gun Safety and Dog Bites You might think your gun is well concealed in your bedroom closet or
nightstand, but potential buyers will poke around to get an idea of storage
space. If you keep a gun in your home, make sure it is unloaded, locked in a
gun box and completely out of sight. It will prevent accidental injuries and
theft. And if you’re a dog owner? It’s best to remove the dogs from the
premises. It will make your home more appealing to non-animal lover and
eliminates the threat of dog bites. If you can’t remove your pets from the
home, secure a crate that can be placed indoors or out, so that the animal is
safely contained during the showings. Slips, Trips, Falls If someone gets hurt on your property, they may hold you liable and sue.
Since potential buyers aren’t familiar with your home, make sure to prevent
inquiries and lawsuits with preventative measures such as; repairing loose and
uneven flooring (check porches and decks), remove ice and snow from the
walkways and steps, secure rugs with non-slip padding, keep hallways and
stairwells clear of clutter, and make sure your home is well lit (both inside
Got any other tips and tricks we should know about? Leave them in the comments section below!
We're all looking to save money these days. With gas prices increasing, it only makes sense to save at the pump. Here are 8 ways to save on Gas, and money!
Lighten Up: Driving around with an extra 40
pounds for three weeks is the equivalent of shuttling an extra passenger which
requires more fuel. According to the Energy Department, carrying an extra 100
pounds reduces a vehicle’s fuel economy by 2 percent. The percentage is higher
with smaller cars. Remove anything unnecessary from your passenger compartment
Carpool: Sharing a ride with neighbors or
coworkers lets you make new friends while you conserve energy. Websites like Ride
Search can get you started. There are also many regional sites that specialize
in connecting commuters. Do a web search on “carpool” and the name of your
Comparison Shop: It works as well as gas as it
does with shoes. Websites from Gas-Buddy let you look up stations near you and
find the one offering the cheapest fuel.
Get Sleeker: Roll up your windows and remove the
luggage rack. You’ll improve your aerodynamics, thereby improving your fuel
economy. The Farmer’s Almanac estimates that remove a roof rack can improve
fuel economy by 5 percent.
Rewarding Yourself: Collect any available
rebates when you’re forced to pay big at the pump. Gash rewards give users cash
back and other incentives. Look at incentives from American Express’ Blue Cash
(offering 5 perfect cash-back rewards on gas purchases) and Discover’s Open
Reduce Horsepower: Getting a car with a
four-cylinder engine doesn’t have to mean a big image sacrifice. Car companies
are enhancing their lower-horsepower offerings by adding the classic muscle—car
engine rumble. Cars with less horse-power also tend to be cheaper.
Visit the Mechanic: Replacing a clogged air
filter for around $20.00 increases fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent, or
about $0.40 cents per gallon at current gas prices. Meaning that the repair
should pay for itself after you’ve driven enough to burn about 50 gallons of
gas. An engine turn-up can increase a car’s mileage by up to 4 percent, or
around 15 cents a gallon.
Slow Down: This is the one driving tip that will
probably save you more gas than all the others, especially if you spend a lot
of time on the highway. The resistance of air increases exponentially as speed
increases. So obviously if you are driving slower, the energy your car spends
in overcoming air resistance will be significantly less. As your speed
increases, this fraction increases rapidly. This is a factor that makes cars
more fuel efficient compared to SUVs. Every 10 miles per hour you drive over 50
is like the price of gasoline going up about 54 cents a gallon. That figure
will be even higher for less fuel-efficient vehicles that go fewer miles on a
gallon to start with.
Got any other gas saving tips? Leave a comment below and let
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In today’s digital age, many home buyers are searching the
internet instead of newspapers to find a house. But sometimes scouring real
estate search engines is kind of like online dating. With an overwhelming
number of homes available in major cities, it may seem like too much to handle.
Rest assured, there are only a few right for you.
So to cut down on the time in front of the computer, here
are a few tips we’ve learned from our very own homebuyers when searching online
for homes, and some advice for the neighborhoods you have your eyes on! Instead
of beginning your search one websites like Zillow.com, Trulia.com, and
Realtor.com, where you’re only entering your zip code, take a moment to think
about what exactly you want in a home
before your search. (How many bedrooms, baths, square-footage, neighborhood,
etc.). Now that you’ve got that squared away…
Narrow down the
Sure, you’ve heard the
neighborhood is nice. But what’s nice
about it? Check out crime rates, commutes, and if you have small children,
school quality. Are you close to grocery stores? These things matter. Get an
idea of what these homes are going for, too, by looking at “recently sold” and
“Pending” homes in the area. Another great way to narrow down the neighborhood
is to use tools (Zillow offers this) like custom maps to literally “put a ring
Refine. Then Refine
Again. So once you’ve narrowed down those bedrooms, baths, price, etc. you need to
refine your search even more. Are you only
looking for homes with a pool? Foreclosures? New Construction homes? Be sure to
refine this criteria before proceeding with your home search. You’ll thank us
Is it a buyers or
sellers market? When you are ready to look for a home, choose a realtor. You need to know
exactly how much leverage you have. What are homes selling for? Did the sellers
from recent sales get what they asked for?
Online Agent Recommendations? We’ll pass…
While search engines are a great places to find a new restaurant you want
to try, it’s not the best place when looking for a real estate agent to help
you with your home. Just like companies pay to be featured on Google, agents
pay to be featured on real estate search engines. It doesn’t hurt to check out
online reviews of the agents, it's best to ask friends and family for any recommendations before moving forward. For more real estate tips, tricks, and advice, contact Stephen Nissou! Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert, Stephen Nissou Nissou Realty Group | Keller Williams Realty Office 619-873-2772 Cell 619-250-4541 www.StephenNissou.com Stephen@StephenNissou.com
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