Adding Value To Your Home

by Administrator 28. March 2017 22:57

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Is It Time To Hire A Property Manager?

by Administrator 21. March 2017 14:24

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Tips To Sell Your Home This Spring

by Administrator 15. March 2017 19:33

Spring is one of the best times to sell your home as more and more buyers are interested during this time of the year. Most people want to buy a home before the interest rates shoot up or home prices rise. Therefore, if you have your home at a good location and have set the correct price, the spring season can be the perfect time to make a sale.

Below are some tips that can help you to sell your home this spring:

  • Get home inspection done: Your home should be in the best condition possible before you plan to sell it. No buyer will be interested in your property if it is not maintained well. It is best to call a local property inspector who can check all the aspects of your home to ensure that it is completely safe for the future owners.
  • Pay attention to the landscape: The landscape is one of the main things that potential buyers will notice. Therefore, you need to pay special attention to this aspect and make efforts to beautify the landscape. Clean all the dead foliage and get rid of old plants, mow the lawn properly and have seasonal flowers. Spring is the season of flowers so you can plant plenty of them to make your home look attractive for the buyers.
  • Indulge in spring cleaning: Your home should be free from any kind of clutter. Cleaning your house will also fetch you a good price for your property. Therefore, throw away any old furniture items or things that are of no use. Selling off old possessions is necessary and spring season is a great time to go ahead with the cleanliness task.
  • Highlight the positive aspects: The spring season brings along plenty of fresh air and warm sunshine. So, you need to use it perfectly to highlight the positive aspects of your property. Open the windows to let in sun light and fresh air as this will make your property look more inviting. This is also a great way to showcase the outdoors to your potential buyers.
  • Decide the correct price: Pricing your home very low may make the buyers think there is something wrong in your property. On the other hand, pricing your property too high may not fetch you many buyers.  Therefore, price your home correctly so that you can attract adequate buyers.
  • Use spring colors: Replace old towels, linens, sofa pillows and other upholstery in soft spring colors to entice your potential buyers. The spring colors will light up your home and impress the prospective clients. Also, you can layer towels on bathroom racks on the counters in the shape of a pyramid to lend a dramatic touch.

If you are planning to sell your home in Killeen, TX, get in touch with Cloud Real Estate. The agents at our firm have extensive experience in selling all types of properties. For more information, call us at (254) 690 – 3311.

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Home Selling Mistakes To Avoid

by Administrator 27. February 2017 19:30

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Overlooked Areas To Clean In Your Rental Home

by Administrator 24. February 2017 08:21

When you are preparing your rental home, it is essential that every corner is alluring and clean. You should be prepared for potential tenants to be extremely observant and to scrutinize every part of your rental home. By staging your rental home properly, you open up possibilities and potential. However, people tend to overlook a few areas and steps when staging their rental homes, making it slightly more difficult to rent out or get the price they’re asking.

You are to remember these few overlooked areas when preparing your rental home.

  • The entrance-way and backyard:  Make sure that your backyard and exterior are clean and appealing. As for the entrance-way, this area will lay down the worth for the rest of the rental home so be sure to make it look inviting. Use decent console tables, seating furniture, mirrors, or a painting. As far as the backyard is concerned, start by cleaning and twigging old leaves and debris, add color and visual interest to your backyard by planting bunch of flowers depending upon the season; also add outdoor furniture and lighting or lamps or fairy lights.
  • The kitchen cabinet tops: The kitchen should be prepared well for staging. Cabinet and counter tops are the most essential parts of kitchen, make sure these are emptied and clean. Peroxide can be used to sanitize and clean the area thoroughly. In addition to being a good cleaner, it's also good for people with medical conditions like allergies and asthma. You can use it on your cabinet tops, and all around the kitchen. Other than that, vinegar is a natural cleaner for greasy cabinets, you can even laminate your counter tops with Formica, and it is easy to clean wipe when laminated.
  • Bathroom: People are particular about the bathroom and making it appealing is a good tactic. So, inspect the linen closet, put some hooks for hanging towels. You can also add clean, white linens and maybe a small floral display to add visual interest. Check the tiled flooring and make sure it’s spotless and repaired if broken. Remove foul odors in the bathroom, if any.
  • Attic, basement and garage: Every home has one of the three, if not all. These locations tend to become dumps or storage for all your documents, old clothing, holiday decorations, sporting gear, keepsakes and other such things. However, when staging for potential tenants, you want to make the most of the space of every room. Shelving is great for all the location as it can free the floor space and make the room more organized. You can add hooks to for holding sporting gears and add small drawers to keep mechanical instruments. This works really well with the garage and basement.
  • For the attic, make sure the insulation is removed or replaced. Dirty attic can often become home for rodents, rats and birds that contaminates the insulation and infects the attic that can lead to unhealthy home. Make sure that you take the help of experts to decontaminate and clean for handling your attic. Consider painting walls with neutral and warm colors, when all these locations are cleaned and organized it could possibly be used as an additional room. A suitable couch, a small mini-bar, and a television could turn the attic, basement and garage into a getaway for the adults or it can also turn out to be a hang out space for the children by adding mini tents and indoor games. 
  • Closets and Laundry Room: Untidiness will distract tenants from your home’s potential and throwing everything in the closet isn’t available solution since most people want to see how much closet space you have to offer. These are two of the most overlooked areas of rental home staging. Make sure that closets are cleaned, set, organized and space is maximized and that the laundry room is visually appealing and appears handy in all aspects. If space allows, try to hide baskets, drying racks, and cleaning supplies out of sight. 
  • Drain: Plumbing in the home is like the roots of a tree, there are the main line. Drainage is basically one of the most overlooked areas, while you are focusing much on cleaning the rooms. Before putting your home for rent, you should first check if you are dealing with slow-draining sinks or showers. Then you have to deal with clogged pipes, toilet stoppages, and garbage disposal freeze-ups. Providing appropriate plumbing tools helps to tenants to handle minor problems themselves. Upgrade your vent pipes; drain treatment should be at least once a month with a mild enzyme based drain cleaner to dissolve grease and keep the drains flowing. Major problems which are those that require disassembly of the pipes are best left to professionals. A landlord should guarantee the pipes work well, but the tenant should be in charge for what goes down them.

There are many aspects that have to be taken into account when staging your rental home and it might seem like plenty of work, but ultimately, it benefits you, the landlord as well your tenants. Making your rental home all polished and clean for tenants can potentially help it rent quicker and help you get the price you are asking for.

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Landscaping Tips That Can Help To Sell Your Home

by Administrator 17. February 2017 17:05

A good landscaping boosts the curb appeal of your home, which is an indispensable factor contributing in attracting potential buyers. An attractive yard or lawn can leave a strong first impression and add up to the value of your property. Therefore, to make your home appear welcoming to the potential buyers, it is imperative that you upgrade the outdoors’ appearance.

To refine your lawn, you may consider the following tips –

  • Edging the lawn- It will help you to clearly define the sidewalks, driveways, entrance and most importantly the lawn. To obtain a perfect shape, you may use tools like a spade or half-moon edger. Once you have defined the boundaries, do not forget to remove the extra turf. A well-defined garden also gives a sense of low maintenance to the buyers, which is one of the most important selling point of a property.
  • Weeding and mulching plant beds – This will not only make your garden tidy but is also important for the growth of the plants. You must choose a mulch utility that will improve the soil texture as well as appearance of your garden such as pine bark or forest fines.
  • Pruning or tidying up plants - A garden with overgrown shrubs and bushes makes the outdoor look messy and may be an instant deal breaker. Thus, you must prune the unkempt trees and plants properly.
  • Pay attention to the water feature – A small fountain, water bubbler or any other water feature can be a pleasant add on to a lawn. However, you need to make sure that it is free from algae and has sufficient water supply. Routinely clean it to keep it looking shiny and beautiful.
  • Take care of any irrigation issues - If the irrigation system of your house is not in a well working condition, be sure to get the issue fixed as soon as possible.  Also, if you have an automatic irrigation system, you must explain it to the buyers beforehand.
  • Add an outdoor seating area - Adding furniture can portray your lawn/ garden as a usable area. You may consider installing benches or picnic tables in the lawn. These minute improvements will help your property to stand out from others.
  • Eliminate the boredom with a big rock – If your lawn is big enough, consider placing boulder or small rocks on the grass. This will enhance the aesthetic beauty of your home and will also make it look interesting. If you aren’t sure how to do this, you may consult the professionals.
  • Install Lighting - Proper lighting in the garden and the surrounding area is equally important. You must install light fixtures to highlight the best features of your lawn and enhance the visibility. A decent outdoor lighting may impress the potential buyers who visit your property in evening.
  • Power wash dirty surfaces – If your garden is surrounded by fences or has little paths made up of marbles and stones, make sure that they are clean. In order to do so, you may use power wash tool or hire a professional for the same. You may also consider painting your fences with neutral colors.

You can decorate your garden the way you want, but when you are selling your home, try to make it more appealing for the buyers.  Minor repair and improvements can add to the long term benefits and help to attract the potential buyers.

The above mentioned points will assist you to make your garden more presentable. You may also hire a property management firm to stage the interiors as well as exteriors of your home.

If you are looking to sell your home in Killeen, TX, consider hiring the professionals at Cloud Real Estate. Our team comprises of experienced property managers who will assist you in preparing your house for sale. For more information, you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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Valuable Tips For First Time Buyers

by Administrator 26. January 2017 18:15

When you are buying your home for the first time, you may not pay attention to some of the important factors. As a prospective buyer, it is crucial to know about the ins and outs of the shortlisted property. It will help you choose the most suitable home in your preferred location. Let’s take a look at some valuable tips for first time home buyers.

Do not rush the process

Research thoroughly to know the available options in your preferred location. For instance, if you want to buy an apartment or a duplex in Killeen, TX, you can browse through the online listings to compare the properties available. Check the price, number of bedrooms, type of property and amenities offered. This can make it convenient for you to choose a suitable home. 

Take a look at your budget

Analyze your financial condition to narrow down the options. If you plan to apply for a home loan, you should start preparing for it beforehand.  For this, you must review your credit history regularly and clear all your debts to improve your score. It will be beneficial in loan approval.

You can even start saving for the down payment to qualify for a better mortgage rate and less monthly premiums.  

Know your preferences

Location is the foremost factor that should be considered during the search for a home. Check if the home is situated close to your work place, shopping malls, parks etc. You should also inspect the neighborhood before signing the final deal.
Make a list of amenities you wish to have in your property. You should also decide whether you require a furnished or an unfurnished home. You may also look for home that provides amenities such as dishwasher, pool, modern kitchen, vanity shelves etc.

Inquire about the parking space

When searching for homes, make sure you ask the seller about the available parking space. A garage can be added advantage for you, as it can help to keep your vehicles safe. Having an off-street parking space can also be beneficial.   

Security features

You must check whether the home has security features such as alarms, fences, deadbolt lock etc. You can opt for a home equipped with CCTV cameras. You should also check if the hinges of the doors are secured with screws.   

Pay attention during home inspection

Make sure you pay attention to details while inspecting the home. You should check the condition of the roof, windows and doors. If you find any leaky faucets, you should inform the seller and get them repaired before making the final deal. You must also examine the surrounding land for drainage issues.

If it is a furnished home, you must check the working conditions of all the electrical appliances such as refrigerators, water heater, washers, dryers etc.  You should also verify the floor construction. For this, you can even call experts. Do not forget to check the exterior.  The paint of the walls should not be chipped off and lawn should be properly mowed.

Seek professional services

Hiring a real estate agent can be beneficial for you. He will not only help you in finding a suitable home but also provide complete guidance throughout the home process. The real estate agent may also help you in understanding the important clauses mentioned in the home purchase agreement. 

Read the agreement carefully

Before signing the deal, it is important to read the agreement carefully. You should also be prepared with the documents required to complete all the legal formalities. The documents include credit report, ID proof, bank statements, Tax return statements etc. 

Buying a home is a huge investment. You may face a lot of challenges if you are a first time home buyer. Follow the above mentioned tips to make your home buying process hassle –free and make the most out of your purchase.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, offer various houses for sale in Killeen, TX. You can browse through the MLS listings to easily choose a suitable home. For more information, you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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Do's And Don'ts Of Selling A House

by Administrator 20. January 2017 18:29

Selling a house requires a lot of research and patience, particularly if you do not have any prior experience. Staging your home and showcasing it in the right manner can be beneficial. It can help to make your property stand out from the rest and attract a larger pool of potential buyers. Having complete knowledge about the below given do’s and don’ts can help you speed up the home selling process

Do’s

Perform a thorough research 

Before making any decision, it is important to perform a thorough research. 

  • Study and understand the current trends in the real estate market
  • See what most buyers are looking for in a home for sale
  • Consult people who have recently sold their home

Take help from a professional.

  • A real estate agent can give you an honest opinion about worth of your home and advertize it to the buyers. However, you should consider several factors before hiring a professional:
  • Make sure that he has in-depth knowledge of the current market situation
  • He should have extensive experience in the real estate industry.
  • He should be associated with a reputed real estate company 

Increase the visibility of your house by using all kinds of marketing approaches: 

  • Place a “For sale” sign board outside your house
  • Invite people for open house parties and visits
  • Advertize your home through online MLS listings
  • List your house for sale on social media sites 
  • Upload a virtual tour of your house on YouTube and other websites

Good Photographs Say It All:

Dark or gloomy images with low resolution do not provide a clear picture of the house. Therefore, you should upload an ample number of good quality images that highlights all the important features of your property 

Keep your house spick and span

Appearance of a home is one of the most important factors that can ensure its quick sale.

  • Spruce up the exteriors:  The first thing that the buyer notices is the exterior of the house.  Therefore, it should be well maintained. Mow the lawn, trim the bushes, clear pathways, sidewalks and re-paint the walls, if required.
  • No clutter – Keep all the tables and shelves arranged. Do not dump anything in the wardrobes or closets. Buyers should be able to visualize the space available in the house. Also take care that all the bedsheets, curtains, mats, sofas are absolutely clean.
  • Repair– Make sure that you get all the leaky faucets, jammed doors, closets, wall cracks repaired before showing the home to the prospective purchasers. 
  • Paint the walls with neutral colors: Painting your house with neutral colors can provide a fresh look to the home and also create the illusion of more space
  • Be easy to be found: Whenever you advertize your house, mention correct contact details as well as address so the buyers can communicate and reach to you without any inconvenience.
  • Make your house accessible for showings:  Keep your timings flexible so that people interested in buying your home can easily come for a visit.

Don’ts

  • Avoid spending too much on renovations: Minor improvements may help to attract buyers but getting involved in big renovation projects may not necessarily raise its market value. Take suggestions from the real estate agent to find out whether the modifications will help you sell the home at a better price
  • No pets around while house viewings: Buyers may get annoyed or feel difficulty in viewing your house if the pet is around. Make sure that you confine your pet in the backyard while you are showing the property.
  • Do not overprice your house: Trying to sell your home at a price higher than the market value may cause you to lose prospective buyers as they will look for better options in the same budget. You should conduct a comparative market analysis to decide a fair selling price for your house.

If you follow the above mentioned tips, you will be able to sell your house within a short span of time. 

We, at Cloud Real Estate, can help to prepare your home for sale in Killeen, TX. For more information you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas. 

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Property Inspection Checklist For Home Buyers

by Administrator 30. December 2016 16:16

Purchasing a home is a once in a lifetime investment for most buyers. To make the purchase worthwhile, it becomes important to properly examine the property. It is a very significant step for any buyer as it introduces him to the house for the first time. With a thorough inspection of the property, a buyer can be sure if his decision of buying the house is correct or if he needs to think again. Inspection can be an extensive process that requires the buyer to focus on a number of aspects. Listed below is a property inspection checklist that can help to make better and quick decisions:

Exterior And Interior Walls

The walls of the house should be spotless and free from lines, cracks or gaps. If there is rust, damp and bulges in the walls, it could be due to moisture and leakages. In case you find a fresh coat of paint in some areas, you may want to know if there is a problem that needs attention.

Flooring

Try walking around the house to see if the floorboard is cracked or unstable in some areas. If the floor is covered with a carpet, you can remove it to examine the condition in a better way. The driveway, walkway as well as sidewalk should be properly leveled and if there are cracks they must be filled. Examine the deck and patio for any needed repairs or repainting of the floor. If the stairs have broken steps and unstable railings, you will have to get them fixed.

Attic And Crawlspace

If you observe water marks and spots on the attic ceiling, it may be due to leakages in the roof. Also check if there is adequate insulation in the attic and crawlspace. If the house feels cold, you may have to install a thicker layer to keep the heat intact.

Roof

Inspect the roof for missing, broken or loose shingles as they can allow moisture and cold air to seep into the house. There may also be dents or bends in the roof that collect rain water and snow. If the roof has cracking joints and decaying caulk, you will have to repair them before moving in. A professional can be hired to examine the vents as well as chimney for cleaning and maintenance.

Doors And Windows

The doors should be properly installed so that there are no cracks or gaps when closed. Make sure the windows are caulked and the glass pane is not broken. You can consider cleaning and repainting the metal fixtures if they are rusting. Try to open and close the windows as well doors to see they stick or jam. Windows should also not have leakages that allow water or cold air to enter the house.

Insulation

The house needs to be properly insulated and more layers can be added if the existing layer is thin or worn out. There is a wide variety of insulation materials available in the stores so you can choose one that meets to your needs.

Electrical Fittings

An electrician can be hired to check if the lights, lamps and switches are properly working. He can also test the radiator, heating/cooling vents and geyser for interrupted power supply or loss of energy.

Kitchen

The kitchen appliances such as hood, garbage disposal and dishwasher should be well maintained. If there is rusting, broken and rotting cabinet doors or metal handles, you will have to make additonal investment on moving in.

Bathroom And Toilet

Run the shower as well as the taps to observe if the water is hot and pressure is adequate. The sink, commode as well as the bathtub should not be wobbly and the caulking must be proper to prevent leakage. The drains must be free from blockages and water should run out quickly through the sink.

Additional Areas To Be Examined

If the house comes with a garage, try to open and close the door using the automatic opener. See if the lawn sprinklers are working and the fence is in good condition. In case the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are not working, ask the owner to replace the batteries or install new ones.

The above checklist can help you to carry out a complete inspection of the house so you can know it properly and you will be able to make the right purchase.

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Tips To Sell Your Home During The Winter Months

by Administrator 19. December 2016 20:07

Selling a home during the winter season can be a difficult task.  As most people are on a holiday or just probably not on the lookout for an available property, you may find it hard to attract potential buyers. If you plan to sell your home and are not looking to wait for the temperature to rise up, you may implement a number of changes to target the right buyers.

Listed below are a few tips that may help you to sell your home successfully during winter months:

Keep The Walkway Clear Of Snow Or Ice

The most important part of home staging is to maintain the exteriors. It can help to cast a good impression on the prospective buyers who might be looking at the house from the street. Make sure you get rid of snow and ice from the walkway. Place rubber mats and spread sand on the entrance to ensure there is enough friction to prevent falling. You can also keep a basket to hold dripping umbrellas, a shoe rack and coat hanger at the entrance.

Decorate The House To Set A Holiday Mood

With Christmas and New Year right around the corner, you can decorate the house to set a cheerful, happy mood. Use Christmas lights to enlighten the home and make it more welcoming. Hang a wreath on the front door and place some winter plants along the sidewalk. Remember to not go overboard with the decorations. The aim should be to create a connection between the buyer and the house while keeping embellishments to a minimal. Clean the windows and remove the curtains so that the interiors can be visible from the outside.

Brighten The House

If it is bright outside, allow the light to enter the house. During the darker hours, use as much artificial light to keep the house bright. Remember a dingy house may be off-putting. You can play some light music and keep the house well-lit to build the right ambiance for the buyers.

Use Thick And Warm Throws And Blankets

Cover the sofas in warm, thick throws; opt for good quality carpets and rugs to provide insulation from heat. Bedrooms should be cozy and comfortable. The idea of staging should be to compel the potential buyers to stay for longer.

Keep The Heat On

A warm and cozy environment will let the buyers examine the property in a better way. They may stay for long and you may get a chance to talk to the buyers. The house owner should switch the heating on before the buyers plan to visit. If you have a fireplace, make sure you light it.

Keep The Flooring Clean

Winters can bring in mud, snow and wet footsteps. Make sure you clean the floor whenever someone brings in dirty shoes. The mop, however, should be kept out of sight. Keep the floor free from clutter. Spread clean and fresh carpets as well as rugs.

Upload The Right  Photos

Most buyers go through the online listings to shortlist suitable houses. This makes it necessary for you to add appropriate photos of your property. You can upload separate photos of your house during the different seasons i.e. summer, winter and spring. The landscaping may be prettier during spring which can impress the buyers. You may also upload a video of the property to allow the buyers to take a tour while sitting comfortably in their house.

Ask A Reasonable Price

The real estate market is expected to be down during winters. Most sellers prefer to wait for a few months before listing their house. In that case, asking a higher price may cause you to lose potential customers. Thus, a reasonable price is preferable to make a successful sale.

Remember that you are trying to sell your house under a not-so-feasible weather. So you need to make some extra efforts to attract the potential buyers. Allow them to stroll through the house and make sure you highlight the extraordinary features of your property since a short visit may not be enough for a buyer to notice every important detail. Make the necessary repairs and take help from a property manager to reach out to the prospective buyers.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, provide effective home selling services in Killeen, TX. The team can help to sell your home even in winters. For more information, you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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