Your Essential Moving Checklist

by Administrator 13. February 2018 18:41

Relocating can be a fun and memorable experience if done in an organized way. If moving is on the cards for you then there are some things that will make moving easier, if done well in advance. It is best to jot down a checklist of some important tasks to be done before the final day.
 
The best way to go about moving is to make a week by week plan. Based on this practical approach, here is a checklist that will help you prioritize important things to be done before moving.

1. Planning goes a long way in ensuring effective relocation. Start searching for a new home, about two months prior to moving. Contact a reliable real estate agent for the same. Make a list of possessions you intend to take along. Evaluate different moving options and make up your mind on whether you would like to move on your own or with professional help.

2. Approximately six weeks before moving, get an estimate of the relocation costs from reliable movers. If you wish to do the moving by yourself, compare the rates of different rental truck companies. Formulate a budget and once that’s done, book a moving company that fits in your budget or a rental truck for the moving day.

3. Before moving, notify your property owner, employer, bank, family physician and children’s school authorities about your intention to move soon. Request for your family’s medical records and school records. If you have decided as to which city you would like to live in, start looking for a personal physician and school for your kids at this stage. If you’ve got a pet, get its check-up done and collect its vaccination records and health certificates from your vet.

4. Start getting rid of unwanted clutter. Sell unwanted items online, donate them or simply distribute them to friends and family. Start packing important items early to avoid last minute anxiety. If you have subscribed to any delivery services or club and organization memberships, this is the time to unsubscribe from them. Clean up your drawers, medicine cabinets, backyard storage shed etc.

5. Get your car serviced if you have to travel to the new destination by road. If you will be flying to a new city, book your ticket in time and arrange with an auto transporter to get your car shipped.

6. The last stages of moving involve confirming with the moving company if everything is as per the plan. Finalize your packing and label all the packages properly. For those with kids and pets, it is advisable to hire a sitter for moving day. Clean and defrost your refrigerator, empty and clean other kitchen appliances, and disassemble large pieces of furniture. Keep valuables and important documents in your custody.

7. On the moving day, take one last look around you for items you might have forgotten, read paperwork that you have to sign carefully, keep refreshments and cash handy, and let your truck driver know your new address and phone number. Last but not the least hand over the keys to the property owner.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, offer a wide range of real estate services in Killeen, TX. For more information visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive Killeen, Texas 76543 or call at (254) 690-3311.

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Step By Step Guide To Purchase Your First Home

by Administrator 30. January 2018 21:14

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Add A Fresh Look To Your Home Before Selling

by Administrator 29. January 2018 14:20

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Make Your Home Stand Out With These Property Management Tips

by Administrator 18. January 2018 20:23

If you are keen on attracting the best tenants, you will have to work towards making your home stand out. If you are not sure of how to go about it, engage the services of a property manager.


Here are some amazing property management tips that will help you in keeping your home occupied by tenants for a long period of time and keep the revenue flowing into your bank account.

1. Kitchen Renovation
The kitchen is your homes biggest selling point. Strategically invest in it and see your prospective tenants gleaming up with joy at the thought of working in it. Install energy efficient appliances, change the countertops and cabinets, add a kitchen island if space permits, install cupboard organizers etc.

2. Remodel Bathrooms

A few tweaks in your bathroom can make your home stand out. First of all, make sure the plumbing is in prime condition and get faulty fixtures replaced or repaired. Get a bit creative and work on the interiors as well. You can repaint the walls, highlight the main wall with interesting tiles or pictures, incorporate soft tiles and a large vanity mirror to create an illusion of more space or anything that you feel like. You can also add a pop of greenery to give a natural feel to it.

3. Expand Your Property

Make your home stand out by expanding its space and making it look bigger and spacious. The best way to do this is by knocking out the walls between the kitchen, dining room and living room. This will instantly change the look of your property and make it airy also.

4. A Fresh Coat Of Paint
Something as simple as repainting your home can make it stand out and also give it a fresh new look. Avoid over experimenting and stick to basic colors like beige, off-white and soft grays. If you want to give the exteriors a new look but don’t want to spend on repainting, get it power washed by an expert and achieve the same new effect almost instantly.

5. Home Automation And A Security System
Instantly make your home stand out by installing a home security system. Added security instantly appeals to renters. Also consider home automation which is the latest buzz in the world of property as it adds convenience to lives of residents.

6. Landscaping
Landscaping is an intrinsic part of property management. The first thing a prospective tenant will notice is how well-kept the exteriors of the property are. Trim the shrubs, neaten up trees, get the lawn mowed, repair hardscape elements and plant beautiful seasonal flowers. Most property owners focus on the interiors of a home only and neglect the exteriors. Set a new trend and make your home’s exteriors stand out as well.

7. Work On The Flooring
Changing the flooring of a house instantly adds to its appeal and makes it stand out. Get rid of old fashioned shag carpets and invest in wood laminate flooring as it is highly economical and gives the same look as of real wood. Such flooring will be a boon for your renters as it’s easy to clean and also stain resistant.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, offer a wide range of real estate services in Killeen, TX. You can call (254) 690-3311 or visit our office at 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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Tips To Refurbish Your Rental Property

by Administrator 29. December 2017 20:03

Refurbishing a property is great way of increasing its value and bringing down future maintenance costs. Tweaking a few things in the property can help property owners attract tenants. Following are some useful tips to guide property owners through the process of refurbishing property in order to raise its capital and rental value:

·   Keep Your Target Market In Mind

Always refurbish your property keeping in mind the market you are targeting. Refurbish in such a way that their needs are met. The requirements will be different for couples, students, families, professionals and so on.

·  Work On The Flooring, Kitchen And Bathrooms

A high quality floor will fetch you quality tenants. Get rid of carpets if any and invest in commercial grade tiles, or hardwood instead. Such superior quality flooring will last for years to come. Upgrade your kitchen with a few modern appliances, fixtures, pictures etc. Get rid of mold from the bathrooms, repaint the walls, play with lighting and decor and make the house squeaky clean with the help of a professional.

·  First Repair, Then Replace

There is absolutely no need to overhaul the whole house in one go. Go slow. Try redoing one room at a time. The whole point is to increase value of your property and not your expense. If your carpet looks dirty, consider getting it professionally cleaned first before buying a new one. Before repainting ceilings and walls, try cleaning off scuffs and fingerprints first. 

·  The Magic Of Landscaping

A refurbishing trick that does wonders in making property stand out is landscaping. It does not cost much but makes a huge difference in increasing the appeal of rental property. The front yard, backyard and surrounding areas should look well-maintained. It just takes a little effort like mowing the grass regularly, planting seasonal flowers, repairing broken walkways, taming overgrown bushes & trees etc.

·   Incorporate Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy efficient appliances last longer, save your money and are environment friendly. Install low flush toilets to save water and monthly bills. Get rid of bathtubs and replace them with low floor showers. Invest in energy efficient ovens, dishwashers and laundry machines.

·  Practical And Smart Refurbishing

Before making any improvement in rental property, consider if it is going to increase or decrease the value of your property. Make improvements that complement the existing style of your property. Make the best of what you have got. Invest in space saving storage and work towards making the house practical for tenants. Keep everything neutral and inviting. Do not over decorate. Avoid harsh tones as they tend to make rooms look smaller. Lookout for things that might need repair or replacement and work on keeping your property clean at all times.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, offer a wide range of real estate services in Killeen, TX. You can call (254) 690-3311 or visit our office at 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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Checklist For Home Sellers

by Administrator 21. December 2017 14:58

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Tips To Prepare Your Home For Renting

by Administrator 13. December 2017 19:16

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Things To Avoid While Purchasing A Home

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Tips To Prepare Your Rental Home For A Showing

by Administrator 20. November 2017 21:06

Prospective tenants always show more interest in homes that look well cared for. Some preparation at making the home look warm and welcoming goes a long way. Strike the right chord with your tenants by preparing the house in such a way that they can see themselves living in it. You can also hire a professional to help you prepare your home. 

Here are some tips on how to prepare a rental home for a showing:

Staging

First impressions are usually the last. Staging a rental home for showing is a great way of improving its curb appeal. Availing home staging services offered by property agents is a great option as it will help you save a lot of time and energy.  Furnish the house to give it a warm homely feel. Keep some indoor plants, light up some candles for some good vibes and smell. You will also have to work on the external area of the house. Ensure that the lawn is mowed and the paint is not chipped.

Professional Cleaning

Get the house cleaned thoroughly. Bathrooms and kitchens will need special attention because they are more prone to odours and can have dirty nooks and corners.  Ensure that the floors are buffed and cleaned properly. Make them shine as that will enhance the appearance of the whole house.

General Condition

Everything in the house should be in working condition. The lights, taps, flushes, locks, windows and anything the tenant can possibly check out should work well. You might have to get a plumber to fix all pipes, check the drainage and ensure that all the taps are working. It’s a good idea to turn on all the lights during the showing as that will make the house look bright and inviting.  The carpets and curtains should be clean. You would certainly not want bad odour from a carpet or a dirty looking curtain covering a beautiful window.

Focal Point 

If the home has a focal point like a window seat, fireplace, reading nook or even a wall, do your best to make it stand out. Try throwing some colourful pillows on a window seat. Work on the lighting of a beautiful wall to highlight it. Cute beanbags at a reading corner and some plants will make it look inviting.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, provide property management services in and around Killeen, TX. For more information visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543 or call at (254) 690 – 3311

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Home Buying Process

by Administrator 11. November 2017 14:34

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