Adding Value To Your Home

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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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Most Overlooked Areas When Staging Your Home For Sale

by Administrator 17. November 2016 21:30

When it comes to selling a house, presentation plays a vital role. Potential buyers carefully inspect every corner of the home before making the final deal. Thus, cleaning and maintaining the house is must. In order to attract a buyer to purchase your house, it is necessary to take care of these vital areas that are commonly ignored while staging a house:

Listed below are few tips which can help you stage your home in a better way:

Have an enticing landscape

While a seller is keen to keep the interior spick and span, the exteriors are usually ignored. If you want to increase the demand for your property, improving the outer appearance is important. Most buyers judge a property by the first impression they get from the street view of the house. Therefore, the lawn should be properly mowed, the driveway should be spotless, fence should be intact and the front porch should not be cluttered. Instead you can place an antique server, a large painting or a designer mirror to make the entrance inviting.

Laundry room should be neat

Many prospective buyers seek a large and spacious laundry room. In order to provide an organized look to the room, you can make use of cabinets and cupboards to stack clean towels, detergents, fabric softeners and soaps. The drying area and stands should be clean. You can add bright colored and printed bags to keep the laundry. Clean baskets can be stacked to place washed linens and clothes. Keep the washing machine clean and spotless.

Bookshelves and dressers

The bookshelf can be quite helpful when it comes to adding a visual statement to a room. You can stack the books vertically according to the size and genre to add definition. CDs, DVDs and trophies can also be displayed in the bookshelf to save space and enhance the look of the room. The glass-door cabinets can be used in kitchen or dining area to showcase expensive glassware. Make sure you keep the shelves clean and dust-free as well as vacuum them before a potential buyer visits the house.

Manage the Refrigerator

The refrigerator should be cleared of any leftover food, half empty cans, eggs and beer bottles. You can give a quick wipe to the shelves, baskets and doors to remove any stains and spots. Also, make sure that the refrigerator is odor-free and the outer surface is cleared of grease.

Basement should be well-taken care of

The basement is commonly used for storage in many houses. Though it is usual to have old furniture and unused items stacked in the basement, keeping the area well maintained can be quite beneficial. You can use large storage boxes to keep Christmas lights and wall hangings. Old cupboards can be used to store paints, batteries and other items that may be needed from time to time.

Garage can also be maintained

Garage is another most commonly ignored are while staging a house for sale. Most of the extras go into the garage in order to make the house appear spotless. However, keeping the garage well-organized is essential for complete maintenance of the home. In case the garage is small, you can install built-in cupboards to store tools and knick-knacks. Extra tires and ropes can be hung on the wall.

Other areas to remember

Ceiling fan, lamps, door knobs, switches, blinds and handles should be cleaned on a regular basis. You can simply use a wet cloth to wipe off the dirt from the knobs and handles, while you can vacuum the blinds as well as fans to clean them.
Thus, staging a house requires paying attention to every nook and corner. No area can be considered less important. Go through the list above in order to make sure you have a successful sale.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, provide comprehensive property management services to the clients in Killeen, TX. 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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Questions To Ask When Buying A Home In Killeen

by Administrator 25. October 2016 01:10

Buying a home is a major financial decision. You must make sure you know the property inside out before signing on the dotted line. Asking the right questions can help to clear all your doubts regarding the property and prepare you for the buying process.

Listed below are some of the questions that you may ask the homeowner before making the final call

Q: How old is the property?
Although it feels nice to live in an older house as it takes you down the memory lane, a newer house comes with the latest technology and facilities. You can make the choice based on your needs.

Q: Is there anything I should know about the house?
Since the property is new and you don’t know everything about it, it is better to let the owner give you some crucial advice. You might get some pretty useful maintenance tips and hacks that will help you in the long run. What days do you take the trash out? How does the fireplace work? Where is the electrical shutoff? Only an owner can answer these questions authentically for you.

Q: What can you tell about the neighborhood?
The area can have shopping centers nearby, schools, restaurants, laundry service, low crime rate and/or decent neighbors. It is always good to know the neighborhood from the owner’s point of view as it makes decision making easier for you. Making an individual research is even more preferable.

Q: What are the parking options?
Ask the owner about the parking options. The property may have street parking or it may come with a garage. If it has a garage, you may want to know how big it is. Is it spacious enough for your car/SUV? Does it come with additional storage to keep knick-knacks?

Q: Were there any latest renovations or additions made by the seller?
Renovations and additions add comfort as well as style to a property and for a buyer it is no less than a treat.  These upgrades may add to the value of the house and reduce your work. You may want to get the bills for future needs and you might want to know who did the renovations

Q: What are the monthly maintenance costs of the house?
Before you buy the house, you need to check on the monthly expenditure you may have to incur. It includes the kind of power used by the house-gas, oil, electric or a combination. You can ask about the average monthly bill of each, so you can upgrade to a more economic option.

Q: Are there any additional costs involved?
You can ask the buyer about the appliances and the plumbing. They may or may not need to be updated. Both ways, it is only better to know it before hand. If it needs to be replaced, you can manage your expenses and if it does not need an immediate upgrade, you can only be happy about it.

Q: How much does the utility cost in the area?
It is important to have answers to these questions before making a decision. Your budget should allow you to afford the daily expenses and getting an average idea in advance can really help you manage your expenses.

Q: What are the options to commute in the area?
Going to work and reaching on time is not too much to ask for. Hence, there needs to be some viable options to commute. Having a train station nearby and/or relatively less traffic in the area is always an add-on.

Q: How old is the roof?
It is necessary to know the approximate age of the roof.  A fairly old roof might need repairs in future. You need to check with your budget to make sure you can afford it. If the roof is comparatively new and sturdy, you are sorted for a few years.

Q: Are the walls insulated?
Is the attic insulated? If yes, how many walls are insulated? An insulated house is energy efficient and helps keeps the coziness intact. This will save your expenses for some years after moving in.

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Tips To Sell Your House In Killeen, TX

by Administrator 5. August 2016 13:25

Every homeowner in Killeen, TX wants to sell his property fast with minimal or zero financial losses. However, to ensure a quick sale, you need to take certain measures so that you attract the attention of suitable buyers. You can stage the home on your own but hiring a property management services can be beneficial in getting you better returns.

Given below are some tips that can help in selling your house in Killeen, TX:

  • Price your home rightly: Correct pricing of your house is a crucial factor that can either bring in or dissuade potential buyers. Setting a high price can keep away buyers and leave your property unoccupied for a long time. Even if you bring down the price after some months, not many people may show interest in buying the property. So, it is best to price your property correctly right when you put it up for sale.
  • Increase the curb appeal of your home: Prospective buyers form an impression of your home the moment they take a look at its exterior. Therefore, you should invest some time and money in improving the curb appeal of your home. Maintain the garden well, plant seasonal flowers, clear away all the dead foliage, re-paint the main door and wash the driveway. Also, ensure the walkway to the front door seems welcoming.
  • Get a fresh coat of paint: Re-painting your home can change the whole ambience and entice more potential buyers. It is best to go for neutral colors as all buyers may not like bold shades. You need to provide them with a clean palette to let them imagine their lives in the new home.
  • Declutter: It is essential to get rid of any unwanted items in your home, such as an old shoe rack, unused furniture, stack of books, personal photographs, mementoes etc. De-cluttering ensures that your house looks spacious and clean.
  • Be approachable: You need to be flexible when it comes to showing your property to the prospective buyers. Do not stick to rigid timings and let buyers in whenever they want to see your home. It is also better to let the buyers take a closer look at their home. They should be able to move freely without feeling that someone is acting as an intruder.

For more tips to sell your home in Killeen, TX, feel free to contact Cloud Real Estate at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit our office at 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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Tips To Sell Your Home In A Competitive Market

by Administrator 23. June 2016 15:10

Selling your home in the tough real estate market can be a challenging task. Preparing well in advance is the first step towards selling your property at an optimum price. Stage your home well for the potential buyers and set a price that is in sync with the current market rate. It is imperative to make your home stand out from the other homes available for sale in order to appeal to the buyers.

Below are some tips that will help you in selling your home in a competitive market:

  • Hire an experienced real estate agent: Hiring an experienced real estate agent is crucial to sell your home as quickly as possible. He can assist you throughout the process, right from setting the perfect price for your home to staging it in the best possible manner for the potential buyers. The agent will point out any maintenance or repair issues in your property and suggest the improvements that may accelerate the sale of your home.
  • Price your home appropriately: You need to analyze the market to understand the exact worth of your home. Compare and contrast the rates of homes that have been recently sold in your area to decide on a suitable price for your property. It is best to leave this task to your real estate agent as he is well aware about the current property trends and can help you set a competitive price for your home.
  • Enhance the curb appeal: Make a lasting first impression to entice the potential buyers. Increase the curb appeal of your home by keeping the lawn, driveway, garage, yard and sidewalks well-maintained. Mow the lawn, clean all the dead foliage and plant blossoming flowers. Pay special attention to the entrance of your home as this will be the first place that will be seen by the potential buyers.
  • Repaint: A fresh coat of paint on the walls will give a fresh look to your property. Check for chipped paint on the doors as well as windows and give it a touch-up. The walls should be painted in neutral shades that appeal to most of the buyers. White color is the best option when it comes to the exterior walls. Also, you should clean and repair the front door to make a great first impression.

Contact Cloud Real Estate if you want to sell your home in Killeen, TX. We can assist you with every aspect of the selling process. Call us at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543 for details.

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Reasons To Buy A New Home In Killeen

by Administrator 16. June 2016 02:19

Investing in a new home offers a number of benefits to the buyer. New homes have a higher probability of being sold at a higher price as compared to old homes. Although used homes are cheaper to buy, you cannot ignore the advantages associated with buying a newly constructed property. Below is a list of some reasons you should consider buying a new home in Killeen.

  • Design your home just the way you like: Buying a new home ensures that you can customize it according to your taste and desire. Right from bathroom fittings and kitchen countertops to wall paint and flooring material, you can get everything according to your personal choice. A home is a reflection of the personality of those residing in it. Therefore, buying a new home means you can decorate it the way you want. This is often not possible in a pre-constructed home.
  • Get brand new products: When you buy a used home, all the appliances and electrical fixtures installed might have exceeded the warranty period. Thus, you may have to spend out of your pocket in order to repair or replace them. However, when you buy a new home, you will have the latest appliances and bathroom fixtures which will work efficiently for years without giving any trouble.
  • More energy-efficient: Newly-built homes in Killeen tend to be more energy efficient as compared to the old homes. A tight window seal will ensure that an ideal temperature is maintained in the home that can help to reduce utility bills. The newly built structures are also equipped with double or triple-pane windows that help to enhance the effectiveness of your HVAC system. The appliances are also of the latest model that are manufactured to consume less energy.
  • Low maintenance: The material used in building homes nowadays are composite and top-class, which means they require less maintenance. Also, the floor plans are wide and ceilings are high to reflect the modern lifestyle of the present generation. All in all, you do not have to spend much time and money on maintaining a new home.
  • Advanced safety measures: The latest homes are equipped with advanced safety measures such as anti-theft features, automatic garage door openers, circuit breakers etc. All these features offer optimum security for your loved ones living in the home.

If you are looking for a home for sale in Killeen, TX, contact Cloud Real Estate. You can call us at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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Guide To Selling Your House In Killeen

by Administrator 6. May 2016 16:07

The process of selling a house in Killeen can prove to be a tiresome job as you do not want to lose out on the profits. If you are looking to sell your home and buy a new one, it becomes all the more imperative to know if you will be able to afford the new place. Carefully scrutinize your options to evaluate the ways that can fetch you the maximum returns from the home.

Below is a guide that can help you in selling your home in Killeen:

  • Take a good look at your finances: Check your unpaid mortgages and assess the financial value of your house according to the present market conditions. You need to have a clear idea about the money you will be left with after clearing all your mortgage payments. Also, get in touch with mortgage lenders to know how much loan amount you can be approved to buy your new home.
  • Prepare your home for sale: Your home should be in the best condition before you open it for the potential buyers to visit. A beautiful and presentable home can attract more buyers as well as quicken the selling process. You can increase the value of your home by making certain improvements renovations such as repainting, cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, repairing faulty fixtures, removing any clutter etc.
  • Fix the price: It is crucial to decide on the most appropriate selling price for your home. Do not aim for an extremely high price because this can draw away the potential buyers. On the other hand, pricing your home too low can lead to financial losses. Therefore, you should understand the local real estate trends and conduct thorough research before fixing a particular price. You can also contact a real estate agent to know the worth of your property.
  • Hire a real estate agent: A real estate agent can provide expert guidance throughout the process, right from preparing the home for sale, advertizing it, screening the potential buyers and handling paperwork. Get in touch with a credible real estate firm in Killeen to get the maximum value for your property.

Contact Cloud Real Estate for any assistance in selling your home in Killeen, TX. You can call us at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543 for more information.

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Maximizing Your Home's Resale Value

by Administrator 15. April 2016 18:00

Selling a home is an overwhelming process. From marketing your home for sale to showing it to the potential buyers, a lot of factors need to be considered to make sure that everything goes smoothly and a profitable deal is signed.

You probably want to sell your house at higher price to get maximum returns. Here are some tips on how to maximize your home’s resale value.

Increase The Spacing In Rooms

There may be a lot of furniture or decorative items that can make your room look compact and small. Remove or rearrange the items to increase the space. Clear all the clutter and make sure that everything is neat as well as organized. You can even paint the walls in a light shade to give a spacious and airy feel to the home.

Repair Windows And Doors

Inspect all the windows and doors to check for any cracks or signs or abrasion. Chipped off paint, broken handles, rusted bolts etc. should be repaired before a potential buyer visits the property. Make sure they are properly ins

talled as well as insulated to retain heat during winters and cool air in summers.

Upgrade The Kitchen

Kitchen is one the most thoroughly inspected areas by prospective buyers. By making slight improvements, you can transform the look of your kitchen. Repair the old cabinets, replace their handles and install new shelves to increase the storage space in the kitchen. You should also check all the plumbing fixtures and drainage system to make sure there are no problems. These investments will surely attract potential buyers and you can fetch a higher resale price.

Maintain Garden

Maintain your garden to increase the curb appeal of your home. Plant new flowers and trees before any buyer visits your home. Trim any overgrown bushes and trees that are hiding the beauty of your house. Blossoming flowers and beautiful garden will complete the spectacular look of your house.

Flooring

If you have carpet flooring in your home, clean them properly to remove all the stains and dirt. Also, replace the tiles and marbles installed in your bathroom. Cracked tiles or marble flooring should be repaired. If you have a paved driveway or sidewalk, make sure you pressure wash it to remove any stains.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, can help to sell your home in Killeen, TX. Our agents will advertize your property and make sure that you get a fair price for the deal. For more information, you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit our office at 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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