Tips for Long Distance House Hunting

If you are planning on moving to a new location, long distance house hunting is a process you will have to go through. If you’re buying a second vacation home, or are just relocating, long distance house hunting can be a fun experience despite its challenges. Although this may sound difficult and nerve-racking, it doesn’t have to be! Here we have researched and found some tips to help you out in this time of transition!

Look Online. By browsing the internet, you can get a good start on finding your dream home. Check out the different things your new town has to offer! Does is have fun entertainment, restaurants, parks, etc.? Before you buy a new home in a new town, make sure you get to know your neighborhood and where you are living.

Tip: Keep in mind that everything online is not always as it is in person. Everything online is created to look better than it actually is, so before you make a purchase, know what you are buying!

Find a Local. Online searching will give you a good start on your hunt, but it will only get you so far. Contact a local real estate agent who knows the area and can help you find the best home that is suited to your needs and desires.

Know What You Want. When working alongside a real estate agent, make sure you know what you want in a home. Know the specifics and what you can afford for your home. Having this in mind before making contact can be beneficial in saving time and money in the long run!

Take a Trip. Make time to visit the area before you buy. You want to be sure it is a good location for you. Seeing different homes in person also makes it easier for you to make a smart purchase. If you are unable to take a trip, have relatives or friends who are in that area take a look for you and see what they have to say about the property.

Tip: Create a travel budget. Minimize your cost by planning how much you will be spending and where.

Stop Worrying. It can be easy to become overwhelmed when hunting for or buying a home in a distant location. Remember that real estate agent is working for you and with you. If you are feeling rushed or time-crunched, don’t feel pressured into buying a home right away. You can always try renting for a couple months before you make a purchase.

For more in-depth information about these tips, visit www.zillow.com/blog/tips-long-distance-house-hunting-209421/.

Source:

Birdwell-Branson, Jamie. “How to Handle Long-Distance House Hunting Like a Champ.”Zillow Porchlight , Zillow, 8 Mar. 2018, www.zillow.com/blog/tips-long-distance-house-hunting-209421/.

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How to Organize Your Closet

Imagine walking into your closet and being able to find the exact outfit you need for the day within a matter of seconds. This may sound too good to be true, but with organization, this can be possible! Having an organized closet can save us time and space, but where do we even start when it comes to organizing them?  Below is a list of a few ways to add space to your closet and a few ways to organize your closet. Some of the tips (like color-coordinating your closet) may sound too time consuming to begin with, but speaking from experience and personal opinion, it will save you time and frustration in the long run!

Add space to your closet…

-Hang pegboards in your closet to group similar items and add extra space.

-Have a small closet? Use bins and hanging shelves to keep your space organized.

-Store your out-of-season clothing in tubs or covered boxes.

-Use slim hangers to gain space in small closets.

-Eliminate clutter from your closet by donating unused items every few months.

Organize your closet…

-Use labels in your closet to organize your clothing.

-Group your clothing by category. For example, put all of your jeans, dress pants, etc. within the same spot.

-Color-code your clothing.

-Use shelf dividers to stack items to keep them from falling over.

Bonus closet care tips:

Take care of your clothing…

-Take care of your clothing by using the right hangers. Delicate items can be hung on satin padded hangers.

-Hang your handbags on hooks so they don’t lose their shape.

Source:

Real Simple. (n.d.). 31 Ways to make over your closets. Retrieved from https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/closets/inspirational-closets/another-take-organizing

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Looking to fix up your front yard? Check out these easy landscaping ideas!

Redoing and/or fixing up your front yard can be very rewarding. However, it can be time-consuming and hard to completely re-do your front yard on your own. Below are some easy ideas on how to landscape your front yard AND some easy tips on how to keep your front yard looking great!

 

Easy tips for up keeping your plants

  • Water the roots of your plants instead of the tops. Watering the tops can cause them damage.
  • Pull any weeds you see growing on a regular basis.
  • Water your plants before 9 a.m. to help them beat afternoon heat.
  • Use organic mulch. It will hold in moisture and enrich the soil by breaking down.

Landscaping made easy

  • Have an area of grass that is constantly walked on, causing it to be trampled? Replace it with paving stones to create a solid pathway to walk on.
  • Is your mailbox looking worn out? Use an outdoor durable spray paint to give it a new look.
  • Use solar lights to light up your walkway.
  • Looking to redo your front door? Paint it using an exterior paint made for the door’s materials.

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Source:

Good Housekeeping. (2017, March 31). 20 easy landscaping ideas for your front yard. Retrieved from http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/tips/g3551/landscaping-ideas/?slide=1

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What to do BEFORE buying a home!

The thought of buying a home can be overwhelming, especially if you are a first time homebuyer. You may wonder where you even begin on the journey to owning your own home. Well, we are here to help! Knowing where to start financially is a great place to begin.  Below is a list of tips to take into consideration when you are thinking about buying a home. Remember, these aren’t set rules regarding what you have to do when buying a house, but we think they are important and beneficial!

 

1.) Work on paying off debt

  • Having few or little debt will increase your chances of being pre-approved for a mortgage.

2.) Start saving money to be used for a down payment

  • Down payment amounts can vary, but having money saved looks great to lenders.

3.) Find out what your credit score is and work on improving it

  • A low credit score can hinder a homebuyer’s chances of getting the best possible mortgage.

4.) Don’t add to your debt

  • Unless absolutely necessary, try not to purchase anything on credit because it can reduce your credit score.

5.) Try not to switch jobs

  • Consistent employment and pay history looks good to mortgage lenders.

6.) Research which REALTOR® and mortgage lender to use

  • Finding a REALTOR® and mortgage lender that fits your needs is important and will help make the home buying process easier for you.

We hope these tips have helped! For an in-depth explanation of these tips, please click on the following link to visit the information source:

7 Smart Things To Do Prior To Buying A Home .

This is a great article that explains each tip in-depth, and it can help answer any further questions you have!

Source:

Sian, P. (2017, August 3). 7 smart things to do prior to buying a home. Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Real Estate.  Retrieved from http://www.cincinkyrealestate.com/blog/7-smarts-things-to-do-prior-to-buying-a-home/

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Join Us for the Celebration of Our Grand Opening!

Please join us for an Open House celebrating the Grand Opening of the Sioux City areas newest Real Estate Brokerage – NextHome TriState Realty! The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce will be here at 4 pm to do a ribbon cutting ceremony. We will be giving tours of our new office and showing off everything NextHome and it’s agents have to offer buyers, sellers, and other agents. We will be serving food and drinks, and we will be giving away some goodies! Be sure to stop by between 4pm and 7 pm on Thursday, May 3. We are located on the 3rd floor of the downtown Central Bank building.

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Are You Moving? Check Out These Packing Tips!

Moving can be a very exciting but stressful time. Before you can move, you will need to pack! How can one make the packing process for their move easier and/or less stressful?  Below are a few packing tips for your move!

 

 

 

  • Box Size is Important! Your heavier items should go in small boxes, and your lighter items should go into larger boxes. Packing heavy items into large boxes can increase their chance of breaking.
  • Boxes should not have empty spaces in them. Gaps in the boxes can be filled with towels, etc. There is a chance a mover won’t move a box if it feels unbalanced.
  • Make packing and unpacking quicker by putting items from the same room in the same boxes.
  • Label all the boxes with where the contents go and what the contents are to make for easy placement.
  •  Be sure to tape all boxes well. Tape the seams at the bottom and top of the boxes, and wrap the tape around the top and bottom edges of the boxes.

 

We hope these tips have helped! For in-depth explanations of each tip and more packing tips, please click on the following link to visit the information source: Moving Packing Tips.

This is a great article that explains each tip in-depth, and it can help answer any further questions you have!

Source:

Bluestein, A. (n.d.). Moving packing tips. Real Simple. Retrieved from https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/moving/moving-packing-tips

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Thinking About Painting the Inside of Your Home? Read This.

Choosing a color to paint the rooms of your home can be tough. If you’re putting all of that work into painting, you want the perfect color, right? The color you paint your home will be permanent (at least for a little while), and you will be looking at this color everyday. However, have you ever thought about how the color you paint your home affects your mood and the way you feel?

Below is a list of a few colors, how they can make you feel, and feelings they are associated with. Colors can affect everyone in a different way, but generally knowing the way they could affect your mood can help you decide which color to choose, as well as help you decide what “look” and “feel” you’d like your home to have!

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WHITE

-Can represent purity

-Can make a room seem more spacious

-Can symbolize a new beginning and freshness

RED

-Correlates with comfort and love

-Considered bright and warm

-Viewed as an intense color

BLUE

-Can represent calmness or serenity

-Can lower body temperature and pulse rate

GREEN

-Symbolizes nature, health, and good luck

-Has a calming effect

YELLOW

-Viewed as cheerful and warm

-Also viewed as hard on the eyes

ORANGE

-Viewed as energetic and exciting

-Draws attention

PINK

-Calming

-Associated with feminine qualities like kindness and compassion

BROWN

-Associated with warmth and security

-Associated with strength and reliability

 

Source:

Cherry, K. (2017, May 26). Color psychology: Does it affect how you feel? Retrieved from: https://www.verywell.com/color-psychology-2795824

Looking for tips to help make cleaning easier?

Having a clean home can give off a feeling of… well…cleanliness! Here are a few tips addressing ways to save time cleaning, tips on how to tackle tough cleaning tasks, and tips for everyday cleaning tasks.

Save time with these cleaning tips…

  • Keep a lint roller in your car and use it to clean instead of a vacuum!
  • Wear your jeans more than once before washing them. This helps avoid excessive washing.
  • Have a grease stain on your clothes? Rub a dab of dish detergent into the grease stain and rinse with water.

How to tackle those tough cleaning tasks…

  • Rub a walnut with the shell removed over a scuff on your wood furniture. It will hide the damage.
  • Use a damp rubber glove to remove pet hair. Just scoop it up!
  • Hang towels on a towel bar in order to avoid musty towels.
  • Use toothpaste to remove stains from your coffee mugs.
  • If you have marker stains on wood, use toothpaste to get rid of them.

Helpful tips for everyday cleaning tasks…

  • If your sneakers smell, sprinkle baking soda inside them. Before you go to wear them again, just tap the excess baking soda out.
  • Scrub your sneakers with toothpaste to clean them.

Source:

Good Housekeeping. (2017, December 26). Our 50 best tips to make your house super clean. Retrieved from http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g2550/best-cleaning-tips/?

Should I Rent or Should I Buy?

rentbuy-650x415Housing is one of the biggest choices and expenses in your life.  The big question….Am I better off to rent or buy?  Can I afford to buy?  Check out the link for this rent vs buy calculator with a sliding scale that will help determine which option is best for you.  Rent Vs Buy Calculator as seen in the NY Times.

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Improvement Projects To Do Before You Sell Your Home

Have you ever wondered what home improvement projects to do to get your house sold fast?  Realtor.com has put together the top 6 things to think about when putting your house on the market. Check them out below.

1.) Spruce up your landscaping

2.) Show off hardwood floors

3.) Make sure doors and windows are fixed

4.) Make sure walls are washed and painted

5.) Dirty cabinets? Clean them

6.) Upgrade the lighting in your home

For more information on these and why they are so important, check out Realtor.com’s article.

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