10 Things To Look For When Buying A Home

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1. Create a Dream Wish List.

When I made my list, it had 22 items on it. My current house had the potential to meet all of the items on my list with a little creativity, vision and hard work.

2. Separate the ‘Essentials’ and ‘Non-Essentials’.

After creating your dream home wish list, separate your ‘must haves’ from the things you’re willing to compromise on. No house is going to be perfect.

3. Location, Location, Location.

Remember, you can always change things in your house, but you can’t change the home’s location. Find a map of your city and highlight your ideal neighborhoods. This will help you narrow your home search. Is it important to you to have a view? Be close to schools or shopping? Find a location that fits your lifestyle.

4. Layout.

Think about the flow from the moment you walk in the door. Is the laundry room in a convenient location? Are you wanting that open concept so you can watch the kids while you cook? Many homes also have a formal living space that rarely gets used, so keep an open mind when viewing that space. They have a lot of potential to become something that fits your family – a game room, playroom, craft room or home office. ” Your home should be a reflection of the life you want to live.” – Peter Walsh

5. Storage.

As an organizer, I can’t stress enough how important proper storage space is in a home. Make sure your home has adequate closets or at least the potential to create additional storage space.  Coat closets, linen closets and a pantry may not seem like a big deal in an empty house but they are essential for establishing and maintaining organization in a home that is being lived in.  A garage is wonderful to have but is intended to store the car and not excess clutter.  Pay close attention to any built-ins a home may have and be wary of homes that have cheap wire shelving in every closet, something you certainly will want to change.

6. Kitchen/Bathrooms.

These rooms are the selling points of homes. They are also some of the more costly in terms of renovation. Those costs can be lowered if the rooms have good bones, flow and function. Make sure there is a pantry and enough drawers and cupboards to fit your needs.

7. Lighting. 

When we go to open houses, we are seeing the homes during daylight hours. We miss seeing the what the overhead lighting is like. I’ve been in so many homes that have poor lighting or none at all in the living rooms, dining rooms, and closets! Make sure there are overhead light fixtures in ALL the rooms and closets.

8. Children.

If you’re thinking about children, then look at a home as a long term investment. Find a home that has a nice backyard, a fence, and close to schools. Also, think about if you want the bedrooms all on the same floor or room to spread out when they get older? Is there a nice drop-zone area near the front door to organize keys, backpacks, coats, mail, etc?

9. Simplify.

Do you really need 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for two people? If you have the tendency to collect clutter to fill those extra rooms, then maybe a smaller and more streamlined home is the best option for you. It means you have less to clean and maintain – therefore less stress.

10. Cosmetic Changes.

Look past the current homeowners taste to see the true potential of the space. We would be happy to help you unpack, organize and decorate the space for you! Contact Us today to learn more!

10 Tips For Selling Your Home


I thought this month would be a great time to talk real estate. I have ten great tips that I want to share with you on how to sell your house faster – even if you’re just listing or already on the market! These tips are all about de-cluttering and staging to help you maximize the value of your house in a buyers market. My husband and I have been passionate about real estate since early on in our marriage. We have bought and sold homes, currently own rental property, and have sons in real estate – so we have learned a thing or two! Let’s get started.

1. Make a good first impression.

Spruce up the curb appeal by getting rid of lawn and yard toys, hoses and tools. Mow the grass and trim the overgrown bushes, flowers, weeds and trees.

2. Look inviting.

Create an inviting entryway. Clean and perhaps re-paint your front door. De-clutter your entryway of any shoes, bags, coats, etc. Empty the closets as much as possible. This makes the home’s  closets seem more spacious so buyers see the storage potential, not your stuff. To increase your storage a hall bench, table, or coatrack work great.

3. De-personalize.

Remove all family photos, awards, and trophies from around your home. These are dust collectors and also look cluttered. By removing them, a potential buyer will have an easier time imagining themselves in the space.

4. Go vertical.

If you have tall ceilings or limited square footage, don’t be afraid to go vertical. Tall bookshelves, armoires, and floating shelves create extra storage without taking up valuable floor space. Armoires are great because the doors close to hide a television or home office.

5. Storage.

Evaluate and pre-pack anything that you can live without until you move. Be sure to get anything that is on an open shelf, counters and tabletops. If you can, store these things off-site until you move.

6. Deep clean.

Do a deep cleaning before listing your home. You may not notice that pesky cob-web on the light fixture, but a buyer will! Maintain the cleaning so the house is ready to show.

7. Garage.

Get rid of those old paint cans, potting mixes, sporting goods, broken furniture and anything else that may have wandered out there. Then organize your stuff. Costco has great metal shelving on wheels at an affordable price to organize your things. Don’t skip the cleaning out here either!

8. Minor maintenance.

Have you been meaning to caulk around that trim? Fix a cupboard door? Touch up the paint? Don’t wait! Make a list of minor repairs and get them done. Don’t have time? Hire a professional to do it for you.

9. Home-staging.

Two things to think about – flow and function. First, how do people move around in the space? Is your furniture in odd places or too big? Pare down your furniture and re-arrange to make it more inviting. Second, what is the space meant to be use for? Remove anything that doesn’t serve that function. To complete the staging, you want well rounded decor. Start from the ground up: carpet/rug, main pieces, accent decor, wall hangings and lighting. Now a buyer can easily move around and get a feel for the space.

10. Get away.

Go do something fun with your family while a realtor is showing your home. Take the time to relax and play!

We do offer our services for clients and realtors. We would be happy to consult with you on how to stage your home and plan your next move! Contact us today to learn more.

Happy Selling!