Posted on August 19, 2014
Estimates so far indicate that summer 2014 is likely to be a better than usual season for Bastrop, TX home sales. The past winter threw a wet blanket over all kinds of business activity, creating a perfect scenario for a sale bounce back—and that’s exactly what is beginning to show up in the stats. As Bloomberg News reported last week, sales of homes “climbed in April for the first time in three months…the biggest in six months…”
If you will be taking advantage of the uptick by listing your property for this summer’s market, having an open house in Bastrop, TX is a prime way to attract prospective buyers. With a little focus and energy, getting your home in shape can be easier than you might imagine.
The checklist is short:
The place to begin is with the landscaping—it frames the picture that’s the first thing buyers’ see when they pull up during the warm months. If you don’t have summer flowers planted, that’s okay—improvise! Purchase a few hanging baskets and potted plants. Place them along pathways, the entrance, and other places that could use a little bit of color. Hose the exterior, but if the years have been too tough, you may need a refresher coat of paint or trim. Perk up the lawn with an easy-to-apply lawn food spray; edge where needed; then mow and admire!
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Give your windows a good cleaning (outside first)—it’s surprising the amount of sparkle that simple job can add to your Bastrop, TX open house. Air the house thoroughly as you do a deep clean where it’s needed: usually a shampoo of carpets and rugs will accomplish the lion’s share of the work. Add some summer color to your rooms with fresh throw pillows, and as your open house draws near, see where a few well-placed floral arrangements would add bright color to draw the eye.
Before the day of your open house, there are a few more quick checks to be made. Walk around the house. Are the air conditioner units clean? Are the gutters and rainspouts in good shape? Outdoor spaces are great selling points to make your home more attractive to buyers, and a summertime Bastrop, TX open house creates the perfect opportunity to show them off. There are always a few little things you’ve been meaning to attend to…now is the time!
Looking for more open house tips? Call me today if you’re thinking of listing your Bastrop, TX home for sale. We can discuss a marketing plan to get your home S-O-L-D this summer!
Posted on August 1, 2014
When you begin scouring the Bastrop, TX listings for a new home, the cost of the home appears to be right there at the top: the asking price. All the other details about the property are there, too, but they usually get close attention only after that dollar amount at the top falls within (well, is at least close to) your target number.
But as soon as the shopping starts to narrow the field, the financial implications of those other details begin to reveal themselves. Good thing! In fact, the true bottom line cost of your new Bastrop, TX home will be greatly affected by them.
Many buyers work with the details exactly as presented—but as a purchase grows more likely, they should consider them simply as starting points. Back when home prices were racing steadily upward, it may have been okay to assume that price appreciation would make up for any exaggerations or oversights about the property (whether inadvertent or not), but today’s more cautious buyers appreciate how the disclosures impact the real cost of a property. They know how expensive it can be to correct inaccuracies later on.
When comparing properties, it’s time well spent to confirm as much of the information as practical. It will give you confidence that you aren’t missing potential expenses or devaluing factors when figuring the cost of a home versus its true value. Some relevant factors
- •Even when there are laws requiring sellers to disclose obvious repairs, those that are less obvious can come as a surprise after the keys are handed over. Some may not even be known to the seller; for example, mold in walls caused from earlier flooding may not be visible, or termites that are just starting to colonize the structure might not be obvious. That’s why consulting with a home inspector is so important. The best ones know the places to look for the telltale signs it takes an expert to uncover.
- •If the property you are considering belongs to a homeowner’s association or is subject to any kind of maintenance fees, be sure to factor in those costs. Ask for copies of receipts for the last few payments—then find out what plans have been announced that might mean future increases.
- •Bastrop< TX property taxes will obviously figure in your home cost calculations, but it’s good to know the basis upon which the property is taxed. Unrecorded improvements could raise that figure: so have a look at the recent bills. If you have questions, a check with the assessor’s office should settle them.
- •Don’t just have a chat about the cost of utilities—you should request copies of the utility bills for at least the last full year. Water and power (and sometimes sewer and other utility expenses) can be more substantial than you’d expect, significantly increasing the cost of your Bastrop home’s annual operation.
These factors all play parts in determining the true cost of a home in Bastrop —its current purchase price and a sound projection of the cost of living in it. Accurate estimates of both are what you need to guide your decision about whether to make an offer—and what that offer should be.
If you are thinking of buying in Bastrop this summer or fall, do contact me today. I’ll help you to be sure the right questions are asked!