Friday, November 2, 2018 / by Sue Lockett
REAL ESTATE BLOG
THE COSTS of SELLING YOUR HOME
If you are thinking of selling your home, you need to know that it will cost you approximately 10% to do so. You will have real estate fees, which are not set, but usually range between 5% - 7% (divided between two companies), a title policy which is approximately 1% of the sales price, perhaps a survey and a home warranty, the taxes and insurance up to the day of closing, plus your own closing costs, and any repairs or closing costs for the Buyer that have been negotiated in the contract. If the lender for the Buyer requires specific repairs in order for a loan to be approved, your costs may increase. For example, if the lender requires that the roof needs to be replaced, then your costs will go up substantially. So, look around your home to see what repairs you need to make before putting your house on the market, and be prepared for possible ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018 / by Sue Lockett
When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects.
Cordless drill. A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month.
Drain cleaners. Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of hair and whisker clippings. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but they’re expensive and the lingering chemical scent is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk. You can purcha ...