Category: Homeowner Tips (125)

renovate or moveSpring in KC is a popular time of to renovate or move in Kansas City. If you’re on the fence about which choice is best for you, we’re always available to come out and provide you with an accurate home evaluation. Having your home value in mind can help you decide if the market is right for selling, or how much you might be willing to invest for a renovation.

Either way you’re leaning, this is a big decision, and ultimately one that comes down to much more than just your “home.” It’s important to keep the big picture in mind. It is difficult to put a price tag on certain items that may hold a lot of value to you – like your neighbors, a specific school zone or proximity to work. Can you match your priorities in another area, or are you best to invest in improvements in your current home? If you decide to renovate, reach out to Jennifer Kent Reimer. She is in the finishing stages of a top-to-bottom renovation of her Nottingham Forest home and can offer solid advice and tips to make the process easier for you. We can also recommend trusted vendors to work with.

REAL ESTATE SALES KANSAS CITY

For those of you leaning toward selling, the good news is the market is in your favor! Inventory remains really low across KC, making this a seller’s market. We’re seeing homes selling quickly and for good prices! We’re always available for new listings and can get your home ready and on the market fast. Our strategic pricing and targeted marketing will increase your home’s exposure. It’s a numbers game, after all. Our marketing and social media will get your home in front of lots of agents and potential buyers.

Call us for an accurate home evaluation anytime! You can always reach a member of BGG at 913.402.2599. Let’s do things together!

Monday is the first day of spring! And with that will come all the spring cleaning checklists for a fresh start to the season. We can totally get behind spring cleaning and all of the great lists out there – after all, routine home maintenance is key to protecting your home’s value. But for many, the idea of spring cleaning is overwhelming and therefore gets skipped altogether. If that’s you, rather than go all in for a top-to-bottom spring clean, pick one project and do it well!

Even the most organized and tidy homeowners don’t tackle the “big” projects on a regular basis. We’re suggesting six projects to choose from – three indoor and three outdoor – and, including links to make it easy to start. Find one that’s manageable for you!

spring cleaningINDOOR PROJECTS

Clean Out the Fridge:  If you’re like us, you probably wipe the fridge after spills and maybe when you’re clearing space to add groceries. But this is home for all your perishable food and drink. A good deep clean several times a year is warranted. Once it’s shiny clean, think about pulling it out from the wall to vacuum away excess dust.

Dust Baseboards & Window Sills:  No one has time to deal with these regularly! Even if you tackle your baseboards and window sills once a year, that will make a difference in your home’s cleanliness and appearance.

Dust Blinds & Fans:  Just like the baseboards and window sills, we’ll bet these aren’t on your weekly cleaning list! Some will vacuum, some will use a duster, and some will use a rag and spray to get at the blinds and fans. Do what’s easiest for you!

OUTDOOR PROJECTS

Clean & Paint the Front Door:  A clean, bright entry is one of the fastest and most cost effective moves you can make to boost curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint will make a big impact!

Rake & Replace Mulch:  While this is one of the pricier projects of the ideas we’re suggesting, spring is the season to do this – especially if you’re planning to list your home for sale. New mulch will really make your beds pop!

Clean & Organize the Garage:  This is a biggie for one project, but it will make your home more functional and pleasing – we promise! No more tripping over shoes as you’re trying to get in the door, or balls rolling under the car when you try to back out. Getting salt off of concrete is also important.

Kansas City Real estate

Here’s to a beautiful KC spring! If you have bigger projects you need help with around the house, let us know. We work with lots of area vendors we would be happy to recommend to you.

And if you’re spring cleaning as motivation to get your home ready to sell – we’re ready for that, too! Our professional stager can come out with us to make a punch list of projects to tackle before you list. You can schedule an appointment for this with us anytime at 913.402.2599.

Tax Tips HomeownersIt’s tax season! Homeowners, there are tax tips you need to know! As you’re pulling everything together to file your 2016 return, make sure you’re informed of what you can and can’t deduct. Of course, the options vary based on your personal circumstances. So, start by reviewing these guidelines from the IRS. From there, it’s a good idea to seek professional help if you aren’t sure what deductions you can take.

We checked with our friend Rich Adams of Adams Accounting Solutions for some tips that may help you. Here are the top deductions his firm sees home buyers and sellers miss:

  • Mortgage recording fees are deductible to buyers
  • Unpaid property taxes are deductible to sellers
  • Repairs and other maintenance items are deductible to sellers if they are done to get the property ready for sale
  • A home office deduction is available for all homeowners with home based businesses, and W2 employees that are allowed to work from home
  • HOA dues are part of deductible home office expenses for home based businesses

It’s important to note that every tax situation is different, so make sure you contact a qualified tax professional to ensure you are using the right deductions and documentation.

Contact us at 913.402.2599 if you need a copy of your settlement statement form a home purchased in 2016.

Kansas city tax accountant

And if you don’t have time to prepare your taxes this year – or just want the peace of mind that comes with having a professional file for you – you can set up a meeting with Rich at 913.888.9100. Mention this blog and receive $50 off personal income tax prep!

time to sellInventory across KC is still really low, making it a great time to sell! Where were traditionally see homes popping up for the spring market in February, we’re already seeing movement in 2017. The good news is, if spring is your set time for listing, you have plenty of time in the weeks ahead to get your home shiny and bright! And if your time frame isn’t firm and you want to get a jump on spring competition we can get your home market-ready and listed fast.

Here are the 5 biggies we recommend you start on now:
  1. Declutter, declutter, declutter.  And de-personalize while you’re at it. Go room-by-room, level-by-level … whatever will work for you. Pack items you want to keep and get them out of site. If you have items in gently used condition you no longer want, find a local charity and arrange a pick-up (here’s one). Other items you aren’t using should go in the trash. Set a clean, tidy space that buyers can envision as “their” home. The more they relate to your home, the better!
  2. Fix it Up! If you’re aware of an issue with your home, it’s easiest to resolve before listing. Some problems you can probably address on your own. If you need a professional, here’s a list of folks we trust. Let us know if you don’t find what you need and we’ll get it for you. Don’t forget little projects like making sure all lightbulbs are working or touching up paint on wall blemishes.
  3. Give a Deep Clean. This is one you can do on your own to save money. However, if your home needs a little extra TLC, it might be worth investing in a professional cleaner. Same goes for carpets. If yours show dirt, stains or odor, bring in a carpet cleaner. A clean slate goes a long way toward a good first impression!
  4. Spruce Up Curb Appeal. Walk your property. Examine the exterior of your home, as well as your lawn and landscaping. Clean up any debris or items that should be stored (balls, toys, leaves and sticks). Do you have bushes in need of a trim? Would fresh mulch make your front beds pop? Is your exterior paint in good condition? Would a bright front door add curb appeal?
  5. Call Us! At this point we can come in with our stager and photographer to start the marketing side of your listing. But, feel free to bump us up to #1 on the list if you want input and help with the items above! We can come by anytime and review your home to provide suggestions for updates and to prep it for sale. As market experts, we offer guidance on where you will get the most bang for your buck. We can also give you a market report so you know the activity in your neighborhood and the comps. We will work with your timeline to get your home listed and sold so you can move on to the next step … buying!

You can reach us anytime at 913.402.2599! We’re already taking listing appointments in 2017 and would love the opportunity to sell your home. As always, thanks for your continued business and your kind referrals!

winter home maintenanceThe first day of winter is next week, December 21. This date probably isn’t standing out in your mind with the all the other holiday activities going on, but don’t let it slide by completely. We’re already feeling some cold temps around KC and preventative maintenance is important to protect your home before harsh weather strikes.

To make it easy for you, we’ve rounded up some of the biggies. So, take a few minutes and browse this list to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything that needs immediate attention. Also, you might make note of a few to address when things slow down after the holidays.

our top 3 winter maintenance tips
  1. Check your heating system to ensure it’s in peak working condition. It’s a good idea to have a professional inspection, so let us know if you need a heating/cooling contact. We’re happy to share trusted vendors with you! While you’re at it, test or add carbon monoxide detectors.
  2. Disconnect and store garden hoses for winter, and drain outdoor pipes. During a cold snap, if a hose is left connected ice can form, which can lead to pressure in the water lines inside your home. This could result in a line leak or break, which means water damage in your home.
  3. Seal leaks and improve your home’s comfort and efficiency. Check doors and windows. And, inspect your garage door. You’re looking for gaps and cracks. So, put a hand over electrical outlets. If you feel cold air, you can add a rubber gasket under the plate.

We hope tips like these make keeping up with your home a little easier. We wish you all the best as you celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Cheers!

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