THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARPET

Carpet. What separates us from the animals. There’s an aura of civilized living to a carpeted room. A warmth. Though wood-flooring maybe have become a more popular flooring option, you still probably prefer carpet in certain rooms like a bedroom or personal office. It’s just cozier.

But not all carpets are the same. Going from this article from DIY Network, you can break carpets into two different types: loop pile and cut pile.

Loop pile means the fibers are bent into little loops. It’s durable and stain resistant. Ideal for a spot in the house with high foot-traffic.

Cut pile carpets cut the yarn tips so there aren’t any loops. These carpets tend to be denser and softer.

You can dig deeper into the different types of both loop and cut pile, but here’s my suggestion: consider the type of room you’re carpeting. If it’s your bonus room or basement where there will be lots of foot traffic and more likely for spills, then you’re better off looking at loop pile. If the room is the opposite: low traffic and lesslikely to messy, such as a personal office, then go with cut pile.

Carpet will always be an option in our homes. It provides a comfy atmosphere. So that’s decided. Now you just want to make sure you’re picking the best carpet for your home. Read more about the types of carpet here.


Posted on August 18, 2020 at 3:04 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Buying, Homeowner, Selling |

CAULKING LIKE A PRO

caulking

Caulk often cracks during the first year of a house’s life, due to the house drying out and settling. Unsightly cracks in the caulk aren’t just ugly, they can lead to leakage too. Once a house has settled, caulk cracks should appear much less often and with much less severity… but we live in the Midwest and houses here typically contract and expand with the seasons, so you may need to do ongoing maintenance in regard to the caulking in your home. Luckily, fixing caulk is a relatively quick and easy task that can enhance the look of your home. Here are some quick tips to make your caulking project a breeze:

1. Choose the right caulk and dispenser
2. Remove old caulk and clean the surface
3. Tape off surfaces
4. Apply the caulk
5. Smooth the joint
6. Remove the tape

For more information, please click here.


Posted on August 17, 2020 at 6:26 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Selling |

14 ITEMS THAT WILL MAKE MOVING DAY GO SMOOTHLY

My husband and I just bought a new home and sold our current. We are moving! Now that the excitement has worn off, it is time to get packing. As I think through packing and how I will get five years into a truck, I am also thinking through what moving day will look like. I am not gonna lie, I am not looking forward to this part. Sure, it’s exciting, but the process of moving sounds exhausting!

 

I stumbled upon these 14 steps from realtor.com to make moving day as pain-free as possible.

 

  1. Bottled water and food

You are likely be starving after hours of cleaning and moving, and won’t want to make a trip to the supermarket. Have some water bottles on hand, and get easy-to-make food, such as pasta and sauce, for the first couple of days, while you settle into your new home.

 

  1. Boxcutter

This will make it easier to open the boxes that you overtaped.

 

  1. Cleaning Supplies

You’ll want to give your house a good scrubbing before you move in. “Don’t forget paper towels and other cleaning supplies in case the house is dusty,” says Travaglini. Bring your supplies from your old home, or head to the store and buy soap, floor cleaner, sponges, a mop, bucket, window cleaners, a vacuum, bathroom cleaner, and a toilet scrubber.

 

  1. Closet hangers

You’ve made sure your new home is spotless. Now make sure your clothes aren’t wrinkled. (You’ll thank us for this one.)

 

  1. Cooler with ice

This is a good idea if the previous owner didn’t leave a fridge, and yours hasn’t arrived yet.

 

  1. Furniture sliders

Even if you have movers, you may want furniture sliders, the little things that go under the legs of chairs and couches and allow you to slide them easily without scratching your floor. You can pick them up at any hardware store.

 

  1. New front-door lock

That ceremonious moment when you’re handed the keys to your new home is exciting. But you can’t be sure who else has a pair. Plan ahead and buy a new front-door lock, and set an appointment with a locksmith to change the locks or rekey the doors. You can have them come by on move-in day or shortly after.

 

  1. Lamps

Don’t spend your first night in your new house in the dark! Pack up all the lamps and light fixtures you’re planning to keep from your previous home and have them readily available. “Some rooms don’t have overhead lighting, so lamps will be very helpful,” says Rita Patriarca, a real estate agent at Re/Max Encore in Wilmington, MA.

 

  1. Lightbulbs and batteries

These are other items you can usually buy in bulk. Most large retail and hardware stores carry bulbs in various wattage and shapes.

 

  1. Toiletries

Personal hygiene might be the last thing on your mind on move-in day, but make sure you have soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and anything else you need. Moving day is a sweaty experience, and you’ll need a shower when you’re done. Plus, your new home will attract neighbors and friends. You’ll want to smell and look nice. Right?

 

  1. Trash cans and trash bags

If you plan to keep your trash barrel outside of a cabinet and you have a pet, it’s a good idea to get one with a secure top. You don’t want Fido or Tabby getting into the trash.

 

  1. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

You never want to go a day living in a house without property smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the house on move-in day to make sure you have enough detectors. Test each one to make sure the batteries are working.

 

  1. Sticky notes

Mark down where you want things. It’s a good idea to label where you want your furniture, TV, dining-room table, etc. You can do this by writing on a sticky note and leaving it where you want the items located. This will help the movers know where to put everything.

 

  1. Your favorite beverage

Whether you prefer champagne, Dr. Pepper, or Maker’s Mark, get yourself your favorite beverage to celebrate your new home. Toast yourself, your significant other, your kids, your friends and family, and everyone else who played a part in the move. You’ve earned it.

Thanks to MIBOR for the blog post!


Posted on June 10, 2020 at 7:38 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Selling |

How to buy and sell a home at the same time

Home in Hand

 

We all believe buying a home for the first time is the hardest thing until we have to buy and sell at the same time!

If you’re looking to graduate from first-timer to repeat buyer, you know things are about to get much trickier. Unless you’re a bona fide house collector, you’ll have to sell your home in order to buy anew—adding a whole separate layer of anxiety to what you already know is a stressful home-buying process.

Realtor.com gives us some great tips on how to manage buying and selling without losing your mind.

  1. Know the market

Before you start seriously searching for a new home—or put your current home on the market—make sure you have a solid understanding of the housing market in your area (and the area where you’re planning to buy).

Ask your real estate agent: Is the market weighted toward buyers or sellers? Only then will you be able to fully strategize. In real estate, your best plan of action may depending on whether sellers or buyers are in the more powerful position.

  1. Plan your schedule carefully

You might be asking: Should you try to buy first, then sell—or vice versa? Both have their risks and rewards.

Selling first makes getting a mortgage easier, but it also means you’ll need to find a temporary place to live.

Buying first means that moving will be easier, but it also skews your debt-to-income ratio, making it harder to qualify for a new mortgage—not to mention the difficulty of juggling two monthly house payments.

  1. Know your financial solutions

For those who choose to sell first, the process is relatively straightforward: taking on the additional cost of a rental between homes.

However, you might want to consider the option of a rent-back agreement, where you negotiate with the lenders and buyers to be able to remain in the property for a maximum of 60 to 90 days—often in exchange for a lower selling price or for rent paid to the buyers.

This can relieve some of the pressure of finding a new home, giving you additional time to house hunt.

But if you’re buying first, talk to your Realtor about ways to decrease your financial burden and risk.

  1. Don’t let fear rush you

If your home has sold but you haven’t found a new place to live, don’t let anxiety push you toward a bad decision.

 

For more, visit here


Posted on January 8, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Buying, Homeowner, Selling |

5 QUICK TIPS FOR DAZZLING CURB APPEAL

Take a good look at your home’s exterior. Does it give the first impression you want to make?

What could you do better to improve the look — and maybe value — of your property?

Whether you’re planning to sell your home or you just want to make it more inviting, one of the best things you can do is add curb appeal. It’s a quick fix that makes a huge statement.

So how can you make your abode more beautiful?

Make your house (numbers) stand out. Can friends, prospective buyers and delivery people read your address from the street? Or is it too small or tarnished to see? The latter means it’s time for a change. Invest in larger, more attractive house numbers to make a big impact.

Give your mailbox a facelift. You may barely notice it, but passersby do. Your mailbox isn’t a very welcome sight if it looks neglected. Replacing it — or simply painting it a fresh new color — is a no-brainer for quickly boosting curb appeal.

Revive your front door. This is the focal point of your home’s exterior. If yours is receding into the background, pick a bold paint color and some bright, shiny hardware to bring it back to the forefront.

Add interest with plants. Don’t just mow and edge your lawn; spruce it up with fresh mulch and flowers too. And if you flank your newly painted front door with pretty planters, it’ll pop even more.

Make the exterior sparkle. Last but not least, clean your windows so that they sparkle and shine. Don’t forget to pressure-wash your house, sidewalks and driveway so it all looks like new.

Just a little bit of work makes it more inviting and easier for buyers to picture themselves living there.

Looking to move? Reach out so we can talk!


Posted on August 30, 2019 at 3:06 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Selling |

13 VISUAL TRICKS HOME STAGERS ARE PLAYING ON YOU

In today’s ultracompetitive real estate market, it’s said that potential buyers make up their minds within seconds of stepping inside a home. That’s why an ever-growing number of sellers turn to professional home stagers—whose services, some say, can add instant appeal and even sell a house up to 40 days faster.

Their secret? An arsenal of optical illusions and psychological tricks that draw buyers’ eyes to all the right places. Yep, that’s right. Home stagers are fooling us! (And we love it). Click here for the secrets to staging!


Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:53 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Buying, Homeowner, Selling |

IT’S TIME TO CLEAN YOUR GARAGE

 

A garage is one of the easiest spaces in your home to let get unorganized and messy, one day you’ll walk in and wonder how it all happened. Take a second, breathe, and commit yourself to fixing this, it doesn’t have to be hard!

First, you need to completely take everything that isn’t nailed down out. This will give space to clean up old stains and to really collect all the dust that’s gathered.

Next, you will want to take a look at everything you hauled out, how much of it do you really still need to hold onto, it might be time to donate some things or have a yard sale.

Lastly, really evaluate the space, were you using it efficiently? Do you need more shelving? Do you need racks to hang bikes on? Taking time to ensure the space uses every inch of storage effectively will help you maintain a clean and happy garage!

Want to know more on this? Go here to read more!


Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:49 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Inspection, Selling |

THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTERIOR PAINTING

painting

I hate painting.  No, I’m not talking about Picasso’s “Guernica” or Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.  I’m talking about being up on a ladder in the baking sun painting one of four sides of my house.  It’s tedious, expensive, and can be difficult.  But in reaction to this article, it’s extremely important.

I still have PTSD from that one magical summer my dad decided that the family can save a bundle by painting our own house rather than hiring out.  So my brother, sister and I all got our own brushes and were put to work whenever we made eye contact with my Dad during summer vacation.  Yeah my allowance increased, but it just. Wasn’t. Worth. It.

HomeAdvisor.com says that not only is painting a house critical in a home’s appearance, but it also serves as primary lines of defense against weather and bugs.  A fresh coat of paint is a no-brainer in home renovation.  But before you make the commitment you want to make sure you’re painting a color that’ll look good for the foreseeable future!

The best thing to do at this point is learn from others.  Drive around your community really analyzing your neighbors’ exterior paint.  Learn from what you hate just as much as learning from what you like.  Then get a free sample and paint a section of the house to test it out.  Let it get weathered, look at it at all hours of the day.  Once you’ve decided, get painting!

Painting is a tough job, but the reward far outweighs the labor.  A fresh coat of paint can revitalize the entire look of a home.  The right paint job can accentuate a home’s best features and take years off the home’s life, making your home the envy of the community.

For more information, read the article here.

Thanks for the info MIBOR!


Posted on July 31, 2019 at 7:06 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Inspection, Selling, Uncategorized |

The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist

Thinking about selling your home, but not sure where to start? Follow this link for the The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist from Houselogic. This checklist will help you narrow down what’s important to you with selling your home and selecting your listing agent.

Want more information on selling your home? Give us a call at (317) 384-4712 or e-mail us lflynn(at)c21scheetz(dot)com.


Posted on December 20, 2018 at 9:15 pm
Lindsay Ohmer | Posted in Selling |

Real Estate Terminology

jar·gon1

/ˈjärɡən/

noun
  1. special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.
    “legal jargon”
    • a form of language regarded as barbarous, debased, or hybrid.
Every industry has their own jargon. Whether you are buying or selling a home, here are some important real estate terms that you should know.
Pre-approval – a letter from your mortgage lender stating that your credit has been checked and they are willing to write you a loan.
Earnest Money – a check written by the buyer, held by the sellers broker. Also called good faith money, earnest money lets the seller know the buyer is serious.
Appraisal – done by the bank/mortgage company. An appraisal lets the bank know what the home is worth.
Title Company – A title company is a third party entity that makes sure the home is free and clear of any liens and is able to be sold.
For more real estate terminology, click here!
Is there another term you’re unfamiliar with? Shoot us an email at lflynn(at)c21scheetz(dot)com and we’ll help you figure it out!

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm
Lindsay Ohmer | Posted in Buying, Selling |