Spring is here, now what?



Spring is there, the birds are singing, the grass is growing, and I started sneezing. Now what?


You may be find yourself searching for your next home and unsure of what to do next. Maybe you are looking to list your home and need help navigating how to best do that. Maybe you just want to spruce up your home for spring.


Read on for some helpful tips and thoughts, no matter what your situation.




Seekers






Whether searching for your first home or your next home, don't go it alone. Buying a home is no small deal and there are many mistakes that we can make along the way. Ask any homeowner and you will likely hear tales of woe and regret with past decisions. There are simply too many factors to consider, and each decision is important for your present and your future.


Maybe you have found yourself keeping a watchful eye on all the houses in your area as they post on Zillow. Maybe you find yourself showing your spouse pictures at midnight of kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and yards. It seems like every home you check out is full of potential and you imagine what life would be like soaking in that beautiful garden tub just steps away from the main bedroom.


Dreaming and seeking are one thing...


Finding, financing, closing, and moving are quite another!


For all the seekers out there, keep seeking but do so with the backing of a seasoned real estate agent. There are many agents out there and many of them are quite qualified, but as many of us can attest to, not all are right for you. Consider the following questions to ask an agent before enlisting their help when searching for a home.


Agent Questions:

  • Are you familiar with the housing market I am interested in?

  • Are you a fulltime and experienced real estate agent?

  • Can you help me to find financing?

  • Are you able to work around my schedule?

  • Will I work with you throughout the process, or will I be passed along to others each step along the way?


Whatever you do, don't go it alone. Keep the dreams alive and enlist the help of someone who can help you with all the steps needed to turn your dream into a reality.




Sellers





Selling your home is quite possibly one of the most stressful times in life. You have spent your hard-earned money and time on a property that you are now looking to sell. This is a very emotional time for anyone and along with emotions come much confusion and uncertainty.


Most of us open our mailboxes now a days and find a variety of ads from companies and individuals who want you to sell. These offers are enticing and honestly a bit unnerving. How is it that someone I have never met, or a company I have never heard of, can possibly tell me what my home is worth and be trusted to help me get a fair price so I can afford my next home?


Just like the seekers, anyone who is looking to sell should not go it alone. There is no shortage of promises and supposed guarantees in this world. If it were as simple as holding out for the best sounding promise, selling your home would be a breeze. Unfortunately, promises and guarantees often do not materialize in the way we hope and sometimes don't materialize at all.


Do get an agent but do so with caution. Consider the following questions to ask an agent before agreeing to list your treasured home with them.


Agent Questions:

  • How much experience do you have in listing and selling homes?

  • How many homes have you sold in the last year?

  • Do you provide recommendations and insights into how to best prepare my home for sale?

  • How will we best determine the listing price?

  • Can you provide an estimate on what my costs will be to sell?

  • How long can I expect it to take for me to sell my home?



Enjoyers





For those of you who aren't looking to buy or sell, now is the time to enjoy. There is so much pressure to keep up with all those pictures we see of chef's kitchens and amazing patios. Yes, it is springtime and many of us will be spending at least some time, and likely more than some money at our local home improvement store. Don't worry though! Make the upgrades that fit your budget and allow you to enjoy your home for years to come.


It seems that today we feel the pressure to make sure that our home is always ready to be sold at the drop of a hat. While there is certainly wisdom in this, there is also an abundance of wisdom in taking the time to nurture the roots you have put down and see what grows from that. Don't be afraid to enjoy your home and plant that seed that someday may be the very tree your grandson, or granddaughter swings from.


So go ahead, get your hands dirty, enjoy your home, and maybe sleep in on Saturday while others are browsing the paint isle in search of this year's color!


-The Hazys