A Checklist For Selling Your Home This Winter!

If you’re planning to sell your house this winter, you’ll want it to look its best inside and out!
 
Take the time and focus on tasks that make it inviting, show that it’s been cared for, and boost your curb appeal!
 
Reach out to the Yancey Realty team today so you can get an expert opinion on what to focus on, so it shows well and catches a buyer’s eye!

 

Should I Update My Home Before Selling?

 

If you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your house, lean on your agent to be your guide.

If the market is flooded with houses for sale, updates may be necessary for your house to stand out. In our current sellers’ market, the added expenses might not be worth it.

Partner with a trusted Yancey Realty agent for expert advice on which updates are important in today’s market!

Numbers Don’t Lie: It’s Still A Great Time To Sell!

 

Heading into the end of the year, you might wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s what the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) says.

Housing supply is lower than last year, and home prices are up nationwide. Meanwhile, the average home is selling fast and receiving several offers. Listing now puts your house in the spotlight, meaning it could sell quickly – and for more than you’d expect!

Feeling motivated? If you’re ready to sell and capitalize on today’s market, give our team a call today at 704-467-8877 to get started!

Your Journey To Homeownership

 

When it comes to buying a home, there are a number of key milestones along the way.

The process includes everything from building your team and understanding your finances to going house hunting, making an offer, and more.

When you’re ready to start your journey, partner with a local Yancey Realty agent so you have trusted guidance at every milestone in the process.

Find & Clean The Dirtiest Places In Your Home

We all strive to keep our homes clean, but dirt and grime always seems to build up in certain places. It may be impossible to keep every area completely polished, but it helps to know which places accumulate the most germs and are commonly overlooked in our cleaning routines.

  1. Stove Knobs. One of the dirtiest places in the kitchen are stove knobs. These little knobs can gather a lot of old food from our pots and pans or from our fingers. It doesn’t help that many of these knobs are black and can hide stains easily.
  2. Bed Sheets. We spend a lot of time in our beds, which makes our bed sheets a great place for germs to nest. It’s recommended that bed sheets and pillowcases are cleaned at least once a week.
  3. Faucet Handles. The next time you wash your hands, check your faucet handles for soap scum and water spots because these handles are a breeding ground for dirty grime. Clean these once a week to keep them shiny.
  4. Kitchen Sink. So many bits of food fall into our kitchen sinks and sometimes they can go unnoticed for days. The next time you do the dishes, make sure to give your kitchen sink a good cleaning!
  5. Sponges. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the thing we clean everything with can be hiding a lot of germs. Sponges should be replaced every 14 days and you can minimize the germs in your current sponge by microwaving it.

Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional

 

Whether you’re buying or selling, there are many perks that come from working with a real estate advisor!

Real estate professionals are experts at navigating all aspects of the buying and selling process, including negotiating on your behalf. We can also explain today’s market and break down what it means for you!

Don’t go at it alone. Partner with a Yancey Realty agent so you have advice and an expert to count on each step of the way!

How To Keep Insects Out Of Your Home!

One of the biggest pet peeves for homeowners is discovering bugs inside their home. Insects can be a big nuisance as is and if they begin to multiply, the effects can be even worse. Here are a few easy methods to keep these pests away!

The first, obvious step to keeping insects out of your home is making sure they don’t have access to any food. Keep your kitchen counters and floors free of crumbs or food residue. It’s also important to frequently take out the trash, so no food begins to rot.

Bugs are attracted to standing water as well, so make sure to quickly remove dishes from the sink and be sure water in your dog or cat bowls is replaced often. Any spills or leaky pipes should be fixed immediately to avoid attracting insects.

Make sure there are no gaping cracks or holes along exterior walls that bugs can sneak through into your home. You can fill cracks in the wall or baseboards with caulking to block insects from getting in and you can also install door sweeps so they are unable to slip underneath doors.

Another common place for bugs to get in your house is through window screens. If a window screen has any holes, it becomes the perfect place for bugs to enter your home. Check your screens about once a month to be sure there are no entry points for insects.

With regular checks and good, clean habits, you can successfully maintain an insect-free home!

Tips For Hanging A Large Painting

Found a stunning, large painting to perfectly complement your home? It’s important to follow a few rules of thumb while hanging it to maintain the integrity of your wall and your painting.

The weight of your painting is the key factor in determining the proper hanging method, so before you start hammering nails or finding studs, weigh your painting on a scale and note the weight. If your painting weighs less than five pounds, you can simply use adhesive wall hooks or mounting tape to hang it. You don’t have to make any holes in your wall or use any nails for paintings of this size.

Paintings that weigh between five and twenty pounds should be hung with a drywall anchor. You don’t need to find a stud to install these anchors and all you’ll need is a drill to make a couple holes in your drywall.

If you want to hang a painting that weighs between 20 and 50 pounds, you will need to find a stud in your wall. The stud is another name for the wooden frame of your wall, which is the strongest part. After you find your stud, you can use a thin metal nail to hang paintings up to 20 pounds or you can use a threaded wooden screw for paintings up to 50 pounds. You can also opt for hanging hooks as an alternative.

The safest way to hang paintings over 50 pounds is to use a rail-cable. These large metal cables can be attached to rails on the ceiling to hang paintings up to 300 pounds.

By following these guidelines, you’ll have your new piece of art displayed beautifully in your home in no time!

Tips For Making Your Home More Peaceful!

Many things in our world are out of our control, but one thing you can control is your home environment. There are many simple changes you can make to instill some much needed peace into your living space. In order to create a peaceful environment in the home, make sure everything you see, smell, hear, and touch gives you a calm feeling inside.

It can be stressful and overwhelming to see all your knick-knacks and papers sprawled across your desk or table. Make it a habit to declutter and organize each room at least once a week to keep a zen-like state of mind.

Another way to increase the peace in your home is making sure it smells wonderful. Candles and air fresheners work well, but if you want to give your home a truly soothing scent, consider an essential oil diffuser. There is a huge variety of essential oils, but hints of lemon, peppermint, or sandalwood can really help introduce a sense of calm in your home.

On to the ears! To add soothing sounds into your home atmosphere, find a good speaker system to play smooth jazz or natural sounds as you work or relax at home. Or, if you prefer silence, consider soundproofing a room to cancel out outside noise.

Finally, consider adding a plush blanket to your couch or bed to settle down with in the evenings or add a soft rug to hug your toes as you walk around!

How To Plant Your Own Flower Garden

Starting a flower garden in that empty space in your yard is a great way to increase the curb appeal of your home and an opportunity to apply some of your personality to your outdoor area.

First, find an area you could use for your flower garden and try to identify if the space gets direct sun, partial sun, or shade. The amount of sunlight that your garden gets determines what kinds of flowers you can grow. For example, chrysanthemums and sunflowers need about 6-8 hours of sun per day, so they would not last very long in a shady nook, while fuchsias or begonias would thrive.

The next step is to decide whether you want to plant seedlings or buy your flowers from a nursery. This really depends on how much time you have to spend and it won’t affect how nice your garden is. Once you have selected flowers that will grow well in your garden space, take some time to make a diagram for where they will all be placed.

One of the last steps before planting is to mix manure or compost in your soil a week before planting. Now it’s time for the best part, planting your flowers! You will need a shovel, rake, and trowel for this step. The goal here is to loosen the soil and create snug holes for your flowers. Depending on how many flowers you have, this process should only take a day or two.

Finally, enjoy your flower garden and see if any butterflies come to enjoy your creation too!