Jan. 18, 2017

Preparing to Sell? Step 1 - Declutter

Before even considering placing your property on the market, there are certain actions you must take to prepare. One of these actions is to declutter the property from top to bottom, stem to stern, inside and out. It’s probably everyone’s least favorite project, but it is necessary if you want to get top dollar for your house.

Set Reasonable Goals

Don’t expect this to be a one day job. Set goals which are not too overwhelming. Some people like to go, as I said, from top to bottom. If that’s your style, go ahead. Begin with the attic, or crawlspace, or whatever is in the upper reaches of your house, and work your way, gradually, down to the basement. Others would rather tackle things like closets, cabinets, and/or drawers first, and then move to the open spaces. Where you begin isn’t as important as actually beginning. Strive for a schedule which allows you to finish the job you begin each day.

Categorizing Your Clutter

When you clean out a drawer, closet, corner, or other space, place each object in a designated “pile”. You should have a pile for, of course, things you must keep (This should be the smallest pile!), things you can give away, things you can sell, and things you throw away. The giveaway pile could conceivably have several subcategories, such as one pile for items which go to family members and one for donation to places like second hand stores. However, don’t make it too complicated, or you’ll be tempted to give up.

Keep It Moving

Another aspect of the goal-setting strategy is perseverance. Once you have cleaned that closet, and you have your piles of stuff, finish the job before taking on the next. Dispose of the trash, even if you have to drive it to the dump yourself. Then take the rest of the items to their targeted places.

If you have a lot of items to sell, schedule a yard sale for the next weekend. Don’t let it accumulate. If you wait until you think you’re finished, you could end up in the same or worse condition than when you began.

 

Sentimental “Treasure” or Trash?

When an item isn’t really needed, but it tugs at your heartstrings, and you can’t bring yourself to dispose of it, how do you handle it? Some people are able to finally let it go. Others need help. It might be good to have a preconceived test in mind for deciding whether or not to keep an item. Is it a cherished gift? Does it just remind you of a certain event? How often do you actually pick it up, or even see it?  

Naturally, you must save some items which are part of family traditions and history. Nobody wants you to throw away your whole life’s worth of memories. Just be judicious about what is worth keeping.

Peer Support

You could ask a friend for support. This friend will agree to give you good reasons for the disposal of each sentimental item. Make sure this friend isn’t just another sentimentalist!

If you are a hopeless romantic, and just can’t part with some things, have that be one of your piles. Then, in the end, calculate how much it would cost to rent storage space for this stuff until your home sells. This could prove to convince you to dispose of much of it.

When to Call in a Pro

If it’s been a long time since you decluttered, your determination is bound to flag at times. Just keep reminding yourself of the fact that every time you dispose of an item, you are adding to the value of your house. If you really think the job is too big for you, there are professionals out there who can help, or who can even do the whole job. Here’s a link to information on how to hire a home organizer. Most people are up to the task, however, if they set reasonable goals and stick to them.

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With this service, you will automatically receive in your email inbox, information on homes nearby your home which were recently listed, sold, withdrawn or expired. You will also receive bi-weekly updates of market conditions around your home with a general value for the area. Another fantastic feature of this service is that once a home is listed, is sold, or expires, you will receive an email with that information, usually within an hour or two of it being updated on the MLS! Read the full article here

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The Davis Team is eager to help you to sell your newly decluttered home. Please contact us at DavisTeam@KW.com or visit our website at EastGeorgiaHomes.com. Let us help make your next move a rewarding and positive experience!

Posted in Real Estate, Selling
Jan. 18, 2017

2017 Davis Team Referral Program

One of the highest compliments we can receive is when you entrust us with the real estate needs of your family and friends. We strive to provide exceptional service to every client, as each one is unique. We love to receive referrals, because that lets us know that our hard work has paid off. Beginning in 2017, we are starting a new program that rewards people who refer new clients to us. This is our way of saying “thank you” for taking the time to let us know that you have a friend, neighbor, or relative that needs our help.

We have a goal to help 75 families in 2017. You can help us reach our goal, and help your favorite people buy or sell their homes with us!

 

 

Rules and Prizes

Enter by clicking this link to complete the entry form. Each time you refer someone new to us, you can enter. If the person you refer sells or buys through The Davis Team, you get two more entries. There will be a drawing for prizes at the end of 2017. The Grand Prize will be a large screen TV. Depending on the number of entries received, additional drawings for prizes may be made, at the discretion of the Davis Team.

 

Cues to Look For

You may think that you don’t know anyone who is in the market to sell or buy a house. A lot of people don’t broadcast the fact that they are considering a change of residence. Statistically, about 15 % of the population moves every year. Theoretically, about that same percentage of your friends might be interested in selling and/or buying. Here is a handy list you can use. Additional cues are discussed in more depth below. 

 

Upsizing/ Downsizing

Do you have any friends who are preparing for the birth of a new baby? If so, they may need a larger home. The same could be said about someone who is planning to marry.

There are other reasons why people might want a larger home, too. Maybe they are better off financially than they were previously. An aging parent might need to move in with them. It could be something as simple as the fact that there are some good bargains on the market at the time. If any of these conditions are present, that’s an opportunity to discuss and refer The Davis Team.

Then there’s the opposite situation. If a couple has an empty nest, they might be in the market for a smaller home. Do you know someone who is recently widowed or divorced? Perhaps retirement is around the corner for some, which can be another opening. Maybe someone has taken a cut in pay, and needs less expensive quarters. Possibly a friend or the parent of a friend is getting less able to negotiate stairs. They might need to move to a one-floor plan.

 

Change of Neighborhood

Once people have babies, and those babies begin to grow, the parents will be looking for a place in a good school district. Some people want to move from the country to the city, or vice versa. The convenience of being near shopping and medical care is important to a lot of people, too.

A new job in another part of town may precipitate a move for some people. It could be that a person is in a nice home, but the neighborhood is deteriorating. Maybe some of the people in the area are neglecting upkeep on their property, or the crime rate is increasing. Just hearing someone speak of these conditions can be an opening for a referral (and another chance for the drawing at the end of 2017.)

Are some of your friends “going green”? Maybe they are in the market for homes that are more energy efficient, or that have solar power, water saving downspouts, and other environmentally friendly features.

These are just some of the reasons you might refer a friend to The Davis Team. Click here to enter the drawings. If we can help you with buying or selling a home, contact us at DavisTeam@kw.com or visit our website at www.eastgeorgiahomes.com. We can help you make your next move a rewarding and positive experience.

Posted in Buying, Real Estate, Selling
Dec. 15, 2016

Need Stocking Stuffer Ideas?

The holidays are nearly here. If you are like many, you may have forgotten the stocking stuffers, and are destined to find yourself trying to find an open Walgreens or Wal-Mart at 11pm on Christmas Eve! 

Well, we are here to help! Here are 135 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for you. Head out now and avoid the last minute rush!

You can click the image below for a printable guide.

For Toddlers 

1. Play-doh
2. Bubble bath
3. Bathtub crayons
4. Pacifier
5. Cute socks
6. Baby/Tot photo book
7. DumDum lollipops
8. Bubbles
9. Character bandages
10. Board books
11. Character spoon & fork set
12. Character kids cup

For Dads

13. Coffee shop gift card
14. Drill bits
15. Tool key ring
16. Mini flashlight
17. Gift card to bowling alley
18. Wallet
19. Tape measure
20. USB flash drive
21. Picture hanging hardware
22. Nails & screws
23. 3M hooks
24. Car charger for cell phone
25. Beef jerky
26. Car wash gift card
27. Golf tees
28. Golf balls
29. Pocket Farkle

Big Kids

30. Noise makers (tambourine, shakers, maracas, whistle)
31. Mini box of sugar cereal
32. Stickers
33. Pez
34. Tape dispenser
35. Chinese paper yo-yo
36. Candy necklace
37. Stretchy bugs/critters
38. Silly straws
39. Glow sticks
40. Astronaut ice cream
41. Lip gloss/lipstick
42. Mini nail polish
43. Fruit snacks
44. McDonald's gift card
45. Matchbox cars
46. Slap bracelets
47. Kazoo
48. Crayola Model Magic packs
49. Lego or Playmobil figures
50. Food shaped erasers
51. Glow in the dark stars and planets
52. Heat bags
53. Dress up jewelry
54. Earrings
55. Travel game
56. Webkinz or small stuffed animal
57. Fancy scissors
58. Silly socks
59. Box of crayons
60. Coloring book
61. Silly putty
62. Can of silly string
63. Animal sponge capsules
64. Expandable t-shirt or towel
65. Glue sticks
66. Markers
67. Watercolor paints
68. Origami paper
69. Disposable camera
70. Rear-view spy glasses
71. Smencils (scented pencils)

Teens

72. Earbuds
73. USB flash drive
74. iTunes gift card
75. Stretchy book covers
76. Diary with invisible ink pen
77. Cell phone cover
78. Thread for friendship bracelets
79. Beef jerky
80. Gift card to bowling alley or skating rink
81. Makeup
82. Funky pens
83. Gel pens and black paper
84. Perfume
85. Funky colored nail polish
86. Manicure pen
87. Lanyard for keys
88. Keychain
89. Wallet

Moms

90. Coffee shop gift card
91. Nail polish
92. Scented hand lotion
93. Scented hand sanitizer
94. Camera memory card
95. Jewelry/earrings
96. Gift card for pedicure
97. Keychain charms
98. Buttons (for crafting)
99. Knitting needles or crochet hooks
100. Crochet or knitting pattern books
101. Fancy hand soaps
102. Seeds
103. Scrapbooking embellishments
104. Fancy cupcake liners
105. Beaded bookmark
106. Fancy scissors
107. Scrapbook paper
108. Gourmet coffee
109. Specialty tea
110. Mascara
111. Votive candles
112. Icing tips/bags
113. Ped Egg or pumice stone
114. Box of $1 store note cards
115. Bag of chocolates

Practical Ideas

116. Barrettes/hair ties
117. Comb
118. Calculator
119. Book light
120. Pencil sharpener
121. Deodorant
122. Toothbrush
123. Kids toothpaste
124. Dental floss

For Anybody

125. Favorite candy bar
126. Shack packages (cheese crackers, cookies)
127. Hand sanitizer
128. Gum
129. Sudoku book
130. Christmas ornament
131. Hand or foot warmers
132. Slipper socks
133. Hot chocolate packets

Free Ideas

134. Time spent with Mom or Dad coupon book
135. Coupon book for kids

List courtesy of OrganizingHomeLife.com.

We hope you find this information helpful! As always, we are here to help you with all your real estate needs! We encourage you to contact us at DavisTeam@KW.com or visit our website at www.eastgeorgiahomes.com to find out more about how we can help you make your next move a rewarding and positive experience.

 

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Posted in Loganville
Nov. 25, 2016

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

There are several steps homeowners should take to protect their biggest investment – their homes! Regular seasonal maintenance throughout the year, including Fall Home Maintenance to prepare for winter, will help you stay cozy in colder months and keep your home in tip-top shape.

In most cases, home value appreciation over time helps families build wealth. The equity build up in your home can help you purchase your next home, help you pay college expenses for your children, or be used to as a means to augment retirement income. However, there are a few instances where homeowners can negatively impact their home equity, and one of those is delayed maintenance.

Delayed and neglected maintenance accounts for considerable losses in potential home equity. Neglected maintenance can also lead to expensive repairs. Avoid this potential problem by taking a few simple steps to address issues before they arise or before they become unmanageable. In addition to making repairs as needs arise, like leaky faucets, you should also follow a plan of regular preventive maintenance.

Preventive maintenance helps ensure all your home’s systems remain in working order, and it can keep problems from compounding through neglect. Insurance, depending on your policy, may not cover some repairs that are necessitated due to neglect. It’s especially important you invest some time in completing recommended preventive maintenance.

We’ve included a handy Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to help you get organized and plan preparations for Fall/Winter.  Click the image to the left to download the PDF.

If you are in need of recommendations for local contractors to assist you with your Fall Home Maintenance, we are here to help! We maintain updated lists of reliable and high quality general contractors, vendors, and contractors for HVAC, plumbing, electrical, painting, flooring installation, and more. We also have a dedicated Facebook community where you can request referrals to local contractors. Click here to follow our page!

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Coffee With Chris - Market Report for November 25th, 2016

Davis Team wants to share how the market is doing on a weekly basis.  Chris has prepared a short video clip as well as full Market Data for you to review for the Loganville area.  If you are looking for these numbers for your town, just drop us a quick note and we can prepare them and email it over.   This is our job and we love to help out our community.

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Nov. 11, 2016

Coffee With Chris - Market Report for November 11th, 2016

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Nov. 4, 2016

Coffee With Chris - Market Report for November 4th, 2016

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Nov. 3, 2016

Are you Budgeting for Home Repairs?


One of the major pitfalls that many homeowners fall into is not saving enough for repairs and upkeep on their homes. According to a recent article on Money.com, many people know they need to budget for repairs, but severely underestimate the amount they should be budgeting.

How much should you save?

According to Money.com, you should save 1-4% of your home’s value for maintenance. Regional variances impact how much you need to save. This means that if you own a $200,000 home, you need to save between $2,000-$8,000 for repairs and maintenance. This fund is not necessarily for upgrades or improvements. This fund is for things like roof repair/replacement, upkeep of HVAC, plumbing repairs, electrical issues, drainage and foundation repairs, appliance replacement, and the various other needs just to keep your home in good repair. This fund will also provide needed relief when something catastrophic happens, since insurance rarely covers everything.

The cost of not saving

For people who aren’t saving, or not saving enough, the costs are significant. For these homeowners, they often find themselves delaying needed maintenance because they do not have the needed reserves. Unfortunately, this can have devastating circumstances. Neglected maintenance never resolves itself, and the situation will just continue to deteriorate until what could have been a relatively inexpensive repair has become a threat to the safety of the home. It also severely impacts the property value at sale, with homeowners often surprised when their home is valued much lower than neighboring properties.

A special note for prospective new homeowners

In our experience, there is another situation that new homeowners are particularly vulnerable to: maxing out the pre-approval amount on their mortgage. While the bank is looking at the maximum amount of housing payment you can be approved for, it’s up to you to determine if that amount is actually affordable. You should definitely factor in monthly costs like: maintenance and repairs, utilities, child care, and any other needs, adjusting your expectations accordingly. If you max out the pre-approval amount, you may find yourself struggling to meet your other non-debt-related needs and are more likely to let home repairs lapse.

It’s pays to understand the actual costs of home ownership BEFORE you buy. It’s so much more than simply making your monthly mortgage payment. We want our clients to be successfully homeowners that reap the rewards of their investment, but you must have the resources to maintain that investment.

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We encourage you to contact us at DavisTeam@KW.com or visit our website at www.eastgeorgiahomes.com to find out more about how we can help you make your next move a rewarding and positive experience.

Oct. 31, 2016

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Posted in Real Estate
Oct. 29, 2016

Home Fire Safety and Prevention

October is Fire Prevention Month. With the coming holiday season and cooler winter months, there is an increased risk of house fires, due to the use of candles, holiday lights, space heaters, and other potential fire hazards. it’s important to take steps to protect your family and one of your most valuable assets – your home.

 

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), fire departments are called to a fire every 23 seconds in the US. Of those, a “home structure” fire occurs every 86 seconds. This results in a fire-related injury every 34 minutes, and a death every 2 hours and 40 minutes. The cost of fire deaths and injuries, as well as property damage, are a major drain on family resources, due to loss of income and housing.

Fire Statistics1

Image courtesy of NFPA.

The NFPA has concluded that the two most frequent causes of home structure fires are cooking equipment and heating equipment. While the number of smoking-related fires is relatively low compared to other causes, they are by far the most frequent cause of fire-related deaths, likely because many of those fires begin while victims are asleep.  

FireStatistics2

Image courtesy of NFPA.

What Can Homeowners Do?

One of the primary factors in surviving a house fire is a functioning smoke detector. It is recommended that you test your smoke detectors twice per year, and replace the batteries at the same time. A good way to remember is to get in the habit of checking your equipment during the twice-yearly time changes. When the clocks “fall back” on November 6, mark your calendar to do a fire safety check, then again when clocks “spring forward” in March. You should also check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are still in working order.

Just a note: Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers do expire. The life span of a typical smoke detector is 10 years. Fire extinguishers will have an expiration date printed on the label. If you are unsure of when your smoke detector was manufactured, you can usually find the manufacture date on the label on the underside of the unit. You can check this when you remove the unit to replace the batteries.  

Smoke Alarm Safety Tip Sheet

You should also make a family escape plan and review it with all family members on a regular basis.

How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan

Fire Prevention

Of course, the best course of action is to prevent fires from occurring in the first place. This means being diligent about safety in your home when it comes to operating appliances, using extension cords, or using candles and fire places.  Here are just a few of the many tips that can help you prevent a fire from occurring:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. 
  • Don’t leave burners unattended while cooking.
  • Keep flammable materials at least 3-feet away from space heaters.
  • Don’t plug in any cords that have missing insulation or signs of fraying.
  • Don’t overload extension cords, power strips, and outlets.
  • Only plug one heating appliance into a single outlet, and never plug them into extension cords.
  • Don’t leave lighted holiday decorations on overnight.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once per year.
  • Change your furnace filters according to manufacture recommendations.
  • Don’t leave candles unattended.
  • Don’t smoke in bed.

For these and more tips, check out the numerous resources on the NFPA website.

We want to keep our friends and clients safe and enjoying their homes for many years to come. We encourage you to contact us at DavisTeam@KW.com or visit our website at www.eastgeorgiahomes.com to find out more about how we can help you make your next move a rewarding and positive experience.

 

Posted in Homeownership