Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Springtime Outdoor Home Maintenance Checklist




I have some spring maintenance tips for your the outside of your home that will have your yard looking its best.

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I dressed up just for springtime today to give you a quick spring outdoor maintenance checklist. These tips will have your home looking its best in no time:

  • Clear your lawn of debris such as sticks and branches
  • Rake the leaves in the garden beds and the corners of the yard
  • Replace your old mulch with fresh new mulch
  • Divide and take care of your perennials
  • Wash off the outdoor furniture
  • Take care of and clean your bbq
  • Reattach your hoses to your faucets
  • Apply weed killer and fertilizer to your lawn and overseed bare spots
  • Power-wash, sand, and stain your deck if needed
  • Clean the siding and touch up the paint
  • Wash your outdoor wood furniture
  • Check the propane tank on your grill
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Clean your gutters and exterior windows
  • Fix and seal any cracks in your driveway
  • Plant your summer flowers and bulbs and cut down any woody stems from your plants
Lastly, a quick note on power-washing. It’s easy to select the wrong setting on a power washer and make divots in the wood siding of your house, so double-check that you have it on the “spray” cycle when you use your power washer. I know from experience!


These tips will get you ready to enjoy your first week of great springtime weather.



If you have any more questions about outdoor home maintenance items or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in our market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help you.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Some Quick Tips About Pre-Approval


Is it hard to get pre-approved? Today, I have some quick tips about what you’ll need in order to be pre-approved.

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Suppose you’re ready to buy a house: what do you have to do in order to get pre-approved?

Overall, it’s not very difficult to get pre-approved. First, you need to choose who you want to work with, whether it’s a bank, a credit union, or a mortgage broker. 

Overall, it’s not very difficult to get pre-approved.

No matter which one, they’ll all ask for the same items. You’ll need the last two years of your tax statements, so be sure to have those printed off and ready. Additionally, you’ll need the last two months of your bank statements and pay stubs, and you’ll also need a photo ID.

Those are my quick tips for you today. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help.

Monday, February 19, 2018

A Few Tips and Tricks to Save for a Down Payment


There are many ways you can save for a down payment. Here are a few tips that can save you anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 in a hurry.

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What can you do to save for a down payment if you plan on buying a home soon? Here are a few tips and suggestions to realign your savings program.

First, set your goal as far as how much home you want to purchase. Talk to your lender and find out what your down payment for your particular price tag would be. Once you know what you need for your down payment, you can start saving for it.

Next, assess your spending habits. Write down what you spend every week. When you do that, you’ll realize that you maybe didn’t really need that Starbucks coffee.

Speaking of that, I know most people like Starbucks and you might too, but most people also spend at least $5 per day there. If you think about it, you can say as much as $2,000 a year by not going to Starbucks and instead making your own coffee or just going to McDonald’s like I do (it’s all about the dollar menu!)

Another step to consider is shrinking your TV package. Do you really need a large TV package for all of those programs that you can only watch one at a time?


Once you know what you need for your down payment, you can start saving for it.


You can also think about canceling your gym membership. I myself had a gym membership for three years and I never lost a single pound. A lot of us sign up for a gym membership, pay our dues, but never even step inside the gym.

Also, consider selling any extra items in your house that you haven’t used in a while. Even in the garage, you can find items that will sell for a couple thousand dollars easily and in a hurry.

Another thing to think about is getting extra points on your credit cards. Switch your credit cards so you get points on them and pay for items through a point system as opposed to just cash.

Lastly, save some money through your tax return. It’s always nice to see a couple thousand dollars coming back to you at the end of the year, and it’s also nice to spend that extra money.

These tips can save anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 in a short amount of time. If you have any other questions about saving for a down payment or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon in our market, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d be happy to speak with you!