Wednesday, May 11, 2022 / by Carly Liszewski
If you’re a first-time home buyer in Colorado Springs, then chances are you know how overwhelming the home-buying process is. You know without being told that you must overcome a number of obstacles before you get the keys to your new front door. You also know that you don’t know where to start.
In order to help you navigate the home-buying process, we’ve organized the following short guide to get you started. These tips for first time home buyers fall into three categories:
-Your housing requirements
-Your financial situation
-Working with your real estate professional
1. Look at Your Housing Requirements
When it comes to finding the right home, first-time home buyers in Colorado Springs should consider the following.
A. What Type of Home Suits Your Life?
To a large extent, where you are in life determines the type of living arrangements you need. If you live as a single person, then a studio or one-bedroom co-op apartment in the downtown area might fit ...
Monday, March 14, 2022 / by Carly Liszewski
While the housing market in Colorado Springs is flooded with buyers jumping at any opportunity to buy a home, there are still minor improvements you can make to your home to ensure you get the biggest resale value possible. Here are some home improvements you can make that are likely to yield the biggest returns of investment.
1. Entry Door Replacement
There are many reasons to replace the entry door of your home. You can also make minor changes to the entry door like repainting it, adding new hardware, and adding or taking out window panels. Updating your entry door can up the resale value of your home and let it get a lot of attention on its market listing when done right. Replacing your entire entry door can be incredibly energy efficient, which is the biggest value to increasing your return on investment. According to Zillow, the average cost to replace an entry door is $2,082 and the resale value is $1,353. Overall, you could recoup 65% of your total investment on replacing yo. ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 / by Amy Kunce-Martinez
Once the New Year arrives, thought turns to ways to improve our health, our finances and our schedules. Getting organized in one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, along with losing weight and finding love; if it’s one of yours as well, here are 5 great ways to get organized.
1. Create a Cleaning Schedule – Everyone likes a clean home but very few people like a huge cleaning project. Build a schedule which allows you to clean as you go – daily tasks which are quick and easy to accomplish as part of the routine.
2. Pull out the Crock Pot – Planning meals are easy with a crock pot or pressure cooker. Start your evening meal before you leave for work.
3. Enlist Help – Everyone in the household can help out with daily tasks. Hold a meeting and assign each person with tasks and chores that best suit their interests.
4. Set Goals – Create manageable and quantifiable goals and measure the achievement weekly.&nbs. ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 / by Amy Kunce-Martinez
Winterize Your Vacant Home The cold weather is here. Regardless of whether you’re packing up a vacation home for the season or simply traveling from your primary residence for a week or two, caring for a vacant home during the winter months is important. Protect one of your best assets in critical in the colder weather.
Keep Your Home From Looking Vacant - Colder weather means fewer neighbors out and about. New technology, such as Alexa, can help you make the home seem occupied. Add a video doorbell and/or CCTV to allow you to “watch” your home from anywhere.
Protect Your Pipes – Bursting pipes can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Drain your pipes by opening faucets and flushing toilets, and then turn off the water before you leave.
Keep a Minimum Temperature – Even with drained pipes, the home temperature should not drop below 55 degrees. Appliances, hot water heater and other systems still risk dam; ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / by Amy Kunce-Martinez
Holiday Décor For Less
The holiday season is here. Decorating magazines and store fronts are filled with beautiful wreaths, themed pillows and festive decorations, but this can be expensive. Decking the halls doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Add some freshness to your home this season with these inexpensive ideas.
DIY Ornament Wreath – Find some inexpensive ornaments and use your hot glue gun to attach to a wreath shape.
Fresh Greenery – Extra cuttings from the tree or even an evergreen in your yard adds charm to your front door, table or mantle.
Candles – Real or fake, candles create ambiance throughout the home. Use silver or white candle sticks and holders to contrast with fresh greens for a modern look.
Candy Canes – Fill jars or glassware with multi-colored candy canes and leave on coffee tables and dressers.
Wrap Your Gifts Early – Nestle wrapped presents under the tree or in piles in corners. Use f. ...