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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 8/25/2017

Let's face it Ė buying a home can be difficult, particularly for those who are exploring the real estate market for the first time.

As a homebuyer, it is your responsibility to learn about the ins and outs of the housing market. By doing so, you can understand what differentiates a high-quality house from a subpar residence and proceed accordingly.

Furthermore, an informed homebuyer will know how to evaluate a home's exterior properly.

What does it take to conduct an in-depth assessment of a house's exterior? Here are three questions that every homebuyer should consider as he or she examines a home's exterior.

1. How do I feel about a home's exterior?

For many homebuyers, finding a house with an awe-inspiring exterior is a top priority. However, it is important to consider how you feel when you see a home's exterior for the first time.

A home's exterior should impress. At the same time, you need to evaluate a house's exterior in conjunction with other home features.

For example, a home may boast a massive kitchen and other dazzling interior features. On the other hand, a home's exterior may leave much to be desired.

Consider the pros and cons of a home's interior and exterior as you determine whether to submit an offer on a house. And if you need extra help along the way, be sure to consult with a real estate agent.

2. Will home exterior repairs be needed in the near future?

Examine a house's driveway, walkways and lawn as you conduct a home exterior evaluation. This will allow you to review the condition of these home exterior areas and determine whether repairs may be needed sooner rather than later.

Home exterior renovations sometimes can be costly and time-intensive. Thus, if you notice home siding that is cracked or other exterior issues, you will want to consider the time and expenses that may be required to fix such problems.

3. How much time will I need to commit to home exterior maintenance projects?

A home may have a beautiful exterior. In order to keep a house's exterior looking great, you'll need to conduct regular maintenance.

Consider what you will need to do to maintain a house's dazzling exterior as you explore all of the options at your disposal.

Will you need to hire a landscaping company to mow the lawn and trim the hedges? Or, are you willing to commit the time and resources necessary to perform assorted home exterior maintenance tasks on your own? These are just a few of the home exterior maintenance questions to consider as you review a property.

Of course, if you need guidance during the homebuying process, real estate agents are available to provide expert assistance.

A real estate agent possesses comprehensive housing market knowledge and can offer real estate insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. With a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble examining a house Ė both inside and out Ė and making an informed homebuying decision.




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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 8/18/2017

When you have kids, the dynamics of your home change. You often go from refined to durable. If we looked at flooring from a simply practical standpoint, weíd end up with uncomfortable flooring's like ceramic, laminate, or engineered wood. Thatís why carpets come in handy.  


For one, children spend a lot of time playing on the floor. When you put down a carpet and there are children around, you fully expect that there will be spills, blood, and much roughing around done right on the surface. So, youíll need to choose your fibers carefully when picking a carpet out. 


Know that polyester, nylon, and triexta are among the most durable types of fibers. Stay away from wool carpets, as they are really not the best choice for homes with children. Polyester (also known as PET), is a budget friendly, and environmentally friendly type of carpet that provides stain resistance and a long life. Nylon is known for durability and softness. This is another material thatís great if you want a carpet with a long life. Triexta is a unique fiber that provides the highest amount of stain resistance and really will be soil-free. 


Modular Carpeting


There is another option when it comes to carpeting and that is modular carpeting. This type of carpeting can be laid out in the form of tiles. If a piece is soiled, stained, or ripped, youíll be able to just switch out that piece of the carpeting puzzle if it canít be cleaned. This is an option for homes with children, however, itís not a popular choice in residential settings. Generally, modular carpeting is used in commercial settings like office buildings, and indoor public places like shopping malls. This can be a good option for you depending on the size of your home and your needs. If you have a room thatís completely dedicated to children, like a playroom, for example, you could use a modular carpet.


Treating The Carpets


There is an option to have your carpets pre-treated with a Scotchgard like chemical. This is also available for your furniture. It helps to prevent your furniture and carpets from stains and soiling, surrounding each fiber for a total protection. Once a fiber is treated, it will never wash or wear off. Itís a good option to treat your home with this especially when you have children.


Whether you decide to do wall-to-wall carpeting or simply place some area rugs around in order to make the floors of your home more durable and comfortable for children, you have some options to take the curse off of the inevitable mess that children will make.




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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 8/11/2017

When you have an extra bedroom, you should take advantage of it to the full extent. All of the extra space can actually be kind of overwhelming. If you have a plan in mind, your extra bedroom can be so much more than a ďspareĒ room. Hereís some ideas to help you jumpstart your imagination on what to do with an extra bedroom in your home. The great thing about these suggestions is that these rooms can be used day or night for specific purposes. Spa This sounds extravagant to have an in-home spa, but really, itís possible. If you often hire professionals to give you a massage or a facial, many will actually come to your home. Your extra bedroom can become your private spa room in an instant! Thinking Room The health benefits of meditation are numerous. Having a room that can be a sanctuary for clearing your head, meditating, or just simply making decisions is a great use of an extra bedroom. There will be no other room in your home as quiet and as peaceful! Keep your favorite comfortable chair in there and enjoy the silence and solitude for clear thinking. Reading Room Having a reading room in your home is a classic use of an extra bedroom. If one of your ideas of pleasure is to sit quietly and read, a reading room can be the perfect sanctuary for you. The beauty of a reading room is that the furnishings can be very simple. All you need is simple seating and adequate lighting for a great reading room. A Room For Morning Routines Whether your morning routine is a workout, or simply reading the news with a cup of coffee, having a room to start your day off right is the perfect use of an extra bedroom. Being able to get through your morning routine without any interruptions can help you to set the mood for a great day. Youíll have plenty of room for what you need, be it workout equipment, or a set of a table and chairs. A Toy and Games Room Even adults need some time to have fun. Whether you keep a bunch of board games in this room, install a poker table, or buy some classic arcade games the possibilities are endless when it comes to building a fun room. If you have kids, and donít have the heart to make an ďadults onlyĒ room, an extra bedroom can be put to great use if you need a place to store toys and other ďkidĒ things. This can help keep your house a bit neater when the toys are contained. Music Room If thereís a musician or two in the family, a spare room can be put to good use for making music. All of the equipment and supplies can accumulate in the house. Now, there will be a room to keep all of it in. Make sure thereís adequate seating for guests and plenty of outlets available for the musicians to plug in speakers and amplifiers.




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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 8/4/2017

Bonsai is a Japanese artform that originates from the ancient Chinese practice of potting trees. Although it is an art that has existed for centuries, bonsai neednít be inaccessible to the average person looking for a new household hobby.


To successfully grow and care for a bonsai, all you need are a few tools and a lot of patience. In this article, weíll cover bonsai basics to help you get started in this craft. Keep in mind, however, that there are thousands of resources and communities to help you out along the way.

To buy or to cultivate?

The two most common ways to start a bonsai tree are to buy a pre-cultivated tree online or at a greenhouse, or to cultivate one yourself with seeds or cuttings. Many beginners elect to buy a pre-cultivated tree to decide if they enjoy the hobby before devoting years to cultivating a tree from seed. If you enjoy caring for plants and think youíre up to the challenge, starting from seed or cuttings could be more rewarding.

A third option is to collect a tree from nature that has been stunted by natural conditions. These types of trees are called yamadori and can be difficult to collect because their roots may be in a precarious location. Also keep in mind that it is illegal to remove plants from some parks and forests.

How to shape your tree

Once you obtain a bonsai your work has only just begun. The real challenge of bonsai is caring for and shaping your tree. That means clipping off growth, repotting, watering, moving it indoors and outdoors, and shaping/training its branches to grow a certain way.

Every tree is different and will require different care. An important thing to remember about bonsai is that many of them will need to be brought outside to mimic their natural conditions. Trees survive winters because they have prepared for it through the process of dormancy. By bringing your tree outdoors, it will keep its internal clock on time to prepare for winter. In this way, cold-climate bonsai trees can handle the harsh temperatures and weather that comes with the winter time.

Aside from subjecting it to different temperatures and weather, your bonsai will also need to be pruned and wired. Pruning thick branches that grow high up on your tree will help you maintain the natural look of its larger counterparts out in nature. Similarly, wiring helps you transform your tiny tree to look fully-grown and weathered.

Tree care

Just like other plants, your tree will need water, sunlight, and fertilizer. The amount of each will depend on the type of the tree, so youíll want to do that research before you ever buy, cultivate, or collect a bonsai to make sure you can adequately care for the tree in your area.

Overwatering causes the death of countless bonsai trees. Root rot occurs when soil stays too damp for too long. Roots need air, and damp soil suffocates the roots causing them to rot. When it comes to fertilizer, follow the advice of others of have successfully grown the type of tree you have.




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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 7/28/2017

Owning your own home offers you the chance to direct more of the decorative, structural and spacing options at your residence. You wonít have to accept design changes that a landlord makes. You also wonít have to clear it through your landlord before you allow a relative or friend to move in with you. When you own your own house, you also have equity to transfer to your children.

Donít rob yourself of the business of owning a house

Itís this equity that can lower housing costs for your adult children. Depending on their personal situation, your children could also sell the house that you will to them and use the finances to buy a more modern home. They could also use money from the sale of your house to pay for their childrenís college education, to start a business or to grow their savings.

But, owning a house is not magic. Even when lenders are lax, there are certain reviews that they conduct before they enter a mortgage agreement with you. Whether you realize it or not, you could be robbing yourself of the chance to own a home due to the way that you conduct your personal affairs, because of habits that you refuse to let go of.

In fact, incorrect statements and erroneous beliefs could set you up for one mortgage disaster after another. Even if you do get approved for a mortgage, you could end up paying higher interest rates. You could also be forced to move into at risk neighborhoods.

Habits that could put owning a home out of reach

Here are a few examples of thought and behavior habits that could rob you of the chance to own a good house years from now:

  • Asking high school and college friends for money whenever you spend all of your paycheck on clothes, concert tickets, dining or another source of entertainment
  • Giving people excuses as to why you cannot repay them money that they loaned you
  • Thinking that if people love you, they will always bail you out of poor financial decisions that you make
  • Blaming the government for your financial situation, especially when you regularly pay your bills late and started the habit while you were still living at home with your parents
  • Lying to bill collectors when they ask you when you are going to pay your bill
  • Thinking that your employer and other business owners have an endless supply of money, so you donít really have to pay them
  • Buying products and services to feed emotions or perceived lacks in your life
  • Spending money to impress others

As early as middle or high school, you could start to develop thought patterns and behavioral habits that may hurt your house buying success in the future. Practice awareness so that you can spot yourself developing negative habits and unrewarding ways of thinking. Surround yourself with people who pay their bills on time and take full responsibility for their lives.

Stop yourself from believing that itís normal to lie to vendors and that itís marketers who are responsible for your overspending habits and not you. Set yourself up for success. Give yourself a chance to own a home in an progressive neighborhood, the type of home that your children can benefit from living in or selling generations from now.




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