Evelyn Doane - William Raveis Real Estate - Cape Cod



Posted by Evelyn Doane on 10/8/2017

A home showing represents a great opportunity for prospective homebuyers, as it enables homebuyers to get an up-close look at a residence and determine whether to make an offer on it. As such, it is important to prep for a home showing; otherwise, a homebuyer could miss out on a golden opportunity to find the right residence at the right time. So what should you look for during a home showing? Here are three factors that every homebuyer needs to consider: 1. A Home's Exterior Although the home you're visiting caught your eye as you drove past it in your car, you may notice problems when you take a closer look at the residence's exterior. For instance, cracks or chips in the driveway or along the front steps may need to be repaired and may impact the amount that you offer for a residence – or whether you decide to submit an offer at all. Of course, no home showing would be complete without checking out the condition of the house's siding and roof, either. If you're uncertain about the condition of these areas, be sure to ask the home seller's real estate agent for more information. By doing so, you can make a more informed decision about whether a particular residence is right for you. 2. A Home's Heating and Cooling System Ideally, you'll want a house that stays warm in winter and cool in summer. But in many cases, an old heating or cooling system may prevent a homeowner from maintaining comfortable temperatures inside a house at all times. Ask about the age of a heating and cooling system during a home showing. This will allow you to find out if this system will need to be replaced or repaired in the immediate future. Find out about the efficiency rating of a house's heating and cooling system as well. Remember, the higher a heating or cooling system's efficiency rating, the more this unit will be able to save a homeowner on his or her monthly energy costs. And if you find a home that boasts a high-efficiency heating and cooling system, you may be able to save money on your energy bills down the line. 3. A Home's Doors and Windows Do a home's doors and windows open freely? If not, they may be in need of serious repair, which ultimately could put a major dent in your wallet if you decide to purchase a particular residence. The costs to repair or replace defective doors and windows can add up quickly. Thus, you'll want to ensure that all of a house's doors and windows are in great condition before you purchase a residence, and you can learn more about their condition during a home showing. When it comes to finding the right house, you'll always want to consult with a reliable real estate agent, too. Your real estate agent is readily available to assist you in any way possible, and he or she will be able to help you discover a top-notch house that meets all of your needs. Spend some time getting ready for home showings, and you'll be prepared to find an excellent home that you can enjoy for years to come.





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 10/1/2017

It can easily cost thousands of dollars to furnish a single room in your new home. Your family and friends know it's not cheap to buy and knock out interior home designs. That's why they may be excited about buying you gifts that will do more than add color and style to your house.

Gifts that make moving into a new house so much easier

Relatives and friends who own a house of their own want to save you money. Nothing may make them happier than to know that all you have to do after you buy your house is to move in. If your family and friends know the household goods that you already have, it could be a cinch for them to choose products to buy you as housewarming gifts.

On the other hand, if your loved ones don't know which household goods you already have,you'll have to tell them. Need ideas? Check out these often used household appliances, decorations and other home interior and exterior products:

  • Washer and dryer - These two gems eliminate the need to lug laundry to and from the Laundromat. You'll save time, energy and coins. Can't you see that big red or purple bow atop your brand new washer and dryer set?
  • Lawn mower - Even if you live in a house that's supported by a homeowners association, there's a good chance that you'll have to mow your own lawn. Receiving a lawn mower as a gift saves you hundreds of dollars.
  • Wide screen television - If you're an avid television watcher, you might appreciate this gift most. A high definition,wide screen television saves you more than one hundred dollars.
  • Cookware and dishes - Receive a full set of dishes as a house warming gift and you'll be ready to enjoy a delicious meal as soon as you step inside your home.
  • Linen - New home linen gifts range from bed linen, bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths. You're fortunate if you receive enough linen to fill your kitchen, bathrooms and to cover each bed in your new home.
  • Artwork - Custom paintings, picture frames and table centerpieces beautify your home. Artwork also adds personality to your home. These types of gifts create lasting memories that remind you of great friends and relatives and how much they love you each time you happen upon the gifts.
  • Gift cards - You'll have the finances to buy unique gifts for your new home if you receive gift cards.

If you've never owned a house before, you might not be fully aware of how much it cost to furnish a house. You might not know just how many appliances and products that you need to live comfortably in your new home. Do yourself a favor. Be open to your family and friends suggesting great gifts that they can buy for you. Also, consider ask your friends and relatives to gift you with one or more of the appliances or household goods on this list.




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Posted by Evelyn Doane on 9/24/2017

If relocation and house hunting is in the foreseeable future for you and your family, making a list of requirements and preferences will help ensure that you're satisfied with your next home.

Checklists are available from a variety of sources, including real estate agents and The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

While it's nearly impossible to find an affordable property that's a short drive from everywhere and that meets all your requirements, creating a prioritized list will help you clarify your goals and help you get the real estate features that are the most important to you and your family. Having a well organized list of priorities will also make it easier and more practical for your real estate agent to locate properties for sale that are aligned with your needs and preferences.

While the ideal home should be comfortably close to jobs, schools, childcare, and supermarkets, there are other conveniences and necessities that are sometimes overlooked by home buyers. Here are a few additional items to consider:

  • Medical and dental offices: Although it's difficult find the ideal house that also happens to be located just a short drive from all your family's medical and dental care providers, it's a goal worth considering when evaluating different properties. Being close to a preferred hospital can also be a desirable feature -- especially if you expect to be looking for top-quality maternity care in the near future.
  • Houses of worship: If you and your family attend religious services several times a month, it would definitely make life easier to live a short distance from your favorite church, synagogue, or mosque.
  • Automotive services: When you need an oil change, state inspection, AC maintenance, or car repair, it's much more convenient to have it taken care of close to home.
  • Transportation: Whether this item ranks high or low on your priority list depends on how often you plan on traveling for work, business, vacations, college, or family visits. For some people, proximity to airports, train stations, bus depots, and major highways can be a major benefit.
  • Recreational facilities: For families with active lifestyles, being close to tennis courts, golf courses, fitness clubs, playgrounds, walking trails, and other recreation facilities would be considered a big "plus". For others... not so much.
  • Entertainment: Again, it depends on individual lifestyles, but some people enjoy going to the movies, restaurants, concerts, and the theater on a regular basis.
The value of creating a list of requirements and a "wish list" boils down to clarifying in your own mind the conveniences, services, and facilities that are most important to you and your family. It's also a more efficient method of communicating your hopes and needs to your real estate agent. His or her objective is to help you find the residential property in your target area that best satisfies the majority of your goals, desires, and dreams.





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 9/17/2017

In times of rising temperatures and growing concerns of climate change, many of us are looking for small ways we can make a difference in our everyday lives. What better place to start than your own home?

It can be overwhelming to plan drastic eco-friendly changes to your home. That’s why we’ve broken these tips down room-by-room so that you can make changes in just one area and then build from there. Starting small will help you see your environmentally-minded project through to the finish.

Read on for tips for each room of your home to make your life more eco-friendly.

Bedroom

We’ll start with a small and easy one: the bedroom. Odds are your bedroom isn’t hogging too much power or creating a lot of waste. However, there are a few small changes you can make that will help you save some money while helping out the environment.

If your bedroom tends to get chilly at night, try using insulating curtains to help keep the cool air from slipping in through the windows. Similarly, on hot days close the curtains at peak sunlight hours to keep the bedroom cool. This small change could save you from having to turn up the heat or air conditioner when you enter your room each night.

The next time you clean out your closet, bring your items to a local thrift store or charity drop-off. You can even ask for a receipt which will make your donation tax-deductible. This way your clothes can extend their lives and stay out of a landfill a bit longer, and you’ll be helping out someone who could use the clothing.

Kitchen

Kitchen appliances offer a lot of opportunity for energy and water waste. When shopping for appliances, seek out appliances that meet Energy Star standards.

When it comes to water, forego the plastic bottles and buy a glass or metal refillable water bottle. Tap filters can greatly improve the taste, and you might find after a few days that you don’t even notice the water tasting differently.

Consider composting kitchen scraps in a composting bin. You can later use this for fertilizing plants in your yard and garden. And, finally, be sure you’re recycling all of your empty food and beverage containers.

Living Room

Is your living room your entertainment center? If so, many of your devices, like cable boxes and streaming media devices, might continue running on “standby mode” wasting electricity. To prevent this, simply plug all of your devices into a power strip and turn it off at night.

Bathroom

Start by using refillable hand soap containers rather than buying a new one each time you run out. This will save you a lot of money in the long run and save you trips to the store as well.

If your hot water takes a long time to heat up and you find yourself running the tap often, consider installing a recirculating water pump in your bathroom.

House-wide improvements

To save on electricity throughout the house, make sure you’re using compact fluorescent bulbs and only keeping the lights on when you’re in the room.

When cleaning, try using non-toxic cleaners or making your own from solutions of water, vinegar, and citrus essentials. 





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 9/10/2017

The home buying process can be long and daunting. From trying to find the right home to facing rejected offers, it can seem endless. Eventually, you will find the right home and get that offer accepted. Now you must face the next phase what’s called “closing” on a home. What exactly happens at the closing table can vary based on your own situation, but the important thing to know is that the closing table is where the deal is sealed and signed. The home of your dreams will finally be yours!


Find The Location


The location of the closing will be determined beforehand. It’s usually at a lawyer’s office but it could be at a realtor’s office. The attorney who has been chosen will be noted on the closing documents you receive before you get there.   


Get Ready To Write Large Checks


When you’re closing on a home, this is the time that the downpayment is expected along with all of the lawyer’s fees, taxes, commissions, assessments, and other agreements. This money should be presented at the time of closing and there’s no wiggle room on the timing, so be sure you have the cash handy in your account. Often, a bank check will be required to pay these fees along with the downpayment. Your lender will give a a detailed report of the fees that are required before you even head to the closing table, so you’ll have time to prepare.


Do Some Hand Stretches


There will be plenty of pens available at the closing. You’ll be there for awhile signing many important documents, so bring some water. If you don’t have a safe or file folders, you’ll want to get them as well. Depending on how your closing is conducted, a lawyer or other authorized person will be present to explain the legal jargon to you for every piece of paper that you’re signing. Every document that you sign should be saved for your reference and safe keeping. The proof of insurance and the deed to your property are definitely documents that you’ll want to have handy for a long time to come. Your home is one of the largest purchases that you’ll ever make in your lifetime, so be sure to keep that paperwork in order. 


After Closing Ends


After all of the papers are signed and the walkthrough of the home is complete, you’re a homeowner! In most cases, you’ll be able to call the home your own immediately. In some special cases, there are post-closing agreements that include repairs that couldn’t be done ahead of time, or other transactions that the seller may have agreed with you on at an earlier date. 


In most cases, everything will be taken care of right at the closing table. One of the most exciting moments is when the keys are handed over to you! After a long time of searching, many phone calls, and a lot of work, now you can start putting that elbow grease into your home!




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