Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SHOULD I GET A HOME WARRANTY WITH MY HOME PURCHASE?

It is always a good idea to get a home warranty when buying a home, whether it is offered by the seller or if you pay for it yourself.  There are many home warranty companies, and they all pretty much work the same way and cover some of the same things.  They usually run for one year at a time and you can renew them each year.  They cover electrical problems, plumbing, HVAC, as well as your kitchen appliances and water heaters.   Refrigerators as well as washer and dryers, pool equipment, and some other items are covered under additional coverage.  The warranty usually costs between $365 - $450 and additional coverage varies.  It is good to read the coverage before purchasing it so you will know what is covered or what to get additional coverage for.  These are insurance policies so there is usually a deductible of about $60-75 that must be paid for each incident.

When you consider that the coverage usually includes replacement if the item is not repairable, it is a good safety net against the high price of replacement of most things covered.   
If you are buying a home with the old central air system that uses Freon, you should definitely get a home warranty because if it goes out, most of them will replace it with the new system.  This alone will save you $5000-7000.  Coverage on plumbers and electricians and/or repair and replacement costs of appliances could save you hundreds even thousands.   When you use this prospective you should never buy a home without a home warranty.  It will bring you peace of mind so you can enjoy your new home.

If you would like more information about  selling homes in Land o Lakes and Wesley Chapel please Text, Call 813-714-9737 or Email Dee@DeeSmith.com
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

7 WAYS TO CREATE EQUITY WITHOUT GOING BROKE WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME.


1)      Call your Realtor for customized advice before you start.  These suggestions are general in nature and are meant to be used as a guide-line, however, customized advice will get you more for your home.  You should start working on preparing your home about a month before you put it on the market.  If you have a good, experienced Realtor, your Realtor can give you specific advice for your home.

2)      Curb appeal.  Work on the outside of your home first.  Some things outside such as new landscaping just look better a few weeks after you do them.  Do not waste your time and money doing things you don’t need to do or doing the wrong thing, before you get your customized advice.  Contact your Realtor first. You will be so proud of your home when you are finished.

3)      De-cluttering.   Everything in your home is going to have to be packed up and moved or disposed of in a very short time, so let’s get the bulk of it done now.  Go through every closet and throw away, give away, or sell everything you do not want to move, leaving only the things you are going to move.  You may want to put them in baskets on your closet shelves for a nice organized look.  Note:  We will be staging your home with your own things before we take the professional pictures for the virtual tour and the internet advertising, so don’t sell the furniture yet.


4)      Fix everything.  You know the things you have been putting off fixing.  Get it done by a professional.  Believe me, it will cost way more if it is not fixed or if it is done wrong.  Your Realtor can help you find the obvious things.  A home inspection is a good idea to find the hidden problems, such as roof problems, a/c problems, plumbing and electrical.  Get it all fixed before listing. Get your a/c serviced.  These are all good selling points.

5)      Paint.  A fresh coat of paint will do wonders for the appearance of your home to a buyer and making it move-in-ready.  Always select light, neutral colors. Your Realtor will help you with that.  It is way better to paint neutral and bring in color with your accessories.

6)      Clean.  Clean equals Green.  The more Clean, the more Green.   Concentrate on the Kitchen and Bathrooms.  Make them shine.  Windex works well on most surfaces, cutting grease and leaving a shine.  Scrub those corners.  Clean grout in showers and tub corners WHITE! If you cannot clean it, dig it out with a small sharp knife and re-caulk the area white.  Have carpets cleaned and if necessary replaced.  Most Realtors have a deal with a carpet resource to get carpets replaced at a very reasonable price to sell a home.

7)      Freshen up.  REPLACE your welcome mat, couch pillows, and bed throw pillows, bedspread and window curtains, table cloth and kitchen towels, shower curtains and guest towels with something that is up to date. Pack up, give away or throw away that old stuff.  You are going to be so proud of those beautiful professional HD pictures and HD virtual tour all over the Internet when you are listed.

These are all generalized suggestions, and most of them don’t cost much money.  Some elbow grease and a little work and you will put Thousands of dollars of equity in your home.  For your customized list of things to do please contact me and I will be glad to help you get ready and put more equity into your home before wesell it.

If you would like more information about selling homes in Land o Lakes and Wesley Chapel please Text, Call 813-714-9737 or Email DeeSmith@DeeSmith.com

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SELL MY HOME AND BUY ANOTHER ONE?

Too many kids...
we have outgrown our home,
wish we could find a larger one.
Our home is too large
since the kids moved away,
wish we had a smaller one.
Our babies are almost school age,
we don't like the schools in our neighborhood. 
No one uses the pool anymore,
wish we had a home without one.
Sure wish we had a home with a pool.
Its too cold where I live
wish I could move to Florida.

When IS the best time to move?
Now!  What are you waiting for? 
It's not going to get any better
with the interest rates so low,
and the home prices are on the way up.
Now is the time!  Don't wait...
 Call, text or email me.
I am really good at solving these problems.


If you would like more information about homes in Land o Lakes and Wesley Chapel please Text, Call 813-714-9737 or Email DeeSmith@DeeSmith.com
 For Testimonials
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's 9 Ways to Get Organized in 2019

Being organized makes your life easier, your work go faster, your home more relaxing.  Here are 9 things you can try.
1 It always starts the night before.  Make a list of what
you want to accomplish tomorrow.  Sleep on it.
2 Make your bed as soon as you crawl out of it.
3 Get dressed right away, even if you work from home, it is your day off, or you are a busy stay at home mom. You will get more accomplished if you are up and dressed.
4 Clean the dishes after each meal.  Don't let them sit.  It is easier and faster when the food isn't dry and hard.  Whether you feel like it or you dont, you don't have time, whatever you think is a good reason.   Just do it!  Wipe off the counters too.  Make a clean kitchen a priority.  Last thing at night turn on the dishwasher. First thing in the morning unload it.
5 Take out the trash every day whether it needs it or not.  Pick up trash around the house or office when you see it. Put it in the can.
6 Make laundry easy.  Everyone has a laundry basket in their room. Everyone picks up all laundry off floor at night before going to bed and before leaving for school.  After laundry is done and folded everyone puts their laundry away in the drawers, closets not just stacked in your room.
7 Pick up.  Wherever you go, pick up.  If you're going to the kitchen, pick up empty glasses, cans, trash.  If you're going to the bedrooms pick up toys, etc.  Get in the habit.
8 Read mag and news when they come in, and throw them away.  Don't let them stack up.
9 If it's broken or you don't use it, get rid of it .

Get in the habit of doing these things and you will be very organized and happy in 2019.  If you have kids, make a game out of it.  Give them points they can later trade for things they like to do.

Organized homes sell faster, with less hassle and for more money.  So, if you need an organized Realtor in Land o Lakes or Wesley Chapel to help you, please don't hesitate to call or text me 813-714-9737, email Dee@DeeSmith.com or For Testimonials  visit www.DeeSmithSellsHomes.com

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Have a joyous Christmas!  Peace be with you.


And a Happy Prosperous New Year to you and yours!

Text me! 813-714-9737
Dee Smith
RE/MAX Premier Group

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Do you have a Realtor you would recommend?


If you were going to buy or sell real estate, or had a friend or family member who was, do you have a competent, caring Realtor you would recommend? 

Do you have someone you can call on just to find the value of your home with no pressure to sell?

Do you have a Realtor who can guide you through the home buying process with no pressure to buy right away?  That will show you lots of houses?  Or would just answer your questions?

Do you have a trusted friend you can just call to answer your questions about the way the market is going?  Sales in your neighborhood?  How much is the house down the street?  What are the interest rates like this week?

My past and present clients do have someone like that.
I love answering real estate questions and discussing the market. Feel free to call, text or email me anytime. And Have a Merry Christmas!



If you would like more information about  selling homes in Land o Lakes and Wesley Chapel please Text, Call 813-714-9737 or Email Dee@DeeSmith.com
 For Testimonials
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

COMPARING NEW HOMES TO OLDER HOMES IN WESLEY CHAPEL AND LAND O LAKES


So you are thinking of buying a new home in Land o Lakes and Wesley Chapel, Florida.  Here are a few things to consider:

1 EVERYTHING IS NEW in a new home – You can pick out your colors  and upgrades of your carpet, flooring, kitchen and baths. With older homes you could renovate to get your newer features.

2 New homes are priced 10% to 20% higher – August 2017 figures show the same size older home could cost 10-20% less, leaving you plenty of money for renovation.
3 FINANCING is usually easier on new homes because they have lenders they work hand in hand with.  With older homes there may be appraisal issues which could cause the price to be lowered or add to your out of pocket expenses.
4 HURRICANE & ENERGY EFFICIENCY – all the new features - windows, Energy Star appliances, new HVAC Systems, Insulation. Hurricane features are included with the new homes. Once again you could renovate to get these features over time.
5 LOT SIZE – We all know the lots keep getting smaller with the newer homes.  Many older homes have large lots.
6 COMMUTE TIME – the newer homes are being built farther out.  Older homes are usually closer in.
7 AMENITIES – newer neighborhoods have all the amenities, but they come with higher fees. Older homes sometimes have county parks nearby, and usually have lower or no fees.
8 INSURANCE ISSUES – New homes come with features that lower your insurance rates.  You can still get some discounts on your insurance on older homes.
9 CHARM – Many older homes have the charm that is not built into the newer homes.
10 WAITING FOR NEW BUILD – Waiting for a new home to be built can be frustrating but also the anticipation can be fun.
There are pros and cons for new homes and older homes. If you have more questions please contact me. I am happy to help you with these questions
If you would like more information, Text, Call or Email me directly at 813-714-9737 or DeeSmith@DeeSmith.com 
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