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July 11, 2019

EASY LANDSCAPING DIY PROJECTS

 

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features.

Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects!

Create a pathway.

To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color.

Add a wall or border.

Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard.

Install a water feature.

Nothing says zen quite like the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. You can start simple with by purchasing and installing a small feature powered by a solar panel or create a larger focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.

Light your way.

An easy way to transform your yard is to strategically use lighting. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to recreate a moonlight feel, use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye, or highlight objects or plants.

Plant upwards.

Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis fence or screen made of wood or metal. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing plants and vines and get to planting!

Posted in Real Estate Tips
July 11, 2019

Priority Tasks Before Moving In

 

You did it! You moved into a new home you love and now you’re dreaming of how you’re going to decorate it. But before getting into all of that, there are still some other tasks that need to be at the top of your priority list.

 

 

Changing the Locks

Double check them even if you’ve been told that there are new locks installed. It’s better to take safety measures and know that no one else has keys to your home. Call in a locksmith if you want to spend a little money or it can be done yourself.

 

 

Call an Exterminator

A great exterminator can take care of any pests that have been lurking in your home.

 

 

Get the House Cleaned up

If it isn’t already, clean out the refrigerator, wipe down counters, cabinets, oven if needed, and plumbing fixtures. Prior occupants might have had pets or young children so it’s best to steam clean. This will free your floors of any junk or allergens.

 

 

Mechanical Equipment Cleaned

Getting your heating and cooling systems cleaned is crucial and make sure to get a service contract just in case it stops working suddenly.

 

 

Get some Closet Organizers

Keep in mind of where everything is going to get placed so it can accommodated in your closet space. A shelf or a coat hook can go a long way for making room for organization.

 

Meet the Neighbors

You want to reach out to your neighbors as soon as possible. It’s good to establish yourself within the community and you can get advice on some home repairs like which plumber to use.

 

Having these as priorities will help you move into a clean, working home. And then, you’re ready to move in with all your belongings and start making it yours!

Posted in Real Estate Tips
July 11, 2019

Tips for Buying and Selling at the Same Time

 

 

Either buying or selling a home can be extremely stressful, it can be even more overwhelming

if one is trying to do both at the same time. The good news is that this happens all the time

and by following a few simple tips, both buying and selling can be a seamless process.

 

Tips for Buying and Selling at the Same Time

 

The good news is that you’re planning to move any way. Before you list your home for sale,

why not start packing now? Take personal items and excess furnishings and pack them up and

move them to storage. Not only will your home look larger and neater, you are getting a start

on the move.

 

Next make sure your agent, or agents, understands the timeline and requirements. There are

many standard contingencies which can protect you from owning two homes at once, or none

at all. Not only can the purchase of your new home be contingent on successfully closing on

your current one but you can also reverse the process and ensure you find a replacement

before the close as well.

 

Finally, get the entire family involved. Be excited about the change and create a moving plan in

which everyone has a task and there is a plan for the move itself. By taking a few initial steps,

moving can be fun and easy. 

 

We're here to help you though your exciting and nerve-wracking home selling and buying adventure. Give us a call at (203) 714-6479 or send us a quick email to info@bronkohomes.com.

Posted in Real Estate Tips
July 11, 2019

Benefits of a Home Inspection

 

Benefits of a Home Inspection

One of the most important aspects to buying a new home is the home inspection. While that might seem like an obvious statement, the truth is that real estate agents often find themselves explaining the value of a true professional, licensed home inspector. What can you expect from a home inspection?

 

A good inspection should take several hours and your inspector will do a thorough investigation of the major systems. This will include health and safety issues as well as the major systems and appliances. Depending on the qualifications of the inspector, you might also get a mold inspection with the report.

 

A good basic list of items checked is:

• Electrical systems, breakers, GFIs, outlets, power

• Plumbing systems, draining, leaks, water pressure

• Appliances, dishwasher, oven, garbage disposal and any additional built-in units

• Furnace and Air Conditioning units

• Fire and Safety, fireplace gas, chimney flue and spark arrestor

• Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

• Roof, broken tiles, evidence of leaks

• Water heater

• Windows and doors

• Outside drainage and sprinklers

• Basic structural damage or signs of additional problems

 

A thorough and professional home inspection by a licensed home inspector is money well spent. It’s insurance against surprises down the road. 

Posted in Real Estate Tips
July 31, 2017

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