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How Driverless Cars Will Affect Real Estate

Driverless Cars How They Will Effect Real Estate

How Driverless Cars Will Affect Real EstateHow Driverless Cars Will Affect Real Estate

There is a lot of hype surrounding driverless cars. With the 263 million traditional cars currently clogging our country’s roads and two billion parking spaces as reported by Curbed.com, any major transportation shift is going to require a huge change in future real estate development. While this cultural shift will likely change the way people get from one place to another, the implications for the real estate industry are already being considered by developers and other real estate speculators as they prepare for massive infrastructure changes to prepare for the arrival of automated vehicles.

 

There is certainly no doubt that the “highest and best” use of land will change when cars no longer sit idle about 95 percent of the time, according to Bloomberg.com. Currently, vehicles are stored for hours in parking lots and garages that occupy prime real estate that could be repurposed and eventually sold by a worthy Realtor to a hungry buyer seeking intown property. With that much real estate and money at stake, the speculators and opportunists will be planning strategies about how to profit from the upcoming transformation related to automated vehicles.

 

Timeline Projections

 

There is a lot of speculation about exactly when driverless cars will be available for purchase and when they will actually start impacting society in a real way. There are different opinions about the timeframe related to driverless cars and when they will truly become a force shaping real estate development and society. CNBC projects that driverless cars could become a reality in five years, impacting the real estate market in a meaningful way as soon as eight or nine years. Ford expects to have driverless cars ready to sell in 2021.

 

Factors that must be taken into account when considering timeline projections relate to preparation for a society where driverless cars are the norm. Some experts say that infrastructure changes required for the arrival of these cars include: improved signage and zoning changes. Current signs may not be easily seen by automated drivers and this will have to change to ensure safety.

 

Residential Development

 

When it’s time to buy a home, a quality real estate agent  will be key to find your dream home of the future. Since the commute of the future will be less taxing, with riders able to work on the way and enjoy the trip more, commute time will be less of an issue. Developers armed with the newest real estate technology and lower costs will be able to build homes at a lower cost per square foot, with smaller garages.

 

Repurposing Parking Lots and Garages

 

A major development associated with this major shift to automated cars will be a lot of excess parking and garage spaces. The assumption is that most drivers will jump on the ride-sharing bandwagon to meet transportation needs which will free up parking lots and garages to a large extent. Considering the massive amount of square footage that is tied up in car storage and parking, developers are thinking about ways to repurpose all of that space.

 

Many home garages are expected to be turned into living space. Parking garages located in high-density urban areas can be changed into more homes in areas that desperately need more housing. Real estate speculators are preparing to take advantage this shift.

 

Senior Living Real Estate Changes

 

One obvious benefit of this futuristic society where cars drive passengers around instead of relying on drivers to do the work is that seniors will be able to stay in their homes longer. The senior community wants to be independent as long as possible. The surge of assisted living facilities may stop growing as mixed use communities and driverless cars make it much easier for elderly citizens unable to continue driving to remain on their own.

 

Industrial Real Estate

 

Automated cars completely change the face of industrial land usage. Logistics will change forever now that truck drivers and other delivery personnel are no longer needed. Expensive warehouse space that was once located in strategic areas near the drivers can be moved to cheaper and more remote spaces.

 

Many of the businesses that cater to truckers will be impacted negatively. Much like the retail business that is facing disaster due to online shopping, these roadside stops that feed and provide for the trucking industry will also be impacted as the need for their services is decreased. This industrial real estate will likely be sold and rezoned to match a new landscape.

 

Preparing for the Real Estate Shift Associated with Automated Transportation

 

Architectural companies are already planning for this epic transportation shift. CNBC reports that architect Andy Cohen is already designing garages with horizontal floors and an exterior ramp instead of slanted floors. This design modification allows these structures more flexibility so they can be easily converted to office space in the future as the driverless cars take hold.

 

Other architects like Andy Cohen will be pushed by consumers who will expect smaller garages to maximize the square footage of the home. The day of the three car garage will most likely come to an end, as driverless cars will make driving your own car more of a luxury than a necessity.

 

The future of the automated car looks bright but is not without considerable challenges as engineers, city planners and real estate developers try to figure out how best to proceed with what seems inevitable. Real estate firms with the latest real estate technology and an eye to the future are likely to start negotiating fewer parking spaces when planning new building projects. They are likely to rely on contracts with companies like Uber and Lyft as a logical move into the future and to satisfy commuters’ needs. The main debate left to be argued about this new driverless future is exactly how fast all of these changes will take place.

Virtual Reality: A Hot Trend in Real Estate

Virtual Reality: A Hot New Trend in Real Estate

Virtual Reality: A Hot Trend in Real Estate

The Hot Trend in Real Estate: Virtual Reality

The imagination is a powerful element in all walks of life. Science fiction has become reality in today’s technological fancies. A new technology has made its way into the real estate industry, giving sellers and buyers a new way to interact with the real estate agent. Consumers who want to buy a home in today’s market may have a choice of methods for viewing the property.

 

Thirty years ago, Realtors had very limited means of showing properties. In those days, the multiple listing system (MLS) was printed and disseminated weekly to agents and brokers. As real estate technology progressed, the industry moved into online listings with pictures and descriptions and even guided imagery as potential clients viewed the properties.

 Is virtual reality the newest trend? Three-dimensional viewing is more dynamic. Photographers take pictures from every angle for a more natural looking representation than the two-dimensional version. This technology is viable for the various types of real estate needs.

 

Residential Properties

Real estate technology is cutting edge. Companies have developed, and are continuing to develop, technology that will bring properties to life so that buyers, sellers, developers, and real estate personnel can have access to properties, even before they are built.

Visualizing architecture that has not been built is challenging, but the rise of virtual reality in real estate allows buyers to preview these properties, both inside and outside, to have an understanding of what they will be getting.

So, not only is it an emerging trend in the buying and selling of residential properties, it is also a way for developers to promote properties that are in the development stage as well as those that are already built. The interactivity of this new technology is appealing to consumers.

 

This can be a win for the real estate agent as he or she can impress clients with more potential buyers without the need for time consuming weekend open houses that net more “looky loos” than serious buyers. Automation has always fascinated people, and as this cutting edge home technology takes off, it will likely leave non-compliant agents in the dust.

Realtors can boast an online open house that is available any time a buyer wants to see it. This will be especially appealing to millennials who expect instant gratification in their daily lives, and powerful visual content will appeal to them. The Realtor can bring a virtual reality headset to the listing presentation to show clients what potential buyers will see when they look at their home.

 

The attraction to the real estate firms is that it pretty much assures more listings when they show how they can effectively and efficiently market their properties for greater potential sales prices. The wow factor alone helps to “seal the deal.” This innovative approach during the listing presentation, when agents can show how it may lead to faster home sales, gives the Realtor a definite edge. Effective marketing and fewer days on the market are effective points for those getting ready to sell.

 

Global Markets

The ability to bring an actual experience of a distant location into a hand-held device is a coup. Remotely showcasing properties to qualified buyers is an economic way to “walk through” a property thousands of miles away. It helps the businessman stand out from the crowd.

 

Using a virtual reality headset, potential buyers can tour a property in 3-D mode and, with one click, be able to see different versions of what it could look like. This is especially helpful when selling fixer upper properties. Agents can walk buyers through a property remotely while having the same view as the clients, and that assists Realtors in selling homes to consumers who have not actually seen the property.

 

As virtual reality continues to revolutionize multiple industry’s , more real estate companies will use the technology and run simple 360-degree camera and computer graphics, which is readily accessible, but more sophisticated uses may require assistance from companies that are developing these innovative pieces.

Virtual reality allows for both guided tours, which move home buyers through the property to show it in its entirety, and interactive visits, which allow consumers to control where they want to go within the property.

Virtual reality technology provides an avenue for users to see properties while sitting in the comfort of their own living rooms. While this usage is new to real estate, it has been a part of the game industry for quite some time. Realtors can entice more clients, serve them better, and grow their businesses exponentially.

 

Staging

Staging a property has become an effective sales tool in the real estate professional’s arsenal, but moving furniture and decor physically is time consuming and costly. Virtual staging may be the next frontier in the staging arena because it allows Realtors to place, and change at will, furnishings and decor to enhance a vacant property or to show how a buyer’s own furniture may appear in the space.

 

Not only will virtual reality benefit the real estate market for buyers and sellers, but it can be effective for house flippers and fixers. The ability to superimpose furniture, appliances, decor, etc. allows the purchaser to have a better realization of what could be a reality for the space. It is easy to make changes and have the buyers input. Interior designers and contractors can use this technology in many different projects.

 

Rental Properties

Landlord/tenant communication improves when potential tenants can virtually walk through a rental. It saves time for the landlord or property manager, who can wisely spend their time and energy on tenants who seriously qualify or who seriously desire the unit.

In addition to walk through, a video library can be accessible to tenants who need questions answered about the working of the rental unit. This can be especially useful for short-term rentals, such as vacation units, allowing managers to communicate via virtual reality to answer basic questions about the rental as well as information about the city or neighborhood.

 

Just as the internet changed the viewing habits of buyers with the online MLS, so virtual reality will change the way buyers, sellers, renters, and property managers will do business in the future.

 

Getting Ready To Sell?

Getting Ready To Sell?

Getting Ready To Sell?

Need To Know How To Prep Your Home To Sell?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve made a lot of wonderful memories here. However, the kids are too big for their bedrooms, you could use a bigger kitchen, and one more bathroom would be a gift from heaven. So where do you start?

Any real estate agent will tell you two things. The first is that home staging sells houses. The second is that selling a house involves a boatload of cleaning, trimming, sprucing up, and putting almost everything you have in storage until the house is sold. Ready? Let’s get started.

 

As You’re Making The Decision To Sell

When you decide to sell your house, you’ll look around. Two things will hit you. One is that the place looks less than perfect. The second is that emotions are involved. You’ll want to work on both.

Beginning with emotions, it’s a fact that the house has become too small for your growing family. The fact is you need more rooms in a house such as extra bathrooms, an attic or basement for storage, as well as a bigger family room. We get it. Make yourself release this house. You’ll make new memories in a new house.

Deep Clean Outside The House

When buyers view your house for the first time, they’ll see from the outside in. Their first impression will sell the house or not. It’s imperative that the outside of the house be immaculate. It’s called curb appeal.

One. Keep the grass cut, the drive and walkway edged, and keep the underbrush clear of debris. Trim back any tree branches hanging over the roof. Branches on a roof could mean roof damage, something no buyer wants to tackle.

Two. Wash the windows. You’d be surprised to know how much sharper your house will look with clean windows reflecting the sun and clouds.

Three. Power wash the siding on the house. Years’ worth of weather, dust, and dirt makes siding look dull.

Four. Clean the gutters. Leaves and twigs sticking out of gutters means water running down the walls into the basement and other walls of the house.

Five. Remove weeds and grass growing in flower beds. Planting new vibrantly colored flowers adds freshness to any house. Matching planters on the porch holding pretty flower arrangements charm buyers.

Six. Replace the house numbers. Bright, shiny brass numbers alert buyers to a noticeable house. Buyers will also notice a freshly painted front door.

Seven. Spruce up the mailbox. Painting it bright white, adding the address, and planting flowers around it catch buyers’ eyes and pleases them.

 

Deep Clean Inside The House

Here’s where you need a storage unit ready to fill. A real estate agent will advise you, considering your belongings, what to put in it. You’ll want to start getting rid of things before that, though.

One. Empty every closet, drawer, cabinet, or other storage area. Be ruthless. Toss whatever is no longer usable. Repeat, be ruthless. No “but, but” piles.

Two. Deep clean every closet, drawer, cabinet, and other storage area once it’s empty. Buyers will poke around to see if these areas will hold their things.

Three. If you have to hire a cleaning company to remove years’ worth of grime and grease, do it. The house should look and smell fresh and clean. This includes washing the windows.

 

How Staging A Home Works

You might not have to hire a professional. Many Realtors enjoy telling and helping you work on home staging yourself. When you’re done, your house will look like a model home, ready for someone to move in.

One. Once everything is out of the house and in the storage unit, paint the walls. The days of beige, white, tan, and gray have segued into bolder neutral colors. Trending in 2018 are honey, the shade of pink knows as Millennial Pink or a mixture of peach and salmon, ocean blue and more.

Two. Add molding around ceilings, doors, and windows. It can be done by anyone, even if they’ve no experience, and gives a room a touch of class.

Three. Replace the flooring. The cost of a quality upgrade can repay itself nicely when it comes time to sell.

Now that the basics are completed, move one or two pieces of furniture back into each room. Put one painting on the walls, add one book to the coffee table, place one stuffed animal on a child’s dresser, and then leave it alone. The emptier a room is, the more willing buyers are to picture their own furnishings in the rooms.

 

Things That Sell A House

Don’t knock subliminal messaging. We know that scent is a powerful tool for selling anything, especially selling a house. Science has proven that home sales have hinged upon things like the lemon scented air freshener that reminded a buyer of his grandmother. Perhaps the smell of chocolate chip cookies or brownies convinced a buyer this was her kind of house. Cable TV home renovation shows capitalize on this by showing plates of goodies on kitchen counters.

Other sales centered upon a vase of flowers on a coffee table or kitchen table. Sellers won’t know that a vase of bright yellow and white daisies sold their house. Many times the paint color will capture someone’s heart. Your house could very well sell because you chose a cheerful shade of blue on the walls.

 

One Last Word

Most buyers, even if they don’t have children, won’t mind seeing the occasional board game on a coffee table. They won’t mind seeing sports equipment neatly stored on shelving in the garage. What they will notice, however, is signs of pets. Lots of people love animals. Those who don’t will be touring your house, too.

Get rid of the messy old blankets, towels, or other bedding the pets slept on. On the days the house is shown, box up anything to do with pets and take them with the pets to someone’s house for a couple hours. Eliminate pet odors, vacuum pet hairs, and tuck away pet foods. Buyers will want to know their own pets, if any, will like this house.

These tips on selling your house will take a couple weekends and some serious elbow grease to accomplish. When it’s done, though, you’ll see your old house with new eyes. So will your buyers. Good luck!

 

 

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Upgrading a Home to Sell!

When you are thinking about moving to a new state or city, many people have to deal with selling one home while buying another one. To make this process a little easier, you can immediately start prepping months before the big move. We also have some tips about things not to do if your future involves selling your home.  US News tells us 2018 is an excellent time to sell, so we give you the top tips in this blog to simplify your life.  

Get your home ready by depersonalizing the space

Fewer buyers are eager to purchase a property that looks like it’s not for sale.  Your space needs redefining, updating, and spring cleaning galore to make sure you can sell it fast. One way to help de-clutter all the closets, the corners of the basement, and the hidden spots in the attic, is to get a storage unit. You can take your time organizing and packing things away that you do not plan to use for about four to six months. You can put holiday decorations, keepsakes, seasonal bedding, clothes, and extras in storage first to make room to move everything else around.

Update Hardware and Fixtures

  • Modern or classic styles
  • Energy-efficient products
  • Neutral tones and colors
  • Appliances that are less than a year or two old
  • Stainless steel is always appealing
  • Consider replacing counters if they are more than ten years old
  • Check for signs of small damage like leaks and cracks that need repairing
  • Use bright LED lights in new fixtures
  • For fixtures that are not getting replaced, it is a good idea to clean and repaint or polish before the sale
  • Paint everything inside and out
  • Consider an upgrade like a fountain or fire feature
  • Outdoor living areas help make the space more inviting and boost curb appeal
  • Remember to give your garage and sheds the same treatment as your house
  • Make sure all railings are sturdy and durable – pay close attention to entry and basement stair railings
  • Use a smoke detector in each bedroom and on every level of the home
  • Install at least one carbon monoxide detector in the home
  • Motion detecting security lights add value because they increase safety from theft and falls

Beautify your yard

Curb appeal is a huge part of upgrading your home when you have visions of selling the property and moving into a larger space, or a home closer to work. People will never get through the front door if the yard is full of weeds, overgrown bushes, and dead plants. A drab front door or a house with an address that is not visible can cause buyers to make up their mind even before walking through the front door. 

Other ways to keep the outside in shape before you decide to sell

  • Fix driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
  • Consider energy-efficient window replacements
  • Add bright hardware to your porch and garage
  • Install shutters
  • Put in a porch swing
  • Add new mulch to flower beds each year
  • Plant some shade
  • Add a pergola or arbor
  • Water features can block out traffic noise and increase the value of the home when installed properly
  • Create a flowering entrance with an arch and some pretty flowers like roses
  • Get a new mailbox
  • Add house numbers that are at least five inches tall

Maintenance and safety are the kings of upgrading

When potential buyers come into your house, they want to see a home that is ready to move into now. They do not want to think about replacing chandeliers that are twenty years old. A buyer will not be happy to see leaky faucets or pull on cabinet doors that are stuck. New motion detecting security lights are always a welcome perk when potential buyers come looking for homes to buy. These changes are minor fixes that you can complete ahead of the sale and enjoy while you are still living in the home. Properties that have little to no repairs are more apt to sell fast because the buyer does not have to work on the home as soon as they move in. There are certain repairs that pay a better return on investment than others, so consider those first. 

What to avoid before you sell

  • Wallpaper
  • Custom tile designs or small mosaics, unless used as a border
  • Going overboard on the hardware like brass or gold accents
  • Stark white room paint
  • Appliances with color (Realtor.com says the colors purple and yellow turn most buyers off.)

Begin breaking emotional attachments to the house

If you are serious about moving, then you should think about ways that you can start moving on from your old home. By storing personal items, you can begin to see the house as more of a project than a home. You can begin painting and repairing items that need fixing early because those things are not going to go out of style. You can hide a letter to the new owners in the rafters to share a personal experience of living in the home. Have someone come and bless the home and help you on your way out. The key is to break your emotional attachment to the space.

Three reasons you should think about selling sooner instead of later

US News tells us that there are a few things to think about when you are still deciding when to sell your home. Current interest rates are pretty good, but they will not stay the same for long. After a long winter, many buyers have spent several months looking for homes. A huge benefit to moving now is that property tax rates are lower because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

If you want to sell your home, there is no time like now to get going. By planning upgrades and changes early, you can save yourself the hassle of maintenance when you are ready to pack up and move. Your home sale will be much less stressful when you have time to plan and organize your transition from old to new.

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How to Keep Your Family Organized

Wishing for efficient, effective home care? Make yourself a plan to tackle everything your busy life throws at you and make your job as Mom or Dad easier. Here are eight tips for keeping your family organized by implementing a home organization routine that will streamline your life.

  1. Downsize and donate. Create donation boxes dedicated to toys, clothes and household items you don’t want in order to make room for new things while also lending a helping hand.
  2. Get rid of clutter. Imagine the daunting buildup of useless stuff you’ll face at the dawn of 2018 if you don’t take the time this year to give away things you don’t need while getting rid of any unnecessary clutter in and around your home.
  3. Label shelves, drawers and containers. Fantasizing about your kids picking up after themselves will be so 2016 once you label the places where everything you’ve decided to keep will go, and make it easy for everyone to put things back in the right places.
  4. Clean storage spaces. Enjoy your clutter-free home even more after you empty your storage areas, such as drawers, closets and cabinets; clean them thoroughly; and put the items back in an orderly fashion.
  5. Plan meals ahead of time. Appreciating your clean living spaces is something you can do after you’ve completed your other duties as a parent, so start by planning your meals a day ahead to make your life easier.
  6. Organize work and play time. Munching on your well-thought-out meals is much more satisfying when your kids have finished their homework and you’ve completed your full day of work, so mark designated working and relaxing hours on your calendar to keep everyone in your family on track.
  7. Narrow down extracurricular activities. Benefiting from scheduled work and fun time is even easier when everyone is focused on and dedicated to their hobbies, so limit your kids to three hobbies per season, and cut back on the running around you have to do on a weekly basis.
  8. Make a schedule. Bask in your beautiful, organized home and high-functioning family life once you’ve made a weekly schedule dedicated to carrying out each and every tip successfully throughout the year.

A fast, simple route to an orderly living space and a prosperous family life is what every family needs. This collection of eight tips for keeping your family organized is a great place to start, so take each one to heart and make it work for you and your loved ones. When you’re ready to take the next steps toward an active home organization system, I’m only a phone call away.

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Must-know Tips for Arranging Your Linen Closet

Spring is here, and you shouldn’t forget your linen closet as you start your household cleaning. In fact, this is a great place to start, as this household area is often in disarray. Here are seven must-know tips for organizing your linen closet and keeping these household items put away neatly all year round. linen closet savannah

1. Get rid of things you don’t need. Clearing out things you don’t need is a stellar space-saving strategy. Figure out what you want to keep, and donate everything else, as you never know who might need it.

2. Clear out and clean the closet from top to bottom. Once you’ve gotten rid of everything you don’t need, clean out your linen closet. Dust the shelves, vacuum the bottom, wipe the shelves down with a damp cloth and then let the space dry before putting the linens back neatly.

3. Add extra storage space. If you feel you need more storage space after you’ve cleaned your linen closet, maximize the closet with added shelves, baskets or hooks before you put your things back in it. Take advantage of shelf dividers or towel bars on the doors, for example, to create more efficient storage space as well as easy access.

4. Label each space. After you optimize the closet with your choice of space-saving hacks, give each shelf its own identity. Keeping tabs on where each type of linen goes helps you, your family and your guests put things back in place after they use them, so you’ll be surprised by how neat your linen closet will stay throughout the year.

5. Prioritize everyday items. Once you figure out where you want everything to go, prioritize items you use often for easier access. Keep the most important linens front and center so your family doesn’t have to dig around for towels, blankets or sheets.

6. Vacuum-seal seasonal items. After you’ve finalized your linen closet organization, seal items you use only occasionally in plastic bags, and store them in a different place.

7. Freshen up the air. After you’ve cleaned and organized your linen closet, keep the space cool and dry. Linens can get smelly over time, so add an air freshener on one of the shelves to help your linens stay clean and fresh.

You’re now equipped to tackle any small space with these cleaning and organizing tips, so get ready to up your storage game. Even though it may be a hectic time of year, you’ll be able to conquer with ease whatever tasks your spring-cleaning throws at you. If you’re interested in finding out more must-know tips for organizing your linen closet or any other small space in your house, get in touch with me today.

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10 Fun Home Technology Gadgets

Is your home up to date with the latest technology? Whether you’ve upgraded to the newest iPhone or invested in a hybrid car, there are still a number of ways to make your home tech savvy. The Consumer Technology Association makes your job easy with its annual conference dedicated to the latest consumer technologies, so you can update your living space with top-notch technologies annually. home tech savannah

Here are 10 fun home technology gadgets from CES 2017, with a brief discussion of what they are and what they do.

  1. Kuri the Robot Nanny – Mayfield Robotics introduced a robotic household nanny you can preorder for next year; it serves as a mobile security camera with smart-home control capabilities.
  2. The Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed – Sleep Number unveiled a smart bed you can get this year that works to keep you comfortable with prewarming features and automatic snoring adjustments.
  3. The Luke Roberts Smart Light Show – Luke Roberts opened the door to smart design lamps in 2017 with a bright hanging lamp that infiltrates any room with normal light from the bottom and colored light toward the roof at the touch of a smartphone button.
  4. Smart and Blue’s Hydrao Smart Showerhead – Smart and Blue displayed a smart showerhead that communicates how much water you’re using with its eco-friendly technology.
  5. LG Signature OLED TV – LG disclosed a 4K HDR Smart TV that provides a picture-on-wall design with its state-of-the-art black and cinematic color and wide viewing angle.
  6. JBL Pulse 3 Speakers– JBL showed waterproof speakers you can buy this spring that improve sound and light up the room like a lava lamp with their Pulse Bluetooth speaker and built-in light show.
  7. Hello Egg Kitchen Helper – Hello Egg uncovered a kitchen helper you can preorder now that assists with meal preparation through advanced voice activation technology.
  8. Moen’s U Connected Shower Range – Moen came out with a new range of U connected shower applications that will let you customize your shower with technology designed with your shower preferences and personal device in mind; they’ll be available soon.
  9. Norton Core Router – Norton announced a household router you can preorder that protects your digital life with its tough Wi-Fi security and cordless design.
  10. Nabi Aristotle Voice Assistant – Nabi will offer a smart baby monitor this year that comforts, teaches and entertains your young child with its voice-activated smart assistant.

These 10 fun home technology gadgets from CES 2017 were some of the biggest home-tech items presented at the conference this year. You now know what each cool product does and where to find it, so revamp your living space to avoid falling behind.

If you’re interested in learning more about innovative home technology or the CES events and experiences, please connect with us today.

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The 5 Home Improvements That Give the Best ROI

Someday, whether you’re downsizing or moving to another region, you’ll probably want to sell your home. Whether this is something you’ll be doing in one year, five years or 20 years, spending time and money upgrading your house now will increase its market value. How well these strategic home renovations work often depends on where you live, so keep your residential area in mind when you consider the different ways to improve your home. home improvement savannah

And meanwhile, of course, you’ll be able to enjoy these upgrades yourself!

Here are five home improvements that in general give the best return on investment.

  1. Upgrade your home’s systems. Many homebuyers plan to renovate specific rooms after they invest in a place, so appeal to these shoppers with fully functioning home systems. Make sure your appliances are working properly, especially in extreme climates where appliances require additional maintenance, and upgrade them if needed to save your buyer from dishing out extra cash on home upkeep.
  2. Improve your home’s exterior. Most homebuyers are drawn to places based on curb appeal, so impress these shoppers before they enter with a top-notch exterior. Check your roof regularly and replace it accordingly, especially in the East, and add fresh siding, a built-in porch, a modern garage door or a trendy front door to seal the deal.
  3. Expand your home’s interior. A number of homebuyers want additional space, within their budgets, so address these shoppers with creative additional rooms. Increase square footage where you can, especially in competitive markets, by transforming your attic into a bedroom, extending your family room or adding a sunroom to increase house size and maximize your sales price.
  4. Remodel your home’s kitchen. Many homebuyers appreciate minor kitchen remodeling, so appeal to these shoppers with quality improvements in this area. Install hardwood floors in and around your kitchen, especially if you’re in a place like Miami, San Diego or New Orleans, and include all-wood cabinets, trendy appliances or stone counters to bring in more than the total cost later on.
  5. Renovate your home’s bathroom. Every homebuyer spends a lot of time in his or her bathroom, so tempt shoppers with convenient bathroom additions or a completely new bathroom. Install a walk-in shower or replace the tub, especially in Baltimore, where bathroom remodels recoup over 100 percent of their final costs at resale. People want to save space in America’s most populated cities, so tap into these markets to earn nearly triple-digit returns.

These five home improvements that give the best ROI enhance your home’s quality and augment its resale value.

Of course, this is just general. There can be wide geographic differences; some features are almost mandatory in one state but are met with “who cares?” in others. We’re the experts who know what works in your neck of the woods. When you’re ready to take action and guarantee yourself a satisfactory ROI on your home, we’re only a phone call away!

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The Regional Pest Control Tips You Need to Know

Although spring brings sparkling sunshine and flourishing flowers, it also comes with a whole host of pest problems depending on where you live in the United States. Whether you live in a big city or a rural town, you will face pesky pests at some point, so it’s best to start the new year off by controlling for unwelcome guests. savannah pest tips

Here are region-by-region pest control tips as we approach spring, so you can cut out critters and protect your living space.

The north 

  • Keep your gutters clean. If the leaves change color and fall off the trees in your area, make sure to clean out your gutters when spring comes along to offset mosquito breeding and control termite populations.
  • Tempt rodents with tasty treats. If your city or town is susceptible to invasive rodents, lure them to traps with rich foods to curb population growth and protect your health.

The south

  • Cultivate native plants near your home. If your region supports tree and bush growth at the dawn of spring, grow plants to create natural habitats for wildlife as a way to keep animals and insects out of your home.
  • Keep moisture away from your home. If you live in a moisture-inclined area, drain water away from your home’s foundation and store wood away from your house to prevent termites from causing serious property damage.

The east 

  • Abolish potential allergens. If you reside in a place where you run into cockroaches from time to time, clean your home thoroughly and limit their hiding places to discourage them from sticking around.
  • Use over-the-counter sprays, but in moderation. These can be helpful, but if you find yourself spraying every crack and crevice in your house as a part of your spring cleaning routine, hold back on how much you apply to keep family members and pets away from unnecessary exposure to chemicals. Try using various kinds of insect baits that can be safely left in basements, for example.

The west 

  • Plant rosemary to ward off insects. If you face problems with insects in and around your home, grow rosemary plants near your front door to keep ants away from your house in the springtime.
  • Keep household waste to a minimum. If you live in a populated area that serves as a feeding ground for scavengers like raccoons, limit the amount of waste your household produces and keep their potential food sources away from your home.

These are great starting points when protecting your home and guaranteeing your health. Preventing pest problems is much easier than getting rid of an infestation, so take the right steps toward keeping creepy critters out and ensuring your safety all year long. If you’re looking for additional information about pest control in your area, I’m only a phone call away!

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4 Common Items That Start Home Fires

The potential causes for house fires may be the last thing on your mind. Paying close attention to fire hazards and taking the right precautions, however, are key safety measures every household member should take. Everyday items, which are often overlooked, can lead to fires and property damage, so it’s best to know what to look out for, why certain products can start a fire and how to avoid an emergency situation. Here are the four common types of items that start home fires and how to prevent a fire from breaking out.

1.     Candles

Candles are one of the most common items that start home fires. They’re often left unattended, placed to burn too close to flammable items or played with by kids. You can prevent candle-related house fires by keeping lit candles away from objects that catch fire easily, being in the room while they’re burning, ensuring they won’t tip over and blowing them out when you leave the room.

2.     Electrical connections and wiring

Electrical connections and wiring are a second group of common items that start home fires. They’re often related to instances of equipment malfunctions and incidents of overheating in and around the home. You can prevent electricity- and wiring-related house fires by putting little strain on outlets and electrical cords, employing the correct type of cord for the job, supervising lights and Christmas trees, and checking your home’s wiring system for required updates.

3.     Household appliances

Household appliances are a third band of items that start home fires. They’re often left unattended, exposed to flammable items and susceptible to performance issues regardless of their power sources. You can prevent appliance-related house fires by supervising food on the stove, cleaning the lint and dust out of your dryer, watching for leaks, cleaning vents, and updating aged wires and cables.

4.     Cigarettes and cigars

Cigarettes and cigars are a fourth and final set of items that start home fires. They’re often discarded incorrectly and exposed to flammable household items. You can prevent smoking-related house fires by smoking outside, utilizing wide, sturdy ashtrays, and searching for lit butts that may have fallen.

Pay attention to the common items that start home fires to prevent outbreaks and maintain your household’s security. If you have one or more of these products or issues in your home, do your best to understand why each one is known to start a house fire and know the many ways you can prevent an incident. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information regarding fire safety and other ways to keep your house and family safe, as we’re always happy to lend a hand.