By: Riaz Ahmed

How Much Should You Budget for Home Maintenance?

Tags: Budget, Home Maintenance

If you own a car, you know there’s more to the cost-of-ownership than just finance payments and gas. You also need to budget for maintenance and repairs. If your car is older, those costs are going to be higher. That’s just common sense.   The same is true of your home. It’s wise to budget for anticipated repairs and maintenance. Otherwise, you might be caught by surprise wh...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed

The “3 Up” Strategy for Selling Your Home Quickly

Tags: Selling Homes Quickly

There are many reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly: a sudden job relocation; a change in family situation; or perhaps an opportunity to purchase a new home that you just can’t pass up.   Whatever the reason, this strategy will help when you need to sell fast. It’s called the “3 Up” strategy.   Fix it up. Clean it up. Spruce it up.   Firs...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed

How to quickly improve indoor air quality

Tags: Indoor Air Quaility Improvement

There are many reasons why the air quality in your home may not be at its best. A faulty furnace or an aged carpet are just two potential culprits. Until you get those issues addressed, how do you make your indoor air healthier — today?   Here are some ideas:   Check the furnace filter. This is one of the most overlooked maintenance items in the home. Any furnace repair person c...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed

Discovering that a home you like has “issues”

Tags: Home Issues

Say you’re viewing a home and are impressed with how it looks. The walls are freshly painted. Everything seems bright and new. You’re considering making an offer.   Then, while standing on a mat in the kitchen, you hear a squeak below your feet. You lift the mat and see that some tiles are broken. Obviously the mat was there to, literally, cover up that defect.   A few broken...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed

Concerned about Condensation on Windows?

Tags: Condensation, Windows

If you see a haze of condensation on your window, should you be concerned? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on a number of factors.   First of all, an occasional build-up of condensation is normal and often the result of fluctuating humidity in the home. Usually, it’s nothing to worry about. If you’re using a humidifier, try adjusting the levels. If the humidity is being generated nat...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed

How to deal with a low-ball offer

Tags: Low-ball offer

If you take care to price your home correctly — that is, at a price that is in line with what similar properties in the area have sold for recently — then you have a good chance of selling it at or near your asking price.   That doesn’t mean you won’t get a low-ball offer. You might. So what do you do when that happens?   First, understand that the buyer may not n...Read More