Posts Tagged ‘home repair’

How to Buy a House – Step 6 – Planning For Home Maintenance Costs

How to Buy a House – Step 6 – Planning For Home Maintenance Costs   You don’t think about future maintenance costs when considering how to buy a house, but you should. Whether buying an older home or a newly constructed home, equipment can be faulty and costly to repair.

When learning how to buy a house, usually a home’s purchase price can be used to project maintenance costs. The recommendations for annual maintenance costs range from 1.5 to 4 percent of the home’s original cost. While this is not always true, especially when the purchase price of a home is three-quarters of a million dollars, it is a good rule of thumb for the average home buyer when contemplating how to buy a house

How to Buy a House - Home Maintenance Costs

 

Since most home buyers are focusing on making the down payment and not saving for future repairs, a home warranty provides a good back-up plan when keepin your checklist on how to buy a house.

 

A Home Warranty will cover many major home systems and built-in appliances for one full year after closing. A home warranty will pay to either repair or replace a covered item, and the homeowner pays a minimal deductible rather than the full cost of repairs. It’s an easy way to manage your home’s finances and plan for those unexpected repairs.

 

To learn more about managing home maintenance costs and how to buy a house, contact me at 717 514-1793 or Ken@KensHomesales.com

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate  as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have 40 plus years experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

Cell: 717 514-1793
email: mailto:Ken@KensHomesales.com

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Home Sellers in Harrisburg PA: Cut to the Chase in Home Repairs

Home Sellers in Harrisburg PA: Cut to the Chase in Home Repairs

2011 opens as a strong buyer’s market so home sellers must be on their toes to give their homes maximum appeal. Not only should sellers complete the home repairs they know must be made, they should also hire a certified home inspector to thoroughly and impartially evaluate their properties.

If this inspection results in a fix-it list, review the list with your real estate professional to establish necessities and priorities. Depending on your budget and objectives, you may want to repair only items that could cause significant deterioration to your property, such as a leaky roof. Ideally, the closer you can get your home to “move-in-ready” status, the more likely you are to attract today’s cautious and discerning buyers.    

Among the most common repairs and enhancements yielding immediate buyer appeal include:

  • Paint inside and outside in neutral colors
  • Steam clean or replace carpets
  • Polish or replace hardwood floors
  • Clean or re-grout kitchen and bathrooms
  • Replace light fixtures
  • Change light bulbs throughout and replace wall-switch covers
  • Repair dripping faucets
  • Fix sticking door
  • Repair broken fencing

Home sellers wanting to do more should consider the findings of Remodeling magazine’s 2010-’11 Cost vs. Value Report, released in December 2010. The survey used input from REALTORS in 80 cities to rank home remodeling projects according to those that bring the greatest cost recovered at sale.
 
Many of the top projects focus on exterior replacements, as replacements are generally less expensive than other types of projects and they add all-important curb appeal – essential for today’s competitive market or any other.

 The Top Five projects in the Cost vs. Value Report include:

         

No. 1 – Entry door replacement (steel)

         

No. 2 – Garage door replacement (four-section door, reuse existing motorized opener)

         

No. 3 – Siding replacement (fiber-cement siding)

         

No. 4 – Kitchen remodel (minor: new cabinet doors, drawers and hardware, plus new energy-efficient appliances, flooring, counters, sink and faucet)

           

No. 5 – Deck addition (wood)


When the dust clears and projects are complete, be sure that you and your real estate professional document your repairs and enhancements, and share the report with prospective buyers. Walk prospects through the enhancements and include their costs.

A home in good condition demonstrates pride of ownership. Taking the time to make enhancements helps ensure your home is presented in its best-possible light, primed for sale. If you are selling a home in Harrisburg, contact me for more crucial Real Estate tips.

 

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate  as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have 40 plus years of experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

Cell: 717 514-1793
email: mailto:Ken@KensHomesales.com

presented by KensHomesales.com