Blog :: 01-2017

Preparing to Sell Your Home: A Timeline Made Simple

Staging

Making a decision to list your home is a big one.  Likely, your house is your largest asset and chock full of memories and life.  Give yourself adequate time to prepare, and keep your patience and sense of humor on hand.  Follow this two month timeline to prepare yourself and your home for the big move!

Two Months Before Listing Your Home for Sale:

Painting Interior

  • Survey the condition of your property as a potential buyer would. Notice things that may look poorly maintained or in need of repair and make a list.
  • Begin tackling that list of small repairs such as leaky faucets, drywall that needs patching, and gutters that may need repairing.
  • Consider some small aesthetic upgrades that need doing anyway, are neutral in style, and can provide a good return on investment.
  • If you like to DIY, begin knocking these things off the list or line up hired help for these aesthetic items such as freshening up the paint with neutral colors and updating plumbing or lighting fixtures.

One Month Before Listing:

 

  • Contact a real estate professional with a proven track record and excellent communication skills.
  • Your agent will give you advice on staging your property for sale, much of which will involve decluttering (see below for staging details).
  • Look at your agent’s comparative market analysis to decide together on a listing price.
  • Begin pulling together any appliance manuals or service records that your future buyer may appreciate as a demonstration of good home maintenance.

Three Weeks Before Listing:

Storage Unit

  • Combine your real estate agent’s advice about staging and decluttering your home with your own need to pack up in preparation for the move by starting to collect boxes or storage bins, label them, and place unnecessary items in them for storage
  • Evaluate each item that you have and decide if you will use it in the future. If you will not, fill boxes to go to charities such as Salvation Army and Goodwill.
  • If you do not have a garage or storage shed in which to store these personal items, rent a storage unit.

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Two Weeks Before Listing:

 

  • Continue the process of decluttering, packing and storing your items. You want your home to resemble a vacation rental when you are finished, with personal photos removed from the walls and surfaces cleared.
  • Begin the process of performing or scheduling some deep cleaning items such as getting the windows washed, cobwebs out of corners, and ceiling fans dusted off.
  • Although it is a lower priority than living spaces, do not forget to clean storage areas such as garages and sheds. It is understandable if you have boxed items stored in there, but it should still be clean.

One Week Before Listing:

Landscaping

  • Focus on your curb appeal by bringing in new mulch for garden beds, cleaning up decks and porches and making sure the lawn is mowed.
  • If you have time, plant some flowers to bring some color to your landscape.
  • Continue to clean and declutter.
  • Contact your real estate agent about scheduling photos and marketing notes.
  • Maintain cleaning and decluttering practices throughout the time your home is listed -- you are almost there!

For more information on selling your house or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Go Green, Save Green: Budget-Friendly Home Living Tips

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Making eco-friendly home improvements does not have to mean large upfitting costs. In fact, many environmentally responsible actions that can be taken surrounding your home involve behavior modification or simple tasks with a modest investment.

When in doubt, follow the old adage of reduce, reuse and recycle - in that order specifically, to have the most impact on your wallet and our world!  The more steps that you can take at the top of the model to reduce your consumption, the greater financial and environmental difference you will make.  Check out these actions you can take to have a greener home:

REDUCE to Go Green at Home

Home EnergyReduce water consumption by taking shorter showers, using one drinking cup throughout the day, collecting rainwater for watering gardens and washing cars, and installing low-flow shower heads.

Reduce electricity consumption by replacing appliances with Energy Star rated ones only when they absolutely need replacing, by using CFL or LED light bulbs, and using task lighting rather than lighting a whole room.

Reduce heat loss by installing weather stripping and insulation and lowering your thermostat at night and when you are away from home.

Have an energy audit performed to assess other ways that you may  improve your energy loss.

REUSE to Go Green at Home

GoodwillPurchase reusable containers for food storage and beverage consumption.

Don’t throw out that leftover rice from burrito night; toss it with olive oil and soy sauce and have fried rice tonight!  The concept of reuse applies to food consumption and has the added benefit of working towards reducing food transportation costs and eliminating waste that goes toward the landfill.

For the food you cannot bear to consume as leftovers again, throw it in a compost pile where you will be able to reuse it as compost in a few months.

Pass on clothing and household items that you are done with to a charitable organization so that those items may be reused in our community by people who need them.

Store wood from home maintenance projects in a dry shed or garage for future projects (you know you will have them) rather than tossing out significant scraps.

RECYCLE to Go Green at Home

CompostRecycle yard waste right into your garden. Blow leaves into garden beds for the winter rather than raking them and placing them on the side of the road. With a few good turns into the bed in the spring, you will have added some nice organic matter to the beds. Similarly, collect fallen sticks in your yard to burn in a bonfire rather than purchase bundles of wood.

Consult your local recycling experts for how to clear your house of unwanted items in an environmentally responsible way. Our local experts in Asheville are found at Asheville Greenworks.

For information on green living and real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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The Skinny on Restaurant Week 2017 in Asheville NC

Restaurant Week

Our small mountain city of Asheville has received wide acclaim of late for a multitude of reasons.  Recognition as a food destination is a growing reason that we have landed a coveted place on the culinary map in national publications.  Magazines such as Bon Appetit have featured Asheville as a foodie heaven on the cover, alongside huge metropolises such as New York, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

Asheville Restaurant WeekComing up this month, you have the opportunity to bundle up and hit the street to try out some of the delicious, independent restaurants in our city that are making magic out of local, farm-fresh ingredients.  Asheville’s Restaurant Week is set for January 21st through 27th, and is organized annually by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Plan your dining out carefully, because there are too many wonderful eateries to name. Some of our favorites include Buffalo Nickel, Chestnut, Storm, Curate and Wicked Weed.  At lunch, enjoy a $15 two-course meal for one person. Two dinner options include a $35 three-course meal for one or a $30 dinner for two people.  Reservations are strongly recommended! More information about Restaurant Week can be found here: https://www.exploreasheville.com/restaurant-week/

For more information on happenings or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Shop Your Local Farmer's Market in the Middle of Winter in Asheville

Fresh Bread

Winter food selections at the grocery store got you down? We have a deliciously local, fresh, sustainable and tasty solution!  The YMCA Indoor Winter Market will keep you toasty while browsing and send you home with an armload of fresh edibles.

This lovely market is held in two different locations, the Crosspoint Community Church at 119 Cumberland in downtown Asheville and the YMCA at Mission Pardee Campus in Fletcher.  The opening of the winter market is Saturday, January 7th, with subsequent dates each Saturday from 10:00am to 12:30pm from January until the outdoor tailgate markets begin with the warmer weather.

Winter Farmers MarketYou will find among the stalls a wide selection of winter greens, mushrooms and vegetables. Additionally there are local vendors offering meats, fish, cheese, breads, pasta, and baked goods.  Speciality products such as vinegars, homeopathic herbal remedies, local wine, soaps, lotions and more are abundant as well.

Lisa Riggsbee, program coordinator, states, “we are excited about the Winter Market season.  It is a great place to enjoy locally made food and craft, as well as a welcoming place for fellowship and to learn from each other.”

Among other farms, the following are represented at this market: Wildwood Herbal, Spinning Spider Creamery, East Fork Farm, Creasman Farms, Meadow Cove Farm, Sleight Family Farm, and Farmin’ the Sky.  Detailed information about the market is listed at Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture's website here.

Winter Market AshevilleCome out to the YMCA Indoor Winter Market to enjoy fresh food, local vendors and a fantastic community of proactive and healthy individuals from in and around Asheville!

For more information on living in our community or on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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