Blog :: 11-2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

From The Smith Macdonald Group we'd like to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.  May your belly's be full and your homes filled with joy and warmth.


Home Sellers and Major Home Systems

Today we look at the impact of keeping your home in order, not clean although that's important, but keeping your major home systems in order.  When you want to sell your home you need to know what the status of your HVAC systems are and if they have been serviced lately.  Continued preventative maintenance twice a year can end up saving you money once you do have a contract to sell your house.

Often times we are seeing buyers and sellers come to an agreement on a purchase price before home inspections take place.  Once those inspections happen, which include major home systems, if items are not in good working order or if they need attention we are seeing a renegotiation of the purchase price.  This renegotiation never works in the favor of the seller.

Paying attention to your systems now and on a regular basis will help save you money in the long run.  To read more on HVAC systems and their impact please click below.

Home sellers and HVAC.

Bathroom remodeling and adding value

Many homeowners and sellers are faced with deciding if work should be done to their home before they want to sell or to add value.  Two areas that often get the most scrutiny from buyers are the kitchen and bathroom.  Both areas can be costly to remodel and can take time.

Today we'll take a look at the bathroom and how to add value.  If your bath is very dated or in need of repair, it maybe a "must" remodel just to maintain market value.  Although examining the cost ahead of time is important, not remodeling might be the less costly option.

If you do remodel it's important not to make the space too personal so that it will appeal to a wide market of buyers.  Tasteful remodeling can add a lot of value.

Read more about bath remodeling below.

Bathroom remodeling and adding value.

Buying a Home with a Family, What Drives The Decision

Today we take a look at home buying and how it relates to family.  A home purchase is often the biggest investment the majority of people make and many of them make that decision before they have a family.  What is interesting is that although they don't have a family when they purchase the home, the fact that they plan to have a family is a driving factor in the type of home purchased.

Find out what else drives that decision, by reading more below.

Buying a Home with a Family.