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Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 5/23/2019

Let's face it Ė maintaining a pristine front yard and beautiful garden can be a lot of work. As such, you may look to a landscaping company for help, especially if you intend to list your house soon.

A landscaping company can help you improve your house's curb appeal. And if your home boasts amazing curb appeal, you may be able to increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable house sale.

When it comes to selecting a landscaping company, there's a lot to consider. In fact, some of the questions that you'll want to think about before you make your final decision include:

1. What types of services do I need?

Hiring a landscaping company to mow the front lawn every two weeks is different than employing a landscaper to overhaul your back lawn. Thus, you should consider exactly what you want from a landscaping company to ensure you can find a landscaper that can fulfill your requests.

Of course, it never hurts to reach out to a landscaping company to find out what types of services are available. This also will enable you to receive immediate responses to any landscaping concerns or questions.

2. Does a landscaping company offer services that fall within my budget?

A landscaping company will ensure that you won't have to worry about completing lawn maintenance tasks on your own. At the same time, you'll need to budget for a landscaping company's services.

Ultimately, it is beneficial to establish a landscaping budget. With this budget at your disposal, you'll know precisely how much you can spend to hire a landscaping company.

For those who want to find the right landscaping company, you should be ready to shop around too. If you search for a wide range of landscaping companies in your city or town, you're sure to find a landscaper that delivers the ideal mix of affordability and quality.

3. What are past clients saying about a landscaping company?

If you're on the lookout for a landscaping company, it generally is a good idea to gain firsthand insights into what it's like to work with a particular business. By analyzing client reviews, you can collect insights into a landscaper that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.

Oftentimes, you may be able to find client reviews about a landscaping company online. You also may want to reach out to a landscaping company and request client referrals. Because once you understand how past clients rate a landscaping company, you can make an informed decision about whether a landscaper is right for you.

As you get ready to sell your house, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent as well. A real estate agent is happy to offer expert guidance as you search for ways to enhance your house's curb appeal. Plus, a real estate agent may be able to put you in touch with the top-rated landscaping companies in your area and ensure you can get the help you need to differentiate your home from the competition.




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Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 5/16/2019

It doesnít matter if youíre moving down the street or across the country, moving into a new neighborhood can be hard. You want to make your new property, and new area feel like home. Relocation is always a challenge. There are a few things you can do to make the transition smoother for your family. Meeting people and learning about your new community doesnít have to be a huge ordeal. Read on for tips to make it fun! 


Approach Your Neighbors


It can be kind of scary to approach your new neighbors, but reaching out to them is one of the best ways to meet people. If you see your neighbors out and about give them a wave or shout ďhello.Ē These gestures are a way to extend yourself without intruding on them. Ask questions about the neighborhood like when the trash pickup is or how the traffic on a local route is. You can even find out where the best grocery store to shop at is. Anything simple can open up a great conversation. 


Get Outside


Itís easy to meet up with your neighbors if you give them an opportunity to see you. Sit out on your porch. Go for a walk around the neighborhood. Spend some time outside gardening. Just be approachable. If youíre cheerful and seem a bit inquisitive about the area, people will be more likely to talk to you. 


Spend Time In The Community


If thereís a local diner or coffee shop, spend some time there. Youíll be more likely to meet your neighbors and have something in common with many of the people that live in your new space. Check out local parks with your kids or bring your dog. You can talk to other dog owners or parents and get to know them. 


Finding ways to volunteer and get involved in your community is also a great way to connect and get to know where you live. 


Other Ways To Get Involved


You can get connected with people in the area through connections you have. College alumni networks can connect you with social clubs in a new city or region. Your employer may also have mentoring programs to assist you through the transition         


Moving to a new area can be hard, but with an open mind to opportunities, you can make the transition pleasant for both you and your family.   






Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 5/9/2019

Depending on how many years youíve been working, retirement can seem like itís too far in the future to worry about or too close to be able to effectively make any real change.

 However, retirement is about more than doing the math and investment planning. Retirement includes making several life decisions, and considering things you may not have thought of before.

 In this article, weíre going to talk about planning aspects of your retirement including your home and assets, your savings and investments, and setting and achieving goals for yourself.

Pay yourself first

If it feels like your paycheck is spent before you get a chance to set any aside each week, youíre not alone. However, itís never too late to start setting aside money for retirement. The ďpay yourself firstĒ theory states that you should set aside a certain amount for bills, savings, and retirement plans before you spend a dime of your paycheck each week.

The easiest way to achieve this is to take advantage of an employer-based contribution matching program such as a 401K. However, if you are self-employed you can still open up an individual retirement account (IRA) or a Solo 401K. With an IRA, you determine where you want to invest your money, and can choose safer or riskier investments based on your own preferences.

Draw up your plan, literally

Thereís no better way to start planning than to actually sit down with a notebook or your computer and start figuring out what you want to save and how you want to achieve those savings.

Youíll want to determine how much money you can accrue in your savings account, estimate the price of your assets and properties, and look at the projected return on investment for any IRAs or 401Ks you have in place.

As you likely know, these numbers are all projections. Thereís no way to know for sure how much your home will be worth, or how well your investments will do by the time youíre ready to retire.

So, one of the most important aspects of making this checklist is to return to it yearly to determine if you should change your investments or alter your retirement goals.

Determine your lifestyle needs

Whether you have dreams of settling down in a quiet town for retirement, touring the country in an RV, or traveling the world, youíll need to find out how you can make it possible on your retirement plan.

You and your spouse will need to sit down and draw up a plan for your mutual retirement goals. Determine which expenses you can do away with in retirement so that you can fulfill other goals. Having these conversations now will help you more effectively plan for the future. And, remember that the time of your retirement is always closer than you think.  




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Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 5/2/2019

Once youíre ready to sell your home, you want to be sure that your home is smelling fresh. Thereís a few sneaky odors that can creep into your home for various reasons. The consequences of horrible smells when youíre selling your home are really not good. Read on to prevent funky odors from turning off buyers from your home. 


Food Thatís Past Fresh


Whether your garbage disposal is a bit clogged and could use a cleaning or your fridge hasnít been purged in awhile, these things could be causing a stink. Make sure you stay on top of leftovers and take care of anything that may be in the refrigerator for too long. 


Clean your garbage disposal often. Itís simple to make a ďvolcanoĒ by throwing some baking soda down there and then pouring vinegar over it, allowing everything in the disposal to bubble up. You can even put a lemon or lemon juice in the disposal in order keep a good smell going.


That Wet Dog Smell


Any kind of animal will leave some sort of odor in your home. Whether you have a dog, a hamster, birds, or cats, youíre going to need to freshen up your space. Keep the litter box changed and add some baking soda for a bit of freshness. Make sure to remove any stains on your carpets or floors as well. If a piece of furniture or a carpet is to blame for the strong odors, you may need to remove that piece from your home completely to get the stench out. 


Your Air Conditioning Smells Bad


Since water can build up inside of your air conditioning unit, sometimes, a bit of maintenance is necessary. AC units must be cleaned regularly in order to keep strange smells away. 


Something Smells Musty


A musty smell usually spells a water leak. Whether itís in your basement or under your sink, you need to correct leaks in order to get to the root cause of musty smells.


Clean A Carpet With Vodka


You can put some cheap vodka in a spray bottle in order to clean a carpet. This technique can be used for more troublesome areas of the rug. As the alcohol evaporates, so wonít the odors that are filling your home. 


The Air In Your Home Is Stagnant

When the air in your home smells kind of stale, youíll need to get the air circulation back in the house again. This can be easily remedied just by opening the windows. Even if itís cold outside, itís good to get the air circulating in your house again. This simple action effectively changes the air in your home without any fancy chemicals or techniques.





Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 4/25/2019

Submitting a "fair" offer on your dream home may seem difficult, particularly for a first-time homebuyer. Lucky for you, we're here to help you determine what it takes to submit a fair offer on a home that increases the likelihood that a home seller will accept your proposal without delay.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure that a first-time homebuyer can submit a fair offer on a house.

1. Study the Housing Market Closely

Are you preparing to submit an offer in a buyer's market or a seller's market? Ultimately, the current state of the housing market may help you define a fair proposal based on the sector's conditions.

For example, a buyer's market frequently includes an abundance of top-notch residences and a shortage of homebuyers. In this market, you may be able to submit an offer at or below a home seller's initial asking price and receive an instant "Yes."

On the other hand, a seller's market usually features a shortage of high-quality houses and an abundances of homebuyer. As such, you may need to submit an offer at or above a home seller's initial asking price if you want to secure your dream residence.

For first-time homebuyers who analyze the housing market closely, they should be able to differentiate between a buyer's market and a seller's market. That way, a first-time homebuyer can determine fair market value for a residence and submit an offer that corresponds to it.

2. Evaluate Your Homebuying Budget

There is no need to overspend for a house, regardless of the current housing market's conditions. But with a homebuying budget in hand, a first-time homebuyer can resist the urge to pay too much to acquire an outstanding residence.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage often provides a great option for those who are uncertain about how much they can spend on a home. This budget will enable a homebuyer to narrow his or her home search based on the finances at his or her disposal.

Meet with a variety of banks and credit unions to learn about all of your mortgage options. Then, you can select a mortgage that matches your budget and move one step closer to acquiring a terrific residence.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a must-have for a first-time homebuyer, and for good reason. This housing market professional can teach you about the intricacies of buying a house and help you submit a fair offer on a residence any time you choose.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will guide you along each stage of the homebuying journey and help you overcome any potential pitfalls along the way. And if you ever have homebuying concerns or questions, a real estate agent is happy to respond to them at your convenience.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and by doing so, a first-time homebuyer should have no trouble submitting a fair offer on a residence.




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