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Tips for first-time home sellers

by Linda Pillard

Tips for first-time home sellers

Are you planning on selling your home for the first time? If so, you’re making a smart choice!

Selling your first home may seem overwhelming at first but it doesn’t have to be especially if you follow these tips.

Tip #1 – Get Your Home Ready for Sale

One of the very best things you can do to ensure success when selling your home is to get it ready for sale by de-cluttering and staging your home since this will help you to show your home in the best possible condition and actually make it look bigger.

Tip #2 – Decide on A Realistic Price

During a hot Real Estate market, many people are under the misconception that they can sell their homes for X over their homes current value but the reality is that overpricing a home almost never pays off because, most buyers are technology savvy, can look up a home price online within minutes, and know that it’s overpriced.

Tip #3 – Be Flexible When It Comes to Showings

Once you hire a Real Estate agent it’s important for you to remember that your purpose for hiring them is to sell your home so if they have someone who wants to view your house after 5:00 pm on a weeknight, or sometimes on the weekend, you should be flexible and willing to work with your agent since this will help you to sell your house quicker than you imagined.

Tip #4 – Start Packing Up Now

Another important thing to do when selling your home is that you should start packing up now because the whole purpose of selling your home is to move on to your next house and delaying the moving process now will only make moving onto your next home take longer than you imagined.

Learn More

To learn more tips for first time home sellers, or to view homes for sale, contact me, Linda Pillared, Realtor® with United Country Real Estate Great West by calling me at 530.713.6121 or connect with me online

What happens when you don't keep water in your inground pool?

By Linda Pillard

There’s no doubt that summers in Northern California can be HOT and having an inground pool is a major plus if you’re a homeowner because this means you can enjoy your pool anytime during the summer months without having to deal with the hassles of an above ground pool.

Even though you may use your inground pool a lot during the summer, there may be times when you are tempted to not keep your pool filled or to drain your pool during the winter months when it’s not in use but the BIG question is what actually happens to an inground pool when you don’t keep water in it?

Why You Should Keep Water in Your Pool

Not keeping water in your pool can damage the structural integrity of the pools shell, especially if we have another wet winter because all of the rainwater has to go somewhere and that ground water can also cause your pools shell to heave, pushing it upward out of the ground.

To avoid damaging the structural integrity of your inground pool you should keep some water in it all year long, even if that water begins to look “swampy” because, any repairs to the pool, or cleaning, can still be done to the pool when there’s water in it.

Consider Hiring a Professional Pool Company

Instead of looking at your pool as a liability you should view it as an asset that will only help to increase the value of your home when it comes time for you to sell.

If you don’t have the time to maintain your pool you should consider hiring a professional pool maintenance company because a pro can easily clean the dirtiest pool and make repairs (if needed) without you having to do those tasks yourself.

Learn More

To learn about how to care for your inground pool, or to view homes for sale in Woodland, Solano County, Yolo, Sacramento, or the surrounding area, contact us today by calling 530.713.6121 or connect with us through our website. 

Tips for first-time home sellers

by Linda Pillard

Tips for first-time home sellers

Are you planning on selling your home for the first time? If so, you’re making a smart choice!

Selling your first home may seem overwhelming at first but it doesn’t have to be especially if you follow these tips.

Tip #1 – Get Your Home Ready for Sale

One of the very best things you can do to ensure success when selling your home is to get it ready for sale by de-cluttering and staging your home since this will help you to show your home in the best possible condition and actually make it look bigger.

Tip #2 – Decide on A Realistic Price

During a hot Real Estate market, many people are under the misconception that they can sell their homes for X over their homes current value but the reality is that overpricing a home almost never pays off because, most buyers are technology savvy, can look up a home price online within minutes, and know that it’s overpriced.

Tip #3 – Be Flexible When It Comes to Showings

Once you hire a Real Estate agent it’s important for you to remember that your purpose for hiring them is to sell your home so if they have someone who wants to view your house after 5:00 pm on a weeknight, or sometimes on the weekend, you should be flexible and willing to work with your agent since this will help you to sell your house quicker than you imagined.

Tip #4 – Start Packing Up Now

Another important thing to do when selling your home is that you should start packing up now because the whole purpose of selling your home is to move on to your next house and delaying the moving process now will only make moving onto your next home take longer than you imagined.

Learn More

To learn more tips for first time home sellers, or to view homes for sale, contact me, Linda Pillared, Realtor® with United Country Real Estate Great West by calling me at 530.713.6121 or connect with me online

4 Things to Consider Before Buying Rural Property

by Linda Pillard


 

4 Things to Consider Before Buying Rural Property

By Linda Pillard

Does country living and the thought of living on a rural property appeal to you? If so, before saying yes to buying a rural property make sure to consider these 4 things about buying a property in the country.

#1 – Think about Water and Power

Many rural properties in California and across the United States rely on well water instead of municipal water so before you buy rural property you should have the well water tested to insure that it doesn’t contain chemicals, sediment or toxins that are unsafe to drink.

Besides taking steps to ensure the safety of drinking water at your rural property you should also invest in a generator, wood fireplace (if the home doesn’t have one) and an electric pump because rural customers are typically the last to have their power restored after a power outage and it literally pays to have backup sources of heat pr power on your property when they are needed.

#2 – How Will You Get There?

Even though the country road leading to your rural property may look peaceful now, in the winter it could not be easy to drive on due to potholes and poor driving conditions so it’s important to find out before you purchase the home who is responsible for maintaining the road because you may need to budget for the right equipment to drive safely on that road during the winter and spring months.

#3 – How Will Trash Be Removed From Your Property?

If you’ve lived in the city your whole life you’ve never had to deal with the issue of trash removal but, that’s going to change when you live on a rural property because some trash companies in Northern California may not service rural areas so you may have to deliver your trash to a certified dump site on a regular basis or burn select trash and leaves in your yard.

#4 – Who Are The Neighbors?

Last of all, but most important, learn more about the neighbors who live near your property because, rural life can get interesting especially if you hear a random gunshot during the day or you find your neighbors cow grazing in your front yard so you should get to know the neighbors, including their habits, before buying a rural property.

Learn More

To learn more tips for buying a rural property, or to view homes for sale, contact me, Linda Pillard, Realtor® by calling me at (530) 796-3170 or connect with me online.

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United Country - Great West
(530) 713-6121
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United Country Real Estate-Northern California, Specialty Property Groups:  Residential Homes, Country Homes,  Farm & Ranch, Horse Properties, Golf Properties, Mountain Properties, Victorians, Land. Also sell organic farms, conventional farms, land brokerage, Yolo County Horse Properties

      

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