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Don’t Ignore These Expensive Mistakes You’re Making on Your Home

Maintaining a home requires time, effort, and (of course) money. If you feel as if you’re spending too much on keeping your home running smoothly, check out the list below and discover which culprits could be robbing you blind.

Not Switching to LED Bulbs
If you’re seemingly replacing light bulbs every other week, then it’s time to upgrade to LED bulbs. Traditional incandescent bulbs use an average of $180 worth of electricity. Compare that to an LED bulb, which only uses $30, and you can quickly see how savings could add it.

Leaky Faucets
Did you know that a leaky faucet wastes more than 3,000 gallons per year? That’s enough water take 180 showers. Fixing or replacing your leaky faucet will save you on your water bill.

Not Customizing Temperature
A customization thermostat will program your heat or air to adjust itself while you are away, and increase shortly before you come home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes lots of money, so investing in a customization thermostat will save you on energy costs.

Ignoring Curled Shingles
You may not inspect your roof every day, but when you notice something off, then it’s best to call a professional as soon as possible. Keeping your roof in good shape will prevent significant issues later such as leaks and structural damage.

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Source: Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You’re Making on Your Home, RISMedia.com

Three Things That Make a Home More Difficult to Sell

An experienced real estate agent has worked with a variety of clientele, and as such, seen a lot of homes. A recent report spoke with real-estate agents and asked them their opinions on what made homes harder to sell. Here’s what they had to say:

An Unrealistic Price Tag
Your real-estate agent has valuable knowledge on how to price your home for the current market. Trust that they aren’t simply choosing a number at random. If your home is overpriced, then prospects are going to skip over your property for one that’s comparable in size and amenities, but at realistic price.

Mold and Other Environmental Problems
Having mold throughout your home is more than just a deterrent, it’s a health hazard. And structural issues such as a cracked foundation or buckling floors are major red flags to buyers. Contact a home inspector to identify potential environmental and structural threats in your home. He or she will run a series of tests to determine if you have mold, radon, or other issues, and then advise you on solutions.

Outdated Décor
Wall-to-wall shag carpeting and faux wood paneling may have seemed like a great idea in the 80’s, but today’s buyers are only going to see red. Having a home with wildly outdated décor makes it difficult for prospects to see anything outside of remodeling costs. Potential home buyers want to visualize how their belongings are going to look inside the home, which is nearly impossible if their fixated on your tacky wallpaper.

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Source: 11 Things that Make a Home Unsellable, According to Real-Estate Agents, Business Insider

Four Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space

As the summer season approaches, you will undoubtedly find yourself yearning to spend more time outdoors. After all, what’s the point of living at Smith Mountain Lake if you can’t enjoy the gorgeous scenery?

If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, expanding or upgrading your outdoor living space also helps get your property noticed. Below are some easy ideas on how to make the most out of your backyard.

Walkways
You may already have a walkway from your front door, but adding a custom walkway to your backyard limits the amount of traffic through your lawn while giving you and your guests a clear path to other areas of your yard, like a pool, patio, or firepit.

Outdoor Kitchen
If you love to entertain, then consider adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard upgrades. An outdoor kitchen typically includes a built-in grill, mini fridge, sink, counterspace, and anything you may need to prepare food outdoors. It’s a great way for you to keep foot traffic out of your home during barbecues and gatherings.

Outdoor Seating
When you go outside to relax, you should have a comfortable place to sit, and adding outdoor seating is a quick and easy way to instantly expand your outdoor living space. Choose shady spots that offer respite during the hottest parts of the day, or invest in a covered patio that shields you and your guests from the elements.

Outdoor Lighting
Adding string lights, walkway lights, and lanterns instantly evokes feelings of fun and whimsy. Drape multiple strands of outdoor string lights around your covered patio or affix them between two posts on either side of your picnic table.

For more ideas on how to upgrade your outdoor living space, click here.

Source: 9 Ways to Beautify Your Backyard, RISMedia.com