Big House, Small Yard vs. Small House, Big Yard

When you are buying a home, there are two general combinations that each provide different benefits to you, the buyer—would you rather have a big house and a small yard, or a small house with a big yard?

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Should you buy a big house with a smaller yard or a smaller house with a big yard? Today I will discuss the pros and cons of each scenario.

Big House/Small Yard:

With this combination, you’ll have a lot of entertainment space inside. Additionally, large families tend to buy larger homes, since they’ll inevitably have more bedrooms. Other options include an in-home theater, a library, a game room, a rooftop deck, or a multi-car garage.

The cons of this arrangement must be considered as well. With a larger house, you will undoubtedly have a larger utility bill, as well as more to clean. And, of course, you will not have much space in your yard.
Think through whether you and your family will benefit from more inside space or more outside space.
Small House/Big Yard:

If you are an outdoor person, this is a great combination. You have a lot of area to walk, think, entertain, and add certain features, like a pool, clubhouse, greenhouse, or a guest house. What is more is that all that outside space lends you quite a bit of privacy. You will not have as much to clean, and likely the utility cost will be lower.

There are drawbacks here as well. Naturally, this combo will require a large amount of landscaping to maintain—sprinklers, fences, trimming, mulching, and so on—but perhaps that is something you enjoy doing. On the inside, you will have less to maintain, but also less room to spread out or entertain with.

When you are thinking about purchasing a home, think through these pros and cons; decide whether you and your family will benefit from more inside space or more outside space. Also consider the neighborhood you would like to live in, as that will affect what is available to you.

The Anderson Group is good at helping you find the best fit for you and your family, so if you need any help finding a home to suit your needs, please reach out to us. We are here to make your life better because of real estate.

How to Avoid Costly Damages Caused by Poor Drainage

Cracks in your foundation from poor drainage cause damage which is costly to repair. Here is how you can avoid that becoming an issue.

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come to a house where water has damaged the foundational walls, causing them to crack. This major home issue is caused by poor drainage.

One of the easiest ways that you can protect your house is to make sure that your drainage is coming down the downspouts, away from the house. Some people have landscapes that grade toward the home—this should be corrected immediately because melted snow and rainwater will be funneled toward your concrete foundation wall. Over time, this will erode and deteriorate it. That will eventually cause so much pressure on the wall that it cracks; once that happens, you’ll immediately lose $50,000 or more in value, since you’ve now got a structural problem that must be addressed.
One of the easiest ways that you can protect your house is to make sure that your drainage is coming down the downspouts, away from the house.
If you try to sell that house, the crack won’t go anywhere. You can cover it up with a band-aid or try to reinforce it, but it will be super difficult to overcome that flaw. Buyers won’t feel safe knowing that it could get worse over time or that they’ll have to pay to fix it if they purchase the house.

My advice to you is that if you have any sort of drainage running into your foundation, re-landscape it so that it flows away from your home. You’ll thank me for this because fixing a foundational crack is immensely costly.

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8 Home Repairs You Shouldn't Avoid, Pt. 8: Peeling Paint

Peeling paint seems like a minor issue, but it can expand into much larger and more expensive problems.

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For today’s eighth and final installment in my series on home repairs that you should not avoid, I want to discuss peeling paint.

If you have paint that you have not touched up in a long time, it will begin to peel. As it peels, water will seep into the wood, causing it to deteriorate. With each new problem, the expenses will grow exponentially.

Paint will typically begin to peel in areas of the house that are most exposed to the sun. Check those areas of your home first and scrape off the peeling paint, touch it up, or apply a fresh coat altogether. It is a relatively inexpensive gesture that could end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long-run, especially if you plan to sell the home or end up having to replace any damaged wood.
Paint will typically begin to peel in areas of the house that are most exposed to the sun.
I recommend having the paint refreshed every other year, just to ensure that the minor problems are taken care of before they escalate into bigger headaches.

If you have any questions or need referrals to painters or handymen, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be glad to help.

The 7th Repair to Not Avoid: Water Leaks

You want to avoid unexpected, costly repairs in your home’s future, correct? It is possible if you fix water leaks before they become a larger issue.

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Today I’m continuing my series on repairs that you should not avoid. For this installment, we’ll be talking about water leaks.

Water leaks may not seem like a big deal, but that small drip under your bathroom sink or in your basement can turn into something much larger. The issues get worse, rather than better. If you know there is a leak anywhere in your house, get it taken care of immediately.

The funny thing about leaks is that you cannot always tell where they are. I saw a leak in my garage but there is nothing over my garage, so I knew it could not have come from above. It came from 30 feet away in our master bathroom’s tub which had a crack in it near the drain. When it was full, the water seeped through and down the line into my garage. It would have been near impossible to know where the water was coming without speaking to a plumber who was, luckily, able to discover the source.

So, take a look at your leaks so they do not affect your electrical system, damage your drywall, or result in unexpected, costly repairs. Have a plumber come out on a yearly basis and get leaks repaired immediately to avoid the potential damages.
Look at your leaks so they do not affect your electrical system, damage your drywall, or result in unexpected, costly repairs.
If you have any questions about this or anything else real estate related, please feel free to contact me by phone or email. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Rabbits and Rodents, and Bugs, Oh My!

In the sixth of my eight-part series about home repairs you shouldn’t wait to address, I’ll discuss my recommendations about pest control.

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For the sixth part of my eight-part series about the most important home repairs that you should not put off until the last minute, I want to discuss one of the big ones: pests.

Pests can be a big problem for a home. I’ve had issues myself with mice, rabbits, bats, and ants. Though I didn’t have an issue with them personally, termites are also a heavy-hitter in the pest-damage department.

I recommend that you get a yearly evaluation done by an exterminator to see what you’re dealing with, if anything at all. Termites, if unchecked, can eat through wood and cause a lot of structural damage. Mice can nest in your walls and leave messes with their droppings. Rabbits can damage your lawn and other landscaping features.
Termites, if unchecked, can eat through wood and cause a lot of structural damage.
It will only continue to add value to your house to keep it clean and pest-free. When it does come time to sell, you won’t be worrying about the presence of rodents or whatever else.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, feel free to reach out. I’m here to help.

Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace Filter?


It’s time for another installment in our home maintenance series. Today I’ll be talking about a particularly important, and particularly easy, project: replacing your furnace filter.

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I’m back today with the fifth installment in our eight-part series on home maintenance projects you shouldn’t put off. This time I’d like to talk about cleaning your HVAC unit. 

This is one of the simplest, least expensive projects you can undertake when it comes to maintaining your home. A furnace filter costs just around $3 and can be purchased from a number of other stores including Target, Walmart, or your local hardware store.

Changing out your furnace filter is as important as it is easy.

Changing out your furnace filter every 30 days is as important as it is easy. So make sure you don’t put it off. Regularly replacing your furnace filter will increase the lifespan of your HVAC unit and also help to prevent fires.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

A Cure for the Flue: Chimney Maintenance Tips


For today’s installment of my home maintenance series, let’s talk about chimneys.

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Welcome back to the fourth part of my series on things that you should be doing to maintain your home. These are all items that you should not put off until later when they could cost you more.

Today, let’s talk about chimneys. If you have a chimney in your house and it hasn’t been recently cleaned, here’s what you need to do. 

Allowing creosote to build up, birds and bats to nest, or foliage to creep inside your chimney is putting you at risk of fire.

Clean your chimney out. Don’t let creosote build up, don’t let birds or bats nest in there, and don’t allow foliage to creep inside. These are all ways to potentially start a fire, which can be avoided with regular maintenance.

Ideally, you should have it cleaned out once a year, just to know that it’s safe for you and your family.

If you have any questions about chimney maintenance, home maintenance in general, or real estate, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. The Anderson Group is here to make your life better.

8 Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Avoid, Part 3: The Roof


It’s important that you have a professional roof inspection done once a year so it doesn’t end up causing leaks in your home.

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In the latest installment of our series covering the eight home repairs you shouldn’t avoid, we’re focusing on the roof. 

Whether your roof is made of tile, clay, asphalt, or stone-coated steel, it’s important that you have a professional inspection of it done annually. 

Get up on your roof and make sure it’s in good condition.

Once the openings in your roof become evident, water can seep in and cause leaks inside your home. This season, get up on your roof and make sure it’s in good condition for this year and the next. 

If you have any questions about roof repair or you have any other real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

8 Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Avoid: Part 2


The second home repair you shouldn’t avoid is simple: clean your dryer vent. Doing so can help prevent a house fire.

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We’re continuing our eight-part series about home repairs you really shouldn’t avoid. 

The second repair you need to keep up with is cleaning your dryer vent. 

This is one of those hidden things that you don’t even think about, but clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of fires in homes. Take a few minutes to call Ductworks or Monster Vac to come out and clean your dryer vent. 

Simply cleaning out your dryer vent can prevent a major catastrophe.

While they’re at your home, they might as well clean all the ducts around the house. 

These companies will get the kindling out of the dryer vent. A clogged dryer vent can also make your whole house smell like the laundry room, so cleaning the vent can help with that too. 

This simple repair can prevent a major catastrophe, so make sure you get your dryer vent cleaned this month. 

Again, our goal at The Anderson Group is to make your life better. If we preserve our real estate and take care of our things, our things will take care of us. 

Stay tuned for the next can’t-skip repair item. In the meantime, give us a call or send us an email with any real estate questions you might have. We would be happy to help you!

8 Home Repairs You Can’t Afford to Skip: Part 1


In this first part of our series about eight home repairs you shouldn’t avoid, I’ll go over everything you need to know about caulking.
 
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I’m excited to start our eight-part series about home repairs that you can’t afford to avoid. These home repairs are extremely important, so don’t skip them.

The first important repair is caulking. If you’re not a big home-repair person, caulking is the part that goes around the window frames, along the edges and seams of tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, around the chimney—caulking is everywhere.

Caulking prevents moisture from getting inside your property, which can cause major damage. Water can deteriorate a window, cause damage around your shower, tub, or sink, and more.

Regular maintenance and fresh caulking is invaluable to prevent you from having major repairs.


Caulking prevents moisture from getting inside your property and causing water damage.

Caulking can help when you paint a room, too. One of my friends shared this great trade secret: If you are taping off a room and using blue paint tape, add caulking along the ridge where the tape is going to define the line between colors. Caulking makes a smoother line than just using the tape alone.

So, don’t skip the caulking. Regularly update caulking around your appliances, tile, and windows.

Stay tuned for the second home repair that you should never avoid. In the meantime, give me a call or send me an email if you have any real estate questions. I would be happy to help you!

3 Steps to Make Your Home Stand Out to Buyers


There are three essential steps to follow if you want to sell your home for top dollar.

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In order to successfully sell your home for top dollar, there are three must-do steps to follow:
  1. Boost your curb appeal by painting. Curb appeal is the first thing that people notice when they come to visit your home. One of the cheapest things you can do to add value to your home is adding a fresh coat of paint. If you have an old, worn-out base color without any flow, we can repaint to give your home an entirely new feel.
  2. Revamp your landscaping. Seed your lawn to fill in dead spots, and add vibrant plants to give your yard a splash of color.
  3. Clean and declutter the interior. Minimalism is a big trend right now in interior design, so in addition to cleaning, also remove extra stuff from the home. This will make the place feel more open and allow the viewer to imagine themself living in the home.

One of the cheapest things you can do to add value to to your home is adding a fresh coat of paint.

In addition to these steps, we also have resources to help you stage the property. We provide this service for almost 50% of the houses that we sell. The Anderson Group can help you make your property, inside and out, look bright, fresh, and clean to appeal to any potential buyers coming through

If you have any questions about preparing your home for sale or anything else to do with real estate, feel free to reach out to me. There’s nothing more important to us than your success.

Why Do Real Estate Agents Charge Commission?


Why do real estate agents charge commission? The answer lies in the value our services bring to you.

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Why do real estate agents charge a commission? 

In most cases, the one selling a home will be the one to pay a real estate agent’s commission. After all, the seller is the one using their resources to find a buyer for a home, and part of that includes paying for title insurance, loans, water, heating, and, yes, hiring a real estate agent.

In fact, one of the biggest expenses is actually hiring the professional that will help market, negotiate, and sell your home. Luckily, real estate is a commission-based business, so you don’t spend much money until the home actually closes.

Who you choose is critical. With the wrong person, you could be wasting a lot of time and they could be costing you thousands of dollars. Do they have the experience to accurately price your home? Do they have a team to help carry out the tasks associated with getting you to closing? Are they prepared to be available for you when you need them? 

With the wrong agent, you could be wasting a lot of time and they could be costing you thousands of dollars.

What is a job well-done worth to you? If you had to have surgery, would you draw a doctor's name out of a box or research doctors and look at online reviews to determine if they were the right pick for you?

Being in business for over 15 years, we have the experience of selling thousands of homes here in Denver with an average days on market of 20 days or less and a 98% sales-to-list price ratio. This year, we’ve even increased that ratio to 101%. 

Our team of eight is available at any moment during the transaction. The yard signs we put out direct people to call us on a recorded number so that we can get their information right there and then, after which one of our team members will be able to meet them at the house in 30 minutes or less.

The commission that we charge is the industry standard. We believe in giving you the best value for the lowest cost. With our team of highly specialized experts, we can help you make more money by selling your house at the highest possible price.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

How We Can Make Your FSBO Dreams a Reality


If selling your home on your own sounds like the right option for you, we’d like to encourage you in that decision. We’d like to assist you through our For Sale By Owner program.

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When it comes to those of you who are thinking of listing For Sale By Owner (or FSBO), I don’t blame you. I completely understand the connection with your property that comes from being a homeowner. 

No matter the reason you want to list on your own, there’s a FSBO program my team offers that can help. We totally support you in your decision, and we want to give you the tools to get things done. 

My team’s For Sale By Owner program allows us to help you market your property and find a buyer by giving you all of the marketing materials we would normally use when we represent sellers. 

On top of that, we’ll begin circle prospecting for you—without putting your home on the MLS. Instead, your property will be presented to buyers as what’s called a “pocket listing.” 

We want to help you get top dollar in the least amount of time and for the least amount of hassle.

If you find a buyer on your own, that’s fantastic. All we ask is that if we find the buyer for you, you allow us to cooperate with you in getting the property to the closing table. When we assist you in this kind of situation, we do so at a greatly reduced rate. 

Of course, there’s no charge at all if you find the buyer on your own. Either way, we hope you’ll give us a chance to help market your property for you. The bottom line is that we want to help you get top dollar in the least amount of time and for the least amount of hassle.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Is It Wise to Sell Your Home on Your Own?


Selling your home on your own might sound tempting, but us Realtors are here to protect you and make you the most money possible on your home sale.

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Should you sell your house on your own?

Let’s say you have a great property and decide that, because the market is so hot, all you have to do is yell outside your door and someone will come by your house. 

Unfortunately, selling a house doesn’t work that easily. If you do that, you might attract somebody, but not necessarily the right somebody. It pays to sell your home the right way—the professional way. Sure, it’s easy to put a sign in the yard and have people say they like your house, but it’s another thing to get to closing. You can court as many people as you want, but it’s another thing to get married. 

To sell a house, you have to be experienced in real estate and know the legal ramifications of signing a contract because as a seller, once you sign on the dotted line, there is not much you can do to get out of the contract. Do you really want to sign on that dotted line and know everything that’s implicated in that contract? In most cases, the answer is no unless real estate is your full-time job. 

Secondly, what’s the experience going to be like along those dates and deadlines? From the first inspection to the title work to all the buyer requests and everything in between, there’s a ton of stuff that can happen that can hurt you along the way. Why not have a professional hold the weight of all that legal responsibility on their shoulders? We’re here to protect you. 

We help people save money because we help make them more money than what they could’ve made on their own.

On a final note, we help people save money because we help make them more money than what they could’ve made on their own. We’re also able to find the right buyer who could buy your house with cash or very few loan setbacks. 

It’s like I always ask my friends: Who would you let babysit your kids? Only the best, right? The same logic applies to real estate. I have to trust these people, and I won’t let my buyers partner with someone who can’t take the sale all the way to closing. 

Our whole job is to make your life better because of real estate—not worse. 

If you’re thinking about selling your house, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help.

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