How To Hire a Contractor

26 May 2017 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How To Hire a Contractor

If you’re preparing to sell, or you’ve recently purchased a new Loft, you may find yourself with a list of repairs you need to make. Chances are, some of those repairs will require expert skills that you just don’t have. When that happens, it’s time to hire a contractor. But how do you find the best one for the job?

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while you’re searching for a professional who will get the job done right.

Get referrals from friends and family

The best place to start when you need to hire a contractor is with referrals from friends and family. If anyone you know has recently completed renovations on their Loft, then find out which contractor they hired and how they felt about the process and finished product.

Research the contractor

Once you’ve made a list of a few potential contractors, it’s time to do some research. Find out how long they’ve been in business and whether or not they are licensed and insured. Check online sites like Houzz and Yelp for reviews from previous customers. Are most of their reviews positive? You can also contact the Better Business Bureau and the local building inspector’s office for any complaints that have been lodged against them.

Interview each candidate

Once you’ve narrowed your choices, you should make calls to each potential contractor and interview them. Good questions to ask contractors include:

  • How many projects like this have you completed recently?
  • Will I need a permit?
  • Can you supply me with a list of references?
  • Do you have the proper insurance?
  • Do you use subcontractors for any of the work? Who are they?
  • How many other projects will you have going on at the same time?
  • How long does a project like mine usually take to complete?

As you chat with the contractors, you’ll see how well you can communicate and how comfortable you feel with them.

Get estimates

It’s now time to get estimates for your project from each contractor. Although they will likely want to just offer a bottom line price, ask for an itemized bid so you can see exactly what they will be charging you for. This will make it easier to compare each bid. It will also help should the details or scope of the project change down the line.

When it comes to choosing the bid, keep in mind that the cheapest one is not necessarily the best. You may end up spending more money later to fix work that was not done properly the first time. Also find out what type of payment schedule they require. Be wary of anyone who asks for the full amount up front, as they may be having financial difficulties or are worried you’ll refuse to pay once you see the work they do.

Get everything in writing

Once you’ve chosen a contractor based on the information above, you should get everything in writing before the work commences. This includes how long the work should take, the total cost, the payment schedule and how additional costs will be handled.

Personalizing Your LA Loft

19 May 2017 · by Virtual Results PubSub


Getting your dream LA loft is just the first step in living your dream life. With summer right around the corner, making your loft look as bright and beautiful on the inside as the city does on the outside is the next step to making your home an extension of the city.  Bringing city and home together in a beautiful collaboration is something that seems difficult but is actually extremely manageable on any budget! Here are a few tips on how to make your loft yours!


-The first thing you should consider is the color scheme that would best fit your own personality and the style that you are looking to cultivate in your LA loft. A cohesive color scheme can tie together an entire living space and help you create distinctive areas in a smaller apartment as well.


-A statement piece of furniture in a neutral color can be accessorized with throw pillows to pull in colors from a dining room, bedroom or kitchen. Anything from a chair to console table can be used as a statement piece of furniture, this is a clever way for you to be creative and really let your personality shine through.


-Using different lighting can also be a great way to create intimate and public spaces. Lights hung high from the ceiling can help give a space a large and public feeling, for example in an entryway or living room you plan on hosting in.  A lower hanging pendant light can give a space a more intimate feeling, over a dining room table or in a bedroom.


-Another good rule of thumb to consider when contemplating how to brighten up “boring” or uninteresting rooms is to define rooms and spaces with area rugs! Choosing large rugs that all the furniture can be comfortably arranged on top of is the best way to display your taste and keep the space feeling large!


Making your new downtown loft feel like a place that you’re not only comfortable in, but that you feel is an expression of your style can be easily done! Just remember the most important part is to have fun and create a space that you’ll be excited to call home!

Don’t Follow This Loft Selling Advice

19 May 2017 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Don’t Follow This Home Selling AdviceNow that you’ve decided it’s time to sell your Loft, you’re probably getting all kinds of advice from friends and family about how to do it. While they often have good intentions, some of the suggestions they provide can be downright harmful to you. Here’s the advice that we recommend you skip.

Wait until the market is better

There are so many factors that play into the fluctuations of the housing market, it’s often impossible to predict how your local market will be impacted in a few weeks or months. If you need or want to sell your Loft, there’s no time like the present.

You don’t need professional photos

Unless you are a professional photographer, you should not be relying on the photos you take to sell your listing. Yes, the cameras on our smartphones are amazing – but there’s a lot more to taking a great real estate photo than slapping a cool Instagram filter over it. Most people decide whether or not they want to see a property in person based on the photos in the listing. Do yourself a favor and make sure the photos do your Loft justice.

Don’t sell your Loft in the winter or fall

While conventional wisdom dictates that the best time to sell your Loft is in the spring or summer, that doesn’t mean those are the only times to sell. Yes, buyers with school age children are more likely to move when school is out of session. But what about the empty nesters? Or the couples without children? Or the single people looking to buy their first place? They are less likely to be limited with their window of opportunity. The reality is there will always be people who are shopping for a Loft.

Price your Loft high

We’re not sure of the logic of this, but some people might believe that pricing a Loft high gives buyers room to negotiate. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to selling your Loft. If you price your Loft too high, many potential buyers will not even look at your Loft. Your property will languish on the market, and you will eventually have to reduce the price – which can make you look desperate. Price your Loft appropriately from the beginning.

Don’t make repairs – let the buyer do it

If there are repairs that need to be made, you’re better off making them before you list. Potential buyers will see the problems when they view your Loft, and they’re more likely to offer you less than your asking price. You’ll lose money in the end if you don’t attend to those repairs first.

You don’t need an agent

Maybe you believe your market is so hot right now that you don’t need an agent to sell your Loft. But there’s so much more to selling a Loft than finding a buyer. There are legal processes and documents that need to be addressed. Selling a Loft is a complicated process, and a professional real estate agent can help you navigate through the confusion and stress.

How to Deal With Post Loft Purchase Anxiety

12 May 2017 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How to Deal With Post Home Purchase Anxiety

You just bought a new Loft. You should be happy, right? But unfortunately, you can’t quite shake this sinking feeling that somehow you’ve made a big mistake.

The good news is that feeling anxious after a big purchase is totally normal and there are ways you can deal with it. Here are a few proven methods you can use to help conquer that feeling of buyer’s remorse.

Remind yourself why you bought the Loft

When you first began your loft search, did you write out a list of what you wanted and needed in a loft? Now is the time to revisit that list. Does the loft you just purchased tick off many of the items on your list? What was it about the Loft that made you originally fall for it? You might discover that it isn’t the Loft itself that is provoking your anxious feelings. It could just be that any home purchase would trigger these feelings. It can be incredibly reassuring to remind yourself of why this Loft is the one for you.

Make a list of your worries

Home ownership can bring with it a new set of worries that you might not have anticipated. Go ahead and make a list of what’s worrying you. This could be everything from not being able to afford your mortgage payments to making needed repairs on the Loft. After you’ve gotten all those doubts on paper, choose one worry and tackle it. Maybe it’s a small repair you can finish in an afternoon. Or perhaps it’s a plan for how you’ll pay your mortgage if you suddenly find yourself without a job. The best way to banish your worries is to confront them head on.

Pick your favorite spot

A great way to ease any worry is to be mindful and present. Walk around your new Loft and really see and experience every room in the present moment. How does the light hit the wall in the afternoon? Which window affords the best views? How nice is it going to feel sitting in front of a fire in the new fireplace? Imagine taking a bath in that new Jacuzzi tub. Pick a favorite spot in your new home that you can retreat to when you’re feeling particularly anxious. Take some deep breaths and remember that this feeling of buyer’s remorse is only temporary.

Have a HOMEwarming party

Nothing makes a Loft feel more like home than filling it with friends and family who love you. Don’t feel like your Loft needs to be “finished” before inviting people over for a Homewarming party. Have a barbecue, cook a three-course meal in your new kitchen, or get your friends together to watch the big game. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, just get your favorite people together to celebrate you and your new home. You’ll be amazed at how their excitement for you will make you feel.

Ultimately, when feeling anxious about your new Loft purchase, simply remember that this is a natural part of the loft-buying process. Soon those feelings will pass and you’ll wonder why you ever worried in the first place.

How to Sell Your Loft When You Work From Home

5 May 2017 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How to Sell Your House When You Work From Home

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one quarter of employed Americans work from home. Innovations in technology coupled with a changing economy have made it easier than ever to do your job from the comfort of your own home. And while working from home is often more convenient for most people, it can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes time to sell your home. If you are a telecommuter getting ready to put your home on the market, here are our best tips for navigating the process.

Set up parameters for showing times

One of the realities of selling your Loft is that ideally it should be ready for appointments at a moment’s notice. This may not always be possible if you work from home. Be clear with your real estate agent from the beginning about any restrictions you may need to place on showings and open houses. Request that you be given at least 30 minutes notice before a prospective buyer shows up, or ask that your home only be shown at certain times of the day. This gives you time to plan in case you need to vacate while you’re working. While your agent may not be able to accommodate you every time, you will be inconvenienced less frequently.

Make adjustments to your workload or workspace

If you are interrupted while you are working, have a contingency plan in place. Do you have any work that can be completed in advance? If so, try to use your free time to get ahead on work. This way, if you have to step away for an hour or two during the day you won’t be missing any deadlines. Does your work require that you be at home? If not, find a local coffee shop or library with Wi-Fi so that you can relocate easily during the day when needed. If those kinds of public spaces have too many distractions, considering temporarily renting a spot in a co-working space.

Keep your workspace tidy

This should go without saying, but when you’re showing your Loft, it needs to be spotless. This goes for your workspace too – which may be tough for those of you who thrive with a messy desk. Every morning before you begin work, and every evening at the end of the workday, take a few minutes to clean. Organize papers, tidy your desk, wipe down surfaces, clear away dishes and cups from lunch and sweep or vacuum the floor. Although you are actively working in the space, it needs to have the appearance of being neutral. Remember, you want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves in your Loft. Don’t make it harder for them by leaving evidence of your workday behind you.

Take time off

While it may not always be possible, if you have some flexibility in your work schedule, why not take some time off? This gives you the time and space you need to focus on getting your home sold quickly, and it will save your work from constant interruptions. After all, isn’t flexibility with scheduling one of the greatest perks of working from home? Use it to your advantage during what can be a hectic time.