The Final Walk-Through

12 Oct 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

The Final Walk-Through

You’re so close to closing day, you can practically feel the keys to your new Loft in your hand. But not so fast! There’s one important step that should be completed before you start signing all that paperwork. The final walk-through is your last chance to have a look at the loft and make sure it’s in the condition that has been agreed upon in the contract. While you may be tempted to opt out of the final walk-through, it’s an essential part of the process that should not be overlooked. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s not an inspection

Let’s be perfectly clear – a final walk-through is not an inspection. The loft inspection happens earlier in the process and helps to reveal issues that need to be addressed before closing. The final walk-through is your chance to ensure that all the agreed-upon repairs have been made. It generally occurs anywhere from a few days to 24 hours before the closing and takes about 30 minutes. Your real estate agent should accompany you for the final walk-through.

Bring your contract

There’s going to be quite a bit to take in during the walk-through, and it’s possible you’ll be excited or nervous. Take your contract with you so you can refer to it. That’s your guide to help you remember what was agreed to so you can check to make sure everything is in the appropriate condition.

Check these items

In addition to bringing your contract with you, bring a checklist of things you’ll want to examine so nothing is forgotten. Your list should include:

  • Turn all lights on and off to verify that they are functional.
  • Check to see if any fixtures have been removed that are supposed to stay with the house, like a chandelier.
  • Check the heating and air conditioning to make sure they work.
  • Check all the major appliances.
  • Check all water faucets to make sure they run and that there aren’t any leaks.
  • Flush all the toilets.
  • Open and close all the doors and windows and make sure they all lock.
  • Check storage areas to be sure nothing is being left behind by the seller that wasn’t agreed upon.
  • Visually inspect ceilings, walls, and floors to make sure there are no new leaks, cracks, or other damage.
  • Check garage door openers.
  • Turn on garbage disposal and exhaust fans.

What if there are problems?

So what happens if you discover a problem during the walk-through? Typically, it could delay the closing until those problems are addressed. Another option is for the seller to make financial concessions to the buyer instead of fixing the issue. If those choices don’t pan out, a portion of the proceeds can be held in the escrow account until all the problems have been resolved.

 




Limewashing Exterior Brick

5 Oct 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Limewashing Exterior Brick

Is your Loft’s brick exterior or interior need of a makeover? Try limewashing! This tried and true technique has been used on brick exteriors for hundreds of years, and the finished product gives your home antique curb appeal. Here’s a look at the basics and some information about tackling this as a DIY project.

Limewash basics

The term “limewashing” is often used interchangeably with “whitewashing”, but the two techniques have one key difference. Whitewashing is a process that uses watered down paint to achieve that old world feel. Limewashing, on the other hand, actually uses powdered limestone to create the same effect. Limewashing has been used for centuries to add an extra layer of protection to brick structures, which is why it can add a historical appeal to your home.

Environmentally sound

One of the best reasons to choose limewashing over other techniques is that it’s environmentally safe. Traditional paint can be toxic and produce fumes. Limewashing, however, is free of solvents and petrochemicals. It’s made of natural lime and pigments and has a high pH level, so it’s great for resisting fungal growth and damage from insects.

Inexpensive

Another great reason to choose limewashing when sprucing up your brick exterior is the low cost. You can make your own limewash by mixing hydrated lime with water. A 50-pound bag of hydrated lime can cost as little as $8 from your local home improvement store. You can also purchase limewashing kits that contain everything you need to get started and even specially formulated paints. These will cost you a little more, but if you’re looking for convenience they can’t be beaten.

Easy application

Although nobody is going to tell you that painting the exterior or interior of your loft is an easy job, limewashing is about as simple as it gets. If you’re mixing your own limewash, use an 80/20 ratio of water to lime. Stir until you get a consistency like milk. First, hose down a section of the brick to clean it. The bricks should be clean and wet before applying the limewash. Then apply the limewash with a paintbrush, paint roller or paint sprayer, depending on your preference. The best part is that you can achieve the look you’re going for with only one coat. It’s best to apply limewash on overcast days; otherwise, it can dry too quickly. A slow drying time is key to setting it properly.

Easy maintenance

While limewash will erode over time, it can add to the historic look of a building. If limewash gets dirty, it can’t be cleaned. However, you can easily apply another coat of limewash over the existing coat. Depending on how weathered you’d like the exterior of your home to look, you can expect to apply a fresh coat of limewash every 5-7 years or longer.

Simple to remove

Unlike paint, which can be very difficult to remove from brick, limewash is something that can be removed with relative ease. If you grow tired of the look, the limewash can be removed with a pressure-washer or even with a stiff brush if you don’t mind using a little elbow grease.

So there you have it. If you’re looking to give your brick exterior a facelift, why not try limewashing? This historic technique will produce modern results that you’re sure to love.

 




Make Your Bed Like a Pro

28 Sep 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Make Your Bed Like a Pro

Whether you’ve just bought a new Loft or are staging your Loft to sell, having a beautiful bed makes a big difference. But how do you make it look like the ones in your favorite luxury hotel? While it may take a bit of effort, the results are worth it. Here’s what you need to know to make your bed like a pro.

Quality linens

While it’s natural to want to save money, especially if you’re in the process of buying or selling a Loft, one place you don’t want to skimp is on your bed linens. If the average person gets eight hours of sleep in a night, that’s one-third of your life you spend in bed. Paying a little extra for quality sheets and linens is a gift to yourself that can result in a better night’s sleep.

Mattress topper

To start making your bed like a pro, smooth out the mattress topper so that it doesn’t have any lumps. If you leave in any wrinkles or bumps, it could make your bed uncomfortable and impact the quality of your sleep. If you have problems keeping your topper in place, you can purchase corner fasteners at most major Loft retail shops. In a pinch, use safety pins to keep it from shifting while you sleep.

Sheets

Once you’ve got the topper smoothed, it’s time to add the fitted sheet. Start at an upper corner and pull the elastic down. Then move to the other upper corner. Once the upper corners are in place, move to the lower corners, pulling the sheet tightly into place. Smooth out all the wrinkles and make sure the entire mattress is covered. Place the flat sheet on top so that the upper hem meets the top edge of the mattress. Center it on the bed, smooth out the creases, and tuck the bottom edges under the mattress.

Comforter

Next, choose a topper that complements the décor of your bedroom. You can use a comforter, duvet, or even an heirloom family quilt. Lay the topper over the bed so that it drapes evenly over each side. Leave a space about a foot long at the top of the bed for the pillows.

Pillows

When pulling cases over your pillows, be sure to insert the ends with the tags first. Make sure the pillow is aligned with the seams on the cases. Fluff them up and place them on the bed with the openings towards the sides of the bed. If you use pillows with shams, place these in front of your sleeping pillows. Throw pillows are then placed in front of the shams. A good rule of thumb is to use a couple of square pillows and one round bolster.

Blanket

Finally, give your bed the finishing touch with a pretty throw or blanket. Fold it and place it at the foot of the bed. Choose one with a luxurious texture in a matching color or pattern to give your bed an elegant look. Once you’ve finished, resist the urge to go to bed immediately, if possible. After that – enjoy!

Most lofts are open so your bed can be seen most of the time, keeping it neat and stylish is a must.




Light and your Loft

26 Sep 2018 · by ChrisSampaio

Lighting Hacks to Help Sell Your Loft

Quality of light is very important when trying to sell a property. Lofts often have lots of lighting potential, because of their high ceilings, tall windows, and open floor space. Owners who want to sell their loft can boost the sale price and may even be able to speed up the sale of the property by improving the quality of light in the living space. These lighting hacks make it easy to make a loft space seem bright and spacious.

Hang Loose Cotton Curtains Strategically

Heavy curtains block light before it enters the home and darkens the space to make the loft seem drab or even gloomy. Loosely woven cotton fabric makes it easier to let light into the loft. For maximum effect, loft owners must leave the curtains wide open throughout the day.

Angle Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is wonderfully flexible. Some fixtures distribute ambient lighting throughout the room, others deliver focused beams of light to the parts of the room where the homeowner would like to draw attention. Installation of recessed lighting in dark areas of the home can help make the space look larger and airier.

Lofts are known to have tall ceilings. Those high up places in the loft can get dark if they’re not properly lit. Recessed lighting can help with brightening up the area around the ceiling. In small rooms like the bathroom, recessed lighting angled toward the walls can bounce light around the room to eliminate any shadowy areas.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is a popular trend in the home improvement and interior design worlds. Pendant lighting hangs from the ceiling and points downward into the room, usually ending with an attractive light shade. The long length of cord that hangs from the ceiling can emphasize the height and grandeur of the loft. Pendant lights are also effective in lofts because they can be lowered to such a height that they provide focused illumination in areas where it’s needed.

Lofts are often open spaces where the living room, kitchen and dining area are all connected to one another. Sometimes the good use of pendant lighting can help distinguish which parts of the room are the dining room or kitchen, as pendant lighting is commonly used to light dining areas. However, you don’t have to let common uses stifle your creativity!

Firelight

Firelight helps illuminate parts of the loft that are low to the ground. Firelight also creates a feeling of intimacy in big loft spaces. Loft owners that have a fireplace can capitalize on this by building a fire during showings. This is only advised if the real estate professional or someone else can be present during the entire showing, as a fire should never be left unattended during a showing.

Candles are another form of firelight that can make the loft appear warm, cozy and intimate. Candles can also be a fire danger and thus must be monitored carefully. The safest candlelight to use in a loft before selling is a battery powered candle. There are many forms of very realistic and attractive battery powered candles now, so loft owners have their choice of different products when trying to decide what to put in their home.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are another wonderful tool that can help make the loft space more intimate and friendly. Floor lamps create “zones” of light that make living room areas feel like cozy, comfortable spaces for curling up in front of the television. Floor lamps also help bedroom spaces feel more intimate. In a loft, which can feel cavernous at certain times of day, floor lamps are an excellent tool for making the space seem more like a home for potential buyers.

All in all, the purpose of maximizing lighting in the loft before showing it to buyers is to create a sense of homeyness that could tempt a buyer to put down an offer. Remember when installing your lighting that brighter is better! If you do your best to create a sense of lightness in your loft, you’ll improve your chances of getting a good offer when the time comes to sell your loft.




Tipping Your Movers

21 Sep 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Tipping Your Movers

You’ve squared away all the details of your move, but you’re left with one lingering question. How much do you tip the movers? Moving day can be stressful and exhausting, made more so when you get to the end of the day and aren’t sure if you should tip and how much. Let’s solve this dilemma upfront so you can be more relaxed on the big day.

Consider their job

Moving is a hard job. If it were easy, you’d be doing it yourself, right? Being a mover is a demanding profession that requires hard physical labor and attention to detail. And like any service trade, there are some great movers and some that don’t put in any extra effort. When you hire movers who are good at their jobs, it’s appropriate to show your appreciation for a job well done.

How much to tip

As with any service trade, you can base the tip on the quality of the service you received. If your crew was inattentive and careless with your belongings, you may not feel inclined to tip at all. Conversely, if your crew was careful, hard-working, and pleasant all day, you can tip them an amount you think is fair. While there’s no standard when tipping your movers, a good ballpark figure is 10-15 percent of the bill. That generally works out to about $20-$30 per mover. Of course, this will depend on the size of your job, how difficult the job is, the time it takes, and the number of crew involved. Keep in mind that most movers don’t expect to be tipped, but are very appreciative when you do.

How to tip

The next question is – how do you leave them the tip? In most cases, cash at the end of the day is the best way to tip your movers. You can either give the tip to the crew leader, who can distribute it to each crewmember. Or you can opt to tip each mover individually. Your decision can be based on what you feel most comfortable doing. If you’re concerned the foreman won’t distribute the money fairly, then be sure to tip each crewmember personally.

How else you can show appreciation

A cash tip at the end of a hard day isn’t the only way you can show appreciation to the crew who executed your move. Consider having cold or hot beverages on hand during the day to make them more comfortable. You can offer to buy the crew lunch, but make sure to ask what kind of food they would prefer. Not everyone wants to eat pizza every day. You may also be tempted to offer them cold beer, especially if it’s a hot day. But be aware that they may have rules against drinking on the job, as it could be a liability issue if anything were to happen. Another great way to show your appreciation is with great reviews online as well as new customer referrals.

Hopefully that helps to clear up any confusion you may have about tipping your movers. In the end, you should consider it appropriate to show your appreciation in some form for a job well done.




How to Recognize Mold Problems

14 Sep 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How to Recognize Mold Problems

When buying a new Loft, one of the problems you should be on the lookout for is mold. Even the cleanest Lofts have some mold, but if the problem has gotten out of control it could cause serious health issues. Common reactions to mold include difficulty breathing, coughing, sneezing, and sinus congestion. If you’re shopping for a Loft, here’s what you need to know in order to recognize a possible mold problem.

Look for visual signs of mold growth

There are literally thousands of mold species, and they don’t all look the same. The most common types of mold you may find in a Loft often look like dirt or soot. If you find something that resembles dirt in an area that may have experienced moisture, such as a bathroom, there’s a good bet that it’s mold. Molds can grow on paper, dust, lint, and fiberboard, so be sure to check these surfaces in areas that have dampness or have recently flooded.

Notice any musty smells

Mold has a familiar smell that can be described as musty or damp. It’s similar to the smell you’d encounter in a store full of old books. While this scent may not always indicate a mold problem, it should alert you to be aware of other signs of mold in the Loft.

Check for water problems

Another indication that there could be a potential mold problem is the presence of water damage. If a Loft has sustained any prolonged exposure to water, such as a flood, that’s good reason to believe there may be mold growing in those areas that were affected. Also look for water stains on walls, ceilings, and floors as well as bubbling or cracking paint or wallpaper. Warped wood also indicates previous water damage that could lead to a mold problem. If there are any water leaks from pipes or faucets, be aware that mold could be hidden behind the wall or on another surface where the water seeped.

What to do if you find mold

Mold is so prevalent it’s impossible to remove it entirely from any Loft. But visible mold growth should certainly be removed. First, fix any leaks that are causing water damage. Mold needs moisture to survive, so the most important repair is to cut off the water supply that’s causing the mold to grow. If the mold growth is small, you can likely tackle this challenge on your own. Thoroughly clean the affected area with commercially available products such as soap and water or a bleach solution.

When to call an expert

If your mold problem is on a larger scale, it may be necessary to call in a professional mold remediation company. An expert can properly clean and dry the area so that the mold does not cause allergic reactions.

Don’t write off the Loft

A mold problem does not have to kill the Loft sale. If you know you’re sensitive to mold, it may mean finding another Loft. But if mold doesn’t generally bother you, you can safely proceed with the sale as long as the problem is addressed before you move in.

 




Selling Your Loft After Labor Day

7 Sep 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Selling Your Home After Labor DayLabor Day weekend is the unofficial end of the summer season. If you’ve been thinking about selling your Loft, you may be wondering if you’ve missed the boat. Spring and summer are often thought of as the best seasons for selling your Loft. But don’t be discouraged! Fall can also be a great time to put your Loft on the market. Here are our best tips for making the most of your post-Labor Day sale.

Maximize your marketing

While spring and summer tend to have the biggest uptick in buyers, that doesn’t mean there aren’t people shopping for a Loft in the fall. Families with school-aged children may conduct their Loft searches while school is out of session, but there are plenty of potential buyers for whom the school calendar is a non-issue. Understand that the buyers you’ll see in the fall may be empty nesters, young millennials, or even people looking for vacation Lofts. If you tailor your marketing to those potential buyers, you’ll see better results.

Focus on the season

There are many people who love the fall season, so don’t be afraid to add some autumnal touches to your Loft. When sprucing up the exterior, display decorative accents like potted mums, pumpkins, or a wreath with fall colors. Inside, add tasteful decorations in warm shades, such as throw pillows or a cozy blanket for the living room couch. Simmer stovetop potpourri with fall scents like cinnamon and clove, or bake pumpkin spice cookies to make your Loft smell amazing. On chilly days, keep the thermostat at a comfortable temperature and serve up hot apple cider.

Price it right

One of the most important things to keep in mind when selling in the fall is to price your Loft accordingly. Take a look at comps in the area and discuss the best pricing strategy with your real estate agent. While some people believe that you have to price lower in the fall, that isn’t necessarily true. Your Loft needs to be priced according to market conditions, and a knowledgeable agent will help you determine what the best listing price should be.

Get the Loft ready

No matter the season, it’s essential that you spend time getting your Loft ready to sell. This includes de-cluttering, de-personalizing, and thoroughly cleaning the entire Loft. Make any needed repairs including fixing leaky faucets, repairing faulty light fixtures, and replacing all burnt out light bulbs. Your agent may also make other suggestions for upgrades to boost your Loft’s appeal. This could include making cosmetic renovations to a bathroom, replacing the flooring, or making energy-efficient upgrades. Paint rooms in neutral shades and remove any bulky furniture. Remember – you want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in your Loft. Make it easier for them by giving them a comfortable, clean, and neutral environment.

If you’re ready to put your Loft on the market, autumn can be the perfect time. Follow the tips above and you could be sitting at the closing table before the end of the year.




Why Was Your Offer Rejected?

31 Aug 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Why Was Your Offer Rejected?

You’ve been searching for a new Loft for weeks, and you finally found “the one.” You submit an offer and start to daydream about life in your new Loft. Unfortunately, you get a reply back from your agent saying your offer has been rejected. Though this is a common occurrence, it doesn’t remove the sting. If you’re wondering why your offer was rejected, here are seven common reasons.

Your offer was too low

It’s not unusual for a seller to reject an offer if they feel it was too low. This is especially true if the Loft just came on the market and you didn’t offer the full listing price. The seller still has plenty of time to see if other, better offers come in that are closer to the price they’re willing to accept. Conversely, even if the Loft has been on the market for some time, your low-ball offer may not be accepted simply because the seller is insulted. It happens.

You’re not pre-approved for a mortgage

One of the most important things you need to do before you begin searching for a Loft in earnest is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Getting pre-approved signals to the seller that you’re a serious buyer. It demonstrates that you’ve been vetted by a lender and will be able to secure financing. In a competitive market, it’s essential that you get pre-approved.

You asked for contingencies

It’s typical for offers to contain contingencies. For example, the sale could be contingent on the Loft inspection, adequate financing, or sale of your current Loft. If your offer contains several contingencies for the sale, this could be of great concern to the seller. They may question whether or not you’ll ever make it to the closing table. Even if you offer more money that any other buyers, your offer could be rejected if there are too many contingencies.

Your earnest money deposit was too low

When you make an offer on a Loft, you will often put down an earnest money deposit once the offer is accepted. This is usually two or three percent of the purchase price, and shows the seller that you are serious about buying the Loft. This money is held in escrow until closing. If your earnest money deposit offer is lower than what is considered normal, this could cause the seller to reject it.

You requested concessions

Concessions can be anything from asking the seller to pay some of the closing costs to requesting that all the appliances be included in the sale. Concessions can really chip away at what the seller will make on the sale, so it’s not unusual to have your offer rejected because it contains too many concessions.

The seller has unreasonable expectations

We don’t live in a perfect world, and sellers are human just like everyone else. Even if you know that the offer you made was on par with comps in the area, it could still be rejected because the seller has unreasonable expectations about what their Loft is worth.

Someone made a better offer

Finally, your offer may have been rejected because another buyer put in a better offer. In this case, it’s best to accept that this Loft wasn’t meant to be yours and continue your search.




Loft Selling Superstitions

24 Aug 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Home Selling Superstitions

Selling your Loft can be a big undertaking. Which is why it’s no surprise that some Loftowners have turned to less-than-traditional methods to increase their odds of a quick and profitable sale or for good luck in a new Loft. From enlisting the help of a saint to applying ancient Chinese design principles, these are some of the more imaginative and mystical methods some Loft sellers choose to try.

Burying a statue of St. Joseph

This is probably an old superstition that you’ve heard of, and it continues to be popular amongst Loft sellers today. If you want to sell your Loft quickly, bury a statue a St. Joseph upside down near the sale sign. Then pray to him for a speedy and favorable sale. Once your Loft is sold, dig up the statue and give it a place of honor in your new Loft. One caveat – don’t bury the statue too close to your neighbor’s yard, or their Loft may sell before yours. Does this work? According to online testimonials, it does.

Burning dried sage

Burning bundles of dried sage, also known as “smudging,” is another common technique that some Loft sellers use to bring good luck. Dried sage has been used in rituals for thousands of years, so it’s not too much of a leap to think it might bring some positive energy to your Loft selling experience. The idea is that the burning sage clears away negative energy and helps a potential buyer feel positive in your space. To smudge your Loft, open the windows and light the sage until it starts burning. Then blow out the flame to leave the bundle smoking. Starting on the bottom floor, walk through your Loft and wave the stick into all the corners, thinking positive thoughts and imagining a happy sale.

Applying rules of feng shui

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging items in your Loft to maximize the flow of energy. While there are many rules that can be confusing and complicated, you can use some basic techniques to create a good vibe in your Loft. Red is a very lucky color in feng shui. Clear out clutter to help the energy flow, keep your stovetop clean, and make sure your Loft is light and bright. Regardless of whether or not these are feng shui tips, they are also just common sense ideas that will make your Loft more appealing to buyers.

Ditching that old broom

Finally, did you know there’s a superstition about old brooms and new Lofts? It’s said that you shouldn’t bring an old broom into your next Loft. Apparently, the broom will bring with it all your old bad luck. While we might be a little skeptical of this one, we don’t think it’ll set you back too much to buy a new broom – just to be on the safe side. If nothing else, you’ll be limiting how much old dust you bring with you.




Adding Privacy to your Loft

17 Aug 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Adding Privacy to Open Concept Houses

Lofts remain popular amongst homebuyers today, and it’s easy to see why. These layouts make them seem even more spacious and allow families to spend time together without being cramped into one room. And while open concepts are great for entertaining or to keep an eye on the kids while you’re cooking dinner, they don’t always give you much privacy when you need it. Here are some simple solutions to help you add privacy to your loft.

Sliding barn doors

Sliding barn doors have become a popular design trend in the last few years, and they work well in lofts. They can be used in the kitchen to help separate the space while you’re cooking, but easily opened when you want it to feel more expansive. Take it a step further and use doors made of a translucent material. You’ll still be able to let in the light without sacrificing any privacy.

Add a level to a kitchen island

You can create additional privacy in the kitchen by adding a second tier or raised bar to your island. While it doesn’t wall you off completely, it does give you a bit of separation from guests and can help to hide things like dirty dishes. It’s a great way to keep the kitchen looking clean and tidy without all the effort.

Room dividers

You can create more privacy at will by using room dividers. This can be something as simple as hanging curtains from the ceiling that can be closed, or you can go for a more permanent solution by strategically placing bookcases to section off the part of the room where you’d like more privacy. There are so many choices when it comes to creative room dividers; your imagination is your only limit.

Create intimate seating areas

You can easily create the illusion of more intimate spaces in your loft just by arranging the furniture. Instead of splurging on a massive sectional sofa for your living room, you can make smaller spaces that have a more intimate feel. Position a couple of accent chairs facing each other, along with a small table and a rug, and you’ll suddenly have a nook that’s perfect for quiet conversations.

Use light

Another way to create a sense of privacy in a loft is to use lighting. Ditch the overhead light and opt for a layered lighting approach, with a combination of floor lamps, table lamps, and accent lighting. When you want to create a more intimate space, only light the area you’re using and leave the rest of the space dark. Not only will it feel more private, it’ll be cozier, too.

Add plants

Finally, much like light, plants can be an easy way to create privacy while also making your loft more beautiful. Large plants can be used like room dividers to help delineate and add privacy to a space. You can also add plants to half walls in order to extend them and help block the view.

 




Loft Buyer Turnoffs

27 Jul 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Homebuyer TurnoffsWhile every buyer is looking for something different in a loft, there are a few key things that are universal turnoffs. If you’re selling your loft, you’ll disregard these issues at your own peril. Even in a competitive market, here are the things that potential buyers will have a hard time ignoring.

Bad smells

Is there a mysterious odor coming from somewhere in your loft? You better find it, and fast. Buyers are often turned off by bad smells, including cigarette smoke, pet odors, mildew, or garbage. Identify the offending fragrance, and take steps to eliminate it.

Aggressive pets

Sure, you know your 100-pound dog is just being friendly. But to someone unfamiliar with your best friend, it can look like aggression. The same goes for territorial cats and loud birds. In fact, it’s highly unlikely that your pet won’t interfere in your loft showing in some way, even if they are relaxed and sweet. When potential buyers are coming to your loft, make arrangements to have your pets off the property.

Insects

Even if a potential buyer is an avid insect collector, he still won’t want to see pests inside your loft. If you see any evidence of an infestation, hire an exterminator and take care of the problem before you begin showing your loft.

Wrong price

It doesn’t matter how much a buyer loves your loft – if it’s priced too high, it’s going to be a big turnoff. Remember, if the loft doesn’t appraise for the selling price, the buyer may have trouble with their financing. Work with a professional real estate agent who will use their expert knowledge of your local market to help you determine the best listing price.

Dirty bathrooms

You know the feeling you get when everything around you feels dirty? Imagine a potential buyer having that feeling when they walk into your bathroom. Dirty bathrooms are one of the biggest turnoffs to buyers. Make sure you scrub your bathroom until it shines, remove all clutter, and invest in some brand new towels.

Dark rooms

Have you ever noticed that many loft listings describe a loft as being bright or filled with natural light? That’s because most buyers want to live in lofts that feel open and airy. When potential buyers are visiting your loft, make sure all the lights are on. Open curtains to let in as much natural light as possible. If any rooms are painted dark colors, repaint them in a lighter shade. If tree limbs are blocking sunlight from outside, trim the branches until more light shines through.




Organize Your Storage Unit

20 Jul 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Are you planning to move your personal belongings into storage while your home is for sale? Will you be moving into a rental while house hunting, and you need a short-term place to keep the items you won’t need right away? No matter what the scenario, you’ll likely want to rent a storage unit. Here’s what you need to know to keep it organized and hassle free.

How to pack

As you’re packing up your belongings for storage, there are some guidelines you should follow to keep everything in good condition:

  • Use sturdy boxes that are the same size, to make stacking easier.
  • Pack items by category, and clearly label the outside of each box.
  • Use appropriate packing materials, especially when packing breakable items.
  • Fill boxes completely, as half-full boxes are more likely to collapse.
  • Cover furniture with packing blankets, remove detachable parts and place them in plastic bags that you keep with the furniture.
  • Clean appliances and make sure they are dry.
  • Pack books flat so the spines don’t break.
  • Place heavy items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Use wardrobe boxes for clothing.
  • Use packing tape to seal boxes from dust or moisture.
  • Keep an inventory list for insurance purposes.

Choose the right unit

While it’s tempting to choose the smallest unit possible, it will be easier if you have a little extra room. This is especially important if you will need to access items while they are in storage. Extra space will allow you to have aisles and will provide room for shelves.

Also consider how safe and secure the storage facility is. How easy is it to get in and out? Are there limited hours? Is the facility protected with surveillance cameras? You want to make sure your belongings will be safe while they are being stored.

Make a plan

Come up with a strategy for how you will organize your boxes, furniture and appliances in the unit. Draw up a floor plan and designate where your items will go.

  • Keep items that you will need to access in the front where they will be easy to reach.
  • Large items like furniture and appliances can be stored near the back and along the walls.
  • Store heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
  • Use any shelves that are available to keep boxes neat and organized.
  • Maximize space by filling empty space, such as inside wardrobes and drawers.
  • Keep a path clear through the middle of the unit for easy access.
  • Don’t place items directly against the walls. Give them a couple of inches of space to allow for air circulation.

Be systematic

Once you’ve made your plan, stick to it. Create a master map of where all the items are located within the unit and keep it at the front. This way, when you need to retrieve an item at a later date and you don’t remember where you put it, you have the map to refer to.


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