Becoming a homeowner is a very challenging accomplishment yet extremely rewarding. However, once you become a homeowner the hard work doesn’t stop. As a homeowner, you are now the “landlord,” the person responsible for cleaning and maintaining the many aspects of your home. This includes upkeep with appliances, utility systems, exterior features etc. When you buy your home be sure to ask the home inspector how often and to what extent you should be maintaining the various features of your home. It is very easy to neglect those systems that seem to be out of sight and therefore out of mind. The following can be very easy to forget; septic system, heating system, central air conditioning, gutters, down spouts, exterior trim, roof, and appliances. Just because everything seems to be working properly, does not mean it does not need regular check ups!
Typically, the longer you own a home and the better you maintain your home, the better chance its value will increase. If you decided to put your home up for sale, and you hadn’t maintained any of your systems and appliances, this would likely be noticeable to potential buyers viewing the home. If not noticed by potential buyers, the home inspection report would show that your home has a lot of problems or potential problems. That would result in the buyers either wanting a decrease in price depending on the issues that your home may have, or them asking that you replace or repair systems. Either way, you will not be getting as much money out of the sale of your home as you should. Home values certainly have to do with the market and not solely on your upkeep, but you can still have a positive impact on your home’s value by maintaining your house. It is going to take a lot of hard work and may seem like a never ending cycle of home maintenance, but it will definitely go a long way in making sure you get the most value out of your home.
2-Hours to Paradise
Imagine a less than 2-hour flight from Boston to paradise? In early October, Kelly and I made a quick visit to the lovely island of Bermuda. Without much time to spare in our busy schedules we spent 4 days and 3 nights exploring the island and all that it has to offer. October is a phenomenal time to go, as there are far fewer cruise ships visiting the island which makes things significantly less crowded plus the weather is still in the low 80s!
We stayed in the Southampton Parish of the island via Airbnb and could not have been happier with our accommodations. Our hosts picked us up from the airport, stopped at the grocery store for us, and were some of the friendliest people we have ever met. The location was absolutely perfect, within minutes to the breathtaking Horseshoe Bay, walking distance to the Fairmont Southampton, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, and Henry VIII’s restaurant.
We spent our first day bar hopping around the city of Hamilton, we utilized the island bus system to avoid the high taxi fares. Our second day was spent relaxing on the pink sands of Horseshoe Bay, concluded with a nice dinner at Henry VIII’s, which sits up on a hill overlooking the ocean (walking distance to our place). We again began our third day at Horseshoe Bay before embarking on my favorite part of the trip. We rented a two-person moped from the Fairmont Southampton and took full advantage of the flexibility of having our own means of transportation. We visited both ends of the island including, St. George’s and the Royal Naval Dockyard with stops at many scenic routes along the way. We even had time to stop at the world famous Rum Swizzle Inn! Moped rental is a perfect way to see the whole island but you also must be very careful navigating the narrow, winding roads. Our last day included additional exploration on the moped while also enjoying some final Vitamin D at Horseshoe Bay. If you’re looking for a quick trip to paradise, Bermuda is definitely the place to go.
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I’m proud to say that in my second year as a real estate agent I am set to surpass $2 million in sales for the year 2017. It has been an absolute pleasure working with my many clients and getting to know them on a personal level. Thank you all for your support and I look forward to working with many of you in the future!