Primary Care Physician – for Your House

Primary Care Physician – for Your House

  We are told to get yearly exams and physicals from our primary care physician. We are told to get our teeth cleaned twice a year by our dental professional. Some of us see a chiropractor on a regular basis to make sure we stay aligned and in balance. Some may get regular acupuncture or acupressure treatments as well. All to make sure our bodies are performing the way they are supposed to. We all know that when it comes to our health, if we find things out early, we have a better chance of combating illness or disease. If we take care of our bodies by eating right, exercising, and getting enough rest, we have a better chance of preventing the illness altogether. If we don’t take care of ourselves and we don’t go to the doctor until symptoms are severe, we may put ourselves through more pain and suffering than necessary. And at the very worst, we may not be able to correct the problem. So it is with your house. In my years as a REALTOR, I have seen too many houses to count. Most home owners have done a fairly decent job taking care of their home. Comparing to the human body, they have missed a couple of physicals here or there and maybe only get their teeth cleaned once a year. They’ve had to fix a few things they may not have had to deal with, but for the most part, it’s in good shape. There are those rare homeowners that stay on top of every maintenance item possible. They have a handyman on call and they spend the money to maintain instead of having minor things turn into major. These are the people that do exactly what their doctors tell them to and are pictures of health. On the other hand, there are many more that wait to go to the dentist until their tooth hurts so bad they can’t sleep and end up having to get the tooth pulled when if they had been getting regular cleanings, the problem could have been solved with a small filling. These are the homeowners that don’t even change the air filter in their HVAC unit – ever. Just like some will argue that you will spend more money to eat healthy and get regular checkups, some will also say that you will spend the same amount of money fixing a problem once it presents itself in your home rather than having regular maintenance checkups. I beg to differ. Here is an example: I have a roofing contractor who offers roof inspections. He will let you know if there is nothing wrong. He will also let...

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Why is Stress So Cool?

Why is Stress So Cool?

Since when is it admirable to be stressed out? I was talking about this phenomenon with someone today. She said she went to a department store to find a prom dress for her daughter. The girl that was helping them told them she was running ragged and that her job is so stressful. The mom is a nurse and she runs ragged and has a stressful job. I told her that I help people with their real estate sales and purchases and that I feel the same way. No matter where we are in life, what our career is, or how old we are, it seems as though we are “lazy” if we don’t have a million things going on. We go 90 miles a minute without time to ourselves because we are working for retirement where we can sit back, relax, and do nothing. Well, why do we think we have to go, go, go, only to stop? Can’t we slow down? Can’t we ease into it? How about a day off? How about working a half day every once in a while? How about turning off email or our phone when we get home? To be the perfect partner or spouse you have to provide for the family, spend quality time with them, look like a model and always be in a good mood. To have a successful business we need to read so many books, sit on a board of directors, network constantly and burn the candle at both ends. To be considered for the promotion we have to work late and attend all the after-hours functions with the big-wigs. To have a well-rounded child, we have to have them involved in 3 extra-curricular activities. In order to be awarded the scholarship, we need to take extra classes, excel in a sport, volunteer our time to others and visit 10 college campuses. I may be showing my age but when I was growing up, my parents worked regular hours at regular jobs, were home for dinner, had weekends off to spend with the family and took yearly vacations and our family was not the minority. The current “norm” seems to be everyone running in different directions having to book a Sunday lunch with friends a month in advance. I am guilty of feeling bad if I take a day off and am out at the park on a Saturday afternoon. I wonder what clients will think if I post pictures from the lake during the week. Why do we feel guilty? We know we need to eat healthy, drink water and exercise so why do we ignore the studies when they talk about rest, down time,...

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Timing is Everything…or Is It?

Timing is Everything…or Is It?

Did you date someone earlier in your life that you thought was “the One” but the timing wasn’t right and you decided to part ways? Did you hear about your dream job opportunity two days after they hired someone else? Have you ever tried to get tickets to Harry Styles (for a friend) only to have them sell out in 2 seconds? Alanis Morrisette calls it “Ironic” when a 98-year old man wins the lottery and then dies the next day or when you’re running late and hit a traffic jam. I call it timing. What if you’d gotten up earlier? What if you had been on the job website three days earlier? But let’s think about it in another way. What if you knew an employee at the hiring company who knew you were looking for a position exactly like what they had coming open? What if you were friends with the President of the local chapter of Harry Styles fan club or connected to a radio station executive? The outcomes could have been completely different. Let’s talk about real estate for a minute. If you are looking for a house in a highly sought-after neighborhood, it’s great to have the right timing to see it as soon as it hits the market. Even better, if you know someone who was able to get you into the house before it even went on the market. But, if you don’t have enough money saved for your down payment or closing costs, you may be out of the game. You may get into the house early along with one other buyer and think your chances are good. If you don’t listen to an expert (Realtor) as to how to structure your offer to the Seller, you may lose out to someone else. If you are a Seller who decides to wait to list even though your Realtor tells you now is the best market or you list it now but don’t price it where the market says it should be priced, you may end up disappointed, selling for less money than you could have or hold onto the house longer than you would have. So maybe it’s not just about timing. Maybe it also has something to do with who you know. However, if you get where you want to go, when you need to get there, but don’t do the right things from there, you could still be where you were before you started. Get to know people – the right people, cultivate that relationship and then take good advice from those you trust....

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

  The weather is warming up and now is a great time to open the windows and get some fresh air moving through your house. It’s also a great time to get cleaning! For most of us, taking an entire day to dig in, throw things away, donate items and organize is not the way we’d like to spend a day off. However, I promise you, you will be glad you did. I have clients who have moved 11 times within a generally short period of time. They relayed to me that they always stayed on top of cleaning, didn’t have a bunch of clutter, touched up paint, and kept it regularly maintained. They did this because if the call came that they were being transferred, there was no time to do it all. They had to be ready to sell and move immediately. Many of us aren’t going to get a call telling us we have to move next week, but what happens when we do decide that we want to downsize or when our family needs change and we need a bigger house? During the Spring and Summer, most housing markets move quicker than in the rest of the year. If you need to move but aren’t ready, you may miss your golden window of time when most Buyers are out looking for a house just like yours. What may be worse is putting your house on the market with all the clutter and dirt that you’ve collected over the past year. The mother of all domestication, Martha Stewart, has a detailed checklist that, if followed, will be sure to have your house sparkling. If you want to get the whole family involved, make a game out of it. Make a chore chart to divide and conquer. You could even hide an item in each room that is to be cleaned. The item could have an award attached to it so that when the person finds it, you know they’ve done a great job and they get rewarded for helping. So, while it may not be the most fun way to spend a Saturday, turn up the music and get cleaning. You’ll get exercise, get great sleep that night, and wake up to a clean...

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