Deciding what books you needEven though we live in the era of smartphones and ebook readers, there is still value in owning a physical copy of a book. There's the joy of holding it in your hand, admiring the cover art, flipping the pages, and--of course--that new book smell. However, you might not need to own a physical copy of every book you've read. With interlibrary loans, ebooks, and the Kindle app there's really no need for a huge collection of books. Weed out your collection and keep the ones that are most valuable to you. It will be hard to part with them, but if you donate to your local library or a charity you can feel good about your decision. You'll soon realize it's great to have the extra space.
Creative book storageIf you want to a fun, minimal bookshelf but aren't into the idea of having old milk crates stacked up against your wall, fear not--there are innumerable other options.
StaircasesThere have been countless fun and minimal staircase bookshelves created over the years. Sometimes people build on to the side of their staircase, other times they utilize negative space underneath to build a bookshelf that fits opposite each step of the staircase. If it's children's books you need to store in your kids' rooms, consider building a staircase bookshelf that leads up to the second bunk of a bunkbed. It will safe space and provide a safe way for your child to reach the top bunk.
Invisible bookshelvesIf the idea of having another piece of furniture in your living room just to put a few books on drives you crazy, consider using an invisible bookshelf. These wall-mounted systems are totally invisible behind your books and give the illusion that the books are just floating up against the wall, creating a minimalist's dream bookshelf. If you're more into cozy than minimal, try stacking the books from biggest to smallest on top of one another on a corner table. It's also a good way to hide wires that come from an outlet on the wall.
Built-in bookshelfSome older homes were built in a time where reading was a highly respected (and admittedly, one of the only) indoor pastimes. Many of these homes have walls with built in bookshelves. They add a stately look to a room and can serve as storage for items besides books too. It's possible to make your own if you're savvy when it comes to building. However you can also purchase bookshelves that give the illusion of being built into the wall.
If you are serious about selling your home,there are certain steps you need to take before you put the home on the market.
The most important step is finding out what you home is worth.
No, going to a website for a “guesstimate”won’t tell you the correct market value.
No, using your tax value will not give you the correct market value.
No, using even a recent appraisal for a refinance loan will not give you the current market value.
No, it is not an instant home value from any website.
What will work?
Having an experienced real estate agent spend hours doing a detailed market analysis on your home and then coming out to see your home to make sure the results are correct is the only way you can get close to real market value.
If you are ready for that step, click on this link…..fill in form….submit it. I’ll call you to get the information on your home and set an appointment with you to look at the house. While I’m there, I’ll go over the other factors in selling your home to make sure they are all in balance, because they all affect the price your home will sell for.
When I started real estate in 1981….and for many years after that….most of the homes in the county were newer construction. Although builders are still finding areas to build new homes, the area has many nice established home subdivisions.
This website is to highlight some of these established neighborhoods. I will be adding more in the future. Check them out.
There are a lot of things buyers need to do before they talk to a lender. Getting these things ready and getting to the lender well before you have found your perfect house is more important than ever before.
For the last several years we have faced constant changes in the national loan requirements. Now we have a new law that is effecting the way that almost every home sale is closed in the nation. It makes the process take longer and any loan problem along the way could keep you from getting that perfect home because a seller wouldn’t delay the closing. Since neither of us want that, I want to make sure that my buyers have a Full Pre-Approval(or are very close to having it) before we write a contract on a home.
To get more details on what the lender will need, as well as information on the new closing procedures, you need my Information Sheet “Before You Talk to Lenders”.
Get this Information Sheet, click on this link…..fill in form….submit it….watch for email.