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I haven’t done this (for a while), what do I need to do first if I want to SELL a house?

If you’ve ever painted a room in your house, you’ve learned that the more cleaning and prepping you can do at the beginning, the faster the job goes and the better the results. Selling your home is a little like that. The better prepared you are when you hit the market, the better the chances that you’ll get a quick and profitable sale. But where to begin?

As a courtesy to you, we’ll come to your home and discuss the current market data for homes like yours; we’ll make some suggestions about changes to make now that will improve market position, and we’ll recommend professionals from our list of A-rated professionals who can handle the large and small changes that will prepare your house for the best results on the market.

Once you get to know us during that visit, we hope you’ll choose us to represent your house and guide you from start to finish in the selling of your property.

 

I haven’t done this (for a while), what do I need to do first if I want to BUY a house?

You’ve already done the first right thing, which is find an experienced, trust-worthy REALTOR who can be your guide so you don’t waste time or money. Whenever you’re ready, let’s chat and get better acquainted.

But the very next important step is to chat with a lender and answer a few easy questions to get you pre-qualified. This step will give you a good idea of the price range for your home  search, and what steps you might need to take before you can make an offer when you find your dream home. This list of friendly, responsive mortgage lenders are folks I’ve worked with and trusted with my clients’ business and am happy recommend to you. Btw, these folks would love your business when the time comes for your home loan, but getting you pre-qualified is something they’ll do as a courtesy.

 

How do I choose the right area to begin my home search? 

We’re happy to chat with you by phone to get a sense of your needs then point you in the right direction, so don’t hesitate to give us a call. But if you’d like to search online first, then click here to learn more about the interesting and diverse communities that make up our region. (The link will navigate you away from this website, so be sure to return here in order to contact Kim directly.)


Do you sell only country properties? What if I want to live in a small town instead?

The cities and towns in the counties we serve have all sorts of housing (condos, townhouses, tract homes, custom homes, historic houses, etc.) and we have the experience to help you with them all.

Here’s a tip, when using our search feature to look for a home in a particular small town, don’t just put in the name of the town since the outlying rural areas will often come up in the results. After you type in the town name and go to the map, be sure to zoom in to the town center. Draw a box around that area to limit your results to just the houses in town.

 

What do I need to know about well water and septic systems?

The first thing to know about well and septic is that you probably will never again pay a water or sewer bill! In addition to that, you’ll find the transition away from city services is easier that you might think.

Wells bring water pumped from an underground aquifer into your house and out your faucets. Along the way, the water might pass through a holding tank which will help with water pressure or a treatment system to add or remove minerals. Since your well pump is likely powered by electricity, you’ll learn to be aware that your water supply will be somewhat limited if severe weather causes a power outage. Most people prefer the taste of natural water that hasn’t been treated with chlorine and other chemicals.

A septic system takes the wastewater from the home’s plumbing and uses the natural filtration of the earth or other materials to purify it. Once the wastewater leaves your house, its first stop is a septic tank buried out in the yard. This large concrete box collects the waste and uses gravity to separate the liquids and solids. The liquids will exit the tank and find their way into pipes buried away from the house where they will filter into the soil. Every couple of years you’ll call a licensed septic contractor to come pump the solids from your septic tank. Septic systems have various designs which are divided broadly into two categories: conventional and alternative. We can discuss the differences with you when we are visiting properties.

 

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