Monday, October 24, 2022 / by Lynn Boyarski
Video doorbells have become so popular that it’s not uncommon for visitors to smile as they come up to the door. They want to make a good impression on the video!
These doorbells are definitely convenient. Depending on the model you purchase, you can see who’s there and even speak to that person before opening your door. Some systems even allow for recording.
If you haven’t purchased a video doorbell yet, there are some important things to consider when shopping for one.
First, make sure the resolution is at least 1080p. If it’s less than that, the image quality will be blurry — especially at night.
Video doorbells come in wired or battery versions. Battery versions are easy to install, but you’ll need to keep the battery charged. Wired versions are more secure and reliable. However, the installation is more complex.
It’s recommended that you choose a video doorbell with cloud storage options (including date stamping.) That way ...
Monday, October 10, 2022 / by Lynn Boyarski
If you’re thinking of selling, you’re probably planning to do a few minor improvements to make your property more appealing to buyers. That’s a smart idea.
So, what are the best small improvements to make? Here are a few ideas:
- Cabinet hardware. Upgrading the hardware on kitchen and bathroom cupboard doors and drawers can have a surprising impact on the look of those rooms. The best part is, this improvement is about as DIY-friendly as it gets!
- Cover plates. If you have older light and electrical switches, replacing the cover plates with something more stylish can make a difference. It’s probably the simplest way to give a room a more modern look.
- Countertops. Replacing kitchen or bathroom countertops isn’t cheap. However, it’s substantially less expensive than a full-on kitchen or bathroom renovation. And, new countertops make those rooms lookrefreshed.
- Kitchen sink and faucet. If your current sink is ...
Monday, September 26, 2022 / by Lynn Boyarski
Until a couple of years ago, internet access was a nice-to-have for most homeowners. But these days, it’s fast becoming a necessity. Kids need good internet to do homework assignments. You may need reliable internet to work from home and attend online meetings.
So, when shopping for a new home, it’s wise to check if the property which you’re interested in making an offer on has good internet available. The last thing you want is to move into a home only to discover that the internet service is slow and faster options are unavailable.
There are many ways to do find out.
For example, most internet services websites have a feature where you can type on the address and find out what type of internet services are available. Pay attention to how the service is delivered to your home, as well as the upload and download speeds.
Traditionally, cable and fiber offer the highest speeds with the most stable connections. However, satellite and DSL can be ve ...
Monday, September 12, 2022 / by Lynn Boyarski
Imagine you’re shopping for a car. You find one that’s a suitable model, a recent year, and hasn’t been driven a lot. The price is right, too.
But, there’s a caveat.
The paint is worn off in several places. The driver’s seat upholstery is torn and requires repair. And, the tires needed to be replaced... a long time ago.
Would you still buy it? You might. However, unless you enjoy fixing up cars, you’d probably hesitate to make the purchase.
After all, in addition to seeing the car itself, you’re noticing the work that needs to be done to fix it.
The same holds true when selling your home.
The more “move-in” ready you make the property the more likely buyers are to become interested in buying it. Like when viewing a car, you want buyers to focus on all your home’s wonderful features, not on the repairs and updates that need to be done.
That being said, how important is it that your home be “move-in re ...
Monday, August 22, 2022 / by Lynn Boyarski
When you’re selling your home, you want to promote those features that will be of highest interest to prospective buyers. After all, the more reasons a buyer has to love your property, the more likely they are to make a great offer.
Increasingly, one category of features that buyers are looking for is energy- efficiency. So, if there are specific energy-saving characteristics of your home, make sure those are highlighted when selling.
When considering the energy-efficient characteristics of your property, consider the following:
- Appliances: Fridge, stove, washer, dryer.
- HVAC: Furnace, air conditioner.
- Insulation. (Especially in the attic.)
- Home technology. For example, a system that automates heating, cooling, lighting, etc., to keep energy usage to a minimum.
- Lighting. Have you switched to LED bulbs or fixtures?
- Windows and doors. For example, did you replace windows in recent years to help lower heating and cooling costs? ...