Lisa Coflin Heisner's Blog
One aspect of house hunting that some prospective home buyers overlook is security. Perhaps it's because they're looking at homes in "nice neighborhoods, where you shouldn't have to worry about that sort of thing happening." Maybe another reason they're paying little or no attention to security issues is that they're more preoccupied with the layout of the kitchen, the size of the backyard, and the condition of the master bathroom.
Even though there are dozens of details to compare and think about when you're house hunting, security features are important enough to include in your checklist. By letting your real estate agent know that home security is a high priority for you, they'll hopefully point out security features that they notice and perhaps ask the listing agent for any additional information on things like installed alarms systems, deadbolt locks, or security lighting on the property.
As a side note, if the present owner has recently installed an extensive security system in the house, you can also use that as an opportunity (excuse) to inquire about crime in the neighborhood and whether there have been any recent incidents in the area. Additional research may need to be done to ferret out that information.
As you check out different houses that your buyers' agent shows you, here are a few security-related checkpoints to keep in mind:
- Do the doors look solid and are they secured by deadbolt locks?
- Do first-floor windows have functional and securely locking mechanisms?
- Are there any outside floodlights, lamp posts, and/or other forms of illumination around the house?
- Are there any overgrown bushes next to the house that could conceal a burglar's attempt to enter the house through a window?
- Are there any fences on the premises that might discourage a burglar from entering the property?
- Do the main entrances have locking storm doors that provide an extra layer of security?
- Are there any other security vulnerabilities that you or your real estate agent think need addressing, either now or in the immediate future?
When you do find the ultimate house for you and your family, it's always a good idea to change the locks on all external doors as soon as possible. You never know how many duplicate keys have been circulated over the years to contractors, neighbors, cleaning people, pet sitters, house sitters, and family members. One way to take control of your new home's security situation is to make sure there are no extra house keys floating around in the hands of people you don't know.
Looking to list a Florida residence for the first time? Selling a Sunshine State house can be quick and simple, particularly for a home seller who understands the ins and outs of the Florida real estate market.
Lucky for you, we're here to teach you how to stir up interest in your Florida house and ensure you can maximize your home's value.
Now, let's examine three tips to help a first-time Florida home seller optimize the value of his or her residence.
1. Bolster Your House's Interior and Exterior
With a dazzling home interior and exterior, a first-time Florida home seller should have no trouble generating plenty of interest in his or her house as soon as it becomes available.
To improve your home's interior, be sure to clean every room in your residence. Mop the floors, wipe down the walls and do whatever you can to transform an ordinary home interior into a stellar one.
Furthermore, don't forget to trim the hedges, mow the front lawn and perform myriad home exterior improvements. By boosting your home's exterior, you can enhance your residence's curb appeal and increase the likelihood that potential homebuyers will want to check out your residence.
2. Complete a Home Appraisal
A home appraisal requires only a few hours to complete, but the benefits of this evaluation are substantial, particularly for a first-time Florida home seller.
As part of a home appraisal, a property inspector will examine a residence both inside and out. Then, this inspector will provide a home seller with a report that details his or her findings.
Ultimately, a home appraisal offers insights into a house's condition. After the appraisal is finished, a home seller can better understand a house's strengths and weaknesses and explore ways to transform assorted weaknesses into strengths.
3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent
When it comes to selling a Florida house for the first time, why not work with a home selling expert? Employ a real estate agent, and any first-time Sunshine State home seller can get the necessary support to optimize the value of his or her residence.
A real estate agent is happy to guide a Florida home seller along the entire property selling journey. He or she will learn about a home seller's goals and work with this individual to ensure a fast, seamless and profitable home selling experience.
Usually, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open houses, promote a residence to potential homebuyers and negotiate with property buyers on a home seller's behalf. A real estate agent also is available to answer a home seller's concerns and questions, guaranteeing that this seller can make informed decisions at each stage of the home selling journey.
Listing a Florida residence may seem daunting at first. But with the aforementioned home selling tips, a first-time Sunshine State property seller can accelerate the process of getting the best possible price for his or her residence.