How To Improve the Value of Your Gresham Home

How To Improve the Value of Your Gresham Home

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Getting your Gresham home into its best shape before an appraisal will work in your favor. There are a number of things to consider when an appraiser determines the value of your property. As the owner, you are responsible for ensuring your Gresham home measures up to an appraiser’s scrutiny for determining how much your home is worth. If you’re looking to improve the value of your home, consider the following tips that offer more bang for your buck.

Landscaping

A properly maintained landscape can increase the value of your Gresham home. Make use of colored plants. Keep your plants trimmed and tended to – do not let them grow wild. You can also use various plants to frame parts of your home and draw the eye in a pleasing way. To save money on landscaping, try saving grass clippings and extra seeds, or using native plants and perennials that require less watering.

Painting

Adding fresh paint on both the interior and exterior of your Gresham home will rejuvenate your property. It will cover up any flaws from a previous paint job such as cracks, marks, or chips. Additionally, it means you can update out-of-fashion color schemes to something more modern. A fresh paint job makes your house seem cared for, which can make a good first impression on your appraiser or a prospective buyer. Neutral and earth-based tones appeal to a wider range of buyers, so avoiding flashier colors is recommended. Of course, what works best may also be dependent on the location and local market. Consider local surroundings and the tastes of the buyers who inhabit them when determining which paint schemes will attract the most value for a home in any given area.

Remodeling

Current housing designs and fashions may not match up with the current design of your home. Consider making updates to your Gresham property, especially if it is a little older. Remove things that no longer feel practical. Expand the living space in whatever way you can – such as replacing unwanted baths with showers, or using a pedestal sink instead of an old cabinet. Replace old flooring, fixtures, cabinets, and drawers with updated materials when possible. If you can’t replace, glaze over old surfaces with a new finish.

Decluttering

It is natural to have a certain amount of clutter in a well lived-in space. However, when you have an appraiser or a potential buyer stopping by, clean up. While cleanliness doesn’t typically affect the value or appraisal of a home (unless it happens to compromise the property’s structural integrity), you’ll want to put away anything that will distract or get in the way of an appraiser’s inspection.

Efficiency

Gresham homeowners can increase the energy efficiency of their homes by opting for energy-efficient appliances and equipment. Maximizing energy efficiency can help save money on utilities and make a house last longer by using less out of its own resources. To make your home more energy efficient, try replacing conventional shower heads with low-flow shower heads, replacing incandescent lightbulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs, installing solar panels, or buying energy star products. You can even hire a professional energy auditor to inspect any further inefficiencies and wasted energy in the home.

Stonebridge Mortgage Group Offers Guidance On All Mortgage Matters

For professional mortgage services, look no further than Stonebridge Mortgage Group. You can rely on Stonebridge Mortgage Group to help guide you through the entire home buying process. We help you with the pre-approval process and assist with real estate loans and other mortgage solutions, both residential and commercial. Stonebridge Mortgage Group serves the greater Portland area and is located in Gresham, Oregon. Don’t wait to buy your new home!

 

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Easy Tips For Maintaining Your Gresham Home

Easy Tips For Maintaining Your Gresham Home

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Keep Your Family Safe With a Well Maintained Home

Once you’ve purchased the home of your dreams, you may think that most of the work is behind you. However, Gresham homeowners who work to maintain their home will find their home is more safe and welcoming. Maintaining your Gresham home means making sure it is clean and that everything functions properly.

Previously, we talked about how Gresham homeowners can get into the habit of maintaing your Gresham home for health and safety by inspecting it for any potential trouble spots. Once you know which places to observe, you will be able to easily spot anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. By doing this regularly, you prevent small problems from becoming larger, more costly problems.

7 Simple Tasks for Regular Home Maintenance

Here’s a list of tasks that Gresham homeowners can perform regularly to maintain their homes.

Control Dust

Dust can easily become a serious health hazard. Dust contains particles of feces and dust mites, which cause allergies and aggravate asthma. Dust can also carry bits of chemicals that come off of items that have been in your home, such as lead and pesticides. When dusting, use a dampened cloth so that the dust will better adhere to the cloth. Items such as throw rugs should also be routinely washed.

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuum your carpets at least twice a week. Vacuuming helps to remove dust, pet dander, dirt, and other contaminants that could cause illness. When vacuuming, move and vacuum behind furniture and other objects. To help keep dirt levels and other harmful substances out of the house, remove shoes before entering. Shoes can track anything that has been stepped on into the home, such as dirt, feces, chemicals, and more.

Check The Exterior

While inspecting the exterior of your Gresham home, look for signs of wear and tear and make the appropriate repairs. Check for decay or damage to the trim around doors and windows. Repaint and repair home siding and trim that has become loose or where paint has begun to peel.

Check The Windows And Walls

The windows and walls of your Gresham home can be a source of health problems if not well maintained. Gresham homeowners should check these areas every spring and fall. Prevent drafts and excess moisture from entering the home by replacing or repairing any caulking around your Gresham home’s doors and windows. Replace or repair any cracked windows. Check for evidence of termites in your home’s interior walls. Make sure that screens are intact to ensure that certain types of pests are being kept out of your Gresham home.

Keep Moisture Under Control

Moisture in your Gresham home can easily lead to mold, which in turn can cause numerous health problems. Moisture is also known to attract rodents and insects. Be sure to repair any leaky sinks or pipes as quickly as possible. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to reduce humidity while cooking or showering. Open windows if you don’t have fans. Leaking roofs should be repaired as quickly as possible.

Keep Air Filters Clean

Gresham homeowners should be vigilant about cleaning air filters. Dirty or clogged air filters can result in damage to air conditioning systems, or even in extreme cases, a breakdown or a fire. Clean air filters, on the other hand, can help keep pollution out of the air. Cleaning air filters is easy. When you take them out, you can either clean them for reuse or replace them. Some can be cleaned by simply shaking them off, while others might require a good brushing. Either way, it is best to clean any kind of air filter outside to keep dirt from circulating in the house. This should be done once a month.

Maintain Heating And Cooling Systems

Heating and air conditioning systems work by circulating hot or cold air through your Gresham house. When not properly maintained, they can become a major potential conductor of pollution in the home. Periodic cleaning of vents and the cleaning or replacement of filters is an essential part of a healthy home maintenance checklist. Regular maintenance also prevents performance losses or even breakdowns.

Stonebridge Mortgage Group Offers Guidance On All Mortgage Matters

For professional mortgage services, look no further than Stonebridge Mortgage Group. You can rely on Stonebridge Mortgage Group to help guide you through the entire home buying process. We help you with the pre-approval process and assist with real estate loans and other mortgage solutions, both residential and commercial. Stonebridge Mortgage Group serves the greater Portland area and is located in Gresham, Oregon. Don’t wait to buy your new home!

 

Don’t wait to buy your new home! Call us today at 503.661.5580

 

Safety And Maintenance Issues To Look For In Your Gresham Home

Safety And Maintenance Issues To Look For In Your Gresham Home

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How To Maintain Your Gresham Home to Keep it Healthy and Safe

A home is a huge responsibility, and one of the things Gresham homeowners need to be prepared for is the task of regular home maintenance. Your home belongs to you, and your pride will show through regular maintenance of your home and the condition in which it is kept. Maintaining your Gresham home is the best way to keep it safe and healthy by assuring that all systems function properly, such as the plumbing and heating, etc. Problems that can arise from neglecting to maintain your Gresham home can include poor air quality (in the form of mold and other allergens), drafts, disease-carrying rodents, and invasive insects. Even problems with dangerous gases, such as radon, may prove a problem in homes that do not have a home maintenance plan in use.

Household cleaning and home maintenance doesn’t have to be overwhelming, though. Once you get yourself into the habit of looking for and fixing potential problems as soon as they occur, it becomes easier.

Observe Your House for Potential Problems

It starts by observing your home. Take your house in, look at it carefully. When you make yourself familiar with your Gresham home, you will know where potential problems are likely to arise. This makes the continued task of maintaining your Gresham home easier as time goes on.

Look for texture or color changes. Look for things that aren’t level. When you walk, does the floor seems soft or unstable? Does it make a noise? Touch discolored areas to see if they are damp. Smell for musty odors. Do you or your family members sneeze or get headaches in certain areas of your home?

Here’s a guide of 9 areas to observe as you inspect your home for potential problem areas:

  1. Siding at lower levels, deck connections, under windows and doors, around the chimney.
  2. Sagging or cracked masonry stoop, steps, or foundation; erosion.
  3. High-stress windows and doors, sills, and caps, i.e., those without overhangs or with southern exposure or without storms or gutters.
  4. Trim around the chimney, under roof valleys, under poorly hung gutters, at corners or ends, discolored or mildewed wood.
  5. Water that collects or runs toward the house.
  6. Floors that are soft, unstable, or discolored near exterior doors; in bathrooms around toilets and tubs; cracking kitchen tiles.
  7. Discolored or peeling paint inside or out.
  8. Cracks in walls, especially emanating from window and door corners.
  9. Basement or crawlspace water or sweating ductwork.

The more you take care of your Gresham home, the more it will take care of you. Knowing that your home is functioning properly to keep you and your family safe and healthy will put you at ease and allow you to enjoy your home to the fullest. Once you have identified problem areas around your home that require maintenance, follow with these easy tips for maintaining your Gresham home.

Stonebridge Mortgage Group Offers Guidance On All Mortgage Matters

For professional mortgage services, look no further than Stonebridge Mortgage Group. You can rely on Stonebridge Mortgage Group to help guide you through the entire home buying process. We help you with the pre-approval process and assist with real estate loans and other mortgage solutions, both residential and commercial. Stonebridge Mortgage Group serves the greater Portland area and is located in Gresham, Oregon.

 

Don’t wait to buy your new home! Call us today at 503.661.5580

 

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