4 Major Questions You Need to Consider Before You Move on to A Bigger, Better Home

questions to ask before movingYou’ve bought your first home, and you’ve lived in it happily for a few years. Now, though, you’re thinking about moving to a different home either in the same neighborhood or a different town altogether. The question is this – how do you know if you’re actually ready to upgrade to a bigger, better home?

When you purchased your first home, you were probably in love with it. It suited your old life to a tee. But now that life has happened – whether it’s a bigger family, a bigger paycheck, or maybe even a little bit of both – you might start to feel a little bit cramped in your abode.

To answer the question simply, you know it’s time to move on to bigger and better when your quality of life begins to suffer. Upgrading doesn’t necessarily mean getting a huge, brand-new house with all the works. It can mean moving into a larger, nicer home in the same town or even moving into a similar space in a town or city that you really enjoy. Upgrading doesn’t just mean a better space to live – it also means that you’re upgrading to a better, happier you!

Before you begin house hunting, though, there are a few vital questions you need to ask yourself. Consider these 4 questions when you start to think about trading up!

“Can I Really Afford It?”

Upgrading to a better home, whatever that means, typically means that more money will be needed. You’re probably feeling pretty comfortable with your current mortgage payments, but will you really be able to handle a larger one? Consider also the increased care and maintenance a larger, better home will need and think about how it will affect your budget. You want to make sure that you will be comfortable and not hurting for money if you go bigger and better.

“Are My Finances In Good Shape?”

Now take a good look at your finances. Lenders will be reviewing your income, debts, assets, and liabilities closely when you want to buy a different home. You’ll need a healthy credit score in order to get the most competitive interest rates, too. If you’re not sure what your credit score is, you can request a free one from Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion.

“Can I Successfully Sell My Home?”

If you’re like most people, you will probably need to sell your current home before you buy, unless you’re prepared and willing to carry 2 mortgages. You’ll want to make sure that your current home is staged properly and looking sharp to attract would-be buyers. Take the time to look around your home, identify anything that may need some fixing, and create a haven that potential homebuyers won’t be able to resist!

“How Will This Affect My Utilities and Taxes?”

When you buy a larger or better home, it can easily inflate your taxes and utility bills. You may need to buy better equipment to help you maintain your home and land, and you could be spending more money on taxes. Remember, you’re not just buying a home – you’re also buying a mortgage!

If you’re looking to upgrade and move on to the bigger and better in the Edwardsville area, the professionals at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help! We’ll help you find the perfect home for you and also help you sell your current home. Just give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 today! You can also get a head-start on your search by checking out all of our great listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. There’s bound to be something perfect for you here in beautiful Edwardsville!

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10 Expert Painting Tips Every Beginner Should Know

paint cansPainting your interior walls is one of the easiest ways you can give your home a fresher-upper, but without the proper care and preparations, a simple paint job can turn into a chaotic nightmare, especially if you’re painting for the first time.

If this is your first time painting and you’re reading this blog right now, don’t worry! Painting is a fun and rewarding experience and makes your home look beautiful. Read up on these 10 tips to make your painting go by more quickly and more smoothly!

Read Up on Sheen – When it comes to paint, we tend to focus on the color, but the sheen of the paint is equally as important as the colors that will be gracing your walls. Gloss, satin, and eggshell are finishes that come with many considerations. For example, gloss paint goes well in high-traffic areas since it holds up better to touching and can be cleaned much more easily; however, it doesn’t do a good job covering up imperfections like wavy drywall or patched areas. Read up on which finish suits your needs best before you look at color.

Prep the Surface – A good paint job isn’t just about how you paint – it’s also about the prep work! You’ll need to scrape, sand, patch, and fill every hole, dent, crack, and surface imperfection you encounter before picking up a paintbrush. Also, remove switch plates and doorknobs, and tape off areas that won’t be painted such as baseboards and windowsills. Don’t slack on the prep work – even the best paint in the world won’t be able to hide imperfections or cracked surfaces, so it’s definitely worth the time!

Opt for Canvas Instead of Plastic – When it comes to covering your floors, both types of dropcloths have their pros and cons. While plastic ones are inexpensive, they can be slippery when splattered with paint and can rip easily. Canvas dropcloths, however, are durable, rip-resistant, and are much less of a tripping hazard. They also absorb paint drips and can last a lifetime!

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Samples – Who says you have to go out and buy a huge gallon of paint right off the bat? For a fraction of the cost, you can buy small samples of the paint you want and see how it will work in your space firsthand. It’s a huge money saver if you find you aren’t really in love with the color after all!

Do the Math First – You’ll definitely want to know the total area you’re going to paint, but when it comes to figuring out how much paint you’ll need, you will need to account for primer and multiple coats. Remember, it’s better to have extra paint left over for repairs than not enough to finish the job.

Primer Is Your Friend – Unless you decide to purchase a primer and paint all-in-one mixture, you will need to use primer on your walls, especially if you’re drastically changing the color. Primer won’t just cover up the colors and stains – it will also add a layer to the wall, which allows the top coat of paint to adhere better. This will make your paint job look even more beautiful!

Cutting In Is Allowed – Painting at the corners and edges of the wall – also called “cutting in” – allows for smoother work when you’re using larger brushes or rollers. Before you use a roller to paint the big stuff, paint the corners and edges first. This helps the paint job look more even!

Rollers Help You Save Time – Speaking of rollers, you’ll definitely want to buy some if you’re painting some walls! They help you get more done in less time! Just remember that your rollers might require some extra equipment like handles and poles. When using rollers, use an overlapping “W” motion to help you get good coverage and smooth out the lines that might be left behind.

Invest in an Extension Pole – Ladders and stepladders are great for using when you need to cut in and do some detail work up high, but extension poles to add to those rollers will be a lifesaver when it comes to painting tall walls. You’ll be able to reach up higher, especially on ceilings, without having to move and stretch as much!

Combine Gallons Into One – Ever heard of the term “boxing” when it comes to painting? It simply means combining like colors into one bucket. This is done to avoid any inconsistencies in the color of your paint! Just pour the paint into a larger, resealable bucket, stir thoroughly, and you’re set!

Selling your house but not sure which colors work best to draw in some potential homebuyers? Want more painting tips? Just call up your friends at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! If you still haven’t found your dream home, you can also check out our listings on www.dianamasseyhomes.com!