7 Essential Tips for the Best Outdoor Summer Parties Ever!

493317904_51952aefc5_bIt’s officially summer, which means it’s time to get outside, soak up the sun, and enjoy everything the season has to offer! What better way to do that than with a fun summer party with all of your friends and family?

Check out our 7 essential tips to help you host an amazing outdoor party this year!

Spread the Word – While you don’t have to send physical invitations if you don’t want to (but please feel free if you do because, well, it’s fun!), make sure your guests know what’s going on. Tell them when you’ll be eating (say, between 6 and 7 p.m.), let them know if they should bring their swimsuits, and tell them what to expect if it rains (game night inside, anyone?!).

Provide Enough Seating – Check out your outdoor furniture. Do you have enough seats to accommodate your guests? If not, it’s time to get creative! Grab picnic blankets, lawn chairs, stools, and anything else that might serve as seats. Renting can also be a surprisingly feasible (and stress-free) option if you’re planning a big-time bash!

Dazzle with Ambient Lighting – Don’t let the party stop once the sun sets! Just add a little ambient lighting to keep your guests in the light. Hang strings of lights on the deck, on tree branches, or even on your fence. Add tea lights, globe string lights, and hurricane lanterns to give your party a warm, inviting glow. This will help your guests navigate their way around outside once nighttime arrives!

Keep Mosquitoes at Bay – Mosquitoes can put a damper on any party. Don’t let them stop you! Just attack their weaknesses. Get rid of any standing water the week before the party, and offer guests any bug spray or bug wipes when they arrive. Also, mosquitoes aren’t very good flyers, so plug in some fans around seating areas and the food to keep the little bugs at bay!

Cover Food Strategically – You may have other insects to contend with than mosquitoes during the summer months. Make sure to cover up any food, including appetizers, salads, and desserts with glass domes and cake stand covers to keep the bugs away (and preserve the food’s freshness). Your guests will thank you!

Stay Cool – Don’t let the heat keep you indoors! You can beat the heat with handheld fans like classic accordion fans or battery-powered fans. You can also create homemade ice-cold compresses by purchasing inexpensive washcloths, rolling them up with a rubber band, and tossing them in a cooler of ice.

Make a Killer Playlist – Who doesn’t love music at a party? Create a fun playlist of party-friendly music that will last for 5 or 6 hours. Choose classics and toss in a few newer tunes here and there to keep your guests dancing. Remember, don’t blare the music – you’ll want your guests to be able to hear each other easily when they talk!

What tips do you have for a successful summer party? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Should You Rent or Buy?

11415768915_83a98098aaThinking about moving? Whether you’re relocating to an all-new city, heading across town, or spreading your wings and landing your very first place, moving can be a very exhilarating experience! Aside from where you want to move, though, you will be faced with one of the most important questions – should you rent or buy?

The answer to your question will depend on a many different factors. To give you a brief overview, here are a few pros to why you should buy and why you should rent:

The Pros of Buying

It’s All Yours in the End – When you pay off your home, it’s absolutely all yours! Better yet, you won’t need to pay off your mortgage once you reach that point. You’ll only need to continue paying your property taxes.

You Get to Be More Creative – After you buy your home, you get a lot of freedom to do whatever you’d like. You can paint the walls whatever colors you want, hang up your favorite paintings and photos, and make home improvements as long as they don’t break local building codes or any homeowners’ association rules.

You Could See Tax Benefits – These tax credits, which can help offset some of the costs of homeownership, aren’t available to renters!

Build Up Your Equity – Homeowners have the unique opportunity to build up their home equity in time. Any updates you make to your property can increase its curb appeal and your home’s value. Renters can’t experience this!

 

The Pros of Renting

Cut Some Costs – When you buy a home, you own it, but you also have to pay quite a bit in interest and taxes. Renting only requires you to make your monthly payment to your landlord, along with your utilities if your landlord requires it (some don’t!).

No Hassle for Repairs – If a pipe bursts or your air conditioning unit breaks down, you don’t have to hassle yourself with finding a professional to make the necessary repairs. Just call your landlord or superintendent. Better yet, you don’t have to pay for it!

Relocation Is More Convenient – If you happen to have a job that requires you to relocate frequently or if you’re just starting out in your professional life, renting is usually an easier option. It’s often much less time-consuming and easier to relocate if you rent your home or apartment.

Although there are many pros to renting and owning your place, there are several individual factors that you need to take into account along the way. You’ll have to look at rent prices and the cost of housing in your area, interest rates, your own financial situation, and how long you plan to live in your home, just to name a few. Either way, it all comes down to crunching some numbers and determining what’s right for your own situation.

Whether you choose to rent or own, you can count on one real estate team to help you find the perfect place – The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties. Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to begin your search today or view our many listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!

6 Steps to Help You Have a Successful Post-Move Garage Sale

imagesYou never really know how much stuff you’ve accumulated through the years until you move! This is a saying that many who have moved into a new home know to be true. If you’ve recently relocated to a new abode and you weren’t able to purge any of your unwanted or unneeded items, you’re probably wondering where to even begin with your towering boxes of possessions you no longer need.

While it may seem daunting at first, you can get rid of all the things you don’t need successfully, one step at a time, by holding a garage sale. Garage sales (or yard sales) can help clear out all that clutter while helping you score some cash in the process. Here are 6 handy steps to help you organize a successful garage sale after you move:

Dedicate a Space – Before you begin gathering your garage sale inventory, it’s best to dedicate a temporary home to store all of your items in. You can set aside your garage, an unused guest room, or a portion of the basement to help you store and sort through your unwanted belongings. Make sure that your space has enough room for you to assess, clean, and price your items!

Start Compiling Your Sale Items – Now it’s time to gather everything you don’t want or need anymore. As you go through your boxes, ask yourself if you’ve used it, worn it, read it, displayed it, or cooked with it within the last year. If not, put it in the for-sale pile! Try to group like things together to make the process even easier.

Begin Pricing – Once everything is sorted, start pricing all of your items. Avoid coming up with general prices for like items – it’ll be easier on you to remember what your price is per item, and your buyers will be more apt to buy when they can see the price. Use masking tape or small adhesive stickers to label your items properly. Not sure how much to ask for your items? Look around in garage sale ads in the local newspaper, on Craigslist.org, or by visiting a few garage sales in your neighborhood to get a good idea.

Don’t Forget to Advertise – A successful garage sale is one that is advertised! Set the date and time for your sale – Saturdays are typically the best. Plan to advertise your garage sale on your social media pages, in the local newspapers, and even on Craigslist. Don’t forget to put up garage sale signs to help direct would-be buyers to your event!

Set Yourself up for Success – When you start setting up your garage sale, try to think like a storeowner or a shopper would. You’ll want your customers to be able to move around and browse freely and comfortably. You will also want them to be able to see all of your items easily. Display your things in a way that intrigues your buyers, and make sure that your big-ticket items are positioned near the front. Remember, you’re trying to display unique treasures, not your unwanted junk!

Have a Game Plan for Leftover Items – If you find that you have some leftover items after your sale (and you probably will – don’t worry!), make sure that you know what you want to do with these items. The easiest actions to take are to either donate your items to a thrift shop or give them to a charity. If you know a friend or family member who is having a garage sale soon, see if you can try selling those unwanted items at their sales.

We hope that these tips help you organize a successful garage sale that will give you more space (and more spending money!) in your new home. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

6 Ways to Create a Classy, Inspiring Workout Room

5726470040_229923423a_b.jpgThe gym might be a great place to get a workout in, but there’s nothing like being able to exercise in the comfort of your own home! Oftentimes when people think of home gyms and workout rooms, they picture spaces cluttered with bulky exercise equipment, which can make the whole idea pretty disenchanting. Whether you’re a yoga fan or enjoy weightlifting or speed-walking on the treadmill, there are several ways you can make your workout room peaceful, classy, and inspiring!

Here are our 6 tips to help you create a home workout room that you won’t want to leave!

Choose a Great Color – Fitness rooms don’t have to be white or gray. In fact, we really love the idea of incorporating pops of color in the walls! Try painting the walls a soothing shade of blue, green, or purple. Lighter shades of yellow can also be cheerful and invigorating. We do recommend staying away from very strong colors like red and orange, though. You’ll want your workout room to be inspiring and calming, not draining!

Unclutter the Space – It’s hard to stay focused on your workout if you have piles of papers and junk scattered throughout your workout room. After all, clutter can make you feel unorganized and anxious. Get rid of the clutter and make your space a peaceful place that you can’t wait to spend time in!

Let in the Light – Who wants to exercise under harsh fluorescent lighting? No one, that’s who! If you can, try making your workout area a place that receives a lot of natural light. This will make the space energizing and relaxing. Like to work out at night or don’t get a lot of natural lighting? Opt for lamps and sconces!

Bring the Outside In – Houseplants can be a wonderful addition to your home, especially in your workout room. They not only help filter the air, but they also help create a calming, happy environment. Add a few of your favorite houseplants to help make your daily workouts more pleasant. We recommend easy-to-care-for plants like philodendrons – they are pretty forgiving if you forget to water them every once in a while!

Give Yourself Some Room – Okay, we’re stating the obvious here – exercise requires some space. Make sure that your fitness room isn’t jam-packed with equipment and that you have at least a few feet in every direction to do all the lunges, cartwheels, and yoga moves you want!

Choose Inspiring Artwork – Give yourself boosts of motivation with a few of your favorite prints! You can frame some of your favorite motivational quotes, put up prints of your favorite locations, or hang up some of your favorite artwork. Seeing these great pieces hanging on the walls will help inspire you to do your best!

Want a home that has plenty of space for your workout regimen but don’t know where to start? Call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to begin your search today! Be sure to check out our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!

White Lights or Multi-Colored Lights – Which Side Are You On?

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The holidays are officially here! If you couldn’t tell from the colder temperatures and the shorter amount of daylight we’ve been experiencing, you can easily tell that the season is upon us whenever you go outside and see the beautiful spectacle of holiday lights. Trees and shrubs are bedecked in multi-colored lights, trees sparkle with clear white light in living rooms, and a myriad of bright lights can be found downtown or in your own neighborhood.

One of the biggest questions we usually wind up asking ourselves every year is this: should I decorate with white lights or multi-colored lights this year?

If you’re having trouble deciding between these two choices, here are a few reasons for you to use either of them:

White Lights

They Are Always a Great Neutral Color – If you don’t want to be totally inundated with color this holiday season, white lights might be right for you. Go totally neutral by pairing white holiday lights with metallic or glass decorations and plenty of gold, silver, and bronze. The color can come from the tree itself, the stockings, the presents under the tree, and other holiday decorations you place around your home!

They Always Add Ambiance – Glimmering white lights always add some level of magic, wonder and sophistication, especially during the holidays. Besides, their subtle light can complement any color scheme!

 

Multi-Colored Lights

They Get You in the Holiday Spirit – When added to trees, shrubbery, rooftops, and more, multi-colored lights give a happy, playful, and energetic vibe, which can really help you get in the holiday spirit. Thanks to LED settings, you can now customize your colorful light displays to sparkle, twinkle, and dance as well!

They Give You a Fun Color Palette – You can easily go with a more simplified route by choosing one or two specific colors, or you can choose to get more festive by using a myriad of colors. Whichever you choose, you have countless options, and there’s really no way you can go wrong!

Whether you put multi-colored lights or white lights on your tree or home this year, there really are no downsides to either lighting option. In fact, if you really want to, you can even choose to have the best of both worlds and use both! It all boils down to a matter of preference, so choose what you like!

Which side are you on? Be sure to tell us in the comments below! We love hearing from you. Happy holidays!

8 Things We’re Thankful for in the Metro East St. Louis Region

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As residents of the Metro East St. Louis region, we are surrounded by a large number of wonderful places, people, amenities, and activities. Too often, though, we take these great things in our lives for granted. This Thanksgiving week, we’d like to give everyone a little reminder of just a few of the countless things we have to be thankful for here in the Metro East. Here are just 8 of our favorites:

The Great River Road – Talk about a scenic drive! Our beautiful river road hugs the mighty Mississippi Road and spans of beautiful scenery including craggy bluffs and a huge variety of trees. It’s a perfect road to take if you want to look at the gorgeous fall foliage or just want to get out for a refreshing drive away from the city.

Rich History – History buffs will love discovering all of the rich and sometimes bizarre history that made the Metro East great. From the discoveries of Louis and Clark on the Mississippi to the harrowing tales of the frightening Piasa bird, there’s a lot to learn and appreciate by living here!

Cahokia Mounds – Once larger than London in AD 1250, Cahokia Mounds contains the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. Take the time to learn about the ancient civilization that once made its home here, or simply climb and sit atop the largest mound and watch a beautiful sunset in peace.

The Way of Lights – The holiday season is a magical time here in the Metro East. One of the best things to do to celebrate is to head over to Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville to witness the annual Way of Lights holiday display. Enjoy more than one million colorful lights as you visit one of the largest outdoor shrines in the nation. It’s a must for residents of the Metro East (and anyone else, for that matter)!

Gorgeous Fall Foliage – You don’t have to travel anywhere far to see outstanding fall foliage – just look in the neighborhoods around you! Whether you travel down the streets in your hometown, take the time to peruse Pere Marquette State Park, or take a walk or bike ride down one of the many trails, nature’s beauty can be found right in our own backyard!

Quick and Easy Accessibility – The Metro East is a place that gives its residents both the peace of the countryside and the excitement of the city. You can easily enjoy plenty of small town activities, but if you’re in the mood for a bit of big city living, St. Louis is only a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Amazing Food – St. Louis is home to several food items that were created right here in our backyard! We get to know the true joys of eating toasted ravioli on a cold day, gooey butter cake at a get-together, provel cheese on our pizzas, and drinking an ice-cold Ski.

That Hometown Feeling – Perhaps the thing that we’re the most thankful for is the community in which we live. Our many communities are full of friendly, caring people. These people are the neighbors you live next to and work with, the people who come up and say hello to you in the store or at a local restaurant, and the people who would give your car a boost if the battery died. We are grateful to be living amongst genuine, hardworking, and caring people here in the Metro East!

Is it your dream to live in the St. Louis region? We can make it become a reality! Just call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also take a look at all of our great listings by visiting us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We hope that you have a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!

There’s Nothing Like Halloween in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon!

8117905297_8903e72f54_b.jpgHalloween is quickly approaching. Pumpkins and decorations in black and orange adorn the houses in the neighborhoods across the nation, homeowners and renters are purchasing candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters in just a few short weeks, and children of all ages are thinking about what they want to be for Halloween this year and are finalizing their costumes. While Halloween is a fun time to celebrate in the countless towns and cities nationwide, there’s nothing quite like Halloween here in our own backyard of the Metro East St. Louis region.

In the weeks coming up to Halloween, friends and families of all shapes and sizes emerge to celebrate the fall season in their own ways. Many make it a tradition to visit Mill’s Apple Farm in Marine to pick apples and pumpkins or to enjoy a fun hayride. Groups of friends carpool over to the famous Great Godfrey Maze to get lost in the 7-acre cornfield while children enjoy the cow train and the corn crib. Others still take to the road and drive down the Great River Road by Alton and Grafton, enjoying the stunning visions of autumn in the trees that grace the riverside.

Then the magic all culminates and comes to life on Halloween night. As darkness falls, thousands of spectators line the streets of downtown Edwardsville for the biggest Halloween celebration in the Metro East – the EdGlen Halloween Parade! This tradition has brought joy and wonder to the community for nearly 95 years. Spectators watch in awe as marching bands, school groups, community organizations, entertainers, and more than 100 floats take to the streets, make noise, and throw candy to onlookers. Children laugh in delight as friends and family huddle together and enjoy hot chocolate and coffee while the parade marches on.

The magic continues as trick-or-treating begins. Rows of homes turn on the lights on their porches, acting as beacons for trick-or-treaters to receive delicious Halloween goodies. The night is alive as children and their parents and guardians flock to the streets and run up cheerfully to each lit up house. Groups of local residents walk together as the autumn leaves gently scoot across the sidewalks, illuminated by the iridescent glow of the street lamps. The night comes to a close as residents return to their homes, turn off their porch lights, and wind down for the evening.

Sound like a dream to you? We can help make it a reality. Let The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties help you find the perfect home for you here in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, or other wonderful towns in the Metro East! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also get started by checking out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!

Traveling? Take Care of Your Home First With These 9 Tips!

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If you’re planning on taking a trip sometime this summer for business or for pleasure, you’ve probably thought about which hotel to check in, which restaurants to try out, and which attractions to see along the way. You might also have your bag packed and ready to go. But what about your home? You’ll need to take steps to secure your home before you take a trip – otherwise, you could have a possible break-in on your hands.

Don’t worry – there are plenty of easy steps you can take to deter would-be thieves! Here are 9 simple steps you can take to keep your home safe while you’re out, whether it’s for 2 days, 2 weeks, or somewhere in between.

Stop Your Mail –Nothing attracts thieves more than an overstuffed mailbox or countless newspapers strewn across your front lawn. The trick to deterring thieves is to make it look like you’re still home. Before you embark on your adventure, place a hold on your mail. This includes newspapers and all other deliveries. You can also ask a trusted friend or neighbor to grab your mail for you.

Keep the Lawn Trimmed – Not only is it a good idea to mow your lawn before you leave, but if you’re going to be gone for a while, it’s also a good idea to hire someone to maintain it for you while you’re gone. Hire a lawn care company to make everything look perfect until you come home. Leaving during the winter? Arrange for snow to be shoveled while you’re away!

Time the Lights Just Right – Want to make it really look like you’re home even though you’re not? Invest in some timers on various lights around your home! You can either have them all go off at one universal time, or you can set them to go off randomly. Visit your local home improvement store to find the perfect option for you.

Install Motion Detectors – If you haven’t already, be sure to install motion detectors on your outside lights. They make an excellent security measure since the lights are triggered whenever someone or something steps into the sensor’s range!

Ask Your Friends for Help – Before you leave, ask your friends, relatives, or trusted neighbors to keep an eye on your home or drive by once in a while when you’re away. Remember to return the favor whenever they leave for vacation or on a business trip!

Leave No Keys Outside – If you have the propensity to hide keys into your home under your doormat or elsewhere outside, this could be a big mistake while you’re on vacation. Thieves know where to look, and if they find your key, it gives them easy access to enter. Don’t leave an emergency key outside while you’re gone. Instead, leave it with someone you trust in case of emergencies.

Come Unplugged – Remember to unplug your electronics, except for your freezer, refrigerator, and any items you’ve put on timers. It won’t just help you avoid any electrical troubles while you’re out, but it can also save you some money on your electric bill!

Secure the Doors and Windows – Before you leave, go around and make sure that you’ve locked and secured all of your doors and windows. If you have any sliding glass doors, you can take extra precautions by putting in an appropriately-sized rod into the track so an intruder can’t open the door, even if they’ve picked the lock.

Regulate the Temperature – If you haven’t done so already, you might want to install an automatic thermostat, which will help regulate the temperature in your home. Not only can this prevent disasters like frozen pipes, but it can also save you some money while you’re enjoying your vacation or out on your business trip.

What do you do to secure your home before heading out on vacation? Did we forget any other important tips? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page! We’d love to hear from you!

Want a Little Home Office? Turn Your Closet Into an Office in a Snap!

Blue closet officeThere’s nothing quite like having your own little home office to retreat to so that you can do your bills in peace, continue some work from the office in the comfort of your own home, or write or create something beautiful. Sometimes, though, space just isn’t an option. You might not have that extra room to dedicate as your own personal home office. You might not even have room for a desk in your home or apartment.

So how can you have your own little home office without having to move, renovate, or build on to your home? It’s easy! Just turn a closet of yours into your own little compact office!

When you begin making your closet office, so to speak, start by maximizing every square inch of the space with smart storage solutions so that your new space will be worth showing off! You will need to keep in mind that this new “room” is also not like any other in your home; you will need to be very wise about how you implement pieces of furniture and space-saving devices.

See below how you can start making your compact office now!

Choose a Great Wallpaper – Since this is an interior segment of your room, you will want to make it pop and stand out from the rest of the room instead of blending in with boring paint or, worse even still, leaving it that nasty white, beige, or off-white color that has been on the wall since the home was built, a wall that has been shrouded in darkness and covered with dust. We humbly suggest using wallpaper instead! Find a really gorgeous piece of wallpaper that speaks to you or makes you feel more creative or productive. A great wallpaper will take your space from closet to a destination

closet office- my home ideasTry Floating Planks – Shelves are a great way to help conserve space, but clunky hardware and the visual clutter of brackets can really put a cramp on your compact office space’s style! Instead, try using floating planks! The won’t overwhelm a tiny room, but they will still have all the space you need to store all those things you need for your office! As a bonus, they will hardly obscure your gorgeous wallpaper!

Select Fun Organizers – With this small space, think outside the box a bit! You don’t have to be tied down to boring office supplies and organizers, especially when office supplies and boxes come in so many great prints, colors, and designs these days! Choose files and boxes that spark your interest. Instead of using a boring old cup for your pencils and paper clips, opt for something more fun like a trophy or a nice vase!

closet3Light It Up – If you’re familiar at all with design, then you probably know that the right lighting can make a space come alive and that poor lighting can negate any positive effect that any paint choice or piece of furniture could provide. To make this closet office a bright, inviting space, choose overhead lighting or even a dainty chandelier to provide the right light while giving your small space an ambiance of elegance. You may also wish to use a desk lamp for practical task lighting as well.

Make Your Own Desk – If you want to place a small desk in your closet space, that’s fine by us, but did you know that you can easily make your own custom desk! You really can! Just start with two standard file cabinets and attach a wheeled stand to the base of each cabinet (to make moving it a cinch!)! You can brighten up the boring cabinets with a bit of indoor/outdoor spray paint as well. Finally, position a ready-made melamine desktop on top of the two cabinets, and you’re ready to use your very own easily-movable desk!

Choose Your Final Furnishings – When you’re done creating your own closet office, select your final furnishings to finish the job! We suggest picking a nice, soft rug that has a big of a personality to make a soft spot for your bare feet and also a small, versatile chair that can easily move elsewhere within the room or underneath the desk if at all possible.

Want more tips? Searching for a home of your own that has enough room for a home office (or at least a big enough closet) and your other must-haves on your list? You’ve come to the right place! We can find you that perfect place just for you in no time. Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can best assist you!

Selling Your Home? Here’s What Your Home Inspector Will Be Looking For

field_inspectorAre you thinking about selling your home?

If you’re at that stage of homeownership, you are probably busy contacting the right people, straightening up your rooms, and de-cluttering your home from piles that you might otherwise not have ever touched.

But do you really know what’s necessary to help your home get a passing grade for potential homebuyers?

If you’re unsure of what your home needs to look like in order to sell (or to sell for the amount you would like), don’t fret! Just look at our checklist below to see what your home inspector will be looking for during your home inspection!

Your Yard

One of the very first things that potential buyers will notice about your home is your yard, so be sure that you ready it properly! The inspector will check for proper grading drainage and for any evidence of standing water or leaks. Your trees and bushes should be in good condition, and your landscaping should be well-kept. Remember to double-check that your driveways, sidewalks, patios, and railings on your stairs are in good condition as well!

Exterior Surfaces

Next move to your surfaces outside! Make sure that your paint or stain on your home has no stains or flaking and that your vinyl or aluminum siding has no dents or damage. Your professional inspector will be able to locate any large cracks in your stucco or masonry veneers as well.

Windows and Doors

When it comes to your doors and windows, you will want to make sure you did your seasonal homework! Doors and windows will need to be secured, have no cracks or decay, and be caulked and weather-stripped. Remember, damaged screens, broken windows, and visibly neglected features are a major turnoff to potential buyers!

Your Roof

Take a look at your roof! Do you see any broken, damaged, or missing shingles? Does your roof have any cracks or splits? That could be evidence that you need to get it repaired! Your inspector will also check for decay and stains on your soffits and fascia, your gutters, and much more! Don’t forget to check your chimney, if you have one, for any damaged bricks or cracked joints!

The Attic

When your inspector checks out your attic, he or she will be looking for evidence of decay or damage to the structure and stains on the underside of your roofing. He or she will also be checking for sufficient insulation that is functional and properly installed, along with proper ventilation, and any plumbing, exhaust, or appliance vents ending in the attic.

Interior Rooms

To make sure that you’re the bedrooms, offices, and family rooms of your home are ready for potential buyers to see, make sure that you don’t have any stains or significant cracks in your walls and ceilings and that your doors latch properly and easily. Check your paint for cracks and that your flooring is in good condition, too. Your inspector will also check for adequate heating and cooling in each room and that all electrical outlets work properly.

The Kitchen

When it comes to your kitchen, your inspector will check that there are no leaks in the pipes under the sink, that your water flow in the sink is adequate, and that your cabinets are in good condition and that the doors and drawers open and close properly. You will also need to ensure that your dishwasher drains properly, has no leaks, and that it operates correctly.

Your Bathroom(s)

Whether you have one or multiple bathrooms, you will need to be prepared to impress your inspector. He or she will be looking for a working exhaust fan that doesn’t end in your attic space, adequate water flow and pressure in all of your fixtures, proper drainage in your shower, tub, and sink, and that your toilet operates properly, too. Be aware of any and all leaks; if there are any leaks present, please contact a plumber beforehand to correct the issue.

The Basement

If you’re not a fan of basements or not in your basement often, you will need to take extra care of it before the inspector comes! Make sure that your basement shows no evidence of moisture, has no exposed foundation or stains or major cracks, and has no damage from insects. Your insulation and rim and band joints will be checked as well.

Please remember that this checklist shouldn’t be solely relied upon as a home inspection report and that you shouldn’t consider it as a substitute for a professional home inspection. This list is also not a complete list, so please be sure to contact a professional home inspector for a proper inspection!

If you’re ready to sell your home in search of your dream home, then what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone right now and call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We will find you your dream home and help you sell the home you have now!