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The Old Cliché: Location, Location, Location

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The Old Cliché: Location, Location, Location

bucks-county-community-class-harlan-boutique-agencyEveryone’s heard it, but there nothing more true when deciding on real estate; location is key. Bucks County has a lot to offer home buyers. It seems that there are pockets of this county that cater to everyone’s needs. We’ve decided to list some of the major factors that should influence where you would like to be in our area.

A good place to start is asking yourself ‘Why?’

There are several major reasons why people decide to move, and each one of them can help determine the location of your new home. It all comes down to what’s most important to you and your family.

Work

Where you work is a very important factor when deciding where to move. After all, who wants a long and dreadful commute? Finding a location close to major road arteries can help get you to the major work hubs so that job changes and commutes don’t alter your lifestyle all that much.

Schools

Families with children will want to pay very close attention to the school systems. What programs are available? How does each school/district perform? These are all very important considerations. It is also no secret that school systems influence the tax rates which add to yearly ownership costs. If you happen to have no children or if they are grown, you might choose to avoid expensive districts so that taxes have a lower impact on your budget.

Lifestyle

If you want the convenience and amenities of a city, there is a bounty of options in Bucks County. Stroll down the street to a favorite coffee shop or be within arm’s reach of entertainment, dining and shopping. Or, if you want a stunning view, lush greens and animal life around you, head to the many suburbs and rural areas our county has to offer. Find a big back yard for barbeques or a perfect road for your morning bike ride.

Community

When choosing on a location for your next home, it is important to consider the community and how important having one (or not) is to you. If you want to surround yourself with small businesses and build relationships with neighbors, then a suburb or city location might be good for you. If your priority is privacy and community involvement isn’t high on the list, then a rural location would be ideal.

Maintenance

bucks-county-community-class-harlan-realtorsIt’s no surprise that houses take work to maintain and keep up, both inside and out. When deciding on where you want to live, you have several options. If you are handy and enjoy working on your home and tending to lawns and gardens then a house would be a perfect option for you. Or, if you would rather limit the time spent on upkeep, then a subdivion or town home would be easier to maintain and require less time and energy. In some cases, home owners associations (HOA) are set up where lawn care, snow removal and other amenities are handled for you for a monthly membership fee.

Whether you already know what you are looking for or need help deciding on the perfect location for you and your family, give Class-Harlan Real Estate a call. With decades of experience and an intimate knowledge of the Bucks county area, you will be in great hands. Click here to contact our office today to get started with one of our exceptional agents.

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Getting Ready To Sell: A Checklist for Preparing your Home

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Getting Ready To Sell: A Checklist for preparing your Home

class-harlan-tips-for-preparing-your-home-for-marketIt is an exciting and stressful time: You’re getting ready to pack up your life and move to a new home. As much as we would like to think that it’s just as easy as hanging the sign on the front lawn, it isn’t: To maximize the sale price of your home and the speed in which you find a buyer, it is wise to invest some time and money in making sure that your home, and listing, look as good as possible.

To help with this whirlwind period in your life, we’ve put together a checklist of things you should strongly consider doing before your home is photographed and put on the market.

Focus on Curb Appeal

There is little more important than a good first impression, both in life and in real estate. Some fresh mulch, paint and seasonal flowers are small investments that will help to enhance the appearance of your home. If you have the budget, power washing and dead tree or shrub removal will help you fetch top dollar for your home.

Focus on the little touches when working on the exterior of your home. If your mailbox was slammed by the snow plow guy last winter, consider replacing it. Also, hang a flag for a patriotic touch or put seating on a porch or entertaining area to liven things up.

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get the Inside Sparkling!

A thorough cleaning of the inside of your home will put you light years ahead of the competition. Help flood your home with light by washing your windows. De-cluttering will help the home look cleaner and bigger, not to mention help any potential buyers imagine their own things in the house.

It’s important to clean the floors and carpets, especially if you have pets. Have them professionally steam cleaned. If they are too far gone, it is worth the investment to have new carpets put in or to have the hardwood re-finished.

If you are not going to be living in your home while on the market, consider having your home professionally staged to help buyers visualize the home. Your agent should have no trouble making recommendations to you on who you can contact for staging services. This is another area where the investment is worth the effort when buyers are putting in offers.

Focus on the Details

sell-your-home-fast-bucks-county-class-harlanLittle improvements can go a long way during a walk through or open house. Now is the time to finally finish those pesky items on your honey-do list; it can pay off big at the closing table. Make sure that all the lights work and change the bulbs on the ones that don’t. Make sure your fire alarms aren’t beeping and spray some lubricant on squeaky doors.

Class Harlan real estate can help you decide which projects to take on before a listing and give you a fresh set of eyes. They are keenly aware of buyer behavior and what they look for and react to when looking at a home. They can help you better prioritize your investment based on your budget so that you can maximize your home’s selling potential. You may not have considered having to put money into your home at the 11th hour. However, a sound strategy and an experienced agent will see a return on that investment in short order.

 

Considering selling your home? Click here to speak to one of our knowledgeable agents today!

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