Are you on the move this year? According to Realtor.com, 2014 will be known as the "Year of the Big Move." Jefferson County and Berkeley County homebuyers, and those across the country, are preparing to move to new homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville for many reasons— new jobs, cost of living, trading up, and of course, those who have just stepped into positive equity again. If you're one of these homebuyers who's going to be settling into a new home this year, here are a few tips to make that Eastern Panhandle house feel more like a home.
Has my home been inspected properly?
All homes on the Eastern Panhandle will receive some kind of inspection, but for peace of mind, you may want to do an extra thorough run through. Items to inspect include paint, flooring, windows, doors, and any areas that might not have been directly accessible during the first inspection. Everything from garage doors to light fixtures should be inspected to help you settle in.
Do I like the color of the walls?
This is an easy fix that can really help transform a space from house to home. Don't like the color of the walls in a space? Now is the time to change that! Depending on your budget, you can hire someone or DIY the painting project yourself— either way, this will make a big difference in your home.
What can I do to save money and improve my home?
Upgrading appliances to energy-efficient and swapping out light bulbs can help you save money in the long run when it comes to home expenses. If you have the budget, you can even go so far as to replace windows, furnaces, doors, air conditioners, and even qualify for a tax credit.
What is my goal with this home?
What is your goal for the decor of the home? What do you want it to look like? Many times, this can be answered with new furniture, paint, or hardware. Is your home outdated? Replace doorknobs, light fixtures, doors, and trim. Is your furniture all wrong for the space? Replace it! Bringing in new furniture and decor can really bring your home into the new year and satisfy your tastes.
For current homeowners in the Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville areas, buying a new home might be on the top of your new year agenda. 2014 is shaping up to be a great year to buy a home in Jefferson or Berkeley County and these tips just may help along your transition out of your old space and into your new home.
Think you're ready to buy a new home? Have more questions? Contact the Kable Team today!
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