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July 4, 2022

Top Tips for Destressing the Homebuying Experience

 

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Becoming a homeowner can be so exciting! It’s a major milestone that can have so many benefits for your life, but if you are planning on buying a home soon, you should know that becoming a homeowner can also involve some pretty complicated steps. The process doesn’t have to confuse you, however, especially when you remember these essential tips.

Finances First

If you’ve done any research on home buying, then you know that to make a smart home purchase, you have to organize your finances. To that end, take a close look at your current income and debts to decide how much you can afford to spend on your new home.

Once you have a reasonable figure, start looking for home loans. Many first-time homeowners may be interested in FHA home loans, which typically require a lower down payment and can also make homeownership more attainable for people with limited credit histories. You can also look into securing a more favorable interest rate by paying points on your mortgage. Paying points on a mortgage means you would pay a fee directly to the lender at closing to "buy down the rate" to ultimately lead to lower mortgage payments month to month. Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses should look into a VA Loan which does not require a down payment, low interest rates and no private mortgage insurance (PMI).

 

Not sure how much credit history you may be working with? Before you start looking for lending options, you should pull your credit reports. You can do this in several different ways, but CNBC notes there are several free services that make obtaining and understanding your credit report simple. Once you have your report, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says to be on the lookout for potential issues that could affect your chances of being approved for a home loan. This can include incorrect negative information, negative information older than seven years, or recent hard inquiries.

If your credit score is low, it’s important to take steps to improve it so you can get the most favorable rate possible. Make sure you’re making any credit payments on time and in the full amount -- or more. Paying down your debts as much as possible will help raise your score and put you in better financial standing overall, making you a more desirable candidate for mortgage lenders.

Remember that you’ll also need to budget for other moving-related expenses as well. In addition to hiring movers (more on that below), you’ll need to find room in the budget for homeowner’s insurance. Additionally, a home warranty can help you cover costs associated with plumbing and electrical repairs, in addition to major appliances. Before you make any important decisions regarding your warrant, start with home warranty reviews and see what others think.

Moves Can Be Really Stressful

If you buy a home, will this be your first big move? If you answered “yes” to that question, then you should know that moving can be stressful, but you shouldn’t let that scare you. Because you can keep your move as stress-free as possible by planning ahead and using moving checklists to guide you along the way. With a checklist in hand, you will be less likely to miss any important moving details, such as ordering packing supplies or updating contact information for utilities.

You will also be more likely to remember simple tasks that can make you move less stressful and less expensive, like researching local moving companies. If you plan ahead, you will have more time to compare local moving companies and to read through reviews that will help you choose the most reputable movers. You can also call around to different moving companies to get quotes and ask about specials or discounts that can make hiring professional movers more affordable. With professional movers included in your moving plan, you can ensure that your belongings are safely transported to your new home.

Home Buyers Should Hire Realtors

Buying a home can be a tricky process, whether this is your first home or not. Just like moving, there are so many steps in-between the time you decide to purchase a new home and the moment you get those keys, and navigating these steps on your own can be overwhelming. No matter what your friends or online articles tell you, the best move you can make when it comes to simplifying the home buying process is to hire a real estate professional to help you.

As you look for real estate professionals to guide your home buying process, take the time to understand the differences between brokers, real estate agents, and Realtors. Those differences mainly have to do with certifications and licenses, but it may help to know that only pros who are members of the NAR (National Association of Realtors) may market themselves as Realtors, and these professionals must operate under a strict series of ethical guidelines in their transactions. Don’t forget to employ professionals to help out with the closing process to ensure all the boxes are checked!

Once you’re settled in, it’s easy to forget about some of the more subtle aspects of safety, especially if you have kids or pets. In addition to the aftermath of unpacking as quickly as you can – which may leave a box cutter or tape gun left unattended – you’re likely to have leftover Styrofoam packing peanuts and even staples or thumbtacks in your home office lying about. These small items can easily end up in a toddler’s mouth or a dog or cat’s paw, so be sure to remain vigilant. No injuries during the “end game” means less stress all the way through the move-in phase.

The process of buying a home can be stressful and moving can be stressful as well. But becoming a homeowner can fulfill a lifelong dream! Use the tips above to guide you through each step of these major transitions so you can focus on the joy of owning your first home.

Looking to buy or sale real estate in the Columbus, GA area? Reach out to Realtor Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers. You can call 706-442-1084 or email careybscott@gmail.com to get the process started today!

Posted in Home Buying Advice
May 25, 2022

Quick and Easy Ways to Settle Into Your New Home

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Moving out of town is challenging enough with all the packing and unpacking, but that's only the beginning. There are places to see, the kids to settle in, and friends to make. Moving and setting up in a new town will be less painful and more enjoyable if you follow these tips.

Do Your Research

Before arriving in Columbus, GA, make sure you do some research. There are several ways you can get information concerning your new place of residence:

              Consult a neighborhood database. You can get information about local restaurants, schools, crime rates, and more on neighborhood databases such as City-Data.com.

              Check out the crime rates. Several websites provide public crime statistics to help you determine the safety of your new neighborhood.

              Turn to local forums. Local forums offer a wealth of information ranging from new developments to places to visit.

              Check school reviews. You can use online resources to check out how the local schools perform.

              City website. You can visit the city's local website to familiarize yourself with what's available and what's going on.

Unpacking

Unfortunately, unpacking is a necessary part of the moving process. It's not fun and can be overwhelming, but following some simple rules such as the following will help:

              Give yourself a deadline. Pick a date you want everything unpacked by, and stick to it.

              Start small. Starting with the small items will help get the ball rolling.

              Unpacking on the go. If you have to visit the bathroom while unpacking, take some items to put away. If you need a sock or some underwear, grab them all and put them in their designated drawers.

              Turn off the TV and play music. TV is a distraction while playing music is proven to make you more productive. 

              Ask for help. Don't be afraid to ask for help, especially for complex tasks such as organizing the kitchen or bedrooms.

              It doesn't have to be perfect. You're not aiming for perfection. Your goal is to get everything put away. You'll have plenty of time later to get everything organized correctly.

Meeting New People

A new city can be lonely when you don't know anyone. The good news is that you don't have to struggle to meet new people. An excellent place to start is with meetup groups. 

If you're a young professional, joining a professional club or organization is a good way of meeting like-minded people. A gym membership, a dance class, or even learning to paint are excellent ways to meet people in your neighborhood.

Things To Consider When Moving Your Business

If your business is moving with you and is registered as an LLC, you'll need to file in your new state as rules differ. Do your homework before proceeding to understand the laws and regulations involved. If you prefer to have someone share the workload, consider hiring a formation service that will also help you avoid hefty lawyer fees.

A Beloved Member of the Community

With just a little research, planned and organized unpacking techniques, and getting yourself out and about, It won't be long before you're accustomed to your new surroundings and are a beloved community member.

If you're looking for a home in Columbus, GA, visit Carey Scott- Realtor.

 

May 6, 2022

5 Steps for Executing Your Big City Move

 

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Whether you’re moving to a big city or the suburbs of a major metropolitan area, this transition can represent a big lifestyle change. If you’re on the lookout for a home in your new area, Prestige Property Brokers can help you close! Plus, these tips can walk you through every aspect of moving, from creating a new budget to making new friends in your city.

Find Contractors

When you’re moving somewhere new, you’ll inevitably need to research local services that you can turn to for help when something needs to be fixed. This is especially true if you’re buying a home! For example, you might need a plumber, electrician, or painter. And if you want to complete any home improvement project involving concrete, like adding a patio or repairing a driveway, you’ll need to find a concrete contractor. Check out reviews of different cement companies near me online, and then meet with them to get quotes for your project. To keep costs low, search for companies that are offering credits or deals for new projects.

Budget for Your New Cost of Living

If you’re moving to a city from an area with a lower cost of living, you’ll need to account for these increased costs in your budget. Start by writing down all your fixed, necessary costs, and then write down estimates for your variable costs. To stay within a reasonable budget, Fool recommends identifying areas where you can cut down on discretionary spending. You can cook at home instead of going out to eat, walk rather than driving, and shop secondhand.

Hire Movers

Moving to a city without the help of movers can be tough. If you are living on a city block, you might not be able to easily park in front of your new home, so without movers, you could end up trying to carry all of your heavy belongings down the street. If your building doesn’t have an elevator, the process will be even more difficult. Hiring movers will make the process much less stressful! To find a reputable moving company, Neighbor recommends checking out business reviews and asking multiple companies for price estimates.

Land a Job

Maybe you lined up a job before moving to your new city, but if not, it’s time to start searching! Landing a job somewhere new can be tough, especially if you don’t have a professional network in the area. Start by researching top local employers with a good reputation in your industry. Next, consider attending local networking events or joining a professional organization for people in your field to start cultivating valuable connections. As you send out applications, feel free to connect with potential employers on LinkedIn or other social media platforms. If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, you could also consider launching a home-based business.

Make New Friends

Moving to a city where you don’t know anyone can feel lonely at first. That’s why it’s so important to make a proactive effort to meet new people. You may want to get involved with a recreational sports league, start volunteering or join a local hobby group. When you do find a job in your new area, it never hurts to attend events with your coworkers or invite them out for lunch or coffee! You never know when you’ll meet with someone you truly click with.

Adjusting to a new city after a move takes time, especially if you’ve relocated from far away. But you might find that moving gives you the fresh start that you need! With these tips, you’ll be able to handle the moving process, find the right job, and start building your network in your new area.

Searching for your new home? Find the right property with help from Prestige Property Brokers! Fill out the contact form on our website today to begin your search.

For questions about home and market value, especially in Columbus, GA, contact Realtor Carey Scott at Prestige Property Brokers 706-442-1084.

March 29, 2022

5 Ways to Improve the Look and Feel of Your Home Post-Pandemic

 

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For almost two years, the home has been the center of the universe for most people. Only now, with the increase in COVID-19 vaccine availability, are people beginning to enjoy a bit of normalcy.

 

Sure, you may have spent most of your time at home binge-watching Netflix and learning how to bake sourdough bread, but you may have also had a chance to notice the little things around your house that bother you. Now that you’re ready to clear the cobwebs, it's time to tackle those projects that are sure to increase your home's value and make it look and feel better inside and out. Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers explains how.

 

1. Add Some Pizazz

 

Nothing is more boring to look at than a plain white wall. Walls painted a single color, even a bright and cheery shade, can start to feel stale after a while. For added fun and the perfect statement for any room, consider peel-and-stick wallpaper. Not only can you change the entire style of a space, but you can easily change it again or move it around without having to go through the frustrating removal process of traditional wallpaper. If you have a certain pattern in mind that you can't find anywhere, there are print-on-demand options that you can customize, and your personalized design will never be out of stock.

 

2. Overhaul the House's Exterior

 

Changing the entire exterior of your house may seem like a pipe dream, especially if you don't have a big budget. However, if you have brick, stucco, or aluminum siding, you can paint your house to get a completely different look. While hiring a professional can be the best option for those less into DIY projects, you can paint your own home if you have a high-quality sprayer that you're familiar with using.

 

3. Grow Your Own Food

 

According to research, many people find joy and satisfaction in growing a garden. There is nothing quite like the magic of planting a seed, watching it grow, and eating the fruits of your labor. If you don't have a garden yet, this is one project that you should try out. You can get the whole family involved, and you may even get your kids to eat more vegetables if they've been involved in planting and caring for them.

 

4. Rearrange Your Life

 

If your budget limits your project options, consider a room or furniture swap to freshen up your home without spending any money. Switch bedrooms if you're feeling extra ambitious, or simply rearrange your living room furniture. Either way, the change can help get you out of any funk you've been experiencing after being stuck at home so much.

 

5. Hire Professional Cleaning Services

 

You don't have to go out and buy all new furniture just to refresh the look and feel of your home. Instead, have a professional cleaning service give your place a deep cleaning. It can be draining to be in a home that feels cluttered or dirty. Paying someone else to do the job can make you feel extra special, and you may enjoy the results more when you don't have to do the work yourself.

 

After a big cleaning is a great opportunity to create labels to organize your life. Using a free online tool you can make great looking labels to organize your pantry, office, or garage.

 

The Big Stuff

 

Making changes like these can be relatively simple and cost-effective. If you have bigger plans in mind, however, such as a kitchen makeover, a backyard redo, new flooring or even refinishing your basement, these are tasks that will require dedicated professionals to bring your visions to life. As we all know, the larger the project, the more expensive it is.

 

With this in mind, have a plan for how you can pay for these enhanced upgrades. For many people, the best choice is a home refinance. It’s pretty simple. You essentially replace your current loan with a new one, and in doing so access some of the equity in your home. The cash you pull is then available for you to put toward your remodeling. Right now is a good time to refinance since rates remain low. You may even find that you’re able to lower your mortgage payment.

 

Now that people are venturing out and entering reality once again, it's time to refresh the home. Try one or all of these projects and see how you feel in your revitalized space!

 

This article is brought to you by Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers, born and raised in the Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area so I have the personal experience to serve you in your real estate needs here. I’m from here, live here, went to high school here, go to church here, my family lives here, and I work here so I take pride in the area. I would love to assist anyone with any needs in this area. For more information, please contact me today!

Posted in Real Estate Advice
March 29, 2022

Moving Closer to a Senior Loved One Requires These Steps

 

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Caring for a senior loved one often means making sure they’re safe at home, and there are some tasks that simply can’t be done from afar. If the senior in your life is having trouble with mobility or can no longer care for themselves on a daily basis, moving closer can bring both of you peace of mind. Creating a plan for your loved one’s needs as well as for the move will make the process much easier on everyone involved

 

Here, real estate expert Carey Scott shares some tips to help you stay on track and limit your stress during this major transition.

 

Work out your living situation

 

Moving requires quite a bit of preparation, but the first step is to figure out how much you can afford to spend on a house, so it’s a good idea to research the cost of living in your loved one’s area as well as the average sale price of homes in the city. Getting pre-approved for a loan will allow you to prepare a realistic budget, and once you find a house you like you’ll be able to make an offer quickly without worrying about your funding. Location will be a big factor because you’ll want to be close to your loved one, so start your search in neighborhoods surrounding theirs and work your way out.

 

Prep for moving day

 

Once you have a new place sorted out, it’s important to prepare for the big day by getting organized before you begin packing up. Remaining efficient during the process will help reduce stress, and it will also ensure that you make it to the new house with everything you need. Declutter and clean your current home first, and make packing lists for each box as you go. This will allow you to find things easily once the moving truck is unloaded, and it will also make unpacking a breeze. This is important since you won’t want to drag out setting up your new place and take up time you could be spending with your loved one.

 

Find out what their needs are

 

When you’re able to focus on the senior in your life, it’s crucial to figure out exactly what their needs are. Some seniors have mobility issues that require modifications to make their homes safer, while others need help with daily tasks like cooking and cleaning. Talk to them about how you can help make things easier for them, and get to know their neighbors so you’ll have important contacts in case of an emergency. Learn all you can about their schedule, any medications they take, and whether they need transportation for doctor’s appointments or grocery shopping. If you’re unable to be there every time they need a ride, you can look for local senior services that offer free or low-cost transportation.

 

Consider outside help

 

No matter how much you may want to help your senior loved one, sometimes they need assistance that you just can’t provide. Many seniors thrive in communities made for older adults or in senior care centers where they have access to nursing staff; these living situations are ideal for those who need to remain social but require a level of care that a family member can’t give. Find out whether your loved one has long-term care insurance, and look at the available facility options online.

Moving closer to a senior in order to help them with daily care can be challenging for your mental health, so be sure to practice self-care as much as possible in order to keep stress at bay. Look for online resources and local organizations that can help both you and your loved one, as well.

Are you looking to buy a home in the Columbus area? Connect with Realtor Carey Scott today to ensure your real estate journey is a smooth one

March 7, 2022

Tips For Moving After You Lose a Loved One

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Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience that leads to considerable emotional turmoil. There are a lot of things that you have to work through as you try to learn how to move on without them. One thing that you may realize is that you need a fresh start.

In some cases, truly starting over means that you move to a new place. Taking the time to plan this move can enhance the chance that you’ll truly be able to enjoy your new life. Consider these points as you think about what you want to do.

First, Make Sure a Move is Necessary

If the reason you’re moving is that a loss of income has put you in arrears on your mortgage, you may have other options. A loan modification is entirely possible if you can prove hardship or a reduction of income. It can help you to not only get caught up with possible missed payments, but your lender may be able to reduce your interest rate or extend the period of your loan to make monthly payments more manageable.

If however, you still need or want to move, read on for ways to help you manage the process.

What Will You Do With Their Belongings?

If your loved one had an estate plan, you’ll know what assets you need to take care of. Without a will, it might take some time to work through who is going to get what. Once you have the list, you can determine what should happen to the things you’re responsible for.

Try not to let your emotions rule as you go through the belongings. Think carefully about what you truly need to keep and what you can sell or donate. Special family heirlooms should be kept in the family if possible.

Other items might be better suited for use by someone else. Consider making a donation in your loved one’s honor to a charity that can use the items you’re disposing of.

How Should You Handle the Sale of the House?

Moving to a new area means that you need to sell your home. It’s imperative that you take appropriate steps to prepare the home so you can maximize what you can sell the home for. Work with a real estate agent who can help you to determine exactly your home’s worth and ways to maximize what you can get from a sale.

What Can You Do to Enjoy Your Fresh Start?

It’s easy to become focused on the logistical aspects of a fresh start, but you also need to think about the emotional side of the matter. Grief is a multifaceted process that will bring you through several different emotions, including:

              Anger

              Denial

              Bargaining

              Depression

Acceptance is usually the final stage of grief. This is when you can enjoy your new life. You may still feel the other stages of grief periodically, especially around special days like the person’s birthday or holidays. Having a plan to handle those can make it a bit easier for you to make it through them without having an emotional crash.

Creating a Plan

Taking the time to create a logical plan for your loved one’s assets after they pass away is important. You'll go through a range of feelings and emotions, but having a plan can help ease the process and add structure to this difficult time.

 

For questions about home and market value, especially in Columbus, GA, contact Realtor Carey Scott at Prestige Property Brokers 706-442-1084

Posted in Real Estate Advice
Feb. 19, 2022

Essential First Time Job Relocation Guide

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 You feel elated to get a job offer after all your hard work, but you also feel daunted by the idea of packing up your life for a first-time job relocation. To maintain your sanity, use a thorough guide that breaks down essential steps that let you work backward from your move date. Keep this timeline handy while assembling your move plan.

 

Eight Weeks Before Moving

A couple of months before moving, visit your new city and office. This gives you a good chance to check out your new workspace and explore nearby neighborhoods you may want to move to. Ask if your employer offers relocation packages, which, experts note, could offer lease break coverage if you need to break your current lease before relocating. Also, see if your new co-workers recommend certain areas to live in or neighborhoods to avoid.

 

While thinking about where to live, consider your commute, school districts, and amenities you like to live close to, such as movie theaters. You may feel more comfortable renting a home rather than buying one. Handy online tools let you compare home prices in desirable neighborhoods to rental prices. For instance, if you’re looking for apartments for rent in Denver, CO, check rental properties online to find listings that match your amenities and have enough bedrooms and bathrooms for your family. Use 3D tours to narrow your options.

 

Six Weeks Before Moving

Now's the time to research professional movers. You may need to work with a company that specializes in long-distance moves if your new job's thousands of miles away. If your new company offers relocation packages, track moving expenses by keeping copies of credit card statements and receipts for truck rentals, packing supplies, car shipping, and airplane tickets.

 

Think about whether you may need temporary storage for your move. This is the time to get pricing information and consider how much storage space you need and for how long.

 

Four Weeks Before

If you need a temporary place to stay once you move, begin your search four weeks before moving day. It's also a good idea to ask if your new company reimburses you for temporary housing while you settle in. If necessary, have your car shipped to your new city at least a month before relocating. Now is also the time to think about whether you may need to add a few items to your wardrobe. For instance, you could arrive in your new city just in time for the winter or summer season. You don't want to be without the right heavy coat for winter or lightweight fabrics for summer.

 

Two Weeks Before

Prioritize changing your address to forwarding mail to your new place, so you don't risk not getting packages and essential mail. If you don't yet have a permanent place to stay, use a P.O. box. Now's the time to shut off utilities at your old place and set them up in your new city. Don't forget to have essential utilities, such as internet and electricity, turned on before you move.

 

Day Before

The day before your move, pack an essentials bag, in case you arrive before your moving boxes. Essentials include toiletries, clothing, medications, baby or pet essentials, prescriptions, and shoes. Don't overlook household essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, light bulbs, and bed linens.

 

With the right planning tips and insights, you, your kids, your pets, and your spouse can have a smooth relocation. The right guide takes the stress out of moving and replaces it with peace of mind.

 

Looking to buy or sale real estate in the East Alabama or West Georgia area? Reach out to Realtor Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers. You can call 706-442-1084 or email careybscott@gmail.com to get the process started today!

Feb. 11, 2022

How Much Is Your Home Worth?

How Much Is Your Home Worth?

*Potential home sellers* – Enter your address in the box above and the Free Home Valuation will give you a quick, automated value of your home in seconds. I will follow that up and email you a more detailed report that shows an estimated home value and value range, surrounding neighborhood home values and market activity of currently for sale homes, sold and under contract homes including distressed properties in your neighborhood. 

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 Market Report

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You can also pull a Market Report for your area to see what homes are currently for sale, what homes have sold in your area, and what homes are pending for sale (under contract). Click Market Report and once on the page first select your city and then your zip code. After that you can click on "Go to Market Report". You can also scroll down to the bottom of this page to click on some pre-generated market reports.  

Looking to buy or sale real estate in the East Alabama or West Georgia area? Reach out to Realtor Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers. You can call 706-442-1084 or email careybscott@gmail.com to get the process started today!

Posted in Sell Your Home
Feb. 8, 2022

How To Run a Business From Your Home

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Running a business from your home is great in theory, but in practice, things can sometimes become complicated. Without adequate space and privacy, you could quickly find that your current house is unsuitable for your company's needs. Here are some words of wisdom to help you find a layout that works for your unique requirements.

Looking For a Home

Finding a house that you can also operate a company from is no easy feat. First, you must determine whether you can legally run a business from home in your municipality. Assuming that you can conduct your enterprise from a residence, find out whether permits or special licenses are required. 

Once you have figured out the legal aspects of conducting business from home, start looking for one that will suit your needs. Seek a dwelling that has an area, preferably with a separate entrance, where you can host business associates without them trampling through your private space. Basements with a door, garages or an apartment above a stand-alone garage all make excellent options.

Of course, your new abode must also meet the needs of the people who will inhabit it. Make sure you have the square footage, the number of bedrooms, and the bathrooms your family needs. The place you call home and work must work well for both your private and professional life. Be aware that experts estimate the average purchase of a house takes approximately four months from start to finish.

Moving

The act of moving itself can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you are also starting a business. One great tip for relocating is using suitcases instead of boxes to pack clothes. This can save you from purchasing additional boxes and then having to store or recycle them later. Another time-saving tip is to photograph cords while still in use and then label them with masking tape so that you can easily unwrap and plug them into the appropriate electronic.

If you are stressed at the prospect of becoming an entrepreneur and buying a new home, consider delegating what you can. Hiring a moving company can save you from battling both headaches and backaches. 

Launching Your New Business

Creating your own company requires critical thinking, excellent organization skills, and meticulous record-keeping abilities. It also requires you to conduct market research and keep up with who your competitors are and what they are doing. Entrepreneurs normally spend an exorbitant amount of time working on their businesses, especially when they are getting them off the ground. Running your company from home will help you achieve the best work-life balance possible as you navigate the hectic schedule of a business owner. 

For people who want to be their own boss or follow their passion by becoming an enterpriser, going back to school to earn an online degree may be a wise option. Business owners can benefit from skills in reading financial statements, auditing, and generally accepted accounting principles. Earning an online degree allows entrepreneurs to juggle their fledgling businesses in addition to their personal lives. 

Buying a home and starting a business is a lot to tackle individually; do them at once, and you really need to plan everything flawlessly. It can be done but will take plenty of thought and time. Be prepared for an exciting, but stressful, few months as you undergo two major life changes at once.

To begin your search for a new home, reach out to Realtor Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers. You can call 706-442-1084 or email careybscott@gmail.com to get the process started today.

Posted in Real Estate Advice
Sept. 9, 2021

The Ultimate DIY Guide to Decluttering Your Home

DYI Guide to decluttering

The Ultimate DIY Guide to Decluttering Your Home

When it comes to organizing and keeping spaces tidy, some people are total naturals. For the rest of us, however, periodic decluttering is absolutely essential. It’s easy to wind up accumulating a ton of stuff you don’t really need over the years. Ultimately, this stuff just winds up taking up space in our home and making things look messy and disorganized.

This can be irritating during everyday life, and it can be an absolute nightmare once it comes time to sell. A thorough decluttering and a solid tidying routine is an essential step when getting your home ready for photos, tours, and appraisals. Here are some of the best tips from Carey Scott for how you can get - and keep - your home in the best possible shape.

Define Your Goals

Every major home project should start with defining your goals. This will help you define the parameters and scope of your decluttering project, as well as give you a sense of your timeline. After all, different end goals may require very different game plans. For example, if you’re decluttering your home to get it ready for sale and appraisal, you’ll need to move quickly and efficiently. Moreover, in addition to decluttering and cleaning up, you’ll need to make sure each and every appliance, light switch, and feature in the home looks and works at its best.

Conversely, if you’re decluttering to improve your day-to-day experience at home, you may be able to take a more laid-back approach. You might decide to spread your project out over several weekends, giving yourself time to casually figure out which items in your home should stay or go. If you don’t have a particular timeline, this approach can be ideal. It gives you plenty of time to pace yourself and rebuild energy so you don’t get burnt out on the project and give up entirely.

Pick a Keep/Toss Strategy

Decluttering your home on your own requires a specific, consistent strategy. There are several approaches you can take: It’s just a matter of figuring out which approach is best for you. By now, most people have at least a passing familiarity with the Konmari approach to decluttering. This involves systematically going through your home, handling all of your items, and deciding individually what you should - and shouldn’t - keep. This approach also highlights the importance of recognizing the value each item has brought to your life: Even the items you plan to sell, donate, or throw away.  

Although this approach can be great for those who aren’t sure where to start, or those who are bringing a lot of sentiment to the decluttering process, it’s not right for everyone. There are more practical, simpler ways to declutter as well. You might, for example, decide to get rid of any boxes you haven’t unpacked since your last move. You can also simplify things by getting rid of any duplicate, broken, or out-of-date items you have. These are just a few of the decluttering approaches that are out there - investigate the options to get a sense of which will be right for you.

Commit to Maintenance

Finally, remember that the act of decluttering your home is only the beginning. If you don’t commit to maintaining your now-tidied home, it’s bound to wind up in the same state after a matter of time. Spend some time coming up with a consistent, achievable chore schedule you and your household can commit to together.  

Focus on measures that keep your home clean without taking up too much of your day. Doing a little bit each day will be easier - and more effective - than tackling everything all at once after it piles up. With a regular routine, you can keep your space looking and feeling great, whether you’re selling, hosting, or just enjoying life.

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