What Modern Homebuyers Are Looking For

 (Hint: It's NOT Granite Countertops)

When looking at homes, we all have our own preferences for different home features—one person might want a huge, modern kitchen and another might not care about the kitchen as much as they care about having walk-in closets. But which features are most commonly used as selling points for homes?

Trulia pulled data from homes for sale on the site over the past year to see what design features are most popular for listers, pitting different features against each other. While some trends and design staples unsurprisingly won out—looking at you, subway tile and hardwood floors—others didn't necessarily come out on top, and some were just plain missing (seriously, no mention of granite countertops? I'm shocked!).

Check out how the most popular design features fared against each other here. 

Original Source: www.ApartmentTherapy.com

Preparing for a Home Inspection

Preparing to Sell a Home? 

The vast majority of Buyers will request at minimum, a General Home Inspection done, prior to closing Escrow. This inspection is usually done at the Buyer's cost, to discover any repairs needed on the property. Basically, it gives the Buyer a sense of what they're buying- and if there are any problems (or potential problems) that they should know about.     

  Here are a few ways to help prepare for the Home Inspection:

1. Have all utilities turned on! Especially in vacant houses, you want to be sure that gas, electric, and water, are on and working. 

2. Replace any burnt-out lightbulbs.

3. Know where the water heater and furnace are, and make them accessible for the home inspector. The same goes for an attic and a basement if you have one. 

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4. Replace any dirty air filters. (This will be one less thing for the inspector to note in the report!)

5. Have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where they need to be.

*Pro Tip: Leave at least 2 hours for the inspector to visit the house! You don't want to rush him/her! Also, keep any pets or animals outside or out of sight!

 

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ARE YOUR HOME AND BELONGINGS PROTECTED? LET'S TALK INSURANCE WITH LEMONADE!

“Obviously, the first thing you do when moving into a new apartment is get a new renters insurance policy.” Said no one ever.

In an era when a renters insurance policy costs less than a cappuccino each month, why is it that nearly two-thirds of all renters are still uninsured?

Maybe it has to do with bad branding. “Renters Insurance” isn’t sexy. And the name isn’t totally self-explanatory – it doesn’t exactly sound like protection for your stuff or damages you may cause others.

Even if people do know that renters insurance covers their stuff, some don’t think it’s worth the monthly payment.

Spoiler alert: it is! We’ll get to that sticky point later on.

Bottom line, renters insurance coverage seems to be something we really don’t know how to discuss in simple terms. And most don’t really know the value of it. It’s a shame because it’s one of the most basic investments you can make for a whole lot of peace of mind at a very low monthly cost.

So we’re here to dig deeper and explore the ins and outs of renters insurance: what it is, why it matters, and everything in between, in plain English.

Here’s a quick guide to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Renter's Insurance:

What is renters insurance?

What does renters insurance cover?

What isn’t covered by renters insurance?

Who is covered by renters insurance?

How much renters insurance coverage do I need?

Can I update my coverage after I purchase a policy?

Do I actually need renters insurance coverage?

Still have questions about Renter's Insurance? 

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