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Want to list your house? Ultimately, you'll want to work with an expert listing agent, i.e. a housing market professional who knows what it takes to get the best price for a residence.
Let's face it – hiring a listing agent can be tough, particularly for a first-time home seller. Lucky for you, we're here to help you streamline your search for the perfect listing agent.
Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to find the right listing agent for your house.
1. Learn About a Listing Agent's Background
Evaluating a listing agent's background often serves as a great first step in the home selling process. It allows you to better understand how long a listing agent has worked in the real estate sector and learn about his or her industry expertise.
In most cases, you should have no trouble finding information about a listing agent online. Or, you can always call a listing agent's office for more information.
Allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about listing agent's background. That way, you can understand this housing market professional's experience, education, networking skills and much more and plan accordingly.
2. Conduct a Face-to-Face Meeting with a Listing Agent
If a listing agent looks good on paper, invite him or her to meet with you. By doing so, you can gain first-hand insights from this housing market professional and find out what separates him or her from other listing agents.
Prepare a list of interview questions before a face-to-face meeting with a listing agent. This will enable you to get the insights you need to make an informed decision.
Also, evaluate a listing agent's communication skills and personality. If you feel comfortable with a listing agent after a face-to-face meeting, don't hesitate to hire this individual to help you sell your residence.
3. Get Client Referrals
How has a listing agent helped past home sellers optimize the value of their properties? Request client referrals from a listing agent, and you can receive additional insights into how this real estate professional has supported home sellers over the years.
A top-notch listing agent should be able to provide you with multiple client referrals. Meanwhile, it only takes a few minutes to reach out to a listing agent's past clients and learn about their home selling experiences.
Client referrals can help you accelerate the process of finding the right listing agent. Moreover, they can provide insights into what it is like to work with a listing agent throughout the home selling cycle.
Lastly, be sure to ask past clients how a listing agent approached challenges throughout the home selling process. If a listing agent went above and beyond the call of duty to help past clients overcome myriad home selling challenges, he or she probably will be able to help you do the same.
Selecting the right listing agent may seem impossible at first. But with the aforementioned tips, you can choose a listing agent that will promote your residence to the right groups of homebuyers consistently.
Collage is a fun art project for all ages. You don't have to be a skilled artist to create something beautiful. And best of all, you have everything you need around the house in junk drawers and photo boxes. You can use just about anything for collage.
Try these collage tips and tricks using things you have around the house.
Pick a Base
Be creative when you're thinking about what to use for the base. It needs to be sturdy enough to hold the objects you'll glue to it. Beyond that, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Once you've chosen your base, then select a color and prep the surface with a couple of coats of paint.
Here are a few ideas for the perfect base for your project:
Pro tip: Keep the base color neutral and incorporate pops of brighter colors with collage pieces such as tissue and colored paper.
Old family photographs and prints of digital photos create a lasting memory piece for your home. Combining the two for making wall art collage works, too. As you're gathering the pictures, think about the story you're trying to tell. You'll find plenty of inspiration for photo collage in the memories family pictures bring to mind.
For example, maybe you have a collection of pictures from camping trips or winter ski vacations. These photo collections are ideal inspiration.
Photographs and cut out pictures from magazines are excellent choices for putting together a vision board. This type of collage uses the idea of goal setting as a basis for the images. Creating a vision board helps define your ideal life and plans for the future.
Ideas for Adding Elements
It's the little touches that make these projects even more special. You can cut letters out of colored paper, felt, and wrapping paper. Alternatively, cut whole words from magazines to incorporate into your collage. Also think about texture, surfaces, and whether the object is flat like paper or 3-D like a button.
Here are a few ideas for items to consider:
There are hundreds of things lying around your house that you can incorporate.
Other Supplies & Tools
Scissors are a necessity. If you have arts and crafts scissors, that gives you even more options for creating decorative edges. An Exacto knife is always handy as well. And a variety of glue from Elmer's to wood glue might be needed, depending on what items you use for the collage. If you have Modpodge, that's perfect.
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You are required to get homeowners insurance when you purchase a home. You probably are so excited about buying a home that you neglect to learn the ins and outs of your policy. Unfortunately, there are many things that insurance won’t cover, yet many homeowners think that they are covered under their home insurance policy. Below, you’ll find some things that are often not covered by your home insurance, even though you might think they are.
While your home insurance will cover damage from water in your home (different than flood insurance), the policy probably won’t cover what it takes to fix broken pipes. Your best bet in this area is prevention. You should be sure that your pipes are insulated properly and that there is adequate airflow around the pipes in your cabinets.
If an earthquake hits, you’re out of luck when it comes to your homeowners insurance policy. You typically need a separate policy to get earthquake coverage. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, you’ll need to inquire about specific policies to protect your home from this type of natural disaster.
You’ll also need a separate policy in the event of a flood. Homeowner’s policies do not cover damage or losses caused by flooding. You can get optional coverage and this is highly recommended, especially if you live near a body of water or in an area that’s prone to flooding.
A Sewer Backup
If a sewer backs up, you’ll face some serious damage in your home. Unfortunately, your homeowners policy will not cover this type of damage. The repairs can be hefty. If you wish, you can always add this type of coverage to your policy.
Only Portions Of Disasters May Be Covered
If a hurricane hits, any damage that has been caused by the wind will be covered by your home insurance policy. If you face flooding, however, and do not have a flood insurance policy, you’ll be out of luck. Without extra coverage, some natural disasters can be a special disaster for you and your wallet.
Keep Up The Maintenance On Your Home
It’s important to understand what is and isn’t covered by your home insurance policy. When you know how to prepare for different situations, it will make caring for and maintaining your home and your financial future a lot easier. If you prepare accordingly for natural disasters as directed, and perform proper maintenance on your home, your insurance policy should act in the best interest for you. If you happen to live in an area where you are prone to natural disasters, make sure you get the appropriate additional coverage that you’ll need to protect you.