After living in the same home for a while, it's amazing what you can get used to. A creaky floorboard, for instance. A chipped tile that you've been meaning to replace but haven't gotten around to. A doorknob that needs a little coaxing to turn. No big deal, right? Well, these small flaws can be huge deal breakers when you decide to sell your home.
If you have dogs, cats, or other pets in your family, you'll want to take their needs into account when you're looking to buy a house. Yes, really. Your furry roommates might seem easygoing, but certain homes—and neighborhoods—are more pet-friendly than others. Here are six questions to ask that often get overlooked; keep them in mind to find a place where you and your pets can live in peace.
Before you start making lofty demands of your listing agent, it's important to understand what the agent is actually responsible for. We're not saying you're high-maintenance; you just need to know what you can and can't ask the agent to do. By having realistic expectations, you're likely to leave the home-selling process feeling like your agent really did all she could to get you the best deal—even if you didn't see or hear about every little thing she did to market your home. In the interest of transparency, let's dive into the things a listing agent is responsible for once you sign a contract.
Starting a life in a new home? Then you'll need to know how to choose movers—and not just any dude with a van, but someone you can trust. After all, these pros will be handling your prized possessions. Before you watch your beloved items disappear into the back of a strange truck, heed this advice from experts on how to read between the lines of moving reviews, check their license and background, and all in all do your due diligence so you can move in and on with your life without a hitch.