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5 Tips to Budget Your Remodel Project

by Mehner Weiser Real Estate, LLC.

5  Tips for Budgeting a Remodel

Determine Where the Money Will Come from

Will you use savings? Or will you take out a home equity loan? Once you determine your source of funding, determine how much you want to spend on the project – and stick to that limit.

Set Your Priorities

Before you pull out a calculator, clarify your reasons for renovating. Divide those reasons into "wants" and "needs." For example, reconfiguring your bathroom so that your current questionable electrical and plumbing will pass an inspection is a "need." His-and-her water closets, a whirlpool tub, and built-in towel heaters are "wants." Setting priorities will help you make decisions as you move through the renovation process.

Step Away From The Computer

Visit showrooms, model homes, and design stores in addition to checking out pictures online. Before investing in materials and appliances, be sure to see and feel them, or samples of them, in person.

DIY Or Contractor?

The biggest question to answer when creating your budget is deciding whether to do the work yourself or to hire a contractor. Doing the work yourself is usually less expensive – unless, of course, something (costly) goes wrong. Using a contractor, however, can mean your project is completed to professional standards and usually in a shorter time frame. Be sure to calculate the value of your time (and your back and knees) and the inconvenience of having a bathroom or kitchen out of use during the project when deciding whether to opt for DIY or a pro.

Expect The Unexpected

Whether you plan to do the work yourself or hire a contractor, add on an extra 15 to 20 percent of your total budget for unforeseen expenses. Added costs inevitably arise, especially if you're dealing with an older home.

If you have questions or are looking for a good contractor, I’m connected with some of the best professionals in the business.

5 Signs It's Time to Sell Your Home

by Mehner Weiser Real Estate, LLC.

5 Signs It's Time to Sell Your Home

Have you outgrown your home? Or has your home outgrown you and your household? Fewer and fewer families expect to stay in their first or second home for the long haul. Here are some factors to determine if you're financially and emotionally ready to sell your house:

  1. Growing or shrinking household -- Are you about to welcome a new baby or take in aging parents? Maybe you're sending your youngest off to college. In any event, if your living space has become too cramped or grown beyond your needs, it may be time to make a move. 
  2. Plenty of home equity -- Subtract the value of your home from the amount you have left on your loan. What's left over is the equity -- or the amount you'll have post-sale. After you sell your home, you'll be a buyer again, so having some funds to put down is key. 
  3. Interest from potential buyers --You'll want to list when you know buyers are looking. Some experts say late spring is the ideal time to sell, but peak seasons vary by region. Milder weather can increase buyer interest, but that also means more competition from other sellers. 
  4. Changing circumstances --Location matters. Whether your neighborhood dynamics are changing, you're unhappy with the schools in your area or a new job significantly increases your commute, your community needs to fit your lifestyle. 
  5. Home improvements --Renovations may be a wise investment, but it's best to avoid listing your home in the middle of a project. If you plan to sell your home as is, completing some minor home updates such as new paint and fixtures can be a huge selling point. 

Moving is a big decision, one that requires careful consideration. If your needs have changed since you bought your home, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Why Spring Is the Best Time to Sell or Buy a House in Anchorage, AK

by Mehner Weiser Real Estate, LLC.

When people wait until summer to sell or buy a house, they are missing out on the prime springtime options. Contrary to popular misconception, spring is actually the best time to participate in the Anchorage, Alaska residential real estate market. Bonnie Mehner and Bethany Weiser with Mehner Weiser Real Estate at RE/MAX Dynamic Properties recommend getting started earlier in the year, whether you are buying or selling.

The Anchorage, Alaska Springtime Market Advantage

Why Buy a House Now?

In the unique Alaskan climate, the real estate market tends to heat up the same time the weather does. While winter turns to spring, locals decide that the end of harsh weather makes it the perfect time to relocate. Perhaps they want to move to warmer climates or have been waiting to start the moving process until the holidays are over. Either way, this results in many houses getting put on the market all at once, leaving buyers with plenty of options. Lenders in the area know that the market boom is coming, so they are willing to send more money to the Anchorage market and approve buyers for loans.

Why Sell a House Now?

buy a houseBuyers know the influx of homes is coming in the spring, so this is the time when they start looking in the area. They are getting their loans approved, so they are ready and able to purchase. If you wait until summertime to list your home, you may miss out on a large pool of potential buyers, who have already struck deals in the spring.

Don’t miss out on the incredible springtime market in Anchorage, Alaska! Contact Mehner Weiser Real Estate with RE/MAX® Dynamic Properties at (907) 261-7632 to prepare now and strategize the best way to sell or buy a house. With over 50 years combined experience in the local market Bonnie and Bethany know how to target the right buyers and will advise you on the best properties that fit your needs.

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Mehner Weiser Real Estate, LLC
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties
3350 Midtown Place
Anchorage AK 99503
Bethany (907) 223-1632
Bonnie (907) 223-0005