That popping sound you might hear could be champagne corks popping all around Florida real estate offices. This is because real estate sales in the region have bumped up to a whopping $1 billion during just the first two months of 2012. This translates into a 1/5 increase over sales figures the same time last year. It feels as if folks are coming out of the slump and are looking to get back into the lucrative Florida real estate market. While this is good news, it doesn’t mean we’re completely out of the woods yet. There are still many homes that have been foreclosed upon. However, what was a misfortune for one owner could turn out to be a blessing for another. Smart real estate shoppers have already discovered the many benefits to be had from adding foreclosed properties to their shopping lists.
The stigma of a foreclosed home is really with that previous occupant. They are the one who will be carrying the burden of that credit blemish for some time. As a potential new homeowner, you should approach a foreclosed property as you would with any other property and merely consider all the possibilities. One possible disadvantage of a foreclosed home is the fact that it might not be properly “staged” for selling. This is where professional decorators come into a home and move out all the furniture. They’ll then bring in brand new furnishings to give a place a true “Better Homes and Garden” vibe. This is supposed to entice buyers into signing on the dotted line but it’s a falsehood: None of that furniture is going to stick around once the sale is complete.
At the other end of the spectrum is the foreclosed home which might be showing some signs of neglect. If the previous home owner was having trouble making mortgage payments they might have neglect other things. In the end, they might just leave with whatever they can fit in their car and leave the rest as junk. If you should happen upon a home in a less than tidy condition, don’t be discouraged. Make a great deal for the purchase and then call up a team of foreclosure clean out specialists like Junk King Sarasota. This pro hauling crew can sweep through a foreclosed home and remove anything you want taken out. Practically speaking, that could be all the carpets, drapes furniture, old kitchen appliances and any other garbage that was left in the wake of the previous occupant.
After all that junk is removed, you can bring in the painters and other craftsman to restore that home to its former luster. It’s really not a lot of effort in the grand scheme of things. You’ll have a new home at a great bargain all because you considered the possibilities.
If you’re in the market for some new kitchen appliances then your first stop shouldn’t be the Internet or your local Best Buy store. Instead you should head over to a friend’s house to check out what they’ve got going in their kitchen. Nothing beats the recommendation of a trusted ally. That holds true for who you should be dating and what kind of washer dryer combination you should have! More often than not a friend who has recently purchased a new appliance will have done all the research for you. That way you can get a living review of what works and doesn’t work. The biggest question to ask is “would you recommend I buy this too?”
Impulse buys are those purchases that happen on the spot. They also tend to be the ones that cause the most trouble in our lives. Impulse buying is definitely not something you want to use when shopping for appliances. The best approach to take is to comparison shop not just pricing and features but also things like energy efficiency and warranties. That will matter a lot when it comes to determining the true value of your appliance. Once you’ve zeroed in on an item you might also want to think about holding off for a sale. This is especially true if you were approaching certain times of the year like the holidays or special weekends. If you can hold off for a week or two and end up saving a couple of hundred bucks it will be well worth the wait.
You also have to be a bit practical. This is probably the case when it comes to shopping for a new oven and stovetop. While you might be a big fan of the various cooking shows and fancy yourself a gourmet in the making that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be spending the big bucks on a restaurant grade oven. The same can be said for buying an appliance that’s bigger than you really need. Just because a washer can clean an entire baseball team’s uniforms in one load doesn’t mean you’ll need that washer.
As you shop for the appliances in a store ask if you can see demonstrations of the programming features. Many of today’s appliances are incorporating touchpad controls that allow you specify the function you want to accomplish. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are all easy to operate. You also have to think about who in your home might be using these appliances and whether or not these types of programs panels will be accessible to them.
Finally, you also have to consider the removal of your old appliances. These are not items that can be set out on the curb in front of your home. You’ll have to arrange for proper pickup and disposal. That can be accomplished when you hire professional junk haulers like Junk King Sarasota to handle the task. These professional junk haulers will be experienced in the heavy lifting department. They will also have the available truck space needed for big items like a refrigerator or stove. While they take away your appliances the same junk haulers can also snatch up anything else you want to get rid of. Just like you need to be smart when shopping you also need to be smart when getting rid of your appliances.