How Much Does It Cost To Move?

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there’s usually always a cost associated with the milestone. According to the US Census, 11.2 percent of Americans moved in 2016. During those moves, many people had to balance a variety of expenses such as paying for two mortgages (or rent) and, of course, all of the expenses associated with moving from point A to point B. Here’s a list of expenses you can except to pay during a move that will better help you prepare.

Distance matters. This is probably pretty obvious but moving across town is a lot cheaper than moving across the country. Depending on how much and how far you plan to move, expect to shell out a pretty penny! Tip: Price out your options. For example, if you are a first time homebuyer and only have a couch to your name- it’s probably worth it to just wait until move in to purchase all of your new furniture then. Also, finding a friend with a truck might do the trick and save you hundreds!

Temporary storage. Let’s be honest, your ideal moving day might not happen. Depending on the offer and terms you agree on with the seller, your closing date and move out date might not line up as perfectly as you hoped. This gap might force you into temporary rent. Even if you don’t need an apartment, you might need a storage locker to manage your belongings in the meantime. Tip: Moving is a great time to declutter! Think about if your items are really worth hanging on to. If you’d rather not pay for storage- try to sell your valuables on places like Facebook Marketplace to earn some extra money to help cover expenses.

Moving supplies. Boxes, tape, bubble wrap and all of the other moving supplies add up quickly! Try to come up with some unique ways to pack your things like using all of your suitcases and storage bins from the garage. Tip: Start packing as soon as possible! This will help you cut back on stress and might even help cushion the financial burden by spreading out the costs of buying supplies. Pick up a few things here and there each time you are at the store instead of one big trip that could put a dent in your bank account.

Lastly, for your across town move, consider these estimates from HomeAdvisor:

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Should You Renovate or Sell?

What should you do when your home no longer works for you? It’s a serious question and, luckily, there are options! Whether you’ve grown out of your current home or you think it might be time to downsize, these questions can help you answer the question, Should I renovate or sell?

Are your problems really structural? A lot of people feel cramped in their current living space but that could be because you aren’t utilizing your space correctly. There are a lot of great design tips out there for smaller spaces. In fact, there are many organizational units that will really help you maximize every inch. Is it time to declutter? It’s not uncommon for people to have too many things in a room.

Are you over the long commute. If you live around Charlotte, chances are you’ve experienced traffic first hand. If your daily commute has turned into more than you can handle, it’s time to move! Even the world’s best renovation can’t help cut back time on your commute.

How is the local market? This can weigh heavily on your decision to either “make it work” or sell. We’re happy to tell you that there’s never been a better time to sell in the Queen City! The market needs more inventory so if you are thinking about selling, now is the time.

Before you start knocking down walls, let’s talk about your options! We can start by finding out how much your home is worth with a Free Market Analysis.

Another Competitive Spring Ahead?

The warm temperatures we had last week have us thinking about spring in the Queen City! As you might have heard, the spring market is a hot time in the real estate business!  As we look ahead to the next few months, we’re predicting another competitive spring in the world of real estate. Here’s why..

According to Redfin, the national number of homes for sale in January ‘18 dropped by 14.4 percent as the ongoing inventory shortage continues. Additionally, the national percentage of homes that sold above list price was up from January of last year. Combine these two factors and you’ll get a recipe for another competitive spring!

What does this mean for sellers?

Low inventory can make your house in demand! More commonly known as a ‘sellers market’, the assumed advantage lays with the seller because the buyer has less options.

To start, you’ll want a full market analysis on your home so you understand where it stands comparatively on the market. We can prepare a FREE market analysis for you in time to get your house ready for the hot spring market. Just send us a message and we’ll get started.

What does this mean for potential buyers?

A competitive market shouldn’t scare buyers away, especially when you work with an experienced real estate agent. We’ll help you find the right home in your price range and prepare an appropriate offer even in a competitive market.

Because of these factors, we recommend starting your home search sooner rather than later. Get a jump on the competitive spring market and lets start looking for your new home today!

3 Things Every Buyer Should Know About New Construction Homes

What’s better than a new home to call your own?! How about the opportunity to purchase a new construction home! Whether they are part of a large national builder or local developer, new construction homes often appear in rising subdivisions and booming markets- like Charlotte. Wondering if a new-construction home is right for you? Here are three things you should consider…

  1. Not all new construction homes are listed on MLS.  You’ll want to work with a trusted real estate agent who can help you find a new construction home that’s available in your area. Often times, builders and developers have their own ways to advertise these properties that don’t include MLS (think billboards, commercials etc.).
  2. You can customize the details! A lot of new construction homes are sold before they are built. This is great for the buyer because it gives you a chance to customize your home from start to finish. Depending on the builder, you’ll have a variety of different floor plans, locations and features to choose from.
  3. Save Money! New construction homes are often released in phases. If the available homes during the first phase of construction sell quickly and for asking price, the builder or developer might raise prices on the second and third phases saving you money if you got in during the first!

Come explore some great new construction homes around the Charlotte Metro area with us so you can experience all of these benefits.

How To Sell A Unique Property

As real estate agents, we’ve seen it all! The good, the bad and the downright ugly. One of the first rules of staging a home is to take your personality out of the house as much as possible. The goal is to let the potential buyer envision themselves living there. But what do you do when you have a one-of-a-kind property that’s looking for a new owner?

Start by developing a strong marketing and pricing strategy. These can be especially difficult when dealing with a unique property. Remember that not every potential buyer is going to share your love for your offbeat home. People are often attracted to unique properties just to nose around which is why it’s crucial that you work with the right agent.

The right agent can help you market your home to try and attract the right buyer instead of wasting time with tire kickers. They’ll create a listing that SELLS your property by highlighting the selling points of the property. A good agent can also help you develop a price point that can get your house sold and use their professional contacts to help find the right buyer.

At Premier Property Solutions, we accept the challenge of selling a unique property. Let’s talk about getting yours sold today!

The Pros of Working With a Full-Time Agent

Whether you’re buying or selling your home, selecting the right real estate agent makes all of the difference. You’ll probably have a lot of questions regarding the agent’s knowledge of the market, experience and ability to advocate for you as a client. In addition to all of those important questions, there’s one more you should add to your list. Find out if they are a full-time real estate agent. Here’s why…

For starters, having a career as a real estate agent is a full-time commitment. It’s a profession that requires an ongoing commitment to continue your training and education to better serve clients. Good agents know the local market inside and out so they can provide you with all of the information you need to make one of the biggest decisions of your life.

Aside from advanced market knowledge, full-time real estate agents often have flexible schedules to better help accommodate your needs. Our professional commitment lies solely to real estate so we won’t ever have to juggle another day job around your open house schedule.

We are here to help our clients every step of the way! Our team of full-time agents will work with your schedule to help you buy, sell and invest in the Queen City.

New Year, New Home!

Charlotte is going through a “building boom,” with more than 12,000 apartments going up around the area. With all of the new construction, rent prices are soaring, and will likely continue to soar as Charlotte grows at a rapid pace. So what does that mean for housing? Could affordable apartments and rent prices become extinct?

All of the new apartments and condos are raising the cost of rent and replacing older, more affordable units. It seems like affordable renting options are becoming far and few between, so owning a home could be the way to go!

Owning a home amid rising rent prices means having something to actually show for your money. After all, why pay of your landlord’s mortgage each month when you could pay off your own?

Buying a home can be overwhelming at first, but investing in a home is actually much easier than you’d think. In the time that rent prices rise, you could be in a home that could end up making you money instead of paying an increased amount in rent with nothing to show!

If you think this could be the right time to buy, but aren’t sure, let’s talk! We’re here to help you through the process and find you the home of your dreams that you can call your own.

Holiday Fun Around CLT

The holidays in Charlotte are a magical time of year. Uptown Charlotte is lit up,  horse drawn carriages trot up and down the street, ice skating rinks appear, and there are plenty of holiday festivals and events to entertain the whole family. Sometimes, it can be hard to keep up because there’s so much to do! If you’re looking to join in the festivities this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of ways to be merry and bright around the Queen City.

  1. The Nutcracker
    1. Join Clara, the mouse king, and the breathtaking holiday scenery as the Charlotte Ballet puts on their incredible rendition of the original Nutcracker performance. The show runs until December 23rd and tickets can be bought through the Blumenthal Theatre or Charlotte Ballet.
  2. McAdvenille ‘Christmas Town USA’
    1. McAddenville has their annual lights set up for a wondrous and festive evening. This tradition has been going on since the 50’s and never ceases to draw those from near and far. The holiday lights will be illuminated until December 26, so grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the scenery.
  3. Gingerbread Lane
    1. Gingerbread Lane is an enchanted display of Gingerbread houses and creations at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Bring the whole family and vote for your favorite creation with a minimum of $1 which is donated directly to the Levine Children’s Hospital. The houses will be up until December 27.
  4. Uptown Christmas Market
    1. The uptown market pulls inspiration from a traditional German Christkindlmarkt. Stroll through vendors and shop for gifts while drinking hot spiced gluhwein and enjoying delicious desserts. The market will be open through Christmas Eve.
  5. Icing Skating at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
    1. Ice skate in the heart of uptown and maybe even catch Santa Claus himself. There are snacks and hot cocoa as well as a giant tree with twinkling lights. The rink will be outside of the NASCAR Hall of Fame until January 7.

How to Prevent Fires in the Home

A house fire feels like something that could never happen to you, until it does. The U.S. National Fire Administration reported that in just one year, house fires caused about 3,000 deaths, 15,000 injuries and $11.6 billion in damage. While some house fires are caused by things beyond our control, a lot of those fires are easily preventable. In addition to having a smoke alarm on each floor, and preferably in each bedroom, there are a several things you can do to make sure the tragedy of a fire never affects your home.

The number one threat for fire comes from your kitchen. Cooking while distracted, especially on a stove top, can lead to burnt food which can turn into a very harmful fire. Stand by your food and be sure to watch it carefully. A watched pot may take longer to boil, but we’d rather you didn’t multi-task when something so important is at stake.

Smoking is very dangerous when it comes to house fires. A cigarette that’s lit inside can easily catch on fabric or another combustible item. The inside of your home is extremely flammable, so if there’s a smoker in the house, ask them to take it outside.

Electrical fires are a serious matter and, with all the electronics there are these days, it could happen to anyone. Frayed or cracked cords can send out sparks, catching items in your home on fire. Same goes for heaters. Heaters that are near flammable items can be incredibly dangerous. Be sure to do an electronics check up now and again. Keep heaters and cords away from draperies, pets, and anything else that sparks could land on.

Believe it or not, your dryer could be putting you at huge risk for a house fire without even realizing. Always clean the lint out of the filter or screen before putting a new load in. Lint can build up in lesser checked places as well.

The dryer vent and exhaust duct should also be cleaned periodically to avoid a huge fire risk. This is a job best left to the professionals, like our friends at Servpro. They will come out and clean your vents and check your dryer for any fire hazards. Take advantage of this wonderful offer from SERVPRO of Northeast Mecklenburg Co. and enjoy 50% OFF HVAC Duct Cleaning for a limited time. Don’t forget to mention us for your discount!

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Charlotte: One of America’s ‘Most Livable’ Cities

Boring is NOT a term that people would use to describe Charlotte! On any given week in this growing North Carolina city there are an abundance of activities and events. From whitewater rafting, to $5 movie nights, to concerts, there’s no shortage of things to do. Not only that, but there’s an invigorating diversity in the Charlotte scene; residents can try something new every day. So, it came to no surprise to us when Charlotte was named USA Today’s 26th most livable city in the US.

All over the city streets you’ll see the phrase, “Charlotte’s Got A Lot” and it’s no question why! Someone living in Charlotte just five years ago can tell you that each and every day something new pops up. Whether it’s a new skyscraper, or a hot new restaurant, the city is quite literally growing before our eyes. Charlotte’s growth can also be credited to its prosperous economy. Job opportunities are in plentitude around the Queen City. For example, Charlotte is home to the east coast operational headquarters of Bank and American and Wells Fargo just to name a few.

But Charlotte isn’t all work, no play. There are a multitude of breweries and entertainment amenities, like the Carowinds Amusement Park, as well as NFL, NBA, and minor league baseball teams.

Charlotte has the vibe of a big city while still being a close knit community. Not only is the Queen City livable, it’s lovable and completely worthy of its top title.

Thinking about relocating to Charlotte? We can help! Contact one of our agents today