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10 things your clients should know before moving to a newly built home

  • By Chelsea Thatcher
  • 05 Oct, 2015
Article Written by: Einat Mazafi - Owner of NY Shipping

Getting clients into a newly built home can be thrilling, but there are things you, and they, need to know ahead of time to help them have the best experience possible. You’ll be able to help clients move into their house feeling confident that you’ve done everything to ensure it will be a home by staying involved in the process with a little research. This way, they will be so satisfied with your service that when they are ready for another new home, they will certainly contact you again.

1.   Choose the developer first.

Though the model homes might be beautiful and shiny, if the reputation of the builder isn’t great, it doesn’t make much difference in the end. Have clients talk to the people in the communities they’re looking to build or buy in, along with the Better Business Bureau. They will need to know ahead of time if the builder is dependable or not.

2.   Be add-on aware.

Just as they do when you’re shopping for a new car, add-ons can considerably drive up the cost of a new home. Warn clients to watch out for higher-quality materials used — for example, granite countertops, extras such as additional fireplaces or bathrooms, and design elements including wainscoting or crown molding.

3.   Stay involved in the building process.

If clients are contracting someone to build a new home for them, remind them to stay involved with the process after the initial meetings are over. Keep in regular contact with the contractor to stay appraised of the progress and any issues that might come up. Clients should ask for weekly meetings, either by phone or in person so that they can stay on top of things.

4.   Learn the neighborhood.

If the home is in a new development, you and your clients have a unique opportunity to get involved in the community from the ground floor. Start meeting the neighbors before the move-in date, if possible, and contact the new homeowners association to see if the clients can help on any committees and if you can advertise in the newsletter.

5.   Be flexible.

When possible, urge clients to allow some overlap between leaving their last residence and moving into the new home. As deadlines approach, things can go wrong, and the home might not be ready in time. The extra cushion afforded by that flexibility can come in handy in such instances.

6.   Plan a walk-through.

Whenever possible, before, during and after building, plan walk-throughs with the contractor. If they’re building, clients should ask to meet at the home to check progress on things such as concrete pouring, framing and completion. They might feel concerned about being a pest, but if that happens, just remind them that this is likely one of the biggest and most costly projects they’ll take on in their lifetimes. The builder, more than anyone, will understand that and probably appreciate your involvement, as it could save everyone time and money in the long run.

Send checklists with your clients of items to do that have come from your weekly meetings, and have them go over them with the builders.

7.   Know emergency shutoffs and plans.

Have the builder take clients through the location of each smoke and gas detector in the home, and learn where pipe and gas shutoffs are in case of emergency. Prior to move-in date, put together an evacuation plan and go over it with your clients, so everyone knows what to do in an emergency situation.

8.   Prepare for closing.

Make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork together and ready to go, in order to facilitate closing. Though stressful, being prepared can help smooth the process. Make sure escrow officers, inspectors, lawyers and any other involved parties are organized and ready to close.

9.   Inspect before you move in.

Plan for a final walk-through with the contractor and client before they move anything in the home. Beforehand, have an inspector go through everything with you, and make notes of anything that they determine might need addressing prior to signing off on completion.

10.   Look into new-home warranties.

Clients should do some shopping around and find a home warranty, independent of any offered by the developer. An additional level of insurance, this warranty will be their safety net in case anything goes wrong within the first year in the new home.

With these tips, your new homeowners will feel secure that they, and you, have done everything possible to ensure success with their new home.

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By Chelsea Thatcher 19 Apr, 2016
Listing a property is a delicate dance. From the initial marketing to the final price negotiations, everything needs to be tailored to the type of home being sold. However, because of their main differences, this process can look very different when selling a condo versus selling a house.  

Reason #1: The Homeowners Association or HOA  

As all condo owners will know very well, almost all condos come with some type of HOA, or homeowners association.  

The HOA generally handles common areas like swimming pools, the exterior of the building, and landscaping. Sometimes, the HOA is also responsible for holding social events throughout the year.  

However, all of this comes at a few costs. The first is money; a HOA cannot operate or pay necessary expenses without charging residents a monthly fee. The second is freedom; most HOAs have rules that need to be followed.  

When selling a condo, potential buyers will balance the costs of each HOA with the benefits.  

Reason #2: Real Estate Investors  

When selling a condo, it's reasonable to expect a larger number of investors considering the property than when selling a home. After all, renting out condos is a big business.  

As a result, selling a condo could mean a faster closing, a cash offer, or even competing bids if the condo is on prime property.  

Reason #3: The Type of Buyer  

Different types of buyers look at a condo versus a home. For starters, condos are generally smaller, don't have yards, have all landscaping handled professionally, and frequently come with amenities like a swimming pool or fitness center.  

While a good majority of potential buyers with children would love a swimming pool with zero maintenance, they aren't willing to make the trade for a smaller space. This means that when selling a condo, potential buyers will generally be single adults, newly married couples, or retired professionals looking to downgrade to an easier property.  

Reason #4: Location, Location, Location  

Every real estate agent knows that one factor, above all others, is most important when selling a property: location. Being close to town versus far away from traffic, near downtown excitement versus in a quiet neighborhood, or near shopping centers versus on the edge of nowhere all come into play for a property's value and desirability.  

Generally speaking, condos tend to be closer to urban areas, shopping, and entertainment. This also means that their price per square foot is frequently higher. As a result, owners looking to sell their condo should carefully consult with their real estate agent about the best way to market their property and a fair listing price.
By Chelsea Thatcher 19 Apr, 2016

To get top dollar for your home, renovations may be necessary. However, some renovations can prove costly and they don’t always add value to your home. Here are three inexpensive renovations that are sure to improve the resale value of your home.  

First Impressions Matter

Your home needs to have curb appeal. If the potential buyer   doesn't   see that, it will be difficult to get the price you want. Spend money and time landscaping your yard. Pressure wash your driveway. Paint your front door. Make your porch look welcoming. If you do all of this yourself or with the help of family and friends, the costs will be reasonable.  

After a prospective buyer is impressed by your nicely kept lawn, you will want to continue impressing him/her with your interior design. Buyers know what they want when it comes to the number of bedrooms and baths. You have something they want or they   wouldn't   be looking at your home. Now, you need to keep their attention.  

Freshening Up the Interior

Each room needs to be freshly painted in a neutral color. Old wallpaper and borders should be stripped and walls repainted. Make each room look larger by clearing any clutter. If possible, remove any unnecessary furniture and store it somewhere else. Have any carpets professionally cleaned, and be sure to polish any hardwood flooring. In the bedrooms, de-clutter your closets. Your kitchen and bathrooms should be sparkling. Clean and organize counters and cabinets. Again, most of these suggestions cost little but add great value to your home.  


When you think of upgrades, you many automatically assume major costs with little return. However, many upgrades may be within your budget. Consider making some of these affordable upgrades to your home.  

Living Areas/Family Rooms – If you’re going for a more elegant touch, add some crown molding. For a more rustic feel, add box beams. Improving the ceilings of main rooms will add value to your home.  

Hardware and Fixtures – Painting and changing the hardware on your cabinet doors can change the look of a room dramatically. Add new fixtures such as lighting and doorknobs for a more updated look.  

By Chelsea Thatcher 13 Apr, 2016

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO    April, 7 2016   – The latest data from REcolorado, the provider of REcolorado.com, a  home search site for Colorado home buyers, sellers and renters, reveals that home sales prices have reached another all-time high. Demand remains strong, with home sales seeing an impressive 39 percent jump from last month.

All month-over-month comparisons indicate the housing market for the Denver Metro and surrounding area is holding strong, thanks to an influx of new listings that boosted the number of homes for sale. At month end, inventory levels were up 10 percent as compared to last month and six percent year over year. Still, weeks of inventory remained at six, meaning it would take just six weeks to deplete existing inventory if sales continued at the same pace.

By Chelsea Thatcher 06 Apr, 2016
Kitchens have come a long way from linoleum floors and olive-colored appliances that our grandparents had. Today’s kitchens are super-sized and designed for multiple purposes. Sixty-nine percent of owners use their kitchen space for dining, while 49 percent use it for entertaining and 43 percent for socializing, according to a recent survey of homeowners by Houzz.

The kitchen has become the hub for family activities, such as doing homework, watching TV and reading. Nearly two-thirds of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in their kitchens. Therefore, today’s homeowners are not skimping on renovations. Nearly one-third of homeowners surveyed spent between $25,000 and $50,000 on kitchen renovations and another third spent more than $50,000.

Features that are typically part of living and dining rooms, such as dining tables, chandeliers, TVs and workspaces, are being added to kitchens. Wine refrigerators and built-in coffee stations are popular for entertaining, while custom cabinetry and hardwood floors integrate more seamlessly with the home’s overall design.

As the modern kitchen has continued to evolve, several design trends have emerged:
  • Two-tone kitchen cabinets that mix colors and styles. 
  • Black and bronze finishes on stainless steel appliances contribute a sleek, modern look. 
  • Deep kitchen drawers help organize dishes and pans. 
  • Niche appliances, from steam ovens, warming drawers and induction cooktops, add luxury and practicality. 
  • Kitchen islands with more workspace and storage, prep sinks and seating are the workhorse of the home. 
  • Unexpected combinations of backsplash and countertop finishes can spice up kitchen décor — for example, a brick backsplash with concrete countertops or yellow ceramic tile with butcher block. 

The modern “super kitchen” not only improves flow, storage and aesthetics, it also supports family life with style and substance.

By Chelsea Thatcher 30 Mar, 2016

If you have children, no home is complete without a treehouse. Besides the fact that treehouses provide kids with hours of entertainment, they can also confer ancillary benefits that are hard to quantify. For starters, treehouses can improve property values by boosting curb appeal. When building any type of treehouse, keep the following tips in mind.

Location, Location, Location

Before you head off to Home Depot and get all the necessary supplies, you need to spend some serious time storyboarding the build process. Pick a tree with low, sprawling branches such as an oak or a maple. Furthermore, consider issues like wind, shade and privacy before you start to nail up supports.

Choose Your Materials Wisely

A treehouse built with subpar materials will fall short in the longevity department and disappoint the kids. Pick out stout oak 4x4 posts for the structural elements and top them off with pressure-treated pine for the floors and railings. Use quality plywood for the interior walls and seal it to avoid rot.

Make Multi-Use Your Mantra

Treehouses that are simply shacks suspended above ground will quickly bore youngsters no matter how well-built they may be. Incorporate elements such as swings, rope ladders and even zip-lines to get more from your treehouse. As long as you're putting in the effort, you might as well add all of the bells and whistles.

Bake Safety Into the Recipe

You don't want the kids to get hurt when they're frolicking among the branches. Make sure to bolt handles and permanent rails into the truck so that adolescents are less likely to slip and fall. If you want to go all out, add a few safety nets around the edges.

Heed Aesthetics When Designing

An unadorned treehouse quickly turns into an eyesore over time as it's battered by the elements. Shingle the roof and paint the exterior walls so that they match your home. Kids will naturally gravitate towards a treehouse that looks appealing and your neighbors won't complain about a shoddy structure in your weeping willow.

It's More Than a Treehouse

While many young kids will no doubt love a full-featured treehouse, it's usually the improvement in home value that will appeal to adults.

By Chelsea Thatcher 16 Mar, 2016

Renovating your kitchen is an excellent way to improve its look, increase the value of your home and appeal to a more diverse range of home buyers if you decide to sell. However, a kitchen remodel can easily cost $10,000 to $20,000 or more, which is why you want to make choices that you can live with. Learning more about some of hottest trends can help you decide what you want and don't want in your kitchen.

By Chelsea Thatcher 29 Feb, 2016
Listing a property is a delicate dance. From the initial marketing to the final price negotiations, everything needs to be tailored to the type of home being sold. However, because of their main differences, this process can look very different when selling a condo versus selling a house. 
By Chelsea Thatcher 25 Feb, 2016

When it comes to painting the walls of a house, sometimes subtle is best. You want to add design, color, and texture to the walls, but you don't want it jarring to the eyes. Here are three subtle painting techniques you can try on your home walls.  

Tissue Paper Texture  

One easy way to add texture to walls is to use tissue paper. You apply the tissue paper to the walls and it stays there until you want something new.  

Crumple up a piece of tissue paper into a tight ball and then open it up and smooth it out. Small textured lines will appear on the paper. Those lines will remain when you use the paper on the walls.  

Use the colored wall paint as glue to adhere the tissue paper to the wall. Paint an area of the wall that's a little bit bigger than the piece of tissue paper. Press the paper to the painted area and smooth it out so all the edges stick to the wall. Paint over the tissue paper.

Repeat the process until the entire wall is covered.  

Sponge Color-on-Color Technique  

Natural sponges create a unique look on painted walls. If you use two versions of the same color, satin and semi-gloss, then it creates a subtle look that isn't shocking to the eyes. The color is the same but the shine is different.  

Paint your wall with the satin color paint. Let it dry completely. Dip the top of the natural sponge in the semi-gloss paint. Dab the sponge to the wall over and over. It's OK to overlap the paint in areas and you aren't going to completely cover the wall.

Once dry, the satin paint will show from beneath the semi-gloss paint creating a neat shine effect.  

Taped Stripes  

You don't want bold multi-color stripes on your wall because it will stand out too much. Subtle stripes create a beautiful effect.  

Choose two colors that sit side-by-side on the color spectrum. Or, choose two similar colors from different companies. Paint companies tend to have slight differences in colors.  

Paint the walls your first color choice. Let it dry completely. Tape the walls using painters tape to make stripes. Make them horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. Make them wide or thin. It's up to you.

Paint the walls again with the second color choice. Paint right over the tape. When you remove the tape, the first color will show.  

These simple and subtle paint techniques will make your walls beautiful. This is especially useful if you plan to sell your home and want to increase its value.

Talk with your trusted real estate agent for more information on simple ways to make your home more inviting to potential buyers.

By Chelsea Thatcher 24 Feb, 2016

Renovating your kitchen is an excellent way to improve its look, increase the value of your home and appeal to a more diverse range of home buyers if you decide to sell. However, a kitchen remodel can easily cost $10,000 to $20,000 or more, which is why you want to make choices that you can live with. Learning more about some of hottest trends can help you decide what you want and don't want in your kitchen.

Traditional Is Back

Trends come and go, but the classics remain constant. One of the hottest renovation trends is a more traditional look. Homeowners today are no longer attached to trendy colors and modern designs; they want homes that have a more traditional look and will retain that traditional look for years to come.

Experts predict a return to darker wood colors for cabinets, tables, counters and even floors. There are also some reports that homeowners will use oil rubbed bronze and darker pulls and handles on cabinets and drawers as opposed to flashy and contemporary chrome accents. Other trends include rustic farmhouse tables, double porcelain sinks and natural stone counters.

Going Green

It's hard to go anywhere today without seeing or hearing about green decorating trends, and those trends carry over into kitchens. Homeowners want products made from recycled materials and the chance to "go green" at home. Adding a recycling center is just one of the hottest trends for the kitchen.

Designers also found that homeowners want counters and floors made from recycled or sustainable materials. Bamboo is a sustainable construction material that works well in flooring applications. Homeowners can also find counters made from old tires, soda bottles and other recycled goods.

Homeowners Want More Space

Ask anyone want they need in their homes, and the odds are good that many will say they need more space. Recessed lighting is one trendy accent that adds more space and reduces the number of fixtures and cords hanging down from the ceiling. Other ways to add more space include adding an island with storage to the center of the room and cutting down on the number of cabinets lining the walls.

There are a number of trendy ways that you can renovate and change your kitchen. Going green, adding more space and bringing in traditional elements are just a few of those ways. Talk with a real estate agent about other changes you can make that will add value to your kitchen.

By Chelsea Thatcher 16 Nov, 2015
Ice hockey is justifiably known as "the fastest game on earth," a frantic yet balletic blur of sharpened steel blades, carbon fiber sticks, and tough, muscular players with incomparable endurance. In a season stretching from October to April (or June, if a team is fortunate enough to make it all the way through the playoffs to the Stanley Cup Final), a hockey pro plays a grueling schedule of 82 games, half of those on the road.

So a player’s home can feel like a cherished refuge, a place to escape the crowds, the cameras, and the grind of competition. That role may feel even more crucial to one who was catapulted into the spotlight while still in his teens — like Gabriel Landeskog, the Swedish-born forward for the Colorado Avalanche, who was drafted by the team in 2011 at age 18 and then chosen by his fellow players in September 2012 to become the youngest captain, at age 19, in National Hockey League history.

When Landeskog and his girlfriend, Melissa Shouldice, found a two-story loft-style condo in downtown Denver, just a few blocks away from his home ice at the Pepsi Center, Landeskog was captivated by its "location, location, location," and spectacular city views. But both were less than thrilled by the décor — lots of primary colors and an odd flow.

Fortunately Melissa, who has a degree in psychology and a particular interest in design, found through online research the ideal person to help them transform their home: Ashley Campbell, principal of   Ashley Campbell Interior Design . "We met and talked a few times, and they liked the way I’d transformed other residential and commercial properties," says the designer. "And they put their trust in me."

"I really wasn’t sure I could live there until Ashley showed us her design," says Shouldice. Landeskog was similarly excited about Campbell’s plan. Her modifications made it seem like this could be the ideal place for "getting away from the stress and craziness of being a pro athlete."

Campbell’s transformation of the condo involved improving its traffic patterns, including bringing subtle focus to the soaring entry area and using an awkward space between the two main-level bedrooms to create an expanded master suite. Meanwhile, the designer interpreted the couple’s request for what Landeskog sums up as "a calm, clean color scheme that would be easy on the eyes" with finishes and furnishings in a subtle interplay of white, taupe, beige, gray, and black, expressed through rich, subtly geometric textures and patterns.

Her young clients found the results surprisingly pleasing and deeply satisfying. "When we first walked in after Ashley’s work was done," says Landeskog, "we could hardly believe our eyes." Shouldice describes them running and sliding along the wood floors like "little kids" on Christmas morning. "Now, we’re really proud to show off our home to our family and friends, including my teammates," says Landeskog. "It works equally well for big parties, small gatherings, or just the two of us."

Better still is the effect the condo has on Landeskog at a very specific time. "When I walk in after a long road trip," he says, "it feels so good to be home."
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