INCREASE YOUR CURB APPEAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re preparing to sell your home, curb appeal should be a priority. When someone is walking by or coming to your open house, the outside of your home is the first thing they will see. If there is no curb appeal, potential buyers may never even set foot in your home. Instead of ignoring your home’s outdoor appearance, consider making some budget-friendly changes that can add appeal to your home without breaking the bank.

1. Landscape Your Walkway

Create a smooth transition from the street to your front door. A clear path will allow a potential buyer’s eye to look straight to your home, rather than stopping to concentrate on unkept landscaping. Clean your walkway and create groupings of mid-size shrubby and florals close to the road and by your front door.

2. Hang a Wreath

Adding a wreath to your front door is a simple way to make your home look more welcoming. Consider a DIY wreath that is easy to create and cost-friendly.

3. Treat Your Lawn Better

Consistent upkeep is the best way to save money when it comes to your front lawn. You should apply a weed-and-feed treatment to your lawn as often as needed to supply the necessary nutrients while also killing off any weeds. Be sure to provide proper maintenance to your lawn mower and keep your mower blade sharp.

4. Add Porch Appeal

If you have a front porch, add an affordable outdoor furniture set. This can create an inviting space that will make potential buyers want to try it out!

5. Consider Color Accents

If your door or shutters need a fresh paint job, consider finding an accent color that will help your house pop. It doesn’t have to be extreme, just enough to catch the eye of a potential buyer. Be sure to test your paint color alongside your siding or brick before fully committing.

6. Restore Your Driveway

Your driveway can be a major eyesore if it isn’t taken care of. Fill any holes or cracks in your asphalt and apply a fresh sealer. A driveway that looks new is sure to help your curb appeal.

7. Power Wash Your Home

Sometimes, all your home needs is a good cleaning. If you don’t own power washer, rent one from your local home improvement store and take a weekend to power wash your entire exterior. Even if your home is relatively new, a deep cleaning can make it look like a new build.

These are all things that will help you if you decide to sell your home. Call Advantage Real Estate in Moberly, MO–we’re here to help!

WHAT YOU SAVE BY GETTING RID OF EXCESS STUFF BEFORE YOU MOVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re getting ready to move, whether you are trying to sell your home or you’ve already purchased a new one, one of the first things that tends to cause stress in the process is the fear of packing all of your stuff. Whether you’ve been in your current space for a few months or several years, you’ve probably accumulated plenty of things you use and love, and even more items you haven’t touched since you brought them home. Now is the perfect time to purge those items and start fresh in your new home with intentional decor and less clutter.  Here are some of the things you’ll save when you let go:

Save Time 

Instead of waiting until you’re ready to move, start sorting through your items now. Sell, donate, or trash the items that you’ve decided don’t have a place in your future home. When you’re ready to pack up for your move, you’ll save so much time because you’ll have less to pack (and unpack).

Save Money 

Maybe some of the stuff you’re considering letting go of is worth something. If that is the case, consider having a garage sale or selling your clothes to resale boutiques in your area. Donate or dispose of whatever you don’t sell. Not only can you make money, but you can save money by moving less stuff. You may be able to fit what you love into a smaller moving truck if you get rid of those items that have gone unused for years! Randolph County has several drop off sites needing your donations.

Save Energy 

Sometimes items can take up a great deal of emotional energy. It is often in our nature to cling to things that may have meant something in our past, but have no place in our future. Get rid of that baggage and create an intentional environment with positive energy in your new home.

Save Space 

Instead of taking the clutter from your current place into your new home, save space by getting rid of it now. Open spaces in your new home will bring you peace of mind and joy.

If you’ve done all this saving and you’re ready to save even more on a new home, give us a call at Advantage Real Estate in Moberly, MO! 

 

HABITS OF A TIDY HOMEOWNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all have that friend whose home seems to be spotless, no matter the time of day. You could swing by for a morning coffee or stop over for dinner, and it always looks like someone just cleaned. Can you imagine if your house could be like that? Well, it can! Tidy homes are created out of habit. Here are 5 habits of people with tidy homes, so that you too can have a house that looks like a magazine feature all the time.

1. Having A Schedule

Letting clutter accumulate is the easiest way to get a messy home. If you are waiting until the mess is unbearable, you’re going to be overwhelmed by it every time. By creating a cleaning schedule, you can manage the cleaning of your home instead of avoiding it. Create tasks for each day, like a day for dusting and a day for vacuuming, so you are doing a little bit of deep cleaning every day.

2. Create Lists

Break down everything in your home that needs to be cleaned on a list. By creating a list, you will be able to cross off what you complete as you go. This visual helps you to stay on track and feel like you’re accomplishing your goals.

3. A Place For Everything

Organization is the key to a tidy home. If every item in your house has its own home, cleaning will be much easier. This especially helps to prevent junk drawers or counters overflowing with random household items.

4. Get Rid of Clutter

If a junk drawer is already overflowing in your house or you have a closet where you’ve been stuffing items with no other place to go, it is time to purge. Follow Marie Kondo’s advice and get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy – especially clutter. There are several drop off sites in Moberly, MO where you can leave your items for donation.

5. Baskets are Best

While it is important to maintain organization when using them, baskets can be extremely helpful to organize and reduce clutter – especially if you have children or pets. While it is easier to manage our own clutter, it can be difficult to put every toy or childcare item away properly when we are in a rush. By having decorative baskets throughout your home, you can quickly clear out an area if you have guests coming over without scrambling to put all those items where they are meant to go. It is important to add basket organization to your cleaning list, that way they do not become just another ‘junk drawer’ of sorts.

Work on creating these habits in your own home and soon enough, you’ll be the one who doesn’t mind when your friends stop by at any hour!

Getting a jump on spring cleaning will give you a leg up on selling your home in Randolph County MO.  If you’d like any of our Advantage Real Estate agents to stop by and take a look and see if there’s anything you’ve overlooked, just give us a call!

 

 

DIY SHIPLAP FOR $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Chip & Joanna Gaines, shiplap is filling homes across the country, and for good reason. Shiplap can give you a beautiful feature wall without having to choose an accent color you may not be crazy about in a few months. If done wisely, it doesn’t have to be expensive either. Here is a guide to create your own shiplap without breaking the bank.

What You’ll Need:
Nail Gun & Nails
Table Saw*
Compound Miter Saw*
Stud Finder
Underlayment Plywood
Construction Adhesive
1/8 Inch Tile Spacers
Spackling Paste
250 Grit Sandpaper
Paint (With Primer Included)

*Your Moberly, MO home improvement store where you purchase your plywood can typically cut your boards into planks if you do not have these tools at home. Make sure your boards will collectively be long enough to fit the wall you plan to shiplap.

Step 1: Prep Your Planks

Measure the wall you plan to shiplap and make sure you get enough plywood to cover the wall. You get to decide how wide you want your planks to be, but 6 inch planks are a great size for any home. Be sure to cut the final full-length planks into a variety of sizes so that you can achieve that staggered shiplap look.

Step 2: Hang Your First Row

Use your stud finder to locate the studs in your wall. This is where you’ll be nailing the boards in. Prep your first plank by applying the construction adhesive to the back of the wood. Lay that plank flush with your crown molding to ensure your planks will lay straight on the wall. Once in place, nail the plank twice, once on top and once on bottom, along the stud that the board is covering. Fill in the top row with as many pieces as needed.

Step 3: Use Your Spacers

Before placing the second row, use your spacers to ensure there will be an equal gap between planks. Be sure to do this for each new row of planks.

Step 4: Fill Nail Holes

Use your spackling paste to fill in all the holes you’ve created. Once it has dried, you will need to sand down the hardened paste to create a flush surface with the wood.

Step 5: Time For Paint

If your paint doesn’t have a primer included, be sure to prime the wall first and then apply your first coat. Use a second coat if needed!

You now have the perfect focal point in whatever room you’ve added your DIY shiplap wall to, all for the price of a week’s worth of coffee!

Shiplap will add value to your home in Randolph County, and give you satisfaction while relaxing in your new room.

 

 

Commercial opportunity at the edge of town

Put on your thinking cap and let’s visit this commercial space at the edge of town in Moberly, MO.  Just outside of city limits with no city ordinances!

In my past lives, I was a restaurant, a single family residence, and now I am 3 separate office spaces.  That means 3 rental incomes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently has 3 rentals within this building, all with separate entrances and a shared/common kitchen and bathrooms.

 

Plenty of parking!

 

Nice offices inside

 

So bring your imagination and dreams! Call Advantage Real Estate 660-263-3393 and we’ll show you around!

Thinking of Selling? 4 Things NOT to Do…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you’ve decided it’s time to make a move and put your house on the market. How exciting! Hopefully, you’ve brought a rockin’ Advantage Real Estate

 

REALTOR® on board to help you list your property.  Remember, we are the ONLY agency in Moberly, MO with membership in TWO Multiple Listing Services (MLS’s). As you start checking things off your to-do list to get your property ready, it’s also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started.

 

Don’t over-improve.
As you ready your home for sale, you may realize you will get a great return on your investment if you make a couple of changes. Updating the appliances or replacing that cracked cabinet in the bathroom are all great ideas. However, it’s important not to over-improve.   Perhaps the prospective buyers for your house are family oriented and want a basement space for their kids to play in? Some may want an unfinished basement that’s used for storage and storms.   Make any needed fixes to your space, and for sure make sure it’s super clean, but don’t go above and beyond—you may lose money doing so.

Don’t over-decorate.
Over-decorating is just as bad as over-improving. You may love the look of lace and lavender, but your potential buyer may enter your home and cringe. When prepping for sale, neutralize your decorating scheme so it’s more universally palatable.

 

Don’t hang around.
Your agent calls to let you know they will be bringing buyers by this afternoon. Great! You rally your whole family, Fluffy the dog included, to be waiting at the door with fresh baked cookies and big smiles. Right? Wrong. Buyers want to imagine themselves in your space, not be confronted by you in your space. Trust, it’s awkward for them to go about judging your home while you stand in the corner smiling like a maniac. Get out of the house, take the kids with you, and if you can’t leave for whatever reason, at least go sit in the backyard. (On the other hand, if you’re buying a home and not selling, then making it personal is the way to go, especially when writing your offer letter. Pull those heart strings!)

 

Don’t take things personally.
Real estate is a business, but buying and selling homes is very, very emotional. However, when selling your homes, try your very best not to take things personally. When a buyer low balls you or says they will need to replace your prized 1970s vintage shag carpet with something “more modern,” try not to raise your hackles.

 

We’re here to help you!  Let’s talk about the market, what to expect during the process, and what we can do FOR you to take some of the pressure out of the process.  Contact Advantage Real Estate today!  We’re selling Randolph County (and surrounding counties) one yard at a time…

 

Real Estate – The Safest Investment For Building Wealth

For President’s Day, I just wanted to send along a couple of real estate related quotes that I came across.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President

 

Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.” — Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President

 

Whether it is as a home, or as an investment, real estate truly is one of the safest, and best ways to build wealth.  Here in Moberly, MO there are great opportunities whether you are buying, selling or making an investment!

 

Hopefully you are enjoying a day off due to the holiday! I am not off today (working by choice, of course), so if you want to chat about building your wealth safely, feel free to give one of our agents a ring!  660-263-3393

Looking For A New Place For Your Business In Moberly, MO?

Two buildings for 1 great price!

 

You need offices…. this is the place for you! Call center perhaps? You decide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building 1 contains 9 offices and 3200 square feet, men’s & women’s restrooms, kitchen/break room, newer metal siding and roof! Air purification system and extensive telephone system already in place (valued at $60,000).

Building 2 is 2400 square feet with 4 offices, an open meeting/conference room (with separate entrance), unisex restroom, and recently updated metal siding and roof!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishes in both buildings include solid core interior doors, fluorescent lighting, good quality drop grid ceiling, 4″ baseboard trim, ceramic tile and carpeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget your outside picnics under the Pavilion which has electricity!  Great break area for your employees perhaps!

 

Lots of parking on a 1 acre lot is perfect for your business! Another option to these properties could include utilizing one building for yourself, and leasing the other building to make your mortgage payment.  Possible Owner Financing terms available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Advantage Real Estate to schedule your personal tour of this property!

We believe in Small Business!

Downtown Moberly is made up of so many hard working businesses and owners; it’s an integral part of our community!

Take a look at 216 N Clark St.

The main level storefront would be perfect for a retail or office setting.

 

Look at the floor plan!  There’s a huge warehouse space in back which should suit any business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upstairs there’s an efficiency apartment that’s been completely transformed and brings in steady income each month for the owner of this property.

 

 

It comes furnished with most furniture you see in these photos.

 

 

 

 

Each unit is separately metered, except for water.  This property may qualify for some of the Moberly Downtown CID incentives to help a new business get going!  Please ask us about it!

This property is listed by Advantage Real Estate, Moberly, MO.  More details can be found at https://bit.ly/2zSyVXn

This Historic home at 816 Gilman St., Moberly, MO is for sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s your chance to own this one of a kind prestigious home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elaborate details, original woodwork, several stained glass windows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light and bright kitchen with breakfast nook and walk in pantry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two staircases, pocket doors too! Original Carriage  House in back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Carriage  House in back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This home sits on about ½ acre in one of Moberly’s upscale neighborhoods.

What Does MLK Have To Do With Real Estate?

 

 

Fill in the blank…

“I have a _________…”

It doesn’t take a psychic to know what word you chose.

Was it “dream”?

Good chance it was. We all know this line from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech. So when we hear those first three words, it sort of naturally comes to mind.

But what many people aren’t aware of is how much he affected the lives of real estate agents, buyers, and sellers.

It was his death that gave Congress the last push needed to pass the Fair Housing Act, back in 1968. It’s pretty involved, but to put it simply…

This was put in place to ban racial discrimination in housing. You can’t be refused the rental or purchase of a house, based upon your race.

Seems simple enough to most people now. A given, if you will. But it didn’t happen overnight. And believe it or not, it still can and does come up.

But guess who’s a big part of making sure this Act is followed…

On the front lines, it’s real estate agents. We’re tasked with making people aware that discrimination based upon race (and many other things) are not acceptable, and they must refuse to work with anyone who wants to do so.

Real estate agents are proud to be a part of this ongoing history.

Today is the day where we take a moment to reflect and pay him respect. It’s also a good day to share some insight into how much more responsibility real estate agents have than meets the eye.

If you or someone you know is looking for a home to buy or sell  in the Moberly MO area, give the friendly agents at Advantage Real Estate a call.

Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest

Tax changes for 2019 change the landscape for homeowners.

Tax season is upon us once again, and to make it even more interesting this year, the tax code has changed — along with the rules about tax deductions for homeowners. The biggest change? Many homeowners who used to write off their property taxes and the interest they pay their mortgage will no longer be able to.

Stay calm. This doesn’t automatically mean your taxes are going up. Here’s a roundup of the rules that will affect homeowners — and how big of a change to expect.

Standard Deduction: Big Change

The standard deduction, that amount everyone gets, whether they have actual deductions or not, nearly doubled under the new law. It’s now $24,000 for married, joint-filing couples (up from $13,000). It’s $18,000 for heads of household (up from $9,550). And $12,000 for singles (up from $6,500).

Many more people will now get a better deal taking the standard than they would with their itemizable write-offs.

For perspective, the number of homeowners who will be able to deduct their mortgage interest under the new rules will fall from around 32 million to about 14 million, the federal government says. That’s about a 56% drop.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll pay more taxes,” says Evan Liddiard, a CPA and director of federal tax policy for the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. “It just means that they’ll no longer get a tax incentive for buying or owning a home.”

So will you be able to itemize, or will you be in standard deduction land? This calculator can give you an estimate.

If the answer is standard deduction, you’ll be pleased to know that tax forms are easier when you don’t itemize, says Liddiard. Find instructions for IRS Form 1040 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mortgage Interest Deduction: Incremental Change

The new law caps the mortgage interest you can write off at loan amounts of no more than $750,000. However, if your loan was in place by Dec. 14, 2017, the loan is grandfathered, and the old $1 million maximum amount still applies. Since most people don’t have a mortgage larger than $750,000, they won’t be affected by the cap.

But if you live in a pricey place (like San Francisco, where the median housing price is well over a million bucks), or you just have a seriously expensive house, the new federal tax laws mean you’re not going to be able to write off interest paid on debt over the $750,000 cap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State and Local Tax Deduction: Degree of Change Varies by Location

The state and local taxes you pay — like income, sales, and property taxes — are still itemizable write-offs. That’s called the SALT deduction in CPA lingo. But. The tax changes for 2019 (that’s tax year 2018) mean you can’t deduct more than $10,000 for all your state and local taxes combined, whether you’re single or married. (It’s $5,000 per person if you’re married but filing separately.)

The SALT cap is bad news for people in areas with high taxes. The majority of homeowners in around 20 states have been writing off more than $10,000 in SALT each year, so they’ll lose some of this deduction. “This is going to hurt people in high-tax areas like New York and California,” says Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA and expert for TurboTax in California. New Yorkers, for example, were taking SALT deductions averaging $22,000 a household.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental Property Deduction: No Change

The news is happier if you’re a landlord. There continue to be no limits on the amount of mortgage debt interest or state and local taxes you can write off on rental property. And you can keep writing off operating expenses like depreciation, insurance, lawn care, and utilities on Schedule E.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Equity Loans: Big Change

You can continue to write off the interest on a home equity or second mortgage loan (if you itemize), but only if you used the proceeds to substantially better your home and only if the total, combined with your first mortgage, doesn’t go over the $750,000 cap ($1 million for loans in existence on Dec. 15, 2017). If you used the equity loan to pay medical expenses, take a cruise, or anything other than home improvements, that interest is no longer tax deductible.

Here’s a big FYI: The new rules don’t grandfather in old home equity loans if the proceeds were used for something other than substantial home improvement. If you took one out five years ago to, say, pay your child’s college tuition, you have to stop writing off that interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Tips for Navigating the New Tax Law

1. Single people may get more tax benefits from buying a house, Liddiard says. “They can often reach [and potentially exceed] the standard deduction more quickly.” You can check how much you’re likely to owe or get back under the new law on this tax calculator.

2. Student loan debt is deductible, up to $2,500 if you’re repaying, whether you itemize or not.

3. Charitable deductions and some medical expenses remain itemizable. If you’re generous or have had a big year for medical bills, these, added to your mortgage interest, may be enough to bump you over the standard deduction hump and into the write-off zone.

4. If your mortgage is over the $750,000 cappay it down faster so you don’t eat the interest. You can add a little to the principal each month, or make a 13th payment each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. If there’s anything Advantage Real Estate can assist you with, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

 

5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes from Exploding This Winter

#1 Turn On Your Faucets

If the temperatures have dropped into freezing and intend to stay there, turning on your faucets — both indoors and out — can keep water moving through your system and slow down the freezing process. There’s no need to waste gallons of water: Aim for about five drips per minute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Open Cabinet Doors

During cold weather, open any cabinet doors covering plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom. This allows the home’s warm air to better circulate, which can help prevent the exposed piping from freezing. While this won’t help much with pipes hidden in walls, ceilings, or under the home, it can keep water moving and limit the dangerous effects of freezing weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Wrap Your Pipes

If your pipes are already on their merry way towards freezing, wrapping them with warm towels might do the trick. You can cover them with the towels first and then pour boiling water on top, or use already-wet towels — if your hands can stand the heat (use gloves for this). This should help loosen the ice inside and get your system running again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Pull Out Your Hairdryer

A hairdryer (or heat gun) can be a godsend when your pipes are freezing. If hot rags aren’t doing the trick, try blowing hot air directly on the pipes. Important note: You don’t want to use a blow torch or anything that produces direct flames, which can damage your pipes and turn a frozen pipe into an even worse disaster. You’re trying to melt the ice — not your pipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Shut Off The Water if Pipes Are Frozen

Have your pipes already frozen? Turn off the water immediately. (Hopefully you know where the master shut-off is, but if not, now’s the time to find it!)

Make sure to close off any external water sources, like garden hose hookups. This will prevent more water from filling the system, adding more ice to the pile, and eventually bursting your pipes — the worst-case scenario. This also will help when the water thaws; the last thing you want after finally fixing your frozen pipes is for water to flood the system — and thus, your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remarkable Ranch Style Home For Sale In Railwest Subdivision Moberly MO

 

 

 

 

 

 

This newly built spacious home in Railwest Subdivision has an open floor plan gives this home a cozy feeling! The fireplace is an added plus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bake Santa some cookies in this luxurious kitchen OR  just enjoy family time cooking together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy upgraded features this home has to offer like: wide plank wood laminate flooring, quartz kitchen counter tops, and onyx counter tops in bathrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus: covered back patio with a view over a large fenced backyard including a saltwater pool for many summers to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a new place to call home?  We’re here to serve your Real Estate needs in Randolph AND surrounding counties!

 

 

Beautiful Spacious Ranch Style House For Sale in Moberly MO

This two level 4BR 3.5BA home features 3454 total finished sqft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower level boasts a woodburning fireplace and a second kitchen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of windows for enjoying natural light!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sit in the enclosed front courtyard or private back deck & enjoy the beautiful wooded views!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friendly real estate agents are happy to schedule a personal showing for you today!

Click on the link to view the listing: 1606 Parkwood  Dr, Moberly MO https://bit.ly/2NOruKY

 

 

 

3 Brilliant Hacks to Make Snow Shoveling Less Miserable

You are guaranteed to shovel  snow while living in Moberly MO.  There are, however, ways to make the process much easier. Here are three simple hacks to make the morning after a snowfall much less stressful.

#1 Spray Your Shovel with Cooking Oil

Snow sticking to your shovel makes an already arduous task even more obnoxious. Avoid it with this hack: Lightly coat your shovel with non-stick cooking oil to make snow slide right off. No more time wasted removing snow from your snow remover. (You can substitute a spray lubricant like WD-40, but the downside is it’s toxic.)

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Lay Out a Tarp Before the Snow

If you like short cuts, this technique, billed as “the laziest way imaginable” to clear snow, according to a tutorial from “Instructables,” has got your name on it. The day before an expected snowfall, lay a tarp on your walkway. When the snow finishes falling, just pull out the tarp, and voilà: an instantly cleared walkway. (Word to the wise: Make sure pedestrians won’t trip on your tarp; include a sign or use this technique in your backyard walkway if you’re concerned.)

The technique requires a tarp, firewood, and twine as well as some prep work. Pre-storm, use firewood to weigh down your tarp — you don’t want it flying away in the wind! — and tie the twine to both the tarp and to a shovel standing upright in your yard. You’ll use the shovel to pull out the snow-laden tarp.

Although this method might be faster than shoveling, it does require manpower. After all, a cubic foot of snow can weigh between 7 and 20 pounds. So don’t get too ambitious with the size of your tarp or you might not be able to pull it once it’s full of snow.

 

 

 

 

#3 Make a Homemade De-icing Cocktail

De-icers make snow removal easier by cutting through the tough, icy layers that are a pain to remove with a shovel. But an easy solution should be easy on your property as well. Many commercial de-icers are pretty harsh.

Commercial ice-melting substances — magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, and sodium chloride (salt) — all cause damage to the environment, according to the University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center. They can also damage concrete sidewalks and driveways, which mean hefty repair costs later.

A better solution: Make your own de-icer using rubbing alcohol or vinegar. You’ll save money, too. Commercial melters typically cost $8 or more. Plus, you’ll avoid the hassle of trekking to the hardware store to stock up.

Use vinegar before a storm to make ice and snow removal easier:

  • Combine 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water.
  • Spray or pour gently (you still want to avoid runoff into your landscape) before a storm.

To keep the sidewalks and steps from icing after a storm:

  • Combine 2 parts rubbing alcohol with 1 part water.
  • Apply to minimize runoff.

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Barring a move to a snow-free state or barricading your family inside all winter, there’s no way to avoid the endless task of shoveling snow.

If you decide that winter and snow shoveling is just not for you, we’d be happy at Advantage Real Estate to assist you in selling  your home.

Keeping Your House Clean with Dogs While It’s on the Market

Grout can be a real problem because it soaks up pet odors.

Oof. Houses that smell or look like pets have lived in them are just harder to sell.

Here’s how to de-dog your house before putting it on the market — and how to keep it that way while you sell.

#1 Steam Clean Everything Fabric

“Job number one is to take care of [the soft surfaces in your house],” says Melissa Maker, star of an eponymous YouTube channel and owner of a Toronto cleaning service. “They hold odors and hair like nothing else.”

This includes carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and even the drapes, she says. Pets rub against drapes, getting oils, odors, and fur on the fabric. Send curtains out for a professional cleaning.

#2 Groom Your Pet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your pet groomed by a pro before you list your house. You can do it yourself, but a pro can get more hair and dander off than you can — plus, all that gunk is better off in the groomer’s drain than yours.

Brush your furry friend regularly (outside, preferably) while your house is on the market. Any hair you get off on a brush is hair that won’t end up on your sofa or in your rugs.

#3 Clean Tile-Floor Grout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tile resists dog stains, but grout is porous and sucks them up like a sponge. “I had a cat who had an accident on a tile floor, and the pee seeped into the grout,” Maker says. Steam clean grout to lift old smells and stains. If your grout is really cruddy, hire a pro to chip out the old grout and put in new — or DIY it if you have the skills.

#4 Get an Air Purifier Tower

To you, it smells like home. But your HVAC has been circulating the same hair and dander again and again (especially in hot and cold weather when the windows are closed).

Add an air purifier tower with a HEPA filter; it pulls hair and dander out of the air before they even reach your HVAC.

Most air ducts don’t need to be cleaned, especially if you change filters regularly. But if dander and fur seem to be taking over, hire a duct-cleaning company before putting your home on the market.

#5 Use Enzymatic Cleaners

They’re the special forces of odor busters. Enzymatic cleaners are made of beneficial bacteria that eat stains and odors. They’re formulated to stamp out a specific type of stain, so a cleanser that targets urine won’t be the same as one for vomit.

“They’re cultivated for a specific mess,” Maker says. Apply them liberally to stains regardless of how old they are, before listing your house.

#6 Get Rid of Scratch Marks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet toenails leave telltale marks on doors and walls. For walls and doors made of synthetic materials, you’ll just need to paint over the marks. For a wooden door, use wood-filler pen can fill in the scratches. For hardwood floors, rub out small scratches with steel wool or fine sandpaper followed by mineral spirits, wood filler, and polyurethane. For major damage, refinishing the hardwood is a good investment with a stellar 100% ROI.

#7 Absorb Odors With Charcoal

Charcoal pulls moisture and odors out of the air. You can get inconspicuous little bags of it to hang in places your pets love most. Or, just strategically stash some charcoal briquettes around the house.

Just be sure to get the ones that aren’t presoaked with lighter fluid.

#8 Spot Clean Furniture Daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re like many pet owners, trying to keep your dog off the couch completely isn’t worth the effort. Instead, cover your freshly-cleaned furniture with throws or pet covers, and wash them at least once a week. Vacuum rugs and carpets every day. Pet smells sink in fast.

For quick hair removal before a showing, wipe down the couch with rubber gloves. The hair comes right off.

#9 Get a Sniff Test

You’ve scrubbed everything, and you think your house smells like a dog has never set foot in the door. Get a second opinion as to whether the odors are gone, Maker says. “You may be noseblind. Ask your agent to walk through and give you an honest opinion.”

#10 Call Advantage Real Estate. We’d love to help!

 

A Few Quick-and-Easy Winterizing Tips For Your Home

Here’s a few tips from your friendly locally-owned real estate company in Moberly, MO. Advantage Real Estate.

Buy a $3 Protector for Your Outdoor Faucet

Here in Randolph County, the temperatures can drop drastically to dangerous levels. A tiny $3 prevention could save a lot of money later. A little frozen water can do an abundant amount of damage. The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet, drain it, add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes. Buy them now! They sell out quick when the weatherman predicts colder weather.

Make sure any exposed pipes in an unheated basement or garage are insulated. Wrap pipes with foam plumbing insulation — before the weather drops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Your Gutters and Add Insulation to Prevent Ice Dams.

Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam (a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents melting snow and ice from flowing through your gutters). These icy blocks can lead to expensive roofing repairs. Insulation is the key to prevention. The climate here in Moberly Missouri can change in a matter of minutes. Ice dams, icicles, and ice buildup on the gutters is a symptom of not enough insulation in the attic. No matter where you live, you need at least 14 inches of insulation in your attic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it looks like you’re living inside a waterfall when it rains, water is missing your gutter system completely. It’s being directed to your foundation instead. And a water-damaged foundation is never, ever cheap to fix. But a worse problem, one that requires a foundation excavation or rebuild, can set you back $30,000 or more. If you were considering selling your home in Randolph County in the future, you would want to prevent this expensive damage. A pro can do the work for anywhere between $70 and $250, depending on the size of your gutter system.

 

Seal Up Leaks

Cracks can be easily anbd inexpensively sealed with a simple tube of caulk, and it’s available in hundreds of colors to match your window panes, outside siding, and even brick. not sure where to caulk? Look for visible cracks around window sills, baseboards, fireplace or dryer vents, and anywhere something inside pokes a hole to the outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get a Furnace Tune-Up And a Fireplace Inspection

You could be cutting five years off the life of your system and increase energy bills if you don’t get your furnace serviced annually. It is recommended to replace the furnace filter, which cleans the air in your home, and also keeps your furnace coils cleaner, which can save you up to 15% off your energy bill. It is suggested also to change the filter out at least every three months, but possibly as often as monthly if you have allergies, pets, or smoke cigarettes at home. It’s extremely important to get an inspection to your fireplace and chimney. If you don’t, a fire can cost you thousands of dollars, not to mention the rist to you and your family. It is strongly recommended to make your maintenance appointment before the temperatures drop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Market Showcasing in Moberly, MO

On Saturday Sept. 29 from 10 am till 3 pm in downtown Moberly, our community is showcasing its first ever Vintage Market called Junk Junktion!  It will be in the 400 block of W. Reed Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There promises to be some interesting vintage pieces you might want to pick up, so come on out early!  I know the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce has some lockers from the old Jr. High building plus other memorabilia that will be available.  There plans to be at least 20 vendors present with their wares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your spouse wonders what you’re up to tell him:

“I’m not shopping, I’m helping the economy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s so much history deep in the veins of this community called Moberly and the surrounding areas in Huntsville, Cairo, Higbee, Clark, and beyond!  There are buildings in the downtown district needing creative minds to invest and bring more restaurants, shops, and apartments to the area.  Perhaps a creative thinker could transform an old church building into a retreat or haven of some sort.  Call Advantage Real Estate and let’s put our heads together!  660-263-3393.  #ShowMeMoberly

 

 

Found the Perfect home? Act quickly!

You’ve found “the one.”  It’s perfect.  Then someone comes along to spoil it.  Suddenly you’re in a multiple offer situation.

Sound familiar?  These days we’re seeing more and more multiple offer situations.  It’s a supply and demand that in many price ranges is favoring the seller.  So what should you do it you’ve found “the one?”   You don’t want to lose another…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer your best price first.  We sometimes are seeing higher than list price too.  Of course, you want to make sure that if there’s financing involved, you have an appraisal contingency to protect you.  Your buyer’s agent should be able to guide you with comparables to support the pricing.

 

Make sure you’re pre-approved (and not just pre-qualified).  The difference is verifications.  Have you filled out an application?  Has the lender asked for your pay stubs and bank statements?  Those are good clues that you’re on the right path to a true pre-approval.  The lender will verify before issuing a letter stating how much house you can afford.  A pre-qualification is often a verbal interview without the supporting documentation.  Providing this letter with your offer removes a lot of concerns when evaluating and offer.

PRE-APPROVED red stamp text on red circle on a white background and star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contingencies.  Make sure your inspection contingencies are tight, meaning not an excessive amount of time.  Once your offer is accepted, you need to get right on the inspection process so that part can be checked off the list.

Write a letter to the owner.  I’ve helped many people through the years, and I can tell you that a sincere letter from a buyer sharing how their family is going to LOVE your home simply tugs at the seller’s heart.  All things being the same, they will most likely lean toward your offer.

 

Why do I need a Realtor if I’m “just looking”?

We meet a lot of people in this business.  Some on their way to new towns, and some arriving in Moberly to make a new start.  I’ve observed that MANY people simply do not understand the role the real estate licensee plays when helping a buyer in the process of buying a home.  The real estate licensee may offer buyer agency, which allows the licensee to advocate for YOU, the buyer, and hold your information confidential during negotiations.  Or the licensee may simply be in a neutral position and simply assist with the paperwork.  If you call the listing agent, they are representing the seller’s best interest, not yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we’re finding is that many of our loyal buyers don’t understand what happens when they click on Zillow, Trulia or Realtor.com to find out more information about a property.  This inquiry is broadcast to multiple real estate licensees who hopefully are quick to respond.  If you are a buyer and have a favorite agent you want to help you purchase your next home, if you go to look at any houses with another agent, your agent cannot help you with that property because of procuring cause rules; it’s unlikely they will get paid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My recommendation is to search Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com and then call or text your favorite (preferred) agent to find out more information or to schedule a visit to see it in person.  That’s what we do!  We can show properties from ANY agency, so please keep that in mind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Advantage Real Estate, we’re more than happy to have a quick visit and explain the process if you have any questions!  We like our clients to be as informed as they can be!

Check out this ranch home on 41 acres!

Discover the joys of country life with this 3 BR 2 BA ranch home with walkout basement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has a secluded location at the end of a dead end road with 41 acres m/l.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep some cows or horses on this land – there’s two fenced pastures for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mix of woods and pasture with a pond, you’ll see lots of wildlife in your backyard!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large rooms throughout this home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

main level laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unfinished walk-out basement with room to grow!

 

 

Call Advantage Real Estate 660-263-3393 to schedule your private tour!  MLS # 18-212

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Selling your home? Budget-friendly improvements

Everyone wants to get top dollar for the home they are selling.

2. Here’s a few budget-friendly tips I’ve learned and observed…

Crown molding at the ceiling makes a room look higher-end

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moldings can be simple or ornate, but don’t they really crisp up a room.

2. Hang quality ceiling fans

Ceiling fans that match from room to room give continuity and a fresh/new look

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

3. Upgrade your landscaping

   Add some flower pots, fresh mulch, and heap loads of love on your lawn by getting rid of clover and dandelions by using Weed B Gone or a similar brand.  And then fertilizing!  People often               drive by your house before ever asking to see inside.  A well-manicured lawn is inviting;  the return on investment is HUGE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wanting to put down roots?

 

Arbor Day is one of those days that we all know about. But how many of us really go out and plant a tree every year?

Planting a tree is a great thing to do. There are just so many other things that demand our time, attention, and money, that it isn’t something that most people even think to do.

Even if we do, getting a tree to take root isn’t as easy as it sounds. You need to know what you’re doing…

Buying a home is similar.

Finding the time, attention, and money to search for the perfect place to put down your roots is one of those things we all think about. But it’s something people rarely do. And when you decide to, it’s important that you know what you’re doing. It isn’t as easy as it looks.

Have you been thinking that it’s time to really set roots in a new home, but have been putting it off?

If you have… give us a ring. We know how to help you find the perfect place to set your roots.  Advantage Real Estate 660-263-3393

 

The Best 5 Projects (to Do Now) to Help You Sell Your House

Focus on curb appeal projects. You’ll get a higher return on those.

Planning on selling your home soon? Take an objective look around your home from a buyer’s perspective. What would stop you from making an offer? What do you need to do to put your home’s best face forward?

Here are some  projects to jump on now in order for your home to be in tip-top shape for a spring sale:

#1 Update Your Curb Appeal

Landscapers planting in a front yard