4 tips for preparing your lawn for spring [Video]

Even though Old Man Winter maintains his icy grip across the much of the country, spring isn’t too far away! And it’s never too early to begin getting your lawn ready for the new season. We’ve compiled a list of four helpful tips for getting your lawn looking it’s very best for the warmer weather ahead:

Make the most of that mid-winter thaw by getting out there and raking your lawn and removing any dead leaves and other debris that you can find. Raking can also help stimulate the grass and begin the post-winter growing process.

Start spreading fertilizer on your grass, which can help your grass to begin growing again. Just be sure to wait until the snow and ice thaw! It can also help to use pre-emergent, which stops the growth of crabgrass.

Take a close look at your trees and see if you can see any dead branches. If you do observe dead branches, consider starting the trimming process, ideally with the help of a professional. Dead branches can pose a threat to your safety and property, so it is important to take action before the leaves start growing again.

The best way to deal with weeds is to take steps to stop them from growing in the first place! Spread herbicides around after the final winter thaw and remove any weeds that you already see growing.

Thanks for watching! Enjoy gardening!

3 cost-effective ways to increase your home’s value [Video]

Hi there! Are you looking for way’s to increase your home’s value on a limited budget? Look no further, as we’ve got three surefire strategies that can help you sell your home for more money, without breaking the bank. 

Homes that look better on the inside tend to sell for more, so start decorating! Paint typically starts at around $20, and it can make all the difference. What are you waiting for? Break out the brushes and get painting!

Bathrooms and kitchens are important when it comes to making a sale, and if your bathroom and kitchen spaces are a little outdated, it can be a big issue. A great way to make more money on your home is to give these spaces a facelift. If your budget is really tight, even small changes like painting cupboards and installing more modern fixtures can help.

Take a look at your lawn. Is it dull and uninspiring? If the answer is yes, it could be eroding your home’s value. Simple ways to spruce up your lawn include planting flowers or trees, ensuring that the grass remains mowed, and adding furniture such as tables and chairs.

And there you go! Three tips for boosting home value that won’t break the bank. Thanks for watching!

Remodel your kitchen and bathroom to maximize value [Video]

What rooms are most important in the eyes of homebuyers? The kitchen and master bathroom, according to Trulia, which means sellers need to spend time renovating them to make sure they look their best.

Remodeling a kitchen can be a massive project to take on, and everyone has their own favorite characteristics. The source suggested gleaning insight from neighboring homes currently for sale—this will help you figure out whether granite or flagstone is the better option.

When it comes to the bathroom, don’t wipe it down to a clean slate. Instead, Trulia recommended shifting your focus to smaller projects, like updating the faucets and even the towel rack. These are small but noteworthy changes that don’t make the space too flashy, but instead provide the bit of modernization buyers are always on the prowl for.

Thanks for watching, tune in next time for more home improvement tips!

US housing market bouncing back [Video]

After 2008, the housing market took multiple blows as homeowners defaulted on loans, residential values dipped drastically and a lack of job creation led to a stagnant sector. Since then, The Wall Street Journal reported that home buying has bounced back.

Roughly 5.5 million homes were sold in May of 2016, the most since February of 2007, according to available data gathered by the National Association of Realtors. Even with the jump in sales, the average home still sells $40,000 less now than it did in 2005.

The low national unemployment rate suggests these trends will continue, making it a competitive market for sellers. Get a step up on the competition and have your home inspected so you can obtain the price valuation you’re looking for.

Thanks for watching, tune in next time for more news.

Ways to heat your home this winter [Video]

Hello again, and welcome back. Today we’ll look at a few of the different ways to heat your home this winter.

First up are furnaces and boilers. Furnaces heat air and spread it around your home through vents, while boilers are similar – except they heat water instead, typically spreading it around your home through radiators. These are the most common ways to heat homes, and they are relatively reliable and affordable.

Next is the fireplace. There are a few versions today, including the traditional wood-burning model and the gas fireplace. Which you prefer is up to you, but gas is typically easier to maintain, and both provide the ambiance that you know and love.

So which one is right for your home? It depends on your budget, preferences and region in which you live. Consult a trusted professional, and make sure you have your heating system inspected before the winter.

Check out these fall lawn-care tips [Video]

It’s not time to give up on lawn care just because the weather is getting colder and the leaves are falling from the trees. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Your yard still needs some care before the winter, and here are a few tips for doing just that:

For starters, don’t stop mowing. Shorter grass will come back healthier in the spring, so mow as close to the first snowfall of the year as you can. You will also want to water and fertilize in the fall, so your grass can stay strong under mounds of snow.

Above all else, you need to take care of any fallen leaves. They’ll suffocate your yard and still be there in the spring as a rotten, damp mess. Rake a few times throughout the fall and one final time after all the leaves are down.

Thanks for watching, and check back soon for more home care tips.

Popular smart home features today [Video]

Smart homes of the future are finally here.

Today, more houses across the country have a number of “smart” features, or those that can be controlled by a mobile device. Some examples include thermostats, security alarms and window blinds. 

According to a report from Houzz, almost half of homeowners who complete a renovation project are installing a smart system. Homeowners with these features are also reported to be happier with their properties, and their main reasons for upgrading include security, energy efficiency and resale value.

Overall, smart homes can be easier and more convenient to use – not to mention attractive to potential buyers.

Whether you’re buying or selling, make sure you have a trusted home inspection professional look over your property.

Tune in soon for more from our video blog series!

Report: Home flipping increasingly popular [Video]

Hello again, and thanks for joining us.

According to a report from RealtyTrac, the number of flipped homes in the U.S. has increased by 14 percent in the second quarter. Overall, there were more than 51,000 flipped homes across the country.

This is a fairly significant rise. You’ll remember that home flipping took off after the Great Recession, and there are currently a number of popular television shows detailing the process. One big switch now is that many smaller investors are getting in on the game, instead of just larger companies. 

The reason is due to affordable loan options and a favorable lending environment. 

No matter what, a home inspection is a must-have, whether you’re flipping or buying for yourself.

Thanks for watching!

What to look for in a quality home inspector [Video]

Hello again, and welcome back to the Alban Inspections video blog.

Do you know what to look for when shopping for a home inspector? Hint: It’s not all about price. In fact, there are a few other traits of a home inspector that can really make the difference during the homebuying or selling process.

Home inspectors are your first line of defense against any future problems with your home. They can identify areas of concern and even give you negotiating power. The best home inspectors have strong local knowledge and years of experience in the industry.

Furthermore, top inspectors need to be patient, thorough, detailed and kind. The best of the best will spend multiple hours going through the property and answer any questions you might have. 

Not all home inspectors are created equal, and the experts at Alban Inspections are your trusted professionals. Thanks for watching.

Why sellers need a home inspection too [Video]

Home inspections are must-haves for nearly all homebuyers today. However, not every seller feels like they’re equally important – and that can be a mistake.

The reason is that a home inspection can uncover any number of issues that could delay or even prevent closing. If you have a home inspection completed right before your house hits the market, you now have the ability to get ahead of any potential issues and ensure a timely sale.

For instance, home inspectors are ideal partners for savvy sellers, according to Trulia. Inspectors can catch pests, asbestos, foundation problems, electrical issues any many other concerns before potential sellers take a look.

Make sure you contact Alban Inspections today, before you list your home. Thanks for watching.