If you are thinking about buying a new home one thing that you should take the time to research is who your potential new neighbors might be. A great tool to know more about the area you are thinking about buying in is the Official Sex Offender Registry Site. This free service can locate registered sex offenders in any area.

Click here to locate registered sex offenders in your area. Just enter an address and it will show a map. The site will show you photos (where available) addresses, convictions and other information about the offender. Also included are statistics on crime in the area.

It is important to consider this when thinking about not only the safety of your family but also how this could affect the resale of the home.

When spending big money on remodeling and upgrading your home, getting the most return for your investment is key. Spending $20,000 on an upgrade that isn’t going to add value to your home may please you in the moment, but not when your trying to sell and get that money back. There are areas that are worth the investment and some that are not.

The basic ares of your home are important to focus on. Things like your roof, furnace, and siding are all big investments that bring a big return. Potential buyers don’t want to buy a home that they will need to sink thousands of more dollars into right away. Having a leaky roof will only deter people from making an offer. But being able to show that these essential areas are recently upgraded will give buyers the peace of mind that big maintenance costs won’t hit them abruptly.

The 2 rooms in the house that are always heavy hitters as far as return on investment is the kitchen and the bathroom. Making sure to upgrade these rooms to be both functional and beautiful is important. No one wants to buy a house that has a beautiful kitchen that doesn’t have enough counter space, or the traffic flow doesn’t work. Homeowners often find they get at least 100% return on investment in these 2 rooms.

Other things to consider are the curb appeal of your home, and adding space. Both are considered to be high in the list of things to remodel. Curb appeal is important because it’s going to not only draw buyers in, but also give a sense of a well maintained home. If you yard is in shambles, your home probably is too. In regards to adding space, every 1,000 square feet adds about 30% to the value of your home, so additions can be well worth it. Homeowners are always looking for homes with extra rooms for things like hobbies or exercise equipment. The only thing to be aware of is you don’t want to expand your home so much that the value supersedes those in your neighborhood, so keep the additions reined in.

Upgrading your home can not only make it a place for you enjoy even more, but also add significant value to it. But what you choose to spend the money on is key. Investing money in the wrong places will only leave you with wondering if you should have made a different choice.

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Did you know that staging your home to sell will get your more money and sell your home in less time? If you are considering selling your home you may want to hire a professional trained in home staging to get your home in tip top shape before hitting the market. You could also implement some of the tips from the pros to transform your house into every buyer’s dream.

Here is how to get your home in ready-to-sell condition:

1. Clear out the clutter
Show off your home to the would-be buyers not your stuff. Clear out your clutter by reducing knickknacks, decluttering bookshelves, and removing personal items including photos from your home.

2. Let in the light
Let the natural light in by opening the shades and pulling back the curtains. During a showing, turn on all the lights inside and outside of the home. Don’t forget to turn on the lamps, the soft light can be very inviting.

3. Use neutrals
Paint your walls in neutral shades, it will make the space will feel bigger. You can add pops of color with artwork, area rugs and linens.

4. Stage a setting
Stage rooms in your home to appeal to buyers. If you have a formal dining area set your table for a dinner party.Take your master bath and turn it into a spa-like retreat with fresh towels, jars of pretty bath salts and unscented candles.

5. Stop the smell
Don’t try to cover up odors with fancy sprays or candles. Neutralize odors by opening the windows and letting fresh air into your home. Try sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of trash cans and place a box of it in the fridge to absorb unpleasant odors.

6. Clean thoroughly
You may think your home is clean but look at it from a buyer’s point of view. Clear out the fridge, dust the light fixtures and scrub the grout. Would-be buyers will be going through every square foot of your home.

7. Show off your space
Make the rooms feel more spacious by removing a few pieces of furniture. Put pieces that are rarely used in storage, then rearrange what’s left to maximize each room’s space.

8. Don’t forget the outside
Start with the house number, make sure it is clean, straight and easy to read. Go for simple, clean and easy to maintain landscaping. Prospective buyers will also be interested in the garage and shed so don’t forget to clean those too.

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