Whether you’re a homeowner living in your own property or a landlord renting to a tenant, the last thing you want to happen is a house fire. Unfortunately, though, fires in homes arise thousands of times each year across the country. When one examines the causes of these fires, most of the time they’re due to the same types of triggers. Here are some of the most common house fire causes that you need to be aware of today.Continue reading “Common House Fire Causes: What You Need to Know”
Most homeowners want to give their property the best lawn on the block — and while lawn care is the most significant factor in making a lawn stand out, it remains important that the exact right grass is growing in the exact right environment. Because different turfgrasses were created for different temperatures, soil types, humidity, and light levels, not all grass will work on all properties. So what is the best turfgrass for your property?
Maybe you’re thinking about selling your home this summer? If so, you’ll want your lawn looking its best. Here are a few guidelines for choosing the best turfgrass for your property, so you can be one step closer to having the best lawn in the neighborhood.Continue reading “The Best Turfgrass for Your Property”
No matter your stage of life, finding ways to make the most out of your home is a common goal. Whether you found your dream home early on or have decided to live out the rest of your years in your current abode, making the appropriate home upgrades will prevent you from outgrowing the space. Consider these upgrades for each stage of life to help you grow with your home throughout the years.Continue reading “Home Upgrades to Consider for Aging in Place”
Building a proper and classy music room is among the toughest challenges that musicians and drummers face. A well-designed music room can make the difference between smooth sailing and significant headaches down the road. By and large, there are various things to think about when constructing a music room. While most people are inspired to buy lots of equipment, they tend to forget very important basics including choosing the right material for the flooring and walls, which account largely for soundproofing. The following are four critical things one should remember when building a music room.Continue reading “4 Things to Remember When Building a Music Room”
In April, I published the first part of this series called Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky. Today, I’m publishing the second piece. We’ll be focusing on move-up neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky. These are great places for people looking to purchase a larger, more expensive property. Could be a first-time homebuyer or perhaps a family that just needs more space. Let’s get started!Continue reading “Best Move-up Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky (Part 2 of 3)”
Owing to its rapid growth and a love for dark, damp places, mold can be a very sneaky substance. Its devious growth is further fueled by the fact that most people treat it with the “out-of-sight-out-of- mind” attitude. It’s easy to be oblivious to the dangers of mold. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on almost everything but most often affects porous materials such as drywall. It spreads through the entire house by producing spores that become airborne and settle on other surfaces.
While this may not appear like a grave issue, mold growth in a home poses serious health risks and a potential threat to the structural integrity of the property. Homeowners should, therefore, take proactive measures in suppressing and preventing its growth. The following information elaborates the dangers of mold and how to deal with it.Continue reading “What Are The Dangers Of Mold In A Home; How To Solve It?”
Since 2007, my Best Louisville Neighborhoods section of the website has been highly praised by both clients and local real estate professionals. I truly appreciate this because it’s been a labor of love. It’s not password protected. I don’t ask you for your email to see it. It’s simply the best of its kind in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Now, I’m going to highlight all the great content located within by looking at the best starter home neighborhoods Louisville, Kentucky. Then, I’ll follow this piece up with move-up neighborhoods and finally luxury home neighborhoods. Let’s go!Continue reading “Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky (Part 1 of 3)”
There are more ways to buy a home today than ever before. It’s crazy! In the past, people generally hired an agent or went it alone. Today, we still have those options but now there are many more choices down both paths. If you’re thinking about selling your home this year (or in the future) keep reading. This expert advice will help you better understand what’s happening in in the minds of today’s home buyers.
Online Is Where It’s At
Today, everything is online. Agents know this. Buyers know it. Every home seller should know it too!Continue reading “What Every Seller Should Know About Today’s Home Buyers”
My clients will routinely ask this question: “When is the best time to sell a house?”
There really is no “best” time. But if you follow these real estate best practices and take advantage of current, local data, you will improve your chances to get a quick sale at top dollar. This expert advice is designed to help you assess your situation and make an educated decision based on both your financial data and your personal goals.
To Move or Not to Move?
Before we get to the professional recommendations, the very first question you ask is whether or not you should sell your house at all? This is important because each time you sell (and then buy) there are costs built into each transaction. For the most part, these costs are pure waste. That means, the longer you are in the same home, the better off your financial situation will be.
Each day, you generate a variety of different types of waste. During the course of any given year, you may end up not only disposing of what fairly can be called everyday garbage and recyclables but also the hazardous waste of different types. Maybe you’re thinking about selling your home this winter and need to get rid of some “junk.” A basic understanding of the different ways in which various types of waste items are disposed of in the city. When it comes to waste disposal in Louisville here are the 8 categories in which waste is disposed of.
- Regular garbage or trash
- Hazardous waste
- Recyclable items
- Mattresses, Furniture, and Appliances
- Construction waste
- Biohazardous waste
1. Regular Garbage or Trash
Garbage removal is the most common waste disposal in Louisville, Kentucky. As it probably is for most cities. Regular garbage or trash is disposed of through the City of Louisville Solid Waste Management Services Division. The agency collects garbage on a weekly basis from residential units with eight units or less. Large residential buildings have to engage a private service to collect regular garbage items.
Managing rental properties can be difficult at times. Landlords regularly face challenges like unexpected maintenance issues and tenants who fail to pay their rent. While these are unfortunate circumstances, little else is more difficult for a landlord to address than a tenant who commits suicide or there’s an unattended death in their rental property. A landlord must be versed about what strategies to employ when a tenant commits suicide or with an unattended death is discovered.
Self-Protection Upon Discovery of a Suicide or Unattended Death
Before discussing the need for self-protection upon a discovery of one or another of these types of death, a landlord must understand what is meant by an unattended death. As the moniker indicates, an unattended death is one in which a person dies alone. In addition, an unattended death most often involves the discovery of body days, weeks, or even months after the tenant died. If this is the case and the body is discovered much later by a landlord, the human decomposition process is well underway.
Having perfect credit and a down payment of as much as 20% is not always possible. There are financing options that are available for any credit score, especially when you consider FHA mortgages and how FHA home loans work. Especially if your out looking to buy your first home, it’s smart to learn about all of your home financing options.
Knowing what your options are in terms of home loans, mortgages, and everything in between is crucial if you don’t have perfect credit.
Your home is likely the largest single investment you will ever make. It’s doubly smart to take care of your home’s value and save money at the same time. Don’t wait for a problem to surface. Be proactive! Follow these sixteen ways to prepare your home for winter now and you’ll be sitting comfortably come the Holidays.
Top 16 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter
Let’s jump right in!
1. Increase Insulation
This is number one on our list for a reason. Attic insulation is the most important aspect of keeping your home warm during Winter. Most homes don’t have adequate insulation. So you shouldn’t let your home fail this test too! If you need a recommendation for a great contractor, please let me know. I have a big list of great, local companies if you’re not up for the DIY project.Continue reading “16 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter”
Today is the day of our annual jaunt through the most expensive Louisville homes in 2018. I began this pilgrimage in 2015 and have enjoyed the journey. If interested, check out the 2016 and 2017 editions. Seriously though, who doesn’t like looking at amazing homes?!
To begin, here’s our methodology.
- We’re only looking at homes that have sold since January 1, 2018.
- I’m only considering homes in the general Louisville, Kentucky area. We’re including the Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Bullitt counties. Our MLS covers more but I’m not including those.
- Lastly, we’re only looking at residential properties. No commercial. No straight land. Just awesome homes sold for big money.
Let’s get started!
When someone says “available homes for sale” what they’re talking about is active listings. The fancy term for that is housing inventory. They all mean the same thing. And to put it bluntly, the available homes for sale in Louisville KY is dangerously limited.
It’s almost always to put things in picture form to better communicate the degree to where Louisville’s housing inventory is currently. Even better, let’s break it up into price tiers. After all, if you’re hunting in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range, you don’t really care what’s happening with half a million dollar homes.
Let’s get started!