Jay Self's Blog

Posted on 01/23/2021
Tips for First-Time Buyers
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Buying your first home is an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming when you don't know what to expect. Below are some tips to help first-time homebuyers navigate this process successfully. 1. Get pre-approved before you start shopping. Nothing is more upsetting than finding the home of your dreams, only to...
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Posted on 01/16/2021
Decor and Taxes: Working from Home
Photo by RawPixel via Pixabay The sky's the limit for cloud-based documents and files. Remote working is on the rise. The ranks of independent entrepreneurs are growing. For many, home is a place to live and work. Here are three elements to consider for your work-from-home space. 1. Choose Your Workspace Pick a bright spot. Daylight inspires! Will...
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Posted on 01/09/2021
Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle with a Pro
Photo by Elena Rouame on Unsplash Ensuring that your home is well-maintained, is critical to protect your asset and give you the best chance at a solid resale price in the future. There are many maintenance tasks that can easily be handled on your own, and for those who consider themselves handymen, there are quite a few tasks...
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Posted on 01/02/2021
How to Improve Your Home's Efficiency
Photo by SpeedKingz via Shutterstock Living green is the goal of many young homebuyers. Once in their new home, they want to take steps toward improving their home’s efficiency. The first step to improving your home’s energy efficiency is to choose the right house. Solar panels and LED light fixtures aside, the most efficient form of housing is...
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Posted on 12/26/2020
How to Create Outdoor Living Space
Photo by Sonnie Hiles on Unsplash You can extend your living area by activating your outdoor spaces. Whether your yard is large or small, you can create a spot to entertain, read, or just relax with these tips: Seating Most outdoor spaces can accommodate some type of seating option. If you’re working with a smaller porch space, try...
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Posted on 12/19/2020
Multigenerational Properties Are in High Demand
Image by giselaatje from Pixabay Multigenerational properties have seen a demand spike recently, giving sellers a reason to sit up and take notice. As family dynamics shift and the economy rises and falls, property owners need to pay attention to who's buying what. We'll look at what constitutes a multigenerational property and which ones are seeing the most...
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Posted on 12/12/2020
Are You an Ambitious Property Buyer?
An ambitious homebuyer goes above and beyond the call of duty to find a great residence at an affordable price. As such, this individual is better equipped than others to streamline the homebuying journey. Anyone can become an ambitious homebuyer. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you seamlessly discover your dream residence. 1. Create Homebuying...
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Posted on 12/05/2020
Zoning Variance Requests
Image by Michi S from Pixabay Every property has an assigned zone that controls how you can use it. In residential zones, for example, you often have to abide by restrictions regarding business activity and animal husbandry. Commercial and industrial zoning also comes with many restrictions for its use, limiting the types of businesses that can be operated...
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Posted on 11/28/2020
How to Maintain an Energy-Efficient Bathroom
Photo by 영훈 박 via Pixabay Your bathroom can be a considerable source of energy use in your home. The Department of Energy states that water heating accounts for up to 18 percent of energy bills, which is the second largest expense in your home after heating and cooling. Showers and baths aren’t the only reasons for high...
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Posted on 11/21/2020
Pest Control at Home
Image by dayamay from Pixabay Termites and other wood-destroying organisms can destroy a home in no time. Even if you have stucco on the outside, you have wood under the stucco. If a piece breaks off, termites and other bugs can get inside and destroy the walls. Wood is everywhere in our homes. Even block homes have wood...
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Posted on 11/14/2020
Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Smart Home Device
Smart home devices enable property owners to automate a wide range of everyday tasks – everything from cleaning each bedroom in a residence to securing a house against burglaries and other threats. Yet not all smart house gadgets are identical. And if a homeowner fails to plan ahead for smart home technology investments, they risk spending money on smart...
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Posted on 11/07/2020
Moving to an HOA Community
Photo by Curtis Adams from Pexels Are you considering buying a home with a Home Owner's Association (HOA)? Living in an HOA community can be very rewarding. But if you're accustomed to living without one, it can bring some challenges. Know in advance what to expect with HOA living. Checking out the biggest pros and cons HOA homeowners...
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