Thinking of Adding a Firepit to Your Backyard?

There is nothing quite as nice as sitting by a fire on a cool autumn night and in Las Vegas on any winter night as well. Of course, not everyone lives where they can just build a bonfire or even set up a little campfire at a moment’s notice. It’s a good thing that there are options available for those who want the ambiance and experience of sitting by the fire without the hassle that goes along with building bigger fires. Your best option is installing a firepit in your yard for those days you want to just relax by the fire.

You should know that not all firepits are created equal. While you could pick up a cheap firepit somewhere and just set it up, if you really want to maximize the experience and get the most out of it, then you may want to do a bit more planning and create an area where you can really enjoy it. This will also help to ensure that the firepit is set up safely, so you don’t accidentally create a fire hazard or other dangerous situation in your yard.

Firepit Considerations

The most important consideration is that your firepit is safe. This involves not only installing a firepit unit that is structurally sound it also includes installing it in a place that is stable. You certainly do not want the firepit to tip or shift in such a way that it could spill its contents or fall over. Regardless of whether the firepit is being placed on a surface, or buried in the ground, safety and stability should be your primary concerns.

This could mean that you might have to do a bit of construction around the firepit or add stone or concrete underneath it to create a solid and stable surface for it to sit on. Once the firepit is in place, you’ll want to try moving it in different directions to make sure that it doesn’t shift or wobble. You should also inspect it for dents, cracks, or other signs of damage that could become a bigger problem down the road; you’ll want the firepit to be structurally sound before it’s installed, and if you see signs of damage now then you’ll want to get those repaired before you finish the installation.

Cozy On Up

Once you have found the perfect place to put your firepit and that it’s safe to operate there, you’ll want to build out the area around it. While you could just use folding chairs or other temporary seating, it’s almost a shame to go through all the trouble of setting up a firepit just to then skimp on the seating. A better option is to get matched seating to go around the firepit to help add ambiance to the location while also giving you somewhere to sit.

This can come in a wide range of forms. You could go with nice wooden seating, Adirondack chairs, metal seats with cushions, or even wicker seating to go around the firepit. Rounded benches or other connected seating are also a good idea, giving you multiple seating options, while also being stylish and literally making the firepit the center of attention. Regardless of the type of seating you go with, try to match the colors and style of the firepit to your seating, and you’ll really be able to tie it all together.

Setting Up Your Firepit

After you get everything else sorted, setting up your firepit is largely a matter of getting it in place and securing it or otherwise ensuring that it’s stable. If you have a firepit that runs on propane or other gas, it will usually come with some kind of rocks or fake logs. To personalize it, you can buy multi-colored glass from a variety of places. Mine came with very basic lava rocks and I replaced them with blue, white and aqua glass squares! So even though mine was a basic kit, mine looks unique!

If all of this seems like more work than you’re comfortable taking on, though, you can always call in a professional. I can help you connect with contractors and other pros that can get your firepit installed safely and ready for you to use.  So contact me, Jeff Howard, your realtor for life!!!

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Caution: 4 Ways to Quickly Diminish the Value of Your Home

Feeling great – you’re a homeowner now, and you can say goodbye to consistency the moment you turn your apartment keys over to your now-former landlord. The world is your canvas — at least, the home that you now are obligated to pay a monthly mortgage payment on or better yet fully own.

You most likely have big dreams for your new home; however, be realistic.  Although there are lots of changes you can make that will update or upgrade your new home, there are others that can potentially devastate its value. This is no small thing.

If you thought that ugly entryway light fixture was a real turn-off, just read on to learn about things potential buyers will find extremely unappealing down the road.

There’s Good, There’s Bad and There’s Ugly

The fact is every homeowner will leave a mark on the homes they own, this is inevitable. The only question you need to ask yourself is if your mark will be a good one. Will you be the homeowner who planted the gorgeous maple tree that eventually turns into a beloved climbing tree or are you the one that glued neon green shag carpet to the hardwood floors?

Here is a short list of some of the most dramatic ways to destroy your home’s value without even trying that hard.  Hopefully, you will have avoided these problems when you go to sell someday.

This is an important point to note: if you’re in your forever home, you can decorate however you like. Plus you don’t need to sell that puppy. Just be aware that your outrageous choices could prevent things like refinances and even reverse mortgages down the road.

Having made those disclosures, let’s talk about home value-destroying projects!

4 Things That Can Lower Your Home’s Resell Value

Learn to tune out all the advice from random people that are not pros in the field of home ownership.  Most people own two or three homes in their lives, which doesn’t give them a whole lot of experience with market values and making upgrades that will make a house special.

Realtors, general contractors, and other home pros, on the other hand, make it their business to know what’s just in vogue and what’s a classic, the sort of modification that will stand the test of time. These are the people to ask when you really need a second set of eyes.

But, before you even get that far, let’s count down some of the worst ideas for your new home.

#4 Over-Personalizing the Place

Everyone wants to make their house their own. However, step away from the orange wallpaper and the lime green tiles, just for a minute, and think this through. Some buyers can see past over-personalization, while others cannot. There’s a reason Realtors used to advise sellers to paint everything beige, it creates a blank pallet for a buyer to start from.

If you want to use quirky wallpaper, choose something easy to remove when you go to sell. You should choose a mostly neutral tile that can go with any color scheme. In short, tone it down a bit. However, feel free to paint to your heart’s desire — just plan to repaint before you put the house on the market. (I have a client right now whose home we just put on the market, and before we did, she repainted the self-proclaimed ‘rainbow bedroom’ a neutral color).

The amazing thing is that some personalization can be very expensive. I saw a property once where the owner had put over $50,000 worth of Italian Marble in the bathroom… but the design was so specific, that it was like a custom painting. When it was time to sell, he wanted to get that much more out of the house… but the buyers were all wondering how much it was going to cost to remove it all…

When a buyer walks into your home, the first impression they have informs every other thought they have as they walk through. They’re simultaneously calculating two things in their heads: “How much can I afford to pay for this house?” and “How much will I have to pay to fix this place?” And every intolerable thing they encounter is another thing that goes into the repair budget. As it grows, the price they’re willing to pay shrinks.

Oh, you left the flamingo wallpaper in your bedroom? The repair budget’s getting pretty heavy. And these are just the immediately visible things, they haven’t yet gotten to the inspection period. The point here is: do you do it in a way that can be reversed before potential buyers see the house?

#3. Converting the Garage to Anything Else

There’s a difference between using your garage as a gym and making it a gym permanently. When it’s a permanent gym, you can’t push some stuff out of the way and pull the car in really quick to get it out of the rain. You probably don’t even have a garage door anymore!

Many people have made this hasty decision, turning their garages into master suites, home gyms, playrooms, and home offices.  They are not considering the long-term ramifications. Then, after dumping thousands of dollars into the project, they find out that it’s extremely difficult to resell their home.

No matter how professionally the conversion was done (and some are done very well), the buyer says to themselves, “Where am I going to park my car and store my holiday decorations?”

Buyers come into a transaction with a certain set of expectations and, frankly, when they’re looking at houses in certain areas or certain prices that typically come with garages, it is quite disturbing to find one that doesn’t quite fit the model. That’s the beginning of the price-chopping spiral. Eventually, you’ll discount the house much more than you ever intended or just give up on selling, and either and rent it out or not move at all.

#2. Tearing Down (Some) Walls

This one is not a hard and fast rule. There are sometimes walls that should come out. But don’t make this call without consulting with an architect, or a general contractor, and probably an interior designer as well, since there are several things to consider, including the structural integrity and flow of the home.

The walls that you definitely should never tear out are the ones that reduce the bathroom or bedroom count; unless you have something like five or more bedrooms and three or more bathrooms. At that point, you have a little wiggle room. As long as you maintain the American standard of a three-bedroom, two-bath home (or whatever is standard in your neighborhood), you’re probably ok.

However, turning a three-bedroom home into a two-bedroom home because you wanted to expand a bedroom is a value killer. If you think about it from a market perspective, it might make a bit more sense. A larger, or more mature, family is most likely to buy a three-bedroom home. They’re going to have a bigger budget because there are two incomes, they need more partitioned spaces because there are possibly teenagers involved.

The same house with the same square footage, but with two bedrooms, is more likely to be shown to young families with small children, possibly only one income while one parent stays home to raise the toddlers or even single people. Their budgets are smaller, which means that the two-bedroom market simply doesn’t support the higher prices of the three-bedroom market.

When your home is appraised, your appraiser will be pulling comparable homes based on things like the neighborhood, square footage, and the number of bedrooms and baths. So, if the other two-bedroom homes are selling for $30k less than three bedrooms, that means yours is going to appraise somewhere well below where you might expect, maybe even below what you paid for it.

Bottom line: Don’t knock out walls without professional consultations with your Realtor and an architect or general contractor so you can understand the full impact of this decision.

#1. Unprofessional DIY Repairs

There are two kinds of DIYers: those with significant trade experience and those without. If your main qualifications involve eighth-grade shop class, you probably should not try to handle any big jobs on your own. Start small and work your way up, watch lots of YouTube videos, practice on test materials that don’t affect your home and for the sake of your house and your financial future, and recognize and accept when you’re in over your head.

A home pro is often less expensive than you might imagine if you just call them in first. When they’re asked to clean up a bad repair and still make the original correction, it can cost a lot extra.

Finding these sorts of obvious DIY repairs in a home is a distressing vision for potential buyers. When buyers see these, they wonder what else you’ve tried to repair on your own.   Their thoughts go to – did you rewire the electrical box? Is the house going to burn down in the night because you did something to the HVAC?

Since they don’t know you or your level of competency, they just see that one botched repair and hyperfocus on it until they either walk away or submit an offer significantly lower than what you were expecting.

Protecting Your Home’s Value is Simple

It’s really quite simple to protect your home’s value, despite how this article may make it sound. Just ask yourself two simple questions: “Can I do this myself?” and “Is this decision one that will stand the test of time? If not, is it easy to undo?”

Now it’s time to contact me, Jeff Howard, your Realtor for life.  I will be happy to recommend a company to fix the DIY things that need a professional touch before we put your home up for sale.  This way we eliminate any worries by would-be buyers.

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Home Sellers’ Tax-Free Profits Aren’t A One-Time Opportunity

Did you know this important detail? The tax code authorizes “exclusions” that allow home sellers to completely avoid federal and state income taxes on sizable portions of their profits when they sell the principal (main) residences. That means tax-free profit on the first $500,000 for married couples who file joint returns and $250,000 for single filers and couples who file separate returns.

Plus contrary to what many sellers believe, the exclusions aren’t one-time opportunities. They can avail themselves of the exclusions as often as every two years. And you no longer need to buy a replacement home to qualify! (many, many years ago, you did)

The law allows a seller we’ll call “Barbara” to qualify for the exclusion, and she only has  to satisfies two requirements:

  1. She has owned and lived in the property as her principal residence or main home for at least two years out of the five-year period that ends on the date of sale.
  2. She can’t have excluded the gain on the sale of another principal residence within the two years that precede the sale date.

An accommodating Internal Revenue Service cuts the seller some slack on the two years that they occupy the home. Plus the two years don’t have to be consecutive; they can actually be off and on for a total of two full years. Like maybe you lived there for a while, and you moved out and turned it in to a rental for a couple of years, then you moved back in and then you sold it. As long as it was your main home for 2 of the previous 5 years, you’re good!

What about short temporary absences for vacations or other seasonal absences? No problem, says the IRS. It’s OK for the seller to count them as periods of owner use. This holds true even if the seller rents out the property during the absences.

The IRS doesn’t limit exclusions to sales of conventional single-family homes.

It considers Barbara’s principal residence to be any of the following:

  1. A condominium.
  2. A cooperative apartment.
  3. Her portion of a multi-unit apartment building.
  4. A house trailer.
  5. A mobile home.
  6. A houseboat or yacht that has facilities for cooking, sleeping and sanitation (although boats and mobile homes don’t usually go up in value).
  7. A vacation retreat that she moves into full time after retirement.

Another plus: The location of her principal residence doesn’t matter. It can be outside the U.S.

Partial profit exclusions.  Let’s say Barbara sells another home within the previous two years or fails to satisfy the ownership and use requirements; all is not lost. She may be able to claim a partial exclusion.

Primary reasons for sales.The IRS permits sellers to avail themselves of reduced exclusions only when the primary reasons are health problems (for example, if Barbara  moves to a new school district for her special-needs child); changes in employment; or certain unforeseen circumstances, broadly defined to include divorces or legal separations, or natural or man-made disasters that cause residential damage — floods, for example.

An example: Barbara is single and has lived in her dwelling for just 12 months before she moves to a new job in another city. She can exclude a gain of as much as $125,000 — 12 months divided by 24 months, or 50% of her maximum allowable $250,000 exclusion.

The bottom line? Don’t make assumptions about what you may or may not be taxed on if you decide to sell. Talk with a tax professional to make sure you get everything you’re entitled to understand the rules. I have had a few clients over the years decide to go ahead and sell because they found out their profit is tax-free!

(BTW – if you want to sell your investment property and legally defer the taxes indefinitely, there is a way to do that too, but we’ll save that for another day – or you can call me)

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Transforming a Bathroom in a Single Weekend

These four quick DIY tasks can have dramatic results with the addition of a few accessories.

When thinking about remodeling your home, focus on the kitchen and bathrooms if you want the most bang for your buck. It can indeed cost a small fortune to renovate both of these spaces; however, you can find less expensive ways to refresh them.

Remodeling your boring bathroom may be easier than you think with a few simple DIY tasks and adding some new accessories. Here are tips and tricks for refreshing a bathroom in as little as a weekend—no contractors needed.

Paint

One way to bring a new look to the space is to paint the walls or vanity a fresh new color. It is typically better to stick with neutral colors for the bathroom. Nice soothing colors like a soft blue or green are relaxing and can be a great accent color for around a tub area.

Update Your Mirror

It may be time to give that plain builder-grade mirror an overhaul. If you want to use the same mirror, you can get a custom frame to evoke more personality. There are the DIY frame kits from MirrorMate (this link is external) that have you measure your mirror, then choose from a variety of frame styles. The frame kit arrives at your door and you can assemble it in minutes.

Modernize the Hardware

Older hardware, from faucets to drawer pulls, can make a bathroom appear outdated. Switch out your current hardware for something more modern. Mixed metals are trending right now; we’re seeing black with brass and brass with chrome.

Shop the internet for variety of manufacturers and a vast selection.

Accessorize

You can update and refresh the bathrooms, especially the guest bathroom by simply replacing your linens and adding new accessories.

To finish off the look, add an air-purifying indoor plant, a natural tray for texture, and a favorite candle to a shelf for an attractive display. You can also find small bottles made of interesting glass to place on a shelf or around the vanity.

You will be so surprised how these little modifications change the entire atmosphere in the bathroom. 

And as an extra tip – when shopping for accessories for the bathroom look at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Target and Home Goods for special finds that do not cost a fortune. Also, if you don’t want to go online to find knobs etc. to switch out in your bathroom just go to Ikea, Lowe’s or Home Depot. They also have great selections.

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Integrate Architectural Wood Features into Your Space

Wood features in your home can be inviting and cozy, as well as warming up nearly any space. A mixture of other materials from glass to steel can give the perfect recipe for space that is both inviting and architecturally interesting. The following are some tips on how to achieve a perfect balance.

Do’s

Do look for wood species (color and texture) that blend into the overall aesthetic of your home.

Do use wood as a way to make an architectural element or feature wall. If you have a recess in a wall that is ideal to put in a wood built-in to display prize processions and well as a flat-screen TV.

Do allow natural grains to show through, instead of covering or concealing their natural beauty.

Do consider painting wood to bring color into a space.

Do overlook use wood in small ways such as baseboards, trims, or casings.

Do look for materials to pair with wood such as steel and/or glass.

Don’ts

Don’t mix too many different wood species in the same space. You want to use similar colors to enhance the room.

Don’t cover alter or alter fine grains of wood.

Don’t overlook the opportunity to highlight wood through the use of hardware – a few pieces of which can make wood look very special.

Don’t ignore the opportunity to make custom wood pieces with the help of a millworker or carpenter.

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Common Reasons Real Estate Closings Get Delayed

The process of buying a home can be one of the most heart-wrenching and nauseating adventures of your life. But once closing is scheduled, that’s it, right? The stomach-in-your-throat feeling should go away and all will be “smooth sailing”?

Well, not always. There are many reasons closings may get delayed. Don’t let this list get you down, but it’s a great bit of knowledge to tuck away in order to be mentally prepared. Try to remember that sometimes delayed closings happen.

Repairs Were Delayed

In this age of short labor and uncertain supply chains, repair delays are inevitable. It happens in ideal times, too. Maybe it happens because a part didn’t come in for that water heater that was on your repair sheet, or there was no one available to fix the siding where someone’s grill got a little overly excited and left a mark.

Sometimes you have no choice but to wait to close, especially if you’re using a loan type that requires the requested repairs be completed prior to closing. But, in other cases, your real estate agent can create an addendum to your contract that allows the closing company to hold the cost of repairs in an escrow account for you, so that they are made on your behalf once the labor and materials are available.

Financing Issues

Many homebuyers, especially first-timers, don’t realize that their financial information will be verified again prior to closing. It has to match, more or less, what it was when you applied. So, same job, same amount of money in the bank, same amount of debt, same everything. Usually that’s possible within the narrow window between loan approval and closing.

Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong, and that second verification reveals a new credit line that’s been opened (for new house stuff, of course), or a change in employment, or some other problem. In these cases, closing will be delayed until those issues can be resolved. Moral of the story? Don’t do anything financially interesting between approval and closing, and all will be well.

Appraisal Was Too Low

In the current real estate atmosphere, with prices changing radically at the drop of a hat in some markets, it’s not unusual to hear of a closing that’s been delayed due to an issue with the appraisal. Of course, the issue isn’t with the appraisal, so much as it is with the market data no longer supporting the seller’s asking price for their home. The appraisal is just numbers on a page, based on what’s already been sold. A too-low appraisal can delay closing, since sometimes a second appraisal will be needed to verify that there were no errors in the first appraisal, or the seller and buyer will have to go back to the table and renegotiate the terms of the contract.

If you have to renegotiate your contract, it’s likely going to be due to your bank’s unwillingness to loan more than the house will appraise for at that moment. In that case, the contract might be reduced to the appraisal price. Sometimes this is possible, sometimes it’s not if the seller owes a fair amount on their house or needs the difference to make their next purchase. There’s not a lot you can do if you can’t come to terms, but most of the time, a good real estate agent will find a way.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully better prepare you for what can happen when you’re almost to the “finish line”.  Of course, hiring the right agent, to begin with, is really the key to navigating the buying and selling process. I would be happy to interview for the job! (P.S. I have great references www.JeffHoward.reviews)

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Ways to Dress Up Your Patio

Patios are magnificently flexible spaces, if not a little boring by themselves. Think of your patio as a three-dimensional canvas that you can literally create anything on that you’d like. Perhaps you’ve just moved into your new home and you’ve got your very first patio, or maybe you’ve had one for a while and just didn’t know what to do with it. You can use this space in whatever way you want from a tiki hot tub paradise to a casual outdoor dining space. Here are some things to think about when you’re trying to dress yours up!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Patios are great, however, at nighttime patio lighting is often lackluster. For patios near the house, many people rely on a single bulb hanging near the back door or think that the lights from the lawn will help light the patio  – not really!

Today there are many options for patios. Not only are solar lights affordable and reliable, they’re also amazingly diverse. Want a bit of a beach party mood? Add a whole collection of solar-powered string lights with round bulbs. Looking for something more romantic? Victorian-themed solar wall sconces can evoke a real mood. Add poles to elevate your lighting for even more flexibility in placement.

Fun in the Shade

Of course, the sun is wonderful, but have you tried the shade? The shade is great, especially on a sunny day in Las Vegas when the entire region is just a little too hot and a little too bright. Shades over the patio and lighter shades floating around the patio can also protect dining areas from debris that might fall from nearby trees, making dining outdoors more pleasurable.

Shade sails are easy to install, come in lots of fun colors, and lend a super modern look to all kinds of spaces. If you want something a little more serious and a lot fancier, aluminum pergolas with shade systems can be attached to your patio or home permanently. These often have shades that can be opened or closed to let the sun in – or not – as your heart desires. Some even come with curtains to create a more private space.

Roll Out the Carpet

Outdoor rugs are increasingly diverse – a must-have item for any patio to accompany and complement outdoor living furniture and tables. These rugs can be heavy-duty, with similar quality to rugs you might choose to have inside your house. A huge range of patterns and colors can help you create the atmosphere you’ve been dreaming of.

Using an outdoor rug can help keep your patio looking cleaner, as well as define specific spaces if your patio is larger and has a few different activity areas. You might color-coordinate one under your patio dining set (beneath your new pergola, of course), and add another to the set of patio furniture near the hot tub to encourage people to stop and have a chat.

Add a Touch of Green

Add lots of potted plants to the different areas of your patio.  They can set the mood for and help separate the parts of your patio in a very soothing way.  You can tell so much about a space with how potted plants are chosen and the kinds of pots they’re in. Sleek and modern areas might benefit from simple, upright foliage plants in tall, narrow pots. More traditional spaces could go full cottage core with some old wash tubs overflowing with your favorite annuals.

If Your Vision Is Lacking…

Do you need help with creating your own patio Shangri-La?  Contact me – Jeff Howard, your realtor for life.  I can help you by connecting you with the best patio stagers and you will be so happy with how your patio looks after creating the ambiance you chose for your outdoor living space in the shade.

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Discounts for Las Vegas Seniors (55 and up)

Grocery stores such as Albertson’s and Von’s have a senior discount on the first Wednesday of every month. Whole Foods have seniors’ discounts every day. There are other grocery stores that have one Seniors’ day a month with special savings, so if you shop at a different one than the above, just ask next time you are there and start planning your shopping accordingly.

Many of the buffets in the Las Vegas valley offer a 10 percent discount for seniors – some have dinner discounts and more offer lunchtime deals.  Before going check with that particular buffet.

There are some attractions and shopping that offer discounts for seniors as well.  Here are several:

Eiffel Tower Observation Deck at Paris Hotel (55+) tickets for $3 off.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum tickets for $8 for seniors.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets offers senior discounts on Tuesdays (ask at customer service).  Select retailers at both outlet malls offer discounts to people aged 55+.

Mob Museum offers a $3 discount for ages 65+ 

National Atomic Testing Museum (65+) tickets for $18.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay (65+) tickets for $2 off. 

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden at Mirage Buy One Get One Free for ages 60+ on Sundays.

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas Water-park (65+) tickets for $10.

Most rental car companies have senior discounts from 10 to 25%. Look into Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National & Thrifty. They often give a higher discount if you are a member of AARP. 

Speaking of AARP, to take advantage of the best offers for seniors no matter where you live, sign up.  They have offers from many major nationwide companies for those that have reached 55 plus.  Go to www.aarp.org to find a complete listing of the advantages they offer.

Many national restaurant chains offer senior discounts, usually a discount of around 10% off for ages 55+. Here are some of the restaurants have senior discounts in Nevada. They are:
– A&W,
– Applebees,
– Arby’s,
– Bubba Gump Shrimp,
– Burger King,
– Chick-Fil-A,
– Chili’s,
– Dairy Queen,
– Denny’s,
– Dunkin Donuts,
– Einstein Bros. Bagels,
– El Pollo Loco,
– IHOP,
– Jack in the Box,
– Johnny Rockets,
– KFC,
– Long John Silver’s,
– McDonald’s,
– Outback Steakhouse,
– Pizza Hut,
– Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen,
– Rainforest Café,
– Schlotzky’s,
– Sonic,
– Subway,
– Taco Bell,
– Texas de Brazil,
– Wendy’s &
– White Castle.

Do you like to go to the movies? A “Seniors Day” discount is available on designated days, according to Cinemark’s website www.cinemark.com. This discount varies by theater, so check with your local theater box office for details. Also, AARP members can buy Regal ePremiere tickets online for up to 20% off. Those who are members of both AARP and the Regal Crown Club also can save $3 on a popcorn-and-soft-drink combo by showing their membership cards.

Lastly there are some airlines also have discounts for ages 65+. Look into American Airlines (merged with US Airlines), Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

There are other senior discounts out there, so go ahead and just ask the next time you are ready to pay for any goods or services and comment below any you found that I didn’t please!

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Do Plants Help Sell a Home?

Are you thinking of selling your house?  There are lots of minor things you can do to increase the likelihood that some prospective buyer is going to make a great offer. Many of the tips you’ll find to improve your home’s appeal focus on things inside the house, ranging from paint colors to furniture and a variety of other little tweaks.  Add indoor plants!  This will improve the appeal of your home and is often overlooked.

Many people do not put much thought into having plants around their home when prepping for a sale, and this can lead to a missed opportunity. From fixing up your lawn and garden to adding splashes of greenery indoors, or bright colors in pots, there are several ways that you can leverage plants to help sell your home when the time comes. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Increase Your Curb Appeal

While interior staging is important, the outside of your home is the first impression that potential buyers are going to get. There are obviously a few external things that you can do, such as slapping a fresh coat of paint on the front door and cleaning up the windows, however, one of the biggest boosts to your home’s curb appeal comes in the form of improving your front yard.

As soon as you start considering selling your home, it’s time to treat thin areas on your lawn so that everything is lush and green. Weeding flower beds, adding decorative potted plants on the porch or along the walkway, and otherwise sprucing up the look of the outside will go a long way toward capturing the attention of potential buyers.

Bringing in a Touch of Nature

Exterior landscaping is not the only way that plants can help you sell your home. Potted plants, vases with fresh flowers, and even small decorative potted trees or other tall plants can add both color and a sense of freshness to your home that are hard to replicate. It’s the same reason that a lot of grocery stores have fresh flowers near the entrance to the store; when people see plants and flowers, their brains immediately focus on the idea of freshness and life.

If you choose flowers or other plants with pleasant scents, bringing them in can add to the overall freshness of the air without the need for artificial air fresheners or incense. This can let your plants serve double duty, improving the quality of the air while also adding a splash of color and life to your home. Just make sure to avoid plants that produce a lot of pollen or else you may have some cleanup to take care of before potential buyers come for a tour.

Call Some Help if Needed

It’s possible that you won’t really be able to take care of everything you want to do all on your own. Perhaps you have trees on your property that need trimmed or have to have dead limbs removed. Maybe you want to revitalize a flower garden but don’t really have the time. It’s even possible that you’d love to add some floral touches to your home, but aren’t really sure what would go best with your house. It’s okay, we’ve got you covered.

Call me, Jeff Howard, your favorite real estate agent. I would be happy to make a couple of recommendations and connect you with landscaping and trimming pros.

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Make Informed Decisions When it Comes to Concrete Roofing Tiles

All Realtors in the Las Vegas area know that roofing issues are a common issues in a home inspection report. Many buyers become concerned when roofing issues arise, however most roofing issues are very common and are easy to handle. The more people know about concrete tiles roofing the easier it is to allay fears and make intelligent and informed decisions.
A Concrete Tile Roof is Not “Maintenance Free” They call it “the 50-year roof” when speaking of concrete tile roof. They can last a very long time. But they are not maintenance free. In fact, it is a common item that will have some sort level of maintenance recommendation in most home inspections. Periodic maintenance needs to be performed to keep the roof in a sound and leak-free condition. I’d like to give you some insight about concrete tile roofs as it pertains to home inspections.
Damaged Tiles The most common cause for damage to concrete tile roofing is the wind. The wind gets under the tiles causing them to shudder, shimmy, chip, and crack. Sometimes the wind can even move the tiles out of proper position. The majority of the roof tiles (the field tiles) are held in place with only one nail. Most homeowners do not know that concrete tiles do very little (if anything) to keep moisture out of the home. In fact they’re not water tight at all. The primary purpose of concrete tiles is to protect the waterproof material. Rolls of felt paper or “felt”, as it is known in the building industry is located under the tiles. The felt is petroleum impregnated and repels water. Oil and water do not mix, so the felt is what is keeping the water out.
Protecting the Felt Without the concrete tiles installed over the felt, the felt would be exposed to direct sunlight. Direct sunlight carries strong ultraviolet rays. UV rays cause the petroleum in the felt to evaporate. When the felt dries out from prolonged exposure to UV rays the felt then loses its ability to repel water and the potential for a leak is high. Concrete tiles protect the felt from the damaging ultraviolet rays and also act as an insulator.  Makes sense to me.
Roofing issues in Conjunction with a Home Inspection First you need to know that the majority of homeowners never do the required recurring maintenance associated with a roof (I admit I don’t). It is extremely common for an inspector to find cracked or missing tiles or tiles out of proper position. I don’t think I have ever seen an inspection report that did not find 2-5 minor issues like this. This is fine and nothing to get overly concerned about. Chances are this will not contribute to a water intrusion issue. However, cracked or missing roof tiles is not an issue that should be ignored, either. If this issue arises on your inspection then it is very prudent to ask the seller to perform the required routine maintenance to the roof. And in my experience, most will agree to do it (or offer a credit for you to do it). It is extremely critical that this deferred maintenance be performed only by a licensed and qualified Roofing Contractor Regardless of whatever warranty the Roofing Contractor states he will honor the fact is the workmanship the contractor provides carries with it a statutory warranty of one year. It is extremely important that the prospective homebuyer is provided with a copy of the repair invoice in order to be able to enjoy the statutory warranty benefits.
Roof Leak Repair Las Vegas NV Home
Repairs to Be Performed When a roofing contractor is retained the contractor should be directed to review the entire roof and all associated components and corrected as needed to restore the roof to a normal, sound condition. There are areas of the roof where vent pipes for plumbing, the furnace, the water heater, bathroom and laundry room fans penetrate the roof. These penetrations are sealed with mineral flashing, which is a “goopy” viscous product that is applied at the base of the penetrations. Mineral flashing is petroleum impregnated and repels water – just like felt. The mineral flashing is often exposed to direct ultraviolet rays from the sun, and it needs to be renewed periodically. When addressing cracked tiles it is important to understand that unless a concrete tile is cracked more than 25% of the face of the tile then the tile does not require replacement. It can be repaired with cement epoxy. If tile replacement is necessary, it’s important that the homebuyer understands that the contractor will attempt to match the color as closely as possible but an exact match is often not possible. In fact, the Nevada State Contractors Board allows for up to 10% of the tiles to have differing colorations., so do not expect an exact match when tiles are replaced. Generally, most Roofing Contractors will charge between $200 and $300 to perform the needed minor deferred maintenance. The cost can rise, of course, if additional issues are discovered. It is important that the Roofing Contractor also provide an assessment of any felt that has been exposed to ultraviolet rays. If you are preparing to sell your house, or if it has been a while since anyone qualified has looked at the roof, it’s a good idea to get it looked at. If you need a roofing referral, contact me, Jeff Howard, your Realtor for life! I have a lot of contacts to help you keep your home in top condition! Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff