Home Buying in Colorado, Housing Helpers

5 Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal and Inspiring Homebuyers

If you are considering selling your home then nothing works better (or harder) to sell your home than some good, old-fashioned curb appeal.

Buyers interested in a new house look for many home features, updates, and upgrades, but it all begins outside in the front of the house.

If you’re interested in learning more, here are some helpful tips to boost your home’s curb appeal and inspire buyers to move on your listing.

1. Front Door.  The front door is an invitation to your home. Painting it an appealing color and upgrading hardware is recommended if you want prospective buyers to pay attention. Even if you don’t have the time or money to do other minor upgrades, a new coat of paint will do wonders.

2. Garage Door. Consider your garage door’s placement in relation to the front of your home. Now consider how old and outdated it is. If your garage door has seen better days, a new garage door is in your future.

3. Lighting.  Exterior home lighting is often overlooked, unfortunately. But for those who have spent a lot of their time improving their landscape, lighting can really make the front of your house pop. Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and take a look at where lighting would add value.

4. Landscaping.  Now that we mention landscaping, how long has it been since you made a landscaping improvement? In the interest of saving money, we won’t advise that you pick up the phone and call a landscaping company. Rather, just add a few new shrubs, flowers, and decorative rocks to turn your front lawn up to 10.

5. Declutter.  Clean up and shape up areas that need some TLC. After a long winter, leaves, limbs, and debris begin to clutter up a front yard. Before you list your home, especially before you take pictures, straighten up any part of your yard that has seen better days.

A little curb appeal can go a long way when it’s time to sell your home.  Just follow our tips for a successful spring sale.

If you are considering selling your home and curious what your home might sell for then check out our free Home Valuation service.   What is My Home Worth?

Our real estate agents are experienced at helping sellers list their home for sale and ultimately getting the best price.  Give us a call or check out our real estate website for more information.

 

 

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Apartment living, 3 tips to boost community spirit

It’s easy to forget that the word apartment is based on the word apart, especially when it can seem like so much of daily apartment living is shared rather than separated!  But who’s to say these occasional overlapping in the lives of multi-family dwellers can’t be purely positive experiences?

Here are a few tips and ideas for increasing the camaraderie involved in apartment living , while at the same time maintaining and even boosting the residents’ all-important privacy

1. Use your intuition.

Pride yourself on being able to tell when might be a good time—or a not-so-good time—to engage your neighbor in conversation. Is it time to pick up the kids, or time to get to work? If your neighbor is laden with bags of recycling, or is walking hurriedly toward the car, chances are he or she will be distracted and not be able to fully enjoy that funny story you’ve been wanting to share.

Intuition can be a great tool in determining when your neighbor might want to chat—or when, rather, he or she might instead need to scat!

2.  Share some greenery.

If there is a common area in your apartment building that isn’t being fully utilized, you might want to invest in a large plant to brighten up the room.  If there’s a neighbor you’re especially close to, the two of you might decide to share the expense, and you could also check to see whether management might want to pitch in.

A beautiful plant would be a popular topic of conversation among those gardeners in the building, and even the folks without a green thumb will still find it pretty!  Pick an appropriate variety for the room’s light-level, and don’t forget to water, but not over-water, the new resident!

3. Start a “free table.”

Of course you’d want to check with management first, but many apartment buildings that offer a common room or area have had great success setting up a free table.  Residents can contribute any clean item in good, working condition for other residents to take if needed—and of course the takers contribute something of their own to the table, in turn.

With a free table, you and your neighbors can get rid of quality surplus items, help one another, and establish a wonderful sense of bonding and camaraderie!

For more information about apartment living, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Housing Helpers 303.545.6000

 

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Job Relocation? 3 Tips to Help Make it Easier

Here at Housing Helpers each year we assist many people that are relocating to Colorado for a new job.  Moving to a new city or state for a job relocation can be both exciting and stressful. In many cases, the relocation has to take place rather quickly, which doesn’t often leave time to make well thought out preparations.

No need to stress. Here are three simple ways to make your move a little easier and a lot less stressful.

1.  Organize and De-clutter Before You Move

Before you move, take time to carefully organize all of your work and personal belongings so that getting your new home ready will not take so much effort.  Also, this is a great opportunity to de-clutter your life so to speak and get rid of anything you don’t need or use on a regular basis. You will thank yourself later when you don’t have to unpack all your t-shirts from high school that you will never wear again.

2.  Call a Relocation Service

A great relocation service will be a tremendous help in finding a place to live, securing a moving service, and even locating options to help you settle in to the community. They can answer any questions you might have about schools, transportation, neighborhood trends, and they will be essential in helping you become familiar with your new surroundings.

One of the best benefits of using a relocation company like Housing Helpers is many of their services are offered at no cost to you.

3.  Work Through the Emotional Stress

Moving usually means leaving loved ones, friends, and a support community behind. This emotional turmoil adds a big layer of stress to your move and can be tough to manage. While nothing can take away the sadness you will inevitably feel during your move, the important thing to do is to keep your focus on the positive aspects of why you are moving. Concentrate on the great new job you are going to and the new opportunities ahead. It is also a good idea to make sure your parents know how to use Skype just in case!

Relocating to Colorado has great benefits.  The weather is fantastic, the natural beauty of the State is unparalleled, the opportunity for outdoor recreation is world class, and – at the moment – the economy here is very strong.

That said, home prices are rising fast, rental rates are a mile high, so it can be challenging to find comparable housing to what you have left behind.   Our real estate agents and relocation specialists are here to help with that.  We have our fingers on the pulse of the real estate market and can help you navigate the housing market to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.   Give us a call at 303.545.6000 or stop by our office, we love to welcome people to Colorado!

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Corporate Housing by Housing Helpers Colorado

How to Save on Corporate Housing for Your Employees

If you are currently looking for corporate housing for your employees, you might be concerned about the cost.  Corporate housing is typically always going to save you money over hotels and extended stay hotels.  But if you are looking to save your company even more money, consider these tips for selecting corporate housing for your employees.

For large groups, book several corporate apartments instead of hotels.

Extended stay hotels can be a good option in some cases, but the costs can add up if you need corporate housing for an extended period of time, especially for large groups staying for thirty days or more.

Instead, consider renting corporate apartments on a short-term lease; some corporate housing providers will be willing to work with you on rates if you are renting multiple units at a time. Plus, corporate housing will always feel a bit more “home-like” for your employees than a hotel.

Consider Assigning Corporate Housing “Roommates”

If you aren’t already, consider assigning more than one person per corporate apartment. This can literally cut your corporate housing costs in half.  Whether you group your employees by gender, by business unit, or job assignment – if you book a two or three bedroom apartment then each employee will still get the benefit of a private room along with shared kitchens and living areas.

Let’s say you have two employees coming to work on the same job assignment.  If you rent a corporate apartment that costs $100 per night, split that two ways, and now you are looking at just $50 per night for a very spacious and comfortable accommodation that includes much more amenities than a cheap hotel room.

Choose an Out-of-the-Way Location

Instead of choosing corporate housing in an expensive downtown location right in the middle of the city, look for something in the suburbs. Rent can be much cheaper, and your employees might prefer it as well. Just make sure that you choose a location with an easy commute, particularly if your employees will not have access to private cars. For example, you may want to choose corporate housing that is convenient to the public transit system.

As you can see, it is entirely possible to save money while securing good corporate housing for your employees.  Whether you follow these tips or not, with corporate housing you will almost always see a reduction in how much you are spending on your employee travel costs compared to hotels.

For corporate housing in Colorado, call Housing Helpers a leading provider of corporate housing and relocation services in Colorado!  303-545-6000.

 

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Four Things To Consider Before Renting an Apartment

Renting an apartment is a big step to adulthood. You probably can’t wait to move out and be on your own. However, you should take your time and think carefully before you sign the lease.

Here are some things to consider before you sign the dotted line.

  • How much can you really afford? The monthly rent is not the only cost associated with renting an apartment. You will have to figure out if electric, water, and anything else is included in the rent or if it is extra. If it is extra, the landlord should be able to tell you approximately how much you should expect to pay each month for it.

 

  • How much money is needed the day you move in? Most landlords require a security deposit which may include both first and last month’s rent. You may or may not get this back, depending on how good the apartment looks when you are done.

 

  • Do you want a furnished apartment or would you prefer to bring your own? This is a personal preference. A furnished apartment costs more but it costs money to buy your own furniture. You can buy furniture cheap at yard sales and thrift stores depending on the time of year.

 

  • Do you want to live by yourself or would you prefer to split costs and live with a roommate? This also depends on you. Some people prefer to live by themselves while others prefer to live in a bigger apartment even if means sharing it with someone else. Make sure that you can get along with your roommate.

 

Being prepared before renting an apartment is the best way to make sure the process goes smoothly.  Make sure that you know what all of your expenses are going to be, before you sign a lease. Also, you need to know exactly how much money you need to bring along for a security deposit and application fees. .Hopefully you will take good care of the apartment and you will get all of it back. You also need to consider whether or not you want a furnished apartment or you want to buy your own furniture. You also need to decide if you want to live on your own or with a roommate.

Good luck in your search for the perfect apartment and call Housing Helpers Boulder apartment finders to get help from one of our friendly rental specialists at 303-545-6000.

 

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Fall Preleasing Boulder Colorado

Fall Pre Leasing in Boulder Colorado

Welcome CU Students to Fall Pre Leasing 2016!

Don’t See The Property You Are Looking For?  Call Us 303-545-6000

We get new fall prelease Boulder properties every day.  As the #1 rated Rental Locator in Boulder we help more CU Students and Parents find the best off campus housing and fall pre leasing in Boulder Colorado.  Let us know what you are looking for and we will work hard to find it for you.

We have a large selection of student rental properties available in Boulder.  Whether you are looking for a house to rent on the hill with your roommates, an apartment close to campus , or a quiet place by yourself, our friendly rental locators are available 6 days a week to meet with you, discuss your needs, and help you find the perfect place to call home.

Stop By Our office just one block from the University of Colorado!

We look forward to working with you!  Our office is open Monday through from Saturday 9:00 – 5:00

Our service is FREE for renters!

That’s right totally FREE!  As the premier rental locator in Boulder for CU Students and parents you can stop by or call anytime and we will be happy to assist you at no cost.  The only costs you will need to pay is any application fees, security deposits, and rent payments required by the property that you choose.  Our rental specialists are their to help you, saving you time and money, so you don’t have to drive around to a million places hoping that one might work out.

Check Out Our Guide to Pre Leasing For CU Students

With a low vacancy rate there is a lot of competition this year for good properties that might be available for fall preleasing in Boulder. Be prepared to snag the best rentals when they become available.

Your rental specialist at Housing Helpers will help you navigate the ins and outs of fall pre leasing in Boulder.  In addition we have a handy guide to help get you organized.  It covers everything from how to prepare yourself, your parents, and your roommates so that you can get a lease signed, handling deposits and application fees, and knowing what to expect from the leasing process.  Simply call or stop by our office, register with our pre leasing service and we will send you your guide!

Remember Housing Helpers is here to help CU students and parents.  We look forward to seeing you soon and making 2016 the best year yet.   Call us 303-545-6000 Go Buffs!

Selling your home in Colorado winter

Tips for Selling Your Colorado Home in Winter

It is no secret that spring and summer are the prime seasons for selling and buying homes in Colorado, but there’s no rule that says you can’t sell your home in the winter and be really pleased with the outcome.  In fact this year the pace of home sales in Colorado hasn’t slowed down much with the start of winter.

While there are typically less buyers looking for homes in the winter months, there are also fewer homes on the Colorado real estate market, so that means that your home will have less competition for the interested buyers that aren’t worried about waiting for the spring or summer.

Plus, while Colorado is known for having snowy winters, we also have plenty of days of sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the fall and winter months.  We don’t see the lull in interest due to snowy conditions that other states experience. Sure it may snow, but the sun melts it quickly and since when do we let a little snow stop us from doing anything, let alone buying a house?

If you do want to put your house on the market for sale right away, here are our tips for selling homes in the winter.

  • Stage your home with some potted evergreen plants on the porch.  A little life is important, even in the winter months.   A splash of evergreen at the entry way of a home give is that warm inviting touch and special curb appeal that makes the home stand out from the others on the block.  It’s easy to find potted evergreens this time of year at your local home improvement stores and they are fairly inexpensive.

 

  • If it does snow, even a half-inch or less, make sure that the driveway and all the sidewalks are completely shoveled.  You never know when that perfect buyer will want to view your home.  Keeping the driveway and walkway neatly shoveled not only makes it easier for them to access your home, it also is a sign to the buyers that you care for and maintain your home.

 

  • Use the magic of the holiday season to add ambiance to your home. Tasteful holiday decor paired with a cider on the stove or in the crockpot will create the sights and smells that bring back happy memories to any perspective buyers.   This is an easy an inexpensive way to make your home stand out from the rest.

These are just some basic tips for selling your home in the winter.  For more ideas and an expert opinion on what your home might sell for please call Housing Helpers real estate at 303-545-6000.

 

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Should you relocate? 4 Basic Questions to Ask Yourself

Many people relocate due to a job. Others just decide to move because they want a change of scenery. However, before you just pack up and leave, you should really take time and decide if relocation is the right move for you and your family.

Here are some questions that you might want to ask yourself (and your family) before you relocate.

  • Will you (and the rest of your family) be able to find jobs? Many people only relocate if they have a job offer. If that is the case, you need to make sure that your husband or wife will be able to find a decent job. Otherwise, you both need to make sure that you will be able to find jobs easily (and quickly).

 

  • Will you be able to find a place to live quickly and easily? Is it going to be convenient to potential jobs? Do you want to rent a place or own your own home? Are there plenty of places to rent or own?

 

  • How does the cost of living compare to where you live? Will I be able to make enough to live comfortably? Most jobs should pay decently compared to the cost of living but that is not always the case.

 

  • Am I going to live in a similar location (city/suburbs/farm) or completely different? Where do I want to live? Some people are happy living where they do. Others want a complete change. Which do you prefer?

Relocation should be big decision. You need to make sure that you (and everyone in your family) can find jobs. You also need to make sure that housing is easily available. You should research the cost of living compared to what you will be making. You should also decide whether or not you want to live in a similar location or completely different

These questions can become more clear with the right advice from the help of a relocation services company.  Call Housing Helpers of Colorado if you are considering a relocation to Colorado and one of our friendly relocation specialists will be happy to assist you.

 

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Three Reasons to Rent Your Home Instead of Sell It

When it comes time to move, there are many options. You can sell your home with the help of a Realtor.  You can try to sell your home by yourself.  Or join the many people that have decided to rent their homes instead of selling it outright.

Here are three reasons that you may want to rent out your home instead of sell it.

  • You owe more on your home than it is worth.  Many people bought their house when the real estate market was high and they are going to lose a lot of money if they decide to sell now. It makes sense for them to try to rent it out for a few years to try to wait out the market and see if they will be able to make a profit on their home.

 

  • You are being relocated but are hoping to return. Many people hate to leave their dream homes when they are being relocated for job.  Instead of selling, they choose to rent their home,  holding on to their home in hopes that eventually they will be able to come back home.

 

  • Some people like to rent out their home so that they can still use it as a vacation home. This works well if you live in a college neighborhood where your home will only need to be used for part of the year. It may also work in tourist areas if you don’t mind vacationing in the off season.

There are just some of the many benefits to renting your home out. You may owe more than it is worth and you don’t want to lose money. Maybe you are relocating and hope to come back to your dream home someday. Maybe you just want to keep it as a vacation home!

 

If you are interested in learning more about renting your home, curious as to what your home might rent for, please give Housing Helpers a call at 303-545-6000 we are here to help you!

 

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5 Ways Property Management Gets You More Bang for Your Buck

The decision to hire a property management company is not one that many home owners take lightly. After all, putting someone else in the middle means that you get a smaller slice of the pie.

Or does it it?

Let’s look at some ways in which using a property management company actually helps get as much money into your pocket as possible – which, let’s face it, is exactly where it belongs.

Time is Money – Especially Your Time

When you sit down to think about what managing a property entails, lay out a salary for yourself. Think about what you’ll be doing, and what your renters will be expecting of you. If you were ever a renter, try and go back to that time – what did you expect of your landlords? Match those expectations to yourself, and try to put a dollar number to it. Do you have the hours every month, or week, to match that salary? Do you have the ability to afford paying yourself that, while still breaking even on this?

With a property management company working for you, there’s no math to figure in trying to decide if your time is going to be made worth while… because you’ve already made the decision that your time is more valuable than anything else.

DIY Can be Costlier Than You Think

Even assuming that you’re a tried-and-true handyman who owns all your own tools and knows their way around a circular saw, doing your own repairs gets expensive… fast. Even something as simple as a leaky faucet can potentially lead to any number of great home renovation problems. Not to mention to the repairs that are fairly cut and dry – there’s still all the components of evaluating the problem, driving to the hardware store, purchasing the parts, returning to the property (all within a time frame that works for both you and your tenant), hopefully fixing the problem on the first go, and leaving all without having any second problems arise, or hearing, “Well while you’re hear…” from your renter.

A Property Manager Won’t Get Sick of the Business

People become landlords for a variety of reasons. They buy a second home, but have trouble selling the first and so it becomes a rental. Or perhaps they get curious about what a second income might look like, so they buy another home and rent it out. How long do you think it will be before you’re throwing your hands up and screaming, running stark mad into the woods? Managing properties is not for everyone – but you can be guaranteed that a Property Management company is vested in having this be something they will work hard at every day.

While you may wake up one morning and not want to deal with your tenants, that will never happen with a Property Manager. You may start eyeballing your renter’s agreements, scheming ways that you could evict them early because you want out – again, not something a property management company would ever do. The honeymoon may eventually end for you – but for a property manager, this relationship is about the long haul.

The Math (Likely) Doesn’t Add Up

Let’s look at some easy numbers. Consider the idea that by managing your own property, you save an estimated $200 a month. Let’s further assume that you spend around 10 hours every month (or two per week) handling those properties – everything from running around town to check on houses, calling up handymen (or doing it yourself), stops by the bank or notary. Every bit of the business. What you’ve found yourself with is a job that pays you $20 an hour.

Instead, you could pass on that “saved” $200 a month, and focus instead on the part of property management that actually makes money – acquiring more properties, planning renovations to boost the rent, devising income plans. In the long run, letting a Property Manager do the “busy work” for you means that you get to do all the fun stuff yourself.

One Legal Bout Can Ruin All Your Fun

It’s easy to have an, “Oh, but it’ll probably never happen to me,” opinion about having to drag a tenant to court. You can just cross your fingers and hope that you only ever have great renters, or that even if you do have a few “difficult” ones, they’re never bad enough to need the court involved. The truth is, even within the world of small claims court, fees rack up to staggering heights. The most well-researched landlord is likely not as knowledgeable about tenant rights and property law as someone who works in the field, meaning you can trust yourself to be in the hands of someone who is working to keep you – and your renters – out of court.

If you own rental property in Colorado and would like to discuss options for property management and tenant placement services please give Housing Helpers a call at 303.545.6000.

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