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Add Value to Your Home with Spring Cleaning

It may be surprising, but a clean and decluttered home can have a huge impact on a potential buyer’s impression of the home and help them envision it as their own. In addition, a clean home improves your mood and helps you feel more productive.

Clean Up the Yard

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression, so make the most of your home’s first impression by cleaning up the yard.

  1. Clear away fall and winter debris such as fallen branches and leaves; pick up and put away toys and other items that are not lawn ornaments.
  2. Be sure that all walkways are clear and easy to navigate along.
    • If you have broken or misaligned steps, consider hiring a professional to fix them.
  3. Clean the gutters, or hire a professional the clean them; when gutters are clogged, they can overflow and cause water damage to the exterior of your home. If they overflow into a window, the water damage can extend into the interior, as well.
  4. Treat your lawn to a spa day: feed it, weed it, give it moss treatment, and mow it on a dry day. When you know it’s going to rain, or shortly after rain, apply fertilizers for best results.

Clean Up the Exterior Walls of the House

Over the course of a year, a lot of dirt, muck, and grit can collect on the exterior walls of a home—not to mention moss, mold, and mildew growth along brick walls.

  1. On a warm, dry day, wash away the dirt on the exterior walls of your home. Take care not to damage any surfaces, let water get underneath the siding, or dislodge any bricks.
  2. If it looks like there is water damage on the outside of your home, call a professional.
  3. Take the chance to clean the outside of your windows as well, and check for any damage to them. Cracked panes should be replaced and peeling windowsills should be tended to, as well.
    • Peeling windowsills are a great opportunity (after removing the old paint) to repaint them with a refreshing new color. Not sure what color to pick? Our Painting Joy Into Your Home: How Colors Influence Your Mood blog post can give you an idea on what might be the best color, depending on what effect you want to achieve.
    • Once you’re back inside, wipe the inside of the windows down and clear away any cobwebs.

Clean Up the Garden

If you have a garden with clearly defined borders, be sure to freshen those borders up. In addition, give your garden some attention and care:

  1. Fork the soil around plants to introduce fresh air and reveal any pests or weeds
  2. Remove weeds and other unwanted plants
  3. Add mulch to control additional weeds or refresh existing mulch
  4. Check to see if any bricks or stones have become misaligned and realign them
  5. To help your plants grow and add nutrients to the soil, add compost or other organic matter

If you don’t have a garden but would like to increase the curb appeal of your home by adding some plants, try adding flower pots or hanging plants outside!

  1. Check that the flowers and plants won’t be at risk of dying from a last frost before adding the pots or hanging plants outdoors.
  2. If you want to grow the plants from seeds, consider starting them indoors to avoid losing them to hungry birds or animals before they’ve had the chance to sprout. Otherwise, pick potted flowers and plants you like from your local garden center.
  3. Arrange the potted flowers and hanging plants how you like: on your front porch, flanking your front door, along your walkway, or even in your back garden. The options are endless!

Last but not least, if you have a fence, inspect it for any damage.

  1. Ensure that all gates are properly attached and that locks function smoothly.
  2. Fill in any holes animals may have dug underneath the fence. If you have a dog that keeps digging a hole to escape, bury a toy, or pursuing some other destructive behavior, you may want to check with your local dog academy to see whether training can correct the behavior.
  3. Check for loose boards, rusted wires, damaged bricks or stones, etc. and repair the fence accordingly. If you don’t know how to maintain your fence and find that a section has decayed, call a professional.
  4. If you want to give your yard a fresh look, consider painting your fence a new color, adding flowers along the boundaries, or adding climbing plants to transform your fence into a garden wonderland. Check with your local garden center first on which climbing plants would be best.
    • Beware: climbing plants require a certain amount of maintenance and care to keep them from becoming unruly and overtaking your yard. If they attach to a tree, they can cause serious damage.

Spring Into Open Houses

Spring is (finally) here! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and homes are open for viewing! Spring is a wonderful time of the year, especially for attending open houses. Here’s why you should go to an open house in spring!

With spring comes warmer weather and a colorful world. Attending an open house in spring allows you to view the community and the home’s surrounding landscape in full bloom. The warmer weather also mean no snow coverage, which could hide structural issues to the home or property.

Spring cleaning means you get to see the home in tip-top shape! Sellers will most likely clean to take away the grime and dullness of winter and make their home sparkle and shine before showing it. This can allow you to view the home in a similar condition to what it would be like before moving in.

The spring season is a popular time for sellers to place their homes on the market, giving you the chance to see the biggest selection of homes at one time. A popular season means more potential buyers, so attending an open house early can give you the upper hand when bidding on a home.

Open houses are a fun way to see different homes and neighborhoods. Combine them with the great season of spring, and you have a recipe for an awesome experience! Take a look at Nothnagle’s open houses to start your visits today!

Painting Joy Into Your Home: How Colors Influence Your Mood

Painting Joy Into Your Home

How the Color of Your Furniture and Walls Influence Your Mood

Do you avoid lingering in your living room? Does your home office crush the motivation right out of your soul? Take a look at the color of your walls and how much light gets into the room through the windows. It may be that the combination is affecting your mood negatively.

With the start of the New Year is a great chance to introduce a new splash of color and enliven your home! A fresh coat of paint can make a home look newer, increase the value of your home, and – most importantly – brighten your mood.

To help you decide on the best new color to use in your living room, bedroom, or any other room in your home, we’ve compiled the following comprehensive guide on the psychology of how different colors influence your emotions, along with which colors are best applied to which rooms for the most joyful mood.

Before falling in love with a particular color, remember to ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What do you typically do in that room?
  2. What emotional state of mind will most help you accomplish those tasks?
  3. Does this color evoke the emotional state of mind you need?

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Psychology & Meaning Of: Red

Red, depending on the intensity and shade, can evoke strong emotions of power, assertiveness, and domination or subtle emotions such as thoughtfulness. McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut and KFC all use the color because it encourages appetites and hunger. However, red is also typically characterized as a passionate color and is associated with love (red roses) and Valentine’s Day.

Positive Effects

  • Increases hunger
  • Pumps up adrenaline
  • Stirs excitement and passion; great for romance
  • Unsaturated red increases friendliness and warmth

Negative Effects

  • Raises blood pressure, increases the heart rate, and speeds up respiration
  • Studies indicate that being exposed to red before an exam can cause people to do poorly or fail their exams
  • Too much red is believed to evoke anger

Best Places To Use: Red

  • Dining Room: Since red encourages appetites, an ideal place to use it would be the dining room, to make people hungry, as opposed to the kitchen, where people are in the process of cooking. Studies have shown that if you go to a grocery store while hungry, you’re more likely to deviate from your grocery list and buy an excess of unneeded food. In the same sense, using red in the kitchen may cause you to eat food before it is fully prepared or even makes it to the dining room.
  • Front Door: Culturally, a red front door has been regarded as a sign of good luck and a safe place. In China, many paint their doors red before the Chinese New Year for good luck and to draw chi into the home. In America, a red door used to indicate that the home was a safe stop for travelers. Red also creates a strong first impression, and as such, is great for the front door.

Places To Carefully Use: Red

  • Bedroom: The right shade of red can enhance your romantic relationship, but too much red is linked with danger and can have the opposite effect, endangering your relationship and increasing levels of anger.

Places To Avoid Using: Red

  • Office/Study: Since offices and studies are typically used to get work done, and red is known to stimulate people, it is not the best color to use in a study room or office. Opt instead for a color that will help you concentrate and encourage creative flow, such as blue.

Blue study or office

Psychology & Meaning Of: Blue

One of the most popular colors in offices, blue is frequently associated with calmness, serenity, meditation, peacefulness, and water.

Positive Effects

  • Brings down blood pressure and slows both respiration and the heart rate
  • Associated with relaxation, serenity, and calm states of being
  • Promotes alertness – sunlight contains color from the blue end of the spectrum and wakes people up: the same result can be achieved with blue LEDs
  • Encourages intelligence – studies indicate that people who were exposed to blue before taking an exam were more likely to succeed and achieved greater results on their exam

Negative Effects

  • Especially in winter, certain shades of blue can come across as cold and make people feel unwelcome
  • Rooms that receive little sunlight come across as especially icy when painted blue
  • Pastel blue evokes introversion

Best Places To Use: Blue

  • Offices/Studies: Because blue encourages intelligence and alertness, the workspace is one of the best places to use it.
  • Bedrooms: Since blue also calms people and provides a sense of serenity and peace, the bedroom (where one goes to sleep) is another great place to use it.

Places To Carefully Use: Blue

  • Living Room: Dull and light blues can come across as cold or unpleasantly chilly in certain circumstances and thus discourage socializing. When using blue in the living room, aim for saturated and warm hues of blue such as cerulean. Dark blue, such as navy blue, can encourage sad emotions, so use these sparingly.
  • Children’s Room: If you have a shy child or one that is prone to depression, certain shades of blue (such as pastel blue and dark blue) may not be the best color to use in their room.

Places To Avoid Using: Blue

  • Dining Room: Blue has been known to curb appetites. Unless you’re trying an extreme diet, opt for a color that encourages appetites, like red.

Yellow kitchen

Psychology & Meaning Of: Yellow

A bright and sunny color, yellow is a double-edged sword. While it is commonly associated with happiness and can stimulate intellect, yellow is also known to make babies cry more and to evoke feelings of frustration and distress. Still, it’s a great accent color.

Positive Effects

  • Bright yellow stimulates intellect
  • Unsaturated yellow increases relaxation and differential behavior
  • Associated with sunshine and happiness
  • Grabs attention
  • Creates enthusiasm and can awaken greater confidence and optimism

Negative Effects

  • In excess, has been known to cause distress, frustration, and feelings of anger
  • Causes babies to cry – studies show that babies are more likely to cry in a yellow room
  • May strain the eyes or cause eye fatigue

Best Places To Use: Yellow

  • Kitchen: Yellow is said to increase metabolism and give a person energy. While cooking in the kitchen, energy and cheer is exactly what you need. In case you’re looking to do more than just paint your kitchen, check out our blog on how to style your kitchen.
  • Bathroom: What better place to add a spark of sunshine than the bathroom!

Places To Carefully Use: Yellow

  • Dining Room: Since excessive amounts of yellow can make people feel frustrated and may lead to an outbreak of emotions, avoid using it in the dining room. Unless you’re on a reality TV show, in which case, yellow will enhance the likelihood of a dramatic family dinner with flipped tables.

Places To Avoid Using: Yellow

  • Bedrooms & Children’s Room: Yellow makes babies cry. You want to sleep. Save yourself from interruptions and use a different color in the children’s room.

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Psychology & Meaning Of: Green

Frequently associated with nature, green is an excellent color that can be incorporated into a variety of different rooms.

Positive Effects

  • Associated with nature, the outdoors, forests, plants, and wealth
  • Studies indicate that colors reminiscent of foliage and nature tend to reduce symptoms of ADD in children
  • Some claim that green can prevent nightmares
  • Evokes tranquility, composure, comfort, and relaxation
  • Saturated hues of green stimulate verbal wit and critical analysis
  • Desaturated hues of green stimulate confidence

Negative Effects

  • Green may calm a person to the point of becoming placid and lethargic

Best Places To Use: Green

  • Kitchen & Living Room: Green will help add a note of calmness and serenity to clear your mind for various social tasks, while still promoting a sense of togetherness through its warm undertones.
  • Bedrooms & Children’s Room: With children, green may reduce symptoms of ADD and prevent nightmares. With adults, green should help you unwind after a long and arduous day, and encourage a more restful sleep. In addition, green is said to help with fertility.
  • Trophy Room/Den: Unsaturated and darker greens evoke confidence, and as such are great to use in the trophy room.

Places To Carefully Use: Green

  • Offices/Studies: To help you focus on your work, try adding some green elements to your office space.

Places To Avoid Using: Green

  • Green is a fairly versatile color.

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Psychology & Meaning Of: Purple

Throughout history, purple was commonly used by kings, queens, rulers, emperors and more to distinguish their royal status. Because of its royal heritage, purple is often associated with luxury, distinction, and sophistication. At the same time, purple evokes creativity and lighter tints of purple can encourage serenity.

Positive Effects

  • Associated with wealth, luxury, royalty, and high social status
  • Encourages creativity
  • Creates a sense of serenity without the chilly undertones that blue can sometimes convey

Negative Effects

  • None have been noted.

Best Places To Use: Purple

  • Offices/Studies: Purple is great in an office or study to enhance creative inspiration.
  • Trophy Room/Den, Great Room, Entry Hall, Bathroom: If you’re going for a royal flair and an awe-inspiring welcome, try using purple in the entry hall, bathroom, great room, or even the trophy room/den.

Places To Carefully Use: Purple

  • Children’s Room: If your child plays in their room, then purple is great for encouraging their creativity and sense of adventure. However, purple may also give them a hard time falling asleep. If your child has their own distinctive playroom, then purple is a great color to use there.

Places To Avoid Using: Purple

  • Bedroom: Since purple stimulates creativity and, in that sense, awakens an individual, the bedroom may not be the most ideal place to use it. Bedrooms are typically used to sleep, not to wake up and conjure a variety of ideas.

Orange exercise room or gym

Psychology & Meaning Of: Orange

An exciting color, orange grabs attention and enhances enthusiasm and energy. Like yellow, orange is cheerful and merry, but unlike yellow, orange does not make babies cry.

Positive Effects

  • Increases energy
  • Certain shades encourage appetites
  • Evokes warmth and socialization
  • Creates excitement and enthusiasm

Negative Effects

  • In America, orange is associated with prison uniforms
  • In America, orange is also used to indicate construction work

Best Places To Use: Orange

  • Exercise Room: Orange is great in an exercise room as that is typically when you need energy the most.
  • Dining Room: Certain shades of orange stimulate the appetite, and so are great to use in the dining room.

Places To Carefully Use: Orange

  • Living Room: Depending on the shade of orange used, you may accidentally encourage hunger in the living room instead of social energy.
  • Kitchen: As with red, orange may not be the best color to use in the kitchen simply because of the hunger it can stimulate.

Places To Avoid Using: Orange

  • Bedroom: Whereas purple awakes the mind, orange awakens with a burst of energy. To help you sleep at night, avoid using orange in the bedroom.

Pink toddler's room or children's room

Psychology & Meaning Of: Pink

In the past, pink was seen as too strong of a color for the delicacy of girls and instead more suited to the strength of boys. It wasn’t until the 1940s that manufacturing companies decided to assign pink clothing to girls and blue clothing to boys. But in the last decade, we’ve seen a miniature revolution to make pink a gender-neutral color once more. Despite the dichotomous history of pink and blue, pink has been proven to calm people down and has even garnered the term “the pink effect.”

Positive Effects

  • The Pink Effect – a study conducted at an American state prison indicated that inmates exposed to pink became significantly calmer, and the effect lasted for at least 20 minutes
  • Counteracts anger and violence
  • Regarded as calm, sweet, loving, and joyful
  • Associated with Valentine’s Day and romance
  • Due to marketing, can bring to mind memories of dolls and other toys traditionally meant for girls

Negative Effects

  • Due to marketing, may still be regarded as a color only for girls
  • Excessive pink may bring to mind a lack of will-power and self-worth, or a sense of immaturity

Best Places To Use: Pink

  • Bedrooms & Children’s Rooms: Because of its calming effect, pink is great for the bedroom, children’s rooms, and particularly children’s play rooms. It’s sure to help calm your nerves so you can get a good night’s rest and to minimize children’s temper-tantrums by soothing them.
  • Living Room or Family Room: Pink is also a great color for the living or family room as it should encourage relaxation and quality family time.

Places To Carefully Use: Pink

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Places To Avoid Using: Pink

  • Exercise Room: In the exercise or gym room, you’re usually looking for a burst of energy to help you reach your exercise goal. While pink may help you meditate, it may also counteract any stronger energy needed to motivate you to work out. Opt for some orange in the exercise room instead to boost your energy.

Brown den

Psychology & Meaning Of: Brown

Frequently considered a neutral color by designers and home stagers, brown – like green – is extremely versatile and can be used almost anywhere.

Positive Effects

  • Evokes quietude, strength, reliability, and sophistication
  • Brings about desires to cozy up to a fireplace, and feelings of intimacy and togetherness
  • Associated with nature and the wilderness and, as such, is sometimes described as down-to-earth and conventional
  • Can be used as a complementary color in a palette with stronger colors, such as blue, green, red, etc.

Negative Effects

  • In excess, can create feelings of sadness, isolation, and loneliness
  • Can also be regarded as vast, empty, stark, and akin to a desert

Best Places To Use: Brown

  • Living Room: To draw people together and encourage quality cuddling time in front of the fireplace, add some brown to the living room. While blue can seem chilly and off-putting in the winter, brown is sure to bring comfort.
  • Trophy Room/Den: For a quiet yet powerful note in the den or trophy room, spring for brown. Coupled with green and accented by gold, this triple color combination is often regarded as quietly sophisticated and yet conducive to getting work done. As such, the color combination is also great for a den that doubles as a study or office.

Places To Carefully Use: Brown

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Places To Avoid Using: Brown

  • None. Like green, it is considered a fairly versatile color.
This living room gets abundant natural light, and the white walls makes the room appear expansive.

Psychology & Meaning Of: White

As the saying goes, white (and black) matches everything. White is an excellent color, particularly when you can’t decide on a single color and want to focus on a complex color palette for the furniture and window treatments. In large rooms that get a lot of sunlight, white can help to accomplish a bohemian style or can be used to refine a room and give it a Greek flair. White is frequently used in more modern, contemporary homes.

Positive Effects

  • Gives off feelings of sanitation, cleanliness, and purity
  • Spaciousness – typically makes small rooms appear larger
  • Creates an airy and open atmosphere
  • Associated with harmony, reticence, and formality

Negative Effects

  • Can sometimes be regarded as bland, a blank slate, and a lack of effort to color a room

Best Places To Use: White

  • Bathroom & Laundry Room: Because white evokes sanitation and cleanliness, it’s a great color to use in both the bathroom and laundry room, where cleanliness is the primary goal.
  • Any room in the house

Places To Carefully Use: White

  • None

Places To Avoid Using: White

  • Rooms that get very little sunlight: Although white goes with anything and can make small rooms appear larger, rooms that get little sunlight may seem bland, one-dimensional, and drab with white walls. Rooms with the most sunlight benefit from white because the natural light bounces off the white walls and helps to brighten the room even more, giving it that airy, open, and spacious atmosphere.

This living room also gets a lot of natural light and is visibly large, but the black walls shrink the room and make it appear smaller.

Psychology & Meaning Of: Black

Like white, black goes with anything and everything. However, unlike white, too much black can drown out a room and create a negative atmosphere. Designers and home stagers generally agree that a touch of black in any room helps to ground the main color palette used in that room and give it a sense of depth.

Positive Effects

  • Evokes formality, strength, protection
  • Associated with luxury and sophisticated
  • Regarded as authoritative, powerful, self-controlled, disciplined, and independent

Negative Effects

  • In excess, black can lead to depression, mood swings, feelings of melancholy and even create a negative environment
  • Can evoke the desire to stay indoors

Best Places To Use: Black

  • Any room in the house: to avoid depressive qualities, be sure to use only a touch of black to highlight the main color palette of the room.

Places To Carefully Use: Black

  • None

Places To Avoid Using: Black

  • Small Rooms: Black naturally drains the light out of a room and makes it appear smaller. As such, small rooms may come across as claustrophobic if painted black or containing too much black furniture.

 

Enjoy the fresh coat of paint! The best part of painting a room, aside from the act of painting and doing it with friends or family, is enjoying the results of all your hard work.

The Two Best Ways to Save On Your Renovations

Whether you plan on selling or simply want to keep up with the current trends, a remodel may be the best thing for you. However, to make sure you get the most out of your improvements you will want to keep a few things in mind.

Take a look at our top two best ways to get more for your money.

Tip #1: CONSIDER LOOK-ALIKE MATERIALS

countertops.jpgIn the 1990’s every piece of linoleum looked the same. Fast forward a couple of decades and you can now spend hours in a home improvement store just staring at tile floors. The options are endless which means there are so many ways to save. In the past few years, companies have really stepped it up with ‘imitation’ material products. There is now laminate that looks like real wood, and quartz counters that can appear to be marble. There are so many options for picking materials that still look top of the line without having to stretch your budget.

Tip #2: PLAN AHEAD

Some of the worst decisions are those that are made on the whim. This means you should put a good amount of time and consideration into deciding which rooms to renovate in houseonmoneyyour home. Look at the long term. If you plan to live in your home for 5+ years then you can go into more elaborate designs, picking out exactly what you want and what suits your family. If you are going into a remodel with the end goal of getting the highest price out of your home sale then you will find your priorities may be a little different.

By sitting down and deciding what your true end goal is in the remodel you will have a better view on what exactly ‘needs’ to be done and what you ‘want’ done. You may ‘want’ that marble counter top, which is just fine if you plan to enjoy your home for many years to come. However, if you ‘need’ to get the most out of your remodel because you plan to sell next year…then maybe that laminate look-a-like is the better option. Plan ahead, make educated decisions, and listen to your gut. By doing so you will end up with a home that you are proud of. Whether you are selling or staying, you want to be able to take pride in your home!

12 Real Estate Terms to Know

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Having a basic understanding of important real estate concepts during your home buying or selling process will help you feel much more at ease. Of course your Real Estate agent is there to make sure you understand the entire process but having your own knowledge of the basics will give you great peace of mind. Here are twelve real estate terms to become familiar with. Make sure to contact a Nothnagle Real Estate Agent if you have further questions!

  1. Appraisal — The estimated value of the property as determined by a qualified appraiser. Lenders require an appraisal of a property before providing the mortgage loan to the buyer.
  2. Appreciation — The amount that a property has increased in value over a specific time.
  3. Buyer’s Agent vs. Listing Agent  — There are usually two agents involved when you buy a home; the “buyer’s agent,” who represents you, and the “listing agent,” who represents the home seller.
  4. Closing — The closing is the scheduled day on which the sale of the property is officially finalized. The buyer signs all the mortgage documents and pays the closing costs and the seller completes the transaction with the buyer.
  5. Closing Costs — The closing costs refer to all of the costs associated with the final sale of a property, all of which must be made by the closing date. These costs typically include agent fees, origination fees, lawyer fees, title insurance fees, survey fees and taxes.
  6. Contingency — A condition that must be met before the contract between the buyer and the seller becomes legally binding. A common contingency is the home inspection. If the home inspection reveals major problems, then the contingency allows the buyer to walk away from the contract without losing money.
  7. Depreciation — The amount that a property has declined in value over a specific time.
  8. Down Payment — The down payment is the amount of money you pay toward a property out of pocket before your lender provides you with the mortgage loan to cover the rest of the property’s price. The down payment varies depending on the type of mortgage you take out as well as a number of other factors. It can be anywhere from 3 percent of the total cost to 20 percent.
  9. Escrow — The escrow is a deposit of funds or documents that are held by a neutral third party (often an escrow agent) until the sale goes through.
  10. Mortgage Pre-Approval Letter — Buyers can get approved for a home loan (known as a mortgage) before they find a property they want to invest in. This is known as being pre-approved for a mortgage. This lets buyers know how much they can borrow. They can use the mortgage pre-approval letter to show sellers that they have the financing in place to purchase the home, which often gives them a leg up on competing buyers.
  11. Multiple Listing Service — The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a large database that real estate agents have access to that provides detailed information about most of the properties that are currently on the market.
  12. Title Insurance — This insurance helps to protect the lender and the buyer against any losses that occur due to a dispute over the property’s ownership.

Nothnagle Home Services Spring Specials

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Remember, no repair is too large or too small.  You have lifetime access to the Nothnagle Home Services Department.  Each of our providers are pre-screened, insured, reliable, and most offer free estimates and special discounts specifically for our clients.

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The House Hunter’s Guide To Nothnagle.com

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The weather is warming up and the housing market is booming! If you are in the search for a home chances are your weekends and evenings are jam packed with showings and open houses. Starting your search for a home online is a great and efficient way to begin your home search. Here are 6 tips to keep in mind when beginning your home search on Nothnagle.com

Stay focused and use the ‘More Search Options’.  With thousands of listings on Nothnagle.com it can become quite overwhelming. Make sure to narrow down your search right off the bat by choosing the region, county, area and ideal price range. This will automatically eliminate the majority of properties that are not for you. If a specific school district is one of your top priorities, make sure to check that as well. This will narrow your focus.

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Narrow your search but always keep an open mind. Although it is very helpful to be specific when searching online sometimes being too specific may cause you to overlook a home that may be ‘the one’. Try to alter your price range a little higher and lower than your ideal range. This will cover the grey area for homes that may need a little extra TLC or a small price drop to meet your criteria.

MyNothnagleStart a list of potential properties-Register for MyNothnagle. With the overwhelming number of homes you will browse by it can be very easy to forget about a property that you wish you could remember. Take advantage of the MyNothnagle. This is a free service that will allow you to save searches, rate listings, stay in contact with your agent and manage your search more efficiently.

Can’t wait to see the house? Text-To-Video!  Sometimes just browsing through the
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Keep your agent in the loop the entire time. As you begin to narrow your search and find some great contenders, make sure to communicate this with your agent. Also keep an open mind if they want to show you a house that is not on your ‘list’. Your agent knows the market best and a home that may not be your #1 pick may be worth looking at. Communication is the key to a successful home search so do not hesitate to ask questions. After all that is what they are here for!

Don’t wait any longer, start your home search on Nothnagle.com today! Happy house hunting!