4 Ways to Dispose of Old Appliances

kitchenWhen preparing your home for sale, I may recommend to replace your old appliances with new ones to increase the selling value of your home. Or you may have just bought a home with old appliances and you replaced them, but what’s the best way to dispose of your old appliances?

Recycle
Many cites offer quarterly electronic recycling events for smaller appliances. Look for announcements of these events in your monthly water bill.

Donate
Check with local charities to see what their policies are regarding used appliances donations. Charities that accept appliance donations will often offer free curbside pick-up service. You may also be able to write your donation off on your taxes.

Sell Them
Are your old appliances still running? Post them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to sell them. There is a growing market of shoppers looking for a bargain. Fielding offers from bargain shoppers can be a more time consuming option, but with a little effort, you could earn some extra cash!

Hauled Away
You may decide you just want the appliances out of your home as soon as possible. When that happens, you can call services for responsible appliance removal. There will be a fee, so you might want to go through your house and find any additional items in need of being hauled away to make the call worth the time and money.

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Letting Go of Your Home

HouseFor many people, selling their home is an emotional process. Many people have lived in their homes for years creating memories. Others may be facing unwanted, yet necessary moves. Even sellers preparing for a voluntary and desired move are likely to face some feelings of attachment that can threaten to interfere with the sale process. Despite the difficulty, emotionally detaching yourself from your property before listing it is the first step in ensuring a smooth sale.

I’ve compiled some tips to help you “let go” of your home:

If the move is necessary, but unwanted then be honest with your agent, we are accustomed to working with sellers in all sorts of different and difficult situations. Being upfront with your agent about potential problems will enable him or her to act in your best interest.

Use the assistance of a professional stager. I have a stager on my team that will help you remove your personal items and neutralize the home so that buyers will view it as a blank slate. This can help accelerate your process of moving on and seeing your home for what it is when it is for sale. When you are preparing to pack your belongings, take photos of your favorite spots in your home to preserve memories.

Leave the property when buyers come to look at your home and allow your agent to handle the showings. Lingering sellers can cause potential buyers to feel uncomfortable and may interfere with their perception of the property, and observing any negative reactions that buyers may have will only make the process of letting go more difficult.

Focus on your next step and new opportunities that selling your current home will provide you. Even if moving is not your preference at the time, focusing on the highlights of your new neighborhood will start the excitement about the transition.

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Pergola, Ramada or Gazebo?

ramadaThe beautiful spring weather encourages us all to spend more time outside. As a result, many homeowners start think about backyard projects. Have you ever considered building a pergola, ramada or gazebos? Is there a difference? Many people use these terms interchangeably, but there are distinct architectural differences between each structures.

What is a Pergola?
Pergolas have cross beams as a roof. They are also commonly used for outdoor kitchens and built in BBQs. Pergolas have become popular in recent years because their design accommodates modern styles and can be less expensive to build than a ramada.

What is a Ramada?
A ramada is rectangular or square in shape with a solid roof. It is often built over outdoor kitchens to protect the appliances from rain and other outdoor factors that can damage them. If you plan to install an outdoor kitchen in your backyard, a ramada is a smart choice.

What is a Gazebo?
A gazebo also provides shelter and has a solid roof like the ramada with open sides. The shape of a gazebo is either octagonal or circular in shape. The gazebo design has been around for several centuries, they can be seen on old properties all over the world.

Which one is right for you? Ask yourself if you want full protection from the weather or partial shade. If you want full protection, a ramada might be the best option for you. If you want partial protection, then a pergola or gazebo may be best. Of course, you will also want to consider your personal style preference and the style of your home. Or you can give me a call and I can help you find a new home with a pergola, ramada or gazebo all ready for you to enjoy! 602-329-7782