Buyers, especially first-time homebuyers, are increasingly looking for move-in ready homes.
They want to move in within 30 days of signing, without the fuss of
repainting a room or two, or installing new carpets. If you plan on
selling your home in 2013, itâ€™s important to know the reasons for their
pickiness so you can make your home move-in ready.
A wide selection of homes
looks like 2013 will usher in a buyerâ€™s market. That means that
house-seekers will have more selection to choose from when it comes to
their dream home. That being the case, buyers will take the time to
investigate all possible options.
your home is not up-to-scratch, they will write it off their list. Why
would a buyer voluntarily choose a house that needs a new roof when
thereâ€™s one down the street that is in top condition? Your home may not
need major work, but even something as banal as a new coat of paint can
mean fewer offers when buyers have a wide selection of move-in ready
The huge investment
money down on a home is daunting. Down payment amounts have increased
in recent years, and buyers want their investment to be worth it.
First-time homebuyers work especially hard to come up with the down
payment, leaving them strapped for cash when it comes to further
want to avoid homes with leaky pipes and dodgy windows because they
canâ€™t envision investing the time and money required to fix them up.
will see repairs as a financial risk. If the boiler needs replacing,
what other hidden problems might the house have? If the basement is
moldy, what kind of structural issues might that imply? Not only that,
but if the potential homebuyer is new to the neighborhood, he or she
will worry about how to find the best contractors to do the repairs, or
where to get a good deal on new carpeting.
will also baulk at the amount of time they might have to invest. All
these concerns will cause buyers to choose a move-in ready home instead.
Home decor and renovation shows
may sound silly, but TV is flooded with home decoration and renovation
shows. The HGTV channel is entirely devoted to the home, and the result
is an increase in what used to be seen as unreasonable expectations.
wants the ideal move-in ready home with beautiful appliances and feng
shui bathrooms. That means that even the slightest perceived fault (old
tiles or wallpaper) can turn buyers off.
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Lakewood Sheriffâ€™s Community Safety Center is hosting an
evening with personal safety and rape defense expert Pamela
Jesse. A certified trainer with 15 yearsâ€™ experience, Jesse will
discuss how residents can reduce their risks and deal with an
assailant. Details are at: www.lakewoodcity.org/safetyclasses. [FULL STORY]
Lakewood Community Run in just two weeks Saturday, March 9, rain or shine!
Lakewood course is wonderful for runners going for their best
time,â€ says Sonia Southwell, one of the eventâ€™s team of volunteer
organizers. â€œOur tree-lined streets are in great shape and
theyâ€™re safe. Having a well-marked, flat course is ideal for
anyone wanting to record their personal best with our
professional timing.â€ Chip timing and registration will be
provided by RaceWire.com. Go to www.lakewoodrun.com/registration to sign up. [FULL STORY]
Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the City of
Lakewood will host the 2013 Economic Forecast Luncheon on
Wednesday, February 27, at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza,
5000 Clark Avenue, Lakewood. Registration and networking
will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will start promptly
at noon. The event will conclude by 1:30 p.m. More...
City Council (7:30 AM/PM Tues/Sat) Coverage
of the business portion of all regular city
council meetings, including Before the Council,
an informative talk show about the issues to
be discussed at the city council meetings.
Huell Howser (4:00 AM/PM Sun/Thur) Catch
Huell Howser as he uncovers the people,
places, and things that make California a
wonderful place to live. Featured this month is Visiting with Huell Howser - Vietnamese New Year, Barack Obama's California College Days with Huell Howser, Road Trip â€“ Big Bear, and California's Golden Parks â€“ California Coastal National Monument. Watch Your Back CityTV
launches a new public safety series in
partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s
Department. The short informational segments
will air every Tuesday and Saturday at 6:30 a.m./p.m.,
addressing any immediate needs, warnings, tips
or specific requests for help from Lakewoodâ€™s
public safety partners.
for a complete monthly schedule. The CityTV Channel 31 schedule is
available via Time Warner digital cable by
pressing the guide button on your remote
control. To receive a free monthly schedule by mail,
please call 920-9325 and leave your name, address
and phone number.
Recreation signups continue for new season
cover of the 2013 Spring Recreation Catalog
features people from all over the city
portraying how they "love Lakewood." It also
offers over 600 programs and classes planned for
February through mid-June. Signups are going on now. [FULL STORY]
Declutter with bulky item pick ups Six free pickups per year
the New Year finds your home awash with
holiday debris, the city's bulky item pick up
program can help you start the New Year right.
Itâ€™s a convenient way to get rid of old appliances,
electronics and furniture. Also, that pesky
Styrofoam thatâ€™s so much a part of holiday
packaging, it can now be put into your blue recycling
cart. Read on or learn more at www.lakewoodcity.org/bulkystuff. [FULL STORY]
After-school Activity Zone continues
parks that offer after-school activities
returned to normal schedules following holiday
vacation hours. Fun activities include
cooking, crafts, and sports instruction. Students
will have a variety of activities to participate
in while parents can be assured that their
children are properly supervised in a safe and
creative environment. Program schedules are
available online and can be picked up at Lakewood
city hall, all parks and city libraries. [FULL STORY]
Adult sports program signups
Information packets and roster forms are now available at Lakewood City Hall for a variety of adult sports. Please check out www.lakewoodcity.org/sports, or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408, for more information. [FULL STORY]