Thursday, November 16, 2017

What You Need to Know About Selling Your Home In the Winter

While many will tote the message that selling your home in the spring and summer are the best times, we’ve found that every season has its advantages and disadvantages. With that knowledge, we can walk into your selling process knowing that with some creativity and knowledge of the area and the way it works in each season, we can successfully help you sell a home in Colorado Springs. Our goal is to sell is as fast as possible for as much as possible, and we carry that goal through spring, summer, fall, and winter. Here are a few things you can keep in mind while selling a Colorado Springs home in the winter.

Elaborate On Indoor Spaces

From indoor workout spaces to kids playrooms, make sure to showcase that these spaces are in your home to help make your home even more appealing during the colder winter months. If you have a heated toolshed make sure to clear the clutter, turn on the heat, and have your real estate agent focus on this. From playrooms in the basement to offices overlooking the front yard, there are many reasons someone will want a home that is still livable through winter.

Keep It Cozy

Add a cozy touch to your home to keep your guests feeling warm. Throw blankets on your couch can be an easy touch, and make your space feel warm and inviting. If you have a gas fireplace, light it up and make the room feel cozy and comfortable. Of course, if you have a wood fireplace that may fill the room with smoke - opt for filling the space with candles for now.

Pay Attention to Drafts

Your buyers will be checking for drafts around windows and doors - so beat them to it by checking and repairing them before they step foot in the home. When selling a home in winter, you’ll need to work with the elements to make sure that your home is ready to handle them. So if your home needs a new furnace, attic insulation, or repairs around the windows - take time to make these repairs now.

Showcase Entertaining

From holidays to long winter nights, entertaining is the name of the game during the cold winter months. If you have a delightful dining and kitchen area, make sure to highlight it’s purpose very specifically with a nicely set table. If you have a fun entertainment room with a big screen, built-in sound system and dimming lights, showcase it by having a movie playing when they arrive and turn the lights down a bit. But not too much, or else they’ll think you’re hiding something!

Make It Neat & Tidy

While making a home clean is always important, in the winter it can be a little more challenging. Wet dirty boots come tracking in snow and mud, not to mention pet paws and wet coats hanging by the door. Make sure your entryway is spotless! While you’re at it, take another look at your sidewalks and driveway to make sure that all of the snow and ice have been removed and that there is plenty of salt spread so that the potential buyers don’t slip.

Winter can be a great time to showcase warm, cozy evenings, fun nights with family, and fun afternoons outside on the snowmobile if you have property. Make the most of the season that you’re selling in by highlighting the advantages. If you’re selling around Christmas, you can add some holiday decor, otherwise, warm winter styles are always welcome. Good luck with the selling of your home, and if you haven’t started yet and you’re ready to - the best Colorado Springs real estate agents are here to help you develop an incredible selling strategy!


Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793
Mike@BuyWithMike.com




Thursday, November 9, 2017

5 Key Things to Look At In Your Next Home

When looking at a home and deciding whether it would be the best place for you to buy, there are a few key things you need to look for in order to make your determination. From top to bottom, you’ll want to look over a home, because while some things are easily looked over, other items could play a huge role in the maintenance requirements and updates in the home. When buying a home in Colorado Springs, you don’t have to try to sort through this all on your own. The best real estate team in Colorado Springs is here to help. Here are 5 KEY things from the Mike MacGuire Team that you want to look at when touring your next home.

Roof Repairs

It’s important to pay special attention to the roof of a home before you even step foot inside. The roof of a home is not only vital to the value and life of your home, but it’s also expensive to replace. Does it look new, or do you see areas that are caving in? If you see large gaping holes, well, you may just want to move on or discuss with the homeowner about repairs and replacement. On the other hand, a newer roof could mean that you will have lower homeowners insurance. If the roof is made from sturdy materials, you may also find that the home is better equipped to handle things like hail damage, which saves you from making a claim.

Don’t Judge By The Paint Job

It can be easy to get whisked off into a home by the color of the walls. If they are a nice trendy gray, you may find yourself naturally loving the home, but missing some key things that would be a no go. On the other hand, you may walk in and be greeted by bold purple & red walls and immediately want to run away - yet miss the great potential that only a new color could bring out. We know it’s hard to ignore the colors, especially if you’re visual, but when you walk into a home, ignore them and realize that they can change easily, quickly, and inexpensively.

Trust Your Nose

Whether a home has been vacated for a while or still has a family living in it, let your nose tell you a bit about the story. If you notice that the smell of potpourri is potentially drowning something else more sinister out - investigate. Not only can carpets hold stains, but they can old odors, mold, and other bacterias. If the carpet needs to be replaced, you’ll want to make note ahead of time. Other things you’ll want to pay attention to will be the bathroom, basement, kitchen, or other areas around the home where moisture may sit. Your nose can tell you a lot about a home, so trust it as you walk through.

Pay Attention to Insulation

Especially when buying a home in Colorado Springs, you want to make sure the new home that you purchase is well insulated. Touring homes in winter can have a huge advantage because you can feel whether a home is holding warmth in or not. Check the seals around the windows and doors, take a peek in the attic, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about the home and what measures have been taken to keep it well insulated. While you’re at it, don’t forget to take a look at the heating system. If it’s a cold day, it should be running and you can listen for weird sounds and check the vents to make sure warm air is coming out.

This is NOT a No Touch Zone

It may feel a little weird to walk through a home checking every lightswitch, flushing all of the toilets, and turning on all of the sinks - but don’t be intimidated. Buying a home is a huge step and a large investment. If there is something quirky about the home, you want to know beforehand, and not find out later that one of the light switches doesn’t seem to control anything, and that the toilet in the guest bathroom doesn’t work. Even go so far as to taste the water, you really do want to know if there’s something up. Finding issues before you buy means that you can negotiate with the sellers to have it fixed.


Colorado Springs Real Estate

When you buy a home in Colorado Springs, we know that it’s going to be a huge step for you, but well worth it in the long run. There’s nothing quite like investing in something that belongs to you. Not to mention, you can customize and make this place your own through paint, renovations, remodeling and more. Many people are making the first step to buying their own home, and we want to help you with the process. Visit our website to learn more about buying a home with our Colorado Springs real estate team!

Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793
Mike@BuyWithMike.com



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stunning Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Welcome home to this beautiful ranch style home for sale in Colorado Springs on one acre boasting Pikes Peak views, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, oversized 4 car garage and nearly 3,800 square feet. Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs! With spacious rooms and large windows, this open floor plan is the perfect blend of formal and casual living – great for entertaining with comfortable livability. You are greeted by extensive hardwood floors that lead to the great room with gas fireplace & soaring ceilings. The perfectly appointed kitchen features granite counters, large center island, stainless appliances with gas stove, generous cabinet space and adjoining nook. The formal dining room is adjacent to the great room and kitchen. Unwind in the main level master suite providing adjoining 5-pc bathroom, walk-out to patio and walk-in closet. There are two spacious secondary bedrooms on the main floor just steps from a full bathroom. Host the Big Game in the sprawling finished basement with large family room, gaming and billiards area, and wet bar. An additional bedroom, bathroom and ample storage room complete the basement. Step out to the patio overlooking the beautifully landscaped, fenced back yard, Pikes Peak & the Front Range. The patio with stone fireplace is perfect for entertaining on summer evenings. Excellent location, just minutes from schools, shopping & dining with easy access to Peterson & Schriever AFB. This move-in ready home offers: new upgraded carpet and padding, new microwave, pull out shelving in cabinets, plantation shutters, new smoke/CO detectors, two water heaters with recirculating instant hot water, high efficiency furnace, new sliding doors to back patio and much more. Visit this move-in ready home today! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Things to Do For Your Home In November

Another month is behind us and a new month is ahead! As November begins, it's a strong reminder that winter is coming and our homes need a few routine maintenance tasks to not only help it through the season but also a few other tasks that will keep it looking beautiful. At The MacGuire Team, we love to see a well-maintained home in Colorado Springs, not just because they make for a great buying experience, but a wonderful selling and living experience as well. Here are a few things you can do in November to keep your home looking beautiful.

Clean the Carpets

If you have carpet in your home, you probably know that no matter how often you clean them, they still get dirt that can't be removed by vacuum alone. You can rent carpet cleaners to help you get down and deep in the fibers to get them clean. You may even notice that after they are cleaned you get fewer allergies and feel better!

Remove Lint From Dryer Exhaust

The vent on your dryer can become clogged with lint over time, and no amount of cleaning out the lint trap can save it.This will not only cause your dryer to dry less efficiently, but it can also result in dangerous house fires. You can easily clean this by removing the outside cover on your vent and use a special lint brush that features an extendable handle to clean the inside of the pipe.

Check to Make Sure That Your Exhaust Ducts Are Clear of Debris

Your dryer exhaust isn't the only exhaust in your home that you should clean this month. Your air ducts and kitchen range hood have exhausts in them as well, and it's important to keep those clean on a regular basis.You can clean your air ducts by removing any build up in the pathways. The best option is to hire a professional to come out and take a look and clean them.

Your kitchen range hood has an exhaust as well, and it's important to keep that clean because grease can build up in the ducts, hoods, and vents. If left uncleaned, the systems can become highly flammable.

Check Fire Extinguisher

It's important to check your fire extinguisher on a regular basis to confirm that it is both visible, unobstructed and that it's in its designated location. You'll also want to verify that the locking pin is intact and that the tamper seal is unbroken.

Oil Garage Door Tracks

Take some time to lubricate the door's hinges, springs, and bearings with a nonsilicon-based lubricant. There should be a recommendation by your garage door's manufacturer. If not, you can generally use a motor oil to lubricate the parts.

Clean Garbage Disposal

This is a routine task that should be performed every single month. You can easily clean it by tossing some ice, lemon rinds, and vinegar in the disposal and turning it on. Don't forget to use a washcloth after it's been turned off to wipe the backside of the rubber flap as this is where fruit flies tend to lay their eggs.

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Finally, make a quick run around your home and check the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. If they need new batteries, add them. You won't really be glad you did unless you need them - and it only takes a few minutes.

Maintaining A Colorado Springs Home

It doesn't take long to do a few maintenance tasks a month to help maintain your home. Not only will this keep it looking fabulous, but they can help keep your home functioning properly, and even lower some of your maintenance costs. If you don't own a home, but are ready to start looking, don't forget to contact the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs. We can help you buy a Colorado Springs home to start performing these maintenance tasks on.


Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793
Mike@BuyWithMike.com


Beautiful Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Inviting ranch style patio home for sale in Colorado Springs in Pine Creek boasts an open floor plan, maintenance-free living and backs to golf course. Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. This meticulously maintained home offers 3 BR, 3 BA and oversized 2 CA garage. The main level features extensive hardwood flooring, soaring ceilings, cozy great room with gas fireplace. The perfectly appointed kitchen provides stunning granite counters, custom backsplash, generous cabinets with pull out shelves and stainless appliances. Ideal for entertaining, the kitchen overlooks the dining area and great room. The private back patio is the perfect place to unwind. The main level master retreat offers a 5-piece bathroom and walk-in closet. French doors lead to a secondary bedroom/office. Half bathroom and laundry room complete the main level. The finished basement features a sprawling family room with fireplace, wet bar, a spacious secondary bedroom, craft/exercise room, bathroom & storage room. Conveniently located to award winning District 20 schools, shopping, dining & golfing with easy access to I-25 & Powers Blvd. This home offers the following amenities: 6” exterior walls allowing for excellent insulation and low utility bills, updated kitchen and bathrooms, abundant storage, central air and much more. Tour this impressive home today!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bathroom Trends For Your Home

The bathroom can be one of the most out of date rooms in a home, but it could also be the most stylish with just a few adjustments. While the state of the bathroom may not make or break a sale, if you’ve been considering remodeling your bathroom, it can definitely help. Here are a few things you can keep in mind as you improve your Colorado Springs real estate with bathroom improvements.

Free Standing Tubs

From vintage claw foot tubs to modern soaking tubs, these statement pieces are making their way into modern bathrooms across the country. Of course, it's easiest when you have a large, spacious bathroom, but even small bathrooms can make use of this stylish update. Such a beautiful way to make your bathroom feel like a luxurious spa. You'll be seeing photos of these tubs across interior design magazines, and across Pinterest for a while.

Minimalist Cabinets

As bold patterns, fun floor tiles, bright wallpapers, and other fun accents are hitting homes around the country, it's important to keep things balanced. One of those ways is by incorporating minimalist cabinets with basic fixtures to match. Keeping balance is one of the most important aspects of redesigning your home, and it's especially important in small spaces like the bathroom. While bathrooms of the past are filled with upscale, intricate cabinets and storage options, take a look at some simpler options to help create the perfect look for your home.

Dedicated Vanities

As bathrooms get new makeovers, you'll find that in addition to the typical sink and countertop, you'll also find custom vanities meant just for getting ready. They'll sit a little lower than the height of the other counters so that you can pull a chair up to it and apply your makeup, do your hair, and get ready for the day. A place for everything and everything in its place is something to keep in mind as you think about your space. Is your makeup scattered across your bathroom counter? You may really appreciate having a vanity!

Patterned Tiles

Finally, patterned tiles are really hot on the market this year. Especially tiles with Mediterranean motifs, and other intricate Moroccan-inspired designs. Modern geometric shapes are also adding their "rustic charm" because they have a throwback feel.

Remodeling Your Bathroom

If you have been tossing around the idea of remodeling your bathroom,  this is a great time to do it - and if you've been planning on selling a Colorado Springs home it's and even BETTER time to do it! Homes are selling so quickly that The MacGuire Team can hardly keep them available for long. If you're ready to upgrade to your dream home, this could be the best time for you to do so. Visit our website to learn more about the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs, along with our selling strategies to get your home SOLD fast!


Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793
Mike@BuyWithMike.com


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Beautiful Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Inviting 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 3 car home for sale in Colorado Springs in the heart of Broadmoor Glen situated on a large, flat lot offering stunning views of Cheyenne Mountain. Click HERE to tour this home for sale in Colorado Springs. The welcoming foyer draws you into the sunny living room. The kitchen boasts a center island, all appliances, generous cabinet & counter space, hardwood floors and dining nook. The kitchen overlooks the family room and adjoins the formal dining room making this home ideal for entertaining large or small gatherings. Unwind in the spacious family room with cozy gas fireplace. The adjacent study is perfectly positioned for a quiet work space. Step out to the deck that overlooks the back yard with mature trees, privacy and Cheyenne Mountain views. The spacious master retreat offers an adjoining 5pc bath and walk-in closet. Three spacious secondary bedrooms with soaring ceilings and large closets & a full bath complete the upper level. The finished garden level basement features a Rec room with wet bar and billiards/gaming area, bedroom and bathroom. This must-see home provides a new roof, central air conditioning, vinyl windows and is located across the street from award winning Pinon Valley Elementary and park with convenient access to Hwy 115, I-25, dining and shopping.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Managing Your Mortgage

Did you know that at least 35.8% of homes are owner-occupied with a mortgage? This study was from 2013, so we’re presuming the numbers may be even higher at this point. 32% of housing is renter-occupied, and 19.9% is owner-occupied without a mortgage. This means that the two most popular options are to either rent and pay money for something you don’t own, or take out a 30-year mortgage and invest in a Colorado Springs home that you own.

Thursday, October 19th is Get Smart About Credit Day, so we wanted to share some interesting facts about mortgages with you to help you become better prepared for buying a Colorado Springs home, while also realizing that buying really is the way to go.

Types Of Mortgages

As with all types of loans, there are different forms of common mortgages that you will need to think about before you get it. Here are three types of mortgages and a short description about them.

30-year Fixed

A 30-year fixed is one of the most popular mortgage types. The basic description is that the borrower will pay a “fixed” interest rate for the next 30 years. It is chosen by many because homeowners will pay the exact same amount every month. If you buy when the interest is low, you’ll definitely want to consider this option, especially if you suspect that interest rates are on the rise.

15-Year Fixed

The advantage to these mortgages is that they carry a lower interest rate, and of course, only take 15 years to pay off. If you want to pay off your mortgage and build equity quickly, this could be the best choice for you.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM)

This is a mortgage type where the interest rates on adjustable mortgages are adjusted at predetermined intervals to reflect the current market. Some mortgages can be a combination of fixed and adjustable. For example, the first three, five, or seven years, the rate will stay fixed, and then be adjusted annually for the duration of the loan. This could be a great option if you plan on living in your home for approximately the same length of time as the original fixed term.

The Structure of a Mortgage

The basis of a mortgage is that you’ll pay the principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. These are commonly referred to as PITI. There are some cases where you can take out a mortgage without your taxes and insurance included, but that will generally only apply if you are not considered a high-risk borrower.

Colorado Springs Real Estate

If you’ve been considering buying a home in Colorado Springs, there is no time like the present. While you may hear many real estate agents claim that, it really is something to take to heart. The real estate market is always changing and ever evolving. At the drop of a hat, the interest rates could go up, or they may not be any homes left on the market. With this taken into consideration and the realization that you are investing in property that belongs to you - buying is always considered a wiser choice compared to renting. Are you ready to get started? We can suggest many reputable mortgage companies in Colorado Springs, as well as help you with the best real estate service in Colorado Springs.


Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793
Mike@BuyWithMike.com

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Things to Do For Your Home In October

We're almost halfway through October, and that means that there are a few things you need to check off your to-do list before the month ends. Owning a home in Colorado Springs can be one of the most gratifying things you'll do. It's freeing to know that you can do whatever you want to your home, and live in it the way you please. It also required a bit of maintenance, which is why your Colorado Springs Real estate agent wants to share a few important tasks with you.

Test the Sump Pump

You don't think about testing this aspect of your home, but when you need it and it fails, you'll wish you had. Start by locating the exit pipe and making sure that it's not clogged. Look over your sump pump to make sure that the electrical cord is plugged in, and then remove the lid and use a flashlight to inspect the inside. You can pour a few gallons of water into the basin of your sump pump to make sure that it pumps out water.

Check Water Softener and Add Salt If Needed

Go take a peek at your water softener and see if it needs more salt. If so, pour some in and enjoy your next shower ;).

Run Water and Flush Toilets in Unused Spaces

It's always a good idea to make sure the pipelines are cleared out and functioning properly. If you have bathrooms or kitchens in your home that don't get used on a regular basis, this month would be a great time to look them over.

Rake Leaves and Debris From Gutters and Downspouts

Fall is here, and with that comes falling leaves and extra debris. Take some time to rake up the leaves and either mulch them or have them disposed of to keep from fostering bacteria in your grass and mold around your home.

Change Furnace Filters

It is recommended that you change your furnace filter every two-three months depending on the size. When you rent your home, a landlord comes and takes care of this for you, but owning a home has a few responsibilities that you don't want to forget about, like this one.

Turn Off and Flush Outdoor Water Faucets

As winter approaches, pay attention to your outdoor faucets. To start will, you'll want to close the shut-off valve for the faucet. Then make sure that you disconnect your garden hoses, drain them, and hang them up for winter. Finally, drain your faucet. Open it up and let the residual water drain out. Standing water can break both the fixture and the shut-off valve which can create a big mess.

Cover or Store Outdoor Furniture

Goodbye summer, hello winter! While you may be able to keep some pieces outdoors to enjoy through the fall, you'll want to start packing some items up and getting them indoors where they'll be safe. At the very least, make sure to cover them.

Clean and Inspect Chimney

Can anyone say "hello fireplace"!! Fall is the perfect time to get the fireplace up and running for the colder winter months. Of course, before you can start it up, you should have a professional take a look and make sure that it's in good working order.

Clean Garbage Disposal

This is a routine task that you'll want to keep up on, so throw a few lemon rinds and ice cubes in, turn it on and let it clean itself!

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

This is a very important safety task, and your detectors can be the make or break between a situation becoming worse. Especially as we move into the winter months, if you have propane a carbon monoxide detector is imperative.

Your Colorado Springs Home

There's nothing more freeing than owning your own home. You can customize it, beautify it, and care for it exactly the way you like. The same freedom also means that there are some tasks you'll need to perform, but with a little preparation, and a day of walking through your home accomplishing tasks - you won't have any issues. If you don't own your own home yet, now is a great time to start! Let the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs help you out - visit our website to learn more: www.BuyWithMike.com


Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793
Mike@BuyWithMike.com

Friday, October 6, 2017

5 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter

Every winter, people predict that *this* will be the coldest winter yet. Of course, we can’t predict what Mother Nature will throw at us, but we CAN predict how we’ll react to it. Your home will inevitably get cold this winter, but with a few quick tips, you can make the most of your heat and help your home stay toasty. The MacGuire Team hopes that your new Colorado Springs home is ready for winter and to keep the warm air in, and we have a few tips to help!

Let In the Light

Make use of that huge ball of fire in the sky and let it heat your home during the day. When the sun comes up, throw open the curtains and make use of that awesome natural heater. Of course, if your windows don’t get much light on some sides of your house, you can keep those curtains closed to keep in the warmth. On the flip side, when it’s night time, you’ll want to close your curtains to help keep in the warm air and block from the cold. You can even put up temporary blankets over doors and windows that don’t have curtains to help keep int he warm air while you’re sleeping.

Examine Your Ceiling Fans

Do you have ceiling fans in your home? You may be missing out on a vital way to keep your home warm without even realizing it. Many fans have a winter setting so that it moves clockwise instead of counter-clockwise. Since heat rises, this will bring the heat back down and circulate it through your room.

Seal Up the Leaks

It seems pretty obvious that your windows and doors will leak cold air, but did you know that there are other culprits as well? Check out our attics, basements where you cement meets the wood frame, and even your kitchen hood vents. There are many spaces in your home that can allow cold air to get in. Caulking will be your best friend when you find these leaks.

Bake Up a Storm

You can find alternate ways to heat your home other than your furnace, and one of the best options is in your kitchen. Winter is such a great time to bake because the oven will help keep your home warm. We aren’t suggesting you keep it on specifically to keep your home warm, and if you have a gas oven you’ll need to use precaution - but it’s certainly an easy way to take the edge off!

Close the Doors

Finally, an easy way to manipulate the heat in your home is to utilize the doors. You can either use them to make rooms warmer or use them to direct the heat to other areas. If you want to make a room warmer, you can close the door overnight and come into a toasty space the next morning! If you don’t use a room often and don’t want to waste your heat on them, you can close the vents and the doors to keep them from getting the heat.

Are You Getting Chilly?

The temperatures are dropping, so there’s no time like the present to start practicing tactics for keeping the hot air in. No matter how new your home is, there are always things you can do to help them be more effective in the way they stay warm. If you are ready to buy a new home in Colorado Springs - our team of real estate agents in Colorado Springs would be honored to help. If you’re considering selling your home this fall, don’t forget that this is the PERFECT time to do that! We would be honored to be your real estate connection in Colorado Springs.


Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793
Mike@BuyWithMike.com

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kitchen Trends that are Drawing in Buyer Desire!

Before selling a home in Colorado Springs, it's important to do some research to see what needs to be done to get the most for you home. While your home may be immaculate, and you may not need to do anything to draw in buyers and get top-dollar offers, there may be some improvements you'd LIKE to make just to make your home more trendy. So, we're sharing with you some popular trends in one of the most important rooms in your home that buyers have surveyed matters most: the kitchen.  These trends are drawing in buyer desire and bringing in those offers. Take a look:


High Quality Storage Solutions
Lack of storage is a common problem in many kitchens, but creative solutions can help make the most of your existing space. Pull-out wastebaskets conceal kitchen refuse while providing easy access. Built-in wine racks can be incorporated into otherwise underused areas of the kitchen, such as corners and small gaps between cabinets and appliances. Another growing trend in kitchen design, walk-in pantries can be used to store everything from food to dishes to small appliances. Pantry organization systems range from simple wire shelves to sophisticated custom drawers and cabinetry.

Neutral Colors and Copper Accents
The main trend in color right now is towards grey and earthy tones with homeowners opting for simple, neutral colored kitchen designs. Shades of grey in cabinets and doors and copper colored handles, accessories and appliances are becoming more and more popular as people try to find alternatives to stainless steel and black to complement their cabinets.

Not Your Average Sink
Like kitchen cabinets, sinks are trending away from basic white or stainless steel. A colorful sink is a great way to pop in a small amount of color in a neutral kitchen or make it more of a focal point by using the same hue in the backsplash.

Add Bold Fixtures
Bold color isn't the only way to create excitement. Bold fixtures can give a great sense of depth perception and create drama in a room with a typical low ceiling. Matched with the cabinets, this look can really add some "WOW" to any kitchen.

Technology in the Kitchen
Technology is rapidly developing in the contemporary home leaving the kitchen as no exception. From sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen only when it's in use to meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is done, kitchen technology is here to make your life easier.


Selling a Home in Colorado Springs
When it comes to adding value to your home, not all renovations or remodels are worth your time or money. But when it comes to the kitchen, there truly is value in making some upgrades. A modern/updated kitchen tops the list of ideal home features in a recent survey of millennials, identifying as most important to more than a third of respondents. That says a lot about buyer desire! Are you ready to get started? My team of real estate agents in Colorado Springs are ready to help you sell your home this year!

Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793
Mike@BuyWithMike.com

Friday, September 22, 2017

5 Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving is challenging enough with a spouse and kids, even just on your own! But add a pet into the mix and you may have even more challenges than anticipated. While it can add another element of challenge, moving with your pets doesn’t have to be a bad experience. The MacGuire Team knows how important your furry friends are, so we have a few ideas to help you when it comes to moving to Colorado Springs with your pet. After all … Colorado Springs is known for being VERY pet-friendly!

Start An Overnight Kit

Gather all of the items that your pet will need for the first few days at the new house, as well as for the travel time to get from point A to point B. You’ll want to include dog food, kitty litter, toys, and grooming tools. Don’t forget any medication or vitamins that your pet will need as well.

Call Your Vet

If you’re moving far out of the area (or to another state) you’ll want to contact your vet and get all of your pet’s records to take with you, along with any prescription medications that your pet will need. You can also check with your vet and see if they have any recommendations for a new vet to connect with in your new hometown.

The Big Day

When you are encountering the moving day, it’s important to think about your furry friend and make plans for them. The easiest thing would be to find a friend’s house for them to go to, or take them to the Puppy Sitter. If that’s not an option, though, you’ll want to keep them out of the way. Not because it will be easier for you, but because it will help reduce their stress. Moving can be really hard on your pet. Clear out a room or level of your home to keep them, and make sure it’s gated off or have the door closed. Put plenty of food and water in there, along with their favorite toys, blankets, bedding, or anything that will make them comfortable. Be sure that you also take your pet out for regular walks and bathroom breaks, too!

Make Plans For After You’ve Arrived

It’s important to not let your pet out of the car without being in their kennel or on a leash. It’s easy for them to get disoriented in a new location, and losing them is a huge risk. Once they are in the home, it’s important to keep them there for a while and let them get acclimated. Even if you have a fenced in back yard, you’ll want to make sure there is no way for them to get out, and keep them supervised at all times. If you have a cat, you may want to consider making this a permanent transition to the indoors. Many cat owners are opting for having their pets staying indoors full time for safety reasons, so this could be a great time to start that.

Moving With Birds, Fish, or Guinea Pigs

If you have something other than the typical cat or dog, you may want to talk to your vet about safety in moving them. Fish and guinea pigs are very susceptible to new environments, so if you will be moving them, you’ll have to pay very close attention to them. Honestly, if you can find a new home with a friend or family member, it may be a better option. Birds on the other hand are very well known to fly the coop during a move. Even if you think that your bird will stay on your shoulder the entire time - don’t do it. Put them in their cage and make them wait until you get to your new home and make sure all windows and doors are closed.

Moving to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is such a wonderful place to live, and like we already mentioned, it’s VERY pet-friendly! If you are looking for a new house in Colorado Springs, we would be honored if you chose the most trusted real estate agents in Colorado Springs to help you with your purchase. Moving is hard enough, let’s help you make the buying process simple!

Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793


Mike@BuyWithMike.com