Friday, September 15, 2017

Immaculate Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Stunning ranch style home for sale in Colorado Springs in Indigo Ranch boasts an open floor plan and true main level living with fully finished lower level. Click HERE to tour this home for sale in Colorado Springs. This meticulously maintained home offers 5 BR, 4 BA, 3 CA and over 3200 SF. The main level features extensive hardwood flooring, large great room with floor to ceiling stone fireplace and spacious office. The perfectly appointed kitchen provides generous cabinet & counter space, granite counters, pantry, center island and dining nook. Unwind in the main level master retreat with 5-piece bathroom and walk-in closet. A secondary bedroom, full bathroom and laundry room complete the main level. The finished walk-out lower level features a sprawling family room, 2 spacious secondary bedrooms adjoined by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom and an additional bedroom with attached bathroom, ideal for a guest suite. The deck overlooks the beautifully landscaped back yard. This home offers upgrades to include: granite counters in the kitchen and all bathrooms, ceramic tile floors in bathrooms, central A/C, whole house humidifier, and oversized 3 car garage. Conveniently located to schools, shopping, dining & golfing with easy access to Powers Blvd. Tour this exceptional home today!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Dos and Don'ts for Your Final Walk - Through

Congratulations! If you've made it to the final walk through in the process of selling your home, you are in the final stages. When you sell a Colorado Springs home, the buyer will do a final walk-through of your home, and it's a big deal. For the buyer, it's their first opportunity to see the house without any of the decorations or furniture that may have been there before, and it's a big deal for YOU as the seller because it's an opportunity for you to prepare for the closing and set the tone. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your final walk-through.

Walk-Through Dos

DO Leave Keys, Owner's Manuals, and Warranties

Label all of the keys to the home and leave them in one place in a bag or envelope where they will find them. Your buyers will also appreciate if you leave any owner's manuals or warranties for appliances in on drawer where they can find them and refer to them when necessary.

DO: Provide a Vendor List

Have you hired and been happy with a specific pest control company, or home maintenance service? It's completely appropriate to leave a referral for them in your home before you leave. They will appreciate knowing who they can trust, and who is already familiar with their new home.

DO: Clean Your Home From Top to Bottom

It is important that your home is immaculate for the buyer walk-through. After you've moved all of your belongings out (staged pieces or other articles), you will want to give your home a complete cleaning. Look for the details and don't overlook something just because you think the buyer won't notice. Peek inside every cabinet, refrigerator, oven and more.

DO: Make Note of Any Damage

Moving can often invoke damages in the process. A scuffed wall, and dinged door frame - If you accidentally break something in the process, be sure to mention it to your Colorado Springs real estate agent. From there we can work together to make arrangements to have it repaired.

DO: Replace Burned Out Bulbs

Does this seem like a silly task? Buyers will most likely check to see if light fixtures are working, so you'll want to check them before you leave.

Walk-Through Don'ts

DON'T: Leave Anything Behind 

When you leave, your house should be complete empty. Don't leave anything except for items that have been agreed upon like certain pieces of furniture, appliances, etc. Pick up all trash and dispose of it properly before leaving for the last time.

DON'T: Forget About the Landscaping

While you're so busy on the inside, it can be easy to forget out your landscaping, but it's important to not overlook this. Tidy things up, and remember to clean out the shed, under the deck, and remove any garden decor.

DON'T: Wait Until the Very Last Minute

When going through the process of closing your home, you will be incredibly busy. Not to mention that in the process of moving from one home, you're probably moving INTO another. Do not wait until the very last minute to look over your home and make sure everything is in tip-top shape. Plan to have your house vacated a few days before closing to prepare your home for the walk-through.

Selling A Colorado Springs Home

The MacGuire Team knows how hard it can be to get your home ready to sell, and even more so to prepare it for the final walk-through. Because of this, we provide ample amounts of advice throughout the process so that it can go as easy as possible. If you are selling your home, it's important to entrust this task to the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs. We would be honored to work with you!

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

Gorgeous Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Stunning Cordera home for sale in Colorado Springs featuring uncompromised attention to detail, beautiful finishes and luxurious amenities situated on a walk-out lot with sweeping views of Pikes Peak & the Front Range. Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. Welcoming foyer with gleaming hardwood floors draws you into the living room featuring a gas fireplace with custom tile hearth & built-in cabinets. The kitchen overlooks the living room and is adjacent to the dining room making a perfect flow for entertaining. The gourmet kitchen boasts Jenn-Air appliances, gas stove with hood, double ovens, quartz counters, Aristokraft cabinets with pullouts, large pantry & dining nook. Walk out to the covered deck and overlook the Cordera Grand Lawn & mountain views. The formal dining room is beautifully appointed with stunning chandelier & bump-out for extra space. French doors lead to the office, ideally situated for a quiet work space. The sprawling master retreat offers stunning views, 3-sided fireplace, luxurious 5pc bath with custom tile & walk-in closet. Three secondary bedrooms plus a loft that walks out to the upper level balcony, full bathroom & laundry w utility sink completes the upper level. The beautifully finished walk-out lower level features a large family room with gas fireplace, custom built-in cabinets & surround sound, fifth bed room with walk-in closet & full bathroom. The additional flex room is ideal as an exercise/hobby/studio/play room. No expense spared in this home: HanStone quartz counters; plantation shutters; upgraded wood, carpet, tile flooring; mounted speakers in many rooms; professionally distressed covered deck with gas & speakers; three covered outdoor living spaces to take in the panoramic views; fully finished 3 car garage; upgraded lighting inside & out; dual water heaters; central air. Excellent location, just minutes from I-25 with easy access to downtown Co Springs or Denver, award winning District 20 Schools, shopping & dining.  Why build? There is nothing left to do, but move in and enjoy the amazing views, location and amenities of this home.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Stunning Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Step inside this beautiful 2-story Home for Sale in Colorado Springs nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac amongst the bluffs of Peregrine. Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. This bright, open floor plan offers the perfect blend of formal & casual living spaces. The inviting foyer with gleaming hardwood floors and dramatic stairway draws you into the sunny living room. At the center of the home, the kitchen adjoins the formal dining room and overlooks the family room making a perfect flow for entertaining. The kitchen provides granite counters, tumbled travertine backsplash, center island, stainless appliances & bayed dining nook. Unwind in the family room featuring soaring ceilings, cascading windows with forest views and cozy gas fireplace. The adjacent study is perfectly positioned for a quiet work space. Unparalleled privacy abounds on the back patio that overlooks the towering pines & scrub oak. The beautifully appointed master retreat offers a luxurious 5pc bath & walk-in closet. The upper level boasts two spacious secondary bedrooms, remodeled full bathroom and loft. The finished basement features a second family room large enough to host a billiards/gaming area and media niche, fourth bed room with adjoining bathroom and walk-in closet – an ideal guest suite. Walk to award winning Woodmen Roberts Elementary or step out your back door to Woodmen Valley Park and access acres of hiking trails & neighborhood park. This home offers an oasis of natural beauty, with mountain views, open space graced with mature trees and dramatic rock formations, yet you are minutes from I-25, shopping & dining.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Your September House Maintenance Checklist

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner and after that comes winter! Before we get ahead of ourselves though, there are a few things you’ll want to do around your Colorado Springs House this month to make sure that routine tasks are performed and that your home is ready for the new season. Take a look and see what you can add to your “honey do list” this month!

Inspect Roofing for Missing, Loose Or Damaged Shingles

Summer storms can do quite a number on your roofing, now is a great time to get up there and take a look! If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you may want to have an inspection done just to double check. Most roofing companies offer free inspections, so you can give them a call and just let them take a look.

Power-Wash Windows and Siding

Summer rain can cause you siding and windows to get a lot of backsplash, making them dirty. Now is a great time to pull out the power washer and get them cleaned up! If you notice loose siding pieces, you’ll want to get them fixed before spraying the water on them, though.

Flush Hot Water heater and Remove Sediment

Every so often, you’ll want to flush out your hot water heater for sediment. You’ll want to do this even more often if you have hard water - especially because a lot of water softeners are installed after the water heater so it gets the hard water first. If you don’t know how to clean it out, hire a specialist.

Winterize Air Conditioning System

Now that the air is cooling off, it’s time to consider having your AC unit winterized and get it ready to survive the cold weather. You can do this yourself or you can schedule a time for your AC tech to come out and take a look. Even if you hire someone to come out and do it, you can still rake the leaves and branches away from the unit to create a clear path for the tech.

Get Heater System Ready for Winter

It’s time to schedule an inspection with your local heating company. The benefits of having it inspected before winter far outweigh NOT having it looked at. It can help lower heating costs, create a higher quality of comfort, create less of a risk of breakdowns, and help provide longer service from your furnace!

Check Weather Stripping on Doors and Windows

Windows and doors can provide a HUGE cold draft in the window, so you’ll want to make sure the seal is working before the cold winter winds hit. You can save a lot of money on heating costs when you take a few minutes to check the seals.

Apply Fertilizer to Lawn

Fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn! If you want to keep it green a little longer through the fall, as well as give it the best chance of survival through the cold winter months, you’ll take some time to apply a quality fertilizer to your landscape.

Clean Garbage Disposal

This is a routine chore that needs to be done once a month. This can help the overall cleanliness of your kitchen, as well as reduce your risks of a fruit fly invasion. You can easily clean it by filling it with a few lemon rinds, baking soda, and ice. Turn it on and let it clean itself!

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Every month you’ll want to test your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly. This could be a life-saving check, so while it may seem mundane, or easy to skip every once in a while, a few minutes could be invaluable to check them.

Caring For Your Colorado Springs Home

The MacGuire Team realizes what a huge responsibility owning a home can be, but it doesn’t have to be all work and no play! Colorado Springs is an incredible place to call home, and with great outdoor activities, fun local history, and always something fun to do - if you don’t call Colorado Spring home yet, we would be glad to help you #LoveWhereYouLive. Ready to buy some Colorado Springs real estate? We can help! Visit our website for more information: 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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Incredible Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Stunning Northgate Home for Sale in Colorado Springs featuring a bright, open floor plan situated on a large lot with sweeping views of Pikes Peak & the Front Range. Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. The welcoming foyer with gleaming hardwood floors draws you into the great room featuring a gas fireplace. Ideal for entertaining, the kitchen overlooks the great room and adjoins the formal dining room. The kitchen overlooks the great room and adjoins the formal dining room making a perfect flow for entertaining. The kitchen provides generous cabinet & counter space, center island, gas stove, pantry & adjoining nook. The dining room is elegantly appointed with framed archways. French doors lead to the study. Half bath & laundry complete the main level. Unwind by taking in the views from the sprawling master retreat with luxurious 5pc bath boasting granite counters, dual vanity, soaking tub, shower & walk-in closet. The second and third bedroom share a Jack & Jill bathroom. Another bedroom, bathroom and second laundry room complete the upper level. The finished lower level features a sunny family, bedroom, full bathroom and storage. Enjoy summer evenings on the back deck overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard and Peak views. Excellent location, just minutes from I-25 with easy access to downtown Co Springs, USAFA, award winning District 20 Schools, shopping & dining.  Tour this home today!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fall Staging Ideas for Your Home

If you’re selling your home, you have a great opportunity to make your home feel cozy, warm, and welcoming through the fall season. While you don’t have to go overboard and make your home look like the fall aisle at your local department store, you can add accents and scents to make your home feel exceptionally fall-ish. The MacGuire Team highly recommends that you stage your home, because studies have shown (and our own experience proves) that staged homes do much better on the market. While staging your furniture is important, it can also be valuable to stage for the season, so here are a few tips to help match your home to the fall season.

Make Great First Impressions

The first thing that buyers will see is the front of your home. Dress up your porch and front door with some festive fall decor. It doesn’t have to be over the top, but with some tasteful accents, you can make your home feel welcoming right from the start. Hang a beautiful wreath on your front door with some orange and red for a warm fall feel. If you have a large front porch and want to add more, you can add a hay bale with a scarecrow or some pumpkins up the steps.

The Feel of Fall

Fall is more than just a decor or style, it’s a feel. It’s a favorite season of many because of the way it makes them feel - so add the fall feel to your home. Scattering fall leaves around your home in garland form, or filling a bowl with small pumpkins and leaves can go a long way. Throw a cozy blanket on your couch and add some plaid pillows if your home decor would match for an extra special cozy feel.

The Scent of Fall

Did you know that fall just has a special scent? Anything spicy, warm, and natural can make your home feel like fall. Pumpkin everything has hit the market in the last few years, so you are sure to be able to find pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon and more to make your home smell wonderful. While making your home smell wonderful is important, remember to NOT leave candles burning when you leave your home before a showing. You can get oils with reeds that help diffuse the scent or consider a wax melter. Just make sure to turn anything off before you leave - don’t worry, the scent will linger.

Selling a Home in the Fall

This season can be a great time to sell your home because it’s not as popular as other times. Popular or not, though, this is a GREAT time to sell your home. The market has been booming with buyers, in fact, so many that there are hardly enough homes to keep up. If you’ve been dreaming of upgrading your home, NOW is a great time to sell a Colorado Springs home, and move up to the home of your dreams. Not to mention when you sell your home with us, we will help you prepare your property for the market. Our comprehensive Listing Enhancement Services provide you with: Professional Home Staging Consultation, Cleaning Service prior to going on the market, Handyman Service, Storage Unit Rental. Learn more about our selling strategies, or give us a call at 719-536-4324 to get started on your Colorado Springs real estate today!

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

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Move in Ready Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Move in ready home for sale in Colorado Springs featuring 3 bedrooms plus a loft, 3 bathrooms, over 2000 square feet and backs to open space. Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. You are greeted by the inviting front porch. The bright open floor plan boasts soaring vaulted ceilings over the living room. The spacious kitchen offers hardwood floors, center island, stainless appliances, generous cabinet & counter space, pantry and adjoining dining nook. The cozy family room features a gas fireplace. Unwind in the master suite with adjoining 5pc bathroom & walk-in closet. Two secondary bedrooms, loft (perfect for home office, play area or easily converted to 4th bedroom) and full bath complete the upper level. The unfinished basement offers endless options to expand. Enjoy entertaining on the deck overlooking the large, fully landscaped back yard and green belt. This home offers new paint, new carpet, central A/C and newer water heater. Excellent location, just minutes from neighborhood park, schools, shopping & dining with easy access to Peterson & Schriever AFB.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Your August House Maintenance Checklist

Owning a home can feel like a big responsibility, but with a bit of organization, you can easily accomplish tasks, keep up on maintenance, and keep your home functioning properly. The best news is that you can dedicate one day a month to completing these tasks, so it doesn't have to take up the entire month. Here are a few things that The MacGuire Team thinks you should keep in mind for August as we wrap up the month.

Maintain Yard Growth

Summer is still hitting hard, and your lawn still needs basic maintenance to look beautiful. You may have to get your mowers, trimmer, and weed wacker out a few more times than just once a month in order to keep everything under control.

Inspect Basement Crawl Space for Moisture Issues

Nothing can put a damper on your end of summer fun than finding mold and moisture under your home. Especially when you've had a very wet summer, it's extremely important to find the issues before they become problems. Not only is mold under your home an unnerving thought, but it can also be a sign that there are other issues and you need to call a contractor for more info.

Mend Cracks and Gaps in the Driveway and Walkway

Hot and cold temperatures can play a huge roll in your driveway or walkway. While you may not be excited about fixing them right now, it can be challenging to get it taken care of in winter, and can make cleaning your driveway more challenging.

Look for Visible Signs of Ants, Termites and Other Destructive Insects

This will be a regular task that you'll perform on your home, but you'll definitely want to do it in August as you reach the end of summer. Termite swarms love warm weather, especially after a rain. Look for signs of termites by examining your floors for sagging places, termite tubes around the foundation of your home near the soil and wood, as well as wings laying around.

Clean and Repair Deck Patio As Needed

Your deck has seen a lot of fun this summer, but it's time to inspect it for any damage before winter hits. Broken boards, loose railing, or missing rail spindles are all things you'll want to get repaired, and you may as well do it now before it gets cold out.

Clean the Garbage Disposal

This is a routine task, and it's important to do. You can easily clean it by throwing in some ice cubes, old lemon peels, and baking soda, then starting it up. A dirty disposal not only creates a nasty stench in your kitchen but can become a home for fruit flies. Make sure to take a rag and clean behind the rubber insert on the inside as well.

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors & Replace Batteries

Finally, it's time to test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. This is a very routine task that needs to be performed every other month at least. If the batteries need to be replaced, take a few moments to get them all changed out and get you ready for the next few months!

Maintaining Your Colorado Springs Home

You've worked hard and spent a lot of money on your new home, so it only makes sense to keep up on the maintenance. This helps your home stay beautiful, and can also make it easier if you decided to sell a Colorado Springs home. Take some time to complete these basic maintenance tasks and stay tuned for next month when we discuss what you need to do in September to prepare for fall! If you don't own any Colorado Springs real estate but are ready to start looking - contact me!

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

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

4 Reasons to Use Professional Real Estate Photography

August 19th is Photography Day, and now is a great time to talk about the photography that you choose for your home. In this modern day when everything is done online, you have to be better than your competition - and that starts with photography. If you truly want to sell your home FAST there are a few things that you need to do, and aside from staging and proper marketing, photography is one of the most important things you can do. Here are four reasons you don't want to skimp on this step.

They Help Your Home Sell

They don't JUST help your home sell but can help it sell faster and for more money. Many studies have been conducted in numerous price brackets, and it's been proven time and time again that professional real estate photography can help sell your home better than using a point and shoot camera to take your own.

Shows Off Your Home's Good Side

You could walk into your home, snap a few shots, and say "voila!" But let's be real, if you aren't a professional photographer, it can be hard to grab just the right angles. Real estate photography has to simultaneously show off your homes best features while avoid focusing on things that may not be huge selling points. If done correctly, real estate photography can help sell your home, not hinder it.

Makes a Great First Impression

In years past, if someone wanted to buy a home, they could look through the newspaper or other published books to find a home that was listed for the right price in the right neighborhood. They would be judging the home solely on one photo and then go tour it to learn the rest. Now, when someone wants to buy a Colorado Springs home, in a few clicks they can see hundreds of homes in their price range, within their ideal radius, and then from there - weed out what they don't want. They base their opinion on appearance, photo quality, style of the home, and more. If your home can't beat the competition, you risk losing the sale. One of the fastest ways to grab a buyers attention is by having quality photos of your real estate.

Can Be Used For Many Different Marketing Pieces

Once your professional photos have been taken, you can use them anywhere. From featuring them on our website to using them on social media and other listing sites, the possibilities are endless. Not to mention the photos can be printed on flyers, in magazines, wherever you need to publish your home to help get it sold for the highest price possible in the fastest time possible.

Colorado Springs Real Estate

There has never been such a great time to sell your home as NOW. The market is booming with buyers, but homes are not nearly as prevalent as they have been in the past. Yet, just because there are so many buyers waiting for your home, that doesn't mean you can skimp on your marketing and real estate plan. Now more than ever, pictures are worth 1000 words. Online photos are the NEW FIRST SHOWINGS.

Our online presentation will ensure that your home captivates the buyers and makes the shortlist for a physical showing. We rely on the best professional photography that money can buy. Our photographers utilize wide angle TruView photography, drone aerial photography, and videography. We invite you to go online and compare. Ready to sell a Colorado Springs home? Visit our website to learn more about our selling processes: 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


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beautiful Home for Sale in Colorado Springs


Stunningly updated home for sale in Colorado Springs nestled among pines & scrub oak trees with city views on a cul-de-sac in Broadmoor Bluffs. Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. With 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car garage and over 4,200 square feet, the bright open floor plan is the perfect blend of formal and casual living – great for entertaining with comfortable livability. You are welcomed by the beautiful front porch with Brazilian Rosewood & stone entry, and the two-story foyer draws you in. The spacious kitchen boasts custom birch cabinets with pull-out drawers, granite slab counters, gas cooktop, double ovens and adjoining dining nook. The great room features soaring ceilings, floor to ceiling brick fireplace, and access to a composite deck. The formal dining room offers a large window that perfectly frames the city views. The secondary living room is ideal for a music room or library. The office with French doors is a perfectly situated for a quite work space. Enjoy entertaining on one of four private patio/composite decks overlooking the splendors of foothill living. Unwind in the master retreat with luxurious attached bathroom, access to private deck with hot tub, and his & her closets. The walk-out lower level features a sprawling family room with home theater and wet bar. Three bedrooms and bathroom complete the lower level. The basement provides flex space that can be a home gym, studio or storage. Conveniently located to I-25, Ft. Carson, Cheyenne Mountain, shopping, dining and miles of hiking/biking trails. Surrounded by the splendors of Colorado with views, wildlife and privacy, this home reminds you of why you love to live in Colorado. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

7 Unexpected Costs Of Selling Your Home

While initially, the main goal of selling your home is to make money, you will quickly realize that it's going to also cost you some money as well. It's a fact that it will cost some money, but that doesn't mean it has to take you by surprise. As the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs, we have put together a list of the items that may take you by surprise to help you make your plans and get prepared.

Interior Painting

When selling your home, if you've chosen bold or bright colors that may be more of a personal preference, you may need to repaint. If that's the case, you'll have to budget for repainting your home. If you plan on doing it yourself, you only have to budget for the cost of the paint, but if you will hire someone, you'll have to budget for their labor as well.

Transfer Tax

A transfer tax is the imposed tax for transfering a title. While not all states have this tax, you'll want to know if yours does so you can plan on budgeting the money for it. Colorado does have a transfer tax, but it is relatively low compared to other states. Make sure you talk to your Colorado Springs real estate agent about this.

Lawn Care

Your landscaping is the first thing that your potential buyers will see at your home, and if the first impression is unkempt, or downright disarray - you'll want to make some changes. Whether you need to hire a company to come in and clean everything up, or invest in some tools to do it yourself, this could be an unexpected cost of selling your home.

Title Insurance

Every state has different rules about the title insurance, but the most popular option is that the seller pays for it. This protects you and the mortgage company, so it's a valuable thing to have - but can be unexpected when you're first researching whether you should sell your home. Sometimes this cost can be negotiated with your buyers, but it's better to prepare for it than be surprised by it.

Utilities

When selling your home, it is generally important to keep the utilities running. Even if you have already moved out of the home, and you're living elsewhere - you may want to keep them on. If you do keep the utilities on, you'll have to budget for the electric, gas, water, and sewage costs (if applicable) so that you aren't surprised by them after the fact.

Selling a Home in Colorado Springs

There are many details involved when selling your home, and if you've never done it before, it can seem overwhelming. In fact, even if you have sold your home before, rules and laws could have changed in the mean time, which can make it complicated as well. Trust The MacGuire Team to help you sell your home, create a budget for selling, and look for unexpected costs! You can also visit our website to learn more about our selling process, and how we can save you money with our comprehensive Listing Enhancement Services provide you with: Professional Home Staging Consultation, Cleaning Service prior to going on the market, Handyman Service, Storage Unit Rental.

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



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Stunning Home for Sale in Colorado Springs

If you are looking for maintenance free, main level living with sweeping Front Range views from nearly every room of your home, this is it! Click HERE to tour this amazing Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. The welcoming foyer with gleaming hardwood floors draw you into the living room featuring a gas fireplace & wall of windows to take in the views. The kitchen offers granite counters, sprawling center island, 42” cabinets with pull out shelves, roll-out pantry, double ovens, stainless appliances & sunny breakfast nook. The dining room and kitchen adjoin the living room making a perfect flow for entertaining. Enjoy summer evenings on the covered back deck overlooking Pikes Peak and the community park. Unwind in the master retreat with luxurious 5pc bath & walk-in closet with custom shelving. The spacious main level study is the ideal home office, or could easily be converted to a 4th bedroom. The beautifully finished walk-out lower level features a bright, open family room with large windows that also offer views. With a wet bar and gas fireplace, this family room is the perfect place to host the Big Game. There are two large bedrooms, bathroom with double vanity and storage in the lower level.  Excellent cul-de-sac location in this gated community, just minutes from I-25 with easy access to downtown Co Springs or Denver, USAFA, award winning District 38 Schools, shopping & dining. This home boasts the following amenities: inviting stamped concrete front patio; covered lower level patio; oversized, finished garage with room for workshop; custom sun shades/blinds & window dressings in every room; Energy Star windows; central air conditioning; water softener; stone & stucco exterior plus concrete roof = discounted homeowner’s insurance premium. The sought-after Brookmoor Estates gated community is truly a maintenance free community providing: all exterior water/irrigation of lawns & gardens; weekly mowing & edging, fertilization, aeration & weed control of yards; maintenance of irrigation systems; snow removal from streets, driveways, sidewalks; trash removal; pest treatments; maintenance of community park and roads. The community offers many weekly, monthly & seasonal social activities and clubs. Come tour this home today!    

Friday, August 4, 2017

5 Things to Remember When You Walk Through

You've made lists of the perfect aspects of your home, you've searched online for possibly hours to find homes in your dream area to tour - and now the day has come! It's time to walk through the home (or homes) that you've narrowed down, but how can you walk through realistically and not get caught up in the romance of looking at this perfect home? Here are 5 things to remember and look for as you walk through what may be your dream home.

What Needs to Be Fixed?

When walking through a home, it can be easy to get sidetracked with the cozy kitchen, fresh wall color, or beautiful wood floors - but you're here to think about more serious issues, too. Are there warped floor boards in the bathroom? Cracks in the foundation, or the ceiling or walls? Those can reveal bigger issues than something that you can just "touch-up." Are there rusty water fixtures, or doors that don't close all of the way? These are all details in the home that you may not think to look at, but can really tell you more about the home than the wall color or kitchen backsplash.

How Old Is the Roof?

This can be a really expensive to repair or fix, and if the roof hasn't been replaced in the last 20 years, it could be a repair that you'll have to make soon. Not that this means you can't buy the home, but you need to know how to plan, and whether the current homeowners are willing to make the repairs, or if you can get an insurance credit on it if you do.

What Comes With the Home?

Just because it's in the home when you walk through it, doesn't mean that it will come with the home. Be sure to ask what is coming with the home. Sometimes buyers will leave unexpected objects like appliances, furniture, rugs, or even window fixtures, but do those affect the total cost of the home and are they worth it? Do you NEED a home with a washer and dryer included or a play set in the backyard? These are all things we will discuss when we assess the needs you have for your home.

How is the Drainage?

Do you want a swimming pool in the basement or backyard? That's what you may find yourself with if you don't look for the warning signs of back drainage. When you walk through a home, look for water stains on the walls and floors. If you find water standing on the basement floor, it's vital that you inspect it further to avoid surprises later on.

Could You Do Renovations If you Wanted To?

In an age of fixer upper's, many buyers don't mind finding a home that will need a little bit of work in the future. Yet, if you wanted to do those changes - can you? Does the home allow for you to knock out a wall and open up the living room and kitchen? Would you be able to add a bedroom in the future? These are all aspects that we can help you ascertain when you go through the walkthrough, from deciding if a wall is a load bearing wall to knowing if the property line wouldn't allow for expansions.

Buying Colorado Springs Real Estate

Walking through a home can be a very emotional process of the home buying experience. It's easy to see your family eating in the dining room after a busy day at school, or playing in the large backyard on the weekends. But it's important to walk into the walk through with your head in the game and your list of questions prepared. Whether it's your first time or you've been walking through homes for year - The MacGuire Team is here to help. We have the best team of real estate agents in Colorado Springs, and we look forward to helping you find your dream home. Visit our website to view some of the homes we have available and learn more about the buying process - or give us a call at 719-536-4324 to get started!


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