How To Drastically Increase Your Home’s Value (For Under $1,000!)

Click the image below to open our free, comprehensive guide to drastically increasing your home’s value (for under $1,000)! Whether you’ve just decided to put your house on the market or want to give your space a makeover that will also boost your value, the team here at NextHome Element Realty has compiled our favorite, most effective tips for increasing your home’s value- and you can do it all without breaking the bank! Take one or multiple ideas, get your DIY side ready, and let’s go!

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The Secret of SoCal’s Smartest Homeowners

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– maybe it’s not a secret anymore, but you’d still be shocked by how many homeowners don’t have proper homeowner’s insurance. Fortunately, it’s become standard operating procedure for obtaining mortgages. Your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your life- so wouldn’t you want some protection for it? Chances are, your standard policy will include wind, hail, fire, and theft- mostly for things that would occur suddenly and be accidental. However, a sudden roof collapse from old age would likely not be covered. Then what?

The most common mistake homeowners make when purchasing insurance is not knowing exactly what their policy covers. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, one third of homeowners believe flood damage will be covered by their standard policy. Over half think their policy covers them in the event of a water line break.

Thirty-five percent say they will be compensated for an earthquake, and a slightly lesser proportion thinks mold is covered. The U.S. National Earthquake Information Center estimates that each year, California generally gets two or three earthquakes large enough to cause moderate damage to structures (magnitude 5.5 and higher). Why take chances on the most important thing you own?

This is also why it’s important to shop around for insurance providers before settling with a policy. You want someone honest, thorough, and well-educated about the area. At NextHome Element Realty, we recommend Jill Mongeon Insurance Agency to our clients for these exact reasons. The local agency represents Farmers Insurance and is operated by a mother/daughter team who understand how important protecting your loved ones is. They are a full-service agency, meaning they’ll personally sit down with you and help figure out the perfect coverage before putting together options that fit your concerns, needs, and budget.

We want all of our clients to have peace of mind and an amazing experience, which is why we only recommend the best: we trust them because our realtors use them for their own homes. When you’re with us, you’re protected. Yours is the only element that matters

Every HomeOwner’s Worst Nightmare

Just imagine it- you finally finish moving in to your beautiful new home. The charming colonial with a huge yard, beautiful high ceilings, a pristine wrap around porch, and state-of-the-art energy saving appliances. It’s the perfect home-

until it isn’t.

Six months later you find out the foundation is crumbling. The soil it was built on is sliding downhill. When it rains, it pours- onto your brand new couch. Duct tape is the only thing holding the beam in your attic above your head. That beautiful wraparound deck is being supported by a stack of tires. Your hose spout is placed directly above the fuse box. While we wish these were all exaggerations, every example above is an actual situation that skilled inspectors were able to catch; and the list goes on and on, but you get the point. If you’d had a home inspection, these would only be nightmares. But because you wanted to save a dime or two, these terrors will be on your mind night and day.

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: making one of the biggest investments of your life only to find out you didn’t get what you paid for. It’s easy then to blame it on the previous homeowners, but whose fault is it really? Enter AmeriSpec- the company is one of NextHome Element Realty’s premier choices in home inspection services- and we’ll tell you why even our realtors use them for their own home purchases.

From the moment you call, you’ll notice AmeriSpec is highly professional. Each franchise is operated as if it was a corporate location where employees take pride in where they work. Their main focus is on your happiness and safety. From start to finish, everything they do is thorough. There’s no skipping corners for these inspectors, who are all gra
duates of the best training program in the industry: trained with classroom instruction, in-field inspections, and hands-on technical training in their state-of-the-art facility led by instructors with a combined 60 years of experience. That also means that every inspection is consistently performed up to their golden s
tandard. Plus, when you’re in escrow, you don’t have time to make an appointment and wait weeks for someone to come out: AmeriSpec understands that and makes every process as quick as possible. They don’t just hand you a complicated report either; the AmeriSpec Report is an easy-to-read organized form referencing each finding during the inspection. Along with the report, the professionals at AmeriSpec recommend next steps to take for each problem area: allowing you to analyze the costs of repairs and take this into consideration when finalizing an offer. Have questions? Great! They’re there for that too with helpful and knowledgeable staff to clarify any concerns you
might have.

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It’s obvious why we, here at NextHome Element Realty, recommend AmeriSpec: we provide only the best for our clients, and won’t settle for anything less. Likewise, with AmeriSpec, you know you’re in good hands from start-to-finish, and able to walk into that gorgeous new home having either already fixed any issues or knowing just what steps to take next. It’s just another way we help you stay in your Element.