New Tenant / Home Checklist

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When searching for a new place to either rent or own, it can be stressful and overwhelming. We compiled a list of what to look for in helping make the right decision on your next place you will soon call home.

Here’s a checklist of factors to consider when searching for your next dream home:

  1. Decide how much you can spend – create a budget.  If you are looking to buy, find out how much you can barrow. A realestate agent and or a lender can help.
  2. Find a real estate agent. Real estate agents are great for both buying and renting options.  Start here –
  3. Research potential neighborhoods. It’s time to put on your investigating hate – traffic, schools, local services, entertainment in the area and service charges.
  4. Decide on commute – how far do you want to drive to work, church and entertainment. Is the home in a high traffic area?
  5. Create a list of features you want in your next home. Divide the list into must-haves and like-to-haves.
  6. Check out the amenities the community or building has to offer. Is it worth the premium.

Enjoy the home renting/buying process. Take your time on deciding on a place to live, and remember it’s not going to be perfect but you will find a place that is close to it.

Are you looking for property to rent/own? Browse our property section here.

Declutter your Home

declutter your home

Sleek and modern…. who doesn’t love this home? But in reality who lives here.  You may be thinking to yourself my home can never look like this.  Well don’t be to discouraged, your home can look just like this, you just have to declutter.

Take a look at this home, there really is not a lot of furniture, or really anything that can get cluttered.  Now look around your home, and ask yourself what can I get ride of? You can sell your furniture on for free and make a little extra cash.

Yallalist also has a great selection of homes and condos for sale that resemble this sleek modern design, that might just give you the push to sell your current place.  Keep an open mind to what the future holds.

Finding the Perfect Home

Finding the perfect home

Finding the perfect home is never easy, unless you are custom building the home of your dreams….. but that is most likely not the case.  There is never going to be a home that is perfect and checks all the boxes, don’t get discouraged.  Create a list of your top must have’s for your new home.  Don’t make it too long as you need to stay realistic for your budget sake.  I would say a list of your top five requirements is a good start.  You can splurge to your top ten, but I would say that is your max.

Start, by asking your self what you like about your current home and what you don’t like.  Think about what you can live with and what you can’t live without.  Once you have set a budget that you are comfortable with, it helps to search places that are in your price range to help give you an idea of what you can afford.  A great place to start is  It’s your one stop shop to all your property needs.  Another important factor is location, which plays a large role in price and might be an important factor on your top list.  A good tip to remember is sometimes you can get more bang for your buck living a few miles out from a top location.

Keep in mind this is going to be your new home!  Love it and have fun with finding the right place you can call home.

How to Prepare for Christmas – 2014

It’s time to get ready for the day we’ve been all waiting for…. Christmas Day.  Whether you are having family and friends over for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you need to prepare.  That means clean and declutter. Don’t allow the dust to build up with all your holiday decorations.

Prepare for Christmas

“Declutter before all your guests arrive” 

Let’s face it, you bought gifts this month and that means you are more then likely over budget on spending.  Well I have a great idea! Declutter your home.  Get ride of items you really don’t need and sell them on You are killing two birds with one stone.  First, you are decluttering, and second you can make some extra cash.

Declutter 101: 2 Box Method

I like to start with two boxes.  Label one of the boxes ‘Sell’ and the second box ‘Trash’.  Now it’s time to begin, go through your home and find things that you haven’t used in a long time or completely forgot you even had to begin with.  My rule of thumb if you haven’t used it in a year, then you wont miss it – get ride of it.  Just think you are turning your unused things into cash.

Follow these simple steps and you will not only be prepared for Christmas but also ahead of the game with extra cash.