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What's My Home Really Worth--- The Question We All Want Answered!

There are really just two major considerations when you determine the appropriate value for your Williamsburg VA property: market value and appraised value.
This is where many people get confused on value--- So many people will say, “The assessed value is X, so that is what it is worth”. This is so not accurate. Many times a house will sell more than the assessed value as the assessed value is what the city/ county taxes you on. I’ve seen houses sell 30,000 over their assessed value and no one wants to leave money on the table. Do you? I didn’t think so!
So let’s go back to the two values I was talking about earlier!
Market value is the value that a buyer…today…is willing to pay for your home. The most effective way to determine market value is to look through the prospective buyer’s eyes---they are the ones you need to impress. Positioning your home properly among competing inventory is a critical step, and it’s important that your agent devotes the time necessary to study current m…

Mold: A Four Letter Word

Mold is around all of us. Anywhere there is moisture, mold can grow and when it does, it can grow very quickly. So what can you do to deal with it before it gets out of hand?

Control Moisture:

Moisture is an ideal breeding ground for mold. With a little home maintenance you can keep it at bay. Good ventilation can be achieve by installing exhaust fans, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Keep humidity below 40% and make sure damp area of your home are exposed to dry heat and air movement. Place a dehumidifier in your basement to reduce dampness and moisture levels.

I See a Brown Spot!

Mildew can easily be identified as a patch of discoloration on the ceiling, floor or wall. This is easily treatable with bleach, water and a scrub bush. After cleaning, allow to completely dry. If the wall is soaked and fuzzy mold is growing though there may be a larger issue at bay. It is imperative to find the source of the problem. It could be a leaky pipe or a hole in the roof, the moisture source should be fixed immediately.  If the sheetrock has been completely saturated it will need to be replaced completely or cut out and discarded.

What To Remember:

Be proactive. Nothing is worse than letting something sit there wet. Like a wet bathing suit against your skin too long... yep. Yuck.

Leigh Ann Fisher
Licensed in Virginia


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