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What is a Contingency?

  In my last blog I discussed what Pending means in Real Estate and I stated:   Anytime I say Pending, it means the house is under contract. Either with a contingency or not, the house is more than likely going to another buyer. It's just a matter of time until it closes and the new homeowner will be moving in. So what is a contingency?  Well a contingency in a contract is anything that must be first met to allow the sale to continue in the manner in which the contract was written. Most contracts have standard contingencies to include a home inspection, a financial contingency and an appraisal contingency. Other contingencies could include a home sale.  Home Inspection Contingency: This contingency allows the buyer to preform a home inspection (all home inspectors in the state of Virginia must have a license) and the buyer has the opportunity to ask for repairs in order for the contract to move forward. Sellers at this time can a couple of things. Repair all items Repair some it

Make a BIG Statement in a Small Yard

Some people just don't want a large yard but that doesn't mean when potential buyers come looking, they don't notice how small the yard actually is. A Realtor friend had a beautiful home listed earlier this year and the number one complaint of the house--- the yard was too small. So how do you overcome that? Price is always a way but how about looking at using your small yard to your advantage. How you ask? 

Increase Privacy: 

Smaller yards often lack privacy because the space butts up to another yard or house. A fence can do wonders but don't just stop there. Add some greenery. Layer your yard in a way you have some depth to your yard. Tall plants against a fence will give you privacy and create a sound barrier. Have a balcony? Use a trellis and weave a year round green vine such as English Ivy. Now you have a year round retreat. 

Go Vertical:

Prune plants to grow up not out. Raise plant height by using a retaining wall, raised beds or long, slender containers. 

Reflect Your Surroundings:

Add a beautiful, weather proof mirror to reflect your space. Make sure it reflects your beautiful greenery and not a bare space or a gill. Hang it a eye level too--- not over your head. The worst place to hang a mirror or a picture is above eye level. Your significant other taller than you and unsure where eye level is best suited--- always to the shorter one--- Always. 

Accent with Flowers, Small Containers and Hanging Baskets:

Flowers make everyone happy. Use a variety of color combinations to enhance the space. Purple and yellow always look lovely together. Portulaca looks amazing in a hanging basket--- blooms during the day and sleeps at night. 

Keep Scale Small:

Just like in a small space in your home, large chairs and tables do not belong in a small yard. It makes the space feel even smaller. Keep clutter down and enjoy a simplistic life outdoors. 

Add a Small Fountain:

Nothing makes a yard feel large with the sound of running water. A small, rock fountain adds just the amount of sound to fill your ears with tranquility.

 A small yard is not a hinderance. Less grass to mow and weeds to pick is wonderful in this fast paced life. Enjoy the minimalist lifestyle with your small yard without breaking out a lawn mower and weed eater. Open a book, kick off your shoes and enjoy the sounds of nature. 




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