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Preparing Your Garage Door for a House Sale

Note: This guest post was not written by a Movers.com employee; therefore the views and expressions of the author do not necessarily reflect those of Movers.com.
 
No matter if you’re selling or buying, garage doors have a big influence on curb appeal for homes. In most cases, the garage door can be up to 40% of the front-facing exterior of your home. A shabby garage door can devalue the home before the potential home buyer even gets out of the car.
 
Conversely, a well-maintained door - especially one that adds a little bit of interest - can put a potential buyer in the right frame of mind. As a seller, it makes sense to stage a kitchen, bathroom, and living rooms for maximum appeal. Why not apply that same principle to the front of your home?
 

There are several steps you can take to prepare the garage door for showing the home.

Obvious changes are fixing broken or cracked glass panels as well as damaged wood or metal panels. A quick coat of paint can also freshen the garage door, but don’t go crazy with the color. You want to make sure the door fits with the rest of the home's color palette.
 
If your garage doesn’t currently have a remote opener, that's another quick (albeit more expensive) fix. However, garage door openers come in a variety of styles and prices. They feature both remote openers as well as keypads for multiple ways to open the door.
 
More involved improvements should be addressed as well to ensure proper functionality. The garage door is easily the largest moving part of most homes, so safety and ease of use should be the main concerns.
 
Hopefully your garage door is in good working order to begin with. But if you’ve decided to live with issues (loud, squeaking noises when the door opens or closes, faulty safety sensors, or an inconsistent remote opener), have those inspected by an experience technician as soon as possible.
 
Don't forget about what’s inside the garage, either. Clean up any oil spots left behind by cars, and clean up the clutter as best you can. Investing in a shelving system may also be helpful to show a potential home buyer how useful the garage is for keeping stuff stored in an orderly fashion. A clean garage also looks bigger than a messy garage.
 
These are just a few of the steps a home seller can take to make their garage -- and their home -- more appealing for home buyers. While having a well-manicured lawn and flawless flowerbeds are welcoming signs, a garage door may just have the biggest impact on curb appeal. Just make sure it's a positive impact.
 
Kyle Greenwood, from Performance Building Products, has been supplying garage door products and services for 25 years. The company employs salesmen and installers and has 150 years of experience in the building industry. Performance Building Products offers long term stability to customers with unmatched products, services, installations, and warranties.

Moving Companies Making Chargers Move Difficult

Last week, the San Diego Chargers notified the NFL of their intentions to move from San Diego to Los Angeles. However, not everyone is super happy about this change, including some fans/movers. Dozens of Southland moving companies are banding together in an effort to make the team's physical relocation as difficult as possible, or even completely impossible.

Lead by a lifelong fan

Ryan Charles, a major lifelong Chargers fan also happens to be the vice president of marketing at the Oceanside start-up company, HireAHelper, a nationwide network of professional movers that is headquartered in San Diego. He started the website wewontmoveyouchargers.com last week with the idea that "the team can't move to LA without a mover, so what if all the movers in San Diego refused them?"

wewontmoveyouchargers.com

The website, which is designed in classic Chargers colors and features their logo at the top, includes a list of all the San Diego based movers that would prefer to keep their favorite football team in their city and links to their sites. It also lists frequently asked questions like, "Who are you guys?" and "How can I stop the Bolts from bolting?" Their suggestion -- start your own moving company, and join their movement. Charles says that many of the companies listed are not necessarily run by Chargers fans but by people who want to stand up for the people of San Diego. 

P.S. According to the site, many L.A. based movers won't move the Chargers either.

HOA (Homeowner's Association) Basics

How HOA Affect Your Bottom LineAbout 25 percent of home buyers purchase properties within common-interest developments, commonly referred to as homeowner’s associations (HOAs). If you are looking to move into  a community with an HOA, it’s important to understand what they actually are, how they are governed, and how they could affect your bottom line.
 

Here are some basic facts home buyers should know about HOA laws and fees.

 

What is a common-interest development?
When you buy a property in a common interest development, you are not just buying your particular unit. You also are buying into a larger entity that typically owns the building structure, the roof, the parking garage, the clubhouse, the pools, etc. A common-interest development would generally be a condominium building, a town home community or lofts, or it could be a single-family home community, private neighborhood or other similar arrangement. Buyers in the development or building agree to live by the community rules and regulations.
 
These regulations mean that as an owner you have certain rights and restrictions as outlined by development documents commonly called CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions). The CC&Rs govern your allowed ownership, use and behavior at the property —  everything from use of your unit to parking restrictions, insurance, architectural rules, paint colors, storage of RVs or boats, pets, allowed inhabitants and more. These rules and regulations can be changed, subject to approval by a majority of the owners.
 
How are HOAs governed?
To interpret and enforce the rules and regulations, most HOAs elect a board of directors who follow the regulations of the community and make prudent financial and operational decisions. As an owner, you get to vote for the board members (this process is usually outlined in the community bylaws).
 
However, most owners in a typical community don’t go to board meetings and don’t get involved in the operations of the community. And that’s fine, as there’s no requirement for an owner to vote or otherwise be involved. Most owners only show up to meetings when HOA fees are raised or if they are affected by a particular issue. Keep in mind though, if you have an issue or disagree with a restriction in your community, you should attend the board meetings and work with the HOA toward finding a solution that the majority of owners can agree with.
 
Are there financial risks with HOAs?
HOAs are nonprofit organizations, but their complex financial and legal operations can sometimes cause owners significant financial pain in the form of unexpected dues, increased fees, and special assessments.
 
Many people don’t like having to follow rules and decide to avoid living in an HOA-governed community altogether. But don’t forget, the HOA makes sure your neighbors don’t park cars in their front yards and/or that a neighbor doesn’t paint a house pink or carry out other nuisance behaviors — any of which could easily occur in an area not governed by an HOA.
 
Do you live in an HOA regulated community? Share in the comments!

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