This is a question that comes up often with both buyers and sellers - How do I determine the square footage of a house? There are different ways homes are measured that include total square footage as well as finished square footage. In most markets there are two ways that homes have square footage measured by - one is the county records listing and the other is appraiser measurements. I see this a lot when the county records show one thing and the appraiser measurement shows a different one. A simple way to get the most accurate measurement if you are not sure is to have a certified appraiser come to your home and do a new measurement. It does not cost a lot but also keep in mind that appraisers are very busy in most real estate markets so give yourself ample time to get one to your house.
A friend of mine told me about this trick to clear leaves with a power washer. I would say its a pretty effective way to get your house ready for winter. Cleaning up the leaves is only one part, cleaning the walks, siding and driveways go a long way for longevity of your home and the overall look of the property. Enjoy!
In a strong real estate market as we are in right now, some sellers believe you can just put a sign out in front and their home will sell. That may be true, however there is greater potential that they may lose money in the long run. Currently in the market 25% (based on local title company stats) of all contracts are not making it to closing and are falling out of contract for different reasons. All the more reason to hire an experienced real estate broker to assist you with you transaction. There are several factors and checkpoints in any transaction -