Louisville Real Estate Blog by Katrina Blomquist, Realtor

How To Reduce Stress When Moving During A Pandemic

Move-in day excitement shouldn’t be overshadowed by moving day anxiety. Some smart preparation can go a long way towards making moving a little more uplifting (and a little less heavy lifting). Here are 5 things you can do leading up to your move to make for less stress on moving day.

1. Consider Your Move Date

Like tomatoes and pumpkin spice lattes, there is a peak season for moving, which falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But unlike tomato sandwiches, moving is actually best done during the off season for the most options and the best prices. Considering that the first and last weeks of the month can be particularly popular as well, a mid-week, mid-month move during the months of October–April is recommended as your best bet.

Having access to the widest array of dates and times means that you’ll be able to plan your move when it’s most convenient for you. Plus, you’ll save money by scheduling during a slower time of the year.

2. Have a Packing Plan

Less stuff equals less stress when it comes to packing. Instead of blindly beginning to box your belongings, take stock in what you actually want to bring with you when you move.

This meticulous approach keeps you sane and helps you plan—knowing exactly what you’ll be moving and how unwieldy those items is key for deciding what kind of moving company you’ll need.

3. Do Your Research

Options can be overwhelming, but having the right information will make you feel confident that you’re hiring the right...

Why RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to sell your home!

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2020 has been full of surprises, left and right! One thing that has been especially surprising is that despite the pandemic, ever evolving economic climate, and the changes to the American workforce, the real estate market has remained strong and steady! The following are 5 reasons why RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to sell your home:


1. There is currently a HUGE demand from potential home buyers

   June 2019 saw a total of 4,154 homes hit the Louisville market. June 2020 topped out at 2,711 homes. This significant decrease in housing inventory gives your listing a larger pool of buyers. In turn, this increases your likelihood of driving multiple offers as well as a getting a higher sales price for your property.

2. Inventory is remaining low

   Fewer homeowners are opting to move for a variety of reasons. As stated above, low inventory causes higher demand. Higher demand drives more buyers to YOUR listing, gives your home far less competition in the market, and gets YOU more money on the sale of your home.

3. Home prices are staying steady and even INCREASING

   The average sales price of a home in the Louisville market in June 2019 was $243,349. That number was increased in June 2020 to $250,282. Even in the uncertainty that is 2020, sales prices are still staying strong!

4. Mortgage rates remain low

   Last week, interest rates on conventional mortgages, FHA mortgages,...

Does Home Staging Really Work?

Home staging... does it truly help sell your home? You be the judge!

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Thank you to Column Five Media and RE/MAX Properties East for this AWESOME content!

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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