Monday, April 25, 2016
Regarded as one of the most stressful situations, it is likely that each of us will one day have to clear out a deceased parent's home. There is no way to soften the difficulty of this inevitable, unenviable task.
Often times even though people aren't classic hoarders, they still hang on to a multitude of questionable objects they saw no reason to get rid of previously. Easier to dispose of are the Tupperware's without lids and receipts from decades past. However, when it comes to the family memorabilia, trying to decide whether to keep or toss can cause emotions to become excruciatingly painful. My best advice is to keep your common goal in mind - . You can't cling to every candy dish in an effort to keep the lives of your loved ones from slipping away.
If you have not had the experience of packing up a family member or friend's home, here are some pearls of wisdom:
1. Keeping the house can be costly, so the shared goal of selling can help motivate packers.
2. Save things that have a story or value.
3. Split things between family.
4. Hire help. Several companies can assist with estate sales for the items you plan to liquidate.
5. Take pictures of items you don't intend to keep but still have meaning.
When the task of clearing out the house is completed and you are mentally ready to sell your loved one's home, call Kohan & Associates. We are realtors with compassion and understanding of what you have experienced because we have been there ourselves. Call Keyvan Kohan at 727-565-1658 and Stephanie Kohan at 727-564-9983 or reach us through our website at www.Suncoasthome.com .We can get through this most difficult time together.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Keep these important numbers handy for easy reference when you need them. Or just give
Kohan & Associates a call and we will provide you a list. Stephanie Kohan, Director of Client Services-Realtor, and Keyvan Kohan, Broker-Associate, can be reached at 727-565-1658. Feel free to contact us through our website as well at www.Suncoasthome.com.
Pinellas County Government www.PinellasCounty.org/Residents
Animal Services 727-582-2600
Animal Bite Line 727-582-2608
Chemical Waste Hotline 727-462-4623
Citizens Info Center 727-464-4333
Clerk of Court 727-464-7000 www.PinellasClerk.org
Consumer Protection 727-464-6200
Convention & Visitor's Bureau 727-464-7200 www.VisitStPeteClearwater.com
Elections 727-464-6788 www.VotePinellas.com
EMS & Fire Admin. 727-582-2000
Flooding Info 727-464-3471
Health Dept. (CLW) 727-469-5800 www.PinellasHealth.com
Health Dept. (St.Pete) 727-824-6900 www.PinellasHealth.com
Housing Finance Authority 727-464-8210 www.PIN-CHA.org
Jail 727-464-6415 www.PCSOWeb.com
Justice Protection 727-453-7441
Property Appraiser 727-464-3207 www.PCPAO.org
Public Defender www.WeAreTheHope.org
Public Works 727-464-3251
Sheriff 727-582-6200 www.PCSOWeb.com
Tax Collector 727-464-7777 www.TaxCollect.com
Veterans Services 727-464-8460
Zoning Permit 727-464-3401
Bright House 1-888-289-8988 www.BrightHouse.com
Verizon FiOS 1-800-VERIZON www.Verizon.com
WOW 1-866-745-3685 www.wowway.com
Department of Motor Vehicles
DMV 727-464-7777 www.DMVFlorida.org
Duke Energy 727-443-2641 www.Duke-Energy.com
TECO 1-877-TECO-PGS www.PeoplesGas.com
Pinellas County 727-464-7500 www.PinellasCounty.org/Recycle
Pinellas County 727-464-7500 www.PinellasCounty.org/Resident/Trash.htm.
Pinellas County 727-464-4000 www.PinellasCounty.org/Resident/WaterSewer.htm
Friday, April 1, 2016
Knowing which home improvements are most beneficial to make a statement in today's real estate market can really pay off. Keeping in mind that each upgrade will most likely help increase the value of your home when selling, now is a great time to learn the smartest options.
1. Declutter: Taking out the extra furnishings and accessories from a home has been estimated to be worth as much as $4000. This is truly a case where less is more. If you feel like you need a gentle nudge consider hiring a professional cleaning service or home staging company.
2. Landscaping: Even for those of us without a green thumb, adding plants and mulch helps improve first impressions. Costs are relatively low but the return value is high.
3. Fresh Paint: The smell of new paint sends visitors a message that the home has been improved. Choosing neutral colors that are currently fashionable can make living space more inviting.
4. DIY Projects: If you can do some handy work around the house, labor savings equal 100%. Consider trading out old faucets for modern nickle and steel models. Or how about adding wainscoting to at least a single wall for added value?
5. Updated Lighting: New lighting fixtures can brighten your home without breaking the bank. There are so many options to choose from that this is an easy way to add character and decoration.
6. New Furnishings: Prospective home buyers can be wowed by the look of great, affordable furniture. Impress them with a few new pieces of tasteful and comfy couches or chairs.
7. Pre-Inspection Inspection: Here's a home value hack you might not have thought about. Consider hiring an inspector before your home even hits the market. Particular mechanical or plumbing problems can be identified and fixed ahead of time.
Would you like to know the current value of your home? We would be happy to provide you with a FREE MARKET ANALYSIS. Give Keyvan and Stephanie a call today: 727-565-1658.
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