The best way to keep a pulse on anything that you care about is to check in on it regularly. That can be said about pretty much anything in life – from your everyday necessities to the biggest investments that you’ll ever indulge in. We think that your dream home falls squarely into the latter, and one of the best ways to ensure it’s exactly what you want it to be, is to work with companies like Taylor Fencing on things like the best fence to line your property. A fence holds value for so many different reasons. We consider ourselves the experts on them. We know when a style of design makes sense for the size of your property, or the best ways to navigate whatever terrain is in your neighborhood. We know when you’re paying too much, and of equal value – we know when it makes sense to invest in something that should last you for life.
That’s all fine and dandy when it comes to products, but it takes more than that to be the very best in the business. It takes top-notch customer service and it means engaging with our community of customers (read – friends) in an evolving manner of ways. One of those is this blog and the content is evolving just as quickly. But some things remain constant, and one is the monthly round-ups that we share of what’s going on in our industry at large. Be it what’s going on outside your house or in, we’re here to be your experts. Read on for some of our favourite finds on the Web this month.
We live in a digital world and that’s indicative across all sorts of spectrums and businesses. Buying your home is increasingly one representation of where this is both working and not working at the same time. Forbes sure believes so. There are so many home-selling solutions out there. Examples include Opendoor, Zillow Offers and Offerpad. And believe us, they are picking up insane amounts of speed. They cater to the audiences that simply don’t want to venture outside of the house, or spend the time seeking out experts in real-time. They get rid of the home showings that can be tedious to many, and they take away the stress of the open market. They are for the “iBuyers.” Sounds great, right? There’s one downside and that’s the hit that your wallet can take very hard. Here’s what Forbes has to say: iBuyer options cost more in fees and result in a lower-priced sale than properties sold by traditional agents. In all, the report shows that iBuyers cost home sellers about 13% to 15% of a home’s sale price, while agents cost just 5% to 7%. That’s a difference of up to $20,000 on a $200,000 home.” Check out this link for more information.
If you’re waffling over whether the decision to purchase a home makes sense for you, then this article is also for you. You don’t frequently hear the recommendation to not retire early – if you have the means to, that is – but this article has a tonne of other recommendations on ways to be happy… and much earlier. Some of the tips are obvious (or need to be), like stop apologizing. But others are more obtuse, like rent instead of buy a home. CNBC shares this statistic: “In 2017, The Telegraph conducted a survey of 5,800 participants to investigate whether people were happier renting or owning their homes. The survey questions focused on how financial circumstances contributed to happiness and stress levels. The results showed that those who rented a detached, single-family home were the least stressed.” Who knew, right? Check out this link for more information.
We know that our readers care a lot about their homes, and that a lot of effort goes in to every decision. These aren’t surface-level decisions and they’re not something that can be changed at the drop of a hat. So, for lack of being dramatic or deep, we do think it’s important to dig into the emotional science behind choosing your home. And sometimes, part of the science is looking at those around the world who don’t have a home. This LA Times series kicks off that conversation and the headline is exactly what we want to focus on. When a home means abandoning your past is more prophetic than you even realize, because a home represents a chapter in your life. The good, the bad, the ugly, you’re saying goodbye to something and hello to something else. Check out this link for more information.
This next article may sound like a broken record on our behalf, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t shine a spotlight on the landscaping outside your home. Yes, yes, a Taylor Fencing product is the best way to make it the best in your neighborhood, but that’s not us being subjective. In fact, it’s some of the most objective advice that we can give. Two words – curb appeal. Landscaping does it, adds to it, ensures that your bottom line if and when you sell your property is the most that it can be. But that’s only if it’s done right and this article focuses on exactly that. According to this article on CJonline, “It’s all about curb appeal,” said Brandon Moore, managing partner at Schendel Landscape in Topeka. “The first thing they do is pull up and see a nice, weed-free, manicured lawn, and that’s the first impression they’re going to have of your house.” Sounds straight-forward, enough right? It may *sound* that way, but you need to practice what you preach. Read this link for more information.
Believe us, you can always continue to check back in on the Taylor Fencing blog for simple and effective ways to be best-in-class in this space.
As you probably assume, it starts with checking out the latest and greatest in Taylor Fencing products. And reach out to us with all questions and comments. We can’t wait to hear from you.