ClubLocal is Like LA Fitness for Your Home: Whip That Crib Into Shape!

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ClubLocal_ipad-photos1Spring is trying to tease us here in Dallas. Great 60 degree days, then whamo, freezing cold nights. And the Dallas housing market is really gearing up. In case you haven’t heard, we are almost a Seller’s market! That means it’s time to get your home ready to sell even if you plan on staying put!

bad chimney bad home inspection photoAnd ClubLocal is here to help. So many people ask me for names of great homes services companies — electricians, plumbers. Now I don’t need a Rolodex, I just say “Club Local”. Just like Equinox prepares us for bikini season (um, cough), ClubLocal is preparing homes for sale. Or spring.

Think of ClubLocal as a fitness trainer for your home.

Garbage-Can-Sinks-274x300 bad home inspection photo -fanAs a real estate blogger, homeowner and previous times five seller, I realize the task list to get a home ready for market can be daunting. It’s clearly the least fun thing about selling a home, well, next to actually moving. So why…why put yourself through the headache and hassle of Googling/Angieslisting/Askingeveryoneyouknow when there’s a one stop shop for everything you need?

ClubLocal’s got it all!

For example:

  • Home Inspection: Home Inspection, of course, the first step before selling a home, and prevents unpleasant surprises! Savvy sellers go ahead and spring (pardon my pun) for a home inspection prior to listing so buyers won’t have any surprises. Helps with realistic pricing, too.
  • Cleaning: Window cleaning, pressure washing (sidewalk, pool, driveways & houses), carpet cleaning (a MUST if there are pets) & house cleaning gets a house spic and span. Show me a home on the market with dirty windows, I’ll show you a home that will be listed ’till the cows come home.
  • Handymen & Electricians: Hire a handyman to hang curtain rods, install doors or patch up drywall.  Ha — hire him to hang pictures in front of a rough area! Electricians can install lights & ceiling fans or just make sure all outlets and light switches are behaving properly.
  • Are those three-pronged switches really grounded or are we trying to fool somebody? True story: we just looked at a house for my daughter, and all the outlets were three-pronged, or grounded on the wall. Not true, said the electrician inspector: 27 misleading outlets were not properly wired to be grounded. It is imperative, imperative to have a pre-owned home’s electrical system checked out thoroughly!

What say? You are not selling. It never hurts to get a jump-start on your spring cleaning and house tune-up! Besides, with the market this frenetic, you’ll get the “Let’s Move” bug up your bonnet soon, very soon.

Happy Spring, Dallas!

 

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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