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How much will it cost to sell your home?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: February 9, 2018

While the groundhog may have called for 6 more weeks of winter until we begin to see and feel Spring, if you are planning to sell your home this spring season you know better than anyone how quick spring will be here regardless of what the groundhog predicts! Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne custom home builder, shares what to be aware of in terms of the hidden costs associated with selling a home.

It is a fact that selling a home takes time, but it also takes money. Most people are aware of the costs associated with needing to update your home to prepare it for selling, but there are also a lot of hidden costs along the way that you will want to be prepared for and budget for in preparation for selling your home this year.

Closing costs on average total up to just over $12,000 on the median home. When you are budgeting for your closing costs, be sure to think of the smaller costs like title insurance and escrow fees.

The other thing to plan for and keep in mind, that location is a huge factor in what and how much you pay. Be sure to do your homework and calculate things like what the average closing cost is in your location, as well as maintenance expenses you may come across. In some west coast markets, homeowners can expect over $50,000, while in the Midwest markets that number is closer to $10,000.

Next, take an inventory of your home and determine where you are going to need to invest money in updates before you sell. If you plan on outsourcing the bare minimum of common home updates, plan on spending just over $2,500 on average, for things such as a deep home cleaning, fresh coat of paint, carpet cleaning and basic lawn care.

You can save some money by doing some of the home update projects yourself, just be sure that you can take care of them confidently otherwise you may end up hiring a professional to fix what you started.

The last thing but not of lesser importance, is estimating the profit you expect or need to make on your home. You can get with your Realtor or loan officer or even do some simple calculations yourself using online sales proceeds calculators that are available to you online. You can determine what your expected profit would be based on the sales price of your home, the mortgage balance and then any agent commissions or other common seller fees that you will also need to calculate into the total costs.

Taking these items into consideration will allow you to have the best chance for success when selling your home and allow you to be prepared so that you don’t walk away with less money than expected after selling your home.



Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

Considered outdoor lighting ideas for your new home?

Categories: Boerne Custom Homes Builders, Home Decor, Homeowner Tips, New Braunfels Custom Home Builders | Posted: February 2, 2018


Outdoor lighting options

Outdoor lighting options

If you are currently on the search for  New Braunfels custom builders to build your dream home, or if you already own a beautiful Weston Dean home of your own, you may have spent a long time dreaming up all of the beautiful elements you want in your new home.  However, often the small details on the exterior of your new home are left last and often even never thought of compared to the perfect floor plan you’ve been dreaming up in your head.

Certain outdoor lighting can truly add to your home’s architecture and do much more than just add light to the front of your home. So, if you haven’t yet gotten started on your new home, start paying attention to details you like and taking notes of what you don’t. There are several options available for you to decide what the best option is for your home.

Wall lanterns and sconces are great décor lighting pieces that give a source of indirect up lighting and down lighting that are typically utilized in pairs over outdoor seating areas and on either side of entry ways and windows.

Pendants and hanging lanterns are great options to enhance curb appeal and illuminate your front doorway beautifully as well.

Path lights are a must for many homes and light the walkway to your door for family and friends who may be visiting or leaving at night when it is dark. It is a great way to provide extra safety as well.

For your landscape, it’s a great idea to add landscape lighting in the way of spotlights and well lights, to draw attention to the natural elements of a landscape like trees, shrubs, or flowers.)

A great way to light the end of your driveway are with post lanterns that provide lighting and give better street visibility.

If you plan to have fountains, statues or arbors outside of your new home, you will want to add flood, bullet or wash lights to highlight these beautiful pieces around your home.

Cove lighting is a good idea to add and can be built into ceilings, walls, ledges and recesses to highlight architectural qualities like footpaths, water or landscape features.

And lastly, pool lights are a must if you have a pool in your backyard. The will add mood-enhancing color to the water and ensure a safer swim at the same time.




Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

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