3 Simple Tips for Choosing the Right Size TV for Your Room

 

We all want a big TV. The bigger, the better if you ask me. But sometimes the room we are going to put the TV in just doesn’t accommodate the enormous screen size we dream about. How can you determine what size TV will work best in the room where you want to put it.

There are actually a number of factors involved to figure this out. Here are some tips for you to consider before buying that new HDTV:

Wall Mount or No Wall Mount?

First things is first. Will this TV be hung on the wall or not? You need to figure this out before even heading to the store because this decision will affect everything else after it. TV’s that are hung on the wall actually allow for larger screen size because rarely are there TVs that are bigger than the walls of a room. Also a larger sized TV that is hanging on a wall can work better in smaller rooms because it allows for maximum viewing distance from where you are seated instead of having it place inside or on top of a TV cabinet. Plus, if budget is a concern there are peripherals and installation costs to consider when wall mounting a new set.

How many walls surround the TV?

This seems like an odd question, but the number of walls surrounding the TV can impact the perception viewers have on whether the room feels crowded with a large TV. If your TV is surrounded by 4 full walls (front, left, right & behind) it can make the room feel smaller and a TV over 50″ can feel overwhelming unless the square footage of the room is large. If your TV is surrounded by 3 walls (left, right, behind) and connects to another room so that the back wall is farther away, a TV over 50″ will work as the room has enough depth to warrant the extra large screen size.

What’s the Viewing Distance?

Everyone likes sitting close to the TV. We did as kids and got yelled at, but now that it’s our home we can sit as close as we want! That is unless you want a super sized HDTV. Sitting closer to the TV can actually diminish the quality of the viewing experience not to mention the acoustics if you have a surround sound system. Let’s say you have your eye on a 52″ HDTV. You’re going to want to make sure your viewing area is at least 6 feet away from the TV to be able to enjoy the optimal cinematic experience.

Amazon.com has come up with a simple formula for determining the best size TV based on your viewing distance from the screen. To determine the maximum size TV screen you would divide the length of your viewing distance by 1.5. Instead of messing with the math I love this quick reference chart that Amazon developed to show you the TV sizes you should consider based on where you’ll be seated to watch TV:

 

So there you have it. You now have enough information to figure out just how big a TV you should get based on the room you’re putting it in. Now you just have to pick which TV you’re going to get. 3D? LED or LCD? Vizio or Sony? Decisions, decisions, decisions…

 

Home Closing Delay?

Here are common problems that can delay or prevent closing, many of which, should have been addressed prior to submission to an underwriter, but sometimes the ball gets dropped:

  • Low appraisal or the underwriter orders a review appraisal that does not match the first appraisal.
  • Additional debt found on the buyer’s updated credit report.
  • Mistakes noted in the buyer’s credit report.
  • New liens or judgments filed against the buyer or seller upon title update.
  • Clouds on title.
  • Marital status change for buyer or seller.
  • Required updated bank statements or financial documents.
  • Insurance information missing.
  • Expired loan or program commitment.

As you can see, it’s very important for ALL parties to stay in constant contact to ward off as many issues as possible.

Should I Leave My Personal Photo’s Displayed When I List My House?

When placing your home on the market your Number 1 goal is to make your home warm and comfortable. Not having a huge display of photographs is a prime example of less is better. Here are a few pros and cons of why only leaving a few photo’s on display is recommended.

PROS

  • It helps to add warmth to a family room
  • Establishes a bonding feeling with the buyer
  • Many family frames are decorative and add a quality touch to the interior

CONS

  • If there are too many photo’s within the house the buyer may not be able to visualize themselves in the home
  • Too many photos allow for distractions by the buyer and does not allow the house to be seen
  • Although you think you have a beautiful family, the viewing public may not agree and this could be held against the house

Community State Property

In a real sale transaction –  if spouse is also in title (or lived at property), we  would require spouse sign the Warranty Deed.  If spouse did not want any proceeds from sale, spouse would sign an in-house “proceeds form” directing us as to how proceeds are to be split.  If spouse is not in title & never lived at the property, spouse could sign a “Non-Homestead Affidavit” & proceeds form.

In a non-real estate transaction and spouse simply wants to be taken off title – they would need to contact a real estate attorney, as he would need to review the situation and advise them as to what can be done (property with lien may be handled differently than property without lien).

In a divorce situation - the divorce decree should hash out everything properly (the divorce decree will divest the individual not getting the property of any right, title, etc in the property).  Most of the time, attorney will have that individual deed out, but also sometimes a deed  is not done & a certified copy of the decree filed in real property records at time of a sale.  The decree could probably also address your question regarding assets in both names… your client’s best bet is to contact her divorce attorney for answers to these questions.

 

What Should I Do to Prepare the Exterior of My Home to Sell?

 

Step back and take an objective look at the exterior of the home:

  • Do your trees and landscaping need to be trimmed for a better view of the home?
  • Does your driveway or sidewalks need to be swept or power washed?
  • Is your lawn green and well manicured?
  • Does your paint need a fresh coat?
  • Is there any rotted wood to be replaced?

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