Gear Up For 2021

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MINT HILL, NC – 2020 has been a year where we’ve all learned to deal with the unexpected.  While we can’t know for certain what 2021 will bring, there are some things we can start to plan for now.

If you’re planning on putting your house on the market in 2021, there are steps you can take now to make sure you’re ready.  Anna Granger, the owner of 1st Choice Properties, recommends you start by decluttering.  “Start slowly, room by room,” she suggests.  “It takes time!  Don’t put that off.”

To maximize the likelihood of a quick and profitable sale, Granger recommends sellers focus on pre-inspecting things like the crawlspace, foundation and roof – the same things a future buyer’s home inspector will zero in on.  Furthermore, sellers will want to maximize their home’s visual appeal to buyers by depersonalizing, neutralizing paint colors and updating things like light fixtures.  Curb appeal, notes Granger, is vitally important.

But most importantly, if you’re planning to list your home in the new year, Granger suggests you call your preferred realtor now and get their personalized opinion on what needs to be changed or updated in your home, ensuring that you spend your time and money on things that you’ll get a return on when you sell.

1st Choice Properties
1st Choice Properties

With a local office less than ten minutes from many homes in Mint Hill and several agents who are themselves Mint Hill residents, 1st Choice is the ideal real estate agency for any Mint Hill buyer or seller.  Conveniently located in downtown Mint Hill, 1st Choice agents can easily show your home on short notice and help you select a qualified buyer who will see the deal through to closing.  If you’re ready to put your home on the market, call Anna Granger today at (704) 650-5705.

Much about the year to come remains uncertain, but as the saying goes, if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s taxes!  Kevin Mays of Mays Concepts encourages businesses and individuals to take simple steps now to make sure they’re ready.

“What I would tell my businesspeople is to start looking over their P&L statements and make sure that their expenses are accurate,” says Mays.  “Anything that doesn’t belong in there needs to be taken out; anything that’s uncategorized needs to be categorized.”

W-2 clients, Mays says, should begin looking at their exemptions, adjusting as needed to make sure enough taxes are being taken out.  Individuals should also consider their 401K, adding the maximum amount they can for the year, if possible, and making sure enough taxes are taken out.  In preparation for filing taxes, everyone will want to make sure paperwork regarding charitable expenses is in order.  If you need assistance with bookkeeping, payroll, or taxes – or the services of a notary – call Kevin Mays at (704) 526-0307.

Regarding advice for the year to come, perhaps Mays says it best.  “Three words come to mind: brace, brace, brace!” says Mays.  “We really do not know what’s going to happen!”

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her eight-year-old daughter Hannah and her six-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: