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Summer Home-Buyer Checklist

By Dill Ward, June 15, 2021

Looking to lock down your next home this Summer?

What things are you looking for in your search?

What things are easily forgotten?

Here’s 5 things to remember when looking at homes this Summer:

1: Do the windows open?

When looking at a house on the internet, you may be seeing windows that look like they can open, only to find that they’re painted shut, or permanently shut. Knowing this before writing up an offer can help to alleviate surprises at the time of inspections.

2. How much gardening is too much gardening?

If you’re caught by the alluring landscaping of our fine green-thumbed sellers, you’d benefit from looking into how to tend to the plants that you find most attractive. Might as well familiarize yourself with rose bushes, tulip gardens, rhododendron clusters, or urban farming which will require learning new routines. Knowing your gardening limit can help avoid regret, or nudge you toward learning more about low maintenance landscape.

3. Where does the outdoor furniture go in the winter?

When daydreaming about the fancy dinner parties in your backyard, or contemplating how many solar lights create the right ambiance, remember that winter months can harm delicate woods or metals. Keeping wood or metal furniture out of the cold rain can extend the lifespan of your carefully pondered natural space, and having a plan for where these items go can help you select the right combination of products to bring that socializing space together.

4. How bright are the windows?

With Sun bouncing off of the beautiful canopy of trees, creating a pleasantly cool Summer space, it might be easy to forget that Fall, Winter, and Spring weather comes with many rainy/cloudy days, and if you love natural lighting in a home, keep in mind how much light might come into the home.

5. How is the home heated?

While we’re talking about Winter, remember to gauge the heat source for homes you look at for ease of use, efficiency, and personal preferences. Not every home comes with a fireplace, but in the event the next snow-pocalypse knocks out the power, having a back-up plan for heating your home can keep your space toasty. Ensure you have proper ventilation and sufficient fuel to your comforts.

Looking to make your next big move this Summer? Let us help you at the Dill Ward Group 🙂

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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