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March
25

Sell Your Home Staging Tips
If you are planning to sell your home, as our real estate agents would certainly tell you, presenting it in the best possible light is essential to making a quick sale at the right price. That means staging your home properly to show off its best features and make it appealing to a wide variety of potential buyers. You can, of course, hire a home staging professional to get the job done, but if you'll be doing it yourself, here are ten can't miss home staging tips to get your home sold:

  1. Know where staging matters most – According to a survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, the most important rooms to stage are living rooms, master bedrooms, and kitchens, so see to those rooms first. Other rooms to consider staging would be dining rooms, bathrooms, and children's rooms.

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March
18

Sell Home with Curb Appeal
When selling your home, first impressions are everything. Your home's curb appeal is the first impression it will have on potential buyers. While boosting your home's curb appeal to attract potential buyers will take some effort, there isn't a whole lot of magic or mystery involved.

Our real estate agents can make suggestions if you need them, but sometimes the simplest answers really are the best. Here are six ways to improve your home's curb appeal when you're preparing to sell it.

  1. Clean House
    Your home's exterior is likely to have accumulated some grime. It's also likely that, because it accumulates gradually, you aren't aware of the impact it has on your home's overall attractiveness. The fix, however, is a simple one. Get some soap and water and a long-handled brush. You will be amazed at what a difference a little cleaning can make.

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March
11

Moving Purge Before You Pack
Buying a new home is exciting, and if you have just done so, you're probably very eager to get into that house and get started making it a home. However, before you can get to that part of things, you'll have to get through the moving process. That process will be easier if you spend some time thinning out your stuff before you begin packing it up. Our real estate agents know that, for most of us, this is easier said than done, so if you're not sure just where to start, here are ten ways to purge before you pack:

  1. Sort your clothes – Getting prepared for the easiest possible move means biting the bullet and getting rid of clothes that haven't seen daylight for ages. Sort through your closets and dressers and purge anything that hasn't been worn in the past year.

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March
7

We know you live in your home while it is on the market, the best practices happen every day. Try to keep up with these tasks so last minute showings are a breeze to prep for.

The showing check-list:

You have 10 minutes:

  • Grab a laundry basket – throw all clutter and loose laundry laying around and stash in a closet (or your car when you leave)
  • Wipe down all countertops & sinks in the kitchen & bathroom with a damp cloth
  • Replace towels with your 'show' towels
  • Close the toilet lids
  • Check the bedrooms – make the beds and closets are tidy
  • Turn on all the lights in the house

You have an hour:

  • Do everything on the 10-minute list
  • Sweep and mop all hard-surfaced areas
  • Quickly run the vacuum on carpeted surfaces
  • Clean fingerprints off of the fridge, microwave, oven, all faucets, and mirrored surfaces
  • Clean the toilets and showers
  • Put all the shoes away and shake out the entry welcome mat
  • Double check for odors
  • Tidy the yard of toys, hoses and trash cans

 

Want more insider tips on selling your home? Contact one of our Realtors today!

March
4

Spring Maintenance Checklist
Spring is a time for making your home alive again after a long, cold winter. Even if you've just moved into a new home, by spring there's a good chance that you'll find plenty of tidying up to do. If tasks have been piling up over the last several months, it can be difficult to know where to start with spring maintenance. Our real estate agents are here with these steps toward making spring house maintenance easier. 

  1. Inspect your roof
    Winter weather can wreak havoc on rooftops, and leaky roofs can lead to water damage inside your house. If you can inspect your own rooftop with a ladder safely, do so; otherwise, try to find an angle on the ground where you can see if any shingles have fallen off or if any rust has formed. Even if there are no visible cracks in your roof, you should still inspect your ceilings for water damage; nails holding shingles in place can start to pop out just enough to let water in. Even if your roof is fully intact, it might be a good idea to hire a roof cleaning service to get rid of any lingering debris.

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