Can Pets Hurt a Home Sale?

May 9, 2014

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Dogs do the darndest things when they’re bored. Take Squishy, for instance. Lauren came home late one night from her job as a nurse to find that Squishy – her usually well-mannered dog – had torn her sofa to shreds, right down to the woody skeleton. Wading through the chunks of foam and scraps of [...]

Paint to Sell: Painting Tips to Ensure a Quick Home Sale

November 29, 2013

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No matter how much you rearrange or decorate a room, nothing affects appearance like a fresh coat of paint. When you enter a house, your eye may be drawn to little decorative touches, but all the staging in the world will fall flat if your paint is drab, dirty, or goes against the potential buyer’s [...]

How to Depersonalize Your Home for Sale

August 9, 2013

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Making the decision to sell your home begins a journey of a thousand steps. From hiring a real estate agent to getting the home ready for the market, there is a lot to do. Luckily, homeowners have a tool belt full of items that make the job easier. The most powerful tool of them all [...]

5 Tips for the Best Home Showings

July 12, 2013

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Home routines tend to come to a standstill while your home is on the market. The need to keep the house clean  - and not scare potential homebuyers away - means that kids can’t throw their school books on the dining room table, Dad has to pick up his stinky socks, and even the pets need [...]

How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

May 16, 2013

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Selling a home can take more time than the seller might like. You’ve made your decision, and all you want is to be at the end of the process with an amazing sell. One of the first steps for a speedy settlement is to hire a real estate agent. As you research your best options, [...]

Creating Curb Appeal: 6 Ways to Improve Your Home’s First Impression

April 26, 2013

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You’ve probably heard the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” That’s true in life, and it’s true in real estate. If you’re in the process of selling your home, take a moment to walk across the street and look at your home with a critical eye. What are [...]

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a House

April 19, 2013

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Lucky is the homeowner who has experience with selling a home. First-time sellers have a steep learning curve ahead of them and many obstacles on the road to a successful sale. Although common with first-time sellers, some of these obstacles aren’t obvious. 1. Not Preparing the Home for Sale “Dress your house for success,” is [...]

How to Hold the Perfect Garage Sale

March 8, 2013

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When you need to either store or get rid of a lot of “stuff” to make your house look its best while on the market, holding a garage sale may be the ideal solution. Not only will your current house stage easier, but you will lighten the load of what needs to be moved to [...]

How to Stage a Vacant House

February 22, 2013

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Most homeowners learn about the value of staging their homes for sale from their real estate agents. The statistics are clear: Staged homes sell quicker and for more money. What happens when you don’t live in the home? If you’ve used it as a rental or had to move to the new home before putting [...]

Is Your Front Door Welcoming?

February 1, 2013

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Creating indoor/outdoor transitions that welcome and complement your home can add to your home’s curb appeal and value. People often think only about the value of their house and what’s going on inside, but your front door is the first impression your visitors get of your home. Make it a good one. Entries That Welcome [...]