Preparing Your Home For Sale

Little things mean a lot, especially when it comes to home staging

The mantelpiece is a great area to display your design aesthetic for staging. If you need guidance, give us a call - our experienced agents can share with you some of their extensive experiences on home staging.

Here are ten tips for a creative makeover of your mantlepiece:

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Have fun this Halloween without spooking your buyers!

Learn how to appropriately decorate for Halloween without spooking buyers.

No matter the season, selling your home is serious business– but does it mean you have to forgo fun holiday activities like decorating your home? If you enjoy adorning your home with spider webs, jack-o-lanterns and black cats during Halloween time, don’t let putting your home for sale stand in your way.  However, if you want your home to remain appealing to potential buyers, you may want to consider leaving your severed corpse prop in storage this year.

You can boost your home's value through these easy do-it-yourself projects

Think spending $50,000 on a total kitchen remodel or $10,000 overhauling the bathroom is the only way to add value to a home? If large, expensive projects are beyond your grasp, you're in luck: Increasing the value of your home doesn't have to involve large outlays of cash, especially when you're willing to put in a little sweat equity. Why spend big money when there are so many low-cost, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects? Whether you're planning on selling or just want a nicer place to live, read on to find out what you can do to add value to your home for as little as a few dollars. Click here to continue reading.


Is your home not selling as quickly as you'd like? 4 steps you can take to help.

What should you do if your home is sitting on the market for longer than you expected it would? Read more to learn what may be prohibiting it from selling.

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Staging your home for a quick sale -- step-by-by how-to's

Check out this article on how to stage your home for a quick sale.

Do you need to stage your home for quick sale? You can trust our 22 real estate professionals who can recommend creative staging experts and guide you through the entire process of selling your home. Contact us today!


Is Your Homes Wowing Potential Buyers? Tips to Make a Great First Impression

If you're planning to sell your home, you need to make a great first impression on buyers. Learn how to snare potential buyers.

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6 tips that will keep your sanity as you buy, and sell, a home

Buying and Selling a home at the same time? Want to make sure both processes go as smoothly as possible? Here are a few tips that will help you along the way.


Trying to sell you home? Check out these tips for how to sell it fast!


While there are no guarantees in the housing market, there are some key strategies home owners can use to sell their property quickly.

Start with the right price

Find out how much your house is worth, and then reduce that number by 15 to 20 percent. This may feel like a risk, but it is a tried-and-true way to get fast, multiple offers on a home in pretty much any housing market.

Get the right broker – and listen to them

Play the agent field and make sure you find a broker that is informed, professional and embraces technology. Your broker should be an expert on your market, and should have many different tools at his or her disposal to get your house sold – so be sure to listen to their advice and heed their experience.

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Focus on first impressions

Buyers will judge your property before they even step foot into it, so first impressions are everything. Over 80% of home buyers first view a home online, making this step crucial for getting buyers in the door. Spend some time staging the house properly and invest in some professional photography to make sure the property makes an impact online. Photos should be bright and well-composed.

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12 Ways Homeowners Can Avoid Home Improvement Rip-offs

We've all heard the horror stories: contractors who took thousands of dollars and then disappeared, home renovations that dragged on for months or work so shoddy it had to be completely redone.

These nightmare scenarios may frighten you, but if you do your homework, you can prevent yourself from being ripped off by a bad home improvement contractor.

Avoid Home Improvement Rip Offs

Before a contractor begins work on your home, draw up a detailed contract with the required materials, schedule of progress payments and a timeline for the job. Image from US News and World Report

Here are 12 ways to avoid home improvement rip-offs:

  1. Beware of people who knock on your door. Good contractors rarely have to solicit business, and those who want more customers try advertising, not door-to-door solicitation. People who knock on your door are often thieves or scammers who will take your money and do a shoddy job, then disappear. Or they may even rob your house.
  2. Avoid contractors who seek a big payment upfront. A reputable contractor will ask for 10 to 25 percent of the contract price before the job starts, then ask for progress payments as the job is completed, with the schedule detailed in the contract. The only time a big upfront payment may be legitimate is if you need a large quantity of custom materials to start.
  3. Check licenses, references and insurance. Ask for references, proof of insurance and license documents, both contractor and business licenses. Then call to verify that everything is still current and valid. You may want to be named as an additional insured on the contractor's policy while he is working at your home. If you're interested, ask the contractor to add you to the policy and then bring you back the paperwork with you listed.
  4. Check courthouse records for litigation. In most municipalities, the basic information is online, though you may have to pay a few dollars to read it in some municipalities. If the contractor has been sued, read the lawsuit and, if possible, contact the complaining homeowner for details.

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