Seller Tips

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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An updated bathroom in just one weekend? Show me!

Impressing buyers with an updated bathroom doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. These five easy do-it-yourself home improvements can add some serious value to your property.

Did you know that selling your home before the official Spring Market could be to your advantage? Contact us at Rutledge Properties today and we'll tell you all about it!

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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.

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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Little things mean a lot! (and cost but little)

Did you know giving a little attention to these not so obvious items can add more value to your home? Contact us for more tips on how to improve your home.


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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.


Must-do's Before Your Replace Major Items in Your House

Even if you plan on living in your house until you're carried out doesn't mean you'll never buy another house

That is, live somewhere long enough, and you'll begin replacing certain parts of your house - the roof, the windows, the heating and cooling system or water heater, say. Eventually, you may start to feel like you've bought another house without actually moving.

And each time you replace part of your house, it can be intimidating. You may not be shelling out what you would buy a home, but items like new roofs and windows aren't cheap. According to, the current cost of an average roof replacement is $6,570, and while it can run as low as $2,000, it can easily cost you $12,000 or more.

Windows? You'll want to jump out one when you begin pricing them.

According to paid-membership review service Angie's List, a standard-size, double-hung, double-pane, vinyl window will generally cost between $450 and $600, including installation. That may not sound too bad until you begin tallying the windows in your home. And if you have wood windows, you're talking $800 to $1,000 per window, including installation.

Home Repairs and Replacements

So if you're going to be sinking more money into your house, try the following to avoid being sunk.

Shop around.

Leslie Bryant, a health care communications professional in Los Angeles, says she and her husband replaced their roof a few years ago. They felt that they had little choice.

"The roof looked awful. It was very old wood shingle and it had just run its course," she says. "Not leaking, but every time we had major winds, there were about 20 shingles on our front lawn."
Bryant says you really need to ask for estimates - and stand your ground if you receive blowback.

Do your research.

You may not be interested in roofs, windows or septic tanks, but if you're going to replace something sizable in your home, you'd be wise to get interested, fast. That doesn't necessarily meaning reading up on, say, roofs and septic tanks though it couldn't hurt - but at least, when you're getting estimates (you are getting estimates, plural, right?) ask a lot of questions of the people you're hiring to do work.

David Feldberg, who owns a residential real estate brokerage in Newport Beach, California, says that he and wife recently bought a house built in 1958.

"We are the second owners and I don't think the prior owners had done anything over the prior 25 to 30 years," he says.

Feldberg says he and his wife had the roof replaced, walls removed and flooring and ceiling changed, among other things before moving in, and since then, they've purchased a new heating and air-conditioning system with brand new ducts. They've also replaced most of the windows. To pay for it all, they predominantly pulled from their savings; some of it, a home improvement loan with no interest for a year, "and we plan to pay it off before then," he says.

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