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Do You Know the 3 Keys to Home Staging?

  Staging your home while it’s on the market is one of the most effective ways to sell it for top dollar. Start by addressing natural light, say the experts at Stagetecture.com. Ample natural light makes the home appear larger and inviting. Avoid minimizing natural light with heavy window treatments—instead, hang sheers, and open them during showings. Next,... (more)

3 Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Make

]Improving your home can grow the value of your investment—if the right upgrades are made. No matter which kind of home you own, these home improvements top the list. 1. Power Backup – Natural disasters are on the rise, and expected to become more impactful in the future. Installing a standby generator system is one upgrade that will pay dividends in peace of... (more)

3 Tips for Homebuyers in a Competitive Market

Homebuyers traditionally face competition at the height of real estate season. Now, with market indicators reaching record post-recession milestones, competition is stiffer than ever. To gain an edge as a buyer, real estate professionals advise: Getting Pre-Approved – Getting pre-approved for financing will give you significant leverage in negotiations with the... (more)

Cheaper by the Dozen: Homebuying Tips for Large Families

Having a large family can be a source of joy and pride for both you and your several children. However, it will require more space to house everyone comfortably and to meet their needs. If you have a large household and are looking for a more suitable house to fit your growing family, follow the tips below in order to choose the most comfortable home option. Choose... (more)

5 Types of Eco-Friendly Pools You Hadn't Considered

Pools are perfect for summertime fun, but not all pools are great for the environment. Chemicals and other pool-related substances can negatively affect the landscape around you. Maintaining a pool can also get expensive and potentially impact your utility bills. Here are some eco-friendly pool alternatives to keep your bills down and the environment safe. 1)... (more)

When Packing a Storage Unit, Strategy Is King

Whether you’re in the process of downsizing or simply looking to open up your home a bit, self-storage units offer a practical solution to the lack of space issue homeowners are faced with on a day-to-day basis. While factors such as security, cleanliness, temperature control, customer service and price will likely play a large role in determining which self-storage... (more)

Is It Time? When to Replace Common Household Items

A lot of household items have a shelf life—even ones you wouldn’t expect. Do you need to replace any of these in your home? Mattress – Studies show mattresses more than eight years old can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, as well as contribute to body aches and pains. Replace your mattress every eight years to ensure you’re getting a healthy night’s sleep. Microwave –... (more)

How Paint Colors Impact Sale Price

There are numerous factors that impact a buyer’s decision to make an offer on a home. One of those is color—a feature that may be positively or negatively received by buyers. A recent Zillow Digs® analysis found that listings with kitchens painted soft shades of yellow sold for $1,360 more than anticipated. Generally, listings with rooms painted in earthy hues... (more)

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