Saturday, May 18, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
So you have decided to put your home on the market and to you it looks great! Unfortunately, much of the wear and tear on your home becomes unnoticeable when you see it everyday. While you may not think about the one light switch that doesn't work or the chipping paint in the guest room, now is the time to take a step back and look at your home with fresh eyes. HINT: Ask a friend to come in and be the fresh eyes for you.
When you decide to sell your home, the first thing you should do is make any repairs you can to save yourself money in the long run. Here are a few repairs to cross off your TO-Do list so you can get the best deal for your home!
1. Paint Your Walls
Painting the rooms that need a fresh face lift is the cheapest way to update the appearance of your home. Consider using light, neutral colors to appeal to more buyers. If the room is too dark or has chipped dirty paint, make it look brand new with a coat of paint. This is a quick and inexpensive way to u ...
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
You have decided to sell your home but aren't sure what you should do first... Here is a home-selling timeline to help you along the way and keep stress at bay.
While you are making the most of your weekends by getting ready to sell, don't get overwhelmed and break your to-do list into manageable chunks... even better idea... break it into bite-size-pieces.. so much easier to swallow.
As soon as possible...
* Interview a real estate agent(s):
Take time to find an expert who has a great track record, good communication skills, and confidence!
* Make a plan:
Work with your agent to prioritize tasks. Focus on one at a time.
What can you live without until you move? Pack it up and move it out!
* Hire a home inspector:
Get a pre-inspection so you can identify issues or items that need repair. Work these into your budget in the beginning so it doesn't blow a deal later.
* Make the repairs:
Get some a ...
Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
As you prepare your home for sale, PLEASE don't forget the lawn and that VERY FIRST impression that it makes on a potential buyer! It make a big impact!
While the winter is now just a memory, the damage done to your lawn over those winter months may not be. If you’re in an area where temperatures drop severely and winter storms are constant, your lawn has probably suffered.
Now that spring is in full swing and summer will be here before we know it, it is time to give your lawn a little TLC. Here are the steps to turn your lawn from an eyesore into a sight to see!
1. RAKE IT OUT!
This is an important first step to take following the winter months! This will work to remove any dead grass or other winter debris. Make sure you invest in a durable rake to easily remove larger pieces like sticks and matted leaves. Raking will expose any patches that need attention and helps to begin preparing the soil for any reseeding that may need done.
Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Winter is now just a memory and your yard is now turning green. We live in an area with 4 seasons and that can take its toll on your yard, especially if you’re not taking care of it. Spring is in full swing and summer will be here soon. Now is the time to give your lawn a little TLC and your grass will be green before you know it, and the envy of the neighborhood and wow your future buyers.
Here are a few tips on what to do now to have an easy to care for lawn all summer long.
Rake to remove any dead grass leaves, pine needles, or other winter debris. Pick up and remove larger debris like sticks and piles of leaves. Raking will expose any bare patches that need attention and you can repair those spots.
Aerator your lawn which promotes soil drainage. This helps to increase the movement of water and allow for oxygen and nutrients to enter the ground easier. If your lawn sees a great deal of traffic or it spent the winter packed with snow, this is especially i ...
Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Even though you may not have the large backyard, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy entertaining outdoors. Make the most of your patio and turn it into a paradise. Here are some tips for how to decorate small spaces for outdoor entertaining.
* Arrange the furniture the right way:
The best way to maximize space is to arrange your furniture around the perimeter of deck or patio. Think twice before placing a table in the center, and instead give your guests plenty of room to stand or move around.
* Add extra seating with large pillows:
Get a few extra spots for guests to sit without taking up too much space by throwing in some large floor pillows. They add an extra element of coziness. Plus they're easy to add or subtract.
* Use color wisely:
Color can make all the difference when decorating, especially in such a small space. Keep things fresh and airy by sticking to a neutral palette in whites or grays. You can even add a bit of pop with some eye-catching patterns a ...