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    April 27, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Countryside Chic

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    April 26, 2016
    Spring Into Cleaning With This Checklist

    It’s been consistently in the 70s where I live for the last week or so; perfect weather for turning off the AC, opening all the windows, and letting in some fresh air. It’s also perfect weather for starting some Spring cleaning. It’s time to get all those tasks that have been piling up throughout the year DONE. But where to start? For help, check out this super useful guide by Elite Team and Sharon Kowitz at Active Rain:

    -Wash the windows

    -Deep clean carpets

    -Clean overlooked surfaces like baseboards, door frames, and walls

    -Dust and clean light fixtures

    -Safety checks: check fire extinguishes, change batteries on smoke/CO detectors

    -Rotate and flip mattresses

    -Get new pillows

    -Clean all bedding


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    April 25, 2016
    Home Security Tips

    Your home is the biggest purchase you will make, so it’s important to protect it. Keep your investment, and your family safe by being prepared. There are several things you can do to deter burglars and other criminals. Check out these security-strengthening tips by ADT to prevent break-ins, burglaries, and theft:

    -Set up motion-sensing security lights around doors and the garage

    -Invest in an alarm system

    -Place a security sign in your yard

    -Don’t leave extra keys under doormats or other obvious locations

    -Upgrade your locks, don’t use any that can be unlocked with a “bump key”

    -Don’t advertise wealth- if you just bought a big screen TV, don’t leave the box out by the garbage can. Wait until garbage day.


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    April 22, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Upcycle Inspiration
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    Happy Earth Day! Check out this video, and get some inspiration for recycling old junk into awesome home decor!


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    April 21, 2016
    What To Do As Soon As You Move In

    I moved recently, and the very first thing I did was unpack the toilet paper! Seriously, it’s something most people forget about until the very last second- and it’s not something you want to be hunting for through a thousand boxes when nature calls. For more things to do as soon as you move in to your new place, read this post by Jesse Mcarl at the House Hunt Blog:

    -Inspect your belongings- make sure all boxes are there, and everything is in one piece.

    -Don’t just unpack, organize as you go

    -Lay out the essentials for kids and pets- food, toys, and comfort items will help ease the transition

    -Cover the windows- get the curtains up before the furniture!


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    April 20, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Spacious Floor Plan

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    April 19, 2016
    Strange Things That Make Your Home Harder To Sell

    Most people know the basics of what makes a home not sell: it’s priced too high, in a bad neighborhood, or has multiple inspection problems. However, did you know that having a pool could actually hurt the value of your home as well? Most people don’t want to deal with the commitment that upkeep and maintenance entails. For more surprising things that could sabotage your home sale, check out this post by Kentin Waits at Wisebread:

    -Having a small garage, or no garage

    -Multi-story homes- drive away elderly buyers and families with small children

    -Sub-par schools

    -Unfortunate positioning: located at a T-intersection or end of a cul-de-sac

    -Proximity to airport, interstate, or train


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    April 18, 2016
    Super Cheap Staging Ideas

    To sell your home, you don’t need to gut it from the inside out. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on costly remodels and expensive new furniture and appliances. If your home is already upgraded, that’s great, and it’ll add additional value to your price. However, most people can stage their home on a shoestring! First, de-clutter your home, and take out all extraneous furniture and personal items. Then, give it a good deep clean. Finally, check out these frugal staging ideas by Tyler Zey at Easy Agent Pro:

    -Leave closets half empty to give the impression of more storage space

    -Pay close attention to the foyer/entrance- add a small bench and vase of flowers

    -Rearrange furniture to maximize space and give better flow through the house

    -Use neutral paint colors on walls, but add color with furniture and decorations

    -Use brighter light bulbs

    -Update all window coverings: curtains, rods, and blinds


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    April 15, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Maximize Your Home’s Value
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    If you are planning on selling, watch this video for some great tips!


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    April 14, 2016
    For Sellers: Get Out During Showings!

    5924518344_baa1808681_zThere are many pitfalls that you can stumble into when selling your home, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Fortunately, a Realtor can help you steer clear of most of them. For example, when you are ready to start showing your home to prospective buyers, your Realtor will ask you to leave. A huge mistake that sellers make is awkwardly hovering around during showings, making buyers uncomfortable and potentially tanking the sale. For more info, check out this tip on Pinterest by Lynn Pineda! This is why you should NOT be there for showings:

    -Buyers will feel more at ease, and able to imagine themselves in your home

    -You won’t say things that will kill the sale, and it allows your Realtor to answer any questions they may have.

    Photo Credit: Courtney Greene 


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