When it comes to “staging” your home for sale – which basically means ensuring it looks clean and uncluttered – you probably already know the basics: clean the counters, vacuum the floors, mow the lawn, etc.
But there are some home staging tips that are less obvious, yet can help to ... Continue Reading
As you tour a potential new home, you notice that the carpeting in the living room is stained. “Don’t worry about that,” says the homeowner, who senses your disapproval. “We’re going to get the carpeting professionally cleaned before we move.”
Should you take their word for it?
Regardless of how honest a ... Continue Reading
“Stuff” accumulates. It’s a timeless principle in every household. It accumulates. And accumulates!
Chances are, your basement, garage, and closets are filled with things you don’t want to have to pack and haul on moving day.
The solution? Have a “Moving Out” sale!
Expect a crowd. Bargain hunters love a “Moving Out” sale ... Continue Reading
“Can we afford it?” That’s the first thought that comes to mind when shopping for your next dream home. Fortunately it’s an easy question to answer if you consider your lifestyle, financial goals, expenses and mortgage eligibility.
There’s more to life than just paying the mortgage and other living expenses. Hobbies, ... Continue Reading
Most advice on how to prepare your house for sale involves how the property will look to a potential buyer. Appearance is, of course, very important if you want to sell a house quickly and for the best price. But there are three other senses you have to satisfy as ... Continue Reading
According to studies, colds and flu bugs are passed from one person to another more often in the home than in any other location, including school and the workplace. Of food-based bacterial infections, 65% are picked up at home.
What can you do to reduce the risk?
Obviously, keeping rooms clean is ... Continue Reading
If you plan on putting your property on the market, it can be tempting to list it for a very high price in the hope that some buyer will say “yes”. But that rarely happens.
In fact, it is more likely that your property will sit on the market for a ... Continue Reading
Shopping for a house is as much a lifestyle decision as it is a financial one. After all, unless you’re a professional real estate investor, you’re not just buying a house – you’re buying a home.
Sure, there are important financial matters to consider, such as mortgage rates, payments and resale ... Continue Reading
There are lots of reputable home improvement businesses that rely upon “person-to-person” marketing to get new customers. Unfortunately, there are also some undesirable contractors whose plan is to relieve you of your possessions and/or money while performing substandard, overpriced services that are void of any guarantee. Below is a short ... Continue Reading
It’s a buyer’s market. It’s a seller’s market. You’ve probably heard these terms before. But what do they really mean when you’re considering buying or selling a home?
A buyer’s market exists when the supply of homes in a particular market exceeds the demand. Since there are more homes for sale, ... Continue Reading