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A Souped-up Laundry Room Can Make a Difference for Home Sellers, Buyers

Posted June 24, 2013

One of the most dreaded chores around the house is laundry. Maybe that’s why when selling a house, the laundry room is one of the most forgotten areas to get in shape. The machines are often dusty, with detergent dripping down the sides and lint and old socks on the floor. Yet it’s an area that doesn’t take too much time to clean and can really make a difference when showing your house to prospective buyers. The easiest way to make a statement with a laundry room is by adding more energy-efficient washing machines and dryers...

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Consider the Emotional Side of Downsizing your Home

Posted June 17, 2013

People downsize for a variety of reasons, from the “empty nest” syndrome to convenience or hardship. Here are a few things to consider as you contemplate moving to a smaller home. “Before any move, focus on how you want to live. People don’t think enough about why they’re moving,” said Mary Jo Zeller, director at Gero Solutions, which manages moves for seniors. “Increasing numbers of downsizers these days want to exchange the worry and expense of maintaining a large property, for the luxury of low maintenance and the opportunity for more leisure time...

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Inspect for Code Violations Before you Sell

Posted June 3, 2013

Code violations can extend the home-selling process or halt it altogether. Therefore, it’s good business to hire a home inspector before placing your home on the market. A quality home inspector is well-versed in all local codes dealing with electrical, plumbing, building/structural and more, and can help sellers understand any code violations and the steps and costs necessary to meet codes. Code violations have a way of popping up in paperwork...

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