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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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Staging in Spring

Posted May 6, 2013

Any home stager will tell you that “staging is staging” and the principals remain the same throughout the year—keep things clean, clutter free and colorful. But that doesn’t each season comes without its own brand of staging magic. For spring, there are a number of things you can do both inside and outside to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Barb Schwarz, creator of Homes Staging® and CEO of Stagedhomes.com, suggests adding splashes of color to your porch with potted flowers...

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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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Sellers: Itemize What You’re Taking With You

Posted May 20, 2013

Believe it or not, after months of searching countless homes, finding the perfect one, negotiating price and finally agreeing to a deal, a sale can fall apart over a disagreement about curtains. When striking a deal to sell a home, it’s important that you are perfectly clear about what you are taking with you and what you are leaving behind. The general rule is that if something is attached to the structure or the ground, it is real property and stays with the house...

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Selling Your Home in Auburn or Opelika? Check Out These Spring Staging Tips.

Posted April 9, 2013

Staging in Spring Any home stager will tell you that “staging is staging” and the principals remain the same throughout the year—keep things clean, clutter free and colorful. But that doesn’t each season comes without its own brand of staging magic. For spring, there are a number of things you can do both inside and outside to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Barb Schwarz, creator of Homes Staging® and CEO of Stagedhomes...

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Quick Tips for Selling Quickly

Posted January 28, 2013

Patience is a virtue for just about any circumstance including selling your home. Yet sometimes you must sell quickly when a job opportunity arises or you face an abrupt lifestyle change. Assuming your home is in good condition and free of liens, here are several tips to help expedite a sale. 1. Price your house correctly: Working with your agent, choose a price that’s somewhat lower than what you’re seeing in the market, but not too low that it will send up red flags...

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Selling in Colder Months

Posted January 23, 2013

While the warmer months are generally regarded as the time for home sellers to get their property ready for sale, marketing the home in winter and early spring is just as important. Homebuyers are out looking for homes 12 months a year and there’s no reason to drop the ball on sprucing up a home December through March. Here are some tips for selling a home in the winter months. Heat it up: If you are planning an open house or have showings scheduled, turn up the thermostat and make the home warm and inviting...

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Technology and Home Sales

Posted February 6, 2012

Today’s home buyers are often thinking about a home’s technology advantages as much as they are its floorplan, square footage and location. A recent survey by the Consumer Electronics Association of real estate agents showed that home-theater systems, home security systems, home automation management systems and energy management systems are selling faster than they ever have. “There is a strong relationship between home technologies and the real estate market,” said CEA’s Rhonda Daniel in a recent press release...

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Winter is Approaching...Is Your Home Ready?

Posted December 19, 2011

Autumn winds blow a chilly reminder that winter is fast approaching. Perform the following maintenance tips each fall to protect your property's value and prevent major repairs. Roof, Gutters and Downspouts Rain, ice, snow and wind can all cause damage to your roof and gutters. Now’s the time to trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from the roof. You also should remove debris, such as leaves and sticks from your gutters and downspouts...

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