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20 Home Enhancers Under $20

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Here are 20 things that will brighten, refresh and generally improve the look and feel of your home and all for a price that is reasonable for anyone!

  1. Towels. It’s a great way to add color to your bathroom or kitchen.
  2. Mats. Whether it is your doormat, bathmat or kitchen mat, they all get worn over time.
  3. Rugs. A couple of nice throw rugs can add color in needed areas.
  4. Shower Curtains. If you have a small bathroom, go with a light solid color.
  5. Pillows. Need a refresher to your couch?  A colorful pillow can do the trick.
  6. Candles.  If I had to pick one thing that is always a winner, it would be this. It works in any décor, takes out odor and can cost so little!
  7. Tablecloths. It can cover up a table in need or replacement, restaining or repainting.
  8. Plants. Any variety can give life to any empty spot in your house.
  9. Bins.  They can get everything from toys to clothes under control.
  10. Blankets. It’s the best option when you need to to cover up the stain, the tear or the worn spot on chairs, beds and couches.
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20 $0 Items with Big Payoffs

Friday, June 5th, 2015

You don’t always have to spend money to have your home to show well.  Here are 20 things that cost you NOTHING and mean alot to a buyer at a showing.

  1. Folding your clothes and putting them away
  2. Taking out the trash
  3. Emptying the dirty dishes in the sink
  4. Sweeping/Vacuuming
  5. Wiping down outdoor debris and dirt at your front entrance (a broom is great for this!)
  6. Picking up your children’s toys
  7. Putting away all pool related items laying around the patio
  8. Minimizing knick-knacks, pictures and books
  9. Making your bed
  10. Shaking debris out of your rugs
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Top 20 Tools

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Want to know what you need to keep your property showing well while it’s on the market? Here’s my list of the best tools to have on hand:

OUTSIDE
Lawnmower
Blower
Rake
Pressure Washer
Hedge Trimmers
Edger
Hose
Shovel
Sprinkler
Trash Cans

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20 Winning Wipe Downs

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Below are some well-known places in your home that collect noticeable dust, dirt, fingerprints, food and other debris. Pick the right cleaner and/or cloth for the job and start wiping it down! Your home will show so much better for it!

Category 1 – GET WET!
For these items get out the sponges, paper towels, pre-soaked all cleaning wipes and any other cleaners suitable for the job.

  1. Glass Table Tops
  2. Sinks
  3. Window Sills
  4. Countertops
  5. Backsplashes
  6. Mirrors
  7. Tubs/Showers
  8. Refrigerators
  9. Stovetops
  10. Walls/Door trims

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20 Closets to Clean!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Tackle any of these and it will make you feel better and your house show better.

  1. Linens.  If they’re torn or shredding, time to trash.
  2. Shoes.  Let them go if they are too small, too painful or just too “what was I thinking?”
  3. Tupperware. They will never get organized if you keep throwing them in the cabinet.
  4. Games. As your children grow the games they play change.  This is a great one to pass on to someone else.
  5. Sweaters. Assess the ones you wear versus the ones that your never do.
  6. CD’s and DVD’s. I had a friend give a donation of all her VHS tapes to a non-profit organization. It was a benefit all around!
  7. Jewelry. Classic never goes out of style.  It’s the “today’s fashion” that you have to be honest about.
  8. Coats.  It’s worth going through it at least once a year.
  9. Handbags.  Not your style anymore?  Donate. Sell. Exchange. Give away…and the list goes on.
  10. Decorations. Some of us have a room full and some of us have a box full. Either way, know what you have so you can enjoy it when the holiday is here. (more…)

20 Things That Should NOT be on Your Floors at Your Next Showing

Saturday, September 1st, 2012
  1. Toys.  It doesn’t matter if it belongs to you or your kids.
  2. Carpet Stains.  It’s worth it to see if the stains will come out.
  3. Food.  Half –eaten is that much worse.
  4. Dust Balls.  Given enough time dust starts accumulating along your walls.
  5. Animal Poop.  For most buyers, there is little recovery from this gross factor here.
  6. Clothing.  No one knows if it is clean or dirty.  However, everyone assumes it’s dirty.
  7. Drinks.  Whether it is a can of soda or coffee from this morning, it never looks good.
  8. Tech Gadgets.  Computer, ipods, phones.  Accidently step on one of these and it’s a big loss.
  9. Diapers.  Dirty or clean, the floor is no place for them!
  10. Shoes.  There is a reason for closets. (more…)

20 Things that Should NOT be at your Front Entrance for Showings

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Here’s a list of everyday things that distract or concern prospective buyers as they are coming to your front door.

  1. Any newspaper/phone book. If they are wet, it’s even more important that they are gone.
  2. Anything with wheels.  This includes skateboards, roller skates/blades, scooters and bikes, etc.
  3. Tree Debris. Leave, branches, etc.
  4. Old or overwhelming decorations. 2 weeks past the holiday is a good rule thumb to know it must come down.
  5. Dead plants. If it is brown, move it to another location where it can come back or let it go.
  6. Shoes/Clothing. If you keep your shoes near any door, have a bin for them.
  7. Your pet. If your dog is barking and scratching at the front door, this puts everyone on edge coming into your house.
  8. Broken light fixtures. Look at your fixtures. Make sure the bulbs are working, that there is no broken glass and they are not rusting or barely hanging on.
  9. Toys. None of them should be remotely close to this area.
  10. Dirty Glass. When is the last time you cleaned your front door glass? (more…)