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Fresh Air?

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Here’s a brand new AC air filter.

new airfilter

Here’s one after a month of use.

1month

Here’s one that has been in for 3 months.

2months

See a difference?

It is important to change out your AC filters regularly. It’s about a $10-$20/month investment that is definitely worth making.   Better yet, get your AC system serviced and cleaned at least a once a year in addition to monthly filter changes and you’ll be breathing even easier!

Know Your Numbers!

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

When your property is on the market, it is in your best interest to know your numbers. By this I mean you should know the dates and ages of various upgrades and/or replacements.  They are important to most buyers and can be used as great marketing features when advertising your home.

Here’s the top ten most inquired about –

  1. The age of your roof
  2. The dates when you replaced major appliances including refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and oven
  3. The number of AC/Heating units you have
  4.  The age of your AC/Heating units
  5. The year you did electrical upgrades
  6. When the last time your house was painted, inside or exterior
  7. The year you did your addition/remodel
  8. The dates of when you resurfaced or replaced parts of your pool or spa
  9. The year your house was replumbed
  10. The dates when your septic tank, well or oil tank was last serviced

Be Tough on Your Stuff!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

 

closet_junkWhat starts out as saving the green planter that we got on sale for some new plants typically ends up with it somewhere half-buried on the side of the house or on the shelf in the garage, along with the other “worth keeping” items. It happens to many of us…Our stuff grows…. and grows!  And before we realize it, it becomes the beast that we don’t want to tackle – mostly because it is so big and daunting.  We just don’t know where to begin.

I promise you that your time and effort will definitely be worth the reward. Your property will show significantly better with some organization and decluttering.  When prospective buyers get to see more of your property they get a greater comfort level about its condition and what it has to offer!

Here are some tips to get you on your way:

  1. Pick a day and amount of time you are willing to dedicate toward doing this. It can be 30 minutes or 3 hours.  Every bit moves you in the right direction.
  2. Make it a family event.  For example, everyone can be in charge of their own room.
  3. Hire a helper…A good handyman can be very useful in helping organize and clean out.

Carpet – Replace to Refresh

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Many times sellers don’t fix things, upgrade items or replace what’s needed because they get overwhelmed and they think it’s going to cost a lot. So the tendency is typically to hold off doing it.

One of these items is replacing carpet. If your carpet is stained beyond what at a carpet carpet cleaner can take care of or is so torn that buyers are tripping on the shredded ends, then it is a good idea to go ahead and replace it.

P.S. Just go neutral on the selection.

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. Shower Curtains. If you have a small bathroom, go with a light solid color.
  4. Pillows. Need a refresher to your couch?  A colorful pillow can do the trick.
  5. 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!
  6. Tablecloths. It can cover up a table in need or replacement, restaining or repainting.
  7. Plants. Any variety can give life to any empty spot in your house.
  8. Rugs/Runners. A couple of nice throw rugs can add color in needed areas.
  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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Look At Your Liners

Friday, January 15th, 2016

It only costs about $3 to fix this problem.
However, it’s hard for a buyer to recover from once they see it.

Let the Professional Handle This

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Pictures, in my opinion, are the most important part of marketing your home. This is especially true on the web!

I have heard it time and time again from buyers that when they are looking at properties online. They will immediately move on from one when they see bad photos.  This also applies to homes with too few photos.  The assumption is that if the photos are bad or too few are taken, then the house must not be good.

So go look at your property online.  Would you want to see it from looking at the photos? If not, talk to your agent about getting new, professional photos.

Walk All Around

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

I am talking about your fencing.  How does it look?  If it looks something like this one, it’s time for some repair work.

The Vacant House Necessities

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

If you are putting a vacant house on the market and you won’t be living close enough to take care of it, you need to leave some house necessities for your agent.  Here are the best things I recommend to have on hand:

  1. Toilet Paper – This is the No.1 necessity. People will use the bathroom.
  2. Paper Towels – And these are a close 2nd.  You never know when you will have a spill.
  3. Hand Soap – This is needed in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  4. Trash Cans. Have at least 1 or 2 small ones in the house and one outside.
  5. Floor Coverings. Door mats at your entrances or runners down hallways will  protect your floors from track marks.
  6. Air Filters – Buy the one that last for 3 months and make it easier for you and your agent.
  7. Couple of Boxes of Light Bulbs – This is so important. No one likes walking into a dark house.
  8. Broom – This great utensil can take care of so much!
  9. Cleaning Wipes – They make it easy to clean on the spot.
  10. Air Fresheners – Stand alone or plug-in – both work great!

Unlock to Allow the Look

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Buyers want to see it all.  If there is a particular reason for a something being locked, explain why before the showing. Otherwise, make sure there is access to it.

Among the items that that are common key requests…

1. Sheds
2. Closets
3. Cabinets
4. Garages
5. Fences

Don’t have buyers miss out on something great because they couldn’t get to it.