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How can I save on landscaping?

Ensuring that your home has curb appeal is a surefire way to attract potential buyers and enhance your chances of obtaining a quick sale. Though sometimes overlooked, a home with a well-landscaped yard can have a drastic impact on those who view it. Although professional landscaping isn’t cheap, taking the time to do the work yourself can have many benefits. A recent article posted on CNNMoney outlines several steps you can take to get your home looking picture-perfect at a fraction of the price. Several of the tips are listed below.

  1. Broaden the beds
  2. Focus on foliage
  3. Accent the architecture
  4. Trim with technique

For more information on how these steps can contribute to your curb appeal (including a full description of each of the items listed above), please click the full article link below. As always, contact us today for all of your real estate needs in Greater Lafayette!

Source: CNNMoney | Full Article

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Tips For Making Your Home Saleable

For any homeowner, the idea of putting a house up on the market may seem daunting. What are the steps that should be taken in order to ensure the best possible outcome for showings and an eventual sale?

Thankfully, the folks at REALTOR.com have provided a couple of tips that can easily be followed to prep your home for sale. Additionally, they have offered some advice on what you can do to increase the quality of showings scheduled once your home is up on the market. Tips include:

  • Keep counter tops cleared
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Open all drapes and window blinds
  • Put pets in cages or take them to a neighbor
  • No dirty dishes in the sink

For the full list of tips, please see the link below, and for more information on selling your home, contact us today!

Source: REALTOR.com | Full Article

 

Staging Tips to Brighten Your Home For Spring

With spring in full swing, now is a great time to take some simple steps to brighten your home for potential buyers. Here are a few tips for spring staging courtesy of HGTV’s FrontDoor.

  1. Do some spring cleaning. It’s natural to want to spruce up your space in the spring, so scrub away! A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing.
  2. Box up your winter wardrobe. Bulky winter clothes take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space.
  3. Spruce up the entryway. If your welcome mat is covered with winter dirt, pick up a new one. A clean, pretty doorway will help set the tone for the entire showing.

For the full list of tips, please click here. To speak with an experienced real estate agent about putting your home on the market, please contact us.

Source: HGTV’s FrontDoor | Full Article

This Month in Real Estate Video – May 2011

May’s “This Month in Real Estate” video has been released. This month’s top story focuses on the positive effects staging can have on the sale of a home. Of particular note, KW research finds that $250 spent on staging for a $200,000 home can result in the home selling for a 2 percent higher sales price. For the complete story and more, click the “Play” button below.

For more information on staging and how it can lead to the sale of your home, contact us today!

Eight Reasons to Invest in Your Home

With the current state of the housing market, many homeowners are unsure of whether to implement renovations to upgrade their home.

A recent article posted at CNN Money offers eight different reasons why investing in your home is indeed a wise decision to make. Below is a list of the first four reasons – for a full list, including an explanation of each, please click the “Full Article” link below.

  1. Funding is cheap
  2. Eager contractors are discounting
  3. Materials have come down
  4. You’ll cut your energy costs

Interested in selling your newly renovated home? Contact us for more information!

Source: CNN Money | Full Article

Kitchen Staging Tips To Help Sell Your Home

Are you thinking about selling your home? One of the toughest battles you will face is maximizing your home’s appeal to potential buyers. As such, you may need to think about sprucing up some of the most scrutinzed rooms in your home, such as the kitchen.

The HomeStagingChannel provides several staging tips for presenting a fabulous kitchen to buyers in the video below, including clearing clutter from the countertops and cleaning out unused items from the cabinets. Please click the “Play” button below to begin the video.

For more information on staging your home, contact us today!

Source: HomeStagingChannel

Listing Photos 101

If you have ever struggled to take effective pictures for your listings, Kathryn Learie of The Globe and Mail is here to help save the day.

Kathryn’s recent article details a number of different approaches you can take in order to improve your photography skills, several of which are outlined below. Many of the tips mentioned include settings which you can alter on your camera, an area of photography that is often overlooked by agents in our point-and-shoot camera era.

  1. Take horizontal photos.
  2. Use the right equipment.
  3. Remove clutter before shooting.
  4. Pay attention to the time of day when snapping photos.

Additional tips and a full explanation of each can be found by clicking the “Full Article” link below. For more information on a career in real estate, please contact us today!

Source: The Globe and Mail | Full Article

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