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Cutting Moving Costs

Changing residences can be a difficult process, often having a negative impact on your pocketbook. However, there are ways to cut back on moving costs in order to ensure you have some spare change available. The authors at HGTV’s FrontDoor offer 10 tips to cut moving costs, several of which are presented below.

  1. If you don’t need it, don’t pay to move it.
    Movers base their prices on what you’re shipping, so cutting down on clutter will simplify your life and lighten up the load in the moving truck. We’re talking to you, the owner of the treadmill-turned-drying-rack. You can sell what you don’t need or donate it to charity.
  2. If possible, schedule your relocation after peak moving season.
    Most people choose to move in the summer months, when the kids are out of school. The least expensive time of the year to move is between October and April, so if it’s possible to postpone your move, you could save some money.
  3. Get at least three in-home estimates.
    If you’re hiring a professional mover to do the heavy lifting and packing, prices can vary widely between companies. To make sure you’re getting the best deal possible, get at least three estimates.

For the full list of tips, please click on the full article link below. Keller Williams agents are experts in all things real estate, and can provide you with further advice for buying or selling a home. Contact us today for more information!

Source: FrontDoor | Full Article

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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

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

Tips to Revitalize Your Yard For Spring

Are you trying to reverse the damages caused by the harsh winter weather in your yard? If so, a recent articled posted at CNN Money may provide some useful tips for you to get your yard ready for spring! Please read below for the first tip, then check out the rest of the article by clicking here.

Brown patches

The cause: Rock salt used to melt ice from roads, driveways, and pathways has gotten onto nearby grass or the bottom of shrubs and trees, often sprayed there by passing cars.

The fix: Even if you’ve already had plenty of rain, give affected areas several good soakings with a hose: The soil needs extra water to dilute the salt. If the brown parts haven’t greened up by summer, cut them off.

“Typically the entire plant won’t have to go unless it is completely brown,” says David Dailey, president of Birchcrest Tree and Landscape in Rochester, N.Y.

The plant is done for? Replace it with a salt-tolerant species; ask a local nursery for recommendations. If grass doesn’t survive, scrape away the dead patches and reseed.

The cost: Nothing unless you replace the plant. Young specimens don’t cost much. A five-pound bag of grass seed — enough for spot coverage — runs about $15.

For more tips on staging, landscaping, and more, contact us today!

Source: CNN Money | Full Article

eEdge Tip of the Day: How to Activate myTransactions

The new eEdge system has delivered many incredible resources to Keller Williams agents, allowing them to manage leads, contacts, and transactions all from one coherent platform. Want to get the most out of this outstanding solution? Follow the tip below!

Today’s tip comes courtesy of Beth Torrence, broker, coach, and trainer for MAPS. In the video below, Beth walks us through how to activate the myTransactions portion of the eEdge platform. Please note that this feature may not currently be available on eEdge depending on your region. Have a look at the schedule to view the approximate time the service will be available in your region.

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Source: Real Estate Bulb (Beth Torrence)

eEdge Tip of the Day: Getting Your Listings Into eEdge

The new eEdge system has delivered many incredible resources to Keller Williams agents, allowing them to manage leads, contacts, and transactions all from one coherent platform. Want to get the most out of this outstanding solution? Follow the tip below!

Today’s tip deals with an important facet of eEdge: getting your listings into the system. Although this can be accomplished by placing a phone call to Market Leader, the following steps will allow you to add your listings on your own.

  1. Log in to your MyKW account.
  2. Access your eEdge dashboard.
  3. Click on the “Admin” tab.
  4. Under “Website,” select “Profile Info.”
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the red “Edit” button.
  6. Under “Agent MLS ID,” select “Add Agent MLS ID.”
  7. In the “Agent MLS ID” field, you will need to enter your six digit KWLS ID code, which you can find by logging into the KW White Pages (From MyKW, Under “Quick Links,” click on “White Pages,” then search for your agent profile. Your KWLS ID will be listed next to “Associate ID” on your White Pages profile).
  8. Back on eEdge, enter the ID, and click “Save.” You’re done! You can now market your listings using the many wonderful tools eEdge has to offer.

Note: You can also enter an ID that will allow all of the listings from your market center to show; however, you must confirm with your broker before doing so. For further information, contact Market Leader.

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eEdge Tip of the Day: Text/E-mail Alerts

The new eEdge system has delivered many incredible resources to Keller Williams agents, allowing them to manage leads, contacts, and transactions all from one coherent platform. Want to get the most out of this outstanding solution? Follow the tip below!

You’re already receiving leads from eEdge, so what is the easiest way to be effectively notified of any new messages in the system? Make sure that you have added both your e-mail and mobile phone number to the “Alerts” portion of the Admin page.

  1. Log in to your MyKW account.
  2. Access your eEdge dashboard.
  3. From the dashboard, select the “Admin” link on the left. (Screenshot)
  4. From the Admin page, select “Alerts.” (Screenshot)
  5. Click the red “Add” button. You will be prompted to enter your mobile number, carrier, and e-mail address.
  6. Fill in the fields and click “Add.” You’re done! You will now receive e-mail/text notification of eEdge messages.

Got any tips you would like to share with fellow agents? Leave a comment below!

For more information on the eEdge system, please contact our Team Leader.

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