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Posted by Francesca Volpe on 9/18/2017

Looking to add your home to the real estate market? Ultimately, you'll want to do everything you can to maximize the value of your residence.

For home sellers, getting the best price for a residence may seem virtually impossible at times. Fortunately, we're here to help you plan ahead so you can get the best price for your house as soon as it hits the market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you optimize the value of your residence, regardless of the current real estate market's conditions.

1. Examine the Housing Market

When it comes to the real estate market, it is important to understand how your residence stacks up against the competition.

Collect housing market data to learn about the real estate sector. Then, you can establish a "competitive" price for your home and boost your chances of a quick home sale.

Typically, home sellers should look at the prices of currently available residences in their cities and towns. This will enable home sellers to understand the local real estate market and establish a price range for houses that are similar to their own.

Don't forget to review the prices of recently sold houses as well. With this housing market data in hand, home sellers can find out whether they are about to enter a seller's or buyer's market.

2. Complete a Home Appraisal

Let's face it – what your home is worth today is unlikely to match what you initially paid for your residence. If you have completed a wide range of home upgrades over the years, the value of your residence may have increased. Or, if you failed to maintain your house's interior and exterior, your residence's value may have fallen.

A home appraisal will enable you to learn about your house's strengths and weaknesses. This assessment is performed by a professional property inspector who will take a close look at your house's interior and exterior. After the assessment is finished, the property inspector will provide you with a report that can help you price your house appropriately.

If you want to boost your home's value after a home appraisal, you can always complete various home interior and exterior improvement projects. That way, you can enhance your house both inside and out and move closer to maximizing the value of your home.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a difference-maker for home sellers, and for good reason. This housing market professional will do everything possible to help you prep your house and ensure you can receive the best price for it – without exception.

Usually, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and much more. He or she will even provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations to ensure you can streamline the home selling journey.

Don't leave anything to chance as you get ready to add your house to the real estate market. Use these tips, and you should have no trouble getting the best price for your house.




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Posted by Francesca Volpe on 9/11/2017

Everyone likes to keep their home smelling fresh. At the very least, it assures us that when our guests come they have a pleasant aroma that welcomes them into the home. However, fragrances can be beneficial in other ways.

Some are calming, while others stimulating and invigorating. They can help you set the tone you’re aiming for, whether it’s a relaxing bath or sitting down to get some work done in your office.

At one time, you didn’t have many options when it came to giving your home a pleasant fragrance. You could burn candles, which can be dangerous if you have children or pets running around. Or you could use a plug-in air freshener, which are expensive and smell artificial.

Recently, however, a third option has been gaining popularity--essential oil diffusers.

Essential oils have a number of uses. They’re in the cologne and perfume we spray on our bodies, they’re in the room spray we use to freshen up our homes, and they’re an ingredient in a number of other cosmetic and therapeutic products.

Many are said to have medicinal value, such as a decongestant or a sleep aid. Others are used simply because they smell great.

In this article, we’re going to talk you through using an essential oil diffuser in your home and what oils you might want to start with.

Methods of oil diffusion

There are a number of ways you can spread the aroma of essential oils in your home. One of the quickest and easiest ways is to put a drop or two of essential oils on a tissue and simply wave it around in the room.

For a more far-reaching effect, you’ll need to find a longer lasting way of diffusing the oils. Many people choose steam. You can either purchase a steam oil diffuser or just put a few drops into boiling water.

Another option is to use a heat source. You can buy tea light to heat the oils or, if you want to avoid open flames, buy an electric heat diffuser.

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and if you’re new to essential oils, it might be a good idea to start small by simply buying a starter pack of oils, smelling them to see which you like, and putting a couple drops in a boiling pot of water or dabbing them on a tissue.

A note of caution: essential oils are strong. Getting them on your hands or clothing, especially if undiluted, can mean your hands or clothes smelling like that oil for several days. You should also avoid putting them near your eyes or mouth as many essential oils can be dangerous.

Which oils to use

Oils have a range of scents--floral, citrus, earthy, spicy, minty, and so on. Knowing which oil you want for a given scenario is a matter of preference and trial and error. However, there are several blends or “recipes” that people prefer.

Common pairings include:

  • Orange and peppermint

  • Lavender and lemon

  • Bergamot and patchouli

  • Basil and sage

  • Cypress and cedarwood

  • Lemongrass and eucalyptus




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Posted by Francesca Volpe on 9/4/2017

The windows in your home are important. They provide a source of air, but they also provide a source of protection from the elements and help to keep the heat in the home. They also prevent the cold air from escaping in the summer months. With properly insulated windows, you’ll actually save on heating and cooling costs. That’s why the windows in your home are so important. 


At some point, you’ll need to replace the windows in your home. While there’s no definitive time, there’s plenty of recommendations as to when you know your windows are failing you. It’s important to the overall health of your home to know that the windows are “doing their job.” Below, we’ll give you some tips on how you’ll know when you need to make the switch to newer windows. We’ll also show you the disadvantages in waiting too long to replace the windows in the home.  


How Many Years Do Windows Typically Last?


A basic rule is that windows last between 15 and 20 years. Then they’ll need to be replaced sometime soon after they reach that age. Many times, homeowners will provide some touch-ups to the windows, adding additional insulation and caulking. This, however, is a mere temporary fix. Eventually, the entire units will need to be replaced.  


Design Moves Forward


One of the best advantages to replacing your windows is that advances in their design continue to make your home better. Newer windows provide much more insulation than older versions. The temperature in your home will be better regulated with newer windows, helping you to save on your overall energy costs.


New Windows Add Value


Putting new windows in your home can help you to add value to your home. While more energy efficient types of windows are an investment, you’ll save money on a few things in the long term. The money that can be saved on energy bills alone can be worth it.

 If you plan on selling your home in the near future, replacing the windows can also be a big bonus. They will add money to the overall value of the appraisal and entice buyers. There’s one less thing a buyer will have to do in your home once you move, making your home more attractive.  


The Right Number


The 15-20 year mark is simply a suggestion as to how often windows should ideally be replaced in a home. Keep tabs on the windows that are in your home and make note if you’re feeling drafts or the windows start to get stuck, crack, or even break completely. You’ll know it’s time to replace the windows when you see these signs.





Posted by Francesca Volpe on 8/28/2017

Having a small outdoor space doesn’t have to put a damper on your enjoyment of certain parts of your home. The outdoors should be a place of peace and serenity, not a place for disdain of your home’s layout! You may even feel that having a small outdoor space will deter you from entertaining guests there. That doesn’t have to be the case, as every outdoor space is useful in one way or another. There are so many ways to make use of any size outdoor space. Even the smallest outdoor spaces have great potential. Here, we’ll break down some of the ways that you can make better use of your outdoor space. These tips may also even enhance the way your outdoor space is currently set up, no matter what its size. Use Drapery or Fabric Certain patios and outdoor spaces allow for objects to be hung. Plants aren’t the only thing that should be hung outside. There’s plenty of options available to you. Using outdoor curtains or a piece of fabric is a classic way to make a space appear larger. The reason for this is that the cloth draws the eye’s attention away from the size of the space, making it appear larger than it actually is. This technique is also useful when it comes to separating part of your outdoor space or creating privacy. If your small space includes a balcony with nosy neighbors, hanging some pretty fabric may be just the solution you need to enjoy the outdoors with some privacy. Hang A Mirror Outside The same principle of hanging a mirror inside the home works outside the home. Mirrors also draw the eye’s attention away from the space itself. This will make any outdoor space feel more open. Mirrors have the same effect as cloth in that they help make rooms and spaces appear larger. Hanging a mirror outdoors is also an “out of the box” idea, so you’ll impress guests when they see this idea put into action. It’s not typical to see mirrors in outdoor spaces, so you’ll seem like a decorating genius. If you have a wall somewhere in your outdoor space, a mirror can be useful there to make your space appear larger than life! Hang String Lights Or Lanterns Outdoor lighting is great for brightening dark corners in both small and large spaces. String lights also fill an otherwise unused space and draw the eyes upwards, creating the sense that the space is larger than it actually is. Outdoor lighting also just makes sense. It makes an outdoor spaces safer for people to enjoy as there’s more visibility. Outdoor lighting is a practical, decorative way to fill a space.





Posted by Francesca Volpe on 8/21/2017

A home showing offers a wonderful opportunity for a home seller, as it enables this individual to promote his or her residence to a potential homebuyer. But after a home showing is finished, how should a home seller proceed?

Ultimately, there are several steps that a home seller should expect following a home showing, including:

1. Waiting for a Response from the Homebuyer

The time between when a homebuyer views your home and when he or she provides feedback about a home showing may seem endless. However, home sellers should remain patient and understand that what happens immediately following a home showing often is beyond their control.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a positive first impression on a homebuyer. And if you went above and beyond the call of duty to enhance your residence before the home showing, you've likely done everything you can to put your best foot forward.

On the other hand, if you failed to clean up the kitchen, remove clutter from the basement or perform other home repairs and maintenance, there is no time like the present to get started on these home improvement tasks. Even if an initial home showing was far from perfect, you can always learn from it and allocate time and resources to enhance your house's appearance for future showings.

2. Consulting with Your Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent will serve as a liaison between you and a homebuyer and keep you up to date with feedback about the home showing.

If the home showing was successful, your real estate agent may come to you with an offer on your house. In this scenario, you'll have a short period of time to decide whether to accept, reject or counter the proposal.

Or, if the home showing was unsuccessful, there is no need to fret. Your real estate agent will be able to share a homebuyer's feedback with you, which may help you discover ways to improve your home.

3. Enhancing Your Home

As a home seller, you may need to host many home showings to stir up lots of interest in your property. And with an experienced real estate agent at your disposal, you should have no trouble getting your home ready for home showings.

Your real estate agent understands what it takes to garner interest from homebuyers. Thus, this real estate professional will offer recommendations and suggestions to help you improve your home quickly and effortlessly.

Also, your real estate agent is available to respond to your home selling concerns and queries. That way, if you're uncertain about how to make your home stand out from the competition, your real estate agent will be able to provide insights and tips to help you do just that.

Collaborate with a real estate agent, and you can streamline the home selling process. This housing market expert will do everything possible to assist you before and after a home showing and ensure that you can promote your residence to the right homebuyers consistently.




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