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Factors to Consider About the Location of Your Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 28, 2016

Everyone has heard the phrase “Location, location, location!” in discussions about real estate. Different homeowners may value different aspects of their location, but here are a few factors every potential homeowner needs to consider.

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Short Commutes

Unnecessarily long commutes will ruin the beginning and end of each work day if you let them. The time and expense of a commute can be the deciding factor in choosing whether or not an area is right for you.

Close to Conveniences

Shopping, entertainment, and restaurants are key elements to consider when looking at locations. A bustling local plaza or mall can be a great amenity.

Great Neighbors

A friendly and safe neighborhood is an absolute must-have when choosing the location of your family’s home. Having a cordial community around you can enhance the experience of homeownership. A great neighborhood means security for yourself, your family, and your property value.

Excellent School Districts

For all homeowners, the quality of the local school district is an important consideration. Excellent school districts help an area to cultivate higher property values and attract young families. This one factor can contribute to keeping an area vibrant for years down the road and can also positively influence resale value.

Low Crime Rates

It may seem obvious but it bears stating that homebuyers should check the crime rates in the neighborhoods that they are considering. A quick internet search can help you make a more informed decision.

Inspiring Views

It is important to consider what you want to see outside of your window. This view can be a great boon when it comes to both the quality of your life and the value of your home. Any property which overlooks a scenic vista is typically valued higher by the market. However, some people may prefer the comforting normality of a cozy suburban street or the vibrancy of city life.

Nature, Parks, and Outdoor Recreation

Parks and playgrounds are fantastic amenities for any homeowner. They can accommodate team sports, picnics, and occasionally even hiking. They also provide visual appeal and privacy by breaking up the residential streets with communal and recreational areas.

Hospitals and Airports and Expressways

These three words are anathema to many homebuyers. After all, who wants to live right across the street from a hospital which may have ambulances arriving at all hours, or an airport which is equally beleaguered with traffic of a different kind? Remember that while being right on top of these services might not be ideal, keeping them close by may not be a bad idea. There can be a great convenience in jumping right on the expressway and getting to work in record time. Likewise, being close to the airport will make vacations and business trips much easier. A nearby hospital or other emergency service can also provide great peace of mind to any family.

15 Secrets of Home Staging

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 11, 2016

When it’s time to sell your house, home staging can be an intimidating part of the process. These home staging secrets are easy to implement and will help make this a stress-free and pleasant experience.

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Furniture Tricks

We know it sounds like a good idea to push your furniture against the wall to make more space in a room but it actually makes a room feel smaller. Instead, furnish your rooms with furniture kept away from the walls. If you reposition furniture to create small sections, the traffic in your room will flow smoothly and people will feel cozy and comfortable in their area. The room will seem larger when furniture has a purpose and a style!

Say NO to Clutter!

It’s amazing how much we can accumulate over the years. When you are preparing to sell your house, start by implementing a new household rule. Every time a new item comes into the house, you must donate an old item. Minimize furniture by keeping superfluous items in storage. Better yet, donate your extra furniture so your next home will feel refreshed and clean.

Have Some Fun!

It can be fun to rearrange furniture and décor and you must just find the perfect spot for an item that never looked just right. By moving around furniture, artwork, décor and accessories; you are opening space in rooms and reinventing the house. Also, by rearranging furniture and décor, you can truly see what items may be better suited for storage.

Makeover Time!

Do you have that room that only serves to gather clutter and junk? Time for a total room makeover! Can you turn that dusty, unused second bedroom into a beautiful library? Perhaps it would make a great guest bedroom or exercise room? The possibilities are endless!

Home Lighting

Did you know many homes are improperly lighted? To fix the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Utilize a variety of lighting types such as overhead, pendant, under-cabinet and wall sconces. Proper lighting can truly transform a room, making it inviting and welcoming!

Time to Color

If you want to make your room appear bigger than it is, paint it the same color as an adjacent room. This allows the rooms to gently flow into one another giving the feeling of one large room.

Beauty in Neutral Hues

If you want your living room to feel updated and refreshed, consider painting it a beautiful neutral hue such as warm tan, soft blues and greens, or soothing beige. Try to avoid bold colors that a buyer may not find appealing.

Have Fun

Just because you painting your living room warm beige, doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with the other rooms. Consider painting an accent wall in the bedroom or bathroom a dark, bold color. Deep tones can make a room feel more intimate and cozy, pulling in style and décor in a vibrant manner.

Experiment with Wall Hangings

Your home may have unique artwork but we guarantee you are hanging it just like the rest of us.  We urge you to avoid placing your pictures and paintings in common stops but instead display your art creatively. Feel free to vary the pattering and grouping of your items and truly draw the eyes to your incredible décor.

Decorate with the “Three Rule”

The “three rule” recommends you decorate in odd numbers, especially three. For example, set three candles on your dining table for beautiful dimension. Vary height, width and size of items with the largest item at the back and the smallest at the front.

Find Beauty in Nature

Staged homes are always adorned with fresh flowers and soothing nature arrangements. It can be quite pricey to constantly purchase these items for your home, so turn to your backyard for a beautiful selection of décor found in nature. Pick your morning daffodils, collect your beautiful pine cones or display the beautiful colors of fall leaves.

Make Your Home a Haven

When a buyer walks into your house, you want them to feel relaxed, at peace and at home. Use your best linens on the bed to make your bedroom feel super cozy and relaxed. Lay a blanket gently over the couch to promote the sense of peace and serenity.

Small Changes

Even if you can’t afford new cabinets you can get new doors and drawer front, transforming your kitchen in one easy project! If you can’t get new siding on the house, consider repainting peeling paint to give your home a fresh look.

Finish Your Projects

Potential buyers don’t want to see unfinished projects, so be sure to fix all those things that have been on your to-do list. Whether it is fixing floorboards, painting your bathroom, or tending to that broken table leg, be sure to have these projects completed before you show your house.

Finish Touches

Now that you’re almost finished, it’s time to put the finishing touches on your beautiful home. New tile in the bathroom can make your bathroom seem brand new. Add luxurious accessories such as decorative candles, bathrobes and elegant soaps. Make sure your rooms have a polished look with small touches that are easy to do.

 

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