By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Home Styling LLC
When I first met with a recent client, Stuart, he shared memories of raising his family, gatherings with friends, and 23 years in his beautiful 3,200-square-foot contemporary home.
The home offered tremendous open space and wonderful features, but for the past several years, key rooms in the home were converted to Stu’s home office suite. The living and dining room housed desks, chairs, and video editing equipment — an uninviting space for a young family seeking a place to call home and make their own memories.
Real estate professional Ellen Levada of Calcagni in Cheshire, Conn., recommended our staging services to make the home attractive to buyers, get it sold, and for top dollar. With a new home already purchased, Stu was motivated and understood the importance of staging to sell. After our initial meeting, he embraced our proposal to stage 14 rooms and showcase the open floor plan, square footage, and wonderful architectural details of the home.
Buyers today want move-in condition homes with updated decor that can easily fit their lifestyle and furnishings. Fresh modern paint choices in several of the rooms and new carpeting provided a neutral canvas for furnishings and decor. Our team then transformed 14 rooms in the home in a single day to “wow” buyers and help establish an emotional connection to the space. Continue reading »
Weatherstripping is an easy and cost-effective way for home owners to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. And many home owners install it themselves.
Show your clients how by this free article to your e-newsletter: How to Replace Weather Stripping, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the September “Maintenance to Do Now” article package. Continue reading »
Owners with mold in the home may face a double-whammy: Their insurance policy may not cover the damage it’s caused.
Mold needs water or moisture to grow, but not all causes of water damage are covered by homeowners’ policies, reports the Illinois Department of Insurance. Standard homeowners policies don’t cover water damage caused by “maintenance” problems, such as continuous or repeated water seepage or leakage, humidity or condensation problems, or landscaping or drainage problems. Homeowners policies also exclude water damage caused by floods. Continue reading »
Submitted by Blu Homes
The housing stock is getting older in many parts of the country, and more home owners are facing the need to make drastic upgrades. In some cases, home owners are facing an even bigger decision, such as whether to tear down and rebuild a new home.
The following infographic from Blu Homes, a builder of prefab green homes, provides information to help home owners reach a cost-effective decision on whether to renovate or rebuild, including even how to recycle your old home and ways to incorporate green features too. Continue reading »
By Brooke McDonald, guest contributor
Wood floors (like people) look best with regular TLC. Aside from daily cleaning, sensitive wood floors require occasional in-depth maintenance that goes beyond a sweep or vacuum. Think of tired professionals and run-down moms. What do you do to revive their dull pallor? You send them to the spa to experience the health benefits of a massage, exfoliating body wrap, or facial. Then, voila – spa-goers come home revived!
To maintain a healthy glow, a hardwood floor has its own menu of spa treatments that must be followed regularly. For starters, after they’ve been in use for some years, wood floors needs to be sanded and finished afterwards by a protective sealer that will give them a natural sheen. Other wood floors may require patching in spots that undergo intense damage. Some wood floor owners also choose to have their wood floors stained to change their color.
But a “screen and recoat” might just be the ultimate spa experience for a floor, resulting in the best-looking floor you’ve ever seen. It’s an essential, routine step in-between standings that will guarantee a longer-lasting floor.
By Brandon Smith, guest contributor
A simple preventative maintenance program can go a long way in keeping a home’s plumbing system at its best condition. Some people think that maintaining the structure of shower drains, pipes, toilets, etc. is tedious and expensive. However, it is more practical to spend a little money on preventive measures rather than hire a contractor to repair or replace your entire plumbing system.
These tips can stop you from paying for plumbing damages that could have been easily avoided: Continue reading »
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine
Painting can dramatically change the look of a space, enhancing its aesthetics and possibly even making it look more spacious. Painting is one of the most popular do-it-yourself jobs of home owners, and while it’s one of the easiest too, there is an art to painting.
The Paint Quality Institute offers up some of the following tips in prepping the walls to make sure a home owner’s paint job doesn’t end up looking like an unprofessional DIY job:
–Repair surface imperfections. Use a spackling compound to fill any cracks or holes so that the surface is smooth before you start painting. You can use a stain-blocking primer to repair any areas that have water stains or discoloration, according to the Paint Quality Institute.
–Clean the walls. Before you start painting, wash the walls and woodwork with a detergent-water solution. Rinse the surfaces and let them dry completely.
–Choose your paint carefully. Continue reading »
Forty-three percent of Americans admit to being disorganized, according to the 2012 Ikea Behind Closed Doors survey. That translates into 55 minutes a day the average American spends looking for things.
Help home owners ratchet down their stress levels — especially with the proliferation of stuff they acquire during this back-to-school season — by emailing a free article, How to Get Rid of Stuff and Declutter Your Life, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the September “Back to School? Live the Clutter-Free Life” article package. Continue reading »
Applications for mortgages continued their decline in the week ending Aug. 16, according to the most recent seasonally adjusted data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, dropping 4.6 percent from the previous week. The cause? Contract interest rates for conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages continued to increase, to 4.68 percent from 4.56 percent in the same week.
With rates rising, it’s all the more important for buyers to get only as much mortgage as they need and can afford. Help them thread that needle by posting to your blog a free article, 4 Tips to Determine How Much Mortgage You Can Afford, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the September “Must-Knows for Smart Buyers” article package. Continue reading »
By Sabine H. Schoenberg
Most sellers concentrate on getting the inside of their homes ready for visiting buyers. While this is, of course important many miss the most important moment in the presentation of their home: The so-called “windshield effect.”
By the time buyers enter a home they already formed opinions. They already have emotional imprints and reactions. The property, including your seller’s “stuff” spread around the outside of the home, gives them clues about the sellers and, most importantly, their motivation for sale.
I always tell my client sellers: Daily living and presenting a home are two very different experiences. We are all bound by our habits. However, a buyer sees a home for the first time with fresh eyes and as a visitor.
Have your seller ask themselves these five questions: Continue reading »