May 24, 2018

[Checklist Inside] Home Staging Tips to Prepare for an Open House

Having an open house in your home is an opportunity to get your product in front of potential customers, so it’s important to put your best foot forward and make sure your home is prepared properly for sale. While opinions about whether to hold an open house vary from agent to agent, the overall goals of an open house remains the same– to attract home buyers, create a buzz and sell houses. Is your house ready for an open house? Will home buyers notice the best features of your home? It goes without saying that your home must be in good condition for an open house to be successful, or most likely buyers will walk out. If you want to appeal to home buyers, looking for move-in ready properties, have a plan before holding an open house. Here’s what home sellers should consider: A Week Before an Open House Now is the time to […]
May 17, 2018

[VIDEO] How to Revive Your Home’s Exterior After Winter

As temperatures rise, so does a homeowners interest to take on projects outside. But, what projects should be on your to-do list to spruce up your space and make the biggest impact? Let’s discuss.     Earlier this week, as we were walking to the gym under sunny skies and mild temperatures, I took note at those in my neighborhood outdoors tackling exterior projects on their properties. Some were making roof repairs, others digging holes for their fresh flowers and even sweeping their stoops. Here are five ways to revive your home’s exterior after winter.    Property Repairs + Improvements After the winter thaw and spring storms, it’s important to assess the structure of your home. Take a look at your property from the top down.  What do your property’s trees look like? Do they need pruning? What about an infrastructure staple, like the roof, windows or foundation? Pay attention […]
May 10, 2018

[VIDEO] How to Keep Stainless Steel Appliances Clean

Stainless steel appliances remain a popular material to showcase in kitchens. And why not? They look sleek, modern and timeless — making stainless steel appliances easy to merge with any kitchen design style. If you own these appliances though, the downside is they can be hard to keep clean, until now. Stainless steel appliances can be magnets for fingerprints, smudges, water spots, and streaks, which means your constantly cleaning your appliances to keep them looking their shiny best. While I personally love the look of stainless steel, I use to constantly wipe down my appliances with an all-in-one stainless cleaner, which still somehow left small stains (like the drip of a watermark embedded into the material) and drove me CRAZY! This post is in response to a question over on my Facebook Fan Page from Debbie H. who asked, “how do I clean stainless steel appliances?” Cleaners for Stainless Steel When […]
April 19, 2018

Would You Hire Zillow to Buy or Sell Your Home?

As a consumer we are inundated with options to simplify the transaction process in a sale — buying and selling homes are no different. Company’s like For Sale By Owner, ZipRealty and Homes.com for decades now have been creating an online user friendly platform allowing homeowners to take control of their home sale, leaving real estate agents to adopt new practices. Zillow recently announced this spring they too are planning to up  the ante, but how will it affect your sale? Zillow plans to roll out the process of buying and selling houses through an expansion of their Instant Offers in Phoenix AZ, where Zillow Group, Inc. will now have the opportunity along with other pre-qualified investors to purchase those homes. The company, who tested this plan in Las Vegas and Orlando is determined to keep utilizing real estate agents as a way to navigate the process. The agent needs to be an […]
April 5, 2018

Time-Saving Cleaning Products to Deep Clean Your Home

Are you ready for the annual deep clean on your property this spring? It’s time to spring clean your space, and while this takes effort, time and more than a weekend to conquer these tasks –the reward of a clean home will be worth the work.  Set aside some time in your schedule this month to tackle spring cleaning tasks, from clearing away dust bunnies to power washing the deck. But, before you start checking items off your to-do list here are a few products that will save you time while deep cleaning:   It’s Magic for Surfaces Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are a time-saver for scrubbing away scuffs, fingerprints, and other marks difficult to remove. Before using this product though, test out a small, inconspicuous spot on the wall to make sure it won’t damage your paint. If the test spot looks good once dry, scrub away. If the […]