May 16, 2019

10 Photo Secrets That Will Attract Buyers to Your Next Listing (Plus, Checklist Inside!)

Before coming to a home seller’s front door, homebuyers spend most of their time online checking out listings, scrolling through images and sizing up the competition. More than 90 percent of homebuyers start their search online, according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, which is why having show-stopping photos of a home is a must in this digital age. While many sellers and real estate agents use professional photography to market the home, some are still throwing up dark, dingy, blurry images on the multiple listing services and other real estate websites, leaving much to be desired. Most people do not put enough time and effort into these photos, so when the bad images pop up online it’s not only doing a disservice to the seller, but it’s completely turning off buyers. The more quality images representing the property exploit the home’s unique […]
May 9, 2019

[VIDEOS] 5 Ways to Update Curb Appeal Under $100

We all know first impressions matter and this is especially true when it comes time to sell your home.  What’s your home’s curb appeal saying about the property? Adding curb appeal gives your house that nice and finished look that you can take pride in, not to mention it shows buyers that you’ve maintained the property. Here are five easy curb appeal tips you can complete in a weekend for less than $100 per project, so take a look at your home’s exterior in the curb to see what projects you can benefit from.  Wash Exterior Need to take years of the look of your house’s exterior? Try pressure washing sidewalks, driveways, facades, fences even roofing to remove pollen, dirt, grim and more. Don’t have a power washer consider renting one from your local hardware store.  Make It Grow Is your front yard looking plain, boring or lacking personality? Plan on […]
March 7, 2019

Daylight Saving Time: Embrace the Spring Season with 6 Home Projects

As I watch the snow melt on the ground in my backyard, I can’t help but feel excited to hear we’re springing ahead this weekend– which means spring time is quickly approaching. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, daylight saving time begins setting the clocks forward by one hour, throughout much of the United States. While mornings will stay darker longer for a while, we’ll start enjoying more daylight in the evenings. (Yippie!) Besides setting your clocks forward by an hour, now is the perfect time to wash away old man winter and refresh your home both inside and out. It’s a transitional season of new beginnings. Spring symbolizes the start of new projects, sewing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas. Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth comes to life again after the thaw. I don’t know about you, but when I see the trees finally bloom […]
February 28, 2019

Tori Toth’s 2019 Spring Home Goals

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting cabin fever here in New York City, you know when you feel you’re just a few weeks away from full blooms, warmer weather and sandals, but the temperature outside is only flirting with 40 degrees. (Ahhhhh!) So, whenever I feel like this — I like to pull out my home planner to brainstorm my spring home goals and projects to conquer before the summer fun starts. Over the weekend Sal and I sat down to prioritize which projects to research, plan, and actually complete. I highly recommend sitting down and creating a home to-do list of your own and if you don’t know where to start grab our new home planner, which highlights common seasonal projects and gives you a place to store all your home ideas. Let me just say, it feels amazing to have a plan so I can turn off the mental […]
February 21, 2019

How to Get Your Kids To Do Chores At Every Age

Keeping a property tidy is hard enough, let alone when you have one or more children living with you. (Maybe that’s why I stick to fur babies!) Picking up spills, clothes and toys becomes a never-ending chore, that’s found to be an irresponsible practice when paired with shielding children from chores. Do you believe kids should do chores? Or should they just be kids? One of my favorite chores to do as a kid was dusting and vacuuming the house. My Mom always believed in giving us weekly chores to help not only, teach us responsibility, but show us how to care for “the items” we own. I recently posted this video on my Facebook Page by Parenting Today, which shows the chore debate. The video also highlighted a 2014 Braun Research survey that found while 82-percent of Americans report have regular chores growing up, only 28-percent of parents today […]