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Tuesday, June 13, 2017   /   by Caroline Maki

First Impressions Count!

Whether they know it or not, prospective home-buyers are heavily influenced by their first impression of a respective property. The average house hunter will often decide, within a matter of seconds, if they are interested in a house. Therefore, it is imperative to void the property of any potential drawbacks or visually unappealing characteristics. A bad first impression may be all that is needed for a potential buyer to avoid looking at a property all together.
Whether online or in person, “that first impression sets the tone for the whole experience,” said Roger Piro, president of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, and an agent with Town and Country Real Estate. “If it’s negative, then they’re going to be on the lookout for other things they may not like. They’re thinking, ‘What else might be wrong with this place?’”
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017   /   by Caroline Maki

How to Declutter

HOW TO DECLUTTER:

A Bag a Day Keeps the Clutter Away…That’s my mantra for the year!

1. Pick whatever clutter category (sample categories I plan to use are below) you are most inspired to work on first. You don’t have to follow the monthly format, choose whatever works best for you.

2. Each category also suggests an area of the house or room to focus on, but adapt it all to suit your home and needs.

3. Tackle each area/category by filling up at least one bag per area and donating it (or dispose of trash.)

4. Keep on going every day, each month, even into the next year, eliminating the excess, until your home is clutter free! Keep up the bag per day concept (even if your bag gets much smaller!) to keep any clutter from sneaking back in. :)

5. Just say NO to more clutter coming in. You will get better at saying no to clutter as you see the results of your hard work! Be firm about it so you can break. ...

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017   /   by Caroline Maki

How to Sell Your House: 100 Tips for Selling Your House Faster and For More Money

Photo Credit: beccaxsos
New pulls on kitchen cabinets and drawers– Replacing the pulls and handles on kitchen cabinets and drawers give an overall new appearance to older cabinets. This is one of the easiest and lowest cost replacements you can do to make your kitchen pop.
Buy it Right – You’ve heard it said before: you make your money when you buy – so one of the best ways to ensure you’ll sell your home is to buy it right in the first place. Don’t overpay for a property, or you may find yourself underwater when it comes time to sell. By “buying smart” – you open up many more options for your exit strategy!
Pressure wash driveway and any decks – You probably haven’t noticed just how much dirt has slowly accumulated on your driveway and deck over the years – but trust me: it’s not clean. Having a pressure washed driveway and deck is inviting and can be one of the first things potential buy ...

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017   /   by Caroline Maki

Do Home Improvements Add Value? Find out which home improvements will add the most value to your home.

Renovating, remodeling, and improving your home can be great ways to give it a makeover, gain extra space, or otherwise make it possible for you to stay in one place longer. But will they increase your selling price? The day may come when you want or need to sell. In preparation for that possibility, realize that not all home improvements are created equal. Some will increase the value of your home, and some will actually make selling more difficult. Here's how to tell the difference.

Projects With the Highest Resale Value
Certain projects add more resale value than others. Here are some that generally have the best financial impact.
Kitchens. People like to see modern conveniences and styles in the kitchen. Especially in older homes, kitchen improvements tend to add value. Read the real estate ads sometime -- you're sure to notice how many mention the updated kitchen features.
Bathrooms. Second to kitchen remodels are bathroom remodels. Again, modernizing older style ...

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