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Staging Your Home Like A Pro

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Follow these five professional tips to make your space more functional and enjoyable to live in – whether you’re selling it or staying put.

 

  1. Clean and de-clutter – A clean house speaks volumes and gives the impression it’s usually clean. So crank up Pandora, find your favorite station and get to cleaning!
  2. Light It Up – For a warm glow, aim for 100 watts per 50 square feet. Open those windows and showcase the natural light too!
  3. Refresh your palette – Updating paint colors to meet current trends and is great (and cost effective) way to change the overall look of your home. Just be sure the new color coordinates with existing features.
  4. Curb Appeal Matters – First impressions are so important! Simple things such as power washing your home, pulling weeds, adding flowers, or even trimming the shrubs make a huge difference visually.
  5. Do a scent check – Do you smell that? Just because you love Yankee candles newest fragrance doesn’t mean a potential buyer won’t be overwhelmed by the smell. Choosing a “clean” scent is best if you need to use an air freshener.

 

G Team

Cumberland Real Estate

121 Public Square

Lebanon, TN 37087

http://www.GTeamTN.com

 

Sources: Wells Fargo Volume 8 Issue 5 Newsletter

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Fall To Do List

As the weather cools down, our thoughts turn to visions of … leaf piles, broken gutters, and stopped-up chimneys. Or rather, how to deal with such household chores before the winter sets in. Here are 10 jobs that should top your priority list this fall.

1. Change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s a great idea to do this on the day Daylight Savings Time ends. Check the expiration on your fire extinguisher and review your escape plan with your family as well.

2. Inspect your fireplace. Have the chimney cleaned professionally, clear out any leftover ashes from last year from disposal chute if you have one, fix cracked glass doors.

3. Get the garage into shape. Gather up summer items such as lawn chairs, umbrellas, garden tools, and beach toys, pack them securely and store them neatly. Move snow shovels, snow sports equipment, and other winter tools to the front of your storage areas so they are easily accessible.

4. Ready the garden for winter. If you’re in colder climes, decide if you’ll be feeding the birds, and get your feeders cleaned and filled. Empty hoses and pack them away. If your winter weather is more temperate, you may want to prepare for winter planting of garlic, leeks, onions, lettuce, and potatoes.

5. Clear the deck. Clean, repair, cover and store your patio furniture and barbecue to prevent weather damage.

6. Get to the gutters. Clean and inspect them. Make sure your downspouts are clear and that you replace any broken extensions so that water is properly diverted away from your homes foundation.

7. Prepare the furnace. Check that it’s working properly before you really need it — you don’t want to be waiting for the repair service when the temperature’s dropped into the single digits. Better yet, get a professional cleaning and inspection.

8. Set up humidifiers. If you don’t have a central humidifier, pull out your portables and get ready to use them once you turn the heat on. Dry air not only harms your lungs and skin; it can also damage wood furniture, which can become brittle and crack.

9. Consider an exterior paint job. Fall is a great time of year to freshen your home’s exterior paint, with lower temperatures and low humidity.

10. Install a programmable thermostat. It doesn’t have to be as fancy [or expensive] as the Nest. Preset temperatures for different times of day and save yourself some money on heating bills — plus ensure you’ve got a cozy home to return to.

Simple Tips on Selling your Home

1. Less is more. Get rid of any unnecessary items. You want potential buyers to view themselves living in your home not like they are invading your space. Consider taking down personal family photos or hiding highly personal taste. 

2. Make your rooms roomier. Something as simple as changing the position of your furniture can change the whole feel of a room. Another idea would be to repaint using a color that brightens up the space making it appear larger. 

3. Go Neutral. Not all potential buyers can see past that adorable magenta & lime green polka dot colored bedroom your 6 year old daughter insisted she must have. Before putting your house on the market consider painting walls a beige, white, or grey hue.

4. Make a great 1st impression. Curb appeal is the first place a homeowner can show off their home..make sure the outside of your home is saying the right things. Take a weekend to trim your bushes, paint the front door or shutters, replace light fixtures, or even plant some flowers. The old saying “You never have a second chance to make a first impression” really applies here. 

5. Revamp the backyard. Add an outdoor table set, lawn ornaments, plants to add some character to the backyard. You want buyers to envision being able to utilize every space in your home. 

6. Re-purpose the “junk room”.  Do you have a room that is dedicated to projects you hope to get to one day? Take the time to clear out this space and show other possibilities for the space. It could be an office, work out room, media room or even a spare bedroom. 

7. Update the kitchen. There are several things you can do to update your kitchen without spending thousands (i.e. new faucet set, updated light fixtures, new cabinet door handles, re-paint the cabinets..)

8. Accessorize the bathroom. Spruce up the bathroom with a new shower curtain, a nice towel set, new rugs to add a pop of color or even a new toilet seat! 

9. Presentation really is EVERYTHING. Be sure to empty the trash regularly, use light air fresheners throughout the house (be considerate in choosing a fragrance), add a welcome mat and even deep clean the carpets.