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Two of the hardest things about selling your home, no matter what time of year it is, is accommodating all those showings and keeping your home clean.  Although these two things might be the most cumbersome of the inconveniences you deal with during the process, there is no doubt about it that they are also the most important! The kicker is, these two things become even a bit more inconvenient in the presence of inclement weather.  There is nothing worse than coming home after you just showed your house for several hours only to find that someone has tracked mud, leaves, water, or snow all throughout the place.  So now after killing a bunch of time during the showing, you come back and now have to clean again as soon as possible so that your home is ready…

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Halloween is barely over and the first signs of the holiday season have already crept upon us with decorations adorning seasonal aisles and holiday travel plans well underway. For most people, the holidays are their busiest time year, which could not be any truer if you are someone looking to buy or sell a home during the season. With that being said, devising a timeline that will put you into a new home, and/or get you out of your existing one before Christmas, is totally doable and is something a savvy Realtor will tell you to definitely consider!


The basic rule of thumb is, you need about 30 days to look for alternative housing and another 30 days to secure financing. If you add it up, it is clear to see there is still plenty of time left in 2013 to…

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The craze of shabby chic lives on as more and more people, including world famous interior designers and your average everyday stay at home mom, are turning lost secondhand treasures into totally amazing one of a kind home design elements. Whether you have an old set of drawers that is in need of a refinish or you go out to your local thrift store, the sky’s the limit when it comes to home design with repurposed items.  Below are some of my favorite ideas and a few links where you can find out more information on how to replicate these ingenious ideas.

1. DIY Upholstered Ottoman - The website I found this on, Not So Newlywed McGee’s, shows you step by step on how to create this simple and totally chic ottoman.  Use their template and custom design…

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Wintering Your HomeAsking the question, should you winterize your home, is a bit like asking if you need to put on a hat and gloves to go play in the snow. The obvious answer is yes, almost every home regardless of its condition should be winterized to some degree if the owner has any hopes of maintaining the property and keeping costs down. With that being said, some newer homes might only need a few things done, while older homes, mountain properties, waterfront properties, and seasonal homes will require significantly more in preparation for the cold and wet winter season. Just like a little kid that doesn’t know better, many first time homebuyers are not aware of the golden rules of winterizing that many veteran homeowners have become familiar with, only because they…
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Halloween Home Decoration IdeasThere is nothing that says Halloween better than a decorative front entrance, fireplace, staircase, tabletop, or bathroom counter! And, if you are selling your home during the season, you should definitely consider putting up some festive Halloween“ish” decorations. Of course, I do not mean use terrifying or frightful decorations like corpses or bloody grotesque monsters, but instead use things like fun witches, lots of pumpkins, and other cute, simple PG-rated Halloween inspired fall decorations. The idea is to show that your for sale home has character and is a part of the greater community. Below are several of my favorite Halloween home decoration ideas that I think are great for a for sale home.

All Black and White - I love this one because it…

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If you want to evaluate your real property, there are three popular methods. You can pick whichever one you want, just like the TV game show called Let’s Make a Deal, but as Monty Hall used to say, you might get stuck with what’s behind that door.

 

But you can also combine them and modify these approaches. Most county auditors will work with whatever you choose. The three primary valuation tools include the cost approach, the comparable approach, and the income approach.

 

The cost approach refers to the actual reproduction cost of the property. This means the amount of money it would take to replace the property as an exact replica. You start with that amount, and then you subtract the depreciation of the property as it stands at the time of the…

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In the current economy, credit is tight and people are worried about money. Hours are being cut and salaries are down. To improve your cash flow situation, you have two options: work more or spend less. Of the two options, only the latter is in your direct control, and fortunately you have a lot of options. We’ve all heard about how people are cutting back on a variety of services to save money, and that makes a lot of sense. However, by making some small investments in your home, you can improve your comfort while saving money on your home’s operating costs at the same time. Making these small investments now will continue save you money long after the bad times have past. Let’s take a look at some of the low cost steps that you can take to better manage…

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