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15 Home-Staging Essentials

Photo by: Laura Amour GoodStart With Curb AppealFirst impressions matter, so make your home stand out the instant buyers pull up to the curb. Some upgrades can be done in a weekend and will cost more in sweat equity than actual dollars. A few suggestions: rent a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime from your siding, roof, fascia and gutters. Paint the front door and/or shutters a bright color, but make sure it coordinates well with the rest o

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4 Disinfection Tips that may Surprise you

Disinfecting took on new prominence in 2020. Keeping bad germs out of your listings and office became critical in the pandemic. Americans learned more about the proper ways to disinfect this year.For one, cleaning may be what you have traditionally done for prepping listings prior to 2020. Cleaning is all about aesthetics and a home looking spotless and ridding it of dirt. But sanitizing and disinfecting went mainstream in 2020. This is reducing

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Stagers’ Secrets for Making Closets Feel More Spacious

Storage areas in a home can be viewed as a premium, particularly as house hunters have reportedly been looking for additional space since the beginning of the pandemic.A cluttered closet can make the space look small. Home stagers know the importance of organization and staging a closet to not only show off its storage space but to also improve a home's appearance.To make closets feel more spacious, leave the closet floor space open and clear of

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Luxury Pantries Satiate Buyers’ Latest Craving

Pantries, once simply closets or cupboards for storing a few perishables, have become much more elaborate—especially now that people are staying at home more. The walk-in pantry has emerged as the most desirable kitchen feature for home buyers in recent years, according to a 2019 survey from the National Association of Home Builders. More than 85% of homes larger than 3,500 square feet feature a walk-in pantry.“We’ve been offering

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Where Rooftop Solar Panels are Worth the Money

Solar photovoltaic panels can offer homeowners reduced electric bills and are a more environmentally friendly way to power up a home. But they can be pricey to install, leading to questions about whether the return on investment is worth it.Home Innovation Research Labs recently analyzed the cost-effectiveness of rooftop solar panels on new homes in five markets: Phoenix; Tampa, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Boston; and Seattle. The analysis did not fa

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TIP: Add Greenery to Reduce Stress, Studies Show

House plants are growing in importance in the pandemic, touted for bringing in cleaner air and absorbing carbon dioxide and for boosting productivity, improving mental health, and making rooms look more inviting, Forbes.com reports.“Plant therapy isn’t just a buzzword—it’s the real thing,” Melanie Berliet, general manager for The Spruce, a lifestyle, home, and food site, told Forbes.com. “Research has shown that the abs

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Bids that Stand to Lose in a Multiple-Offer Situation

The term “bidding war” lends an adversarial tone to multiple-offer situations, and pitting one side against the other is the wrong way to handle such a transaction, Greg Glosson, managing broker at Fast Track Realty in Memphis, Tenn., said Tuesday at a session called “Multiple Offers = Multiple Confusion” during the virtual 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.“We need to be very cooperative with one another because we are all try

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TIP: How to Troubleshoot Spotty Wi-Fi

Tech problems have taken on greater significance in 2020 as more people work from home. One of the biggest complaints is a bad internet connection.Sometimes even the best internet connection can stall. What can you do?As a first step, restart. Power down your router and modem. On your device, close any apps you don’t need to make sure other background systems aren’t draining your device.Then run an internet speed test to check on your co

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TIP: 4 Yard Updates that Boost Curb Appeal

The need for curb appeal continues to increase, especially as many local buyers hesitate to enter unfamiliar homes and distant buyers narrow their home-shopping lists from afar in the pandemic. A dismaying front yard may prompt them to move on, whether in person or on the internet.“You only get one chance to make a first impression, and it happens when a potential buyer sees the exterior of your home,” Kate Rumson, interior designer and Trane

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Benjamin Moore's 2021 Color of the Year - Aegean Teal

Paint firms are continuing to release a range of colors as their picks for the hottest hues of 2021. Benjamin Moore is the latest in announcing its choice: “Aegean Teal,” its top color pick for the new year.The blue-green midtone, with gray undertones, is “rooted in the elegant, hand-spun textures of the home,” Benjamin Moore says. The color evokes a sense of comfort, craft, nourishment, and inspiration, the paint company says.“Amid unc

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