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Which is better: Hire a professional stager or stage my home myself?

which is better hire a professional stager with titleDo I have to hire a professional stager or can I stage my home myself in order to sell it? Staging your home creates a great first impression, makes pictures pop on the Internet, and will boost your sales price. First, consult your REALTOR® . You can do the staging yourself if you have the time. Here’s how: Clean the inside and outside from top to bottom. You may just want to hire professional cleaners to do this part. Remove clutter, extra furniture and personal items so your potential buyers will “see themselves” living in your home. Paint the walls a neutral read more...

Color Me Surprised: Using Color in your New Home

color me surprised with titleCreate a specific feeling using paint colors Scientific studies have found that colors, especially in logos, evoke certain thoughts or emotions: • Blue improves performance on creative tasks and red improved performance on detail-oriented tasks. • Black and red are associated with strength. Grey and white are associated with weakness. • Brown and blue are associated with stable brands. • Green logos are associated with being masculine, rugged, or outdoorsy.  In many cases, you can use paint to lighten, warm, enlarge, or draw focus.  Paint is a powerful and low cost option to help you make your home more appealing to potential buyers.  As read more...

Soundproofing Your Home

Soundproofing with titleSoundproofing can help you rest better in your new home From loud electronics and kitchen equipment to noisy neighbors and street sounds, an otherwise serene home can easily become an unpleasant cacophony of disturbances. Keep the peace with a few simple soundproofing tips. Install interior doors that aren't hollow. Particleboard-core, composite-core, or solid-wood doors are all better options.   Add sound-dampening throw rugs and fill bookshelves in the most voluminous rooms. Maintain appliances or invest in quieter ones when it's time for replacements.   Keep external noise to a minimum by closing the garage door, installing triple-pane glass, and using read more...

Break These 3 Work Rules

break these 3 work rules with titleSome Work Rules are Meant to be Broken The professional world is wrought with expectations on how to act and what to do. But sometimes those expectations and "rules" are meant to be broken.   The rule: Avoid emotional topics.  Work is a place where only work things should be discussed, right? If a clash in productivity or communication styles results in tension between you and your co-worker(s) —and it ultimately affects your ability to do your job — you need to address the issue. But ... respect your coworkers' privacy. If the emotional topic isn't related to work, avoid bringing it up. read more...

4 Advantages when using a REALTOR®

4 advantages to using a realtor with titleWhat advantages does using a REALTOR® provide me in buying a home? A.A skilled REALTOR® can save you thousands of dollars by serving as your "Buyer's Representative" who will help you write your offer and negotiate your deal. Here are four ways I can help you save time and money: Help you analyze your needs and find the home you want at the right price. Give you direction and contacts to get pre-approved for a home loan. Help you avoid traps and pitfalls in negotiating the best deal with the sellers. Coordinate inspections, appraisals, escrow and title services with the best companies, ones I read more...

Home Maintenance Jobs You Should Really Tackle Before the Cold Sets In

Home Maintenance Jobs You Should Really Tackle Before the Cold Sets In with titleThere are plenty of reasons why the end of summer is the best time to focus on home maintenance. For one, the colder seasons are on the horizon and a lot can go wrong with your home during the fall and winter months. Home repairs are also harder to accomplish when it’s cold outside. In the end, a little maintenance now can save you thousands of dollars in potential repairs down the line. Here are some tasks you most certainly should not put off. Pipe Maintenance One of the most costly (and frankly, catastrophic) events that can happen during the read more...

Never, Ever Pay Full Price For These 4 Items

never ever pay full price for these 4 items with titlePaying Full Price is Overrated While you don't expect to be able to bargain when you walk into a retail store, companies often have a plan to discount certain items at certain times. You should never pay full price for the following items:   Cars:  If you're set on buying a new car, shop on the last day of the month. You're less likely to pay full price.  Do your research ahead of time so you know what you want to buy and how much that specific vehicle costs wholesale. Always negotiate the price and in doing so, shift the focus read more...

7 Tips to Take the Stress Out of Moving Day

7 tips to take the stress out of moving with titleStressing out about being ready for your moving day? Getting packed, prepped and ready to move into a new home can be stressful, but there are a few things you can do to be better prepared for the day you make your move. Start with these seven tips to make getting into a new home less of a hassle. Start Planning Early You shouldn’t wait until moving day to get ready. If you know you’ll be moving in the near future, it’s a good idea to go ahead and start putting your relocation plan together. Sit down with your partner read more...

6 DIY Backyard Updates to Boost ROI

6 diy backyard updates to boost roi with textby Abigail Golder, abigail@zogmedia.com It's not too late in the summer for a great backyard update With the warm weather firmly impacting each day, many people are outdoors to soak up all that sunshine and get the wiggles out before school starts up again. And if you have a pool in your backyard, brace yourself for all the friends and family that will invite themselves over. But how can you create a backyard experience that is sure to turn heads? Homeowners spend a great deal of time in their backyards, so keeping it fresh and updated is a must. If you’re read more...

5 Tech-Related Injuries and How to Resolve them

5 tech injuries and how to heal them with titleUh Oh- Have One of These? Smartphones and other tech can have physical ramifications.  Check out our Top 5 list and how to fix them for a Happier, Healthier Body Most of us use tech devices like computers, smartphones, and tablets on a regular basis, whether it's for our jobs or for recreation.  According to wellness industry experts, device usage peaks around January, but most people come in complaining of these 5 tech-related injuries once summer rolls around: Selfie elbow. Caused by holding arms up and bent, which applies pressure to the ulnar nerve. Straighten out those arms! You can find read more...