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What Is The Lifestyle Score For Your Home?

October 6th, 2020

 

In the business world, a phrase that’s often used is ROI or Return On Investment. It refers to the regular gain (or loss) you’re getting from a particular asset relative to its cost.

When it comes to your home, the gain may be more than financial. It may include the benefit of the lifestyle it gives you. For example, a spacious backyard deck pays off in countless pleasant Saturdays with f ...

Dealing With Unsightly Flooring Issues When Selling

September 16th, 2020

 

When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best. You want buyers who view it to say, “Wow, I love this place!” However, what if you have a stubborn stain in the carpet, or a cracked floor tile? An unsightly issue like that can be distracting in your otherwise beautiful property.

You have a few options.

First, try to get the issue fixed. There are specialty cleaners on the mar ...

How To Find A Home That Has Your "Big Three"

September 3rd, 2020

 

How do you find the home of your dreams within a price range you can afford?

Most buyers start by making a “wish list”. But, it’s easy to get frustrated when you have a long wish list and expect you’ll be able to find a home with every one of those features. You might, for example, have “mature backyard tree” as number 23 on your list, and become disappointed when an otherwise ideal prope ...

Home Energy Saving Tips That Won't Leave You Shivering Or Sweating

August 20th, 2020

 

If you want to reduce your home energy costs, the easiest way is to turn the thermostat up or down. In fact, you probably won't notice a difference of 2 degrees either way — and the savings can be substantial. 

However, if you want to lower your bill even further each month, here are some additional tips that are relatively easy to implement. 

  • Plug or fix the drafts. Even in newer home ...

Need To Sell Quickly? Here's What To Do

August 12th, 2020

 

There are many reasons why you might suddenly need to sell your home. It could be an unexpected work relocation, a change in family circumstances, or simply a desire to move. 

Whatever the reason, selling quickly requires some fast action on your part. But that doesn't mean you need to get into panic mode. You can list and sell your property, quickly while still enjoying the process! 

Th ...

Fire Safety Checks You Should Do At Least Once A Year

July 28th, 2020

 

Chances are, you know that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year — even if you suspect the batteries are still good. 

But that isn't the only fire safety check you should do annually. Here are some other recommended tips to help keep you and your family safe. 

  • Clean your stove burners and oven regularly. Hard grease build-up can become combustible ...

Is The Psychology Of Change Holding You Back?

July 3rd, 2020

 

Why is making a big change in life often so difficult? 

According to psychologists, maintaining the "status quo" is one of the most powerful motivations we have. If things are "okay", even making a change for the better can be difficult. Our brains resist. 

You may have experienced this if you’ve thought about selling your current property and finding your next dream home. Your house may ...

"What you're thinking is what you're becoming." - Muhammad Ali

June 23rd, 2020

Cleaning Tips For Instantly Improving Curb Appeal

June 15th, 2020

 

As you may know, curb appeal refers to how your property looks from the street, where potential buyers first see it. Your home’s curb appeal can have a big impact on the sale of your property. In fact, it's not uncommon for a buyer to drive by a listing, rather than stop, because they don't like what they see. 

So, how can you improve your home's curb appeal quickly? One way is to do some ...

Finding A New Home When You're Busy, Busy, Busy!

June 11th, 2020

 

Imagine you have a major project at work, you have to deal with home schooling and you still need to deal with groceries, laundry and dinner. Whoa! That's a busy life. 

Can you still find and buy a new home with such a tight schedule? The good news is, you can. In fact, there's plenty you can do to save time. 

Consider these tips: 

  • Get specific about the home you want to buy. Think ab ...
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