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Landscaping is a great way to spruce up your home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make the outdoors charming and welcoming. Consider the following landscaping tips for a beautiful improvement to your home.

  • Plant flowers. A variety of flowers along the entryway will welcome your guests. For larger areas, use a flower bed. Your local florist can help you decide on the types of flowers while you work on the design for the space available. Knickknacks such as flowerpots, wheelbarrows, and benches can make it even more beautiful.
  • Add height with planters and hanging baskets and other decorations so your guests can see beauty at eye level.
  • Outdoor structures such as sheds or fence lines can be hidden with bushes or potted plants. You
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House hunting can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these four tips to reduce stress levels for a better experience.

 

(1)  Be prepared and do your research. A buyer who knows what they want in a house will save time by looking at the right houses. How important is a garage? a basement? the location? Make a list if you think that will help, but remember to remain flexible to avoid disappointments.

 

(2)  Get your finances in order. One sure way to avoid stress is to save enough money for a down payment and closing costs. Speak to a lender to get pre-approved and to find the price that you can afford.  

 

(3)  Stay positive. You can do this by making time for other hobbies and interests to distract you during any

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    Having good credit is an important part of home buying, but it is also an area where many buyers struggle. Before looking for a home, it is always a good idea to check your credit score. A higher credit score can change several factors in obtaining a mortgage, and the better the score, the better off you will be in purchasing a home. If your credit is less than perfect, here are some steps that could help you to improve your score.

  • First, check your credit report to make sure all of the information is correct. If you find incorrect information, you should dispute it with the credit bureau to remove it or correct it.
  • If you have no credit, opening a small credit card and using it responsibly can improve your credit score and
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As we make it through winter and approach a new spring season, many people are starting to think about selling their home. Here are some inside tips to help get the best price on your home.

 

  1. Price your house correctly from the start. Many buyers prefer homes that are newly listed and if it is priced too high, it could sit and buyers might assume that there is something wrong with the house. Pricing it at market value will bring in the right set of buyers and you may even get multiple offers.

 

  1. Clean and remove the clutter. Potential buyers want to picture plenty of space for their items. Emptying the closets and organizing cupboards can make a house appear as if there is more room. Moving extra items to a storage unit can also
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The Holiday season is now upon us. What better way to celebrate then to spruce up your home? Here are a few decorating ideas and tips:

  • Find a unique way to display holiday cards. You can use strings, garland, and clothespins. For something really clever and unique consider using old ladders, shutters, garden trellises, sleds or branches in a vase for a fancy card display.
  • For outdoors, use lights, garland, and red bows around the doors and mailbox. Add props that you have around the house to your porch such as decorative sleds, old skates, or rain boots. Draping a plaid scarf around a mailbox with garland is another idea.
  • Dress up your chairs. Wrap chairs with burlap and plaid and tie with wide ribbons.  For simpler chair decorating,
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The process of hiring a listing agent can be confusing but it is also very important. An agent can make a significant difference in your home selling experience. They affect time on the market, selling price, and stress just to name a few.   Treat the hiring experience as an interview and consider asking the following questions.

  • How much experience do you have? You will want an agent with some sales who can handle people and deals as well as any issue that may arise
  • How well do you know the area? It can be beneficial to have an agent familiar with homes in your area so, ask the agents about recent listings.
  • How do you plan on marketing the home? Check out the agents current listings.   A good website with quality photos and
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Congratulations on finding your new home! The next step is to prepare for your home inspection. Although home inspections are not a requirement for home buyers, in our opinion, it is never something to skip. An inspection provides the buyer with a list of issues that may have been overlooked with just showings alone.  It also could provide you the opportunity to ask the seller to perform some repairs or even reduce the price. I strongly recommend home inspections.  

Here are some things to consider. First, find an inspector that is licensed in your state. Your agent and family members can provide recommendations, but do your homework.   Ask about the inspector’s qualifications, references, the number of inspections they've performed and what sort

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                Whether it’s a new house, dorm, or apartment, nobody really enjoys the process of moving. To make the transition as easy as possible, it is best to prepare. After several moves, I have learned that organization is key. You can find several moving checklists online. A checklist can help to track your progress and identify items that you may not have thought of. For example, one of the first steps is to change over utilities and to set up a forwarding address. Start early and do as much online as you can to save time. Next, find boxes to prepare for the physical move. They can also be ordered online, but if money is a concern inquire with your local stores. Furniture stores and grocery stores are a great resource especially if you give

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Decorations can be an easy, fun, and inexpensive way to spruce up the home. The fall theme with its unique colors and objects offer a great opportunity to show off your home. One of my favorite ideas for outside the home is to decorate with corn stalks. It is definitely one of the easiest options. Corn stalks can be found at most road side stands, farms, gardening stores, farmers market’s or even a quick trip to the country. Once you have your decorations home, just gather the stalks together, tie them in place and put them around or near your front door entrance. The mailbox is another option. You can also mix them with gourds, pumpkins, flowers, bows and other decorations. Pumpkins are another great idea for decorating outdoors. Use them to line a

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                Mold is a word that no homeowner likes to hear. It looks awful, can make you sick, and can weaken the structure and value of your home. The good news is, that if handled properly, mold does not need to be scary. If you are suspicious of any kind of mold, it is always a good idea to hire a mold inspection company. They are the experts. There are home kits that are available, but beware of the results because they are just not as reliable.

                If you do have mold, you are not alone. Many homes today have mold, although not all homes have a dangerous kind. First, determine the area of the mold. If it is a small area, you might want to clean it yourself. Typically, a mixture of bleach and water can cure any surface mold but

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