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Selling Your Home

Does Home Staging Really Work?

We have all heard real estate agents talk about 'staging' before, we have even included it in some of our blog posts. But what is it exactly? Is it worth it? Let's take a look....

Benefits of Home Staging

A big thanks to Column Five Media for this great infographic! 

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Tips for Having a Successful Open House

Hey guys! Happy Sunday! Sunday is OPEN HOUSE DAY for sellers and it can be stressful. Check out our 5 easy tips to making sure you get the most out of your open house day!

Open House Tips

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How Pre-Packing Your Home Can Help it Sell

Spring is just around the corner! Before you know it For Sale signs will be popping up left and right. How can you make sure that your home stands out among the hundreds and thousands of others? The RE/MAX "Fit to Sell" series is here to help! Today we are discussing the topic of the most recent video in the series, pre-packing your home. 

Pre-packing can serve multiple purposes. Not only is it nice to get a jump start on packing for moving day, but it helps with the sale of your home. By pre-packing you can help a buyer visualize themselves in your home.

Some of the items to consider pre-packing are: 

  • Personal items such as photos, nicknacks, children's art, etc. 
  • Anything that you have in storage areas. Storage is almost always at the top of a buyer's list so if you can show the buyer how much storage you have, that's a plus.
  • Any items that aren't used regularly should be pre-packed. 

Check out the full video below from the RE/MAX Fit to Sell series. 

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RE/MAX 'Fit to Sell' Series

Thinking about selling your home? The goal of every seller (and their real estate agent!) is to sell as quickly as possible at the best possible price. This type of real estate magic doesn't just happen on its own, you must prepare your home for a quick, successful sale. Click on the link below to see a serious from the RE/MAX YouTube Channel called "Fit to Sell." There are eight 2-6 minute videos discussing everything fron flooring to air quality. It's worth the time to take a look at them!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLadTd4NPtlV7ikJMZ2cGSa699ZjhYXeqj

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Flourescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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