Simple Tips for Better Home Showings

Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don’t forget to clean out...

Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home’s Exterior

Make your home more appealing for yourself and potential buyers with these quick and easy tips: Trim bushes so they don’t block windows or architectural details.  Mow your lawn, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing to make the lawn sparkle....

12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

Get at least three written estimates.  Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.  Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change...

Understanding Capital Gains in Real Estate

When you sell a stock, you owe taxes on your gain — the difference between what you paid for the stock and what you sold it for. The same holds true when selling a home (or a second home), but there are some special considerations. How to Calculate Gain In real...

What to Have on Hand for the New Owners

Owner’s manuals and warranties for appliances left in the house.  Garage door opener. Extra sets of house keys.  A list of local service providers — the best dry cleaner, yard service, plumber, etc.  Code to the security alarm and phone number of the monitoring...

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