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Five Tips for Staging your Home on a Budget

Five Tips for Staging your Home on a Budget

There are many different factors that come into play when purchasing a home. Often times, buyers are looking for a home that they could imagine themselves living in, a place that feels cozy and beautiful, even if it is just an illusion. So, how can you cater to your potential buyers?

Here are five great tips when it comes to staging your home.

1. De-clutter and De-personalize: Nothing shouts unprepared like a messy home. This is the last thing someone wants to see when they’re thinking of purchasing. Your personal items should be cleaned up and stored in a way that is pleasing to the eye. Baskets are great for this; they can be placed in cabinets or neatly around your home. Don’t forget about your pantry or closets! I guarantee at least one curious eye will look at those areas. Family photos and keepsakes should also be stored, you want the house to look loved but not too lived in. Professional stagers are adding a couple of personal photographs; ones that tie into a lifestyle that a buyer will like.

2. Paint the walls a neutral color: Just because you love that bright blue doesn’t mean a buyer will. Houses that are painted in tans and whites often sell faster as those colors make it easier to imagine furniture and other items not clashing with the paint.

3. Curb Appeal: This is number one! No matter what season it is, there is always something that you can do to spruce up your yard. Whether it’s adding some new plants, buying furniture for your porch or even just power-washing the walkway and drive, a minimal effort can make a huge impact!

4. Lighting: Are your fixtures starting to look dated or maybe they do not match well with the style of the home. If you look up and aren’t impressed, maybe it’s time for a change! Different lighting can change the entire way a room looks and with all of the different types of fixtures, it is easy to find one that will suit every style.

5. Define a focal point: this could be a couch or even a piece of artwork. When designing a room it is easy to get carried away with different elements and furniture. Adding a touch of earthy elements and landscape wall art generally appeal to all.

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Is Moving in your near future?

Are you overwhelmed thinking about your to do list?

Here is a great guide that will give you an idea of how many boxes you may need.

If you are using a moving company check with them to see what they provide and the cost.I

Moving Boxes Calculation

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Don’t Forget to Do These 8 Things After Moving Into a New Home

Don’t Forget to Do These 8 Things After Moving Into a New Home

Make sure you check these items off your list before you settle into your home sweet home.

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Congratulations on moving into your new home! As you settle in, it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your investment. From checking the locks to connecting utilities, you have a laundry list of to-do’s before that final “ahhhh” moment. To help you move through your honey-do inventory, here are eight essential steps to get you completely settled into your new home:

#1 Check your moving boxes.

Although you checked and double-checked your packing job, there’s a chance some of your possessions didn’t survive the move. While looking through smaller items, make sure major appliances work as well. If damage occurred during the move, reference your contract to see if you have any access to liability coverage or insurance.

#2 Inspect appliances.

If you didn’t bring appliances with you to your new home, not to worry–sometimes previous owners leave goodies behind. While hand-me-down appliances are convenient, it’s best not to rely on them too heavily–you don’t want to be at the mercy of an unreliable washing machine or oven.

#3 Have the utilities turned on.

Before your move-in date, it’s always a good idea to make sure your utilities are connected and turned on. Depending on the company, sometimes title companies will handle the transfer of utilities (all you have to do is ask the realtor when they’re scheduled to be turned on). If you’re new in town and unsure who to contact regarding utilities, you can call a local municipal office for more information.

#4 Look for the circuit breaker.

Did your home’s previous owner label the breaker switches? If some of the labels are peeling off or non-existent, find out which switches power the different parts of your home and label them accordingly. If the circuit breaker switches aren’t working, you will need an immediate repair or upgrade (which can cost about $1,100).

#5 Find the water shut-off valve.

In the case of an emergency, it’s extremely important to be able to locate the water shut-off valve for your home. Most homes have two shut-off valves: the main (indoors) and another for the outside water. If you don’t know where either of these valves are, ask the realtor or the previous owners where to find them. Not knowing where to locate your water mains can lead to expensive repairs should something go wrong.

#6 Put new batteries in your detectors.

After the move, make sure to replace the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Also, check the location and condition of fire extinguishers (it’s a good policy to make one available in each room).

#7 Get a schedule for trash and recycling.

Trash pick-up differs from neighborhood to neighborhood. Check with your homeowner association (HOA) or call the local waste management service to find out your schedule.

#8 Change out all the locks.

There’s a chance the previous owners of your home gave copies of their keys to neighbors or close friends. As a result (even though your neighbors aren’t burglars) it’s important to change out the old locks — front, back and any basement or porch doors.

Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor,