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You won’t believe what it does to assist you with your home sale!!  Check out the possibilities!!  Just make sure you are beware of the good and bad ones!!

A lot of real estate agents are looking for a good, reliable home stager that can magically transform their listings into the price point their seller is hoping to achieve.

 

Understanding and questioning about Home Staging in Triad NC

Posted on September 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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What Are the Best ROI Exterior Home Improvement Projects?

Taking on home improvements can be a fulfilling adventure, allowing you to transform spaces and looks whether you decide to sell or determine that your new space fits you once again! But if you are going to take on projects, my 20+ years of experience in real estate tell me that you’ll enjoy the project, outcome, and long-term effect of a project more if you consider the average return on investment you can anticipate. Here are a few of the best projects to consider to get you the best ROI on your exterior upgrades. It may be that you want to sell your current space and find a new home to customize into your very own…

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm
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DIY Interior Home Makeover Tips: Refresh The Look of Your Rooms

Sometimes you just need a change, but you find yourself on a tight budget. Those are the perfect times to side-step big new furniture purchases and hiring outside help to dig into a few tips that allow any homeowner to spruce up their space without breaking the bank. After you take some of these steps, then you can easily consider if a few choice purchases might be the finishing touches you need to feel like new in your existing space.

Make Two Lists

The first list should include all the major pieces of furniture that are in the room or which you wish to place in the room. It’s important to have an inventory of the major pieces so that you can make a plan. In addition to the first list, make a second list that includes what uses and feeling you’d like the room to embody. These two lists together will allow you to plan a layout that evokes the types of environment and movement you want the room to achieve.

As you create the lists, think outside the room about other pieces of furniture that are throughout your home. Is there a nightstand that could switch out with an end table for a fresh look or something similar? Sometimes just switching up the location of furniture between rooms can have a powerful effect.

To get started making a layout, look at the entrances and outlets in the room to make sure you don’t place things far from the creature comforts that are essential to everyday living. Once you have a rough idea of how you want the furniture to be placed, sketch it roughly on a sheet of paper and make sure that you think that movement and comfort are accounted for. Finally, move the furniture into the general spaces that you have decided and let it sit for a few days to ensure that you are happy before you move to additional steps.

Consider Colors

Once the layout of the room feels comfortable, take a look at the colors of fabric, walls, flooring, and accent elements. You want the colors to complement each other, so consider coverings for couches or chairs that work well with the wall colors. These kinds of changes are easier to adjust time and again than paint colors or other more intensive projects. If you have trouble matching colors and textures, consider using existing palettes that are distributed by designers as a foundation. For example, House Beautiful published some of the most anticipated color palettes for 2017.

Focus on Lighting

Lighting occurs in two environments, so you have to consider both and decide how to balance your decisions based on how you utilize the room.

Start by looking at the placement of natural light (including considering what time of day the sunlight will move through the room based on the direction the home faces) and how you can use that light during the day to showcase spaces in fresh ways. Perhaps you place a décor piece that you want to be a focal point where a sunbeam will fall in mid-afternoon or adjust the placement of a throw rug so that the light splashes across a pattern in a unique manner.

Next, consider what happens once the sun goes down. What kind of light will set the mood and environment that you need in order to utilize the space? Overhead lighting can splash a wide even light, but might be too much for some spaces. Floor lamps of different heights and wattage bulbs can offer adjustable options for bright areas and lower-light elements too. For relaxation, consider different lighting elements such as salt lamps or other diffused light options like electric candles that glow more than shine. With evening lighting, you even have the opportunity to layer lights in such a way that the room can be bright and filled with light or dim and cozy for watching movies or quieter times. If you want to invest a few dollars, consider installing dimmer light switches for an added element of lighting control! Ellen Dudley, RE/MAX Preferred Properties, 336-575-7249

Together, these interior home makeover tips will get you started looking at your spaces and pieces in a different light, giving fresh life and feeling to your home. Use them as a foundation and start one room at a time, picking your most used room as the first space to transform, and you’ll soon be seeing your home in a new way!

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 1:15 am
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The Benefits of Smart Home Technologies

When you think about your home, the more comfort you can surround yourself with, the more relaxed you likely feel. Regardless of whether you plan to stay in your home for several years or are preparing to sell, one of the best improvements you can make involves the vast number of choices in smart home technologies. From safety, peace of mind, and convenience to saved time, comfort, and routine, smart devices can quickly upgrade a house into a home…

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 10:25 pm
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3 Ways to Succeed in Buying Rental Property

Venturing into the world of rental properties can be a daunting task. There is plenty to consider when buying rental property and even more to consider when it comes to managing it. Despite these challenges, investing in real estate continues to be one of the best ways to create stability for your money in the long-term. If you are thinking about entering the rental market, it’s important to work with an experienced agent who knows not only what property is available, but also the nuances of neighborhoods. With over two decades of experience in real estate, I’ve matched investors with rental properties that align with their goals time and again and can lend you the expertise that you need in order to find success in real estate investment. To get you started, here are a 3 ways to ensure success when buying rental property…

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
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Tips to Attract Young Home Buyers

When preparing your home for sale, it’s important to consider the varied ways different markets of buyers will view your home. What appeals to you, may not be ideal for those shopping for a new home. Take, for example, the impending power of Millennials (aka Generation Y, born between 1982 and 2002), who are the largest group of home buyers in America for the third year running. Fail to consider how these young home buyers are looking at properties, and you could miss out on 35% of all buyers. Check out these tips to make sure you are considering young home buyers in your marketing plans…

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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3 Pitfalls Every Home Owner Should Avoid

It happens to all of us, we get tired of the space that surrounds us and long for fresh use. Maybe we moved into our current home during a different period in our lives or perhaps we discovered a new hobby we need space to explore. Regardless of why our space needs to be shifted, it can be tempting to jump feet first into home improvement projects that twist and turn our spaces in new manners. Some of these changes can certainly improve a home’s resale potential: updated kitchens and bathroom fixtures, neutral color paints, crown molding and added accent touches, for example. Other improvements can work wonders for us in the short-term or temporarily fulfill a need, but quickly fall short or cause friction when we decide to sell. Let’s explore 3 of the top caution zones…

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 8:22 am
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Tips for Planting Grass in Fall

Curb appeal literally starts roadside at the curb and everyone knows that a beautiful green carpet of grass leading up to a doorstep can transform first impressions of a home. Aside from sod or professional lawn services, there are plenty of things that you can do to fill brown patches and encourage a consistent blanket of carpet throughout your yard. Once you get some of these tips started, give me a call at 336-575-7249 and let’s discuss other ways you can upgrade your yard or otherwise prepare your property for maximum enjoyment. After all, planting grass in fall is the best time of year to ensure success!

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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3 Cheap and Easy Home Upgrades that Add Serious Value

It’s easy this time of year to get caught up in the season and begin projects and improvements that you’ve been itching to do all year. But before you get started, I’d recommend looking at these projects that both increase your enjoyment of your home and allow you to increase the perceived value of your home to potential buyers. Who’s ready to invest in home upgrades that add value while keeping it low budget and easy?!!

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 10:19 am
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How to Make Your Grass Green

What can you do to bring a bit of that beauty into your yard and ensure a thick carpet of grass without having to hire a professional service? While nothing can guarantee an ideal yard, you can take a few key steps to help make sure that your grass is healthy and thrives. Take some time to learn how to make your grass greener…

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 9:11 am
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Are You Current With Real Estate Market Trends?

Shifts in market demographics and preferences can impact the best strategy for home sales. For more than the past 25 years, I’ve watched the market shift and evolve, always eager to bring the best trends to light for my clients. Learn a couple of the top trends in 2015 when it comes to buying and or selling your home…

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 8:27 pm
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Spring Landscaping Tips to Get Your Yard Ready for Home Showings

As weather warms up and buyers thaw out, the beauty of your yard can begin to shine once more. In order to make sure your yard is ready for Spring to arrive, it is important to take some steps to prepare the soil and foliage now for maximum beauty and impact.

Landscaping decisions are so important because 71% of buyers list curb appeal as important in their property buying decision, according to BankRate.com. Your yard offers the first impression, so taking the time now to prepare the soil for Spring landscaping is vital to great curb appeal.

Spring Landscaping Tips in North Carolina

  • The Piedmont Triad of NC is considered Zone 7 for planting, so look for plants that will fair well in our climate by reading labels and adding a few accent bushes to your yard
  • Cut back Liriope and other perennials to stimulate Spring growth
  • Prune only dormant trees and shrubs, avoiding anything that blooms in the Spring
  • Apply crabgrass preventer towards the end of the month to get a head start on a lush lawn
  • Select roses with various bloom times and get them rooted and spaced for wonderful presentation throughout the coming seasons
  • Divide and transplant perennials
  • Spruce up edging lines on bedding before growth begins

I know from experience that small steps can transform your buyer traffic and impressions. Get started with these tips that are designed for our unique climate. Then give me a call at 336-575-7249 and let’s discuss other ways to prepare your property for ideal presentation. The interest rates are low so it is time to buy before they get out of range.

Sources: Earth Graphics and Greensboro Gardens

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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Do Good Fences REALLY Make Good Neighbors to your Home?

We’ve all heard the phrase, “good fences make good neighbors,” but the emphasis here is on the word ‘good.’ The earliest publication of this phrase, Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall,” is 1916, but not much has changed since then when it comes to installing a good neighbor fence…

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm
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Winter Storm Damage in Winston-Salem

Now that most of us (hopefully) have the power restored and have changed into our Spring and Summer shorts (really, North Carolina?), it’s time to get to work assessing and managing winter storm damage may have done to your home and property. Here are some particular things to look for. And remember, you should take pictures of any damage so you have evidence in case you need to submit an insurance claim…

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 9:34 am
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