Fixing Up Your Baseboard Heater

Fixing Up Your Baseboard Heater

For those of you who have baseboard heaters in your homes, either on an addition, or with some of the older homes all through the house, sometimes they get beat up.

Yes, that’s right…abused, kicked, scraped by the vacuum cleaner ,either intentionally or Unintentionally, (we are not here to judge) but we hear a lot of buyers complain about them when they see them in homes.  It’s not that they Mind the baseboard heaters, it’s just that they are…well….ugly!

Most of you don’t know what to do with them, but being your information bearing, kind and caring sort of Realtors, we have a video for you on how to do a little “Spring Upgrading” whether you are contemplating selling, or whether you just want to spruce up a little cause Great Aunt Hester is coming for Easter.  (Does anyone really Have a Great Aunt Hester…I personally think that name is made up).

Anyway, enjoy the video courtesy of “This Old House”, and oh…if you want some other recommendations on how to get your home ready to sell ….just a thought…give us a shout.  We are always here to help!
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Surviving Home-Selling With Kids (without death)

Surviving Home-Selling With Kids (without death)

Tips for Sellers With Teens, Tweens, and Tots

Selling your home and keeping it “show-ready” is difficult enough for most folks, but toss a few teenagers, a toddler or a baby into the mix, and it’s bound to send stress levels sky-rocketing.

But have no fear, with the tips below you can tame the kid clutter and ease the process for the whole family.

  • Contain it, Then carry it away

    Keep a bin, tote, or a laundry basket someplace handy. Before a showing, grab it and toss in any messy items from counters or floors. A pretty basket always looks better than clutter. Take it one step further and bring the basket with you as you leave—voila!— the mess disappears right out the front door! -Invest in furniture that doubles as storage. If you don’t have any nifty hidden- storage-style furniture in your home yet, start checking it out. There are some very stylish options available that not only look great, but help contain your clutter. Also, utilize baskets and bins as much as possible to contain loose items.

  • Store away unused items

    Consider a storage unit to help remove currently unused items and store them off-site. Pack up and store away any toys or supplies that you are saving for future children, or that your child is too young for and will not need or miss for the next few months.

  • Remove barriers

    You would never purposefully place barriers in your home that prevent buRemove those barriers!yers from easily moving from one space to another; but unfortunately, that’s exactly what baby gates can become. Gates are essential in homes with babies and toddlers and removing them completely is unrealistic (unless it’s a planned open house), but you might consider propping gates in the open position before showings. Also, be sure your agent knows how to operate your baby locks on cabinets and drawers.

  • Lose the extra fluff

    Put away any stuffed animals that are not used daily. Children love stuffed toys, but are often only attached to a select few. So keep those out and store the rest.  As a bonus, after the move, it will be like Christmas when you bring back out all the “new” stuffed animals.

  • Sort, store and donate

    Only keep or store what you really want and need. Get rid of clothes, toys, or baby gear you are storing that you really don’t need. (Like for instance if you are done with the baby stage for good). Today might be a perfect day to sort through items, store away keepsakes, and decide what you can part with. Instead, pass them on to family, friends or the needy.

  • Get pre-school chic

    . We love everything our kids make with their little hands. We also love their photos all over the place. But the house doesn’t have to look like a day-care as a result. Keep the décor simple and sophisticated. Consider replacing tons of child-made artwork on the walls or refrigerator with a few select items showcased as framed art.

  • Go for the drawers

    Get things off the counters and floors quickly by utilizing your drawers. Keep in mind that buyers love to open them, especially in the kitchen and laundry room, but they usually only open the top drawer. So if you have to stash something in a hurry, go for the bottom drawer, keeping the top one neat and tidy—which sends a great message about how you care for your home.

  • Think like a pro

    You’ll want to be able to clean quickly when you get the call for a showing. You can’t do this if you are hunting for cleaners that are kept all over the house, in closets and under sinks. So get a cleaning caddy (just like the ones donned by the professional home cleaners you wish you had “on staff”), stock it with the essentials and keep it under the most central sink in the house.

  • Make it a daily routine

    As busy as you are, try not to leave cleaning to a once a week activity—it leaves way too much time for messes to get out of hand and you won’t be able to clean them up in time if you get a last minute call. Instead, set aside a specific amount of time each day to straighten up so the task will be more manageable overall. Courtesy Of: www.usinspect.com

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Curb Appeal-Believe it or Not…

Curb Appeal-Believe it or Not…

CURB APPEAL TOPS MY LIST!

Whenever we meet with sellers to counsel with them about putting their home on the market, one of the first items I bring up is Curb Appeal(Steve’s is the garage, but more about that later).  It’s one of my pet peeves (along with black bananas on top of the fridge, leaving the toilet seat up in the photo tour, and my biggest peeve… that blasted Travelocity gnome).

Curb appeal in my humble opinion is the first home improvement to consider and it alone can truly make or break not only the sale of your home, but in getting the most amount of money for your property.

On a side note, this is especially true for homes that are ” flipped”. Real Estate Investors spend literally 10s of thousands of dollars remodeling the inside of a distressed or foreclosed  property, and forget about the first impression.  They leave the yard a mess with no lawn, weeds growing in the garden, fences in need of repair, then want Top dollar for their efforts on the interior.  Read this Investors….make an effort on the outside as well as the inside. Your efforts will be rewarded, I promise you!

Ok, off my rant, however, I cannot tell you how many times I have had buyers in my car and we have driven up to a prospective home only to have the buyers turn their noses up and want to leave because of bad curb appeal such as:

  • Several cars in the driveway, most obviously not working
  • Lawns unkempt (love that word) and not mowed or edged
  • Toys, bikes and the left over Saturday Night Party bottles on the front lawn
  • General Mediocrity

Now, most of you who would be reading this do not have the first 3 to contend with, but the mediocrity item is what I want to touch base on.  Dull and boring no matter how neatly your lawn is kept does not give a potential homebuyer warm and fuzzies when they are looking at your property.  Your welcome to them should be in the form of first impression appeal, kind of like flirting with them….hey I’m beautiful, come buy me statement.

So put some color and grace into your first impression , let buyers know they will feel comfortable and at home here… plant some flowers , bushes, put a rocker on the front porch, get flirty with your perspective buyers .  Just don’t put one of those Travelocity gnomes in your garden.

As always, if you have questions or need help, give us a call.

Til later, ciao