Selling Your Home

How to Clean Your Gutters in 5 Steps

It might not be anyone’s favorite chore, but cleaning your home’s gutters is an essential maintenance task not to be overlooked. When leaves, sticks and other gunk clog your gutters, it can lead to serious and costly issues, such as foundation problems, leaky basements and attic damage.

To help keep your home in good shape and save money, you should clean your gutters at least two times a year, depending on where you live, which types of trees you have on your property and other factors.

HomeAdvisor suggests following these five steps to debris-free gutters:

Step 1: Get Prepared. Put on a long-sleeved shirt and heavy rubber gloves to protect yourself from sharp edges...

8 Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Home's Value

Maintaining your home’s curb appeal shows more than pride of ownership; it shows respect for your neighbors. Plus, when or if you decide to sell, a well-maintained home means it will sell faster and likely for top dollar. Similarly, maintaining your home’s interior is likely to pay off in the end.

Real estate experts shared these eight missteps that could cost you in the long run with House Beautiful Magazine:

Landscaping Without Thinking Ahead. Trees planted too close to the house or driveway without much thought about how big they’ll get can cause major problems later, such as roots causing breaks in the pavement or interfering with sewer or water lines.

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Critter Prevention Tips for Your Home

You love your cozy home when cold storms hit, and–unfortunately–you may not be the only one who enjoys the warmth and shelter your home provides. If you are looking to keep your home in tip-top shape, and you want to prevent against unwanted roommates, there are a few critter prevention tips you can implement.

Caulk Problem Areas

If you have small cracks or holes that make an inviting door for creepy crawlies, now is the time to seal up these problem areas. Use caulking to address small holes. This will not only keep unwanted critters out of your home but will even serve to keep your home warmer and your heating bill down. Talk about a win-win situation!

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Carpet Maintenance: Why it Can Help Your Sale

When it comes to selling a home, carpets can help.

That’s because carpet is easy to maintain and keep clean. And if there are floors in your home that are scratched up or damaged, carpet is much more affordable than new tile and hardwood floors. And there are also many options in terms of colors and styles that can give rooms a fresh and exciting look.

Clean your carpets. Professional cleaning services are affordable and can make your carpets look brand new. If you want to save even more money, you can rent a cleaner from many supermarkets and home improvement stores. While you’re at it, these machines also clean many pieces of furniture. Be sure to follow the instructions and test any kits on areas of carpets or furniture that aren’t immediately visible.

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4 Ways to Up the Resale Value of Your Home

When it comes time to sell, all homeowners want to get as much money as possible for their house. In addition to working with a real estate agent to increase your chances of getting top dollar, you can make some changes to your property to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

Here are four of the best value-raising tactics for selling your home:

Ordinary Updates
There are plenty of simple updates you can do to your home before selling it that can help raise its value. These kinds of updates include replacing rotting wood, repairing roof leaks, getting rid of mold and spreading a fresh coat of paint. Buyers tend to look over the home they’re thinking about buying carefully, which is why it’s important to check...

4 Signs That Pests Are Damaging Your Home

If you’ve noticed unusual signs of damage around your property, pests may be to blame. Rodents, insects and other types of pests can wreak havoc on properties and cause unforeseen damage that ends up resulting in costly repairs.

Here are four signs to look for to determine whether pests are damaging your home:

Unstable Floors
The sudden feeling that the floors in your home are unstable could be a sign of a pest problem. This may be especially true if you have hardwood floors that are damaged because of termites. You might notice the boards curling on your floor as damage persists. Flaking and crumbling may also become noticeable as your floors continue to deteriorate from the damage. Crushed-looking wood at structurally significant points can be...

5 Winning Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

When it comes to curb appeal, it is normal not to know where to begin. As your local real estate professional, I wanted to share this insightful infographic on winning ways to boost your home’s façade. Using any of these five methods will assuredly increase the aesthetic value of your home. Just imagine the results if you can follow through on each point.

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How to Upgrade Your Kitchen on a Limited Budget

For many families, the kitchen is the focal point of the home. Since it’s used so frequently for cooking and sharing meals, the kitchen should be warm, inviting and well organized. If you’re unhappy with the current state of your kitchen, you can make some improvements without breaking the bank.

Paint
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to brighten up your kitchen is to paint. If you’re tired of plain white walls, consider a brighter color, or paint an accent wall with a vibrant hue that will catch people’s attention.

Kitchen cabinets can become faded and dull over time. If your cabinets are looking worn, you do not have to replace them. A fresh coat of paint can be enough to make them look like new.

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Should You Lower Your Asking Price or Keep Waiting for a Buyer?

It can be frustrating to have your home on the market for a month or longer and not receive a single offer. You may question whether you’re asking for too much money and consider lowering the price. While this could prove to be the right move, you might also come to determine that your house is slow to sell for a reason that has little to do with the price.

Possible Reasons Your House Hasn’t Attracted a Buyer
If dozens of prospective buyers have looked at your home, but you haven’t gotten an offer, they could all be passing on it for the same reason. If people have offered suggestions or criticism, take that to heart, especially if the comments are about issues you can fix. For example, if potential buyers have noted the need for repairs, or have commented on the home’s dated appearance,...

Make Moving Easier With a Checklist

Moving is a double-edged sword. On one hand, there’s the excitement of moving into a new home (maybe your dream home!), but the logistical hassles sometimes make it hard to get too excited about the whole thing. One thing that’s always helpful? A checklist. Here’s what to include:

Book your movers in advance
For certain times of the month, movers get booked up fast. Book sooner rather than later, as this gives you time to get organized, as well as ample time to compare rates and services. If you live in a condo (or are moving into one), don’t forget to book your elevator, as well.

Throw away what you don’t need
Before you start packing, make sure you declutter. This is helpful if you’re downsizing, but also a great way for...