Give your home a boost with these 5 trending designs for 2013

Wondering what the home design trends are?  A team from Realtor.com attended the Dwell on Design 2013 show in Los Angeles and reported back on some of their findings. For the third year in a row, the realtor.com team attended the Dwell on Design show at Los Angeles Convention Center to see the latest trends in design. This year’s show was the most energetic in recent years, with more exhibits than ever. The last few years focused on green and sustainable designs, and while sustainability was … [Read more...]

8 Inexpensive Ways to Perk Up Your Porch

First impressions are everything when you’re trying to sell your home. Even for homes that aren’t on the market, owners know that neighbors often make snap judgments based on a glimpse at a front porch or yard. Litter and overgrown landscaping are doing nothing to increase your curb appeal. The great news is that it doesn’t cost a bundle to make some big changes in your home’s exterior appearance. Each of these eight fixes costs less than $50. Make one improvement or a handful, and before you … [Read more...]

Tips for Staging Kitchens and Bathrooms When Selling

Curb appeal may bring potential buyers to the door, but it’s the living spaces inside that sell the home. Many sellers focus on making sure that the living room and den are clean and inviting, but don’t forget kitchens and bathrooms, two areas where remodeling is often expensive. For buyers, a clean, modern, well-laid-out kitchen is a major feature. Bathrooms are also a consideration, because they contribute to overall happiness in living in the home. 1. Clean it once. Then clean it … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Seller’s Remorse in Real Estate

AUTHOR:BRENDON DESIMONE In many real estate markets around the country, sellers are in the driver’s seat again. Inventory is low. Houses are often selling for more than asking price. After years of a sluggish buyers’ market, many real estate agents are trying to get their would-be sellers to list their homes now. It seems like a great time to sell. But how can you know for sure if it’s a great time for you to sell? If you experience buyer’s remorse, you can usually get out of a … [Read more...]

8 Things That Can Lower Your Home Value

When getting ready to sell consider these 8 things that might lower your value. 1: Poor Garage Space Having no garage, or a tiny one-car garage, is a big negative in the home market. Most people want the storage space a garage provides. No garage means the car sits naked in the driveway open to the elements. Many modern families have two working adults and thus two cars, so a single-car garage is inconvenient. 2: A Pool A pool might not automatically decrease the value of your home. On … [Read more...]

Avoid These Costly Remodeling Mistakes

Thinking about a remodel before you sell or planning a major upgrade? Consider these costly mistakes that many homeowners make when planning a remodeling project.   AUTHOR:VERA GIBBONS for Zillow While many Americans are ready to take on remodeling/renovation projects this spring, doing it the wrong way can be costly. Some errors to avoid: Not knowing exactly what you want If you don’t know exactly what you want or specify what you want, you’re going to get what the … [Read more...]

6 Tips For a Spring Lawn Makeover

Spring is here and the forecast calls for some sunny days and longer nights. It's time to break out the honey-do list you've been preparing all winter long and tackle some of those outside home projects. Here's a great list to get you started from The Home Depot and Yahoo. Step 1. Boost overall soil health. Spring is an excellent time to check soil health. If your lawn is compacted, aerating it will help. The holes created by the aerator allow air and water to reach roots and fertilizers to … [Read more...]

5 Smart Spending Tips for Spring Home Improvements

(ARA) - Spring home improvement season is on the way, and if you're like most homeowners you have a list of jobs you want to accomplish. Some will be small, economical do-it-yourself projects. Others may require the services of a professional and a greater monetary investment. However you accomplish your home improvement plans, it's important to do so as cost-effectively as possible. To make the most of your home improvement projects this spring, take these five steps: 1. Define what you … [Read more...]

14 Spring Home Care Tips

Checklist: Spring Maintenance by Marcus Pickett   Too many homeowners believe spring maintenance is all about the cleaning. Sure, spring cleaning comprises a big chunk of any spring home maintenance schedule, but maintenance aimed at various structures, appliances, and systems within the home is, arguably, just as important. Nearly all homeowners love to see spotless windows for that first sunny, 70-degree day, but you can't forget your roof and the possibility that ice dams formed … [Read more...]

Staging for Success

Done correctly, staging a home for sale is a very effective way to maximize selling price and reduce the time your home is on the market. Our friends over at the National Association of Realtors have put together a comprehensive page full of Staging Advice, Tips and Resources and we thought we should share it with you all. Follow this link to Realtor Magazine to access all their Staging Tips, compleete with Videos and Photos. … [Read more...]