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Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/20/2019

After you decide to sell your home, it may be only a few weeks before you need to pack up your belongings and relocate to a new address. Thus, it may be beneficial to start planning ahead for moving day. By doing so, you can sell any items you have no plans to bring to your new address before moving day arrives.

Ultimately, there are many items that you may want to sell prior to listing your residence. These items include:

1. Appliances

An outdated refrigerator, washer or dryer is unlikely to do you any favors when you show your home to potential buyers. At the same time, you may be unlikely to bring these appliances to a new home in the foreseeable future.

If your current appliances no longer serve your needs, you may want to sell your appliances and pick up new ones. New appliances may help make your home more attractive than ever before to potential buyers. Plus, you can account for the price of any new appliances when you set your home's initial asking price.

Meanwhile, you should have no trouble selling appliances online or at a yard sale. You also can donate appliances to a local charity or give them to family members, friends or others.

2. Furniture

Your couch, work desk or other furniture have been staples in your residence for many years. Yet these items may take up lots of space. And in some instances, your furniture may make it tough for you to show off the true size and beauty of your house.

When it comes to selling your current furniture, there may be no reason to wait. If you sell your current furniture today, you can earn extra cash that you can always use to buy new furniture for your new house. Furthermore, you can avoid the challenges commonly associated with moving big, bulky furniture from your current address to a new residence.

3. Decorations

As a home seller, it is important to make it simple for prospective buyers to fall in love with your residence. And if you have decorations set up around your home, it may be difficult for a buyer to envision what life may be like if he or she purchases your house. As such, if you have lawn decorations, paintings or other decorations outside and inside your home, you may want to sell these items sooner rather than later.

Selling decorations online or at a yard sale is an effective option for those who want to get rid of various decorations. On the other hand, if you need to get rid of decorations immediately, you can give your current decorations away for free.

Lastly, as you get ready to sell your home, you may want to hire a real estate agent too. With a real estate agent at your side, you can receive expert recommendations as you navigate each stage of the property selling journey. As a result, you can receive comprehensive home selling support and boost the likelihood of a fast, profitable property selling experience.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/13/2019

An entryway is the first room you enter when coming home and the first to welcome guests. Many couples have a grand entryway at the top of their wishlist when buying a new home. Make yours count with upscale upgrades that won’t break the bank. Here are my tips for creating a high-end entryway no matter the size of your budget:

Paint vent covers a new color and/or finish. This is a great subtle way to add a touch of luxury to your entryway. You can find spray paint in every tone and finish possible to match the rest of the hardware in your hall. Be sure to allow it to dry well before putting them back in place. Alternatively, you can swap out a plain grill for one with more decorative detail.

Add decorative brackets tucked against the tread on the side of your stairs for a unique handcrafted millwork detail. Paint and or stain them to match the original woodwork. This will give your home a touch of upscale elegance visitors will fawn over. If your stairs are painted consider giving them a fresh coat of paint while working on this project for a clean new feel.

Add frames to your light switch plates and paint them to match. Luxury is all about the details, quite literally. This is a quick project with big impact. Consider hunting around antique shops for a vintage option. Don’t feel you have to paint them stark white. Try a deep brown or a creme color for your plates.

Create faux baseboards along bare walls with molding. You can even create a wood-paneled look by installing molding along the halfway point of your wall and painting the area down to the baseboards all of the same color. Install molding fitted into rectangular frames along this space for a more detailed look.

Update your entryways light fixture to a piece that is more upscale and elegant. Replace flush mount light fixtures with a chandelier or pendant light that is just as stunning as it is functional. Afterall, good lighting is key to an entryway that wows.    

Add new life to your entryway with a fresh coat of paint. Rich, deep colors and neutrals feel high-end and luxurious. This is a great room to choose two colors for - one for the top half of walls and another for the bottom half. This is another way to create a unique and interesting room without installing paneling.

Bring in a runner or carpet to add a layer of depth and luxury to your entryway. While oriental style carpeting is a classic don’t be afraid to choose a pattern you love. Again, neutrals will guarantee a high end feel to the room. With that said rich, warm colors can feel chic and glamorous.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/6/2019

No matter where you live, smart planning means landscaping for your climate. While magazines, websites and home and garden television shows display verdant English gardens dripping with wisteria and spritely fountains, responsible landscaping means ecologically sustainable plants and watering systems is the way to go.

If you’re in a newly built home, designing a low-maintenance yard from scratch is more straightforward than removing an existing water-guzzling lawn. In more arid climates, consider xeriscaping—also called desert-scaping or dry-scaping—lower water use protects natural resources and native wildlife, while seamlessly flowing with the natural environment. Even in moister climes, it's wise to utilize plants that grow naturally without excessive watering. Choosing native plants with the assistance of a local garden center can start you on your way.

Plan your site use

Consider how you’ll use the space before tearing up the existing landscaping. Are the flat areas better for play spaces or for entertaining? Is there a slope or terraced area? Does water flow downhill from another yard? How does the sun, shade, wind, or other weather patterns move through the yard? Determine the best use and how weather patterns affect the area to reduce the amount of effort you’ll need to spend maintaining your landscaping.

Consider your needs:

  • Hire a professional to test your soil to see if you need to add special fertilizers.
  • Review the drainage and correct elevation issues so that water flows away from your home. A flooded basement is avoidable with proper preparation.
  • If you're new to homeownership and landscaping, think about hiring a professional to get advice or to complete the project.
  • Where possible, utilize drip irrigation systems rather than sprinklers. These reduce water waste and soil erosion. Set timers on your irrigation system to avoid overwatering and waste.
  • Try to preserve any naturally existing trees, especially native ones, but replace high-maintenance trees when necessary.
  • Choose shade-tolerant plants for areas shaded by trees or buildings.
  • Install ground cover plants, or even lava rock, gravel, or river stones to reduce water consumption and run-off.

Make space functional

For play areas, use environmentally-friendly grasses, or replace turf with pea gravel, mulch, sand or specially design playground materials made from repurposed rubber tires and other recycled products. Entertainment spaces allow for artistic use of paver stones with gravel between for drainage, raised beds that double as sitting areas and decorative pathways through your landscaping.

Simplify maintenance

Whatever your landscaping needs, careful planning to reduce maintenance requirements gives you more time to enjoy your yard. Cover any bare soil with water-permeable fabric weed barriers and layer gravel or mulch over the fabric. Advanced planning means less weeding later. Reach out to a landscape professional or garden shop for information on ordinances and specifics on safe herbicides that protect your environment while simplifying your life.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/3/2019

This beautifully updated 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath home nestled in a quiet neighborhood is set on a flat corner lot.This sweet and inviting turn-key Colonial is just waiting for you! Tastefully remodeled kitchen with an easy to clean wood laminate floor, granite counters, bright white cabinets with under counter lighting and striking backsplash open to the sunny and light Dining Room. Enjoy holiday gatherings or movie watching in the front to back living room bathed in natural sunlight through the picture window. The second floor presents a lovely landing, spacious master bedroom with a large walk-in closet, full updated tiled bath and two additional bedrooms. Amenities include first floor remodeled half bath, glass enclosed porch, hardwood floors, electric radiant heat controls in every room, new architectural roof, new water heater and partially fenced yard in a nice neighborhood. Close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment and highways. Stop looking; you have just found your new home!

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Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/3/2019

Beautiful corner unit condo at desirable Meadow View was completely updated in 2015 and ready for you to just move in. This bright and spacious, open concept 1 Bedroom condo shows quality craftsmanship throughout. Maple cabinets with under counter lighting, granite counters, glass backsplash and Stainless-Steel appliances reconfigured for maximum storage. The sparkling designer bath with tub, vanity, linen closet with “linen tile” has easy access from both the Living Room and the spacious Bedroom with its oversized closet and wide louvered blinds. Additional features include in-building laundry, attic with storage unit, commercial grade flooring, built-in air conditioner, newer woodwork and windows The Meadow View complex also offers an inground swimming pool and basketball court. This location is close to all major highways, schools, restaurants and Weir Hill (great for hiking, walks, fishing). See this terrific condo today or it might be gone tomorrow!

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