Pack and Purge

Being the youngest grandchild on my mom’s side of the family, I inherited a lot of clothes and toys.  I don’t think we turned away any hand-me-down.  For the most part, I didn’t mind.  I like having shelves of books, even if some of the pages were torn or written in.  I didn’t mind having…

Selling Stress

Going through the process of selling my home, I can sympathize with the stress sellers feel the first couple weeks after accepting a offer.  Most purchase and sale agreements come with what is called an inspection contingency.  This allows the buyer a set window of time that they can make an appointment to inspect the…

While You Wait

“I’m waiting for the girl who will water my camels,” said a boy from my college dorm.  He and his group of friends decided that rather than take girls out on dates and get to know them, they would ask God to just send one to their door that would say something pre-ordained so they…

Which Sells Better?

If I had the choice, I wouldn’t live in my house while trying to sell it.  It is exhausting maintaining a show ready appearance: no dishes in the sink, no unmade beds, no laundry on the floor, in other words, no signs of life.  However, a home that is clean, de-cluttered, and staged will sell…

Ready to Show!

So, you’ve decided to sell your home and you are ready to start showing it off.  Your agent has told you that you need to clean and declutter, but what does that mean?  One person’s decor is another person’s clutter.  How can you appeal to the most people possible?  Should you pack up everything other…

The Best Return On Investment

Our family recently installed new recessed lighting in our family room.  We replaced the spot light on one side and track lights on the other with six adjustable pot lights that flood the room with brightness.  I no longer complain about shadows keeping me from seeing my needlework and we can dim the lights for…

Be a Friend to Your Frig

Did you know your frig is one of the top reasons for home insurance claims? Minerals in water clog ice makers, food particles can clog the drain, and leaking water lines can damage cabinets, walls, and floors.  Take the time to care for your refrigerator and it will take care of you. Keep it level….

My Kind of Gifts

Tis the season for gift buying guides.  Often when I read the suggestions listed in magazines I think to myself, “That looks like something that will be at Goodwill by next year at this time.”  I’m cursed with a practicality that makes it difficult for me to buy anything at a “gift” store.  I don’t…

Marks of Quality

All home builders advertise that they offer quality construction, but what does that mean?  How can buyers evaluate the quality of new construction without seeing the work in progress? Here are three elements of quality to consider and ways you can determine a home’s quality. Workmanship.  Even a novice can tell when finish work has…

Quick Fixes with Big Returns

Thinking about selling your home but feel like there is too much to do?  Wanting to make the most money you can from a sell without putting much money into home improvement projects?  Here are a few inexpensive things you can do that will add value to your home and help you sell faster. Prune…

How to Choose an Agent

Buying a house can be a roller coaster ride and having a great real estate agent can mean the difference between a gut-wrenching experience and a joyful thrill.  How do you go about finding the right person to guide you through the homebuying process?  Here are a few suggestions: Ask your friends and family.  Personal…

Obstacles to Home Ownership

Much has been written and reported about the difficulties young adults face in our economic times.  Wages have stagnated, inflation has not. An income that could support a family of four fifty years ago cannot pay the rent on a two-bedroom apartment in today’s dollars.  With the rising cost of higher education, those who have…