Home & Garden

Top Kitchen Features Homebuyers

Most homeowners have a vision of what their next home will look like, even before they begin searching. The kitchen is often called the "heart of the home." It is where we gather to share meals and toast in celebration with family and friends. Here are the top kitchen features homebuyers want, according to a 2013 survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors .Respondents that had purchased a home within the past two years were asked what kitchen features ranked highest. [...]

5 Home-Selling Secrets

One of the best secrets of home-selling is to spruce up the yard, walkways and porch to enhance curb appeal with potential buyers. Adding a fresh coat of paint, planting flowers and shrubs will make your home "smile." When preparing for resale, follow these 5 home-selling secrets to maximize interest from potential buyers. Home-Selling Secret #1: Price it right! First, find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. Spring for a professional appraisal and [...]

Planning a home remodel

As exciting as the idea of planning a home remodel might seem, the process can be unpredictable and overwhelming when construction begins. To manage expectations before, during and after, be decisive and deliberate in the choices you make. If you change your mind in the middle of construction, it will add extra costs to the bottom line and extra time to the final completion and inspection dates. Plan ahead and do plenty of research. Tour homes and showrooms for ideas you [...]

Easy Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the look and feel you get from the outward appearance of a home and the first impression your home gives to potential homebuyers. When your home has good curb appeal and you’ve set the stage for an inviting place to call home, everyone - including potential homebuyers want to see what’s inside. That’s why good curb appeal is one of the most important factors in selling your home. With a few simple improvements you can dramatically [...]