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4 “To Dos” Before Listing Your Home

Posted in Home Ownership, Tips for Homeowners | June 9, 2014

You made the decision to put your home up for sale, but then realized a small “face lift” could be in order. Honesty is never easy, is it? You don’t need a real estate agent to tell you that first impressions count. This is true from the curb to the front door, but also includes sights, sounds and smells from inside. Here are four “To Dos” to take care of before you list your home. For the most part, these can be done fairly inexpensively or even with a bit of elbow grease. 1. Take a Look (photo: David Sawyer) Real estate agents refer to the impression of your home between the street and your entrance way as its “curb appeal.” Ugliness, or negative curb appeal, can be a major turn-off to

Moving! 7 Tips to Make Packing Easier

Posted in Home Ownership, Home Tips and Trends, Tips for Homeowners | June 9, 2014

Life is not always like a box of chocolates, particularly when it comes time to pack up and move. Packing is stressful, whether you plan to move from a one-bedroom apartment or a 3,000 square-foot home. As is true with anything in life, a little bit of planning and forethought can go a long way. While moving strategies are not always cut-and-dried, some guiding principles do apply –  like these seven tips to make packing easier. Packing to Move: Your 7 Step Plan If you pack the wrong things in the wrong order, you’ll make things that much harder on yourself. Try it this way: 1. Clear out the clutter. Presumably, this packing thing has not been suddenly sprung upon you, and you have needed time to de-clutter your home. Think of this process as

8 Signs You Must Remodel or Seek Family Counseling

Posted in Home Equity, Home Ownership, Home Tips and Trends, Tips for Homeowners | May 9, 2014

Photo: Roseanna Dana The fantasy: a relaxing bath, with perhaps a new paperback and a glass of Pinot Gris, and no one clamoring for dinner or attention. The reality: you’re three pages into your book when husband or kids bang on the door, yelling that they need “the john, NOW!” If this annoying ritual has been going on since the kids were just out of diapers, by now you may wonder if there are deep-seated, underlying issues causing your family’s irritating behavior. It’s gotten so bad that you have stopped enjoying a glass of wine with your bath — now you just hide in a closet and down the entire bottle. Could all this dysfunction come from choosing a home with only one bathroom? You bet — now, your family

Top 5 Housewarming Gifts

Posted in Home Ownership | July 29, 2013

It’s moving season, and chances are pretty good that you’ll be attending at least one housewarming this summer. Like any good guest, you want to bring a housewarming gift that’s charming, useful, and unique. But what should that gift be? Here’s a list of five gifts (click the pics to buy) that you can give with flair. For Newbies: The Kitchen “Cake” Here is a gift that’s especially appropriate for first-time home buyers, who might not have everything they need in the kitchen. And it’s an offering that you can easily make and perfectly customize. Choose towels and kitchen items to complement your friend’s color scheme and kitchen interests — bakers might love colorful new rolling pins and flour sifters, while seafood lovers will admire their new crab crackers and lobster

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