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How to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New

by Terri's Team

Hardwood Floors: Preventive Maintenance

Cut hardwood-floor cleaning time with smart preventive maintenance. Position mats both outside and inside exterior doors to lessen tracked-in dirt. In rainy weather, include a boot removal area to avoid damage from water.

Prevent marks by using floor protectors under furniture and by using rugs in play areas to ensure children don't scratch the floor.

Hardwood Floors: Basic Care

Speed up the cleaning process by first dusting the floor with a mop that has been treated with a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt, and pet hair that might scratch the floor surface. For weekly or biweekly cleaning, vacuum with a floor-brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner or an electric broom. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar attachment, which can scratch a wood floor's finish. For quick dusting, use disposable electrostatic cloths, available at stores.

Hardwood Floors: Deeper Cleaning

Dirt, oil, and grime build up over time and aren't completely removed by a weekly dust mopping. For occasional deep cleaning (consider doing the cleaning in the spring or just before the winter holidays), use a wood-cleaning product diluted according to the label instructions. Saturate a sponge or rag mop in the water, then wring it almost dry so it feels only slightly damp to the touch. Damp-mop the floor, being careful to prevent standing water on the floor. Rinse with a clean mop dampened in clear water, but only if the cleaning product requires it. Wipe up excess liquid because standing water can damage wood surfaces. If the weather is humid, operate a ceiling fan or the air-conditioner to speed up drying.

Hardwood Floors: Removing Marks

Consider your floor's finish before trying to remove a mark. If the stain is on the surface, your floor probably has a hard finish, such as urethane. If the stain has penetrated through to the wood, the floor probably has a soft oiled finish -- common in older homes whose floors have not been refinished and resealed. Wipe surface stains from a hard finish with a soft, clean cloth. Never use sandpaper, steel wool, or harsh chemicals on such a surface because they can permanently damage the finish.

The following remedies are for hardwood floors with soft oiled finishes. If needed, end each treatment by staining the wood, then waxing and buffing the spot to match the rest of the floor.

Dark spots and pet stains: Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the area is still dark, apply bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak into the wood for about an hour. Rinse with a damp cloth.

Heel marks: Use fine steel wool to rub in floor wax.

Oil-base stains: Rub the area with a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent to break down the grease. Rinse with clear water. If one or more applications don't work, repeat the procedure. Keep children and pets out of the room until you're done. Let the spot dry, then smooth the raised grain with fine sandpaper.

Water marks or white stains: Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the stain goes deeper, lightly sand the floor and clean with fine steel wool and odorless mineral spirits.



Spotlight Local Business of the Week - The Bleckley Inn

by Kecia Burkart

Taking a trip to Anderson, SC and looking for a place to stay?  The Bleckley Inn is located in the heart of downtown Anderson, South Carolina. The Bleckley Inn offers guests rooms and suites with a touch of sophistication, Southern history and the elegance of a boutique hotel experience.

If you are looking to pamper yourself and spend a night wandering Downtown Anderson this is the perfect place to stay.  The Bleckley Inn is unique, while other hotels in Anderson are chains and located by the hustle and bustle of I-85.  

The Inn stands on one of the most historic sites in Anderson, SC. Wooden floors and exposed brick from more than 100 years ago combined with the technology and conveniences of today create a perfect combination of simplicity and splendor. 

This luxurious 14-room getaway currently offers The Carriage House for weddings and events and accommodating conference rooms for retreats and meetings. They also have 8 Plaza Rooms located at the Main Street Square with a rooftop venue.

As you leave the Inn to take a stroll downtown Anderson, SC, you will find our neighbor the Lilia Day Spa, Figs - a delicious deli serving the best ice cream, fine & causal dining such as Summa Joes, Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill, Mellow Mushroom, Dolittles and more, plus a assortment of bars from a sophisticated cigar bar to a hometown staple that serves the best cheese burgers in town, The Uptown Lounge. There are a variety of shops and antique stores.


Update Your Bathroom for Under $200

by Kecia Burkart


Simple updates to your bathroom can go a long way, whether you are getting ready to sell your home or simply need an inexpensive redesign. From a fresh coat of paint to updating the countertops, you have plenty of affordable update options. Research shows that the more effort you put into getting your home ready for sale, the faster it will sell and the more likely you will get what you ask for.

Buy a New Shower Curtain

Look at your old shower curtain. Is it dingy? Moldy? Just changing out your shower curtain can make a difference in the bathroom. Go for one that is neutral so that it opens up the space. Avoid busy patterns and too bright of colors if you can. If you want to add personality, but still keep it neutral, try a ruffled shower curtain

Swap Out the Faucet

Faucets for a bathroom can run anywhere from $19 up to $200. You don’t need a fancy new faucet to get the attention of the buyer. Just update to something new, modern and that suits the bathroom. Faucet swaps are not only cheap, but they’re easy to do. In fact, if you have 15 minutes, you could change out your faucet today and give your vanity a fresh new look.  

Repaint the Bathroom

You won’t need a lot of paint for the bathroom and that fresh coat will give the room a whole new look. Opt for a neutral color that is easy for the buyer to picture their own style in, such as light gray, beige or white. For humid rooms like bathrooms, choose a semi-gloss or satin finish. 

Add Wall Accents

Board and batten or bead board are easy wall accents that make a big difference. Home improvement stores carry sheets that you can adhere to the wall and accent with chair rails and molding. The project does take a little time to measure and then paint, but the difference it makes is well worth it. And, you can easily add either to your bathroom for under $200. 

Change Out the Vanity

You would be surprised at how affordable vanities are. In fact, you can find a decent, more modern vanity for under $150 at your local home improvement store. If you are looking for something more designer-grade, check out clearance houses or local listings. Builders and designers will clearance their stock of extra vanities — meaning you could walk away with a $500 vanity for up to 50 percent or more off. 

Source - Porch

Radio – T.L. Hanna High School Treasured Student

by Kecia Burkart

James “Radio” Kennedy, a 67 year old, mentally challenged man who showed up on football field one day in the mid-1960’s with a transistor radio held to his ear.  He was nicknamed “Radio” by the T.L. Hanna coaches and players because of that famous transistor radio and his love for music. Radio was a teenager that could barely speak, could not write or read and was wary of people, yet he loved to watch the Yellow Jackets football players practice from the distance at the old McCants field.

The football field where T.L. Hanna practiced in those days was nearby Radio’s house, he came to the practices on a regular basis, standing by and watching the players and the coaches.  One day,  Radio started to mimic the coaches and that could have been taken as insult but it wasn’t.  That day Radio was embraced by the coaches and it was the begriming of him becoming part of the team, part of a school, and part of a community.

I went to TL Hanna in the 1980's and when I think of Radio it brings a smile to my face.  I remember him walking down the crowded halls saying, “Hey!” , giving high fives, hugging your neck, he was full of simply joy - happy. Radio was always willing to help out students, teachers, the coaches anyone he perceived could benefit from his giving.  I will forever remember the permanent big grin on his face.  He was just happy to be at  T.L. Hanna.  He was delighted to belong.

I am proud of my alma mater.  In the 70’s I am sure it was a very controversial thing to have a mentally challenged man in a high school full of teenagers.  As a student, I knew even then, there was something wonderful and unusual going on in my high school with Radio among us.  Radio had the innocence of a child.  It was uncommon to have an adult in the 11th grade but there was Radio who was in his 30's at the time.  If someone joked at him, he just did not understand it, he would shrug it off, smile and give them a compliment.  I remember one time he saw students being unruly to one another and walked up and said, "You be nice.  You are nice.  Right?  You are nice."  the situation immediately was dissolved among the students.  That was the magic of Radio - he just wanted everyone to do the right thing.  Coach Jones, his family and numerous others made it possible for Radio to be part of our school, the community - disabled or not. Radio needed the interaction, the students needed to see how being different wasn't a bad thing.  For all of those who helped Radio along the way I bet they would say they received more than they gave.

Somehow along the way, a Hollywood studio movie was made named, Radio.  The movie cast included famous actors such as; Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger.  The movie spurred a media frenzy in Anderson, SC with articles and news reports in prestigious publications such as; Sports Illustrated, ESPN and even CBS News.  The articles were different but the story was the same.  A story of how Coach Jones embraced a boy near a football field, took him under his wing, gave him a life at T.L. Hanna and how this relationship changed the school. The message was simple - Compassion, Love and Do The RIght Thing  because it is the right thing to do.  

Radio is still at T.L. Hanna as the most famous student forever a Junior (he has permanent status) and Coach Jones continues to watch over him.  As my son enters T.L. Hanna in a year I hope he will see the joy in Radio while he walks through the halls, stands on the sideline of the football field and learns as I did, one man helping another can make a difference - it did for Radio.  

Mistakes Home Buyers Make When Making Low Offers

by Kecia Burkart

Buyers can sometimes be unrealistic when making offers on properties by low balling the offer.  The market will determine if a low ball offer will work or a high motivated Seller with the ability to financially afford to let their house go for less than it is worth.  A low ball offer can also blow up in your face when an offended Seller decides just not to deal with Buyer at all.  So be cautious when attempting an offer that is low and you know it is too low.

Here are six mistakes people commonly make when making a lowball offer.

1. Not understanding the market

Before submitting an offer, your real-estate agent should do a full comparative market analysis of the property to determine what its fair market value is for the property.

A low ball offer may work in a Buyers market (when there is a large number of homes on the market for sale and not has many Buyers willing to buy).  After neighborhood comps are pulled if real estate agent sees the house has been on the market for a considerable amount of time an aggressive low offer could be considered.

But in other markets, a low offer won't get you far.  In the Upstate SC market, Sellers today see that inventories are down, interest rates are historically low, and there is an eagerness for purchase right now because of those factors.  Therefore, Sellers will hold closer to their asking prices.

2. Not picking the right real-estate agent

Some real-estate agents caution buyers against making an offer that is so low it could offend the seller and halt negotiations. But sometimes agents are too reluctant to make aggressive offers. Your real estate agent must be focused on completing a deal with a sharp set of negotiation skills. 

If you do not hire an agent that is full time, with experience and an expert in the market you are buying in, find another agent.  These are must have traits in a Realtor that can well represent you.

3. Not backing up your price

The way the offer is presented when making an offer that's substantially less than the asking price is key. A low offer could start negotiations off on the wrong foot if you're not careful. The key is for your agent to explain the offer when presented and send comparables to back up the offer.

Sellers want to know why you're coming in so low. So include any issues with the property that validate why your offer is so low.  Present the offer in a business manner with highly criticizing the property. 

4. Not knowing what you're willing to pay

Buyers these days have a strong motivation to get the best possible price on a property, everyone wants a great deal.  Before negotiations begin, it's important for a buyer to decide what his walk-away price is.  Don’t offer you final bottom asking price first, leave room to negotiate.  You will lose integrity if you say it's your "best and final" offer, but then are willing to come up with a few thousand dollars more in order to buy the property.

But remember Sellers have limits, too, most often dictated by the amount of home equity they have and if they have cash to bring to closing.

5. Not making a clean and easy offer

When you make a low bid, you want other elements of the offer to be attractive to the seller. And a deal that can close quickly will often have appeal. A deal with no closing cost paid by the Seller is also a great way to go. Make sure there are as few contingencies as possible. A fair amount of earnest money  will show the Seller you are serious. Also, make sure to have your lender preapproval letter.

6. Assuming cash will always get you the best deal

Cash is king, but in the end, a Seller often wants the most money for his home — regardless of whether the Buyer needs a mortgage or not. So don't think making an all-cash bid will automatically mean an accepted offer.

Source - MSN

Carolina Wren Park - Downtown Anderson SC

by Kecia Burkart

Carolina Wren Park serves as a retreat and gathering place in Downtown Anderson. The multi-use facility lends itself to a wide variety of activities for people of all ages and interests. The site is a venue for concerts, theatre performances, cultural events, festivals, weddings and reunions.

Carolina Wren Park is operated by the City of Anderson and is maintained by the City of Anderson Parks and Recreation Department. It is open sunrise to sunset* and is patrolled regularly by the City of Anderson Police Department.


Wren Pavilion: The red brick building located on the left of the site will house storage, restrooms, a warming kitchen for events, and also functions as an open air pavilion for the park. Maximum number of persons seated is approximately 200, standing is 440; this includes the overlook.

Stage /Spray Plaza: The Stage/Spray Plaza is the focal point of the site which includes the water wall and the interactive splash pad which includes LED lighting and music integration. This feature gives offers scripted water and light show. The water wall and interactive splash pad creates the plaza area.

Hours for Waterqall & Spray Pad

Sunday - Thursday 9 am - 10 pm
Friday & Saturday 9 am - 11 pm
Light Show (on the hour lasting 30 minutes)
Sunday - Thursday 6 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 6 pm - 10:30 pm

Spray Pad:
Sunday Noon - 2:30 pm 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Monday - Saturday 11 am -1:30 pm 3 pm - 5:30 pm
Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Continuous during the event

Courtyard: The gold building located on the right of the site has been incorporated into the park. The west wall has been removed creating a courtyard which complements the park with additional seating/programming space. The front façade remains and allows pedestrian access.

Amphitheater: The amphitheater incorporates a green lawn and low stone walls to sit on; it is located next to the monumental staircase which makes a grand entrance into the amphitheater. Maximum number of persons seated is 240, standing is 460


Tips for a Fashionable & Pet-Friendly Home

by Kecia Burkart

Many people are letting their houses go to the dogs and the cats and the birds without sacrificing style or comfort. Instead of banishing their furry friends to the yard, many pet owners are decorating and remodeling their living spaces with their pets' needs in mind and turning pet-friendly decorating into a full-blown trend.

1. Vacuum regularly.

Even if you match your chaise to your Cocker Spaniel so perfectly the hairballs are barely visible, vacuum puppy’s hair off the furniture at least twice a week. You may need to vacuum daily when your pet is shedding.

2. Bathe and groom your pet often.

Keeping your dog or cat clean will help your house stay cleaner, longer. Trimmed nails won't scratch floors or upholstery. Regularly brushing and bathing removes loose hair before it ends up on your floor, your bed, your throw pillows and your curtains. Furniture and rugs will last longer if they don't need to be washed as often. Think of it this way: It's easier to clean your dog than your upholstery, and it's usually more fun.

3. Use stain-resistant fabrics.

Forget silk, chintz or the pet-hair magnet known as velvet. Discover the joys of Crypton, a nearly indestructible, synthetic fabric that's resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws.

Leather is a good choice, easy to clean and durable. Most grades of leather will suffer only scratches from Fido or Fluffy's claws, but hey, the scratches add patina.

Then there's Ultrasuede, a machine-washable microfiber that feels as smooth and seductive as real suede. It's beautiful, and it always stays cool and comfortable no matter the climate. That's important for your and your animal's comfort.

4. Put washable fabrics on your bed.

If your dog or cat sleeps with you there will be accidents. Protect your mattress from the inevitable by covering it with a thick pad. Use cotton sheets, preferably in a medium color or a pattern that can hide the pet hair and stains between washings. For bedspreads, duvet covers work well because you can take them off and wash them regularly.

5. Skip wall-to-wall carpet.

Carpet absorbs odors, traps pet hair and soaks up inevitable pet-related stains like a sponge. If you must have carpet, choose a low pile. It's easier to clean if there's an accident. And avoid continuous loop carpet because a pet toenail can unravel it by catching a single woven loop.

6. Choose hard surface floors.

Bare floors are the way to go, but bare doesn't have to be boring. Painted concrete is lovely and durable, as are terrazzo and brick. Hardwood floors are simple to mop or vacuum and add a warm glow to a room, but keep in mind that large dogs can scratch wood.

The best floor is ceramic tile, because it's easy to clean and resistant to any stain an animal can dish out. Tile is toenail-proof, it makes a room look sleek and elegant, and it gives furry animals a cool place to nap during hot weather. Porous materials like marble or other natural stones aren't as pet-proof as other hard surfaces, since acids present in pet “accidents” stain them, even if they're sealed.

7. Match colors to your pet's fur.

Your pet can be a source of inspiration when choosing colors for your room. Paint a concrete floor the same shade of gray as your cat. Cover your sofa in a honey microfiber that matches your golden retriever. This isn't just an aesthetic shout-out to your pet; it's also a practical choice because the hair they leave behind won't be as visible. Put a white floor in a house with a black Lab, you're going to have black fur balls everywhere, most all of the time.

Source - HGTV

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

by Kecia Burkart


Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home.

Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right

Ask your Realtor what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Selling Secret #8: Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

Selling Secret #7: Play the agent field
A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong Realtor. Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.

Selling Secret #6: Conceal the critters
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.

Selling Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.

Selling Secret #4: Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it, family photos are fine as long has they are not to many.  Buyers like to look at photos of the people that live there, just don’t go overboard with photos in every room. The more personal stuff in your house (like large collections of items, memorabilia, personal keepsakes) the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. And always de-clutter.  Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. Clutter looks like no storage.

Selling Secret #3: The kitchen comes first
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

Selling Secret #2: Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

Selling Secret #1: The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.

Source - HGTV

How to Choose a Great Contractor for Your Remodel

by Kecia Burkart

It’s the contractor you pick who makes or breaks your remodeling project. Finding the right contractor for your job will determine the quality and timeliness of the work, and the amount of emotional and financial stress you will have to deal with. 

To make sure you are getting the best work from a contractor, here are five questions to ask the candidates. Tip: Listen for how prospective contractors answer your questions. Difficulty communicating now means difficulty communicating on the job later.

1. Would you please itemize your bid?

Many contractors prefer to give you a single, bottom-line price for your project, but this puts you in the dark about what they are charging for each aspect of the job. For example, if the original plan calls for upgraded fixtures in your bathroom but you decide not to install them, how much should you be credited for eliminating that work? With a single bottom-line price, you have no way to know.

If you get an itemized bid, it will show the costs for all of the various elements of the job, including:

  • Demolition and hauling trash
  • Framing and finish carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical work
  • HVAC
  • Tiling or other floor covering installations
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Drywall and painting

That makes it easier to compare different contractor prices.  If you need to cut the project costs, you can easily figure your options. Plus, an itemized bid becomes valuable documentation about the scope of your project, which may eliminate disputes later.

2. Is your bid an estimate or a fixed price?

Some contractors treat their bids as estimates, meaning bills could wind up being higher in the end. Be sure to request a fixed price bid instead.

If a contractor says he can’t offer a fixed price because there are too many unknowns about the job, then try to eliminate the unknowns.  If you can’t resolve the unknowns, have the project specs describe only what he expects to do. If additional work is needed, you can do a change order—a written mini-bid for new work.

3. How long have you been doing business in this town?

A contractor who has been practicing his trade locally for five or ten years has an established network of subcontractors and suppliers in the area and a local reputation to uphold. That makes him a safer bet than a contractor who is either new to the business or planning to commute to your job from 50 miles away.

Ask for a business card with a nearby address, not a P.O. Box.  Also, ask for references from one or two of his latest clients.

4. Who are your main suppliers?

Contractors are networked with their suppliers. You can tap into information on your contractor’s reliability and level of quality by talking to their suppliers such as: tile shops, kitchen and bath showrooms, lumber yards or the pro desk at your favorite home improvement center.

Ask about a contractor’s professional reputation, if he’s reliable about paying his bills — and whether he’s someone they would want to hire.  Your contractor should have no qualms about telling you where he gets his materials if he’s an upstanding customer.

5. I’d like to meet the job foreman

Many contractors don’t actually swing hammers. They spend their days bidding new work and managing their various jobs and workers. That makes the job foreman, the one who’s working on your project every day and the most important member of your team.

Meet the foreman in person, ask to go meet him at his current project and see if his current job is running smoothly. Asking to meet the foreman on the job gives your general contractor an incentive to assign you one of his better crews.

If your contractor says he will be running the job himself, ask whether he will be there every day. He will want to give you a positive response, something you can hold him to later on.


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How To Sell Your Home On A Tight Timeline

by Kecia Burkart

Selling your home can be stressful under normal circumstances. But add a deadline to the mix, or trying to sell your house and buy another one at the same time and your blood pressure goes up just thinking about it.

Whatever the reason, you’re in luck: Now’s a great time to sell! According to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors, 41% of recent home sales were on the market for less than a month.  If other homeowners can do it, you can too! Sell your home in record time with these simple tips.

Choose a Great Real Estate Agent

Hire a Realtor with expertise and experience in YOUR market.  Ask questions about how they communicate with their clients.  Ask how many transactions they have completed in the past year.  Do they work part time or full time?  Ask them what is their area of expertise and do they have referrals of past clients they can provide for you.

Don’t waste your time on an agent who only sells a handful of homes a year. It takes more than a sign in your yard to sell your home fast. You need a pro with a plan, and a short deadline calls for the best in the business. A true pro knows there’s strength in numbers and brings a creative mind and a mile-long contacts list to expose your home to as many buyers as possible

Price the Home to Sell

Again, this is where you need a great Listing Agent with real estate experience.  If you price it too high buyers will pass it up without ever stepping through the door. Price it too low, and you’ll give it away to the first taker. Consult with your Realtor to find a happy medium so you don’t lose time or money. Your agent can help you set a competitive price by comparing recent sales of homes in your area.

It doesn’t matter how much you paid for it eight years ago or what you owe on your mortgage. Your home is worth what buyers will pay, plain and simple.

Accentuate the Positive

Staging spotlights your home’s best features while downplaying its problem areas. It starts with cleaning and decluttering and can include painting and rearranging furniture, among other tasks. The goal is to create a welcoming environment that’s easy for buyers to see as their own.

You can hire a professional stager, ask your Realtor’s opinion of what to do or do it yourself. Either way, it’s well worth your time and money. A recent study by the Real Estate Staging Association found that homes that were staged before being listed sold in an average of 26 days. That’s 87% faster than those that sat on the market for several months before being staged!

Use Professional Photos

Today’s buyers rely heavily on the Internet in their search for the perfect home, and photos play a big role in capturing their attention. According to the Wall Street Journal, photos are the first thing buyers go to in the MLS listing and where they spend most of their time.

That’s why it’s important to put your best face forward. Save your smartphone camera for family snapshots. This job calls for a professional photographer or at least a very good camera and someone with an eye for photography. Schedule your photo shoot for a time of day when the sun casts the perfect light on your home and make sure every room looks catalog-ready.

Marketing Plan

Ask your Realtor what their Marketing plan is. Some Realtors enter your listing in the MLS and that is all.  Other Realtors buy enhanced packages on, have highly ranked websites, market to other Realtors, have Buyer clients already looking for homes.


Source - Dave Ramsey

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