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Curb appeal is a key component to attracting buyers. Here are some tips for your home…

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!
  • There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens!
  • Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is a great resource for finding local contractors who can help!
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Preparing your home to sell doesn’t always mean you have to spend a lot of money…

Tips for Preparing Your House For Sale

Tips for Preparing Your House For Sale [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Highlights:

  • When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!
  • There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens!
  • Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is a great resource for finding local contractors who can help!


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Selling? 10 tips for decorating your porch for the holidays

Are you one of the thousands of sellers who has your home on the market this holiday season?  Are you torn between whether or not you should decorate at all?  Depending on which article you read, or who you speak with, will impact the advice and opinion you receive.  I am always pro-decorating for the holidays, with one simple caveat – it must be tasteful decor!  No big plastic Santa on the roof.  Or oversized inflatables on the front yard…

Plenty of people disagree with me and believe instead that holiday decorations increase the risk of offending someone.  In over 20 years of selling real estate, I have never had a buyer be offended by holiday decorations.  Instead, the decorated homes tend to appear a bit more welcoming, and warmer – which is an added bonus during a Chicago winter!

Just keep the decor tasteful.  Simple.  Soft.  Tone it down from your typical annual display.  Garlands on a staircase, garnished with twinkling lights.  A lightly staged mantled, dressed with stockings and candles.  The Christmas tree, tucked in the corner or filling the oft empty space of a bay window.

And do not forget the entry.  Especially if you are in a cold climate where a buyer will be standing, looking around, while the agent fidgets with opening the lockbox.  Again, keep it simple.  Want some ideas?  Check out this post from tatertots & jello, offering 10 tips for a terrific porch display.  Happy Holidays!

10 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Porch for the Holidays | eBay


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So are we! Stop by and follow our home-related boards!

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Fall influenced decor

Oranges, yellows & reds seem to be mostly associated with the Fall season. However, these wonderfully warm colors are great to use all year long.  Especially in colder climates, or dimly lit spaces (like the north rooms of a home).  Want to warm up your home’s decor?  Take a look at some of these ideas …

Fall Color Schemes


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Get your creative juices flowing…

Last night I was sitting on the couch in my family room, after returning home from an evening walk with my dogs.  I have lived in this house for 8 years now.  And for 8 years I have stared at a blank wall on one side of the room, and a beautiful cherry Federal mantle on the other side.  Both are screaming for attention.  I think that it is time I do something to spice them up.  One of these ideas just may do it!  Or at least get my creative juices flowing…

Which one is your favorite?

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Need a change at #home? Try this…

The best part about paint?  You can easily change it if you don’t like the end result!
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