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Selling Your Home

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

If you are selling your home you want two things to happen; you want it sold fast and you want top dollar for it. But these two things do not simply happen by chance. You need to put some effort into selling your home.

By following a few simple rules you can increase the odd that you will sell your home quickly and pocket a nice amount of money.

Let Go
You need to stop viewing your home as “my house” and start viewing it as “a house.” Look at it as a product that needs to be sold. Take your emotions out of it. Picture yourself handing over the keys to a happy buyer and you getting in your car and driving away for good.

Take down all the family photos, heirlooms and personal items that make your home unique. You want to make sure it appeals to the largest number of buyers possible and that can’t happen if your personal belongings are still in the home.

Prospective buyers need to see themselves living in your home and that is going to be difficult if it looks like you still live there.

Remove all the clutter from your home. Take the knickknacks, books and other small personal items and store them away. Keep clean lines throughout the home. The less your buyers are distracted the better.

Organize Closets and Cupboards
Buyers have a tendency to snoop around a bit and will sometimes open bedroom closets and kitchen cabinets. The last thing you want is them to see a closet stuffed to the ceiling or a dirty cabinet.

Clean out and organize all your closets and cabinets so they look spotless. This will give buyers the impression that you have taken excellent care of your home throughout the years. Also, you should keep a box of items that you use daily, like toiletries, stored in one of your closets to keep them out of sight of the prospective buyers.

Make Cosmetic Repairs
If you have a leaky faucet or a cracked floor tile now is the time to fix them. These small imperfections can add up and deter many buyers. Replace burnt out lightbulbs and worn out rugs. All these minor fixes can be accomplished in a weekend and will help present your home in the best possible light.

Top Kitchen Remodels

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Remodeling the kitchen can make daily life more enjoyable and much easier, whether you're adding in one electrical socket or stripping out every tile, cabinet, and countertop. Any home improvement project can spiral over budget and out of control in a moment, so use the following tips to maintain your budget and sanity.

1. Work with Your Home

The old adage of "You can't fit a square peg in a round hole", while potentially incorrect due to the unspecified size of the openings, is incredibly important when deciding what you will be doing with your kitchen. Measure every space and make note of the wiring, plumbing, and supporting structure surrounding the kitchen.

2. Consider Repurposing and Repair

Not every problem is best resolved by complete replacement. An old cabinet that doesn't match your new decor could be stripped and recolored rather than tossed, or you can paint over the old floor tiling instead of buying a new set. Simply go through your inventory and consider ways to reuse and recycle before you label something as trash.

3. DIMY (Do It Mostly Yourself)

Despite the complicated nature of a modern home and the overwhelming amount of work remodeling takes, it is possible to do a substantial percentage of the work without the aid of a professional. Armed with a standard set of tools and access to the Internet, you can tackle almost any job. The only times you should hire a professional are when advanced tools that you don't possess are required or performing the task inadequately could result in harm to yourself or the kitchen.

4. Use the Bounty of Bargains

Once you have decided on the plan of action, acquiring the raw materials and tools you need at the best cost is the last step before remodeling. The average person will go to their local building supply store and purchase everything they need from there, but a little bit of shopping around can dramatically reduce the total cost. Consult online retailers to find the most competitive public listings, then go shopping locally with the knowledge to find the best deals. Also, remember that you don't have to purchase all of your materials in one place.

5. Make a Plan

Before you commit any changes to your kitchen, have a complete plan of action. With enough forethought, the daunting task of renovating can be broken down into easily accomplishable steps.

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