7 Ways to Stage a Home’s Exterior


If the outside of your home makes a bad impression on potential buyers, chances of you receiving an offer that meets your expectations will diminish. Start with these steps to make your home as attractive as possible from the outside.

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Expert Home Staging Tips to Avoid Deal Killing Criticisms


If you think that home staging isn’t important, or if you’ve left it off your “to do” list entirely, you may want to rethink that position, and here’s why: Staging your home to sell before you list gets you prepared to sell and gets you better photos for your listing, which will create more views […]

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8 Easy Home Selling Tips


Why sell your home yourself? Selling a home by yourself, without an expensive real estate broker, is easier than most people think, but it will take some work on your part. You will be doing a lot of things that a real estate agent might normally do. Follow the ForSaleByOwner.com step-by-step selling guide, and you’ll […]

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Indoor Home Improvement Projects to Consider To-Do List


As an initial step in preparing your home for visitors, take a critical look at the inside and make repairs and upgrades you feel are necessary before showing your home. For instance: Consider painting where needed. Earth tones and neutral colors sell best. Decide whether flooring needs to be repaired or upgraded. Identify and repair […]

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Outdoor Home Improvement Projects To-Do List


Before you begin fixing, decluttering and staging your home in preparation for visitors, take a critical look at the outside then make a list of repairs and upgrades you feel are necessary before showing your home. For instance: Remove landscaping and or trees that block the view of what buyers are paying for. “Compliment” the […]

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Check it Off: Take Care of These Items Before You Show Your Home


Planning to sell your home in the near future? Here are some quick tips to help you prepare to invite buyers into your house. Make repairs or improvements. Replace broken tiles, fix leaky faucets and ceiling cracks, and resurface driveways, etc. Rent a storage unit to store excess furniture. Most homes show better with less […]

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How to Prepare to Sell Your Home FSBO in 5 Stages


There are a lot of details to take care of before you list your home and show it to prospective buyers. To help guide you through preparing yourself and whipping your home into shape, we’ve outlined the five basic stages of preparing: • Prepare yourself • Repair and replace • Declutter • Stage • Decide […]

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Prepare Your Home for Photos and Visitors


Buyers want to see what they are getting with your house. Before you take photos that will attract buyers, you’ll need to stage your rooms. And before you stage your rooms, you’ll need to declutter your home. Decluttering clears out extraneous, distracting materials and furnishings so buyers can quickly see the features of the house. […]

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Home Improvements that Improve FSBO Home Sales


Every day you look at your house and wonder how it could be better. You often think, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could (fill in the blank with a home improvement project)?” Before you put your home on the market, give some serious consideration to moving forward with improving your home in a way […]

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Why Staging a Home Starts Outside at the Curb


It’s the largest space any seller has to stage, but it’s often the most overlooked. Before buyers see your spacious living room, newly remodeled kitchen or master bedroom with walk-in closets and its own Jacuzzi, what’s the first thing they’ll see? The outside of your home. More than 90 percent of all buyers use the […]

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The Paperwork Every FSBO Home Seller Needs to Organize


Before your first showing, start lining up the paperwork you’ll need. Remember that different states have different regulations covering residential real estate transactions. What you did in one state may not be applicable in another state, so thoroughly research the requirements in the state in which you are selling. Start by researching requirements on your […]

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What Every Seller Needs to Know Before They Buy Their Next Home


OK, so you’re ready to sell and you are confident that you’ll attract an offer close to your listing price. That’s great. Now for the flip side question: where will you live after you close on your sale? Seems pretty basic, but there are times when selling takes longer than expected and: a) a seller […]

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6 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Selling By Owner


While there’s no doubt that preparing your home is at the top of the to-do list when selling on your own, preparing yourself psychologically for the process ahead is really step #1. If you’re not ready, chances of your sale proceeding in a smooth fashion greatly diminish. So take a deep breath, and put these […]

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How to Prepare Your House for Sale, and Yourself


Be prepared. Be very prepared. Home buyers have high expectations, and if your home doesn’t live up to those expectations they will move on quickly. But where to start? Staging? Repairs? Home improvements? Pricing? Getting your home (and yourself) ready for the selling process can seem like a daunting process. The key is understanding the process from beginning to end.

ForSaleByOwner.com has the information and tools you need to determine where you need to focus your preparation efforts to move through the journey smoothly. You’ll be ready to show your home before the first buyer walks through the door.

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Stage One: Declutter!


The average American has a lot of stuff and most of us just keep accumulating more. It was art critic John Ruskin who noted, “Every new possession loads us with new weariness,” and to survey the boxes and papers being piled high in attics and the heaps of plastic toys, electronic gear, clothing and stuff […]

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Wring Humidity from Atmosphere for Sales Appeal


The relative part of humidity, technically, is the percentage of moisture in the air relative to the maximum amount the air can hold at that temperature. It’s not an intuitive concept. But it’s clear what happens as the percentage climbs: hot weather that was bad enough feels worse. Indoors, the natural response is to dial […]

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Plant Now, Reap Curb Appeal Next Spring!


Now that spring is officially in swing, you can see how your home will appeal  to buyers next spring. If you are thinking about selling but holding back, waiting for values to firm up, consider the delay a chance to fluff up your landscaping. First,  walk your property. Note now what  is in bloom now […]

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Spring Back Staging


The spring selling season is halfway over and your house is still…your house. So what now? This is the moment to rekindle interest with some spring-back staging, suggests Traci Bridges, founder and CEO of 3 Steps to Sold, a series of staging self-help videos that show homeowners how to repeat the same three steps in […]

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Staging a Porch: Before and After


What’s wrong with this picture? Many times, staging is simply looking at your house through the eyes of a visitor who imagines herself living there. Of course, the visitor is a potential buyer, and you want your house to invite her to envision how her life would be like if she moved in. There is […]

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Staging a Kitchen: Before and After


The kitchen is one of the most important selling points for your house. Here’s how to stage your kitchen to engage buyers’ attention.   Staging is more than just cleaning up, de-cluttering and making sure that appliances, plumbing and electrical service are in working order. It’s also about appealing to the emotions of your buyer […]

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Summer Glow Staging


As we welcome in the first day of summer on June 21, remember to feature your home in its best (summer) light. Landscaping the front and back yard, planting flowers, a freshly mowed lawn and a cheery welcome mat are essential. Potential buyers need to be able to picture themselves and their family enjoying both […]

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Give Green, Get Green


  Cleaning and organizing projects around the house typically includes cleaning out cramped closets, boxing up clothes and getting to that cluttered garage. Instead of sending a truckload off to a landfill, create a second life for your extra and outgrown stuff. There’s just something satisfying about a clean closet. As you organize, you might have […]

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Get Your Money Back!


Recoup Your Reinvestment in Repair and Renovation Homeowners face a dicey dynamic. With home values eroding, they need to target repair and renovation for the greatest short-term payback, should they put their houses up for sale shortly thereafter. “Sale contracts can fall apart because of peeling paint, roof leaks, and noncompliance with local building codes.  […]

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Away With Allergens for a Sneeze-Free Home


Some people joke that they’re allergic to house cleaning. But in all seriousness, allowing dust and mold to accumulate in your home can be harmful to your health. Endotoxins shed by household dust and mold spores can cause serious allergic responses, including asthma. Here are some helpful hints for reducing allergens around your home: Mold […]

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Staging Backlash: When It’s Too Much


For a while now, I’ve been expecting a “staging” backlash. I just didn’t expect it to take this form. For anybody who hasn’t had the distinct pleasure of trying to sell a home lately, staging is the practice of stripping down — then gussying up — a residence to make it look its most appealing […]

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Get Green!


Red Lodge, Montana — Matt and Marianne McClain are “going green,” renting a house outfitted with the latest in environmentally friendly upgrades. The house is for sale by owner, but a little out of their price range. Would the energy savings bring it within their reach? Likely not. Unless the home is completely off the […]

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Shades of Green in Remodeling


Home improvement season has begun in earnest, as evidenced by the number of Dumpsters parked outside residences and major appliances waiting for the scrap truck. Spending on home remodeling projects is expected to rise almost 5 percent this year, and that would be the first annual spending increase since 2006, according to data recently released […]

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Off the Grid, On the Market, Sold!


Off the grid? What grid? The little casita in the middle of the desert is about as isolated as you can get in this century. Solar panels power the pump that draws water from 1,000 feet below the sand. Solar panels heat that water. The toilet composts. The stove uses propane. Heat stays out and […]

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Get an Inspector Who Works for You


A competent, thorough home inspector can help both buyers and sellers with a smooth sale.  Choosing a good home inspector can make a sale go much smoother. Here are some tips on how to differentiate them… Solicit recommendations from friends, colleagues and family members. Check an inspector’s credentials: A qualified home inspector must be licensed […]

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Top 10 House Defects


“Top 10″ or “Terrible 10,” these are the defects that home inspectors discover most often. 1. Poor drainage that allows water to damage the foundation. 2. Faulty heating or cooling systems that are also energy inefficient. 3. Mold, asbestos and other environmental hazards. 4. Inadequate ventilation. 5. Neglected maintenance of household appliances. Lint build-up in […]

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When to DIY…and Not


TV was once flooded with shows about finding an inexpensive property and turning it into a dream home or “flipping” it for a profit with just a little work here and there. For those who are hoping to find such an opportunity with the growing number of foreclosures, experts say it is important in this […]

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Before you buy or sell: a thorough going-over


Here are some of the types of inspections available to home buyers and sellers: The home inspection: The cost can vary from as little as $200 for smaller homes to $300 to $400 for homes of 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. Prices for larger homes and those located on hillsides will be higher, as they […]

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FHA: No backflips


This spring’s burst in home sales was fueled by Federal Housing Administration-insured loans. But if you’re thinking of slipping a flip into the FHA lending stream, think again. Regulations adopted Feb. 10 put new conditions on resales involving FHA financing. Historically, the FHA has refused to back financing of houses that hadn’t been owned for […]

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Get Ahead of New Lead Paint Regulations


The Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which took effect April 22, applies to projects undertaken by professionals at homes built before 1978 where paint is being disturbed. Each violation of the rule is punishable by a fine of $37,500.The agency has done away with an “opt-out” provision that would have exempted […]

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Two Grand Can Make Your House Grand, Too


For $2,000, you can replace your kitchen countertops or retile your bathroom — maybe even both, depending on your chosen materials. You’ll increase the value of your home and bask daily in the glow of shiny new surfaces. But isn’t that a little conventional? How about taking that same $2,000 and venturing beyond the obvious. […]

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Video: How To Stage Your Home


You only get one chance at a first impression, so make sure your home looks appealing to all potential buyers by properly staging it. Watch this video for key staging tips and hints, as well as the common staging mistakes to avoid.

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Blowout! How Ventilation Builds Value


Hidden in the ceiling, bathroom ventilation systems do what candles, air fresheners and open doors can’t: they replace steamy, smelly air with cool, clear air. That’s just as good for the bathroom as it is for its occupants, because bathroom finishes and function can be compromised in a chronically dank environment. “I think of the […]

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Stage the Invisible


What you can’t see can sell your house. But how do you stage the invisible? Scent or odor? The difference is in the nose of the beholder. Bright or glaring? It’s all in what someone sees. That’s what makes staging bathrooms so difficult: Much of what makes these small rooms appealing just can’t be fixed […]

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Putting a Price on Atmosphere


Bathroom atmosphere is all about what you can’t see. Light – well placed and plenty of it – and fresh air – thanks to well-functioning ventilation systems – put the ‘pow’ in powder rooms and make master baths rule. Guests and home buyers may not be thinking in those terms, but they certainly know light, […]

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Speed the Selling Process with a Certified Home Pre-Inspection


Certified home pre-inspection programs are designed to provide seamless real estate transactions for all parties. A certified pre-inspection guarantees that a property has been inspected and that any issues found have been addressed even before negotiation begins. Seller Advantages The main benefits that sellers receive from certified home pre-inspections relate to the marketability of their […]

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6 Simple Home Staging Tips for Fall


Having your home on the market in autumn can be a great thing. For one thing, there’s less competition. It also puts you in the unique position to market your home as the perfect place to bunker down when it’s cold outside. Utilize these staging tips for fall, and you’ll be closing before the holidays. […]

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