That’s a Bedroom?!?

Buyers often narrow their on-line search for homes by specifying the desired number of bedrooms.  So when is a bedroom not really a bedroom?  It's not unusual to see an MLS listing proclaiming that the featured house has "X" number of bedrooms but the less prominent text reveals that the existing number of bedrooms is actually "X-1".  People (and building codes) differ on whether it's proper to count a room as a bedroom if it : lacks a closet and/or an egress window; or was structurally converted to a dining room but could become a bedroom again; or lacks a heat source (yep, … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Put a Lid on It

Everyone has a few pet peeves - things about everyday life we find especially annoying, but that other people wouldn't notice.  Sometimes we know exactly why that thing irritates us.  Other times, we just know that it irritates, and that's all we care to know.  One of my pet peeves is the commode lid left in the "up" position.  I wasn't always that way.  Growing up, no one in my family … [Read more...]

Painting for Profit and Pizazz

Fresh paint offers the highest return on investment for home improvements, but choosing just the right color can be difficult.  Wouldn't it be great if you knew what a professional home stager would recommend?   To assist my real estate clients, I gathered the colors that home-staging professionals use most often.  This list focuses exclusively on Benjamin Moore paint because it was the favorite brand of the surveyed home-stagers.   If you want to see these colors without leaving home, Benjamin Moore's website has a virtual fan deck and other tools for paint selection.  Go to … [Read more...]

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