Color Conundrums

When it's time to update a color scheme in your home, where do you turn for inspiration?  Traditionally, I looked for great color combinations at fabric stores.  I'd bring home swatches of the most intriguing ones to see how they worked in the room's lighting.  It's a practical low-tech, low cost way to play with color mixtures and textures. I recently discovered a couple of websites that let you experiment with color.   The first website is ColorPicker.com.  Simply move the cursor around the multicolored square and bar until you see a color you like.  Then click on one of four links to … [Read more...]

Smells That Sell

Right now, some Realtor® is saying “If it smells, it doesn’t sell” to a client because their house needs a scent make-over.  Smells bad, that is.  But what about pleasant odors?  There are several schools of thought about which aromas are the most buyer-friendly. … [Read more...]

Ten Things We Forget to Clean

A clean house improves the chances of selling faster and at a higher price.  You may have also heard the real estate maxim that "the way we live in our house is not the way it should be staged when up for sale."  Similarly, properly cleaning a house that's on the market differs from routine cleaning.   Sellers too often become oblivious to the details in their familiar surroundings while buyers are on high-alert to spot anything dirty.  So after your thorough cleaning is done, check the list below to see if you should keep scrubbing. Clean all lighting fixtures, both inside and outside.  … [Read more...]

Showing Prep for the Truly Clueless

OK, most of you can skip this post.  You already know this stuff.  But some people don't and they also don't know just how clueless they are.   So here are some of the most basic rules to prepare for a showing: A pile of dirty dishes is not a "domestic sculpture" that will be appreciated by others.  If there's no time to wash and put them away before a showing, at least hide them in the dishwasher.  Better yet, put the dirty dishes in a plastic bin and take them with you.  Ditto for that basket of dirty laundry.   Sinks.  Clean.  No hair, toothpaste residue or soap scum allowed.  And use … [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...]

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