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Don't just clean, give home a 'healthy' scrubbing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:12
It's time for spring cleaning, but this year instead of just sprucing up the home, why not make it a healthy living space that can help reduce the symptoms of the upcoming pollen-filled months, and eliminate the "wheezes and sneezes" for the entire family?
Healthy space designer Robin Wilson, president of Robin Wilson Home, who is the ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and has a line of hypoallergenic bedding products at Bed, Bath & Beyond, offers these tips for taking spring cleaning to the next level:
• In the bathroom, get rid of your vinyl shower curtain because it holds mold more easily and off gases. Use a nylon curtain instead. Use non-toxic cleansers, and always lower the toilet seat when flushing to ensure that spraying particles do not land near or on your towels, toothbrushes or soaps.
Seasonal home checklist (04-10-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:21
With a little easy maintenance throughout the year, homeowners can prevent emergency repairs down the line. Experts recommend posting a task checklist in a convenient location, such as on the refrigerator or a corkboard.
"Maintenance is usually a lot simpler than a repair, and a lot more affordable," said Chris Terrill, CEO of HomeAdvisor, a website offering resources for home repair and improvement projects. "Keep a checklist handy during the entire year, so you don't forget any timely tasks."
Here are tasks HomeAdvisor recommends not to forget to complete each year:
• On a quarterly basis, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is for safety and savings.The average national cost of repairing fire and smoke damage is $4,195.
• Twice a year, clean gutters and downspouts. To prevent damage, the downspout needs to be free of debris so it can release water three feet from the home's foundation. The average national cost of cleaning the gutter and downspout is $181. However, the average national cost of repairing the foundation of a house can cost up to 24 times that amount.
Meeting buyer demands in a seller's market: Top trends for 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:25
With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller's market, you may think you won't need to do much to sell your home this spring.
Not so fast - while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn't mean they're willing to settle for less than perfect. In fact, coming out of the real estate crash of a few years ago, buyers have learned the importance of getting the maximum value for their home investment.
While home prices are expected to rise in 2014, buyers continue to have high expectations.
Homes that meet buyers' lists of "must-haves" and "would-love-to-have" features will be positioned to sell more quickly and closer to or above -list price, experts say. So what are homebuyers looking for in 2014?
Embrace spring early with fresh DIY home, landscaping projects PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:22
People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.
Roll up your sleeves and embrace these home and garden tips:
• A fresh coat of paint is the perfect way to bring spring indoors. Find inspiration from outdoor hues such as fun yellows, vibrant blues or a bright blend of pinks, oranges and reds. Start with an accent wall, which you can complete in just a few hours for under $50.
• Spread the spring theme from your freshly painted walls into your outdoor gardens. Start now by planting seedlings indoors for delicious edible plants and beautiful, colorful blooms you can enjoy all summer long. Lowe's garden center offers regionally relevant plants and the tools necessary for potting, planting and transplanting seedlings into your backyard garden once spring arrives and the ground thaws.
Ready to spring that home? PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 08:58
Minimal countertop clutter in the kitchen is ideal for selling a home. Realtor Tim Westhoven, of A.A. Green Realty, shows off this room in his Bowling Green home. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Serious about selling a home this spring?
Put away the pictures. Nix the knickknacks. Toss the toaster.
"The owner needs to be prepared to let the house go. It is a product," said Bill Cameron of John Newlove Real Estate. "You want potential buyers looking at the house like it could be their house, not someone else's. You're selling a product now. There's a difference between house and home."
Deb Shaffer with Welles Bowen Realtors said prospective buyers want to come into a house and see the possibilities of it being their home - not be reminded that someone else lives there.
"The biggest thing, which most of us are guilty of, is dejunking," Shaffer said of getting a house ready to sell. "You have to make room for the potential buyer, for them to imagine it being their house. It almost needs to be a blank canvas."
Once the house is clean and clutter-free, sellers should pull out all the stops when they know a potential buyer is stopping by, said Tim Westhoven of A.A. Green Realty.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:20
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