Staging Basics: Bedrooms

While compared to other rooms in a home, bedrooms may seem less important when trying to sell a home, but it's still essential to create a warm and inviting space for potential buyers. And, yes, it can be tempting to leave these rooms set up for your regular day-to-day lifestyle, but some thought should be put into staging, beyond just making sure … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: Bathrooms

While you may think bathrooms are all about the fixtures, it's still important to keep staging in mind when your house is on the market. Potential buyers do pay attention to these details, whether consciously or subconsciously. And since it's often said that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, it's important to put your best foot forward. After … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: The Kitchen

  Even if you’ve poured your money into custom cabinetry or granite countertops, making a strong impression on buyers goes beyond just the upgrades. Properly staging your home, room by room, will help buyers see the unique features of your home and the full potential of each space, without being distracted by clutter or your personal … [Read more...]

The Most Valuable Remodel Projects

Remodeling your home can be a daunting idea. If you know you eventually want to sell, projects that improve the size, quality, and personality of your home are almost always a good investment. But cost for a big renovation can climb through the roof very quickly, and it's hard to say how much of that money you'll get back at closing. And even with … [Read more...]

Home-made Air Fresheners

Making your home smell cozy and inviting for a showing or open house is one of the best tricks in the business. There are so many ways to create authentic, amazing scents that draw in buyers more than the uwrap-and-plug-in smells. I've collected the best scents I could find to use when showing a house, having guests, cleaning, or simply enjoying … [Read more...]

Tips for Organizing Your Garage

Not only is a stuff-filled garage an embarrassment and a deterrent to guests, but it also is a huge turn-off for buyers. I've written before about removing clutter to make spaces feel larger, and the garage is no exception. Buyers love big garages--they want to picture their vehicles inside, a work space, extra storage, the whole package. If your … [Read more...]

Is Solar Energy Practical in the Home?

Recently I was reading a book lent me by a friend called Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think, and I was startled by this fact: "There's over five thousand times more solar energy falling on the planet's surface than we use in a year." That's how much we use total, all of our combined energy use regardless of source. With the right … [Read more...]

Weekly Cleaning Checklist

Taking good care of your home can save you a lot of time and trouble when the time comes to sell. There are always nooks and crannies that you never remember until you have to, but I've found that people keep up with small cleaning chores are much happier than those who put it off. So I've looked around and compiled a thorough but do-able list that … [Read more...]

How to Clean and Seal a Stained Concrete Driveway

One of the most prominent features of your home from the outside is the driveway. Especially in Texas, a clean concrete drive will almost glisten in the bright daytime sun, but that also means that stains and dirt are even more obvious. And not only do those stains look bad, they can weaken the concrete and make it deteriorate faster. Keeping up … [Read more...]

Tricks to Make a Room Look Larger

When getting ready to sell, one of the most important preparations is staging your home to show. There are many things to consider when staging and preparing your home to appeal to the widest range of buyers (which I go into in detail in my staging post). But one of the most important parts of staging is doing everything you can to make your rooms … [Read more...]