alabama real estate professional: 6 HOME STAGING MISTAKES TO AVOID - 08/01/19 11:44 AM
If there's one thing that's hammered home during the selling process, it's that prospective buyers hate walking into an empty house. They need to imagine themselves in your space, and that means seeing furniture, accessories, and other decor trappings that make a house feel like a home—and wake prospective buyers to the potential of the place.
To the rescue: home staging. Consider it the professional makeover your home gets before the big dance. If done correctly, it can be a seller's best friend, slashing the time your home sits on the market and boosting your profits.
But staging homes isn't as easy as you think, and … (1 comments)

alabama real estate professional: HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE - 08/01/19 11:22 AM
Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar, but it takes more than luck to make this happen. It involves careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home so that you'll convince homebuyers to scurry for their checkbooks.
Disassociate Yourself With Your Home
Letting go can be difficult. You've lived here, possibly for years, and it's your home. It's become a part of you. But you have to make that emotional break. Tell yourself, "This is not my home. It is a house. It is a product to be sold just like a box of cereal … (2 comments)

alabama real estate professional: What Makes for a Hot Housing Market? - 08/01/19 10:41 AM

What makes for a “hot” real estate market? Real estate agents know it when they see it, while buyers and sellers know it when they’ve lived through one. A “hot” market can be defined as one where homes are selling quickly, measured by low days on the market, and where the houses are getting a lot of attention from buyers, measured as page-views per listing. In general, these real estate markets tend to be persistent—hot markets tend to stay hot for a while, and cooler markets tend to remain cool.
A Different Beat
A hot real estate market is likely where most homeowners … (0 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Huntsville, AL Real Estate Market Trends & Analysis 2019 - 08/01/19 09:35 AM
Huntsville, AL Real Estate Market Trends & Analysis 2019
Key Takeaways
The Huntsville real estate market is expected to experience an influx in its population, which should simultaneously increase local demand and home values. Real estate in Huntsville looks as if it’ll become a hot commodity sooner rather than later. Huntsville real estate investors should appreciate the uptick in demand brought on by thousands of new job opportunities in the area. Known primarily as the home of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Huntsville real estate market has something new and exciting to brag about: Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. has broken ground … (0 comments)

alabama real estate professional: WINDOWS...THE EYES TO YOUR HOME - 04/23/19 10:13 AM
When it's time to replace worn out windows or you just want a new look for your home, it's time to go shopping for windows. There are countless options for new windows from inexpensive off-the-shelf models to custom versions.
The key is to match the style of your new windows to the style of your home. You will also want windows that are energy efficient, easy to operate and low-maintenance meaning they are easy to clean, paint and repair.
Traditionally, wood windows were the best choice. They came in many different styles from classic Colonial to sleek and modern but older … (2 comments)

alabama real estate professional: CLEANING YOUR CLEANING SUPPLIES - 04/23/19 08:28 AM
Cleaning your cleaning products is just as important as cleaning itself. Your dish-scrubbing tools, for example, are home to lots of bacteria buildup that requires attention. Cleaning your dishes with a dirty sponge doesn't quite make sense, does it?
How often do you think you should be cleaning and replacing your sponges, mop heads, dish cloths, scrub brushes and microfiber cloths.
Once you know how to properly clean your cleaning tools, it makes your entire home feel cleaner.
 
CLEAN THEM RIGHT!
 
Check out these tried-and-true sanitizing methods for keeping your supplies clean.
 
 
Sponges
Toss in the dishwasher.  Wash with hot water and bleach.  Microwave a … (4 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Curb Appeal Part 3 - In A Month - 03/18/19 11:59 AM

Renew paint, siding, and trim
An exterior facelift (new paint, siding, or trim details) automatically transforms the look of a home. Periodic maintenance of that exterior surface is the surest way to keep your house and it curb appeal looking its best. Any obvious defects, such as cracked or rotting material, can downgrade the aesthetic and quickly turn away potential homebuyers. Once defects are repaired, look for ways to add personality with color, trim, or shingles.
Tile your doorstep
Create a permanent welcome mat by tiling or painting a design that contrasts with the porch floor or front stoop. Not only will you not … (1 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Curb Appeal Part 2 - In A Week - 03/18/19 11:54 AM
 
 
Add arbors or fence panels
Arbors, garden gates, and short sections of decorative fence panels will enhance your garden and the value and curb appeal of your home. These amenities can be found in easy-to-build kits or prefab sections you simply connect together. For best results, paint or stain these items with colors already on your house.
 
Add outdoor art
Give your yard a little spunk and curb appeal by adding weather-resistant artwork. Choose pieces that complement your home's natural palette and exterior elements. Birdbaths, metal cutouts, sculptures, and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art. Water sculptures not only function as yard … (1 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Curb Appeal Part 1 - In A Day - 03/18/19 11:24 AM
 
Dress up the front door
Your home's front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of color with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home's interior, so choose a swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style.
Replace old hardware
House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that can add style and interest to your home's exterior … (3 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Not All Creepy Crawlers Are Pests To Your Garden - 03/11/19 11:47 AM
People often remember the bad and forget the good, and that's especially true about insects.
When you picture bugs, the nasty pests usually come to mind first. Aphids, mealybugs and spider mites can cause lots of damage to beautiful flowers, tasty vegetables or growing trees. But lurking among these insects are the good guys who prey upon them.
"You don't see the beneficials," says Brandt Kehoe, a 71-year-old retired professor and associate provost at California State University, Fresno. "But they're around. If you feed them, they will come."
Not all creepy critters are bad for your garden. A number of them will take care … (0 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Watering Tips for a Healthy Lawn - 02/18/19 11:49 AM

Watering properly is much more an art than a science. When watering turfgrasses, wet the soil to a three to four inch depth. Normally, this should create enough reserve moisture in the soil that you will not need to water again for two to four days depending upon rainfall amounts, if any. It is best to water a lawn heavily and infrequently. One common mistake with irrigation systems is that too much water is applied every day, which can lead to disease problems during the summer.

To determine the soil moisture depth, use a screwdriver or a garden trowel. Push … (5 comments)

alabama real estate professional: When Choosing Flooring . . . Go For The Flow - 02/12/19 07:14 AM
If you’ve ever been faced with the decision of replacing flooring in your home, it can be a bit overwhelming.  Hardwood, carpet, tile, stone, laminate, and I could go on!  What type of flooring should you buy?  What’s going to look best in your house?  Should you use a variety of materials, or just one?  I recently had a reader ask me about replacing her living room carpet, and she and her husband had different opinions about what they should do (Really?  I’ve never heard of that!). : )  She asked if there are any design rules about flooring, and the … (1 comments)

alabama real estate professional: How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets - 02/07/19 11:14 AM

Cleaning kitchen cabinets is easy with these helpful tips. We'll walk you through general cleaning tricks, plus offer ideas for specific stains and different cabinet materials.
Cleaning kitchen cabinets is easy with these helpful tips.
Cabinets are the focal point of almost every kitchen, so when they're dirty, people will notice. Fingerprints, food splatters, and water marks are the main culprits, but tougher stains can build up over time. Fortunately, there are many easy tricks for cleaning cabinets.
We'll walk you through our time-saving cleaning schedule that alternates between spot-cleans and deep-cleans. Then, we'll guide you through specific cleaning tips tailored to individual cabinet … (2 comments)

alabama real estate professional: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map - 01/09/19 09:54 AM
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate planting zones; each growing zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. If you see a hardiness zone in a gardening catalog or plant description, chances are it refers to this USDA map.
What are Zone Maps?
Gardeners need a way to compare their garden climates with the climate where a plant is known to grow well. That's why climate zone maps were created. Zone maps are tools that show where various permanent landscape plants can adapt. If you want a shrub, perennial, or tree to … (2 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Should You Upgrade Your Appliances Before Selling Your Home? - 12/04/18 12:52 PM
There is no easy answer to this question. The short answer is: Well-chosen appliances will add value to your home but are not likely to provide enough value to recoup the costs. This doesn’t mean that you should never upgrade your appliances, but it does mean you should evaluate your decision carefully.
Based on the Houzz Study, between 6% and 7% of sellers choose to upgrade their kitchens before selling, and 26% of buyers upgrade the kitchen in their new homes. This basically illustrates that a new homeowner wants to make a home their own, and appliances are a big part of … (1 comments)

alabama real estate professional: 7 Spring/Summer Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC System - 11/13/18 08:37 AM
Your home's heating and cooling unit may be a silent support system, but when it comes to your energy bill, its presence is as loud as can be.  How loud?  According to the Alliance to Save Energy, the average household energy expense is about $2,200 per year, and nearly half that amount can be tied directly to costs associated with heating and/or cooling your home.  That is pretty loud!
The costs associated with controlling the temperature in your home are significant, and if your HVAC system isn't running efficiently, then your costs only go up.  Fortunately, ensuring your HVAC system is running … (1 comments)

alabama real estate professional: 28 Inviting Home Exterior Color Palettes (part 2) - 11/05/18 10:16 AM
From classic to bold, showcase your style outside your home with inspiration from these exterior paint color schemes that offer serious curb appeal — and beckon visitors inside.
 
White Putty + Taupe + Olive Green
Classic American homes with covered front porches, stonework, stucco and steep roofs benefit from natural color palettes. This simple yet sophisticated combination of soft taupe with an accent of olive is the perfect backdrop for a colorful landscape. Paint colors: Woodrow Wilson Putty, City Arboretum and Chef White by Valspar
 
Clay + Bitter Chocolate Brown
Gain inspiration for your color palette from your home's materials. This Southwest-style home uses … (1 comments)

alabama real estate professional: 28 Inviting Home Exterior Color Palettes (part 1) - 11/05/18 10:11 AM
From classic to bold, showcase your style outside your home with inspiration from these exterior paint color schemes that offer serious curb appeal — and beckon visitors inside.
 
Ivory + White + Aqua
Symmetrical homes evoke a sense of formality, elegance and heritage. Honor tradition with a lighter-colored palette rimmed by darker accents. This home softens into its surroundings, while a bright blue door spotlights the elegant architecture of the entryway. Paint colors: Churchill Hotel Ivory, Betsy's Linen and Lake Breeze by Valspar
 
Aqua + Royal Purple + Crisp White
Staying true to its surroundings, this large home's ocean blue color reflects the … (0 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Laminate vs Hardwood - What's the Difference & Which is Better - 10/16/18 08:56 AM
Should you choose Laminate or Hardwood Flooring?
Laminate floors are made of several layers of durable materials. The bottom layer is called the stabilizing layer which is designed to resist moisture. This layer is then topped with synthetic fiberboards for strength. A photographic layer goes above the fiberboards, creating the design. Everything is then topped with a clear finish of melamine resin.
Hardwood floors are harvested from trees, formed into planks, and then sanded down to become smooth. They are also available in a variety of cuts and sizes and come from countless wood species. This flooring option is known for its organic … (3 comments)

alabama real estate professional: Alabama Gardener's Calendar - May - 05/04/18 10:30 AM
Fruit and Nuts
Continue spray program. Keep grass from around trees and strawberries. Peaches and apples can still be budded. Shrubs
Newly planted shrubs need extra care now and in coming weeks. Don't spray with oil emulsions when temperature is above 85 degrees. Lawns
Now is the best time to start lawns from seed. Water new lawns as-needed to prevent drying. Keep established lawns actively growing by watering, fertilizing and mowing. Spray weeds in lawns with proper herbicide. Roses
Spray or dust for insects and diseases. Fertilize monthly according to a soil test. Container-grown plants in flower may be planted. Prune … (0 comments)

 
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