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Factors you do not have Control Over When Selling Your Home

When selling your home, many factors can contribute to how fast it sells. Some things you can fix such as home maintenance. Other factors are completely.Here is a list of things that may come up when selling your home that you have no control over.out of control to the buyer, which can be a daunting thought.

The economy: The economic status may affect the rate of how fast your home will sell. It affects the way consumers spend money.  During a bad economy, there tend to be a lot of available houses and few clients looking to buy. The prices of space may fall due to the large number of available properties, which is better for the buyer.  

When the economy is strong, landlords tend

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Do you detest going into your garage? Are there boxes of junk piled up to the ceiling? Do you have to park your car in the driveway because your garage is stuffed full? Here’s how to organize and give your cluttered garage a makeover.

Organizing All That Stuff

Make the most of your garage space and get organized. If your garage is the spot where you toss the stuff that doesn’t belong in the house, you’ve got some major work to do. This is not a take you’ll want to take on by yourself. Hire a professional organizer or enlist help from your family or friends.

The first step is categorizing all of the items in the garage into groups such as camping gear, sports equipment, holiday decor, automotive, garden accessories, tools and recycling. If you

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If you’re in the process of selling your home  or hope to put your home on the market soon, you might be wondering what factors you do and don’t have control over! It is well known that selling a home can be overwhelming and stressful, which may make you feel useless and like your not in control of the process. However, you as a seller, actually do have a HUGE impact on how the sale process goes. This article will examine four factors of a sale that the owner of the home can directly affect, as well as how to take advantage of those factors in order to have a quick and profitable sale.


As the owner and seller of your home, you have the control to price it. Before placing your home on

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Moving isn’t only stressful for you, it can be stressful for your pets too! If you own pets and are thinking about moving, or are already in the middle of packing, we hope these tips can help you out and keep your furry friends content during your transition!

Update Your Pet's Tag

Since there is a chance your animal could wander off in the move due to stress, be sure they have a collar that won’t fall off, as well as updated contact information like your name, your destination location, and a cell phone number. Moving to a new location can cause your pet anxiety, so do yourself a favor and make sure that if your pet were to disappear, they can be safely returned to their owner. 

Keep Medication and Food Available

You can never be too prepared

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Handling a home can be difficult, especially when things are happening that you don't even realize. Here are a couple of the most common issues that might be happening right in front of your eyes!

1. Smoke

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 96% of homes have a working smoke detector. One of the most important things you can do is to invest in a good quality smoke detector. Additionally, be sure to replace the batteries every couple of months.

There are two main types of smoke detectors: ionization and photoelectric. The ionization smoke detectors, though much cheaper, have been shown to be less likely to detect slow burning fires or embers. Those types of fires are extremely

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When to Replace Windows

Replacing the windows in your home happens far too infrequently for most people. This is one of the most unappreciated fixes you can do. Replacing your old windows with newer ones will potentially save you hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs over the years. But how do you know when you need to replace them?

If you can answer yes to one or more of the following questions, it might be time to begin thinking about replacing!

1. Do you feel drafts in your home?
Wood windows can become warped by the moisture and can make the widow too tight to operate while creating gaps in other places. Weather stripping should not be considered as

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There are many costs to consider while you are looking for a home, but the costs that come after purchasing your home are easily overlooked. Once you have purchased your home and gotten your keys, the excitement is all you can think about! But remember that there are costs after the big purchase too. So what are they?

Insurance Costs

Homeowners insurance is an important purchase because it provides a safety net. If your home or its contents are damaged or destroyed, financial compensation can be provided as well as financial support for legal costs in the event that someone is injured in your home. Here are a few things that you should know about insurance costs:

- Ideally, you want to have

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When trying to put your home on the market , it is important to know the various types of listings that can go into pricing your home. We are here to help you with this confusion by explaining the difference between a list price and a sales price.

List Price

The list price occurs when you put your house on the market.  This means it is the seller's advertised price on the market for the home.  This number can fluctuate higher or lower depending on the wishes of the seller. The list price can also be looked at as the goal amount the seller wishes to receive for a property.  The asking price is determined by the agent or broker by comparing your home to surrounding houses. The final price is

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Getting your home appraised can determine how much you will be able to sell it for, but is there a big difference between the market value and the appraised value? Here are some key things YOU need to know about the difference between the two and which can be more valuable.

What is Market Value?

Market values are consumer driven and usually the price that you will sell your home for, not the price for which it could sell. Many factors influence the price or market value of your house, but the majority of them have to do with either the buyers or sellers motivation to buy or sell the property.

If your home is located in a good area of the city, close to reputable schools, and is located in a good neighborhood, then the market value of your

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Growing a garden doesn’t only have to happen in the Spring! You can grow a garden in the fall that can result in fresh vegetables, vibrant colors, and an amazing view. Knowing where to start a fall garden can be hard, so we are here to provide you with some tips and advice to make your garden full of life!

When to Start

In order to start growing luscious vegetables this fall, you need to count back approximately 12-14 weeks from the first fall frost. The soil you need to plant your seeds in should be diverse with organic matter in order to optimize the vegetables growth. Things such as manure, compost, or even chickens can add organic materials to your soil. By adding these organic materials, you are able to replenish the plants with micronutrients

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