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Saving time while doing yard work

Posted by John Cook on July 11, 2016 in  uncategorized
Yard Work: Time-Saving Tips from HGTV Experts Ah, yard work. We take pride in our manicured landscapes, but begrudge the work it takes to get them. “Landscaping is our business and our passion, but we still want to take care of our yard work in a way that makes life easier, so we can spend time doing the other things we enjoy,” explains Chris Lambton, star of HGTV’s “Going Yard.” Lambton and his wife, Peyton, who also hosts the show, recommend starting your lawn care rou... read more

Screened-in Porches

Posted by John Cook on July 11, 2016 in  uncategorized
Screened-in Porches a Hot Commodity during Summer Selling Season By Keith Loria For those looking to purchase a home, screened-in porches are quickly becoming a feature that can’t be overlooked. Not only do they provide protection against insects, they also offer shade from the sun and shelter from the rain, while letting inhabitants feel as though they’re savoring the natural world outside. Even more appealing is the fact that screened-in porches decrease ground temperatures, saving homeowners from... read more

Moving checklist

Posted by John Cook on July 11, 2016 in  uncategorized
Moving? Here's Your Checklist! By Barbara Pronin Before moving out, make sure your ready to complete this checklist. Contact us today with any questions! Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, getting ready takes lots of pre-planning. From Real Simple magazine, a moving checklist: Two Months Before • Sort and Purge – Go through every room in your home and decide what you will take and what you will get rid of. Plan a garage sale and/or gather up your charitable donation... read more

Boosting your homes values

Posted by John Cook on July 08, 2016 in  uncategorized
Improving the look and functionality of your home goes a long way toward boosting its value. But what types of renovation are today’s buyers looking for? If you are thinking of remodeling, a national survey by Consumer Reports reveals the most sought-after amenities: Kitchens top the list – Buyers want a clean, updated and well-organized kitchen. A new coat of paint or modernized lighting can be inexpensive starts. Increasing the value exponentially are quartz counters, attractive cabinetry, and s... read more

Preparing your home for sale

Posted by John Cook on July 07, 2016 in  uncategorized
Putting your home on the market is the easy part, preparing it is the challenge. At Coldwell Banker Advantage, we're always here to help. If you follow these simple tips it will make it easier on you when getting ready to put it up for sale.  Start by finding out its worth. Contact a real estate agent for a comparative market analysis, an informal estimate of value based on the recent selling price of similar neighborhood properties. Or get a certified appraiser to provide an appraisal. Next, get busy wo... read more