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Selling Your Home: When Should You Take the Leap?

for sale sign on a house - market
Article originally published in the September 2017 issue of Our Town Magazine.

Unsure when to sell your home? If you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to take a leap: it’s a seller’s market right now! Limited home inventory has driven home prices up and days on the market down, with average homes spending just 42 days on the market. Better yet, the median original listing price up 6.4% and still rising, due to continued low supply of homes.

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Selling the Season: How to Prepare Your House for Fall Sale

home in fall -- home on wooded mountainside in autumn
Article originally published in the August 2017 issue of Our Town Magazine.

As the temperatures drop, people relax, and kids go back to school, it’s time for more than just fall. While many people think that spring is the best time to sell a home, fall is just as viable as long as you know how to sell the season! Buyers don’t only look in spring, people are looking for homes 365 days a year. Emphasizing your home’s seasonal amenities will help you sell your home any time of the year. Be sure to get on the market as it picks up after the slow end of summer!
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Changing the Odds: Creating a Disaster Survival Kit

Nobody ever hopes for an emergency, but everybody should prepare for one. The best thing you can do to prepare your family is to put together a preparedness plan and create a disaster survival kit. Keep the kit in an easy to carry duffel bag, and make sure items in it are kept from expiring. The Red Cross offers many of these items online, or you find them from a retailer near you. 

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Tricking the Eye: Accent Walls & How to Use Them

Choosing the Right Wall and Color

Can you remember the last time you re-decorated your bedroom? Does the idea of doing a full-room remodel exhaust you? Accent walls, one wall painted a different color than the others, are a great way to revive a languishing room, liven up the space and even change the apparent size of the room. If you have a room that’s an unusual shape, or one that’s particularly small, you may feel that you can’t use strong or bright colors, but by using an accent wall and careful consideration, you can effectively use colors that would overpower a room when used on all four walls.

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The Visual Temperature of Your Room – And How to Change It

Every room has a “visual temperature,” and figuring out yours can give you some insight into what colors and textures to choose for the room. Visual temperature doesn’t mean the actual physical temperature of the room: visual temperature is the effect that the room’s natural lighting and color palette have on the viewer’s perception of the room. A room can be cool, warm, or even both! Confused? Don’t worry, it’s simpler than you might think.

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How to Decorate a Small Bedroom to Make it Appear Larger

How to Decorate a Small Bedroom to Make it Appear Larger
Sure, a small bedroom can be cozy — but it can also can be somewhat of a challenge to decorate. Here are some ways to make it appear larger:

Save Space

Think about the headboard. It will help if it’s completely against the wall, with no gaps in between; you could also have a “floating” headboard that’s attached to the wall. It also helps to “build” around the headboard, whether it’s having built-ins, curtains, or something else. If your room is particularly small, consider painting a mock headboard on the wall to give the appearance of that giant headboard that you just can’t fit. If painting isn’t your thing, no worries — there are a variety of headboard wall decals out there, and putting them on is as easy as placing a sticker.

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