Art of Home Staging

Never Stage a Flawless Home

The goal of home staging should be to create a tasteful, neutral setting that exhibits the potential of the home.

Eliminate the Clutter

The first impression is everything, and a house free of clutter seems considerably larger.

Roll on a Fresh Coat of Paint

The most economical way to make your home show well is a fresh coat of paint on your interior walls in neutral colors.

Picking Art

The art should accommodate your buyer; less eye-catching and have a broader appeal.

Curb Appeal 

Tidiness and allure,even decorative exterior furniture.

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To enhance the security of your home while helping to ensure the safe operation of your garage door, shares these tips from UL and the Door and Access Systems Manufacturer’s Association (DASMA):

  • Never interfere with or defeat the manual emergency release mechanism on your garage door operator.
  • Check with your garage door opener dealer or retailer to see what other safety or security features are available for your particular opener or door model.
  • Consider adding an automatic lock, if available, for your opener.
  • Always lock the entry door between the garage and your house, and any other door or windows that may be in your garage.
  • Consider arming your home or premises with a security system.
  • Do not leave valuables, such as bicycles, tools and equipment, visible from an open garage.
  • Do not leave the garage door transmitter visible in your car, and keep car doors locked if a transmitter is inside the car.
  • For garage doors with windows, use a frosted glass coating, if possible.
  • Finally, if your garage door operator has this feature, enable “vacation mode” when leaving home for an extended period of time, which locks out remote controls from activating the door.

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Planning Ahead for Vacation Is Key

1. Make planning a priority

With schedules becoming more complicated with commitments, dates on the calendar, you’ll feel less stress at work, knowing you’ve provided the boss and co-workers with plenty of notice about your plans.

2. Longer vacations

75 percent of those who plan ahead were more likely to take a full week or more of vacation in a single stretch. Crafting a strategy in advance, be the first to claim vacation days around existing holidays and school breaks, creating a longer stretch for relaxation and enjoyment.

3. Bucket lists

Deliberate reflection of your values, hopes and dreams. So before you begin listing desired destinations, ask yourself what aspects of the world—geographically, spiritually and culturally—you want to share with your children, grandchildren and perhaps other friends and family members.

4. Celebrate milestone events

Celebrate birthdays, graduations and anniversaries can be an important touchstone and meaningful part of a family’s legacy.

5. Reap the benefits

Planners are happier with their health and well-being, their financial picture, their personal relationships and even their overall mood, according to the research.


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In 2018, the hottest housing markets will boast a combination of these factors, according to Zillow, which recently released its predictions for the year. The markets in Zillow’s top 10:

1. San Jose, Calif.
2. Raleigh, N.C.
3. Seattle, Wash.
4. Charlotte, N.C.
5. San Francisco, Calif.
6. Austin, Texas
7. Denver, Colo.
8. Nashville, Tenn.
9. Portland, Ore.
10. Dallas, Texas

Across the top 10, analysts anticipate home values will increase between 3 and 8.9 percent in the next year—8.9 percent in San Jose, and 3 percent in Denver. The complete forecast:

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