October 2016

Found 5 blog entries for October 2016.

Cleaning-Hardwood-Floors

Many homeowners love hardwood floors not only for their look and durability, but also because they’re simple to clean—at least relative to carpet, tile, and many other surfaces. But maintaining spick-and-span hardwood floors isn’t quite as simple as it may seem, which leaves many homeowners wondering: What’s the best way to clean hardwood floors, anyway?

“There’s a responsibility that comes with owning a wood floor,” says Brett Miller, vice president of education and certification for the National Wood Flooring Association in St. Louis. “People who haven’t had a wood floor before don’t always consider the importance of properly maintaining those floor coverings.”

If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking their best, here are the

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It’s a slow Sunday morning. You’ve just brewed your Nespresso and popped open your laptop to check out the latest home listings before you hit the road for a day of open houses.

You’re DIYing this real estate thing, and you think you’re doing pretty well—after all, any info you might need is at your fingertips online, right? That and your own sterling judgment.

Oh, dear home buyer (or seller!)—we know you can do it on your own. But you really, really shouldn’t. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life, and you need a Realtor if you want to do it right. Here’s why.

1. They have loads of expertise

Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real Estate has its own language, full of acronyms and

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!2 Home Improvements

Before you put your home on the market, paint the rooms neutral tones that will appeal to all buyers.

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If you’re looking to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, there are some lesser-known words that match the importance of the famous real estate phrase "location, location, location." 

Those all-important words? Curb appeal.

As the saying goes, "You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression." When people drive up and first see your house, you want them to think of it immediately as a home that has been maintained and well cared for.

"It’s you putting your best foot forward," says Christy Biberich, owner of Christy B. Design in Los Angeles who appears on the HGTV show "Brother Vs. Brother."

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When looking through property listings and the term “as is” appears, some people see it as a warning. Others see it as an opportunity. That might get you wondering, what exactly does “as is” mean?

Technically, the term means the owner is selling the home in its current condition, and will make no repairs or improvements (or give the buyer any credits to fund these fix-its).

The term “as is” is rarely tacked on a property that’s perfect and move-in ready. On the contrary, “as is” homes are often in disrepair, because the sellers can’t afford to fix these flaws (which would help them sell the home for a higher price). Or else, the house may have been through foreclosure and is now owned by a bank, or the seller died and left the house to

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Home Inspector New Homes

When you buy an old house worn down by time and climate, it’s a no-brainer to hire a home inspector to check what shape it’s in—before you commit to your purchase. But should you hire a home inspector for a new house, even if it hasn’t been finished yet?

As odd as it may seem, the answer is yes. Here’s why new houses should get inspected, too, and the best way to go about it.

New homes can have problems, too

Sure, a new home may look flawless, but that’s because no one has lived in it to see if anything’s amiss. Ever notice how new products can be riddled with flaws that are caught only after they’ve been tried out by consumers? (We’re looking at you, Samsung Galaxy Note7!)

Well, the same is true for homes. Buy a new one, and you’re

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