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Friday, March 03, 2017   /   by Cindy Crutcher

5 Things to do for the Spring Market

Spring is just around the corner or for many of us, it has stayed spring all winter, but nonetheless, it is that time of the year again. The time to open windows, play outside and declutter from the winter blues. In this blog, we are going to talk about 5 to do this spring to get your house ready for the market!
1. Spring-clean your house. When I say spring-clean, I mean deep clean, and when I say deep clean, I don’t mean the regular dusting, vacuum, and mopping that most people consider deep cleaning. I’m talking about:
-Wiping down walls, doors, and baseboards
-touching up chipped/damaged paint
-cleaning/replacing grout
-clean carpets
-wash windows
-replace filters throughout the home
2. Curb appeal! You have heard the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, in real estate, judging the outside appearance is what a buyer will do. How your home looks on the outside will play a huge role in getting buyers to view your home. Here are a few t ...

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Thursday, March 02, 2017   /   by Cindy Crutcher

5 Household Habits

Do you ever feel like the housework is just never ending? For working homeowners and even stay at home parents, maintaining an orderly house can just be overwhelming, but today. We are going to discuss five habits you can create to help keep a nice, tidy home in a matter of minutes. Now, these steps are simple and will keep your house looking great throughout the week, but that does not mean to replace your in-depth weekly cleaning of the home with just these five habits.


Habit 1: Make your bed every morning! This is just a simple, yet important task to begin your day. By just making your bed, you are already improving your attitude from the every start of the day. Making your bed makes your room feel neater and more organized. A place that is organized can positively affect your mental state. Habit one seems simple enough! This is a habit that a single person can do or it is a habit that the whole family can join in on creating a positive environment for the entir ...

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Friday, January 20, 2017   /   by Cindy Crutcher

Home Staging

Are you thinking about selling your home, but you are not for sure where to start? Let us help you! Before listing, get your home ready. Stage it to maximize its living potential.  In a survey, properties that are staged sell 50-80% faster than homes that are not. According to the National Association of Realtors, homes that are professional staged spend up to 81% less time on the market. The asking price for homes staged are 7-10% higher than non-staged homes.
Kitchen and baths are critical in the home staging process. Stats show that 41% of buyers are willing to pay more for stainless steel appliances, and up to 48% more for the kitchen to have an island. With home staging, be prepared to spend up to 25% of the home’s value on updating the kitchen, and up to 15% on updating baths. Most buyers want an updated, ready to move into the home. The kitchen and bathroom are the two biggest and sought after renovations desired by buyers.
Making simple repairs like n ...

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Friday, December 16, 2016   /   by Cindy Crutcher

Why Use a Realtor?

When listing your home, many factors come into play, so why not hire a professional? Would you try to fix a plumbing leak or gas leak by yourself? No! You would hire a professional. So why would you treat the home selling process as something that anyone could do? Is it because you feel no one knows your house better than you, or you simply just want to save money on commission? Have a lack of faith in a realtor and will cutting corners in the home selling process cost you not only dollars but time on the market as well.


According to the 2016 National Association of Realtors, 8% of homes in the year 2015 were a FSBO. For that 8%, there came many struggles that most home sellers do not think about when putting their home on the market without an agent. These efforts include: getting the right price, having the correct marketing strategy, preparing the home market, and having the time devoted to selling the home.


The National Associations of Realtors says that t ...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016   /   by Tina Marie Young - Lawrenceburg Branch

Tips for Fall Home Maintenance

Fall is the best time to take care of the little things that can make a huge difference for you and your residence. Most of the tasks listed below are with-in the average person’s capability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it is worth the expense. You are going to save revenue — and maybe even your life.
Get your mind in the gutters.


Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Your roof’s drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house’s exterior and foundation walls. That’s why it is so essential to keep this system flowing smoothly. Clogged gutters can lead to broken exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also extra prone to rust and corrosion. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.

Seal those cracks.


Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripp ...

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