Tips + Tricks

How to Determine Your Must-Haves When Looking For a Home

Solidifying what you’re looking for in a home is one of the first and most important steps in the home-buying process. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult differentiating between wants and needs. If you’re having trouble determining your must-haves in a home, here are some tips to help you get started. 1. Assess budget first […]

How to Organize Your Home for the School Year

With the fall semester underway, your home may already be stressful and hectic. Here are some home organization tips to keep you and your family sane as you transition from summer back to school. 1. Food organization tips Take the stress out of busy school mornings by categorizing snack and lunch items. Using small bins […]

5 Qualities You Should Look For in a Good Real Estate Agent

When you’re in the process of buying or selling a home, you want a good real estate agent on your team. If you’re looking for someone that meets (if not exceeds) your expectations, we recommend you hire a real estate agent that fits the following criteria. 1. Trustworthy Look for a real estate agent that […]

Activities to Keep Your Toddler Busy While You Pack to Move

Packing with a toddler can be an exercise in futility. You pack a bit, they want a snack. So you fix them a snack and go back to packing, only to discover your toddler has already unpacked what you packed… sound familiar? Here are some activities (besides watching TV) that you can use to keep […]

How to Celebrate the Holidays in the Midst of a Move

‘Tis the season to be packing? It doesn’t have to be a blue Christmas just because you’re moving! Here are some creative ways to get in the holiday spirit, despite the flurry of packing boxes, tape, and tissue paper. 1. Have a packing party Don’t have time to host friends for your traditional, fancy holiday […]

Is Getting a Real Estate Agent Worth It?

These days, you can find pages of homes that meet all of your must-haves with a couple of clicks. So if buying/selling a home is that easy, is getting a real estate agent really worth it? We think it is, for two reasons: 1. Realtors do what computers can’t Getting a real estate agent to […]

5 Easy Fall Deep Cleaning Tips You Need To Try

Whether you’re getting your home ready to show or you just want to freshen things up a bit, deep-cleaning is an effective, therapeutic way to do so. Here are 5 deep-cleaning tricks you should try this fall! 1. Dust your blinds with kitchen tongs Dampen a couple of heavy-duty microfiber cloths, then secure them onto […]

5 Ways to Keep Your Home (and kids!) Safe During Halloween

Halloween can be a fun holiday for the entire family, particularly for our kids, if it’s celebrated in a safe, smart way. Here are some tips for how to keep your home and kids safe during Halloween. 1. Be smart with your decorations Scary is okay, but dangerous-scary is not. Remember, Halloween is supposed to […]

4 Places to Get FREE Moving Boxes

Despite careful preparations, unexpected moving expenses can still pop up! Between packing tape, markers, and last-minute Chinese takeout, there are numerous last-minute essentials you will have to purchase for your move. You shouldn’t need to buy moving boxes, though, as there are plenty of places you can find FREE ones! Here are 4 tried and […]

Top 3 Red Flags to Look For When Shopping for a Home

Location, school district, number of bedrooms—with so many variables to keep up with, it’s no wonder home buyers sometimes feel overwhelmed by their search for a new home! But forgetting something important could be a costly mistake. If you’re searching for a new home, here are 3 red flags you should be on the lookout […]

Things To Look For When Viewing A Home

Buying a new house can be an incredibly exciting time in your life. With all this excitement, don’t be sidelined by checking some crucial aspects of the home before you make an offer! 1. The Roof You’re Putting Over Your Head The age of the property’s roof is important as these are very expensive to […]

5 Affordable Ways to Make Your Home More Welcoming

Everyone wants to be a good hostess, but have you ever felt at a loss how to create the haven you imagine your home to be? Here are 5 budget-friendly ways to make your home more welcoming. 1. Make it smell amazing. We tend to associate good smells with positive memories, so making your home […]

How the KonMari Method Helps You Prepare Your Home to Sell

All aspects of preparing for a move can be stressful, but perhaps one of the most time-consuming hurdles is the purging/packing process. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and are unsure how to start preparing your home to sell, you might consider the KonMari Method. What is the KonMari Method? Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing expert, has […]

Best Suburbs To Live In Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, Alabama is a great place to live and if you are moving within this popular city, we have rounded up the best suburbs for you! Living in a suburb of Birmingham is a great idea because you have all the benefits of big-city living, as well as the calmness, safety, and tranquility of a […]

How You Should Prepare for a Home Inspection As The Seller

As a seller, there’s nothing more exciting than getting an interested buyer, ready to sign the paperwork and pay a purchase price you’re happy with. With a home inspection being the only thing that lies between you and that closing handshake, make sure you are well-prepared for your home inspection by doing the following. 1. […]

How to Pick the Best Paint Colors To Help Your Home Sell

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. – Pablo Picasso Are you considering re-painting the rooms in your home to try to help it sell? Here are some tips to help you decide what colors you should choose. 1. Be careful with popular/trendy colors. It may be tempting to spring for whatever is […]

Gas vs. Wood-Burning Fireplaces: Which is Better?

Fireplaces are a popular feature many homebuyers include on their house-hunting wish list. But is gas or wood better? Here are some factors to consider as you compare gas and wood-burning fireplaces. Efficiency When it comes to energy-efficiency, gas is the way to go, because gas fireplaces produce fewer and cleaner emissions than wood-burning fireplaces […]

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Like a Pro

It’s time to make the necessary preparations for cold weather! As you prepare things like your vehicle and wardrobe for the change of seasons, you should also start thinking about how you should prep your home for the winter weather as well. Keep heat in, keep cold out When it’s cold, you want to retain […]

Kitchen & Bathroom Updates: Do They Add Value To Your Home?

According to the National Association of Realtors Research Department, fifty-four percent of REALTORS® have suggested sellers complete a kitchen upgrade before attempting to sell, and 23 percent said the project most recently helped cinch a deal for them, resulting in a closed sale. Statistics like this tend to get homeowners excited. If you’ve ever daydreamed about updating your kitchen […]

Hidden Real Estate Rehab Fees You Need to Be Aware Of

Rehab homes have become quite the trend in recent years, thanks to shows like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” With the right tools and experience, a “fix and flip” can make you a profit. But miscalculations and false expectations can lead to poor investments. So if you’re thinking of attempting a rehab, it’s essential that you know […]

Avoid These 4 Common Seller Mistakes

Getting your home ready to put on the market? Creating a plan and avoiding common seller mistakes could be what sets you apart from the competition. Here are 4 common mistakes sellers make. Overpricing The most common mistakes sellers make is pricing their home higher than the current market value. If homes like yours in […]

How to Get the Best Deal on a New Home

If there’s one goal every homebuyer has in common it’s this: get the best deal possible! In order to do that, though, you have to do a combination of a couple of things. 1. Look past cosmetic issues You can change the paint color, light fixtures, even landscaping. You can’t change location, number of bedrooms, […]

Tips for Post-Move: 5 Things To Do After You’ve Gotten the Keys to Your New Home

When you first get the keys to your new home, everything is both exciting and overwhelming. It can be challenging trying to figure out what’s next once the negotiating and waiting is over. Here are 5 important things you should do as you settle into your new home. 1. Change your address As soon as […]

Do DIY Projects Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers?

Why the biggest renovations may not make the biggest difference. Have you ever considered doing a DIY project, just to make your home more appealing to buyers? Someone who is house hunting may choose your home over someone else’s if they see it is updated or renovated. They will at least be relieved at the […]

First-Time Home Buyer? Here’s What You Need To Know:

Buying your first home is one of the greatest adventures in life! There are, however, a few tips you need to be aware about in order to make the process as smooth as possible: let’s take a look! Before you buy a home, consider what you need in a home. Ask yourself some questions, such […]

Tips for Staying Sane While Selling Your Home and Moving at the Same Time

Life can get hectic when you’re in the process of re-defining “home.” Here’s to stress-free transitions! Big lifestyle changes, such as selling your home, are stressful. Learn how to navigate the ups and downs of selling your home and moving at the same time with these simple tips. Line up new living arrangements before you […]

The Best Time of Year to Buy a Home

If you are in the market to buy a new home and were wondering which time of year is best to do so, read further as we have some interesting facts about property purchasing for you! Fall-Winter Time Traditionally, the period between October and December (fall into winter) has always been the best time to […]

How to Factor Commute Time Into Your Home-Buying Decision

Are you underestimating the importance of “location, location, location?” Figuring out where you should live is a critical point in your search for the perfect home. But have you ever wondered how much your commute time should affect your search? Let’s talk about how to factor commute time into your home-buying decision. Map out your […]

5 Things To Do Before Buying A Home

Have you decided that now is the perfect time to buy a home? If so, there are 5 things you need to do before you can even think of beginning your search! Here they are! Find a good realtor A good realtor is essential when buying a new home. Look up the main real estate […]

Which is Better: DIY or Professional Home Staging?

How to decide what kind of staging is right for you Thinking of hiring a professional to stage your home? Considering doing it yourself? Which route is best depends heavily on the unique needs and giftings of the individual. Here are some things to think about when it comes time to stage your home. What […]

How Important Is A Survey When Buying A Home?

Are you in the process of buying a new home? If so, you may have wondered just how important a survey is. Well, generally speaking, a survey is rather important and will often be required by your lender. A survey can reveal several aspects of your new home that you may not have even thought […]

5 Smart Ways to Invest Back Into Your Home

Make worthwhile investments in your home. According to the financial dictionary, investment is defined as the act of placing capital into a project or business with intent making a profit on the initial placing of capital. But many homeowners misunderstand this definition. They mistakenly think that if they put a lot of money into their […]

Instant Ways To Increase Curb Appeal

Whenever homeowners decide to sell their home, they have many things to consider when it comes to how quickly they can sell their home. Of course, they will want to make sure their appliances that they plan to leave behind are in perfect working order. The last thing that homeowners would want is the chance […]

How To Make Moving Easier & Less Stressful

It is no surprise that moving homes is one of life’s most stressful events! So, how can you minimize the stress in this major life event? Let’s have a look at some ways in which to make the process easier. Don’t be afraid to ask for help When moving, it is always much easier if you […]

Buyer vs. Seller: Who Pays For What?

One of the most common questions asked to realtors is who pays what costs when it comes to buying and selling. Closing costs When closing on a home, the cost for closing can easily add up to around 10% of the buying price, and the buyer will pay the majority of this fee. If you […]

A Few Simple Ways To Organize Your Home

Many homeowners as well as those who rent condos and apartments become anxious, frustrated, and stressed when their places are filled with junk that they don’t need as well as plenty of clutter in general. In fact, they frequently chastise themselves for not being organized enough and for being sloppy. And, the fact of the […]

What Is A Home Warranty?

The last thing any homebuyer wants to face is that they purchase a home that ends up becoming a ‘Money Pit’ situation, even if the home had passed the inspection. That is the reason that a home warranty exists because a home warranty will cover any complications that could happen in a home which is […]

5 Things Millennials Should Do Before Buying a House

88 percent of millennials who don’t own a home have one on their wish list (Qualtrics) If you’re in that 88 percent, chances are you expect a lot from that first home and you’re cautious putting your hard-earned dollars into that big of an investment. As you weigh the pros and cons, here are 5 things you […]

Choosing the Right Agent for You

Regardless of whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, choosing the best agent is always a challenge. Here are a few things you can look for as you make your decision. Experience & Availability Look for an agent who is experienced enough to know what they’re doing but not so experienced that they […]

What Home Insurance Doesn’t Include

When you are shopping around for insurance in northern Alabama, you must know what the kind of coverage you are entitled to. For instance, due to the high chances of being hit by a tornado, home insurance will cover damage from winds, hurricanes, hail storms, and tornados. However, most insurance policies will not cover the […]

Tips To Make Your Room Feel Larger

When you are ready to put your house on the market, you are going to need to make some changes to your home in order to make it appealing to any potential buyer. This also means that you must be prepared to put out some money in order to make these major changes in your […]

How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

While there many factors that affect a prospective home buyer’s decision to purchase a home, first impressions play a significant role. If you’re unsure what needs to be done in order to attract buyers, there are a few things you can do to stack the odds in your favor. Your house doesn’t have to be […]

Why For Sale By Owner Is a Bad Idea

Sometimes homeowners think it will be easier if they sell their own home. This way they can deal with buyers directly and have total control of the process. However, there are several reasons FSBO is unwise. It’s risky. Unless you’re a realtor yourself, you could run into issues that fall outside your expertise. How well […]

4 Budget-friendly Ways to Update Your Home

If you’re a decorating show junky, you’re probably also daydreaming of ways you can spruce up your own humble abode only to realize you can’t afford it. But home updates don’t have to always be big, costly projects! Here are 4 ways to update your home without breaking the bank. 1. Update exterior light fixtures. […]

Decluttering: The Secret to Getting Your Home to Sell

Did you know that you could potentially get 3-5 % more than your asking price just by decluttering your home? We know purging your stuff and making your house look like a Better Homes & Garden magazine each day sounds exhausting. But when you think about how much more money you could get just for […]


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