8 flooring ideas to make you rethink hardwood

Want to upgrade your home's flooring, but stuck thinking traditional carpet or hardwood? Today, there are so many options to choose from: tile that looks like wood and carpet that looks like tile! 8 flooring ideas that will add value and make a big impact:  PORCELAIN - newer earthy designs today, like planks that look like wood (shown …

Use your words

Words matter when it comes to selling your home. Zillow analyzed more than 60 keywords used in more than 2 million real estate listings between January 2014 and March 2016, and found these buzzwords resonated most with home buyers — and helped homes sell faster and for higher values than expected. Stainless steel Barn door* Quartz Farmhouse sink …

50 Things to Eat in Jacksonville

Got a hankering for Bam Bam Shrimp or Squawking Goats? How 'bout Donut Burgers, Coffee Tangerine Tacos, or  Chicken & Waffles? For you foodie homeowners or house-hunters, here's a list of 50 things to eat in Jacksonville. Bon Appétit!   Source: SpoonUniversity.com's "50 Things to Eat in Jacksonville Before You Die"

Jacksonville 34th Best Place to Live in the USA

Jacksonville ranked 34th in the U.S. News & World Report's  "100 Best Places to Live in the USA" which analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. Here are a few things I think make Jacksonville one of the best places to live: Nearby beaches (Atlantic coast) St. Johns River and marshes …

Tech Tuesday: Digital Clutter

Where will you focus your energy today? Is you mind over-stimulated with unnecessary and unimportant distractions? Do you feel like your work is never done? Wonder if you'll ever get to the bottom of the virtual pile/s? Or remember which password you used for which app? Have you lost your creative and productive edge? You …

Neighborhood Features That Drag Down Your Home Value

The spring home-buying season is here! But before you rush out to buy, check out this list of things you don't want to have in your neighborhood. Location, location, location! Above all else, this is key in maximizing your home's value.   Source: Realtor.com's "Neighborhood Features That Drag Down Your Home Value"

Moving checklist

The Ultimate Moving Day Count Down Checklist It doesn’t have to be a stressful and overwhelming process. With a bit of planning, the to-dos of moving are very manageable. So, what are the to-dos, and when do I do them? Here you go; this expert two-month moving calendar will keep you organized. Simply follow these steps …

Buyers’ Pet Peeves

When you're trying to sell your home, you may be offending potential buyers without even knowing it. Here is a list of buyers' pet peeves: 1. Masking Issues Don't cover up defects. Be upfront about your home's flaws. Honesty is always the best policy. 2. Overpricing Your Home Having your house sit on the market because …

The Value of Professional Staging

Home Staging is like dressing up your house for a very special occasion: a sale. If you were giving a presentation to a crowd of people, you wouldn't show up smelling like a litter box, or have dirt and fingerprints on your face, would you? No! You'd shower, comb your hair, groom your nails, brush your teeth (maybe even …

48 ways to speed the sale of your house

Evaluate...Repair...Update...Paint...Brighten...De-personalize...De-clutter...Organize...Clean...Hide signs of pets...Stage inside...Prune and Landscape...Stage outside... Evaluate 1. Have a Realtor®, an interior decorator or professional organizer walk through your home to evaluate what needs to be updated, repaired or removed Repair 2. Patch damaged walls 3. Replace cracked floor tiles 4. Oil squeaky doors 5. Fix sticky windows 6. Fix leaky faucets and toilets 7. Re-caulk …