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Will New Appliances Help Your Home Sell Faster?

You’re ready to sell your home and wanted the highest possible offer to come through the doors of your open house. After some time on the market, with low or no offers, you may be wondering what’s wrong with your home and what about it is turning buyers away.

You walk in to your kitchen, and your appliances are still avocado green and your counters varying shades of “harvest gold,” but you don’t want to part with those appliances yet because they’ve added a lot of happiness to your life; and have always been there for you during holiday dinners and entertaining friends. “I mean, they still work after all…” you might be thinking.

It may be time to replace those treasured old appliances, if you intend on wanting to sell your home to the highest bidder and for the highest return on investment.

Hendersonville is one of the most dog-friendly towns in Western North Carolina, so it’s no wonder that people who love their fur babies love living here. Pet-centered events such as “Tails in Town” and “Strut your Mutt” are hosted annually during the summer and fall months respectively. Both offer dog-specific activities and vendors offering pet products.

Hendersonville also has a plethora of dog-welcoming breweries, upscale pet boutiques, vacation rental spots, dog parks, walking and hiking trails, and many restaurants with outdoor patios. In fact, it’s not an uncommon sight to be walking downtown and see several dogs walking alongside their owners, living their best life.

If you’re looking for a home in Henderson County and have a four-legged friend or two, we’ve got some “pawpular” events and destinations that will adore your pets as much as you do!

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Home DIY can be quite difficult and pricey, or fairly easy and inexpensive. How do you decide which is best? Deciding what to work on can be troublesome in and of itself, particularly if you have an eye to reselling your home or increasing its value. Choosing one or two projects that make a big impression may just be the way to go.

Thankfully, there are resources to help navigate through DIY projects. Home improvement stores often offer classes and, of course, the internet offers a plethora of how to videos and blogs. Magazines have been a tried-and-true asset for decades. Better Homes & Gardens, for example, always has articles about tested, trendy products and how to use them.

Flooring has a big impact on overall appearance and feel of rooms. Many of us think about the carpet and wood or laminate throughout the house, but what about those bathroommismatchtilefloors and kitchen floors? Aging bathroom flooring that is cracked or stained may detract from a home’s appeal just as much as a stained or worn living room carpet. 

But ceramic and porcelain tiles are expensive and require specialized equipment and skills. An easier – and quite a bit less costly – option is peel-and-stick tile. According to this article, The Prettiest Peel-and-Stick Tiles to Instantly Upgrade Your Floor, you can update 40 square feet for less than $100. Graphic patterns are popular today, and may have the added benefit of camouflaging issues. Application of self-adhesive square foot tiles is low on skill and high on eye-catching design. Talk about a big return on a small investment!

 

 

casserole with mulled wine slices of lemons and royalty free image 485246191 1541783264We talk a lot about that all-important first impression. Often, this applies to curb appeal. But what about when that prospective buyer opens the door for the first time? Their impression of the home is influenced by more than what they see. What they smell can be just as important as they form their opinion.

A good smelling home involves more than just keeping it clean. Odors hide in all sorts of places and while we may be accustomed to what our homes smell like, a buyer may not appreciate scenting evidence of our beloved pet or precious teen.

A thorough deodorizing routine must include closets – where shoe odors lurk – as well as pet beds, couches, and carpets. According to Good Housekeeping, this can be achieved easily and inexpensively. Placing dryer sheets in small spaces such as closets and sprinkling the carpet, cushions, and pet beds with baking soda a while before you vacuum them can make all the difference.adorable 1866530 1920

The kitchen is another hot spot of potential bad smells. Cleaning the garbage disposal and freshening the kitchen trashcan are just as important to combating unpleasant odors. But achieving a better smelling home doesn’t require expensive products. Again, baking soda comes to the rescue here.

Once the offensive scents are banished, a good tip is to add back in pleasant odors. Simmering a pot of fruit and spices fills the home with warm, welcoming scents. Scented candles – unlit – scattered around still lend their fragrance. Another whole house trick is to attach a deodorizer made for cars to an air vent.

Achieving a pleasant-smelling home is simple but effective. It neither requires a great deal of effort or expense. And it can’t be overlooked in the quest for a great first impression.

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First impressions are important, whether you are talking about people or curb appeal. If you are fortunate enough to have a deck and/or porch, it’s possible that winter storms and freezing temps haven’t been kind to it. But, there is definitely something you can do to give that wooden structure new life.