Home Staging – Questions and Answers

Question: Do I really need to stage my house?

Answers: Home staging is recommended to homeowners who are serious about selling their house in the shortest amount of time. Think of this scenario: Two comparable houses are for sale in the same general area. House A was staged and is in prime showing condition. House B was not staged and may have some design issues. Which house do you think buyers will be more interested in? Statistics show us that homes which are professionally prepared for the real estate market sell in one-third less time than non-staged houses.

Question: My Realtor told me to wait to stage, is this good advise?

Answers: The sooner you stage your house, the better it will be for you. If your agent told you to not stage or to wait to stage, your Realtor may not have a complete understanding about the value of home staging. Some agents are concerned about recommending more out-of-pocket expenses for their clients. It is a noble concern but not a necessary one when considering home staging. Stagers work with real estate agents as a team, and most stagers will be happy to answer any questions that Realtors may have regarding the staging process. Realtors may not know it, but stagers may be their greatest asset in the marketing of a client’s home.

Question: How do I choose a stager?

Answers: There are many things to look for when choosing a stager. Before you hire a stager, consider these … Read More

A Recommended Remodeling Recess

Many people are planning to stay put in their own homes until the loan market steadyies. Perhaps that will happen when the new proposals that will tighten up the mortgage market go through.

This waiting period seems a good opportunity to improve the value of the existing home by decorating and renovating. There are still safe lenders out there who will lend you a little cash based on the equity that has mounted up in your home. Your original lender is the best place to start. They have proved reliable, and they will have to be involved in any other loan, as they probably hold the deeds of your property. Some home improvements are ‘worth more’ on the housing market than others, one of the first questions you must ask is if you are actually trying to improve the property for yourself, or for the re-sale value.

It seems that renovating has been popular this year. The Remodelers Chairman of the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB), Mike Nagel, views the amount of renovations happening as a positive sign for realty. “Though down a bit from the previous quarter, the remodeling market is not experiencing the dip in production and sales being seen by the new home building sector of the industry.”

Also, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, spending on residential remodeling and home repairs has climbed steadily, setting a new record this year. If you are undecided about which improvements to actually splash … Read More

Where to Find Hydroponic Gardening Supplies

Traditional gardening with soil pales in comparison to hydroponics gardening. Hydroponics is soil-less gardening. Done properly harvesting can be done sooner and yield can be tremendously larger if you have the proper hydroponics gardening supplies.

Building a hydroponics system can be fairly easy and inexpensive. Most parts can be built with PVC pipe or Plastic liter soda bottles. Empty bleach bottles can also be used. Most fittings can be found in the plumbing department of your local home improvement store like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Ace True Value Hardware Stores.

The different testers needed such as PH testers can be found in hydroponic supplies catalogs on line. Most of these stores provide excellent comparison shopping and usually offer coupons.

Certain compounds of natural elements are available to make your tomatoes or peppers grow big and strong. The yields are also greater with the correct compounds.

Certain seeds are better for hydroponics than others. That doesn’t mean that they are genetically engineered. That just means that some types of seeds are more tolerant to hydroponics than others.

In larger cities there are landscaping and greenhouse businesses that handle hydroponics garden supplies. There are usually great to talk to for technical advice and what works and what doesn’t in the various types of hydroponics systems.

If you have a little greenhouse or have a corner in the garage that you can heat and can mount grow lights, hydroponics can be very rewarding. Getting the hydroponics gardening supplies is really just a click … Read More