Selling Your House 35 Stories

Selling a house is a major undertaking. Where do you begin? First you’ll need to establish a big-picture view of how to prepare it. This ideabook will help you do that, so you can get your home in shape to sell quickly at the best possible price (without breaking your budget). ...
10 Low-Cost Tweaks to Help Your Home Sell
Many homeowners won’t even consider listing their home, because they can’t afford extensive remodeling to get it ready for sale. But sometimes it’s not the major renovations that buyers notice. Consider this checklist of cheaper to-do’s before...
17 Ways to Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal
Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord...
Staging vs. Decorating: What's the Difference?
Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In home staging, you're striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes need to feel that they can make the home their...
15 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Real Estate Agent
Selling your home is a big deal — so while it may be tempting to go with the first word-of-mouth recommendation you get, when it comes to choosing a real estate agent, it pays to do a bit more research. Your real estate pro will be responsible for setting...
How to Stage Your Kitchen for a Home Sale
A major kitchen overhaul can cost a huge amount of money — money you probably will not fully recoup when you sell. Instead of going for a full-on remodel, consider what small changes you can make to update your kitchen. Paint rather than replace cabinets,...
What Those Home-Sale Disclosures Are Really Saying
While a home inspection is your first line of defense against hidden property damage, your inspector can report only what can be seen. And while an inspector can peek into an attic, he or she can’t peer into the home’s past. Fortunately, most states...
Downsizing Help: How to Get Rid of Your Extra Stuff
Once you’ve decided to downsize and have edited your belongings, it’s time to get rid of all the stuff you’re leaving behind. Chances are, your garage is piled...
Downsizing Help: Choosing What Furniture to Leave Behind
Moving to a smaller space can lift a lot of the burdens from your shoulders. But it can also be fraught with decisions, like what furniture to keep and what to leave behind. Editing your stuff can be a challenge. Don’t panic. Chances are, what...
Downsizing Help: How to Edit Your Belongings
My mother was the most wonderful lady: gracious, giving and loving. But she was a child of the Great Depression, so she never threw anything away. “I might need them someday,” she would explain when I suggested that a 30-year accumulation of rubber...
7 Things to Do Before You Move Into a New House
Our son and daughter-in-law just purchased their first home. It's in a location that allows an easy commute into Boston, where our son works, and is just a few towns away from where his wife works. The house is in a older suburb adjacent to Boston,...
The Latest Info on Renovating Your Home to Sell
If you are planning to sell your home, the list of potential improvements to consider before staking that sign in your front lawn probably seems endless. And the numbers can be a bit disheartening — nearly all remodeling projects...
Home Staging to Sell: The Latest Techniques That Really Work
Proper staging can help you sell your home faster, and possibly even for a higher price, and in recent years stagers have become even savvier at zeroing in on what buyers want. I spoke with three home staging professionals to find out what works...
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