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Home staging, which is the art of preparing your home to be viewed by potential buyers, can be an expensive enterprise. Professional home stagers usually charge around $2 per square foot. Depending on the size of your home, this can translate into thousands of dollars. It's no wonder many homeowners opt to stage their homes themselves.
When Darci and Matt Haney saw the "for sale" 1938 cottage a few blocks from where they were living in Carlton, Ore., they fell in love with its architecture. "It was pretty overgrown," recalls Darci Haney, who runs a small design company. They bought it anyway and began clearing the space to restore the two-bedroom's exterior charm.
In real estate showings, the Sunday open house is the gold standard. As the name implies, a property is open to just about anyone who learns of the showing in an online or print ad, drives by and sees the agent's A-Frame sign, or receives a notification postcard in the mail. But not everyone who goes to an open house is a potential buyer.
Before you start tinkering with your central air-conditioning system, it's important to understand the basics of how it works. The system consists of three main parts: the condenser, the blower unit and the ductwork.The condenser is the large outdoor unit that is probably tucked behind your garage. Its role is to manage the temperature of the refrigerant,
An in-ground pool is the ultimate in backyard upgrades. If you've always wanted one, now may be the time. Prices have fallen during the recession by up to 30 percent. Nevertheless, it remains a big investment, so it's important to make smart choices with regard to size, shape, site selection, and type.
The tenant-screening process may seem shrouded in mystery. The truth, however, is that all those application forms and probing questions are intended to help a landlord or property manager answer three basic questions:Do you have sufficient income and/or assets to pay rent? Have you proven your ability and desire to pay rent and other bills in the past?