Home Selling 101: Top Considerations Before Selling A House

Real estate isn’t just a matter of training how to “talk” to people and convincing them to buy your property. A huge part of it is ensuring you’re providing them with the kind of product that they’ll surely buy – not just because they want it, but because it’s the best option for them. Home selling 101 is putting your home’s best foot forward. From the elements of the property itself to the updates to the presentation—making sure everything is in tip-top shape. Below are four keys to focus on that will make your house sell quickly for the highest possible price.

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Home Selling 101 means presenting a property that looks great with little to any flaws that might put off prospective buyers.

1. Aesthetics Seal the Deal

How exactly does the house look like? A huge part of what seals the deal when it comes to house selling is its appearance, so it’s important to make sure your house for sale looks like something people will come home to.

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Is It Time To Replace Your Windows?

Thinking it’s time to replace your windows? There was a time when the more glass windows your house had, the wealthier you were presumed to be. In fact, for a time in colonial America there was a tax on windows to support the Revolutionary War effort. The poorest folks, the ones with only wooden shutters instead of glass, were spared. 

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Now, of course, shutters are typically just for decoration. Not only can everyone have windows, but the more the merrier. Their style and placement influences every aspect of a home’s interior; from how bright or dark a room is to where the furniture will fit. Not to mention the significance of the views looking outside.

If you’re buying an older house or looking for a great home improvement project, the most important consideration is to get replacement windows that provide great climate control while conserving energy. Beyond that, there are a wide number of design options to explore. If you do a search for window companies near me, you’ll find a pro who can guide you to the right choice for you and your home.

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Best Luxury Home Neighborhoods in Louisville (Part 3 of 3)

Here we are… finally! I posted the first part of this three-part series in April called Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky. This one targeted which of our city’s entry-level neighborhoods were my favorites, for various reasons.  I followed this one up with Best Move-up Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky. These are the best of the best middle tier subdivisions. A lot of great choices! Today, I publish the third and final piece looking at the creme of the crop—the very best luxury home neighborhoods in Louisville. I hope you enjoy it!  

Best Louisville Neighborhoods, Part 3 Luxury Homes

In this article, we’re focused on great Louisville neighborhoods where the average home price is above $500,000… sometimes way above. There are a good number of these actually, but I’m targeting the very best luxury neighborhood this city has to offer. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

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Expert Advice for Choosing Light Fixtures for your Home

Even if you have a beautiful home, using inappropriate lighting fixtures can easily ruin the interiors. Choosing light fixtures for your home, to be honest, isn’t an easy task if you’re serious about it. There are many things you need to consider such as the size the room, height of the ceiling, the design of the room, exposure to sunlight, the presence of any decorative features, exclusive furniture, and many others.

Photo of a beautiful bathroom with the perfect light fixture

Therefore, to break it down, here are some easy tips to choose the right lighting fixtures for your home.

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Get Inspired by Top Modern House Design 2019

A person devotes half of his life’s earnings to buy his/her dream home. While there are so many different designs, it’s easy to get confused. If you would search for “top modern house design” there will be a large number of results. Modern houses are often more technologically advanced but at the same time, they are very beautiful and desirable. We’ve highlighted some great options so read on! You can also visit Modern House design 2019 to see even more.

Photo of a modern house design with bold geometric shapes
This house belongs to the cubism style of architecture. Just consider it a bonus 8th style for this article.

So let’s check out some of these awesome modern houses!

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6 Mistakes to Avoid That Will Protect Your Drywall

For something that serves such an important role in our homes, drywall is surprisingly delicate. It doesn’t take much for dents, cracks, holes and other problems to appear, and unfortunately, many of the problems with drywall (or sheetrock) are due to avoidable mistakes. By avoiding some of the most common errors we make in our homes will definitely help protect your drywall.

Here are some of the most common mistakes that homeowners make. Don’t be that guy. Just use a little extra caution and some good habits, and you can keep your walls looking great and avoid having to repair or replace the drywall.

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Common House Fire Causes: What You Need to Know

Whether you’re a homeowner living in your own property or a landlord renting to a tenant, the last thing you want to happen is a house fire. Unfortunately, though, fires in homes arise thousands of times each year across the country. When one examines the causes of these fires, most of the time they’re due to the same types of triggers. Here are some of the most common house fire causes that you need to be aware of today.

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The Best Turfgrass for Your Property

Most homeowners want to give their property the best lawn on the block — and while lawn care is the most significant factor in making a lawn stand out, it remains important that the exact right grass is growing in the exact right environment. Because different turfgrasses were created for different temperatures, soil types, humidity, and light levels, not all grass will work on all properties. So what is the best turfgrass for your property?

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Maybe you’re thinking about selling your home this summer? If so, you’ll want your lawn looking its best. Here are a few guidelines for choosing the best turfgrass for your property, so you can be one step closer to having the best lawn in the neighborhood.

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Home Upgrades to Consider for Aging in Place

No matter your stage of life, finding ways to make the most out of your home is a common goal. Whether you found your dream home early on or have decided to live out the rest of your years in your current abode, making the appropriate home upgrades will prevent you from outgrowing the space. Consider these upgrades for each stage of life to help you grow with your home throughout the years.

Quartz countertops are about as maintenance-free as you can get. As an added bonus… they’re also beautiful!
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4 Things to Remember When Building a Music Room

Building a proper and classy music room is among the toughest challenges that musicians and drummers face. A well-designed music room can make the difference between smooth sailing and significant headaches down the road. By and large, there are various things to think about when constructing a music room. While most people are inspired to buy lots of equipment, they tend to forget very important basics including choosing the right material for the flooring and walls, which account largely on soundproofing. The following are four critical things one should remember when building a music room.

This music room has really gone “all-out” with sound dampening panels.
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Best Move-up Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky (Part 2 of 3)

In April, I published the first part of this series called Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky. Today, I’m publishing the second piece. We’ll be focusing on move-up neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky. These are great places for people looking to purchase a larger, more expensive property. Could be a first-time homebuyer or perhaps a family that just needs more space. Let’s get started!

Best Louisville Neighborhoods: Move Up Homes
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What Are The Dangers Of Mold In A Home; How To Solve It?

Owing to its rapid growth and a love for dark, damp places, mold can be a very sneaky substance. Its devious growth is further fueled by the fact that most people treat it with the “out-of-sight-out-of- mind” attitude. It’s easy to be oblivious to the dangers of mold. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on almost everything but most often affects porous materials such as drywall. It spreads through the entire house by producing spores that become airborne and settle on other surfaces.

Here you can see that over a long period of time mold has weakened the sub-floor causing it deteriorate.

While this may not appear like a grave issue, mold growth in a home poses serious health risks and a potential threat to the structural integrity of the property. Homeowners should, therefore, take proactive measures in suppressing and preventing its growth. The following information elaborates the dangers of mold and how to deal with it.

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Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky (Part 1 of 3)

Since 2007, my Best Louisville Neighborhoods section of the website has been highly praised by both clients and local real estate professionals. I truly appreciate this because it’s been a labor of love. It’s not password protected. I don’t ask you for your email to see it. It’s simply the best of its kind in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Now, I’m going to highlight all the great content located within by looking at the best starter home neighborhoods Louisville, Kentucky. Then, I’ll follow this piece up with move-up neighborhoods and finally luxury home neighborhoods. Let’s go!

Best Louisville Neighborhoods: Part 1, Starter Homes
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What Every Seller Should Know About Today’s Home Buyers

There are more ways to buy a home today than ever before. It’s crazy! In the past, people generally hired an agent or went it alone. Today, we still have those options but now there are many more choices down both paths. If you’re thinking about selling your home this year (or in the future) keep reading. This expert advice will help you better understand what’s happening in in the minds of today’s home buyers.

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Do you think home buyers will be able to find your home’s listing online?

Online Is Where It’s At

Today, everything is online. Agents know this. Buyers know it. Every home seller should know it too!

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When Is the Best Time to Sell a House?

My clients will routinely ask this question: “When is the best time to sell a house?”

There really is no “best” time. But if you follow these real estate best practices and take advantage of current, local data, you will improve your chances to get a quick sale at top dollar. This expert advice is designed to help you assess your situation and make an educated decision based on both your financial data and your personal goals.

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To Move or Not to Move?

Before we get to the professional recommendations, the very first question you ask is whether or not you should sell your house at all? This is important because each time you sell (and then buy) there are costs built into each transaction. For the most part, these costs are pure waste. That means, the longer you are in the same home, the better off your financial situation will be.

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