Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How To Sell Your House Part 2

Back to Real Estate 101.
When you live in your home, you throw wet towels over the towel bar, leave bath mats on the floor etc.
When you are selling your home, remember when a showing is scheduled, pick up that bath mat, straighten the towels, clear the counters of makeup, hair dryers and shaving cream.... and the number one rule....
Put. The. Toilet. Lid. Down.
By picking up the bath mat, your bathroom automatically looks bigger (and cleaner).

As far as our house sale is going, we have had several showings, one low offer and some great prospects.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Art Imitating Life

This post is sponsored by Easy Canvas Prints*

Art imitating life.

I think sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers.  They are so cheerful and even on the gloomiest day outside, they bring a little sunshine inside.
Every summer the Biltmore Estate grows fields and fields of sunflowers.  Last year I snapped several pictures of them, including this close up.
Easy Canvas Prints, turned the above photo into a beautiful canvas print.

Now, even in the middle of winter, when there is nary a sunflower to be found, I will have this beautiful canvas print to remind me of summer.
Keeping watching my blog, because Easy Canvas Prints has offered a giveaway of a canvas print to one of my readers!  The giveaway will happen in about a week.  Keep checking back, so you don't miss your chance!  Or follow me through BlogLovin..see my sidebar to sign up.
*Disclosure: I was given this canvas to review, and all opinions are my own.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Honeysuckle Vines and the Pergola

Earlier this spring, in May, we finished our backyard makeover.  If you missed that post, you can see it here.
Since then, everything has grown so much.  The honeysuckle vine we planted at the base of the pergola has really grown.  It is now starting to reach the brackets.  By the end of the summer, it might be climbing over the roof of the pergola, adding extra shade.  Here is how it looks now.

Are things growing in your garden?  When does "fall" start where you live?  Our first frost date in usually in October.  September can be considered a summer month here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How To Sell Your House

A couple of you asked for suggestions on how to sell a house.  Though I am not a realtor I am very experienced at selling houses.
So, let's call this Real Estate 101.
Curb appeal is very important.  You never have a second chance to make a first impression.  So make sure your lawn is mowed and the weeds are pulled. 
You know how you have a lock box on your door, when selling so the Realtors have access to a key?  It usually takes about 2-3 minutes for the realtor to open the lock box, get the key and open your front door.
What are the buyers doing at that time?  The buyers are spending that time looking around the outside entry, whether it is a porch or just a stoop.  Make sure to have your door clean, the cobwebs brushed away and fresh flowers in the pots (unless it is winter time, then an evergreen in the pot is perfect).
I will post more tips soon.