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Preparing Your Home for Summer Vacation

Not everyone thinks about how you should leave your home when headed off for summer vacation. Sometimes it is just added details while packing up. Here are some things to consider before leaving:

1) Clean your home as much as you can, get the clutter piles gone. Make sure dishes are washed and food is sealed up. Who wants to come home to a less than clean house or mess. This way it is more relaxing when returning home.

2) Shut off the water main. It is a good idea to shut the main valve of water coming into your home in case a pipe would burst and no one would be there to discover it for a good few days. This may not be a good option if the main is running a sprinkler system.

3) Another things is to shut your water heater off or turn down if it is summer time. Is there any need to heat the water if you are not at home.

4) Unplug all appliances. This can prevent electrical fires and protect your appliances from electrical surges.

5)Â Use light timers to give the appearance of activity at your home.

6) Lock away valuables

7)Â Turn your central air up to a warmer temperature.

8) Have someone collect your mail and newspapers or hold mail at the post office.

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Are Colors Important When Selling a Home?

Today I received the following questions from a college friend:

“Got a quick realty question for you for my wife, please, if you don’t mind. Looking to put our house on market soon. Living room with open floor plan has a red wall (tomato red, 8ft wide x 12 ft high), behind seating area that’s only visible when walking through or dining. Every other wall is pale yellow. Would you recommend painting the red wall before showing (go to a mocha color), or leave it and hope the buyers go for it?

Thanks! -Tom”

Here is my response:

Hi Tom!

Red is a great color for an accent wall but not for selling a home. Neutral tones are the best. So a Mocha sounds great. You want the buyer to be able to picture living in your home with their own things and feeling comfortable and cozy. Using neutral colors you have more of a chance at doing that. You can blend more furnishings with neutral tones rather than the red or other accent color. Yes, I would say paint before you show.

Remember the first 30 days are the most critical. In most cases you will have the most buyers come through in the first thirty days being of having your home on the market.