Home Staging Tips: 5 Ways To Make A Great First Impression Before They Even Walk In The Door

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We all know that it's smart to stage your home when you're preparing to sell it.What many people fail to think about when staging their home is first impressions. I'm talking about the impression someone has of your home before even stepping foot inside.That's why it's so important to make the entry to your house extra enticing. It's one of the most important things you can do when it comes to home staging.That means you should take some time to dress up the exterior of your home … [Read more...]

DIY Closet Organizers

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Is your closet a mess? Does it need a makeover?If you want to organize your closet on a budget, I'm about to show you some DIY closet organizers that you can put into place this weekend!There's no need to put it off any longer. The time to spruce up your closet is now.First, start with these 5 tips for organizing your closet. Next, determine which closet organizer you'll use.Here are the best DIY closet organizers... Basically, you have 2 options:Design and … [Read more...]

The Best FREE Home Inventory Programs To Keep Track Of Everything You Own

Do you have a record of all the high-ticket items you've purchased that are currently in your home?  If you suffered a fire or flood would it be easy for you to determine exactly what was lost or destroyed?  It's important to have a detailed inventory of all your belongings in the event of a natural disaster, accident, or theft. Your home inventory should include everything that you can personally itemize within your house.  It should also include all of your insurance policies, … [Read more...]

Best Moving Tips Revealed: Best Time To Move Into A House… Or Apartment

My first job out of college was as a property manager.  I worked in that field for several years.  As a property manager it became obvious that:May 30th to June 1st were the busiest days of the year in terms of moving. August 31st through Sept 1st ran a close second. The dates in between were pretty active as well (June 2nd through August 30th).Of course, the busiest moving days of the year are largely dictated by the region of the country you live in and the local school … [Read more...]

Pros & Cons Of Security Systems For Home Protection… Are They Really Worth It?

The purpose of home security systems is to provide peace of mind to homeowners while notifying the authorities in the event of a break-in or other emergency.  Much like insurance, a home security system is something that you buy that you hope you never have to use. So, are security systems for home protection worth it?  Does it make sense to buy this type of "insurance"? Certainly anyone who has been rescued from a robbery or fire because of a home security system would find … [Read more...]

Top 8 Tips For First Time Homebuyers

After you have weighed the benefits of home ownership versus renting, you may be ready to purchase your first home. To determine whether you're ready to buy a home at this time, check out these 100 Questions & Answers About Buying A New Home from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  You'll find everything homebuyers need to know -- from start to finish -- there. Summarized, these are the most important things that a first time homebuyer needs to be … [Read more...]

Biggest And Best Yard Sales In America

If you like yards sales, then it's likely that you are already aware of the World's Longest Yard Sale which takes place each August.This sale runs 654 miles from Gadsen Alabama through Covington Kentucky along Highway 127.However, the "world's largest" yard sale isn't the only really big, really cool yard sale in America!Here are some of the best and biggest yard sales across the country... … [Read more...]

Home Inspections: What You Need To Know

A home inspector does a whole lot more than check for working outlets and make sure the dishwasher works.  If you are wondering if you really need a home inspector, chances are you do.     Here's what you need to know about home inspections and how to find a good home inspector... … [Read more...]

House Staging Tips: The Most Important Things You Should Do

We tend to mention home staging often here on The Fun Times Guide, probably because it works.For example, in Tips For Staging Your House To Get The Highest Selling Price, you can see why home staging is so important: If the home you're selling is brand new (or a flip), you should count on spending 1% of your home's asking price on "staging". In return, you can expect to get 10 times that back! Still, house staging is quite an elusive creature.  How exactly do you stage a home?  What are … [Read more...]