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


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...]

Staging Your Home For Sale: What To Do With Rooms You Don’t Use

Unused rooms can cause a bit of a dilemma when it comes to staging your home for sale. While having an extra room in your house designated simply for storage or for use as a play area may be a good idea for your own living situation, a potential home buyer may find it difficult to see that room as usable. That's why any rooms that are currently being used as a catch-all for storage or toys (as well as those that you don't use at all and are completely empty) should be decorated in such a … [Read more...]

Best Household Cleaners According To Interior Designers Whose Jobs DEPEND On Clean


I like seeing unbiased reviews regarding peoples' favorite household cleaning products.  Honest feedback from those whose opinions truly matter is hard to come by.  That's why I'm grateful to House Beautiful for posting these interviews with 14 top designers. In addition to their favorite design styles and products, there is also valuable information about their favorite household cleaners. One thing's for sure: an interior designer needs to make a great first impression. And high-end … [Read more...]

12 Best Home Improvement Projects That Benefit Home Sellers Most


HomeGain surveyed 1,000 Realtors nationwide and asked for the top 12 DIY home improvements that cost under $5,000 and benefit home sellers. Guess what?... The #1 home improvement that Realtors recommend to home sellers -- based on cost and return on investment) is:  Cleaning and de-cluttering! That's right. It costs $200 on average to do the proper amount of cleaning and decluttering prior to a move, yet it can increase your home's value by as much as $1,700. That's an 872% return on … [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...]

5 Creative Ways To Sell Your House Fast


It’s no surprise that it is hard to sell a home these days.  Even in the best areas, homes can sit on the market for months and even years.  While this is great for home buyers because they have their pick of homes, home sellers need to work extra hard to make a sale.  The longer a house is on the market, the more it costs the seller: You might lose out on your own home buying opportunities.  Or you could lose more money … [Read more...]

How To Stage Your Home: Tips For Staging Your House To Get The Highest Selling Price

We've got the blueprints completed and printed for our new log home. We are about to sign on the dotted line for the loan. Now we're just waiting for the county's final approval before we break ground. If all goes as planned, we should close by the end of the month and begin the excavation work to lay the foundation for our log home soon thereafter. With that in mind, it could be anywhere from 6 to 9 months before we move into The Fun Times Lodge (...wait til you see all the other fun names … [Read more...]