It’s the Chadd’s Ford Pumpkin Carve!!!!

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Enjoy a wonderful evening of Fall weather and the aroma of freshly carved pumpkins!!!
Every year, the town of Chadds Ford holds their Great Pumpkin Carve. During this three day event, carvers of all ages and expertise commit to carving their pumpkins on Thursday, and the pumpkins stay on display through Friday and Saturday.

The Great Pumpkin Carve has been held since 1970 in Chadds Ford, Penna. 60 – 70 large pumpkins are carved by local artists and awarded prizes. You can take a chance at the raffle booth while listening to the great sounds of Kenny and Friends.
Admission is $10 for adults (less for kids!) and the event itself runs from 5-9pm each night.

This makes a great inexpensive date night” or a night out for the family.

Follow the signs for free parking and tell ’em Denny sent you!

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Daylight Savings: Adjust Your Clock and Sleep Schedule

On Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m. Daylight Saving Time will end. That means you get to turn your clock back one hour and delight in the extra hour of sleep you’ll be gaining.

While some people relish in the extra hour of beauty rest, others may find the clock change significantly affects their internal clock and struggle to maintain a normal sleep-wake routine. People sensitive to the changing of the clocks may experience variations in their sleep patterns and energy levels.KW Fall Back Clock
Daylight Saving Time was instituted to capitalize on natural light, but it does impact your circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm is your internal body clock and it regulates your body’s24-hour cycle of biological processes. Patterns of brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration and other biological activities are all linked to this cycle.

Your circadian rhythm also plays an important role in your sleep patterns, using exposure to light and darkness as a trigger to start and stop production of melatonin – the sleep-inducing hormone.

If you find yourself experiencing a decrease in energy levels and sleep disturbances with the clock change, here’s what you can do to get back on track.

Exercise
Making exercise part of your daily routine can increase your energy level and boost your mood. Studies have shown that regular exercise triggers your body to release endorphins and serotonin. Also, a regular dose of physical activity is credited with more and better quality sleep at night.

Increase Your Vitamin D
Natural sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D, which your body needs to absorb calcium. However, you may not be exposed to as much natural daylight in the fall and winter. Vitamin D is believed to regulate mood – low levels of this vitamin have been associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and major depression. In the fall and winter, keep your vitamin D levels up by getting outside into the sun and turn to vitamin D supplements.

Cut the Caffeine
Don’t freak out – you can still have your morning cup of Joe. But just be mindful of what time you’re drinking your caffeinated beverage. Drinking coffee and an energy drinks in the afternoon may inhibit your ability to fall asleep at night. If you are feeling groggy in the afternoon, try going for a brisk walk outside instead of reaching for a cup of coffee – exercise, sunlight and fresh air have all been credited with energizing you as much as a caffeinated beverage.

Turn Off Your Electronics
Again, don’t freak out – you don’t have to completely give up your smartphone and devices. But you should put them away in the evening for a better night’s sleep. These devices give off light, which can inhibit your body’s production of melatonin. Instead, try reading, writing in a journal or meditating before bedtime to relax and calm your mind.

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Sleep hygiene refers to what steps you take to create a sleep-friendly environment for yourself in order to enhance your chance of falling asleep, stay asleep and sleep more soundly. Basic steps you can take include reducing or eliminating caffeine and alcohol several hours before bed, refraining from exercising too close to bedtime, setting your bedroom temperature a bit cooler, and creating rituals to calm and relax yourself before bed such as a hot bath.

An important part of your sleep hygiene is going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. This trains your body to produce melatonin to help you fall asleep at your bedtime and to stop production when it’s time to rise and shine. You should even keep these bedtime and wake times the same of the weekends, only varying by an hour or so.

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Fall Lawn Care Secrets

Fall and the cooler weather are quickly approaching! Here are some tips for sprucing up your lawn…

Adjust Your Mower Height: If you raised the height of your lawn mower in Summer to reduce heat stress to your lawn, return the mower deck to its normal mowing height (about 2 inches tall is best for most grasses) in Fall. Cutting your lawn slightly shorter in Autumn helps prevent the grass from matting down under leaves and snow. Avoid cutting the grass too short, however. Tightly clipped turf has fewer roots and allows weeds to get a foothold.

Water On Schedule: Most lawns need water whenever it’s dry — no matter the season. If drought persists into Autumn, water once or twice per week long enough to soak the soil several inches deep. Early morning is the best time of day to irrigate because winds are usually lighter so you’ll waste less water to evaporation. Avoid watering in the evening because that encourages fungal diseases.

Overseed: Prepare the lawn for overseeding by mowing it 1/2 inch shorter than usual and removing the clippings. Sow grass seed over the mowed area, making two passes at right angles to each other. Overseed thin lawns or large dead areas. Keep the newly seeded sections moist while seeds sprout. Frequent light sprinklings are best at first. Gradually increase the interval between waterings to encourage the roots to grow deeper into the soil.

Fertilize: Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn. Cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass, fescue, and ryegrass, respond well to feeding in early September and again in late Fall(late October or November). It helps them green up earlier and look better in Spring.

Attack Perennial Weeds: Dandelions, clover, and other broadleaf weeds are easy to spot in spring, but Fall is the best time to rid your yard of these pests. Perennial weeds readily send herbicides containing glyphosate, 2, 4-D, and MCPP applied as a spray or granules to their roots in fall. Sprays work best on days with moderate temperatures and when the soil is moist.

Repair Dead Patches: Early Fall is a great time to reseed any small dead or thin patches in lawns. If you seed in Autumn, you’ll have fewer weeds and the seedlings will become established before stressful hot weather conditions arrive. A mulch product embedded with seed and fertilizer is a convenient way to fill the gaps.

Lay Sod: Spring or Fall is a good time to start a new cool-season lawn or patch existing turf with sod. Moderate temperatures and abundant moisture get sod off to a quick start. High-quality sod will be thick, dense, and weed-free. It’s a convenient way to get an instant solution to bare spots.

Check For Thatch: Thatch is a layer of dead organic matter mixed with living plant parts that can lead to disease and insect problems as well as damage from drought and cold weather. Thatch may develop when you over-fertilize your lawn or water too frequently. Check for thatch by removing a plug of grass and soil. One-half inch of thatch or less is not a problem. If there is more than that, your lawn is ready for a thatch-management program.

Aerate: Aeration reduces thatch, improves drainage, and loosens soil. Make sure that the aerator you use pulls plugs of soil from the turf rather than simply punching holes in the ground, which actually increases compaction over time. Aerate cool-season grasses in early fall.

Apply A Top Dressing: Top dressing means applying a thin layer of soil or compost to your existing turf. The process improves growing conditions by reducing thatch, increasing the amount of organic matter in the soil, smoothing bumps in the lawn, and lessening the need for fertilizer. Spread a thin layer of equal parts loam, sand, and peat. Be sure to dethatch or aerate before you apply a top dressing. Then work the top dressing into the soil by raking it in.

Remove Fallen Leaves: Remove fallen leaves by raking them or mulching them with a mower before they mat down and smother your grass. A mulching mower works well to shred small amounts of leaves and returns the shredded organic matter to the soil, much like top dressing. When many leaves are present, rake them off the lawn and compost them.

Drain Irrigation Lines: Completely drain your lawn’s irrigation system before freezing weather arrives. You can empty the system with compressed air or use drain valves. For best results, shut off the water to the system and drain each zone separately. Also drain the main supply line from the house. If you use an air compressor, don’t exceed 50 psi of air pressure.

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Back To School Tips For Parents And Kids

As summer comes to an end, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule — for both kids and adults. The trick is to plan ahead. Identify strategies and approaches to stay organized, to help ease your child seamlessly back into school and to manage your own stress.

  1. A week or two before the school year begins, kids should start going to bed and waking up as they would on school days — it can take a while for their bodies to adjust to non-summer hours.
  2. Get children on a regular exercise program or into an active hobby to create good habits and burn off extra energy.
  3. Hire an after-school sitter to pick for your kids up from school, bring them to activities and care for them while you’re at work.
  4. Encourage kids to read a book in the week or two before school begins. Ease them into quiet time, while giving them a jumpstart on refreshing their reading skills.
  5. Get kids accustomed to a calendar schedule, like what they’ll use to manage their classes and extracurricular activities.
  6. Use a homework app such as iHomework or MyHomeWork to help kids organize assignments.
  7. Let kids choose a planner or scheduling tool that they’re excited to use, whether it’s written or technology-based.
  8. Set up regular weekly meetings with your child to review their schedules, assignments and activities for the week ahead.
  9. Create a family calendar — whether a Google Calendar or a colorful Wall Calendar — that highlights family activities and everyone’s major commitments. This helps make planning easier, while pinpointing conflicts.
  10. Set or refresh the rules about technology and screen time during the school year. What’s allowed and when?
  11. Choose a time to focus on family conversations and connections, such as during dinner or before bedtime.
  12. End the summer on a positive note, allowing kids a specific day with activities they choose (e.g. swimming or a visit to a theme park) to start their transition to fall.
  13. Ask kids to estimate how long homework assignments will take, and then compare it against how long each actually assignment takes. It will help them practice better time management.
  14. Encourage your kids to prioritize their assignments, and make a to-do list that lists deadlines.
  15. Allow kids a short break after each assignment they finish, such as a snack or a short walk.
  16. Avoid becoming the Homework Cop by setting an alarm each day that signals the start of homework time.
  17. Inventory last year’s school supplies before buying more.
  18. Obtain a list of supplies, books and technology needed for the class before you invest in school supplies.
  19. Include your child in shopping for school supplies. Encourage him to choose his own backpack and lunch box.
  20. Make a plan for organizing those supplies — and keeping them organized.
  21. Create a dedicated space where your child stores all of his or her school supplies and technology when they’re not being used.
  22. Decide what area will be used as homework space, whether it’s the dining room table or a family office.
  23. Remove distractions such as TVs and video game consoles from homework areas.
  24. Repurpose plastic tubs to organize school supplies, labeling each one with details such as folders or pencils.
  25. Encourage kids to develop a filing system where they can store research material, drawings and graded papers for each class.
  26. Set a weekday bedtime and a weekend bedtime, and enforce them strictly.
  27. Agree on a weekday and weekend time to get up, and keep kids on a regular schedule.
  28. Review commitments for extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs before signing up, to avoid over scheduling.
  29. Ask kids to set goals for the year ahead, such as reading 30 books or maintaining an A-minus average. Having something to shoot for keeps even hard to focus kids on target.
  30. Help kids prioritize their activities each week — including sports, homework, and family time — by connecting them to goals.
  31. Touch base with teachers early in the semester to identify and troubleshoot behavioral or study issues. Open lines of communication go a long way. Here are 20 questions to ask.
  32. Lay out an afternoon schedule each day that allows time for a snack, relaxation, play, study and the bedtime routine.
  33. Go over your child’s bedtime routine — is there anything that should change to make it more efficient?
  34. Figure out blocks of time for children to have fun during the week, by playing sports or spending time with friends.
  35. Remember, kids mimic your behavior. Focus on working on your own projects while they do homework, rather than watching TV or being on the phone.
  36. Layout clothes the night before and encourage kids who are old enough to dress themselves before having breakfast.
  37. Set expectations for the morning routine, such as waking up, making their bed, showering and getting dressed.
  38. Pack any gym or sports bags the night before, so they can easily be taken out the door in the morning.
  39. Encourage kids to pack their backpacks before they go to sleep at night.
  40. If your kids bring their own lunch, pack the lunches before going to bed so kids can take them as they head to school.
  41. Ask kids to help you stay organized, by putting lunch boxes in the sink and dirty gym clothes in the hamper when they get home.
  42. Is your home setup kid-friendly? Low hooks make it easy for younger children to hang up their coats, for example.
  43. Monthly, toss assignments and school supplies that don’t need to be kept.
  44. File away or scan assignments that you want to hang onto.
  45. Create an inbox where children can leave permission slips, school announcements and other things that need your attention.
  46. Set up a plastic tub that’s a put-away bin: anything out of its place will be placed there and every few days the family will clear it.
  47. Have a set time each week to sync up individual calendars with the family calendar.
  48. Inventory your kid’s wardrobe from last year. Toss or donate things they’ve outgrown or that are too worn.
  49. Come up with a list of things needed and budget guidelines before school shopping.
  50. Include your child in choosing clothes, shoes and other items they’ll need.
  51. Schedule time every 2 to 3 months to go through clothing and get rid of things that no longer fit.
  52. Set up a laundry hamper system that makes it easy to wash and sort each person’s clothes.
  53. Consider a homework caddy that contains supplies such as markers and pencils and can be carried throughout the house.
  54. Bulk package snacks for kids on the weekend, such as bags of grapes or cheese and crackers, which can easily be added to lunches.
  55. Get copies of school menus in advance to discuss lunch choices.
  56. Create menus of daily lunches or snacks sent from home. Bulk shop and get kids involved in preparing them.
  57. Buy kids a reusable sports bottle that can be used to increase water consumption throughout the day.
  58. Keep a small emergency allowance in your kids’ bags, in case they need to purchase food or a beverages.
  59. Purchase lunch boxes or reusable bags so you don’t have to remember to buy paper bags.
  60. Use sticky note flags to highlight important reading passages, documents that need to be signed and places where children left off on their homework.
  61. Have a backup transportation mode planned. If your child misses the bus, know if you’ll be able to drive her or if you can call a neighbor to carpool.
  62. Set your clocks forward 10 minutes. This makes it easier to be on time.
  63. Schedule blocks of time in your schedule each day/week, where you check in with each child to see how things are going.
  64. Schedule at least one 30 minute block in your calendar for yourself — take a relaxing bath, read a book or go to the gym.
  65. Set up a system of rewards for when your kids meet goals, such as following routines, finishing homework and helping around the house.
  66. Use positive phrasing, such as “you can go outside after your homework is done,” instead of “you’re not going outside until this is finished.”
  67. Make sure your kids (and you!) have an effective wake-up alarm that works with their personalities.
  68. Set an alarm or notification 30 minutes before bedtime.
  69. Remove distractions, such as tablets, cell phones and computers, from kids’ bedrooms to help them focus on sleeping.
  70. Use night lights, white sound machines and fans for kids who have trouble getting to sleep. If it’s a regular problem, talk to their pediatrician.
  71. Keep a single easy-to-access file of paperwork needed for activities and school, like vaccination records and birth certificates.
  72. Set up the breakfast table — cereal bowls ready to go and coffee set to brew — before you go to bed.
  73. Map out a bathroom schedule if space is tight or your family fights for bathroom time.
  74. Keep a list in your bag or on your smartphone with a running list of school supplies, clothing items and food that need to be purchased each week.
  75. Dedicate a rack in the garage, basement or entry way for sports equipment, making it easy to find and keep dirt out of your home.
  76. Create a pet care schedule, with who does what, to make sure pets are regularly walked, fed, watered and played with during hectic times of year. Consider hiring a pet care professional to help.
  77. Use under-the-bed storage for out-of-season clothes and toys that aren’t regularly used.
  78. Give each person a shower caddy, to organize their bathroom supplies and shorten the time it takes to get ready in the morning.
  79. Figure out ways you can be involved in the classroom this school year — no matter how much time you can devote.
  80. Talk with your kids about their feelings returning to school. Discuss fears, concerns or worries openly to reassure your child.
  81. Do something fun or find a way to laugh. Diffuse this stressful time of year for you and for them.
  82. Take a breath! With all this preparation, your kids will be in great shape. If you’re relaxed and calm, they’ll head off to school feeling excited and ready to get to work.
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$20 Projects To Enhance Your Home

We all want our homes to look and feel their best. Here are so inexpensive projects to make your home all that it can be. 

Replace A Window Treatment: Has the window shade above your kitchen sink been marred by repeated exposure to splashes and cooking liquids? Replace a stained window covering with an inexpensive fabric treatment and see your kitchen in a whole new light.

Make A Message Center: An inexpensive glass panel can be pressed into service as a message center wherever it’s needed. To make a design like this, paint the back of a glass panel to complement your kitchen and frame it. Use dry-erase markers to write notes and reminders.

Brighten A Bookcase: Give a  bookcase an exciting backdrop by applying contact paper, scrapbook paper, or fabric to its back. If you don’t want to commit to a particular design or color scheme, measure the piece’s back panel and mount the background material on poster board cut to the shape of each shelf.

Update With Paint: Breathe new life into an old piece of furniture with a fresh coat of paint. For wood pieces, remove dirt or wax buildup with a household cleaner and rinse. Sand rough areas and wipe away dust. Apply two coats of stain-blocking primer and allow it to dry between coats. Roll or brush on two coats of latex paint in the direction of the wood grain, and use a brush to finish the surface with smooth strokes.

Tackle Trim Work: You might not be able to install new trim work in your home for $20, but you can make improvements to what you already have. Replace mismatched, missing, or damaged moldings, end caps, quarter rounds, or baseboard. Curved areas might require a special piece or trim made of an alternate material.

Create A Charging Station: Construct a mini charging station for your family’s devices with this simple, inexpensive hack. Cut small slits in a basic ledge shelf to enable cords to run behind and inside the hollow shelf before being plugged in below. Mount the station to the wall to keep countertops clutter-free.

Organize The Entry: Keep dirt and mud contained with a boot tray near your home’s entryway. Buy one that’s easy to clean, or create your own from a jelly-roll pan. If storage space is limited, tuck the tray beneath a slim console table.

Mend Your Walkways: Cracks and gaps in sidewalks and walkways can quickly expand throughout the year. Not only will a patch job make your pathway look nice, it’ll also make it safer for visitors and passersby. Fix your sidewalk with a patching compound specifically made for cement.

Get Stylish Underfoot: Try your hand at a fun paint technique and update tired flooring with a custom rug. Using a vinyl floor remnant and paint, you can create a fun, personalized focal point. Varying the stripe widths creates a cool, casual look.

Add A Cheap Backsplash: Turn a large vintage map into a distinctive backdrop that makes a statement. This map of Paris is a fun addition to an otherwise-neutral kitchen. If you’re a renter or have boring ceramic tiles in your kitchen, use peel-and-stick decals to add less-permanent flair in a flash.

Replace Switch Plates: Replace a plastic switch plate with a wood, metal, or ceramic cover to make a visual statement. Some switch plates are even textured to blend in with marble, tile, or stone surfaces. Do this for light switches, electrical outlets, and phone and cable jacks.

Elevate A Closet: Coax function from a messy closet with thoughtful accessories designed to elevate organization. Categorize hanging garments by type, day of the week, or family member with colorful tags. Slim, slip-free hangers look uniform and maximize space.

Re-caulk The Bathroom: If the caulk in your bathroom is looking dingy, discolored, or cracked, it’s time to remove it and start fresh. Whether it’s around your sink, bathtub, or shower, old caulk can grow mildew and cause damage by leaking water — especially between the tub and bathroom floor. Remove the old caulk, clean the space well, and replace it with a new layer. A good caulk seal will last up to 10 years.

Add A Divider: Drawer and cabinet dividers are a must when it comes to keeping kitchen tools in their respective places. Secure a wire rack inside a cabinet to provide sturdy storage for cookie sheets, muffin tins, and cooling racks. Some units match your kitchen cabinetry design for a completely integrated and customized look.

Step Up Storage: Plastic bins are a versatile and inexpensive way to restore order in almost every in-home trouble spot. Using clear bins for storage in a pantry or for a closet gift-wrap station, for example, is an easy way to take inventory and identify items at a glance. Use labels to ensure everything stays tidy and easy to access.

Designate A Drop Spot: Enhance the style and storage of your entryway with a designated place for important drop-zone items. Create a mini hang-up station for house keys and outgoing mail on the back of a cabinet door. Use magnetic strips, Peg-Board, or an old ceiling tin and add hooks to store items in one convenient location near the door.

Update House Numbers: All it takes is a screwdriver and few minutes to give your front door a personality-filled facelift. Change out poorly operating door hardware or make house numbers more readable for a pretty, practical update on the cheap.

Put Towels And Robes Within Reach: Bid floor puddles good-bye by keeping after-bath accessories within reach. Add a towel bar or robe hook near your shower or bathtub, or move the one you already have to make it more accessible. Find bars or hooks that match or complement existing hardware in your bathroom.

Streamline Under The Sink: Ease cleanup and eliminate the clutter of freestanding bottles with an over-the-door wire organizer. This slim solution maximizes under sink space while keeping kitchen essentials within easy reach.

Add Hanging Storage: Free up valuable floor space in your basement, garage, or entryway with hanging storage. Seasonal items, such as bikes and sleds, are difficult to store and take up lots of space. Add hooks to an unused wall or ceiling area and discover space you didn’t know you had.

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Tips For Speed-Cleaning Your Home

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With the kids getting ready to head back to school and the summer winding down, life is about to get a bit more hectic. Here are some tips to help you be able to clean your home in no time flat…

Tote Your Tools: Keep everything you use to clean your home ready to go in one cleaning tote, caddy, or bucket. You won’t waste time gathering your necessities to start or continue — just bring it with you from room to room. If your home is large, consider creating two or more: one for each level.

Say “Bye-Bye” to the Broom: You don’t have to switch from a broom to a vacuum when you clean. Use a vacuum on all floor surfaces. It’s quicker to use, plus you’ll remove one lanky, awkward tool from the mix.

Extend Your Reach: Invest in a 50-foot extension cord for your vacuum. Plug in once, in the center of the floor, and you’ll be able to vacuum even a large home without wasting time un- and re-plugging.

Overlook the Little Things: That thimble collection or brass animal display needn’t get a complete wipe down every single week. Save time by giving yourself the OK to skip the little stuff and instead focus on the big picture. Treating wee things to a good dusting once a month is just fine.

Embrace the Unexpected: Don’t be afraid to use unusual tools to get a cleaning job done. For instance, Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean and disinfect your sinks.

Stick to a System: Establish a cleaning pattern to consistently shave time off your cleaning routine. Experts recommend starting each room to the left of the doorway, at the top, and moving around the room clockwise and down. Once you get the hang of your system, you’ll clean speedily on autopilot — and never waste time backtracking.

Conquer clutter: Cleaning goes much more quickly if you don’t have to declutter along the way. Make sure each family member has a catchall spot for personal things. Cubbies, tote bags, and small laundry baskets all work. They should be emptied regularly. Make a rule: If it’s full, its owner needs to trash, donate, or find a permanent home for all contents.

Stash Supplies: To save time on cleaning day, clean as you go whenever possible. To that end, stash a few key cleaning supplies in each room or on each level of your home. When messes happen, it’s a cinch to swoop in, swipe, and move on.

Squeegee the Shower: Use a squeegee on the shower walls and door after every use. This quick, immediate act saves time battling soap scum and water spots later. Bonus tip: Keep the shower door slightly open after use to promote airflow and hamper mildew buildup.

Get Help: Cleaning should not be one person’s responsibility. Permanently shorten your own clean time by assigning tasks to household members. Even young kids can pick up, make the bed, and change out towels. Make your expectations clear and trust them!

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Color Combinations For Staging

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Conventional wisdom says to paint everything white when a home is up for resale — but savvy sellers know color can actually be a smart staging tool.

A well-chosen color scheme in furniture and décor can do more than add appeal to rooms — it can evoke strong emotional responses. Potential buyers may find themselves drawn to a home with restful tones in the bedrooms and with unified access throughout.

Consider these tips for using color combinations in staging:

1. Keep the colors cohesive: All the rooms don’t have to match, but do try to keep a unified sense of style throughout. Paint the largest spaces soft, neutral hues and use accent colors in smaller spaces. Match all the molding with a bright white color, or use complementary decorating accessories in all the main living areas in order to create an open sense of flow.

2. Use red color schemes to energize, blues to calm: Red is a bold, invigorating color best used in spaces where activity takes place like the kitchen. Blues, on the other hand, work well in spaces where buyers will want to find rest, like bedrooms and bathrooms.

3. Think green for trendy impact: Popular today as nature’s neutral, green is hot in staging because it goes with everything from bold yellows to muted grays. Use it in small doses throughout a home — think throw pillows, accent walls or artwork — to enliven drab spaces.

When staging, remember that colors create a sense of style. Choose tones that evoke the responses and feelings you’re going for — and help home buyers fall in love with a property.

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Selling Your House? Price It Right From The Start!

The Real Estate market today is one where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country. This means that pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their house higher than recommended, and many agents go along with the idea to keep their clients happy. However, the best agents realize that telling the homeowner the truth is more important than getting the seller to like them.

There is no “later.”

Sellers sometimes think, “If the house doesn’t sell for this price, I can always lower it later.” However, research proves that when houses experience a listing price reduction they then sit on the market longer, ultimately selling for less than similar houses.

Additionally, the “I’ll lower the price later” approach can paint a negative image in buyers’ minds. Each time a price reduction occurs, buyers can naturally think, “Something must be wrong with that house.” Then when a buyer does make an offer, they low-ball the price because they see the seller as “highly motivated.” Pricing it right from the start eliminates these challenges.

Don’t build “negotiation room” into the price.

Many sellers say that they want to price their house high in order to have “negotiation room.” But, what this actually does is lower the number of potential buyers that see the house.

Not sure about this? Think of it this way: when a buyer is looking for a home online (which being done more and more frequently these days), they put in their desired price range. If your seller is looking to sell their house for $400,000, but lists it at $425,000 to build in “negotiation room,” any potential buyers that search in the $350k-$400k range won’t even know your listing is available, let alone come see it!

One great way to see this is with the chart below. The higher you price your house over its market value, the less potential buyers will actually see your house when searching.

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A better strategy would be to price it properly from the beginning and bring in multiple offers. This forces these buyers to compete against each other for the “right” to purchase your house.

Look at it this way: if you only receive one offer, you are set up in an adversarial position against the prospective buyer. If, however, you have multiple offers, you have two or more buyers fighting to please you. Which will result in a better selling situation?

The Price is Right

Great pricing comes down to truly understanding the real estate dynamics in your neighborhood. Let’s get together to discuss what is happening in the housing market and how it applies to your house.

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What Your Home Inspector Wishes You Knew

No matter whether you’re buying or selling, the home inspection process can be somewhat terrifying. For sellers, it’s a stark reminder of the issues you might have turned a blind eye. For buyers, it’s the possibility of falling in love with a home that might just end up making no sense to buy.

Don’t let the home inspection stress you out. And remember, that’s not what your inspector wants. They want to create a comprehensive to-do list and a happy client.

So form a team with your home inspector to make the process easier and more effective. Knowledge is key! Here are seven essential things you keep in mind.

For sellers

1. Move your pets

We know your puppy is adorable—but even if your home inspector loves dogs or cats, pets running underfoot makes the job much more difficult.

Inspections often require opening exterior doors multiple times which is an open invitation to some pets to dash to freedom. When you leave the premises for the inspection take your pets with you.

2. Don’t forget to clean

Whether you plan on being there for the inspection or not, make sure to clean up beforehand. The house doesn’t need to be spotless, but all that clutter needs to go.

Often, the inspection is the first time the buyers are (almost) alone in the house for an extended period of time. If it doesn’t feel how it did while they viewed it originally, it can sour their experience.

For buyers

1. Your potential home will have problems

Your home inspector will likely come up with a seemingly endless list of problems after the walk-through. Don’t panic!

Yeah, there are times when you should worry (we’ll get to those a bit later). But not every issue is mission-critical, and your inspector will know which problems you should tackle first.

2. Almost anything can be fixed

There are a few starkly frightening home inspection terms that seem to be in everyone’s vocabulary: mold, radon, and asbestos.

And yes, they’re scary—but no scarier than a roof that needs replacing. Articles tend to scare homeowners about mold or radon. Don’t worry so much. Everything is able to be fixed, upgraded, or replaced. You just need to have a list of what needs to be done.

3. One thing you should worry about is water

Here’s one problem we give you permission to stress out about: water. No, it’s not a deal breaker, but it’s important to address any water-related issues before the deal closes.

Make a note of issues such as puddles and leaky ceilings. And give special attention to the basement. Addressing water problems in the basement can be an expensive and difficult proposition.

4. Home inspectors can’t predict the future

You might want to know how many more years the roof will hold up and while your inspector might be able to give you a rough estimate, he can’t give you a precise timeline. They can’t estimate how long it will last, but they can tell you whether or not it’s in good safe.

5. Find the balance between your heart and brain

It’s easy to forget your love for the home when you’re counting the dollar signs and hours you might have to spend on repairs. But just remember to take a deep breath, think rationally, and consider whether it’s a smart investment in your future.

Barring any major renovations needed—such as a new roof or mold removal—your inspector’s visit will simply provide a to-do list. But not everything needs fixing immediately, so don’t let a long list dampen your love for the home. Just take things one at a time.

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