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Life @ Home eNewsletter: May 2021 for Sellers

HeaderDesign Element 1MAY 2021 | WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

» To stage or not to stage
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» Wall colors shining in 2021Design Element 2StagingTo stage or not to stage

Staging a home for sale can take quite a bit of time and money. Is it really worth it? Let’s try to get to the heart of the matter.

Why are homes staged? When a buyer tours a home, they’re visualizing how the space could work for them. While some buyers appreciate a perfectly bare canvas, many struggle to see the full potential without some furniture and décor in place. Staging a home helps capture a buyer’s imagination.

Can staging backfire? Yes, bad staging can cause problems. Over-stuffing the home with bric-a-brac can make it seem smaller or claustrophobic. Distracting or unsettling décor can also be off-putting. As much as you love, say, your vintage handcuff collection, it won’t help your house appeal to the widest possible audience.

Are there staging professionals? Absolutely. Many interior designers and real estate agents also offer home staging services. There are also stylists who do home staging exclusively. A professional helps with everything from supplying staging furniture to choosing the optimal wall colors. If you want to go this route, ask your real estate agent if they have any recommendations.

So, is staging really worth it? The numbers say yes. According to Investopedia, staged homes were on the market an average of 23 days in 2019. That’s compared to an average of 143 days for non-staged homes. Better yet, staged homes typically sell for more money. So, if you want to sell your home fast for the best price, good staging really is worth it.Replacing your sidingSpring floods: How to handle water in your basement

Nothing wrecks the beauty of spring like a basement flood. If you’re one of the unfortunate souls who ends up with rising waters this year, here’s how you can handle the problem.

Get the water out. The first step is to remove water as soon as safety allows. The longer water sits, the more damage it does. If the flooding is weather related, you may have to wait until the storm has passed. Depending on how much there is you can remove water with towels and sponges or a wet-dry vacuum. If the flooding is severe, you can hire a specialist to pump the water out.

Dry everything off. Set up a dehumidifier to draw out as much moisture as possible. Move anything you want to save out of the basement and into a dry, well-ventilated space. Let items dry completely before putting them away. If you have carpet or dry wall, remove what was damaged to prevent mold and mildew.

Fix the problem. A basement shouldn’t flood in the first place. Flooding may be due to burst pipes, broken pumps, bad seals, foundation problems and more. Solutions range from easy fixes, like clearing clogged gutters, to major interventions. Whatever the solution, do everything you can to make it happen. Otherwise, you’ll end up underwater again in the future.Myrtle Beach, SCWall colors shining in 2021

So many wall colors are trending in 2021. Some evoke coziness, others are moody, yet others optimistic. Here are a few examples of each:
Cozy: warm earth tones, soft bluesMoody: deep, de-saturated reds and purplesCheerful: blush, bright yellow and tealdecorative image

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