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Landscaping for Dummies
Posted by: Brooks Barron On Dec 12 2013 At: 9:33 AM
Tags: landscaping, Mulching, Weeds, landscape design
Categories:Home Preparation , Real Estate - Selling

Proper preparation of your property prior to sale is called “staging.” While my partner, Susan, who is a Certified Home Staging Specialist, can help you with interior staging, the outside is perhaps even more important than the inside of a home. After all, it is that first impression that is all-important to a buyer. Just as clutter on the interior of a home can sabotage a house tour, a yard full of debris, children’s toys and bikes, yard maintenance equipment, a lawn that needs to be mowed or is covered with leaves can be an immediate turnoff. Also, a garage full Read more

Essential Tools for Maintaining A Country Home
Posted by: Brooks Barron On Dec 6 2013 At: 1:22 PM
Tags: Country Home, maintenance, landscaping
Categories:Home Preparation

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR MAINTAINING A COUNTRY HOME If you are buying a country home in Vermont and plan to maintain it yourself, I would recommend the following tools that, based on my years of experience in the landscaping business, are essential. 1. Pruning tools.  Buy a good pair of by-pass pruners that fit your hand and are neither so heavy that you tire easily, nor too light-weight for the job at hand.  Use loppers for the bigger pruning jobs and hedge clippers if your landscape includes hedges. 2. Digging  tools.  Shovels, both pointed and flat, a post hole digger, an edger and a Read more

Energy Efficiency on a Budget
Posted by: Susan Barron On Sep 13 2013 At: 1:38 PM
Tags: Energy Efficiency, Improving Your Home, Going Green
Categories:Home Preparation

What is the BEST way to make your home more energy efficient? There is no single answer or solution! Further complicating matters is how to pay for some of the improvements. Some of the most effective improvements don't actually cost that much money or take much time. This article written by Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a fantastic piece about what you can accomplish!The concept of greening up your home means different things to different people.  To some, it’s all about boosting their property’s energy efficiency (and slashing those monthly utility bills), others might be more concerned about creating a healthful home Read more

Staging Your Home

STAGING “Why should I stage my home?” When a colleague first told me that I should sign up for an online course in staging, I thought staging was all about places like Los Angeles, where legions of workers descend upon a house, strip it bare and transform it into a showplace, much like a model home in a development.  That’s one way to do it, of course, but there are less invasive measures that can transform your average lived-in house into a quick seller at a good price.   The key is putting yourself into the prospective buyers’ heads.  A house that is spotlessly Read more

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