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10 Touch-Ups for a Show-Ready Home

March 29, 2016 1:48 am

When selling your home, it pays to touch up the paint. The higher perceived value of a maintained home is well-documented, and there's no easier (or more economical) way to give the impression than with some fresh paint.

Before placing your home on the market, complete these 10 touch-ups:

1. If you want buyers to consider your home, make sure the front door is well-painted. A fresh coat of paint will make a great first impression.

2. Next up is the entrance hall, where buyers will get their initial glimpse of the interior. At the very least, touch up areas where the paint shows marks or chips.

3. Bathrooms often receive extra scrutiny from buyers, so give them extra attention. Touch up as needed.

4. Size does matter when it comes to the kitchen. If you want to make yours look bigger, paint the walls white or off-white. If repainting is not an option, remove food stains from the walls and conceal water spots by applying primer, then touch-up paint.

5. Assess your windowsills, especially if the view is a selling point. Sand, prime and paint them as needed.

6. Check your woodwork. Touch up chipped or marred paint on chair rails and floor molding.

7. Inspect areas that come in contact with soiled hands—window frames, door frames, edges of doors, and walls around light switches. You may be able to clean them if you used a glossy paint; if not, do more touch-ups.

8. Scrub cabinet doors clean of fingerprints, if possible, or touch up painted areas.

9. Water stains on the ceiling are a huge red flag for buyers. Be sure to prime and re-paint these potential deal breakers.

10. Put the finishing touches on your home. Look for stray flecks of paint, as well as marks and stains. Conceal them with some touch-up paint, and your home will be good to go...and show!

Source: The Paint Quality Institute

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Spring Clean Your Finances in 5 Steps

March 28, 2016 1:48 am

Spring may be the “season of clean” at home, but it’s also an ideal time to organize your finances and commit to long-term financial stability, says Corey Carlisle, executive director of the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation.

“The arrival of spring motivates people to renew their surroundings, and what better way to focus that momentum than to check off everything on your financial to-do list?” asks Carlisle.

To go out with the old, in with the savings, Carlisle and the ABA recommend to:

1. Evaluate and pay down debt. Take a look at how much you owe and what you are paying in interest. If there are better rates available now, consider requesting a lower credit card interest rate or refinancing your mortgage. Begin paying off existing debt, whether that’s by chipping away at loans with the highest interest rates or eliminating smaller debt first. 

2. Review your budget. A lot can change in a year. If you’ve been promoted, had a child or became a new homeowner or renter, be sure to update your budget. Determine what expenses demand the most money and identify areas where you can realistically cut back. Develop a strategy for spending and saving and stick to it.   

3. Check your credit report. Every year, you are guaranteed one free credit report from each of the three bureaus. Take advantage of these free reports and check them for any possible errors. Mistakes can drag down your score and prevent you from getting a loan, or cause you to pay a higher than necessary interest rate.  

4. Sign up for e-statements, paperless billing and text alerts. Converting to paperless billing will help keep your house—physical and financial—more clean and organized, and will help protect you from fraud.

5. Set up automatic bill pay. By signing up for automatic bill pay, you’ll never have to worry about a missed payment impacting your credit score. You can set it so that money is withdrawn from your checking account on the same day each month.

“Taking stock of your finances and planting the seeds of new saving habits today will go a long way toward alleviating pressures on your pocket throughout the year,” concludes Carlisle.

Source: ABA

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