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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 3/13/2019

If you are going to keep your infants safe in your home, then it is crucial that you baby proof your home. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention report home accidents as the leading cause of infant deaths around the country. As soon as your baby starts crawling, then the likelihood of getting into an accident just shot up. Let this checklist serve as a guide as you make your home conducive and safe for your little infant.

  • Cover the edges of your furniture and fittings with safety padding.
  • Use childproof latches to secure any cabinets, shelves, drawers, or cupboards that are accessible to the baby; especially the bottom ones.
  • Remember to unplug all unused electrical appliances. The electrical cords can become a strangulation hazard in the hands of an 11-month-old.
  • Remove all poisonous plants and shrubbery out of the reach of your baby. Crawling infants have been known to attempt chewing on potted plants in the living area.
  • Always keep small toys and moving parts out of the reach of the baby, they might end up becoming a choking hazard.
  • Don't place your baby in a freshly painted nursery or crib to avoid exposing them to potentially deadly toxicants in the air. Complete all painting and wallpapering at least two months before the baby's arrival.
  • Use leather straps to hold TVs, bookshelves, mirrors, and dressers in place to avoid your crawling infant crashing into them.
  • Move cleaning supplies, detergents, chemicals from the lower cabinet levels to the higher ones. Also, remember to keep all medicines and drugs safely out of the reach of your infants. Securely lock the liquor cabinet from the baby as alcohol is quite poisonous in infants.
  • Make sure that you have a thick piece of rug in the baby's nursery to cushion the effects of any falls. The baby's high chair should also be sturdy enough to carry the weight of the baby without tipping over.
  • Get a safety gate and mount at the doorways of rooms that are out of bounds to the baby. You could also place them at entrances leading to the staircases or use stair gates where necessary. 

If you want to learn more about baby proofing your home, get an essential childproofing safety kit from the nearest superstore to you. If your home doesn’t have the perfect nursery, reach out to your real estate professional to see if a home near you does.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 3/6/2019

Want to transform an ordinary garage sale into a successful one? Sell your electronics, and you can cut down on clutter, earn extra cash and speed up the home selling process.

If you plan to list your home in the near future, a garage sale offers a great opportunity to remove excess items from your house. Meanwhile, there are many electronics that you can sell to help stir up interest in your garage sale, and these include:

1. TV

You may be in no hurry to get rid of your big-screen TV. However, it is important to remember the time and energy it may take to move your TV from one home to another.

Ultimately, you may need to hire a moving company if you want to guarantee your TV can make it to a new address. And if you decide to move your TV on your own, you may struggle to do so due to its size and weight.

If you intend to sell your TV during your garage sale, you should learn as much as possible about this device. That way, you can establish a competitive price for your TV.

Also, if you have a TV remote or DVD player that complements your TV, you may want to consider selling these items at your garage sale.

2. Video Game Console

After spending many hours playing video games, now may prove to be the perfect time to sell your favorite video game console.

Many garage sale shoppers search far and wide for video game consoles, which means you may be able to generate plenty of interest in your video game system. In addition, if you own a "retro" video game console, you may be able to turn a significant profit from it.

If you sell a video game console during your yard sale, ensure the device works properly and includes all associated cables and wires. Furthermore, perform online research to understand the true value of your video game console to guarantee you can price it competitively.

3. Computer

An old computer may take up space in your house. Fortunately, a garage sale makes it simple to get rid of this device before you sell your residence.

When it comes to selling a computer, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Thus, you should clear your computer's hard drive to remove any sensitive information from the device altogether.

Moreover, if you own a printer, mouse or other items that complement your computer, it may be worthwhile to sell them as part of a package deal.

Selling your electronics at a garage sale may be one of the first steps to eliminate excess items from your residence prior to adding your home to the real estate market.

Lastly, if you need extra help with selling your home, you should collaborate with a real estate agent. By doing so, you can seamlessly navigate the home selling cycle and boost your chances of a profitable home sale.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 2/27/2019

If you intend to sell your house, you may want to let your family know about your decision. In fact, there are many reasons why you should consult with family members before you add your house to the real estate market. These reasons include:

1. You can address any concerns or questions.

Family members may have concerns or questions about your decision to sell your home. Fortunately, you can address their concerns and questions before you list your residence.

Remember, family members care about your well-being. If you involve them in the home selling process, you may be able to avoid potential conflicts down the line. Perhaps best of all, if you share your decision to sell your residence with family members, you can help them get on board with your decision.

2. You can plan ahead for the home selling journey.

The home selling journey may prove to be long and difficult, particularly for an individual who initially tries to work alone. Luckily, family members can offer lots of assistance as you get ready to sell your house.

If you inform family members about your decision to sell your home, they can help you prep for all aspects of the property selling journey. For example, family members can help you clean your residence and ensure that it looks great both inside and outside. As a result, telling your family members about your decision to sell your house may enable you to speed up the process of selling your house.

3. You can receive home selling guidance and support.

Family members are ready to help you in any way they can. Thus, if family members sold houses in the past, they may be able to share their house selling experiences with you. And as such, you can learn from their past experience so you are better equipped than ever before to streamline the home selling journey.

Lastly, as you prepare to enter the housing market, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional is happy to help you break the news about your decision to sell your home to family members. Also, he or she will provide comprehensive support as you navigate each stage of the house selling process.

Typically, a real estate agent will craft a personalized home selling strategy based on you, your home and your house selling goals. He or she next will set up property showings and open house events to promote your residence to prospective buyers. If a buyer submits an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent will help you review this proposal so you can determine whether to approve, reject or counter it.

For home sellers who want to enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience, it often is beneficial to hire a real estate agent. If you have a real estate agent at your side, you can quickly stir up interest in your home and boost the likelihood of maximizing your property sale earnings.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 2/20/2019

Pets are such adorable creatures; they bring tremendous warmth, love, and fun to family life. Just like humans, they've all got their body odors which if left unaddressed can become very offensive. By adopting the suggestions listed below, you would be able to get rid of pet odors from your home.

  • Bathe and Groom your pet: It is important to bathe and groom your pet often to keep them as clean as you want your home as well as curb shedding in unwanted place/quantities. You can learn to appropriately bathe and groom your pet by booking a session with a professional, requesting guidance from your vet or local pet store or browsing the internet.
  • Air Your Home and Take Your Stuff Out to The Sunlight: Most times the process of eliminating odors always involve a great ton of air. Airing alone is believed to take a large part of the scent away before any other thing you do, so you should vacuum your home and every corner that your pet fancy staying to get that freshness again - open up all doors and windows so fresh air and sunlight can make its way home. Also, leave all your furniture, utilities, rugs and any other material that you have got tainted with pet odor, outside in the sunlight. Sunlight is an excellent natural bleaching agent and will help remove any smell trapped within the fibers that airing alone might not get.
  • Find the source of the odors: Before the odors, came the cause of the odors. So, find them and get rid of them. Often, the scent may already be worked up into the floors or any other part of the house not exposed to air. If its pet urine, you'll need to dry it up with paper towels or a mop. When done, you will need to use either a vinegar solution or an enzymatic cleaner to break down the odors. You may also choose to go with a professional stain and odor remover to finish the job. Whatever you do, make sure you get a cleaner that is not toxic to the health of your pets to prevent accidents.

Keeping your home smelling fresh as well as your pet does not have to be an arduous task. These suggestions will come in handy for you, and you can also visit your local pet store for nontoxic cleaners to make your home smell even more delightful.




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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 2/13/2019

As a home seller, it is important to do everything possible to generate interest in your residence. That way, it won't take long to start receiving offers to purchase after you list your home.

There are many signs that homebuyers may soon submit offers to purchase your residence, and these signs include:

1. Buyers are setting up home showings.

Even a single home showing is a positive sign for a home seller. And if you find that buyers are submitting regular requests to view your residence, it may be only a matter of time before you receive many offers to purchase your house.

Typically, it helps to be flexible when you sell your house. If you make it simple for buyers to view your house at their convenience, you may increase the likelihood that the right buyer will check out your home and submit an offer to buy it.

2. The same buyers have viewed your house multiple times.

An interested homebuyer may request to view your house more than once. In this instance, you may receive an offer to purchase from this buyer sooner rather than later.

As always, it pays to accommodate as many home showing requests as possible. If you make it easy for a buyer to view your residence multiple times, you can help him or her make an informed decision about whether to submit an offer to purchase your home.

3. Buyers have lots of questions about your house.

A home showing gives property buyers an opportunity to check out your house in-person. It also may lead these buyers to reach out to you for additional information about your home.

Remember, you should be ready to provide homebuyers with as much information as you can about your residence. If you offer homebuyers the information they request, you can help them determine whether your house is the right choice based on their individual needs.

For home sellers who want to go above and beyond the call of duty to stir up interest in a house, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent. In fact, a real estate agent will help a seller navigate the property selling journey and achieve the optimal results.

First, a real estate agent will meet with a house seller and set the stage for a successful property selling experience. He or she will offer insights into the local housing market and help a seller establish a competitive price for a residence. Then, a real estate agent will schedule house showings and open house events. And if a seller receives an offer to purchase, a real estate agent can recommend whether this individual should accept, decline or counter the proposal.

Want to streamline the house selling journey? Work with a real estate agent – you'll be happy you did. If you employ a real estate agent, you can get the help you need to showcase your residence to potential buyers and maximize your house sale earnings.