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Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 5/19/2019

To sell your home, one of the essential things for you is to stage your home. While the price of your home is often dictated by the market and your own surroundings, the people who are going to buy your home ultimately need to have some attraction to it.


The question is- can you stage your home yourself, or do you need to leave the home staging to the professionals? Either way, you may need to spend a little bit of cash in order for the home staging to actually work well. 


Declutter


The first step in the home staging process is for you to declutter the home. Get rid of anything thatís taking up space, or making the home appear ďjunked up.Ē No one can picture themselves living in a cluttered home. 


Hire A Maid


If youíre doing the home staging yourself, one of the most important aspects of getting your home ready is making it clean. A maid service can provide that deep clean that you may not have time to do yourself. This service is definitely worth the investment to make your home presentable to potential buyers.


Professional Home Staging Is Pricey


Professional home staging can cost quite a bit, (we're talking thousands of dollars.) You can do a lot yourself to stage your home. You donít need to spend top dollar in order to have your home staged appropriately. Just know that homes that are staged correctly (whether professionally or by you) sell for more.


Staging Gives Buyers Vision


It may be hard for buyers to envision a room any other way than how you currently have it set up. People may not be able to picture a chair in the corner or a bed in a different position. You can play around with the furniture in your home to make the rooms look best. 


Add Some Paint


One of the easiest things that you can do to stage your home is to paint it. Even if you simply put a fresh coat on the doors, it can really add some appeal to the home. If you have the time, you should paint the rest of the homeís interior as well. Buyers are most attracted to neutral colors. If you have any rooms that are oddly colored, or looking rough due to age, some paint can really bring life into the home.  


Make Each Room Inviting

When potential buyers walk through the home, you donít want them to simply skim the house without checking out each individual room. See what draws you into the room, whether it be lighting, a fireplace, or an ornament on the door. Any of these small touches can make a big difference when you stage your home.




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Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 5/12/2019

You need a self-storage facility if you want to be more organized or you are moving to your new apartment. Now, how can you choose the right self-storage facility considering the numerous options available? These are the tips that will help you decide on the storage facility that is perfect for you: 

Decide what you want to store 

Before you start looking for the right facility to use, you need to know how much space you need. Knowing your space requirement is essential because you will see the type of unit to rent. If you have furniture, paperwork, antiques, boat or vehicle that requires storage, you will need more expansive space. In short, the type of facility you need depends on what you intend to store. For instance, your artwork and antiques require climate control while outdoor storage is perfect for your RV.

Check insurance requirements 

Look at the renter's policy or your homeowner's insurance to check if it covers the items that you intend to store. Checking the insurance requirement is essential because the company might stipulate the storage that your insurance policy includes.

Check the facility features 

Storage facilities that give you unrestricted access to your unit whenever you need it are the ones you should consider. Some facilities are only accessible during business hours while some have 24-hours access. The security of the facility is also an important consideration. Apart from having a fence and a gate, it should have a functioning surveillance camera.

Consider the distance 

Driving across the town every time to get to your unit can be frustrating; therefore you should consider the distance when choosing a self-storage facility. It might just be worth paying a bit extra for your convenience. 

Know the facility policies 

All the facilities have their rules. It is vital that you check the facility policies before making your decision. Some do monthly rentals while others rent for a contracted period only. You should also note that most facilities have rules guiding the kind of items you can store in their facility. Therefore, beware of their policies and follow them.

Read online reviews

Check online to read reviews from previous users before you make your choice. Consider the facility that provides excellent service and is also convenient for you. 

Regardless of the storage facility you intend to go for, be sure that their charges are within your budget, and it is convenient for you. Also find out their fines for late fees, long-term discounts and other offers you may be able to utilize.





Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 5/5/2019

If you list your home and fail to stir up interest in it, there is no reason to panic. In fact, there are many quick, easy ways to ensure your house consistently garners homebuyers' attention.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you showcase your home to dozens of prospective buyers.

1. Bolster Your House's Curb Appeal

How your home looks to potential buyers can have a significant impact on the house selling journey. If your residence appears drab and cluttered, buyers may be reluctant to set up a home showing. However, if you enhance your residence's curb appeal, you could make your home an attractive choice to buyers.

To upgrade your house's curb appeal, it is essential to mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other lawn care tasks. Don't forget to repair or replace any damaged home siding too. Because if you make your home's exterior appealing to buyers, you may find that many buyers want to check out your house as soon as possible.

2. Eliminate Clutter

Clutter is a problem that home sellers must eliminate. Otherwise, excess items scattered throughout a home may make a residence appear small.

For those who want to cut down on clutter, it may be beneficial to rent a storage unit. You can rent a storage unit close to home that enables you to keep various belongings safe until your residence sells.

If you are ready to get rid of assorted items, you can host a yard sale or list these items online. You also may want to donate unwanted items to a local charity or give them to family members or friends.

3. Employ a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to generating interest in a home, it often helps to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional knows how to promote a residence to buyers, and ultimately, ensure a seller can reap the benefits of a quick, profitable property selling experience.

Initially, a real estate agent will walk through your home and perform an in-depth analysis. He or she next will work with you to craft a house selling strategy and showcase your residence to buyers. Finally, if you receive an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent will help you assess this proposal and determine how to proceed.

Let's not forget about the assistance a real estate agent provides after you accept an offer to purchase, either. At this point, a real estate agent will guide you through the closing stages of the home selling journey. And if you have any concerns or questions along the way, a real estate agent is happy to address them.

If you find that buyers are hesitant to view your house, you may want to revamp your property selling strategy. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can revise your house selling plan and take the necessary steps to get buyers interested in your residence.




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Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 4/28/2019

Moving to a new home is both an exciting and stressful time. Thereís nothing quite like a fresh start in a new place. Itís a blank canvas just waiting for you to make your mark. Itís just that there is also a lot of stuff to move! And for fish owners there comes the added complexity of how to move the carefully acclimated ecosystem of their aquatic pets.

While moving fish is not as simple as loading them into a carrier with their favorite blanket or toy itís not an impossible task. And Iím sure you donít need reminding how temperamental fish are to their environment. Because they are so easily upset I highly recommend setting a day aside dedicated solely to moving your aquarium. Ideally, your fish will spend as little time as possible outside of their familiar habitat.  

Before you begin disassembling your tank youíll want to have the place you would like it to be located in your new home already picked out. This way you can have a plan of action to put into place as soon as you pull into the driveway. Youíll also want to make sure you have the proper supplies for moving your tank. 

Check in your local aquarium shop for advice on how to move your specific type of fish. Youíll also want to pick up some bags like those your fish are placed in when you first bring them home, a battery operated pump, a fish net, a few 5-gallon buckets with lids and a siphon hose if you donít already own one. Be sure to bring home as many bags as fish you own. Youíll also want to pick up or borrow a cooler that would fit your bagged fish if you donít have one. 

To preserve as much of the vital bacteria in your tankís ecosystem you will want to siphon as most of your tank water into your new buckets along with your aquariumís rocks and filter. Pumps, heaters and other tank accessories can be packed separately as normal. 

Your fish will be much easier to catch with less water and nowhere to hide. Gently catch your fish and place each one in its own individual bag filled ? of the way with water from the tank. Youíll want to place all of your fish in the cooler as the dark reduces stress and the insulation helps to prevent extreme temperature changes.  

When setting up your tank in your new home remember that you want to get your fish back in their familiar habitat as soon as possible. Start by adding the water and rocks from your buckets. Youíll want to hold off on setting up any complex decorations until your fish are in the tank and a few days to settle down. Youíll just want to add any live plants you may have and a place or two for your fish to hide.

Top off your tank with the appropriate type of water your fish and consider using a bacterial additive to support your fish's ecosystem as they adjust to the big move. Watch the readings on your water closely for the next month and do not add new fish until acclimated. You will also want to hold off on feeding until your water reaches proper levels. 

I'll be honest tís not the simplest process to move with fish but itís also not the most difficult. And if youíre a fish enthusiast itís well worth the effort to keep your beautiful friends happy. With some proper planning and some help from your partner or a friend moving your fish can be a smooth, stress-free experience.





Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 4/21/2019

Moving brings a load of changes in your life. There's the picking and packing and planning. Then you have the actual move with the unpacking and organizing and decision-makingówhere to put this, how to store that. If you have children, there's finding the new school and getting them enrolled. You have to learn a new job, a new commute, making new friends. The last thing on your mind is finding a new dentist. That is until you look on the mirror and realize your teeth haven't had a cleaning for a while, or you notice something more severe like a crack in your tooth.

Now, the need to find a new dentist is urgent. So, where do you go?

Even if you have insurance, there may be dozens, if not hundreds of choices. Youíve only ever been to one dental office in your whole life. Where do you start to look? Your last dental group may be part of a regional or national chain with outlets in several cities. If you choose to go to a dentist in the same chain, chances are your records are easily transferable between offices and the pricing should be similar. If you have dental insurance at your new job, ask co-workers for recommendations. But ask more than just one. Your dental needs may be completely different from theirs so try to get as many recommendations as possible. 

When you have particular concerns such as allergies to dental medications or extra sensitive teeth, you'll want to look for a dentist that advertises as "gentle," or if you have a specific type of crown, you'll wish for someone knowledgeable about it. Online listings typically allow searching by specialty so that you can narrow down your choices that way. On the other hand, small, private practices may be more invested in the local neighborhood, so if that appeals to you, visit all the dental offices nearby your home to see if they support local ball teams or otherwise display signs of community involvement. 

Finally, you can ask your neighbors, church or civic organization acquaintances or the parents of your children's classmates if they recommend someone. And, if the same name comes up more than once, you can compare each person's experience to help you decide. And don't forget to view their websites. Watching a video of your potential dentist can smooth the way for the first time meeting allowing a more relaxed experience since you know who to expect. 

Your real estate agent might be an excellent resource for a recommendation, so donít be afraid to ask.




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