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Moving all your possessions from your old house to a new one can be emotionally and physically stressful. From deciding Taping up a box for an Orland Park movewhich item should be put in one box to ensuring all valuable items are safe and secured, everything involves careful planning and preparation. When it comes to your belongings’ security, steps should also be taken throughout the move.

If you want to guarantee the safety and integrity of your belongings during your move, here are a few tips to consider from the get-go. 

  1.          Make an inventory of your items

 The first step is to come up with a detailed inventory of all the things you currently own. Prepare a spreadsheet and list down the quantity, description, and photos of all your valuables. Having an inventory will

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Optimizing security must be a priority for a homeowner. Of course, the immediate purpose behind optimizing home security is to protect and keep a family safe and secure. In addition, a comprehensive approach to home security can also enhance the market appeal of a residence if put on the market for sale. There are five key strategies to consider when it comes to the enhancement of home security in the 21st century.

 1. Security Cameras

Tremendous advancements have been made in regard to home security cameras. In addition, the cost associated with security exterior home security cameras on a buildingcameras suitable for the exterior of a residence have dropped significantly in recent years. In other words, this type of equipment has become markedly affordable for homeowners working within a

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Following is another guest post from author Jessica Kane

messy hoarder roomThere is nearly always work that must be done to a home to prepare it for sale and the marketplace. Even if nothing else, some coordinated staging needs to be undertaken to make the interior appealing to prospective buyers. Some effort may be needed to up the curb appeal of a property to garner a prospective buyer’s attention in the first instance. Unfortunately, there are especially challenging situations in which a property needs more than the normal amount of work to get it into a condition suitable for sale. One such circumstance is when hoarding has occurred in the residence.

What most people know about hoarding they’ve gleaned from media reports or perhaps one or another of the

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When you require some sort of contractor for your home, you necessarily must undertake comprehensive due diligence. As orland park contractorspart of that process, you need to be able to verify that the proposed cost for services is fair and appropriate. At first blush, you may feel confused when it comes to the matter of verifying the reasonableness of a project fee proposal. On some level, it's rather like maneuvering through ascertaining appropriate tips for an array of different service providers. albeit on a much larger scale. 

There are some specific strategies you can employ in ascertaining whether a prospective home contractor is proposing a reasonable and fair fee for services. Each of these strategies provides specific insights that can prove invaluable to you as

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hazardous materials removal man for orland park real estate

Not all articles and blog posts directly relevant to preparing a home for sale are bright and happy presentations. The grim reality is that tragic events and challenging situations arise when it comes to residential property that must be frankly discussed. This is one of those times. Through this discussion, you are provided important information and necessary strategies to restore a residence to livability (and salability) in the aftermath of a tragic event or ongoing situation that existed on the premises for an extended period of time.

Examples of Traumatic Events and Other Challenges in Residential Property

Typically, when a person makes the decision of putting a residence on the market for sale, the overriding issues include making certain

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Taking care of your Orland Park home

From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk.

In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a catastrophe, those minor issues can still have a big impact. Properties that are not well maintained can lose 10 percent (or more) of their appraised value.

The good news is, by dedicating a few hours each season to properly maintaining your home, you can ensure a safe living environment for you and your family ... and actually increase the value of your home by one percent

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As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?”

It’s not only buyers, sellers, and homeowners who are impacted. The real estate market plays an integral role in the overall U.S. economy.  Fortunately, key indicators point toward a stable housing market in 2019 with signs of modest growth. However, shifting conditions could impact you if you plan to buy, sell, or refinance this year.

HOME VALUES WILL INCREASE

The value of real estate will continue to rise. Freddie Mac predicts housing prices will increase by 4.3 percent in 2019.  While the rapid price appreciation we witnessed earlier in the decade has slowed, the combination of a strong economy, low unemployment, and a lack of inventory in many

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Following is a guest post written by Jessica Kane

If you are contemplating placing your home on the market for sale in the not too distant future, you certainly want to make sure that your residence is in the best possible position to attract prospective buyers. With that in mind, there are six strategies you should consider implementing as part of preparing your residence for the marketplace.

Update the Tile

orland park bathroomAn important factor that you need to bear in mind is that bathrooms are key focal points to people who are looking to buy a home. Therefore, when it  comes to preparing your home for sale, you do need to pay particular attention to your bathrooms.

If you are like many homeowners, your bathrooms may be in need of a facelift. Specifically,

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listing your orland park home for sale in winter

It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t try to buy or sell a home during the fall and winter months. This is generally considered the “offseason” in real estate. Many sellers mistakenly believe that the cold weather will keep buyers away and that no one is looking over the holidays. Unfortunately, many real estate professionals perpetuate this myth by advising their clients to “wait until the spring” to list their home.

The truth is, homes are bought and sold year round. And while the market is typically quieter during the fall and winter, savvy buyers and sellers know how to use this slow down to their advantage. In fact, depending on your circumstances, now may be the ideal time for you to purchase or list a home. If you’re in the market

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selling an orland park homeBelow you'll see a quick video showing 6 tips for selling your home, and I'd like to add, selling it for top dollar.  That was the mantra when we sold our prior home.  I would say to my adult children, keep your bedrooms (and the house) clean so we can get top dollar!  We made a joke about it.  But it's true.

Today's buyers are extremely picky.  With flip homes as competition in most price ranges, you might be competing with almost "like-new" places.  Many buyers want a home in move-in condition.  They don't want to have to paint or change the old carpet or remove dated wallpaper.  Wallpaper tried making a comeback, but it really isn't working.  Many buyers will accept a smaller floorplan in a clean, updated home vs. a larger home that needs any kind

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