Be Right at Home

Moving into your newly purchased home is the beginning of an exciting chapter in your life. But save the mystery and drama for the pages of your favorite novel. These seven important action steps can help make your moving-in story a happy adventure. Change the locks. Did the previous owner give house keys to babysitters, relatives or clandestine lovers? Eliminate those nagging questions by changing exterior locks so you have the peace of mind in knowing you are the only one with access to your home.Deep clean.... read more
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Four tips for outdoor living

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on May 26, 2015 in  Outdoors
Spring and summer bring the desire to, as Ralph Waldo Emerson suggested, “adopt the pace of nature.” We’re drawn outdoors to eat, to socialize, to play and to generally slow down and appreciate the fresh air. A few enhancements can create an enticing outdoor space to sweeten that summer breeze.Repel bugs. Priority one is making sure that the only guests at your outdoor party are the ones you invited. The fun of an outdoor meal is ruined when you and your guests become the meal to mosquitoes or whe... read more
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Five ways to get your home vacation-ready

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on May 19, 2015 in  Uncategorized
Vacation season has arrived. For homeowners, planning a trip goes beyond finding the best airfare: good planning means making sure your house and property are maintained and secured while you’re gone. As you plot your next great adventure, take steps to prepare your home for your absence. #1 Remember plants and pets. Gigi the goldfish may not need to cuddle, but she’ll need some basic care while you travel. Trade vacation caregiving with a neighbor or friend, and offer to take your plants and low-m... read more
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Three ways to landscape for value appreciation

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on May 13, 2015 in  Decorating and Staging  Maintenance and Repair  Outdoors
First impressions count, and when you’re selling your home, the first impression is the view from the curb. Home appraisers, Realtors, and buyers agree: a seller’s efforts in landscaping can pay dividends. A well landscaped property can increase selling value—but at the very least, it can bring buyers in the door more often than the competition and decrease your home’s time on the market. Experts agree that these three factors will add to the value of your home:#1 Trees. HGTV’s number... read more
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