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I have seen it time and again. People trusting an article slanted to benefit the author, relying on what others tell them and listening to uninformed opinions without doing any research themselves. Today I want to bring to light some very important points that everyone who owns a home and will probably eventually sell at some point, need to consider. #1 Listening to the advice of friends about which Realtor to hire. Don’t be afraid to interview a few Realtors…

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With only a couple weeks to Thanksgiving and eight weeks until Christmas it's time for those who have decided that this is the time to sell, either through necessity or simply because the timing is right for you, to begin thinking about how your house will look during the holidays. Even though everyone is telling you, do not put your home up for sale during the holidays take heart and look on the bright side – there is less competition and…

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Quick and Easy Pillow Cover Tutorial ~Using Cloth Napkins and No Zippers! Difficulty *1 (out of 5) Talent needed: Sewing a straight line. Materials: Four Cloth napkins 96" of 1" to 2" wide coordinating ribbon (8 pieces each 12" - four for each pillow slip) Don't you hate storing “stuff” especially holiday décor and pillows take up so much room when all that is really needed is the cover because underneath all pillows are alike, although they may be different…

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Our refrigerator is old. Like 12 years old and since it works perfectly I don’t see the need to replace it. But it looks awful inside. The shelves are glass and they have gotten scratched over time and no matter how much time and effort I put into cleaning them they will never again look new. Then there is the miscellaneous stains and spills that happen and no one notices until they require a blow torch to remove them. I…

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Reclaimed, reused, re-purposed and refurbished are the new buzz words in decorating. I was at an event in Scottsdale called Junk in the Trunk and was blown away by the number of reclaimed items especially windows for sale. I love that they are not ending up in a landfill and that people can be so amazing and creative in the ways to make them into so many things! First off ~ I know I promised the pot by the front…

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I love fall and even though we live in Arizona, my heart and soul remain in the Midwest where I lived for most of my life! September may no longer bring slightly cooler days and the beginning of the change of color on the trees, my internal clock, however, says it is time to make some changes to the décor. I am not ready for the Halloween décor, but pumpkins and mums are a welcome change. The last couple years…

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  The easiest way to keep your home in great shape and save yourself a lot of work and expense later is with regular upkeep. Small problems can be fixed before they become a major repair requiring hiring a contractor or worse as an emergency situation as result of water or fire caused by deferred maintenance. Every season I supply you with a reminder of the maintenance that may need to be done, things that need to be checked and…

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The Five Deadly Staging Sins – sellers and real estate pros ~ this is for you! OK, that is a bit dramatic but not knowing what you need to do can cost time, money and stress when selling your home. It is equally important to know what you shouldn't do when preparing your home for sale. Most people have misconceptions about staging a home to sell, so today I wanted to bust some myths and set the record straight for…

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It is so much fun to look at all the beautiful kitchens on Pinterest and I could spend all day browsing my favorite design blogs. As a dedicated DIY’er I am always looking for great ideas I can copy or a new idea to add to the dream boards I create for each room of the house. Many times the looks I love are just not practical for my life, as I found out with an unfortunate pedestal sink install…

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Many of us live in homes with builder grade finishes and if you are like me you probably had planned to upgrade as soon as you had time. Then life got busy and those plans got pushed off. Now you have decided it is time to make some upgrades. Maybe you’re selling your home and paying to upgrade is not in the picture but you realize that making some needed visual changes will help your home sell faster and for…

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