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Creative Ideas for Monetizing Your Home, Home Design, and Home Improvement

Creative Ideas for Monetizing Your Home, Home Design, and Home Improvement

When you think about using your home as the basis of a money-making venture, you probably think about renting it out as an Airbnb or long-term rental. But there are ways you can make money off your home online, too. Here are some ideas for monetizing your home while keeping the majority of your activity in a digital space.

Start a home improvement website.

If you enjoy interior design and home improvement, you may find it both lucrative and personally satisfying to document your projects in video, photographs, or informative blog posts. 

4 Essential Tips for Throwing Amazing, Safe Summer Celebrations

4 Essential Tips for Throwing Amazing, Safe Summer Celebrations

Are you looking to throw some awesome parties this summer? Setting the tone begins with a great atmosphere, so think about how you’re going to address both how the environment looks and how it feels. Hosting a party can be a lot of fun, as long as everyone stays out of harm’s way. To prevent accidents and health hazards from ruining your celebrations, and to create an environment that is truly festive, try following these tips for planning a safe, fun summer gathering.
Is Your Home Office Meeting-Ready? Tips for Staging Your Space

Is Your Home Office Meeting-Ready? Tips for Staging Your Space

Running a business out of your home comes with a ton of benefits, but it can also lead to some new responsibilities. For example, if your business relies on meeting with clients, either virtually or in person, you’ll need a suitable space in which to do so. Your home office can’t just be designed with productivity in mind — it also has to reflect your business’s brand.

 

Staging your office for meetings is an important business move. Home Staging Warehouse is happy to provide the tools and resources you need to give your office the right look.

 

Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started.

How to Sell Your House in 2021

How to Sell Your House in 2021

So, you’ve evaluated your finances, thought about your lifestyle and made the big decision to sell your home. Maybe you’ve decided to downsize, or you’re moving out of the big city because you can now work remotely, or maybe you just want to live somewhere warmer and bought a house in Phoenix or a condo in San Diego. Whatever your reason, you’re ready to sell. With so many things to consider, selling a house can be an overwhelming process, and this is especially true during a pandemic. Luckily, for you, we put together a comprehensive guide on how to sell your house in 2021.
4 Steps to Safely Show Real Estate During a Pandemic

4 Steps to Safely Show Real Estate During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way real estate showings are managed. In some states, open houses are prohibited unless a property is unoccupied or vacant. Masks and social distancing are mandatory for prospective buyers and their agents. In other states, rules are looser for home tours and showings.

When you're allowed to conduct home showings and tours, take extra steps to protect your clients and yourself from coronavirus. Here are four steps to conduct the safest real estate showings while the pandemic is active.

Develop and Circulate Your Safety Plans

The National Association of Realtors and other property-related organizations have developed detailed guidelines to help agents and sellers create safe showing protocols. Read through professional materials on COVID-19 precautions to create individualized safety plans for your showings.

Can Your House Be Stolen on Paper? Yes, it can.

Can Your House Be Stolen on Paper? Yes, it can.

Home Title Fraud: What It Is, How It Works, What to Look for and How to Protect Yourself

You may have heard the late-night commercials warning you that your home could be stolen out from under you, that a thief could lay claim to your home's title and leave you bankrupt and in foreclosure. You may have even considered signing up for a protection service that monitors your deed and promises protection from this insidious form of identity theft. But is there any truth to all of this? Can thieves really sign on to your title and sell your home while you remain blissfully unaware?

The bad news is that home title fraud, also known as deed theft, is indeed real, and it is a growing threat to homeowners and to the owners of second homes and investment properties. If you own real estate, you do need to be aware of the dangers, and you do need to take steps to protect yourself.

Sell Your House Fast: 7 People You Need on Your Team

Sell Your House Fast: 7 People You Need on Your Team

So, you’ve decided to sell your home. Congratulations! Before you start playing with a mortgage calculator to see how much you can afford on your next home, you’ll want to know how to sell your current home fast. Ideally, you’re looking to list your home, generate interest quickly from potential buyers, and in a perfect world, a bidding war will ensue and you will get more than the asking price for your house. But before all of this can happen, you’re going to want to spend some time gathering a team of people who can help you along the way.
10 Steps to a Professionally Staged Kitchen

10 Steps to a Professionally Staged Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the first things home buyers look at, and if they do not like what they see they may never go beyond that room. If you have seen plenty of people at your open houses but still no buyers, it may be time to some professional staging.

You do not necessarily have to stage every part of your home, and if cash is tight full professional staging may not be possible. But focusing your staging efforts on the kitchen just might turn the tide, and here are 10 steps for kitchen staging success. 

Why You Should Have a Home Inspection on New Construction

Why You Should Have a Home Inspection on New Construction

Home inspection is very important to the general home buying process. Home inspection on new construction is even more important, as many mistakes could be made on new construction. 


Aren’t New Homes Built to Code? 

The reality is that many new homes are only built to minimum standards. Most home builders build houses to a level that makes the construction legal. Some do not even reach the legal level. The minimum required by law is going to be worse generally than what the best building practices are. A home inspector will be able to tell you what the quality is of your new construction. 

Throw Away That Real Estate Brochure Box

Throw Away That Real Estate Brochure Box

Visualize the listing ID number texted into the receiving text address, with an automatic text message reply linking to the online listing brochure.  The drive-up visitor doesn't have to leave the comfort of their car to get a much more detailed brochure about the home; it's never empty either.

Once the drive-by home shoppers leave, they're taking that text message home, and they can look at it later as much as they want, often generating a request for a showing.  All this is great and not terribly expensive, but there is more as well.

Home Seller Cheat Sheet for House Showings

Home Seller Cheat Sheet for House Showings

When your realtor wants to show your home to a potential buyer in an hour or so, do you panic? Keep reading for 10 check-off items to get your home ready for the next showing. Keeping your house in order and clean on a daily basis can reduce the amount of work necessary from each of the 10 cheat-sheet items listed below.

 Vaccuum before your open house

(1) Vacuum the Floors

It's important to give the floors a quick vacuum immediately before a potential buyer comes to tour your home. Run the vacuum back and forth in straight lines to make pile carpet look newer and fluffier. Avoid stepping on the carpet after you've finished vacuuming to keep it looking fresh. In addition, fluff up area and scatter rugs with a quick vacuum. Run the dust mop or vacuum over hard-surface floors to collect visible lint or dirt.

 

11 Personal Items to Pack Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale

11 Personal Items to Pack Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale

Your home and its contents reflect your personality, hobbies, and what's important to you. However, potential buyers won't have similar interests. In fact, your personal possessions might even scare off a person who's interested in purchasing your home. Read the following list of 11 items that you would be wise to pack up and store before your home hits the real estate market. Make your home as generic as possible to all home buyers.

Political Paraphernalia

Remove politically biased posters, photographs, newspaper clippings, mementos, and other items that can distract a buyer from forming a neutral impression about your home.