Wednesday, December 13, 2017 / by Hayley Baker
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
After working hard for so many years, you might have purchased a home you are proud of. However, you might have heard about folks whose families were unable to get the family home after a parent’s death because it was tied up in court with probate issues.
As a parent and spouse, you probably want to spare your children from the expense and burden of probate court. Here are 3 ways to protect your home from probate so that it goes to the person or people you wish it to with as little delay as possible.
1. Use a Living Trust
While you're alive, you might be adamant about managing your personal affairs. However, if you want to be sure that you're legally protecting your estate, you ought to look into a living trust.
With a trustee, usually a trusted friend or family member, you can continue managing all the assets you transfer to the trust while you’re alive. When you finally pass on, the people or person listed as your beneficiari ...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
Curb Appeal is Sexy
This is true when selling your home at any time of year. Having an inviting, attractive front yard with an alluring home is your first step to success.
In the Summer it's important to check all sprinkler heads and irrigation systems. Make sure they're keeping things from drying out in the Summer heat. Replace any dead or dying plants. If you have desert landscaping, add tinted rocks as accents and as replacement for any barren spots. In "10 Steps to Great Curb Ap ...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
The only question is: Are you doing it right?
It’s relatively easy to find advice on how to become a better home stager, but sometimes the most effectively staged homes are founded on the things you didn’t do. Remember, it’s just as important to appeal to prospective buyers, as it is not to scare them away. The trick is to eliminate the mistakes so that the highlights shine even brighter. In other words, sometimes it isn’t about what you have done that resonates the most with potential buyers, but rather what you refrain from doing.
There is a right and a wrong way to stage a home. Instead of focusing on what you should do, I want to take a minute and shed some ...
Friday, December 09, 2016 / by Nicole Solari
You don't have to clean out Home Depot's inflatable character aisle to make it festive. A few tips can take it from plain to just plain amazing.
1. Highlight your architecture
Have some great architecture to work with?
"Edging the roof, windows and doors makes your home's own charming features stand out big time," said House Beautiful.
2. Take advantage of your landscaping
Net lights make decorating so easy your little kids can do it, and when laid out over hedges, they bring a festive look with minimal effort and expense. If you have trees in your front yard, wrapping the trunks in net lights brings the beauty without the pain of having to weave lights around individual branches. Hanging icicle lights or snowflakes from random branches is a great finishing touch.
3. Spread the love
Gates, fences, front porches, and walkways are great opportunities to extend your d&eacut ...