Make Your Bedroom Look Larger When Selling Your Home

Sibcy Cline Blog

Large, roomy bedrooms are very desirable to home buyers. If your bedroom chambers are tight, here are some tips to make them look larger when selling your home:

Furniture selection
Do not squeeze larger pieces of furniture into a small bedroom as this will only accentuate the lack of space. Instead, consider using only one dresser and one nightstand in the bedroom. Wall-mounted nightstands give breathing room to a small space. Also, consider furniture with “legs” as these type of pieces look airier in a small room. Furniture that offers several functions (such as an ottoman with storage inside) is another good consideration.

Make the room look more airy by using lighter-toned colors. And, let in plenty of light so it does not feel dark and cavelike.

Use shallow-type storage (limited to 12-inches deep) to maintain plenty of floor space. Consider storage that rises up to the ceiling to maximize space…

View original post 91 more words


Brilliant Ways to Deal with Books

Organize Solutions Blog

A tower of used booksBooks are precious to the people who have a collection. Some may even have thousands of books where the books actually take over the home.  In some cases, this is a dangerous feed for fire.

So, let’s discuss successful ways books have been dealt with whether  in the case of  moving, preparing for resale, or just re-organizing your home or office.  No matter how many books,  here are some options to put things into perspective and help to clear the clutter.

1. Sell

Go online and check for local book stores and see what type of book stores are available.  If there is a used book store, call and tell them you have a collection of books.  Ask them if they would be interested in looking at your collection.

If your collection is specialized, like a forensic or animal collection, etc., your chances are better at selling your books for a better…

View original post 327 more words

How to Understand Your Home Appraisal


A home appraisal is an estimate of ur home’s value.  It’s simply a professional appraiser’s opinion of what he/she thinks your home may be worth.

Why Do Appraisals Matter?

Mortgage lenders base your loan amount on the LESSER of the appraised value or the purchase price. Here’s an example:

  • You sign a contract for a $500,000 home with a $100,000 (20%) down payment.  Your loan amount in this case would be $400,000 (80% of the purchase price).
  • The appraisal comes back at a value of $480,000
  • The mortgage lender is no longer willing to lend you $400,000, because that would represent 83.3% of the appraised value.
  • The lender reduces the loan amount to $384,000, which represents 80% of the $480,000 appraised value.
  • You have three options:
    • Make up the difference yourself (purchase the home for $500,000 and come up with a down payment of $116,000); or,
    • Ask the seller to…

View original post 566 more words