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If you are one of the many Northern Nevada home owners preparing to sell their home this summer, you may be contemplating which home maintenance chores to tackle before you list your home. Even if you aren't planning to sell, there are several chores you should take care of before summer hits.  While there are some jobs better left to professionals or those with experience, like roof repairs and major renovations, there are plenty of things you can take on yourself. 

1. Check the Roof. If you're not comfortable on your roof, a ladder and pair of binoculars can help you spot damaged or missing shingles. Call a professional to asses and repair any damage. 

2. Inspect Concrete. With the wet winter we had, your concrete may be in need of repair.

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If you sold a home last year or are planning to sell this year, you may be wondering if there are any tax benefits to selling. The short answer is yes! The long answer is to work with a tax professional to make sure you take any appropriate deductions correctly. The new tax code, the Cuts and Jobs Act, still allows home sellers to benefit financially come tax time.

We've compiled a list of the most common tax deductions for home sellers. 

  • Selling Costs- You can deducts the cost of selling a home as long as it is your primary residence and you've lived in that home for at least 2 of the last 5 years. Costs may include home staging costs, Realtor commission fees, legal fees, etc. You can’t deduct these costs in the same way as you would mortgage
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If you're planning to get a head start on your spring cleaning, you may be preparing now. The first step to a whole house spring cleaning is to de-clutter and remove the items that are just taking up space in your home. Many people give up on de-cluttering because they're so overwhelmed and the projects are never finished. To make sure your next de-cluttering project is a success, ignore these common misconceptions.

1. You Don't Need a Plan. While you might get a surge of energy and decide to organize the kitchen, that energy isn't going to last through the kids' rooms, the office, the garage and the living room. Make a list of which rooms, closets, etc. you want to de-clutter and create a schedule you know you can keep.

2. You Can De-Clutter Your

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Are you envisioning the stockings hung on the mantle with care and the holiday roast baking to perfection in the oven, all in a new home? Celebrating the holidays in your new home, doesn't have to be a dream as there is still time to sell your current home before the holidays. While summer might be the most popular time of year to sell a home, selling in the winter, especially when inventory is low like it is in Northern Nevada, can be an excellent time to sell. In addition to working with a Realtor who has significant experience selling homes in Reno-Sparks, check out these tips to sell your home fast before the holidays. 

Play Up Holiday Features. Does the home have a gorgeous fireplace? Add stockings or garland or a large decor item to make the

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You've decided the best time to sell your home is this fall, and you may very well be right. But before you get the house photos scheduled, there are some things to consider when staging your home for the fall. 

Think Fall not Halloween. You might love All Hallows' Eve, but the potential home buyers perusing your home online might not. Instead of decorating with witches and ghosts, stick with fall decor. Fall colors in the form of wreaths and candles can add warmth to a room as we head in to colder months. 

Choose Winter Foliage. It may seem everything in your yard is going dormant. Work with a local garden center to choose plants that may add color and dimension to your yard. Potted plants, including mums, can give you a lot of bang for your

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Are you planning to de-clutter in the near future? Maybe you're planning to move and want to get a head start before you start packing. Maybe you're just ready to clean up the garage. Whatever your motivation, there are several great options to get rid of your extra stuff. 

1. Donate. There are several organizations in Northern Nevada that will take your unwanted items. Remember that donations should be clean, gently used, and still have life left in them. Check out SPCA of Northern Nevada, Reno Sparks Gospel Mission, or Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (among many others). 

2. facebook. If you haven't used facebook Marketplace yet, there's no time like the present. Posting is easy and you can check out the facebook profile of potential buyers

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Fall is a great time to take care of regular home maintenance tasks before winter weather and shorter days make outdoor work too difficult to tackle. Take care of these seven items and you can rest assured that your home is prepared for winter. 

1. Trim Trees and Shrubs. Trimming shrubs in the fall insures that they will maintain their shape through the winter months. If you have large trees or trees that need extensive trimming, consider hiring an arborist. 

2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts. After most of the leaves have fallen, remember to clean out your gutters and downspouts. Gutters that get blocked can cause water to pool and ice to dam, which can cause serious damage to your gutters and roof. 

3. Add Weatherstripping. Adding

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Congratulations! If you're preparing for an appraisal, that means you've probably accepted an offer on your home, or are using the appraisal to have a better idea of what your home is worth in today's market. You are also likely concerned with your home appraising for a certain amount. The following tips will help you prepare for your upcoming appraisal. 

1. Work With Your Agent. Your Realtor can walk you through the appraisal process so you know what to expect and how you can best prepare. Your Realtor likely compiled comparable homes for you before suggesting a listing price. They can pull comps and provide those to the appraiser. 

2. Clean Up. While the cleanliness of your house isn't necessarily included in the appraisal of the home, it can

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Perhaps you're planning to take advantage of the equity in your home. Or maybe you're right sizing into something with less square footage and a more manageable yard. No matter the reason you're selling the home, you likely want to sell it quickly, with as little stress as possible and for top dollar. We'd like that too, so we've compiled this list of the top seven mistakes home sellers make when selling their homes. 

1. There are Funny Smells. Maybe you have a pet. Maybe your carpets are old or haven't been cleaned recently. Maybe there's a major mold problem. If your Realtor (or anyone else) tells you your home has an offensive odor, please believe them. The fix could be very simple, like cleaning carpets and drapes, and will be well worth the

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Maybe you've decided to right size into a smaller, low-maintenance home now that the kids have moved out. Or maybe you're looking to upgrade to a home closer to the office or family. Whatever your reason for wanting to move, you may be concerned about getting top dollar for your current home. In addition to the equity you may already have in your home, consider these five ideas to add more equity to your home by doing it yourself. 

1. Boost Curb Appeal. Consider adding or updating shutters, adding plants and mulch to add color, and making sure walkways are uncluttered and swept clean. 

2. Power Wash the Exterior. If you don't own a power sprayer, you can rent one from most home improvement stores. Depending on the age of your home, you may be

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