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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If you're one of the millions of American homeowners with a concrete patio, you may be considering ideas to spruce up the space. Outdoor living spaces are especially popular with home buyers. If you are considering selling your home, a patio upgrade could be a good investment. Below are 7 tips that will update your patio. 

1. Use Paint to Get Creative. Stencils can add a creative look to a concrete patio. Make sure to use outdoor paint and powerwash the patio first. Large designs will be much easier for the diy-er than small, intricate designs. 

2. Install Clay Pavers over Existing Patio. Clay pavers can be an efficient way to "resurface" your patio if you are looking for an entirely new look without tearing out your existing patio. 


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The housing market in Northern Nevada is still a seller's market. If you're planning to sell your home, you're likely concerned with home renovations that will increase your property's value. Since we're solidly into summer now, outdoor features are ranking high on that list. Below are the top five outdoor features that will get you the most bang for your buck as well as set your home apart from the other properties buyers may be looking at. 

1. Barbecue Station. A dedicated area to grill ranks can be a high priority for some home buyers. Don't go all out on an outdoor kitchen, however. If you have the space on your back porch or yard, you can create a comfortable, sitting area with a table along with your grill. Use the available space to your…

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If you're one of the many homeowners who are living in a home that's just too big, you may be considering downsizing into a smaller home. Reasons for downsizing include convenience, health concerns, financial or just the want to simplify. A recent TD Ameritrade survey reports that 42% of pre-retirees are likely to downsize if they have not already done so. Of those, 25% are planning to move to a warmer climate and 17% are planning to move closer to loved ones. Before you make the move, here are four things you should consider before deciding if downsizing is right for you. 

1. Does it make financial sense? Depending on your current mortgage, the area you plan to move to, and the value of your current home, you must decide if the move will make sense…

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With all of the rain lately, it may feel like your backyard is more of a mud pit than a lawn. Drainage issues aside, there are several things you can do to increase the value of your home by way of your landscape. 

1. Plant Trees. Most buyers appreciate the benefit of a tree. Whether your choose a large shade tree, fruit trees, or a decorative flowering tree, make sure there is room in your yard for the tree once it's full grown. Larger, older trees are more expensive, but you don't have to wait a decade or more for your shade tree to provide a decent amount of shade. 

2. Choose Different Flower Types. Mixing up your landscape with various types of flowers can go a long way in improving the value of your landscape. Choose inexpensive annuals for…

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