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The best time to move is when you are still in charge, on your timetable, not when you have to. One couple, while visiting Seabrook, the Erickson Living community where I work as the personal moving consultant, told me they wanted to move while they were still able to direct the move.

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I ve never met a seller who hasn t experienced sweaty palms, palpitations, and an overwhelming sense of doom. Add 30, 40, or 50-plus years in one home and the barriers to selling feel insurmountable. [caption id="attachment_14485" align="alignright" width="258" caption="Attention to details: Getting your house cleaned by a professional gives it that extra shine for buyers.

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Things tend to accumulate when we become comfortable in our homes, and many of them we no longer need. Clearing them out when your house is on the market serves a dual purpose: It frees up buyers attention to focus on the house rather than your stuff, and it gives you a head-start on packing.

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A new year means a fresh start, and it s the perfect time to let go of what no longer serves us. Seize the opportunity to organize, declutter, and free yourself from things that are taking up unnecessary space in your house and your life. Here s a tip to get started:

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Wherever she goes at Brooksby Village, Barbara Kovacs finds herself engaged in jovial conversation with friends.

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Statistics have shown that homes with pets, pet odor, and pet damage can suffer tens of thousands of dollars in lost value. Keep these things in mind to help you remove the signs of your pet and sell your house:

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You may have a hidden treasure if you are preparing to sell a home that has hardwood floors covered by wall-to-wall carpeting. In today's market, you d be hard-pressed to find a home buyer who doesn t prefer hardwood floors.