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Home for Sale for the Holidays? Use it to Your Advantage!

by Monica Perdue

Just because your house is on the market doesn’t mean you have to be Scrooge this holiday season. Sharing your holiday cheer can actually be advantageous this time of the year. Check out these DO’s and DON’Ts for holiday home staging.

DO’s:

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  • White holiday lights are always in style. Accent your home’s positives with minimal string lighting along the lines of your home. And stick with white lights.  Yes it may be simple, but it is classy. Candle light accents in the windows also add to the design. Families driving around during the holidays will notice your home over others and may even grab a brochure when they realize it’s for sale!

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  • Share your cheer and don’t be afraid to celebrate. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday, it is ok to show your cheer. Put up your tree, it may accentuate the high ceilings, display your Menorah in a big window to add ambiance, and light the Kinara candles and celebrate. A home is a place where families gather and celebrate many occasions. This is no exception.  Don’t put your beliefs and celebration on hold for the sale.

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  • Decorate with colors that compliment. Holiday colors can clash, so be aware of color schemes that fit well together. If your house has earth tones, your color options are pretty open from red and green to silver and gold. But if you have a cool color pallet in your home, try sticking with complimentary accents like white and gold or silver.
  • Think Martha Stewart.  Holiday decorating can be a great and inexpensive way to spruce up your living space without too much trouble or cost. Check out some great ideas on marthastewart.com, BetterHomesandGardens.com, and hgtv.com. Setting out a bowl of pine cones sprinkled with glitter, a homemade ornament wreath, or a simple garland can all add a simple “wow” factor.
  • And definitely add to the ambiance of the holidays with scented candles, oils, Photo from SheKnows.compotpourri, freshly baked cookies and more.  This time of the year has so many yummy smells from pumpkin pie (and bread) to cinnamon and cranberry, not to mention holiday cookies. Who wouldn’t want to come in from the cold to the scent of  warm cookies or hot coco?

 

DON’Ts

    • Photo from FlickrInflatable Explosions are BAD. Yes they may be appealing to the kids, but they are truly eye sores and not something that will prove positive to prospective buyers. They are even worse when not inflated, and generally during daylight hours they are not… it actually looks like they died all over your lawn.  “I’m melting.  I’m melting… ahhhhhh”

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  • Don’t hide your home. Too many decorations can lead buyers astray. Cluttered rooms full of decorations can hide the positive elements of your house. Decorate the mantel with simple garland and avoid personalized stockings. Make sure the tree isn’t too big for the space, and avoid doing multiple trees.
  • Don’t over-emphasize your religion. While it’s important you are comfortable and able to enjoy the season, you don’t want to offend anyone. Avoid showcasing over sized nativity scenes or other religious symbols.

 

Decorations or no decorations, we hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season!
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Household Items Make Fun Halloween Costumes!

Halloween always seems to sneak up quickly and without a lot of planning, a fun and memorable costume can be a challenge. But with some cardboard, glue, spray paint and random other household items you can come up with some fun and creative costumes that are easy to put together last minute.

  1. A Lego block:All you need is a cardboard box, solo cups, glue and some paint and before you know it you’re a lego. Easy peasy.

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  2. Bundle of Grapes:For this you’ll need purple or green balloons, a coordinating shirt, black pants and safety pins! Inflate the baloons, and pin them to your shirt, wrap some fake ivy around a headband and voilà! You’re a bunch of grapes! And if you have a group together you might look like the Fruit of the Loom fruits!

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  3. Glowing Jelly Fish:Get an umbrella (clear for the best effect) and glue or tape ribbon and streamers and/or bubble wrap all around. And for an extra fun glow, get some glow sticks or even battery-powered Christmas lights.

    IMG_0738Photo from greebaglady.blogspot.com

  4. Hoodie Animal:Have an old solid color hoodie lying around? Get some felt and fabric glue and you could have yourself a quick, easy and best of all cozy animal costume in no time!

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  5. The Cabbage Pack Kid:This is fun if you’ve got a little one! All you need is a cardboard box, paint,a crochet hat and yarn, a cute little baby outfit, and a stroller with a baby! Such an original idea!

    cabbage_patch_kidPhoto from costume-works.com

  6. Wall-E the Robot:A fun option for adults or children and all you need is a cardboard box, poster board, CDs and paint! Original fun and easy!

    wallPhoto from costume-works.com

  7. 50 Shades of Gray:For Couples out there this is a unique spin on the popular book. It’s literally 50 shades of gray, using paint swatches from your local hardware or paint store! Throw on a nice gray outfit and then add in your 50 shades of gray with paint swatches in a tie, and skirt and other accessories.

    50_shades_of_grayPhoto from costume-works.com

  8. The Solo Cup Lobster:This is the most elaborate and maybe not as “quick” as the others, but definitely a show pleaser! You’ll need lots of red, Solo plates and cups, a red hat, red duct tape, some string and felt and styrofoam balls for the eyes!

    FJZ7AZ1F8DOSRH8.LARGEPhoto from instructables.com

Whatever your Halloween plans may be, from costume parties and contests to trick or treating, we hope you have a fun and safe holiday!

For more Halloween and Fall Holiday inspiration check out these sites!

costume-works.com
ivillage.com
marthastewart.com
pinterest.com

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4th of July Apps Make the Holiday More FUN!

No need to put your phone or tablet down on the 4th of July.  These apps can make your holiday taste good, sound sweet, look festive and all around more fun!

unnamedLet’s start with the weather.  Want to know if you should grill out?  Go to the lake?  The pool?   The fireworks display?  The NOAA Hi-Def Radar App shows real time animated weather radar images and much more detailed information than the average weather app.  You can pinpoint weather conditions to an address and even track lightning strikes.Available for iPhones, iPads, and on Google Play.

 

 

Grill-it-xlPicnic time?  Need some grilling inspiration?  Try this Grill-It XL app.  Not just for experienced grillers, but for everyone.  Search for recipes by ingredients – and learn everything from how to brine and smoke a turkey to making the perfectly grilled burger.  Available for iPad or Google Play.

 

 

unnamed-1Need some patriotic tunes?  PBS will be broadcasting “A Capitol Fourth – America’s Independence Day Celebration” live from Washington, D.C.  You can listen by streaming your favorite NPR station from this app.  For iPhoneiPads, and on Google Play.

 

 

unnamed-2How about keeping up with America’s pastime?  Check schedules, scores, and stats or buy tickets for your local team from the Major League Baseball app.  For the iPhoneiPad, or on Google Play.

 

 

unnamed-3Need to keep the kids busy waiting for the fireworks to start?  Here are some apps that will let them create some firework displays of their own.  iPhoneiPad and on Google Play.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

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