Tue, 26 Nov 2013 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
The holiday season is here! Soon you will be hosting and entertaining friends and family inside your home in Columbus, GA! Here are a few creative ways to set the perfect holiday spread.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
The weather is getting colder and homes in Columbus, GA are getting ready for the holiday season. Decorating for the holidays can be overwhelming. Here are some ideas to make your holiday decorations “green” and bright!
Visit your local farmer’s market or grocery store to find colorful fruits and veggies. Apples, pomegranates, squash and pumpkins are sturdy and look beautiful as a centerpiece for the holidays. Group them into a festive bowl or tray and accent them with sprigs of evergreen and holly.
Candles are perfect for creating a warm cozy holiday feel, but they can also pose a danger when unattended. Why not go for a safer alternative like LED candles? The candles are made with real wax and come in scented and unscented. They even flicker like real candles and can last up to 1,000 hours and they never burn down. You can also swap out your old incandescent holiday lighting for LED holiday lights. They are more energy efficient and come in an array of colors.
Oh, Christmas Tree!
Incorporate a potted rosemary tree into your holiday décor. It will be a living and fragrant mini Christmas tree. It is also edible and a living herb to season your holiday meal.
Winter Sparkle Wreath!
Homes in Columbus, GA will have plenty of evergreens in view so why not collect those fallen pinecones and turn them into a rustic winter wreath for the holidays. Hot-glue pinecones to a grapevine wreath and use clean small paintbrush to dab glue on pinecones and sprinkle with glitter. Let the glue dry and watch it sparkle!
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
First impressions are key when selling a home. With all of the homes for sale in Columbus, GA, here a several popular paint color options that will make your home stand out from the rest.
Grays can be dramatic yet classic and work well in any room from the foyer to the kitchen. It’s the new go-to neutral. Deeper tones of gray will make a statement while pale gray with blue undertones can make any room feel soft and soothing. It will give a master bedroom a tranquil feel.
Delicate pink, peaches and minty greens aren’t just for a little girl’s room. With beige undertones they can be artistic yet sophisticated when paired with a complimentary neutral. Introduce these shades into a formal dining area or study.
Deep blues are rich and are eye-catching in a sun filled dining area or sitting area. Lighter blues will give a bedroom or family room a cool refreshing inviting feel.
When buyers tour some of the homes for sale in Columbus, GA they like to visualize their things in your home. Offering updated and pleasing paint colors will help homebuyers to see themselves living in your home!
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
According to the National Association of Realtors, 20 percent of agents are responsible for 80 percent of the closings. So how do you become a successful Real Estate Agent in Columbus, GA?
Utilize social media like Facebook and Twitter to connect with your networks. Post listings, links to relevant blogs to keep your followers interested.
Know what’s on the market and what your client can get for their money. Sure, your clients can look online but you know the neighborhoods, schools and general feel of the area.
Keep your clients involved in the process by letting them know what you are doing and what you plan to do. If you are up against roadblocks let them know that you are negotiating on their behalf.
Networking will benefit you and your client. Successful agents build relationships with the best inspectors, contractors, appraisers, lenders, and insurance providers in the business.
Make your clients feel as if they are your only clients! Great customer service can set you apart from the rest. Successful real estate agents, in Columbus GA, happily return texts, emails and phone calls in a timely manner.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
Is your home for sale in Columbus, GA? If so here are some tips to get your home ready for the cooler weather.
- Clean gutters and downspouts
- Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials.
- Trim dead branches out the trees.
- Clean garden tools and equipment before storing.
- Rake up leaves that settle on lawn surfaces. Leaving the leaves on the ground can suffocate the grass.
- Check for damage to your roof.
- Cover and store outdoor furniture and barbecues in a protected area.
Doors & Windows
- Check your doors and windows inside and out for leaks and drafts.
- Check and repair cracks with caulk or install weather stripping around windows and doors, including the garage door.
- Replace screens with storm windows and clean them if needed.
- Inspect your smoke detectors. Change the batteries annually and test them monthly.
- Have your chimney cleaned and maintained annually by a professional.
- Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases.
- Check your clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint and dust.
- Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards. Check outlets; fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.
Keeping these tips in mind will get your home for sale in Columbus, GA ready for fall!
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
As you move into your New Home in Columbus GA, there are many ways you can repurpose your existing furniture.
Kid’s Activity Table
Don’t throw out that old coffee table. Turn your coffee table into a chalkboard activity table for your kids play room. All you need is some sand paper and chalkboard paint.
That old dresser can be repurposed into a kitchen island. You can add a fresh coat of paint to compliment your kitchen and top off your new island with a slab of granite.
Update that bookcase by adding a few under cabinet glass and bottle racks. Line the back of the bookcase with colorful and decorative scrap book paper and you have transformed your bookcase into a beautiful wine cabinet.
If you are in the market for a media center simply repaint the dresser and remove the top two drawer and insert a piece of plywood to create a flat place for your dvd player, cable box, etc. to be housed. You can also change out the hardware to give your new media center a fresh look!
You can turn that outdated bakers rack into a Coffee Station. Add some paint cup rack, and a coffee maker and you have an instant java corner in your new home in Columbus GA!
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
Is your home for Sale in Columbus, GA? You can make your property stand out from the competition by staging your home. A beautifully staged home is visually appealing and will get the buyer to visit. Staging can help buyers perceive a much stronger value to your home by making it feel warm and inviting and a strongly perceived value can often lead to a higher selling price. As a seller it is important to keep these staging basics in mind:
If you occupy your home, it is time to de-clutter. We all have too much “stuff” in our homes. Removing the clutter will help to depersonalize your space. For example, you may want to rearrange your furniture to give it a more inviting feel or reduce the amount of books you have on a bookshelf. Painting in a neutrally pleasing color and removing artwork and religious images that stir up emotions will allow the buyer to picture their artwork on the walls and their furniture and decorations in your home.
If you don’t currently occupy your home, then you may consider renting furniture to stage your house or hire a professional stager. You can expect to pay around $400 for a professional stager to inspect your home and give you a list of suggestions. You can do the work yourself or hire the professional stager, at an additional cost, to stage your home. Keep in mind that when a home is empty a potential buyer is looking for imperfections, staging your home will help to redirect the buyer’s focus.
To find a professional stager you can look at Trade Associations like IAHSP (International Association of Home Staging Professionals) and the RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) to find stagers in your area. When hiring a professional stager, ask to look at their portfolio. The portfolio should showcase previous work, with photographs and available inventory that could be used in your home. Once you have narrowed down your choices always go with your gut. Your home for Sale in Columbus, GA will benefit from home staging!
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
Incorporating patterns in your New Home in Phenix City can seem like an overwhelming task. It is easy to stick with safe neutral colors but if you are looking for a way to take your décor to a new level here are some guidelines to keep in mind when adding patterns to your home décor.
Choose Your Pattern
This will make it much easier to choose your color scheme. Using the colors within the pattern will help you to determine your wall color, curtains, throw pillows and other accent colors.
Scale the pattern size to the size of your room. For example use small patterns in small rooms, medium-sized patterns in medium rooms, etc. If you use a larger pattern in a small room it will give the room a whimsical feel.
Mix it Up
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Use similar colors and shades when mixing your patterns. If you are using a jewel toned plaid and a jewel toned floral, balance out the look with some solid colors. Here are some patterns that work well together:
- Small floral, Chevron and a Solid
- Solids with texture paired with Animal Prints
- Stripes, floral and small polka dots
Keeping these guidelines in mind will help to elevate your décor in your New Home in Phenix City.