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Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI,
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is also a member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

Staging to Sell

by Masha Halpern

​When you put your house on the market, you're inviting people to consider what living in your home might be like for them. And you need to make that experience as positive as possible. Home Staging is the process of doing just that: Giving the buyer a great first impression. I can help you assess what needs to be done, but here are some of the most important things to remember:

Keep it Neat and Spacious

Most of us just can't help ourselves, and over time we accumulate more and more stuff. Unfortunately, finding a place to store stuff can be a problem. Before a buyer walks in your front door, you need to find a place for as much of your stuff as possible, and that place should be somewhere besides your house. Put almost everything you don't need for day-to-day living in a rental storage space.

Keep it Light

Pull back the curtains and open the blinds. Let the sun fill your home with natural light and bright open spaces. Make sure all your lights have working bulbs.

Keep it Clean

You need to be vigilant about keeping the entire house clean. Even people who can't keep their own homes clean will notice that yours is dirty if they're walking through as potential buyers. After you've cleared out the non-essential clutter, you may want to invest in a deep cleaning service.

Keep Yourself Out

One of the most common staging mistakes is leaving all of your personal photos, keepsakes and mementos out. You may have a great life your home, but a potential buyer doesn't want to see how you live. They want to imagine themselves living in your house, with their own furniture and their own stuff.

Home Staging is an important part of the process of selling your home. Whether you hire an expert or do it yourself, taking the time and energy to make a great first impression can be the key to closing the deal.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI,
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com
919-414-0337  

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is also a member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

Outdoor Deck Inspections

by Masha Halpern

As we settle into spring, many people are ready to move the party outside. Mild temperatures, warm sunshine and the blooms of the season are a siren song to enjoy living outdoors. But, if that means sitting out on a deck, take a few minutes to make sure you're safe.

The estimates vary, but a significant portion of the decks on American homes were not built safely. And every spring and summer, there are stories in the media about decks collapsing.  Before you entertain any guests on your outdoor deck, you'll want to make sure that it's safe and sturdy. Any sway or movement of the deck, railings or stairway, needs to be checked. You can also look for signs of rot, especially where the deck attaches to the house and where two deck boards meet over a joist. The National American Deck and Railing Association offers a complete guide on checking your deck here [pdf].


A safe, well-maintained deck can be add a lot of value to your home. But, only if it's safe.  If you have any doubts at all, call a professional carpenter. Only a carpenter can ensure the deck is still securely attached to your home, and can advise about any needed repairs.  And if you need any advice about selling your home, please be sure to contact me.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

Allergy Proof Your Home

by Masha Halpern

As we ease into warmer weather, we approach the terrible discomfort of allergy season. Every Spring, millions of Americans suffer through the sneezing, itching, wheezing and coughing cause by allergies to pollen, mold and dust-mites, among other things. They turn to their doctors and pharmacists for help dealing with the symptoms. But what can you do to make your home allergen free? As it turns out, plenty!

First, a warning: Before you take on some of these allergy-fighting projects, protect yourself.  Wear a dust mask and plastic gloves. Take a shower and Wash your clothes in hot water after you're done

Bedrooms

You spend a large fraction of your life in your bedroom, so let's start there. Keeping the bedroom allergen free will help you get a better night's sleep.
  • Keep the windows closed.
  • Vacuum carpets twice a week with HEPA-Filter vacuum.
  • Wash bed linens once a week in hot water, and blankets and mattress pads twice a month.
  • Wash curtains and blinds once a a month, or replace them with shades.
  • Cover beds and pillows with dust-mite and allergen-impermeable covers.
  • Dust with a damp rag - You want to capture dust particles, not stir them up into the air!
  • Change your air filters every month to six weeks.
  • Keep pets out. Pets are magnets for dust and they'll undermine all your other efforts if you let them in the bedroom.

Bathrooms

In bathrooms, the key is to eliminate moisture. Here, the problem is mold.
  • Make sure you run the fan when you shower.
  • No wallpaper. It's a perfect place for mold to hide behind.
  • No wall-to-wall carpet. Bath mats washed once a week
  • Wash bath towels once a week in hot water.
  • Wash shower curtains once a month.
  • Clean your toothbrush holder!

Kitchens

Kitchens are also vulnerable to mold, and in addition need to be kept clean to avoid attracting cockroaches and other bugs.
  • Don't leave food or dirty dishes out.
  • Clean refrigerator spills right away to avoid mold.
  • Run the exhaust fan when cooking to reduce moisture.
  • Replace carpet in the kitchen with tile or hardwood floors.
  • Scrub the garbage can and deodorize your garbage disposal.

More Help

For more help and advice, follow these links to the Mayo ClinicBetter Homes and GardensHow Stuff Works and This Old House websites.
 
Improvements you make to your home to prevent allergies can make for a powerful selling point. When it comes time to sell, we'll work together to present potential buyers with all of the benefits of your home.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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