Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog by Sheri Wofford, Realtor

Tips and Tricks to Stage a Home on a Budget

Tips and Tricks to Stage a Home on a Budget

Tips and Tricks to Stage a Home on a Budget

Staging a home can be the key to selling your home. However, it can sometimes not be ideal for every budget. The good news is that with a few small purchases, a little elbow grease and some simple adjustments, you can revitalize your real estate property while also increasing the home’s value.

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Purchasing new furniture can be an excellent option for staging a home. Unfortunately, it isn’t always the most affordable one. Instead, revamp worn furniture pieces...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips...

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