You Only Get One Chance to Make a First Impression, Am I Right?

You only get one chance to make a first impression. And today, that first impression most often occurs on a computer screen as buyers scroll through photo after photo of listings in the area they want to live in. With so much at stake even before someone walks into your home, its so important to use professional photographers to show off your home’s best aspects and draw those buyers in. Following every rule of thumb is not always possible but try to follow as many as possible. Curb appeal matters so much, so lets talk about exterior first.


1. Remove all cars, bicycles, boats, garbage cans, hoses, empty plant pots, or pots with dead pants. Do not park directly in front of the houses on photography day because vehicles can be seen in photos outside and in window reflections inside.

2. Sweep off patios, front porches, decks, walkways, and anything else being photographed outside.

3. Remove broken and fallen limbs from the yard.

4. Remove cigarette ashtrays from patios and yard. Also pick up cigarette butts or any other small trash.

5.If you have patio cushions, arrange them neatly on your furniture.

6. Remove grill covers: or if your grill is unsightly, remove it.

7. If you have a pool, make sure the cleaner device has been pulled out.


  1. Open all blinds, curtains, sheers2. Turn on all ceiling lights, lamps, and under-counter lights. Replace any non-working bulbs. Turn OFF ceiling fans please!

2. In the kitchen, remove all soaps, sponges, drying racks, dirty dishes, and food off counters and on top of refrigerator.

3.  Hide the kitchen garbage can, take towels off the front of appliances and clear everything off the exterior of the refrigerator.

4. In the bathroom, remove all personal items from countertops and from the inside of the shower. Clean mirrors and shower doors.

5. All pet beds, toys, bowls, and supplies should be hidden to the best of your ability and if possible.  Also, plan to confine animals to one room or to a crate or yard.

6. Attempt to hide electronics cords.

7.  Assess lighting in each room and bring additional lighting if possible.

8. Use your judgement and put anything away you think you wouldn’t want to see in someones home you were considering to buy.

Happy Selling!

Issues That Could Keep You From Getting To The Closing Table

6 Home Issues To Be Aware Of When Selling

From a leaky or aging roof, to a shifting foundation, there’s probably a few things on you home sale to-do list. And while you want your house to look its best for prospective buyers, there are some other issues that are more important than a new backsplash to a buyer thclosingat you should probably be prepared to address before you list, or before closing on the sale if these issues are found in inspection.Do you know what issues most often turn off buyers or prevent sellers from ever getting to the closing table? Here are some of the big ones.

  1. Leaking or Old Roof. Roof issues are responsible for 39% of homeowner insurance claims, according to the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association. The typical lifespan of a roof is 20 to 25 years for shingles, and if your for-sale home’s roof is approaching the end of its lifespan, replacing it could get you to the closing table faster. In our area, we have had quite a few storms that also have caused roofs to need to be repaired before closing.
  2. Damaged Gutters.  Routine gutter maintenance could prevent thousands of dollars in damage to the foundation of a home.  You’ll be glad you did the next time a big storm passes through, Clean and maintained gutters protect your home’s siding, windows, doors and foundation from water damage. Plus, taking care of this first will go along way for buyer perception. Gutters that are overfilled with debris will give a buyer the impression that the home isn’t cared for.
  3. Old Heating and Air Conditioning System . A well-maintained HVAC system can last up to 25 years, but an aged one could be a point of concern for buyers — and costly to repair or replace on the fly for a seller who doesn’t want to lose a sale.
  4. Termites. Termite infestation causes more than $5 billion in damage to U.S. homes each year, and sellers are typically required to disclose it. Adding a termite warranty from a remediation company can give your buyer peace of mind. But be warned: Active Termites that you aren’t willing to treat, can often be a deal breaker.
  5. Cracks in Foundation. Cracks in walls or a foundation are often a sign of larger problems. Be prepared to fix structural problems before your house hits the market, or have a plan in place for repairs if a buyer balks after an inspection. Many companies allow for payment at closing.
  6. High listing price. Pricing your home too high could ultimately cause your house to miss out on the right buyer, stay on the market longer, and bring in a lower price than the market supports. Let’s get this one right before we list!

Don’t worry, if you aren’t able to take care of all this on your own, there are awesome and affordable contractors and technicians that can do it. Also, there are buyers out there willing to take on a home as-is, for a little under the going market rate.



Spring is Coming!

The rain finally came to an end, and there are beautiful berries in the store ready for my annual Four Berry Jam. Since I’m feeling festive, I’ll be sharing that recipe here with you.


2 cups fresh blueberries

2 cups fresh blackberries

2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

2 1/2 cups fresh chopped strawberries

1/4 cup bottled lemon juice

3 1/2 ounces powdered classic pectin

10- 11 cups sugars


Combine the blueberries with the lemon juice in a stock pot and heat up on medium. Crush fruit slightly with a masher, then add the other 3 fruits. Smash lightly as it heats up. Stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high or medium high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar, one cup at a time. Return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil a couple minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam if possible. Carefully ladle hot mixture into sterilized jam jars, leaving about 1/4 inch headspace. Place a jar mouth plate on top of jar, then put the lid ring on and tighten. Place in make-shift boiling water canner for 10 minutes. After that remove jars and place on counter. Wipe water off jars and listen for pops so that you know they have set and sealed.

Fun For All In Carrollton

The City of Carrollton is hosting its 8th annual Festival at the Switchyard on Saturday, November 4th from 11:00 am to 10:00pm. This festival is almost totally FREE.

FREE admission, FREE rides and games, FREE children’s entertainment, FREE face painting, FREE concerts featuring three national bands, The Toadies, also a local favorite, and Everclear and Local H. This definitely will be a packed festival with The Toadies in town!! See y’all there.

Main Stage Schedule:
11:20 am Walk This Way (Aerosmith Tribute)

12:25 pm Thieving Bird

1:40 pm King George: A Tribute to George Strait

3:00 pm Emily Wolfe

4:20 pm Emerald City Band

5:50 pm Local H

7:20 pm Everclear

8:50 pm The Toadies

In Front of Stage Schedule:
11:05 am Newman Smith High School Troyanns

12:10 pm Carrollton Fire Fighters Pipes & Drums

1:20 pm A Body in Motion Dance

2:35pm Sidekicks Karate Demo

3:55 pm Dallas Sidekicks Dance Team
Inside Plaza Arts Center:
12:30pm Hula Hoop Artist Corean Gonzales

1:15pm Stuntman Shel Higgens

2:30pm Juggler Josh Horton

3:30pm Magician Landon Stark