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Spring 2016 Staging Tips and Tricks

by Jansen "Did It Again" Team

 

Spring 2016 is here - and its a Sellers Market!

That doesn't mean you shouldn't stage. It means - if you stage right, price right and are ready to sell - you can maximize your sales price.

There is absolutely the normal advice - clean, de-clutter and de-personalize.

But, let's look at using Pantone's 2016 Colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

  1. Go ahead and pack heavy, saturated colors. Keep out neutral whites, grays, blues and pinks.
  2. Take a small bedroom and paint 3/4 up the wall in Rose Quartz. Last 1/4 of the wall and ceiling paint a creamy white. Stage with a twin bed and small dresser.
  3. Add fresh flowers in soft pinks and blues. Try peonies with lilac or soft pink roses with eucalyptus. 
  4. Keep you normal beige furniture and paint the living room in Serenity. Add soft blue accessories, flowers and check your bedroom for soft pink accessories.
  5. Try Rose Quartz chalk paint in a bedroom, family message area or to freshen up a children's play area.
  6. Depending on the house color - paint the front door in Serentiy. Stage the front porch with soft pink outdoor pillows on taupe lawn furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need more ideas? Check our favorite - Pinterest!!

Omaha's Home Market Trends

by Ken Jansen

Ken "Did It Again" Jansen and Ashley talk about the current market in Omaha.

This spring, we've changed from a seller market during the recession to now being in a seller market.

What does that mean to you as a buyer or seller of your home this spring? Check it out and call The Jansen Team to get answers to your other questions.

It's that time of year to scramble for the shoe box! And - whether you are doing your own taxes or having them done for you, it is important to check if you qualify for any of these overlooked deductions:

  • Your property taxes. And if you bought your home in 2015, don't forget to include any taxes for which you may have been reimbursed by the seller. These are taxes the seller had already paid before you took ownership. You won't get a 1098 report listing these taxes. Instead, that amount would have been shown on the settlement statement.
  • The mortgage interest on your primary residence, as well as on a second residence. (There are limits, but relatively few taxpayers are affected.)
  • The interest on up to $100,000 borrowed on a home equity loan or home equity line of credit, regardless of the reason for the loan.
  • Points that you paid when you purchased the house (or those that you convinced the seller to pay for you).
  • The premiums paid for Mortgage Insurance Premiums, but only for policies issued after 2006. Unless Congress renews this deduction, 2016 is the last year it can be claimed.
  • Home improvements required for medical care.

Source: intuit.com. Updated for tax year 2015.

6 CAUSES FOR FAILED WINDOW SEALS

by Guest Blogger

Having an effective window seal is necessary to reduce the escape of heat from your home as well as the occurrence of drafts. Understanding the cause is the first step in knowing how to rectify it in order to keep your windows properly sealed.

1. Age

There are not many types of window seal that come with a lifetime guarantee, and this will especially be the case when it comes to older windows. You are likely to find that the older the method of weather protection, the more likely it is to fail. By updating the weather stripping on your windows as and when it is required, you can ensure that it continues to work effectively.

2. Elements

Though window seals are designed to withstand whatever the elements can throw at them, there is a limit to what they can take! For example, where certain types of seal are deluged with a large volume of rain on a regular basis, the water can seep behind it and cause it to lift. This can make the failure even worse as the seal will not be flush with the window frame and will allow water and cold air to pass through. Where water comes into contact with metal parts of some types of weather stripping, rust can result which will eventually cause corrosion if it is not rectified as soon as it is noticed.   

3. Mold

If your window regularly suffers condensation which is not wiped away, the window seal can often be affected by mold. This can destroy the effectiveness of the seal, especially when it is made from materials such as rubber. If you notice any mold or discoloration, ensure that you clean it immediately with an alcohol-based cleaner to kill the spores, or with vinegar if you want to use a more natural cleaning substance.                                 

4. Temperature

The proximity of window seals to the external facade of your home means that it can be subject to extremes of temperature. As well as prolonged exposure to extremes of heat or cold, sudden changes to the temperature can cause some types of window seal to crack shrink or sag which will make the weather protection less effective if it does not negate it completely.

5. Movement

If the window seal has not been fitted correctly or has become dislodged over time, it will not work well as a weatherization method as the weather stripping needs to be fitted in a particular place depending on the variety used and the type of window. All the correct tools and fasteners should be used to fit all weather stripping and replacements must be made when it is necessary.

6. Maintenance

The instructions that come with most types of weather stripping will often outline what needs to be done in order to maintain it and keep it at its best. Though this will usually mean nothing more than wiping it to keep it dry and clean, it may also outline particular cleaning substances that can be used. Make sure that you undertake the work required to maintain the stripping in line with the material it is made from.

 

 

Stop by the Home Show 2/18-2/21 and see us at booth 844

Sincerely,

Excel Window Solutions and Screenmobile
402-215-3838

Get the fog out!

 

Thanks to our friends at Excel Window Solutions in Omaha for sharing such valuable information to home window maintenance and/or getting a home ready for sale!

- The Jansen Team

 

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