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10 Budget-Friendly Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

Bedroom staged to sell

Looking to sell your home quickly and for the highest price possible? Effective staging is crucial. The key is to strike a balance between making each space appear pristine, yet comfortably lived-in, and to allow prospective buyers to picture themselves spending their days and nights there.

McKendree Moving & Storage offers these 10 top tips for staging your home on a budget:

  1. Assure a great first impression with a fresh coat of paint on your front door, a few colorful potted plants, a new welcome mat and a manicured lawn.
  2. Declutter rooms, cabinets and closets for a clean look.
  3. Apply a fresh coat of paint on any walls that are marked or show wear and tear. Consider white, light citrus tones, sea shades or pastels to help make rooms appear larger.
  4. Position mirrors to create more light – another trick that also helps make rooms appear larger.
  5. Minimize window dressings to allow more natural light to fill rooms.
  6. Choose gender-neutral colors and décor so that any buyer can picture himself or herself in the space.
  7. Put away personal photos. Again, a key to selling a home is to allow prospective buyers to picture themselves living there.
  8. Borrow or rent furniture if yours is worn. Choose clean, neutral, streamlined pieces.
  9. Rid your home of odd or unpleasant smells such as odors, mothballs and last night’s dinner. Use odor neutralizing candles, air fresheners and diffusers, but don’t overdo it. An overpowering scent, whether pleasant or not, won’t help.
  10. Add a few accents that make the home look lived-in. Options include a bouquet of fresh flowers in the bedroom, a bottle of wine on the kitchen table and a modern painting with a refreshing splash of color on the living room wall.

If you’re planning a move to or from the Washington DC metropolitan area, call 800-530-2626 to schedule a consultation or request a free quote online.

Three Healthiest Cities in the United States

Rochester MN Skyline

Life expectancy in the United States has steadily risen over the past decades, thanks in large part to medical advancements, increased health information via the internet and a boost in interest in healthy lifestyles. If you’re a bit of a health nut, you’ll be in good company with a move to one of the nation’s top healthiest cities, as determined in a recent 24/7 Wall St. special report.

The report ranked country’s 25 healthiest cities based on a range of criteria, the top factors being each areas’ premature death rate, adult obesity rate, percent of adults without insurance and the median household income. The lower the former three and the higher the latter, the healthier the locals.

Here are the three healthiest cities, along with information on those four crucial factors:

1. Rochester, MN: While it’s home to one of the main locations of the famed Mayo Clinic, but there are lots of options for medical care – Upward of 180 primary care physicians for every 100,000 area residents. That figure reflects more doctors per capital than any other US city. Adults living in Rochester say they have an average of just 2.4 physically unhealthy days per month and are more likely to be physically active than those in other areas.

Premature death rate: 229.7 (per 100,000 residents)
Adult obesity rate: 25.1%
Pct. adults without health insurance: 5.4%
Median household income: $64,210

2. San Jose-Sunnyvale Santa Clara, CA: Topping the reasons for average great health in this area is financial stability. Households there earn upward of $92,960 per year, the highest median household income of any US metro area. This makes it all the easier to afford healthy food options. Plus, more than 98 percent of the population enjoys regular access to public parks, recreation centers, walking paths and other features that promote physical activity.

Premature death rate: 200.6 (per 100,000 residents)
Adult obesity rate: 19.6%
Pct. adults without health insurance: 7.1%
Median household income: $92,960

3. Ames, IA: Ames (tied with Fargo, North Dakota) boasted the lowest unemployment rate of any US metropolitan area in 2015 – an enviable 2.4 percent. That low unemployment rate translates to a high insured rate. In fact, just 5.9 percent of the population too young for Medicare lacks insurance – half the national rate of 11.7 percent.

Premature death rate: 214.3 (per 100,000 residents)
Adult obesity rate: 25.6%
Pct. adults without health insurance: 5.9%
Median household income: $51,270

Visit 24/7 Wall St.’s website to see the full list of the nation’s 25 healthiest cities. And if you’re considering a move to one of them from the Washington DC metro area, call 800-530-2626 to schedule an appointment with McKendree Moving & Storage.