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9 Steps for a Summer-Ready Home

Summertime means many things: laying in the sun, fun outdoors, and of course the age-old tradition of home improvement! While the winter months present their own set of challenges, summer is primarily a time when all eyes turn toward making your property's outdoor spaces the best they can be (with a few other important items thrown in for good measure). In an effort to jumpstart the process, here are nine relatively simple tasks from Realtor.com that you can complete to help make your home an oasis in the desert!

Have You Found These Critical Features in Your Home?

Your home has a seemingly endless number of spaces, valves, pipes, wires, and who knows what else. For a first-time home owner, thinking about all of these pieces of infrastructure can seem overwhelming. Luckily, you only have to know the locations of a handful of these items in order to avert disaster when an issue comes up. If you recently bought your house, or if you've never thought to identify its important components, this post is for you! Keep reading to learn about 5 key locations in your house that keep everything else running smoothly.

How Can I Improve My Listing Photos?

Never underestimate the power of a good photograph! When it comes to selling your home, the online listing photos are one of the most important factors to consider. If the photos don't cast the home in a good light (both literally and figuratively), then many buyers will never even bother to check it out in person. Of course, you can guarantee that your listing photos will look immaculate by hiring a professional real estate photographer; however, if cash is tight or you're more of a do-it-yourselfer, then a few simple pieces of staging advice can go a long way toward making your amateur photos look professional. Plus, even if you do hire a professional, they'll want you to do plenty of prep before they snap a single shot. Keep reading for the keys to enticing listing photos!