Laurie Rhoades's Blog Posts

6 Tips to Prep Your Home for Sale and Get The Most For Your Money

When you’re trying to sell your home fast, buyers don’t want to see a list of problems and drawbacks. They want to see a home that is clean, tidy, and ready for move-in. Thankfully, if

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Let's Talk Title

What is Title?Title is the legal evidence, of right, that a person has to the ownership and possesion of land.  Since it is possilbe that someone other than the seller has a prior legal right

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Plants as Decoration?

Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from and various ways to display each one, but

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Is Your Mattress Right For You?

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when

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Are you a rule breaker?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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Is your bedroom the bedroom of your dreams?

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.One

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Succulents, Cacti and Flowers, Oh my!

EYE-CATCHING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLANTSUsing plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from

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Do You Need Both Home Insurance and a Home Warranty?

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOME WARRANTY & HOME INSURANCEWhen purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need

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Pittsburgh Area Home Staging Strategies

Staging your home is all about putting the best foot forward for potential buyers. By highlighting its most desirable features, you can draw more interest for your home and leave a lasting

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Buying a Home? Beware of Hidden Fees!

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then

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UNFINISHED BASEMENT - What to do with it.

Although currently dimly lit and a little rough on the eyes, your unfinished basement still has a lot of potentials. With just a little love and the help of the following ideas, you can spice it up

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The Home Office of Your Dreams

Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home

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4 Home Hazards You May Not Know About

You have smoke detectors. Your doors have good locks. The bathtub has a slip-free pad. By all accounts, your home is a safe and secure place for your family to live.However, there are some hazards

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When is the time to refinance your mortgage?

Refinancing your mortgage is something most homeowners consider at least once throughout the lifespan of their home loan. It allows you to pay off your previous loan by applying for a new one that

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Three Lists to Make When Selling Your Home

When you put your property up for sale, you want to make sure that potential buyers get all the information they need on the features of your home and its surrounding area. If, for example, buyers

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Set Learning Goals Instead of Resolutions

Are you making a New Year’s resolution this month? Whether it’s to quit smoking, lose weight, or spend more time with your family, you’ll have a much better chance of success if

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5 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress Fast

This is the time of year that is traditionally spent with family and friends. But the pressures associated with working, shopping, visiting, vacation planning and entertaining can make it a

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How to Quick-Prep Your Home for Sale

Ideally, you should plan to have plenty of time to prepare your home for sale. You want to be able to get everything fixed and cleaned up, and perhaps even make a few improvements, such as

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D├ęcor Color Choices Can Be Psychological

Although choosing a room’s color is highly personal, it’s worth noting that studies have linked specific color tones to psychological behaviors. In fact, many doctors, scientists and

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