Chris Carlson's Blog Posts

Are You Using The Right Light Bulbs

Different types of light bulbs work best in different situations, so it can pay to double-check all your home’s light bulbs. Bulbs vary in type, wattage, the amount of light they produce, the

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Is This Your Situation Looking For A Way To Test A Property Condition

Although putting a professional inspection contingency in the contract will help protect you from surprises, doing your own inspection before making an offer could save you considerable time and

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Property Estimates Plus A Lot Of Extras With Online Program

Welcome to our interactive feature: an automated valuation model (AVM) tool. An AVM uses software to issue estimated values for a given property, based on the latest local data. The result is a

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Use These 5 Guidelines To Choose The Direction To Run Your Wood Flooring

Wood flooring can be a great addition to any home. Unlike many other types of flooring, wood can be effective in every room in your house, from bathrooms and bedrooms to living rooms and kitchens.

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FIVE MONEYSAVING GREEN UPGRADES

Going green is great for the environment, but that's not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big,

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PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you're probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should

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Home Changes That Affect Insurance

Homes often grow and change alongside the people living in them. If you've added expensive furnishings or made substantial upgrades, it's important to re-evaluate your homeowners insurance and make

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FROM DECORATING TO STAGING

Once you've decided to put your home on the market, you're looking to sell quickly for the best possible price. One tactic that can help sell your home faster is staging. At first, staging may seem

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AVOID THESE TWO BIG MORTGAGE MISTAKES

We all know that searching for and viewing potential homes is the fun part of the home-buying process. The not-so-fun part? The mortgage.But if you don't pay attention to the details, your mortgage

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RECONSIDER THESE CHOICES WHEN YOURE DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN

The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re

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WHAT AFFECTS PROPERTY VALUES

Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not

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HIDDEN HOMEOWNER COSTS

Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you're just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of

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BATHROOM TRENDS FOR 2017

Staying on top of the latest trends in home decor isn’t for everyone, but even for traditionalists, it can be fun to incorporate some new ideas. Here are five bathroom decor trends that are

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Thinking About Selling Your Home In Hampton Roads

If you've been quietly considering selling your home, then you need to read this.  That’s because summer 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most favorable seasons in recent years to

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Negotiations And Real Estate

When it comes to a real estate transaction, whether you're a buyer or a seller, everything is negotiable. For many couples and individuals, a house or property will likely be the largest asset they

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Removing You From Your Home And Selling It Fast

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, you might be wondering how you can get it sold fast.Having been through the home sale process six times myself, I can attest that the most

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Home Buyers And Sellers Get Up To 7000 Cash Back Rebate

Are you a Military, Firefighter/EMS, Teacher, Law Enforcement or Healthcare professional in Hampton Roads?  Get up to $7000 CASH BACK when you BUY or SELL a home with Hampton Roads Realty Pros!

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Top Ways To Increase The Worth Of Your Home

The worth of a house significantly increases when it’s designed on the basis of energy efficient methods. It not only increases the value of the house but also makes the home more welcoming for

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First Time Home Buyer Tips

If you have never bought a home before, you may be confused and wondering what kinds of things to watch out for or to look for during the process. If you are new to the home buying process, don't

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Benefits Of Using A Real Estate Buyers Agent

If you are looking into buying a home, you are probably a bit confused as to how the whole process will happen in order to get you the home of your dreams. If you have never bought a home before,

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Offering To Purchase Real Estate The Basics

The very first part of buying real estate in Virginia Beach, Norfolk is to put an offer on the house, but how exactly does this work?  In order to answer this question, let's look

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Get A House Ready For A Springtime Sale With Outdoor Staging

Home staging is one of the essentials for presenting the property to a potential buyer in the best possible light. A number of real estate agents, however, ignore the importance of outdoor staging

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3 Tips For Energy Saving Appliances In Your Home

As a homeowner, you will no doubt realize that energy bills are going to be the bane of your existence. Human beings have managed to perfect the art of living in harsh climates, but in order to do,

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2 Considerations For First Time Home Buyers

Owning a home is a major step in independence and for any person setting off on this road it is very easy to find yourself out to sea very quickly. They never teach you things like what you need to

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Four HOT 2017 Interior Design Trends

What does it take to sell a home faster? Interior design changes can add to the value of the property and they could also give potential buyers exactly what they’re looking for. The trends in the

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