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Sellers! 25 Easy fix ups before you list!

by Sherrie Toth

The condition of your home will have a huge impact on how fast it sells, and its eventual selling price. Preparing your home for sale can pay you huge dividends. Many fix ups cost very little and consist mostly of time and some elbow grease. Here are some simple tips to help your home show its best.


  1. Clean the entire home thoroughly. Shampoo carpets, wash walls, clean sills, window screens and blinds. Clean out light fixtures and dust shelving. Get detailed here.

  2. Clean the clutter from all closets, cupboards and cabinets.

  3. Make your rooms look as spacious as possible. Store unnecessary furnishing items that make your home look crowded.

  4. Arrange furnishing so that it is easy to walk through your home.

  5. Scale down the number of photos, pictures, portraits and posters hanging on walls. Make sure you patch all nail and screw holes.

  6. Keep your curtains and draperies open as a rule. You will want your home to show very light and bright. Find ways to screen any unappealing views.

  7. Make your kitchen shine. Remove clutter from counter tops and cabinets and store it. Keep your sink clean and clear of any dirty dishes.

  8. Clean your refrigerator, inside and out. Make sure that you do the simple things like putting an open box of baking soda in your fridge. Also, remove unnecessary clutter from the door.

  9. Clean your oven. Degrease it and keep it looking as good as possible.

  10. Keep scented candles burning in the kitchen and bathrooms. Pleasant fragrances will entice buyers to stay longer in your home.

  11. Keep bathrooms scrubbed and tidy with fresh soap and neatly hung towels. Try to color coordinate your bathrooms.

  12. Keep all sinks in the home clean and repair leaks or slow drains.

  13. Go through your entire home and touch up paint. Pay close attention to corners where there is traffic wear. Touch up baseboards, trim and cabinets and cupboards.

  14. Place plants or flower arrangements in strategic parts of the home. A splash of color from plants, flowers, pillows or small rugs can give your home some real flair.

  15. Make sure that your home is well lit. Put higher wattage bulbs in dark areas or corners. Keep all lights on during showings, even in mid day.

  16. Use mirrors on walls if necessary to reflect light and make rooms look larger.

  17. Make sure that all door knobs and keyed entries are working. Replace any worn knobs or handles.


  1. Clean up all around the house. Remove any debris piles such as wood, firewood and landscape trimmings. Trim all hedges, bushes and shrubbery away from the house. Keep all garden beds weeded and mulched.

  2. Put some color by your home's entrance with potted flowers. Keep them watered and looking attractive.

  3. Keep all walkways clear, clean and in good repair. This includes your driveways and any parking areas.

  4. Keep all outdoor furniture clean and in good repair.

  5. Clean your gutters and roof. Keep moss or algae from growing on, in or around them.

  6. Keep your yard and lawn areas clean and in good health. A green lawn makes a home look great. Keep your lawn edged and free from weeds.

  7. Repair any broken windows, screens, shutter or awnings.

  8. Clean your garage area. Remove clutter and make it look organized and as spacious as possible. Try to have nothing in your garage but cars.

By following these 25 fix up tips, you can do a lot to increase the perceived value of your home and make it stand out above the competition! Call, text or email us for further tips. CONTACT US

5 Steps To Outshine Your Competition!

by Sherrie Toth

Serious About Selling? 5 Steps to Make Your Home the Best on the Block

We all want to be good neighbors. But when it comes to selling your home, it’s not just about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s about outshining them at every opportunity!

If you’re looking to sell your home fast and for the most money possible, you’ll need a strategy to set it apart from all the other listings competing for buyers in Apple Valley. That’s why I’ve outlined our proven, five-step plan for serious sellers.

Use these five tactics to help your home get noticed, win over buyers in Apple Valley, and net a higher sales price than your neighbors!


1. Stage Your Home to Show Its Full Potential 

According to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that are professionally staged sell 73% faster. When staging a home, you might rearrange the furniture to make a room feel larger or remove heavy curtains to make it brighter. The goal is to highlight a home’s strengths, minimize deficiencies, and help buyers envision themselves living in the space. 

Some sellers choose to hire a professional stager. Others opt to do it themselves, using guidance from their agent. We can help you determine the appropriate path to push your home ahead of the competition. The good news is, an investment in staging pays off. A 2018 survey found that 85% of staged homes sold for 6-25% more than their unstaged neighbor’s homes. 

2. Draw Buyers in with High-Quality Photos 

Many buyers use listing photos to determine whether or not to visit a property in person. Therefore, poor-quality or amateur-looking pictures could keep buyers from ever stepping through your door. That’s why we only work with the top local professionals to photograph our listings. 

Additionally, we’re always on site during the photo shoot to let the photographer know about unique or compelling selling features that they should capture. The extra effort pays off in the end. In fact, listings with high-quality photography sell 32% faster than the competition… and often for more money! 

3. Price It Properly From the Start 

Most buyers view homes within a set price range. If yours is overpriced, it can’t properly compete with other similarly priced listings. But if you price your home aggressively, it can be among the nicest homes that buyers have seen within their budget. This can lead to a fast sale with fewer seller concessions. And in some cases, it can create a bidding war. The result? More money in your pocket. 

4. Put on a Good Show(ing) 

Once buyers are interested enough to schedule a showing, it’s crucial that you make your home available—even on short notice. That means keeping it show-ready as long as it’s on the market. For most of us, our homes reflect the day-to-day reality of our busy (and sometimes messy) families. But keeping your home clean, fresh-smelling, and ready for buyers will help it sell faster … which means you can get back to your regular routine as quickly as possible! 

5. Use a Proven Promotion Plan 

We know that 93% of buyers search for homes online. That’s why we invest in the latest training and technology—to ensure our listings appear in the places where buyers are most likely to look. By utilizing online and social marketing platforms to connect with consumers and offline channels to connect with local real estate agents, your property gets maximum exposure to prospective buyers. 


Let's Get Moving

Are you thinking about listing your home? Get a jump start on your competition! Contact us to schedule a no-commitment consultation. If you do list with us, we will put together a custom plan to maximize the sales potential of your property! 

Joe and Sherrie Toth

RE/MAX Consultant Group | Apple Valley Lake 

330-388-6293 or email us HERE


It's A Good Time To Sell!!


As reported by the Columbus Board Of Realtors:

New listings in Central Ohio jump in January

(Feb. 21, 2019 – Columbus, OH) There were 2,181 central Ohio homes and condos added to the market during the month of January, almost 55 percent more than the previous month and up 13.1 percent from January 2018, according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.

There were 1,602 central Ohio homes and condos sold during the month of January, down two percent from a year ago and a drop of almost 22 percent from the previous month. 
“Even with a 55 percent increase in homes listed last month, we have strong demand for more homes and condominiums,” said 2019 Columbus REALTORS® President John Myers. “With prices up, if you are considering selling your home, now is the time to start that process by speaking with a REALTOR®.”
The median price of a home sold in January was $181,500, an increase of 5.2 percent from a year ago. The average sale price was $208,512, an increase of 1.3 percent over January 2018.

The month's supply of inventory during January was 1.4, up from 1.2 at the beginning of last year. The month's supply is calculated by taking the amount of inventory divided by average monthly sales over the last 12 months. In other words, if no more homes were added to the market, it would take about a month and a half to sell all of the homes and condos currently for sale in central Ohio.

Inventory continues to remain lower than normal for this market. There were 3,818 homes and condos for sale at the end of January, up 12 percent from last January, but still lower than any previous year.

“Homeowners waiting for warmer months to list their home are missing out on opportunities to sell today,” added Myers. “Buyers are out there - and they’re not waiting for summer to buy.”

According to the latest Housing Market Confidence Index (by the Ohio Association of REALTORS®), 88 percent of central Ohio REALTORS® describe the current housing market as moderate to strong and 76 percent expect home prices to rise in 2019.

When asked how they think the residential real estate market will perform during the coming year, 15 percent think it will improve at a moderate rate, 35 percent believe it will continue at its current rate, and half believe the market will slow at a moderate rate.

Current housing report – January 2019
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Columbus REALTORS® is comprised of over 8,300 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.

The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union Counties and parts of Athens, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, Perry and Ross counties.

To start on your journey Listing or Buying a home, Contact the Apple Valley Lake Team Here. 


Guide To Preparing For Showings

by Sherrie Toth

Long but worth it!


The Ultimate Home Seller's Step-By-Step Guide To Preparing For Showings

When you're selling your house, it can be tempting to hope that buyers will see past the surface to the beautiful bone structure of your abode and realize what a lovely life they could make in it. But the truth is that most homes could use a little bit of a facelift before you invite people to walk through and hope they'll make an offer on it.

So what do you need to do, exactly, to get your house into perfect shape, and keep it that way throughout all the showings and events? Here's a complete general and room-by-room rundown of the steps you can take to make and keep your house not only picture-perfect -- but open-house perfect.

Getting started
There are a few steps you'll want to take throughout your house in order to get it ready for deep cleaning and make it presentable for showing.

Start by walking through each room and asking yourself what items you haven't used lately or that you can do without for a while. Minimizing the stuff in your house will make it much easier to keep everything clean throughout the selling process, so it's important to try to remove absolutely everything possible.

Don't forget about furniture! Removing furniture from a room can make it look more spacious. If you don't want to get rid of anything, rent a storage unit where you can stash your larger items until you're finished showing your house and are under contract (but preferably until closing, just in case).

When you've removed one-third to half the furniture in your house, rearrange what's left to create inviting pathways through each room. Visitors should be able to walk around everything without bumping into anything else, so if you can't quite get there, figure out what other furniture items can go and take them to storage.

You'll also want to store away about 99% of your personal items and knick-knacks, especially any prominent family photos. The idea is to invite buyers to imagine themselves living in your house, which is hard to do when your kids are staring at them from the walls. Your own sense of style is less important here than building a vision of a future life for any potential buyers, so be ruthless when it comes to rooting out all of the decor and items in your house that scream "you."

Apart from your personal items, you'll want to pack up and stash any books, clothes, appliances, equipment, or other things that you don't need or want immediately (or, realistically, for the next couple of months). It's fine to keep a few back -- nobody lives in a completely empty house -- but remember that less is more and do your best to streamline to less.


Details, details, details
Now that the house is more or less arranged the way you want it, it's time to start paying attention to some of those details.

Look at your walls and ask yourself if you need to add or remove anything. One strong piece of artwork in each room is a good goal -- two if the room is really big. Start by looking at those prime placement areas where you've removed some of your more personal items and ask yourself what might make a good replacement.

Where you aren't replacing art, repair any holes in the walls and paint over them. In fact, if you're going to give any rooms in your house a coat of paint, now is a great time to do that -- before the real deep cleaning starts.

One often overlooked way to spruce up a space is by adding a houseplant or two. So assess your houseplant situation: How many do you have, and do you need to remove or add any? Like artwork, one or two plants per room is probably a good balance; you don't want to create a jungle aesthetic unintentionally!

Make sure the houseplants that you do have look healthy, and are watered and dust-free. Remove dead leaves and keep them well-tended while you're showing the house.

Next, assess the lighting in your house. Are there dark areas in certain rooms? A well-placed floor or table lamp or two can take any room from gloomy to soft and relaxing, so think about where you could use a little light help and add it.

While you're looking at the lighting, check out the light switch plates and outlet covers in each room. If any are looking grubby or fingerprinted, spend a few minutes wiping them down.

Finally, think about how your house (and each room) smells as you walk through it. If you have pets and your nose might be sensitized to odors, then ask a friend to give you an honest opinion about how odiferous the place is. (And don't shoot the messenger if they tell you it needs work!) First address the source of the odor, if need be -- if you're a smoker, you'll need to take it outside until the house sells, and cats may require a more rigorous litterbox-cleaning schedule. Attempting to mask any smells with scented candles or plug-in air fresheners sometimes has the opposite effect. Open windows and use essential oil diffusers if need be.

Once you've tackled these general tasks, it's time to get down and dirty in each room and outside your house. Get ready!


The kitchen
If you haven't already decluttered the kitchen, start with the cabinets and work your way down. Box up and store any dishes and kitchen appliances that you don't need accessible -- you may be in for a few weeks of boring dinners or take-out, but it's all in the name of making your house stageworthy. Organize your pantry, your cabinets and other kitchen storage spaces, which should be quite a bit easier to do with fewer items to organize.

When the cabinets, pantry and drawers have all been addressed, it's time to tackle the countertops. Remove everything from your countertops and deep clean them, making sure you scrub the backsplash and pay attention to any tile grout (you may want to steam clean or bleach grout if you have tile countertops or floors).

Look at your pristine counters and assess them. Are there any corner dings or cracks that you could address or repair before selling? When you're putting everything back on the counter, wipe it down (or run it through the dishwasher) and continue to follow the "less is more" rule, storing as much as you can to maximize counter space.

Spend some time cleaning all of your appliances -- oven, stove, fridge, microwave. Replace any worn burner pans on your stove, and remove any personal items you've secured to your fridge door with tape or a magnet, like kids' drawings or phone number lists.

You can make your kitchen sink gleam with a little bit of a polish; you can use window cleaner or stainless steel polish on stainless steel sinks, and baking soda and bleach can work wonders on porcelain sinks. Detail clean your sink, too, by using an old toothbrush around the faucet handles and spout. Try to keep your sink empty as much as you can to minimize new spots and stains, and empty it and give it a little extra polish right before you leave the house for a showing.

Store your cleaning supplies (including mops and brooms) where they aren't in plain sight -- we know it's a pain to keep hauling them out, but everything will look nicer with the cleaning implements put away. And make sure you empty the trash in the kitchen every time you leave for a showing.


The living room
Clearing off surfaces is going to be the first order of business in the living room. If there are ashtrays on coffee tables, remove them while your house is on the market and find somewhere else to smoke; it might be a pain now, but it makes a big difference in how your house is perceived by buyers.

After you've cleared coffee tables and bookshelves of any mementoes or unnecessary items, clean and dust the tables and bookshelves, then do your best to keep those surfaces clean and dust-free. Kids' toys can be one of the biggest contributors to a messy living room, so confine them to bedrooms or invest in a toy chest or bin where you can quickly toss them and keep them out of the way.

Make sure any fireplaces or wood stoves are in good working order, and clean off and dust any mantles. Only replace items that aren't too personalized, and make sure that mantles aren't crowded with knick-knacks.

When you're finished, look around the living room. Does it seem inviting? Think about adding throw pillows and blankets to couches or chairs in order to make it feel a little bit more homey.


The dining room

Household items move like a magnet to the dining room table -- we all know this. So the first order of business is to clear off the dining room table, and then keep it clear throughout the showing process.

When the table is cleared, remove any extra leaves (if your table has leaves) and extra chairs. Keep four to six chairs at the table, but try not to leave any more than that. Then polish it up and add one centerpiece that will be the focal point of the room.

Make sure that any chandeliers are dusted and clean, with fresh light bulbs, and keep the dining room as pristine as you can while you're showing the house.


The bedrooms
Do you have a "special occasion" bedding set that doesn't get used very often? If not, you might consider investing in one -- talk to your real estate agent or stager before you do to get an idea of what's appropriate. If so, now's the time to haul it out and put it on the bed, so make sure that your nicest bedding set is on display in the bedroom.

Once it's on your bed, make the bed every day. This will help keep the sheets in place, and it'll be one less last-minute thing to worry about when you're running out the door before a showing.

Next, clear off all the surfaces in your room -- bedside tables, dressers and any other surfaces -- and clean them thoroughly. Make sure you've purged any personal items and keep any additions minimal and dust-free.

One tip: Don't just shove everything in your closets. Buyers look in there, too! And you want them to have a good impression of how everything fits so well in the closet instead of how everything is crammed in there. So organize your closets, discarding or storing anything that you won't need for a while, like out-of-season clothes and shoes, and keep it looking as tidy as you can.

The bathrooms
Once again, you'll want to clear off all of the surfaces in your bathroom, including the back of the toilet. Deep-clean your countertops and sink, and be judicious about what you put back on counters -- keep them as bare as you can stand.

If you haven't already removed and stored any unnecessary items that you won't miss, take the time to do that, making sure you're paying special attention to any drawers and cabinets. You can use your storage space to keep your day-to-day toiletry items if you're able to free some up, and then your counters will stay clear with less effort.

Display any coordinating towels that you happen to have, and go buy some if you don't have any. They should serve as accents to the room, so you don't need to match the towels to your paint, but the main colors in the bathroom should still tie together harmoniously. Make sure your shower, bath and hand towels are all the same color, and fold the towels neatly (in thirds) on the towel racks.

If you have a shower, bathtub or both, it's time to deep-clean those babies. Don't forget about the toilet -- invest in some of those bleach tabs and drop them into the commodes in your house, making sure to keep the lids down at all times. Replace any cracked caulking around your shower, tub or toilet, too, and if it looks like time to replace the shower curtain, do so.

Store any garbage cans and cleaning supplies under the sink so they're not out and obvious. Remove any other "extras" in the room, like magazine racks or fuzzy toilet covers, and either refill your soap dispenser or display a nice, fresh bar of soap in a dish for visitors.

The laundry area

The main surfaces to address in this room are the washer and dryer. Remove any stray clothing that's landed in the laundry room and tackle the washer and dryer, polishing the tops and sides. Keep those surfaces clear while you're doing laundry. If it's possible to store any soap or other laundry supplies so they're out of sight, stash them in cupboards or cabinets.

The garage

This is one of the most important spaces to store anything you don't need, including recreational equipment and tools, so start by giving your garage another sweep to remove anything that isn't essential while you're showing the house.

If there are cabinets or other storage spaces in the garage, organize them, and clear off any workspace surfaces. Sweep the floor -- and count yourself lucky that there's at least one place in the house that doesn't require a full deep clean (although you could consider power-washing the garage floor if you happen to have a power washer handy).

The exterior

Speaking of power washers, you'd be surprised how effective they are at removing grime, pollen and dust from a house's exterior. Consider power-washing your exterior and any fences to free them of cobwebs and dirt.

If the house needs a paint job, now's the time to address it. But first, assess your needs -- sometimes you really do need a full coat everywhere, but oftentimes you can just spruce up the trim and the whole place looks neater and cleaner. While you're at it, restain any wood decks or fences that need it.

Washing windows is a pain, and nobody loves to do it. But it makes such a difference in the light quality at your house that it's a step you really shouldn't neglect. Wash all your windows inside and out; overcast days tend to be better for minimizing streaks.

Bring your broom outside and sweep all your porches, decks and walkways, removing old leaves and whatever else has been lurking in the corners. If you haven't already removed as many additional items and furniture as possible, do so before you work on rearranging any outdoor furniture so it looks inviting, using it to create lounging or eating spaces. You can also consider adding a few extras, like outdoor pillows or ottomans.

Don't forget about your yard! Go over it with a fine-toothed comb (or rake) for any weeds, and look in any planting areas for weeds, too. Remove them along with any dead plants that you find. If you have bushes, prune them so that they don't block your windows and look healthy and vibrant. And if you have mulch in a planting area, replace it to help your plants pop.

You might find that a planter or two of flowers is all you need to do for some serious curb appeal -- along with making sure that you're mowing and fertilizing your lawn regularly, of course.

Does this seem like a lot of work? Well, it is -- but when you make your house look its very best, then potential buyers will bring their very best offer to the table so they can be the ones to own it next.


Toth, Client Video Testimonial - at Apple Valley Lake

by Michelle Rine

Jane and Bruce Porter had a wonderful experience with Joe and Sherrie Toth and wanted to document their testimonial on video. The Toth's sold this couple their dream vacation home at Apple Valley Lake. 

Are you looking for your dream lake home? Call or contact the Apple Valley lake Team!

Video of Apple Valley Amenities HERE



The 1st 7 figure "SAIL" at Apple Valley Lake

by Carrie Pauken - Blogger

Apple Valley Lake's first million dollar listing is set to "Sail" this afternoon. 895 Kingsway Circle is a spacious, 7,000 sq/ft home with six bedrooms, a three car garage, a theater room, an owners suite fit for a princess, a gorgeous panoramic view of Apple Valley Lake and much more! . You can view the actual listing here.


“When asked about their excitement surrounding this monumental Lakefront listing, Toth and Team’s response was actually what I DID expect from them.

“We are so grateful and humbled that we were given the opportunity to list this home. Our team has put forth a lot of effort in making this happen not only for the seller but the buyer's as well. This listing and sale are not just about numbers for us.  It’s about putting forth million dollar effort no matter the list price.”

The Toth's also noted that this closing will be bitter sweet. They enjoyed working with the seller and frankly are sad to see her leave. The bright side of it is, they brought in a wonderful family that they now consider their neighbor and new friends.

The Toth's wanted it mentioned that they will share with anyone the Apple Valley sale history for 2017. Whether on or off the lake.

Selling or Buying? Get the Million Dollar Treatment! Contact Toth and Team!


Email HERE

Looking for lakefront at Apple Valley? Here is the link of what is available Lakefront Homes For Sale

Blogger, Carrie Pauken

5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor

by Sherrie Toth

Sellers and Buyers: 5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor.

Hands, Home, Protection ...

Are you buying or selling a home? Thinking about it?

At RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team, we are confident in our ability to do the best job representing you.  But we want YOU to be just as confident.  Here are a few questions you can ask when your are interviewing for a Realtor to help you either look for a home or sell one.


  1. Ask about experience- The sale of your home is one of the most costly transactions you will likely make in your lifetime and you should be confident that your Realtors experience will allow them to handle the sale of your home with fidelity from listing to closing. Its suggested  that you will want your agent to have at least 5-8  years of experience.
  2. When selling, ask how they plan to market your home- Marketing set’s  an agent apart.  Data shows that homes sell faster  the more thoroughly they are marketed. Many agents put a sign in the yard, put it in the MLS  and hope it sells.  It’s important that your agent has a written plan for your home. They should be able to sell the lifestyle of the area and should be talented at social marketing. Social marketing is the new  print press.
  3. Ask about communication - The process of selling a home will require a lot of communication-- nail biting at times!  Do you have a preference to which communication you prefer and how often?  Most agents are “cookie cutter” communicators. Make sure your communication from your Realtor is tailored just for you.
  4. Ask about office location and area knowledge- Is your agent local or miles or even counties away?  Can they react within minutes of a call? Many Realtors are moving to virtual offices. Buyers and sellers still like to walk into an office and talk with a professional face to face. Buyers want to trust their agent and get to know them before they feel confident allowing the agent to take care of their financial business.  An office will have maps, local information and feature their sellers listings to new buyers. Although paper marketing is becoming archaic to buyers, they still love to come into an office and get materials and information about a community from an area professional without seeing it for the first time at a showing. A brokerage that invests in an area office,  typically make it their business to know it  like the back of their hand.
  5. Ask about  past performance- Ask for performance documentation. Not their brokerage stats but their own personal stats compared the average agent. You don't want an average agent helping you with hundreds of thousands of dollars! Remember, past performance is likely going to be their future performance.

Of course, these are not the ONLY questions that you can ask, but these are definitely high up on the list.  RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team have a full list of questions that you can use in an interview.  Give us a call and let’s sit down and chat!  

Moving? Tips!

by Sherrie Toth



Have you recently purchased a new home or you/re getting ready to move?  If so, have you considered creating a checklist to help you remember items that you might otherwise forget?  We have compiled a list that you can use when packing up for destination happy place.  Add to it or edit it to suit your needs!


organize and purge- Go through each room and decide what you need at your new house and what you don’t.  Consider donating the items you no longer need.  Not sure if you’ll need it eventually?  Pack it up in a marked box and after a year, revisit the box and if you haven’t needed it or used it at all, toss it. Refer to this “Spring Cleaning” post for more detailed information.garbage-157110_640.png

Moving Companies- If you’re not up for the task of moving items on your own, consider a moving company.



Changing Address- You will need to change your address.  The first thing we recommend is to change your address with the Post office.  When any mail comes to you with a yellow label on it, contact that business to change your address with them.  We also recommend to personally change your address with government agencies such as the BMV.  This can be done via their website or at any of their office



Begin Packing- start packing up rooms and items.  Obviously don’t pack items that you will need to use in the day or two before the actual move.  Make sure to label the box with the contents and also the room in which the items will be placed.


Sitter- Do you have children? No children but pets? Both?  Consider asking a friend or family member to watch over your pets and/or children while you do the final packing and moving.  A lot of stress can be alleviated by making sure this is taken care of.  A lot of people will willingly offer up help when it comes to moving, and this is a great way to utilize them.


Turn off Utilities- Make sure you arrange a “shut off date” with your gas, electric, and water companies.  You don’t want to be paying unnecessarily.


One Last Walk Through-  After the last item has been placed in the moving van or your personal vehicle, take one last look around.  Maybe you’ll desire to go alone and reminisce through each room.  Affirm you’ve gotten everything and close the door; You’re on your way to your happy place.


Need help with selling or buying? Toth's can take this off your plate! Click HERE to contact


Why price per square foot is misleading...

by Adam Wiener

Don't be fooled by agents that use price per sq ft (ppsq) to value your home- your home could be worth MORE or LESS based on MANY OTHER factors - When used solely, ppsq does not tell the whole story! If an agent ONLY uses the price per sq foot to get your HOME VALUE, switch agents FAST!! There are so many other factors that come into play!

For example, you might find two identical homes in finish and sq ft, but if they have a different lot size, view, their value would be significantly different. Another example would be two homes with different sq foot but one is updated and the other isn't - One with less sq ft  has more updates might be valued more than the other with more sq ft.

Don't let an agent value your precious investment on a measurement! There is much more to the story than ppsq


Below is an article written by a professional appraiser that supports this- he sums it up nicely.


A real estate appraiser’s perspective:  Buying a house based on the price per square foot is like paying for a car based only on its miles per gallon; and yet to this day I see buyers, sellers, mortgage and real estate professionals discussing and using square foot price as a method for comparing homes to try and determine value.

A 2,000 square foot home that sold for $400,000 did technically sell for$200/sf so the appeal is understandable because on the surface price per square foot takes a very complex problem and appears to deliver a simple solution but it is an illusion. Tempting as it is using $200/sf as the basis to determine the value of any other home is fatally flawed because it is what lies below the surface that counts.

Here is why price per square foot is misleading as an indicator of a home’s value.  How much a home is worth ultimately depends on the following list of key characteristics that influence market value of a home.

  1. Location
  2. Lot sizeHome Value Checklist
  3. View
  4. Style
  5. Age
  6. Condition
  7. Quality
  8. Size (square feet)
  9. Floor plan (#Room/#Bed/#Bath)
  10. Parking
  11. Other amenities
  12. Time – When the home sold

You can tweak or argue the completeness of the list but it is the differences in all of the various characteristics which influence the sales price and ultimately the price per square foot.  Ask yourself this; would someone pay more for a home on a quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac than they would pay for the same exact home along a very busy main street?  And since the sale included the lot upon which the house was built, how much of that $200/sf do you think was for the land?

Let us peel back a few layers of the real value problem. Here is a recent real life example of two similar homes that sold recently presented in matched pair format where you can see the same sized house sold for two very different prices per square foot, and it is not difficult to understand why.

Address 70 Hemenway Rd 76 Hemenway Rd
location Not a factor Not a factor
lot Size 0.56 acres 0.59 acres
view Not a factor Not a factor
style Slab Ranch Slab Ranch
age 56 years 56 years
condition significant updates 2009-2010 carpet/paint toilet oven cheap cabinets
quality upgraded K&B  quality inferior/original
square footage 1,440 1,454
Floor Plan 8Rm-3Bd-1.5Ba 7Rm-3Bd-1.5Ba (assessor says 1 bath)
Heat/AC FHW-propane/ CAC FHW-Oil/Wall AC
Parking Driveway Driveway
Other amenities Fireplace/Radiant bath/Patio Fireplace
contract date 11/22/2013 11/12/2013
closing date 12/5/2013 12/17/2013
Sale Price $348,000 $233,000
Price per sf $242 $160
2013 Tax Assessment $282,200 $273,200

 Why the huge difference in the price paid per square foot? These two homes have almost the exact same location, size and bed/ bath utility but there is a difference of $115,000 attributable to the superior condition and quality of the first house.  The other home needed of some repairs and the little bit of updating was of low quality.

I describe appraisers as trained professionals who pretend to buy houses for a living.  There is a skill set which comes from training and experience and there are practices and methodology that are brought to bear on solving the problem of; what is this hose worth?  in the end appraisers mirror the behavior of buyers in the market, and everyone; sellers, buyers, realtors and appraisers are all trying to solve the same problem. What is this house worth today?

Adam Wiener-


6 Mistakes to Avoid When Decluttering Your Home To Sell

by Andrea Davis

6 Imperative Mistakes to Avoid When Decluttering Your Home

Written by Andrea Davis on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 3:07 pm

If you're getting ready to move or sell your home, clutter is your worst enemy. It makes packing a nightmare, and finding the one item you need could take an extra 15 minutes to more than an hour. Decluttering is a great way to get rid of the things you don't need before moving or preparing your house for a walkthrough. But you need to avoid some of the common mistakes that come with this seemingly daunting job. Here are some of the roadblocks you could run into and how to handle them:

#1 Laziness or procrastination.

If you don't feel like decluttering your house will achieve significant results or make your house feel cleaner, then you're not going to do it effectively. At the same time, if you drag your feet, it may take weeks to get the job done. Have a set goal in mind and stick to it when starting this project, especially if you plan to do the entire house. If you need someone to help or keep you on track, you can hire a home organizer to set a schedule and make the process more manageable.

#2 Tackling too much at once.

You can't organize the entire house in a day. It's simply not doable. And it will sound far too overwhelming from the start, deterring you from ever finishing. Spend just a few hours each day decluttering, tackling one room at a time. If that's too much to do, start with one closet or a few drawers and work your way up. Remember, you will always have a bigger mess before you have something more manageable. If you make a mess of your entire house, you may never regain the energy or desire to go back to the project. For more tips on how to organize your home quickly and easily, check out this post from HuffPost Homes.

#3 Not having an organization plan.

Once you start pulling items from your closets, drawers and other parts of your room, you need to have an organization plan in place. You don't want to throw everything into one big pile -- that creates another mess to sort through later. Instead, tackle it strategically by putting each item into a dedicated pile: donate, sell or throw away. That way, you'll know where it goes and how to handle it once the room is completely decluttered.

#4 Letting emotions do the talking.

You may be tempted to keep certain items because of their sentimental worth -- they were a present, belonged to a family member, have old memories attached, etc. -- but oftentimes the pieces we hold onto are of no use. You shouldn't keep pointless items just for emotions' sake, unless the emotions are so overwhelming that you simply can't help yourself. Old toys, pieces of clothing, shoes -- these are better off at secondhand stores or in the trash. Yes, there will be pieces of jewelry or photos to keep, but be choosy.

#5 Getting rid of things.

Once everything is organized and out of the room, take the next step. Don't let the garbage, donation items or garage sale pieces just sit around. You need to drive them down to the secondhand store or landfill. If you need to sell stuff, arrange a garage sale for the following weekend. Waiting until the opportune moment to finalize your decluttering could lead to more piles, which means more hassle for you.

#6 Waiting too long to declutter again.

Once you've decluttered every room -- whether in preparation to move or sell your home -- don't get too relaxed. There will be another time, perhaps in the near future, where you will need to declutter again. It's a natural part of life - getting rid of old items and making room for new ones. People accumulate things throughout their lives, and it's imperative to keep cleaning out the house. Otherwise, you'll be back at square one in a few years.

Andrea Davis is the editor for HomeAdvisor, which helps homeowners find home improvement professionals in their area at no charge to ensure the best service in the shortest amount of time.
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