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How to Decorate for the Holidays When Your Home Is for Sale

Some folks think they have to stifle the spirit and eschew traditions entirely if their house is on the market in November and December. Not true. You can celebrate the season and still make your home attractive to potential buyers. Here’s how. 1. Clean and declutter before you decorate. If your house is already full of knickknacks and furniture, piling on the holiday decor and plopping a blinking, tinsel-laden tree in the middle is a sure way to turn a potential buyer into Scrooge. The cardinal rules of home staging apply, no matter when you list your home. So give your house a good, deep clean and pack up those everyday tchotchkes before you haul out the holiday bins. 2. Less is...

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A creative, flexible idea for a downtown Savannah home’s outdoor space

Outdoor space for downtown Savannah homes is a rare and precious commodity. This beautiful home in the heart of Savannah’s Landmark Historic District has a fascinating take on outdoor space. The home’s creative and flexible approach to outdoor space makes the area constantly useful. The enclosed courtyard has Savannah gray brick in a herringbone pattern as flooring and is ringed by lovely landscaping in more Savannah gray brick raised beds and extra seating as well as a koi pond and fire pit. The space comfortably seats 14 with classic wrought-iron chairs and tables, and can easily hold another 10. An outdoor kitchen features a marble counter, a sink and a grill. That cabinetry was designed to match – and here’s the truly creative...

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What to do when you have pets and have your house for sale

When you have a pet and are putting your home on the market, you have an extra set of things to consider. But by talking with your Realtor and a little planning, showings can be easier than you feared. First, talk with your Realtor to hear his or her thoughts about showings with your particular home in your neighborhood. Your Realtor may identify a small area of your home that would be a great space for your pet. Work out a plan based on his or her suggestions and expertise that will work for your pet’s personality. The very best solution is to have your pet go for an extended visit with a friend. It removes the headaches of where to put...

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Pools offer endless landscaping and hardscaping options.

A pool can bring so much relaxation and joy that it’s no wonder that people who grew up with a pool in their backyard or have had a home with a pool often list that as a must-have feature when they go house hunting. You can draw ideas from many other pools and pick the ones that you love. This pool in Berkeley Hall in Bluffton, S.C. has an interesting design. Rather than having a terrace that surrounds the pool, the terrace wraps around a little more than half the pool. Landscaped areas on either corner add even more visual interest, and the side of the pool farther from the home is lawn. It’s a fresh, interesting design. A porch and...

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