Melissa and Todd Rolland's Blog Posts

DON'T Do These Things To Your House

You've found the home of your dreams and you're ready to put your "mark" on your new place. Home renovations and upgrades, big or small, can go a long way in improving the value of your home, and

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The Unexpected Costs of Moving

At the beginning stages of planning a move the first expense that comes to mind is the price of the house that you're selling and the one that you're buying. As we get closer to closing day, the

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4 Staging Secrets for the Living Room

You may not be surprised to learn that home staging has become a huge trend in the real estate industry. This activity of styling and furnishing a property for sale in such a way to enhance its

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6 Simple Secrets to Deluttering Your House

A tip most real estate professionals give to sellers when they're looking to put their house on the market is to "declutter". Saying that you're going to declutter, though, is a different thing than

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A Declutter Tip that Will Blow Your Mind

You've decided to list your house, and the first thing on your to-do list, your Realtor advises, it to "de-clutter". Walking through your home, with its packed closets, shelves, cupboards, basement,

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Red Flags When Looking for Your Next Home

Just because the house that you're thinking of putting an offer in on ticks all the boxes, it doesn't mean that the house is perfect for you.With the saying "location, location, location" in mind,

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Women Build 2019 Coming Up!

For the 9th year, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity is engaging women in to work together to build Habitat homes during this year’s fundraiser Women Build 2019. The event runs the whole month

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Dos and Don'ts of Buying a Mattress

A good night's sleep is essential, like diet and exercise, to your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. According to the Better Sleep Council, sleep experts recommend an average of 7 to 8

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How to Make Your House Easy to Sell

If you want to make a house easy to sell, make it easy to buy. While it seems like simple enough advice, during an emotional home sale we sometimes lose sight of the big picture. We allow emotions

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Getting the House Ready for Baby

If you're a new parent, or a new grandparent, ensuring your house (or Grandma's house) is a safe place for your child to play and grow is forefront on your mind. While it might seem like having

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Don't Be Left Out In the Cold-Why You Should Buy Now

Why would you want to buy a house in the winter? There seems to be so little inventory on the market, the weather is cold and dreary, and houses (and their yards) don't look the greatest. While all

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How To Know When To List Your House

Knowing when to list your house can be about as much of a perfect "science" as a Groundhog predicting the arrival of spring. While the reliability of Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow is right

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Will You Love Your Home Forecer?

Do you remember when you bought your house? You were handed the keys at the closing table and moved-in full of hope and anticipation for the future. There were features of the house making you fall

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A Penny Saved

The start of the year is a great time to review your finances. Some common-sense tips and some not-so-obvious suggestions offer many ways to save a penny around the house.As the past year flew by

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Deciding Which Pet To Get

It’s easy to remember. There was probably an early childhood rendition of your living situation, proudly hanging on the refrigerator, complete in crayon, that included your house, the sun,

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Heading South for the Winter?

If you’re a “snowbird” and headed south for the winter, there are some considerations you’ll want to make for your place up north. Below 10 things to remember to do before

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Negotiation: How To Get What You Want

After a seller successfully gets their home market ready, and when a buyer finally finds “the one”, the next steps of the negotiation of the transaction between the two can be both

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Compromising While House Hunting

Jim and Sue would like to buy a house. They've talked, and they feel like they know exactly what it is that they're in the market for.After looking at a few houses with their real estate agent, they

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Home for the Holidays

You're in the market to buy a house during the holidays and hope to be in your new place in the New Year.Before you start toasting to your new status as homeowner, here's what no one is telling you

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The State of Greater Hartford Real Estate

A slowdown of the real estate market isn't unusual this time of the year.The changing seasons, and back to school routine and upcoming holidays are a time when home sellers may choose to take their

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Home Selling Faux Pas Sellers Make

Despite the time and care taken to get a house ready to put on the market, home sellers commonly sabotage their efforts when it comes time for viewing by prospective buyers.With every showing

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4 Favorite Tools for Every Home Owner

When you’re a homeowner you soon discover that things around the house break every now and again. For some repairs a visit from a professional will be necessary. For others you’ll find

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5 Valuable Hacks for Dreaded Household Tasks

Have you ever been in the middle of a DIY home improvement project or chore and realized that you’re missing either a cleaner, a tool, or some other element that you “need” to

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FSBO or No?

According to statistics provide by the National Association of Realtors, 8 percent of home sales were FSBO - or For Sale by Owner - in 2017.FSBO sellers name getting the right price for the house,

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Is it time to Remodel, Or Time to Upsize?

For some, their first home will be their "only" home.As their needs change and the family grows, they change their home along with it, adding on or remodeling to suit their needs.For others, the

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Time to Remodel or Time to Upsize

For some, their first home will be their "only" home.As their needs change and the family grows, they change their home along with it, adding on or remodeling to suit their needs.For others, the

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Fall Staging Ideas for the Home

 If you're hoping to sell before the end of the year, the falling leaves let us know that the clock is ticking.Winter weather conditions, the holidays, and less for sale inventory and houses to

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