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71 O.i Thursday, February 18, 2010 12 Real Estate b  Tri-County News Kimball, MN T0000s00reu Wt o# Ywr Im IxojslmM't cause you helhes. Here smm tiltO  smooth sailing throuqh any remodeli m rt eoud rappm't and with your Remember to be flexible during the project so that you can handle any unexpected issues. Make sure the ontr't 17315 Co. Rd. 48, Kimball Immaculate 4-BR countrv home on 5 acres Clearwater Lake 2+ BR remodeled cabin 50+ ft. Lakeshore $239,900 5244,900 220 Quill St. NE, Kimball Quality-built 2-BR 2-BA townhome $129,9OO 11293 113th, Kimball Nice 3-BR home Large garage on 5 acres $129,900 UPSTAGING: Get your home ready to sell, and you may want to stay By Chandra Orr Creators News Service Whether you're moving in a month or have plans to stick around for a few years, chances are your house will be back on the market at some point. A few inexpensive improve- ments will make a big difference in the bottom line. But why let the next owners have all the fun? Get your home showroom-ready now and you might just fall in love with it all over again. Tone it down Forget what you've seen on the home design shows. You may be itching for a perfectly pink bath- room, but neutral hues are your best bet for attracting buyers. "The top interior feature buyers look for is freshly painted walls in a neutral palette," said Christine Rae, author of "Home Staging For Dummies" ($20, Wiley) and pres- ident of Certified Staging Profes- sionals in St. Catharines, Ontario. Buyers are looking for a blank canvas, but that doesn't mean you have to live with boring walls. Creamy butter tones, subtle blues, warm grays and golden hues that compliment woodwork make a statement without overwhelming the eye. "Neutral doesn't mean real estate beige," Rae said. "It's not the color that's important. It's the reaction to the color that counts." Stick with light colors to preserve a feeling of spaciousness and be sure to maintain a cohesive color scheme throughout :he home. Declutter closets "Invest in a closet system. Whether you are moving or living in the house there is nothing bet- ter than an organized closet," said Kelly Fall=s, president and chief executive of Organized Outcomes Home Staging in Toronto. Walk-in closets are ideal, but even the smallest spaces can make a big impression with do-it-your- self kits. They typically cost less than $100 and can be installed in just a few hours. Look for an organizer with mul- tiple shelves and bars at various heights for maximum versatility. 15397 93rd Ave., Kimball Newly remodeled, 4-BR 17.77 Acre Hobby Farm $224,900 100 Sunrise Dr., Kimball Spacious 3-BR 3-BA townhome with full basement $124,900 LOTS: Lake Betsy, K/mba//. Call for more information. i00cker, REALTOR = ntegrty soofu, lqll000) 398-3100  www.deb-becker.com rebbecker@remax.net Place a few storage cubicles on the floor, add extra shelves to the ceil- ing and invest in an over-the-door shoe organizer. "You'll love being able to see all your clothes and accessories and the cost of the system will payitself many times over upon resale," Fal- lis said. Focus on the furniture Think of what sold you on your house in the first place. Then use your furniture to highlight your home's best assets. "Rearranging the furniture to accent the features of the home - and not focus on the big screen TV - will draw more value," said real estate agent and accredited home stager Rhonda Duffy of Duffy Realty of Atlanta. Try centering the couch in front of the fireplace, clearing clut- ter from that giant bay window and drawing the eye up to those expansive cathedral ceilings with some well-placed artwork. Gut the garbage "Buyers are looking for a func- tional garage - a combination" of storage and utility," Fallis said. "The want to have space to park their cars but also room to store their garden- ing tools, bikes, snow shovels and even house a workspace." A great garage starts with proper storage. Shelves, cupboards and storage units go a long way in keeping things tidy, but even a simple pegboard and hook system for organizing tools and garden equipment will help. Also, con- sider installing bike hooks, a self- contained recycling center and a workbench. "It is important, no matter how large your garage is, to maximize your space because potential buy- ers factor usable space into a pur- chase offer. Keep the clutter to a bare minimum, and clean it in the spring and fall," FRills said. Make it sparkle For a stellar first impression, cleanliness is key - and we're not talking about a quick once-over with the vacuum and feather duster. It needs to look and smell as fresh as it did the day you moved in. "People don't want to trade their old dirty house for yours," Rae said. "Your old house is their new one, and they need to feel pride of ownership from the instant they see your property." To keep that new house feel, perform a deep cleaning twice a year. Steam clean the carpets, wash the walls, clean the cup- boards inside and out and get the gunk and rust stains out of bath- tubs, sinks and toilets. Don't forget to vacuum the cobwebs from the ceiling, clean the light fixtures and wash the windows and screens. 2009 CREATORS NEWS SERVICE Developing a family fire escape plan (SPM Wire) Only 23 percent of U.S. households have devel- oped and practiced a home fire escape plan, according to the National Fire Protection Associa- tion (NFPA). Safety tips provided by the NFPA include drawing a home escape plan and discussing it with everyone in the household, practicing the plan twice a year, and knowing at least two ways out of every roo m , if possible, includ- ing doors and windows. Alaska 8 Day Circle July 17-24 $2050 pp dbt occ Alaska 12 Day Explorer August 5-16 =3700 pp dbl occ Alaska lFishing August 7-12 =2600 pp dbl occ Call for a free brochure on any or all of these tours/