Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

When you place your home on the real estate market, you want to take the time to stage it well so potential buyers can easily envision themselves living in the space. However, staging the home isn’t just about removing a few belongings and applying a fresh coat of paint. It also involves cleaning — deep cleaning. Here are several cleaning tasks that you should always complete prior to your home showings. 

1. Declutter the Counters

When you store multiple items on your kitchen or bathroom counters, it not only makes the room look messy and cluttered, but it can also make the room appear much smaller. Ideally, you should store fewer than three items on kitchen counters and only handwashing essentials on bathroom counters. In the kitchen, if you

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Did you know that the color you choose to paint your front door or even your kitchen cabinets can have a big impact on your home’s value and sale price? Color can drastically change the appearance of a room and choosing the right color is a decision you will need to make for every space in your home. Let’s take a look at just a few areas where color can greatly impact your home’s value. 

Your Front Door

If you want to increase your home’s value with very little work, paint your front door. But, don’t paint your front door any color. The right color can increase your home’s value by thousands of dollars. In fact, a paint color analysis from Zillow found that homes with front doors that are a shade of black can increase a home’s value by more

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If you have a larger family, you likely dream of the day when you could have a beautiful and spacious laundry room. For many homes, this room is very small and crowded and it can make any storage seem almost impossible. To help improve your home’s laundry room, here are several must-do storage hacks for your Jacksonville home. 

Take Advantage of Unused Corners

When you have limited storage, it is important that you utilize every inch of space in the room. Corners are often left untouched but when designed well, they can become incredible storage solutions. One simple option is to build corner shelves. And to keep the room from looking too busy and cluttered, place baskets on these shelves. They can become ideal storage spaces for items such as

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Jacksonville is a beautiful city in eastern Florida that offers gorgeous beaches, thriving businesses, and fabulous amenities. Whether you are visiting this city for the first time or you have lived here your entire life, there are many unique and cool facts about this area that you may not know about. Here are just a few cool facts about Jacksonville. 

1. Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States. 

When measuring in square miles, Jacksonville has many cities beat with 840 square miles of area. If encompassing all 50 states, Anchorage would take the lead with more than 1,700 square miles. 

2. Julia and Laura Street were among the first city streets.

There are many names in this city to remind you of its vast and

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The holidays are the time of year where you want to create amazing memories with the people you love the most. Jacksonville is host to a plethora of activities that will bring in the holiday spirit and will cater to every family size and interest. Let’s take a look at just a few Jacksonville activities you won’t want to miss this holiday season.

Christmas on the River

Christmas on the River is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Jacksonville Landing. A 56-foot tall Christmas tree will be lit with more than 78,000 lights and dozens of ornaments. You can come and experience the beauty of the tree and enjoy some great food and live music to help get you in the Christmas spirit. This Christmas tradition will take place on November 23 at

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As potential buyers walk through your home, they will pay particular attention to your kitchen area. This room in your Jacksonville home is where families gather and spend a significant amount of time each day. To ensure this room stands out and impresses all house hunters, you need to stage it well. Unfortunately, many buyers do not and make very basic staging mistakes. Let’s take a closer look at many common kitchen staging mistakes that you want to avoid.

You Don’t Clear Off the Counters

Cluttered counters will not help you sell a home. Ideally, you should have fewer than five items stored on your kitchen counters. These should also be items you use every day such as a microwave or knives. But, keep in mind that if you do choose to store

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The holidays season may be busy with shopping, events, and parties, but it doesn’t mean you should avoid the real estate market. While there are certainly pros and cons to selling your home during this time of year, with the right preparation and a little effort, it can be done. If you decide this is the right time for you to sell your Jacksonville home, here are several tips for selling your home during the holidays.

1. Avoid Too Many Holiday Decorations

It may be tempting to pull out every box of holiday décor but too many items can take away from the features and charm the property has to offer. It can hide many of those characteristics and qualities that you love about your home. Plus, if you don’t decorate well, you can easily make your

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A bathroom renovation can be one of the best projects you complete if you wish to impress Jacksonville buyers. Many house hunters pay particular attention to the details and the features in this room as they spend time in it each day. This means that when considering updating and improving this area, there are certain things you don’t want to miss. Here are four things you should not forget during a bathroom renovation in your Jacksonville home.

1. Hire a Professional

While you may consider yourself a handyman, hiring a professional contractor to ensure the project is done correctly should be a priority. There are many aspects of a bathroom remodel including plumbing, electrical work, installation, etc. Hiring someone to complete much of this

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Many homeowners are put in the position where they must decide whether they should purchase a new home before their current one sells or wait to sell their property first. While your own personal situation and finances can affect this decision, here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Look at the Current Real Estate Market

The market is a big indicator of whether you should sell your home before you purchase a new one. If you are experiencing a seller’s market, you are in a much better position to sell your home before you make a purchase. This is because the inventory for new homes is quite low, making it much easier to sell your home quickly and at a price you desire. However, if the market is in favor of buyers, your home may sit on the

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Today, many homeowners are looking to buy larger homes and properties but this may not be the smartest decision for everyone.  Instead, many homeowners can purchase smaller homes and still live the comfortable, spacious lifestyle that they desire. Downsizing a home offers many benefits for individuals but many may not know when it is the right move for them. Here are just a few signs that it may be time for you to consider downsizing your home.

1. You are an Empty Nester

Many homeowners still desire a large home for when all of their family members come to visit. But, how often does this happen every year? If you only have a full house once a year, it may be time to find a smaller space. Besides, many homeowners today are living in large and

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