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How should you prepare your house for sale? What’s the best marketing strategy for selling your home? On this podcast episode with Jimmy Ray, Josh Chilton, & John McLaren, we answer these questions and three more most-asked real estate questions!

If you’re looking to know how to sell your home faster and for top dollar, download our free seller’s guide at http://chantelray.com/sellersguide Interested in the homebuying process? We have you covered there too. Download now: http://chantelray.com/buyersguide




Tips To Get Your Home Organized!

Declutter Your House Today!

We’ve created a quick guide to help you maintain a clean and organized home.


Let’s face it…finally tackling all the clutter in your home is not the way you would want to spend your day. However, there is no better feeling than a clean and organized home! Here are some tips to declutter every room in your house. Let’s get started!


  • Clean and clear off countertops with only the main appliances you use the most.
  • Place appliances you rarely use hidden in drawers.
  • Open storage shelves are the hottest trend in kitchens but be sure to still keep that well organized!
  • Wipe/clean out fridge – Make sure to throw away any expired food and use plastic clear bins to keep fridge organized.
  • Keep Tupperware drawer nice and tidy


  • Change shower liner and curtain for a fresh start!
  • Use baskets to keep your beauty products organized in cabinets.
  • Add new shelves or drawer liners to keep your products from getting drawers dirty.
  • Clean and repair grout if needed.


  • Make bed.
  • Clean off end tables, dressers, and chests.
  • Organize closet based on the season. Donate your extra clothes or store them in bins under the bed.

Living Room.

  • Clear out stacks of magazines and books. Make sure you place them neatly stacked in bookcase.
  • Clean windows.
  • Choose only a couple home accents for decor – minimalism is the hottest trend!
  • Use different baskets to store toys/remotes/blankets, etc.


  • This is the first room guests see when coming into your home. Make sure all umbrellas, shoes, etc. are kept tidy.
  • Add hooks on the wall to hold your keys or jackets.


DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal


Tools You’ll Need:

  • large drywall scraper
  • drywall knife
  • paint roller and extension handle
  • Drop Cloth (to catch all the debris)
  • Water and Spray Bottle
  • Face Mask
  • Asbestos Test Kit
  • Popcorn…for when you’re done! (Totally optional, but who doesn’t want popcorn as a reward?!)

BEFORE YOU START:  Check for asbestos with your kit. You need to be sure!


Remove furniture from the space, or move it to the center of the space and cover with plastic sheeting. By laying down a drop cloth and plastic sheeting, you’ll protect flooring and furnishings from dust and debris and it will be easy clean up after you’re done.


Fill a spray bottle with warm water, then spray one small section (10 square feet) of ceiling at a time. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Don’t over saturate the popcorn coating, as it could damage the underlying drywall surface.


Slowly remove the popcorn coating from the drywall with a wide drywall scraper, working one section at a time.


Apply drywall compound to any problem areas using a drywall knife to get a smooth skim. After applying compound, collect drop cloth and plastic sheeting and empty contents in trash. (DONT THROW AWAY. THE SHEETING WILL BE OF GOOD USE IN THE NEXT STEP). Allow drywall compound to dry overnight, then lightly sand and wipe clean with a sanding block and damp cloth.


Paint the ceiling with paint and roller with an extension attachment. Use a tinted paint that dries white to help you with the process.


Break out that popcorn, sit back and stare up at your ceiling. You’ve earned it!!

(Thanks to the DIY NETWORK on the technical steps.) 

How to PREVENT Busted Pipes!!!


Tips to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter

One of the biggest issues during winter are water pipes freezing and possibly bursting. Frozen pipes can be a serious problem if they do burst and — depending on the damage — can cost quite a bit to fix. Not to mention it creates a mess and leaves you without running water.

If you are new to an area where frozen pipes are an issue, keep reading.

Obviously, the best way of avoiding frozen water pipes is learning what to do to prevent it from happening in the first place. It doesn’t take much effort to insulate and prepare waterlines for freezing temps. Below you will find some helpful tips to prevent and also monitor your freezing pipe conditions.


  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.

  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you’re leaving the house for an extended period of time.

  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.

  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)

  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.

  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.

  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.

  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.

  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.


  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.

  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.

  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.

  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces. These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.

  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes.

3 Reasons Why You Should List Your Home During the Holidays!

If you ask someone when the best time to sell a home, they will most likely tell you that Spring and Summer are the best times. While it is true that many buyers plan to move into new homes during the warmer months, it doesn’t mean ALL serious buyers disappear after Labor Day.

If your home is for sale now, you’re actually in a great position to sell your home faster and for more money by taking advantage of the unique characteristics of the holiday selling season. Check out these three reasons why:

1. Less Competition

You’re not the only homeowner who’s considered taking your home off the market during the holidays—most don’t want the hassle. And most new sellers will decide to wait until springtime to put their homes up for sale.

That’s great news for you because you won’t have to compete with dozens of other homes just like yours to get buyers’ attention. Reduced inventory means more buyers checking out your home, either online or in person. Keep their attention by making sure your home is priced to sell and that your home is in “show” condition at all times. Staging is a great way to ensure “show quality”. Always remember, paying for staging is WAY CHEAPER than any price reduction on your home price.

2. Motivated Buyers

Anyone who takes time out of their busy holiday schedule to shop for a new home is serious about buying now. Perhaps they are buying a home for tax reasons or are relocating to start a new job in the new year. Maybe they’ve been looking for months and just haven’t found that perfect home yet.

Whatever their reason, make it easy for these folks to get a good look at your home by staying flexible with your showing times and be open to negotiating contract terms that work with their schedules.

3. Your Home Looks Great

Emotion plays a huge role in which home a buyer purchase, and you can capitalize on that by making your home cozy and cheery during showings. Tasteful decorations and a minimum of clutter will allow buyers to see their own families celebrating the holidays in your home next year.

Make sure your decorations enhance rather than detract from your home’s best features, and remember to remove them as soon as the season is over. Don’t forget about the sense of smell either! When you think of holiday smells, you think of cider, pies, cakes, and cookies! Find a candle that will feel the air with love or bake some cookies before a showing!

At the end of the day, your best bet is getting your home sold fast and for top dollar by choosing a pro with Chantel Ray Real Estate.

Not only do we have your best interest in mind, but if we don’t sell your home in 30 days, or commission is free!

Also, we don’t have any locked in contracts, so if it’s not what you envisioned, then you can fire us…no questions asked!

Schedule your first listing appointment here!

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