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About Gail Spada

Gail Spada’s real estate career began in 1990 and it didn’t take long for Gail to discover her love for the industry. In 2001, she began her real estate sales profession with Century 21 Alliance Realty in Spring Hill, FL. Gail has worked diligently to stay on top of her game. She is a Florida Licensed REALTOR® and has earned the following designations/certifications to include: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), ePRO (Internet Savvy Real Estate Specialist), AHWD (At Home With Diversity – One American) and SFR. It is that well-rounded training and experience, coupled with her intimate knowledge of the Hernando County real estate market, that enables Gail to deliver results to her customers.

8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 2/4

For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market home-staging. Explore two more of the “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale. Failure to Edit – #3 Outrageously Bad Home-Staging Decision From a New York Times article, “The job of stagers is to reverse the accumulated creep of … Continue reading

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8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 1/4

For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s entire life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market home-staging. Explore two of the “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale. Collection Overload – #1 Outrageously Bad Home-Staging Decision It is almost impossible for any collection to look neutral and orderly, which are 2 of the high-priority … Continue reading

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PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Great Outdoors

If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the US that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess of $55 billion this year. From the kitchen to the great outdoors, and everywhere in between, your home has some expected and unexpected hazards that Fido and Tiger may encounter. Hazards in the Great Outdoors: Plants and pets aren’t always a perfect combination. A surprising number of plants, including landscape and houseplant favorites, are toxic and even lethal if your furry friend decides to take a nibble. Some of the most common plants that should be kept away from your pets include: lily of the valley, oleander, azalea, yew, foxglove, sago palms, hibiscus and hydrangea, aloe, bird of paradise, to name a few. Talk to your Vet or follow this link to … Continue reading

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PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Garage and Basement

If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess of $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the other dangers that might lurk in your home and garden? From the kitchen to the great outdoors, and everywhere in between, your home has some expected and unexpected hazards that Fido and Tiger may encounter. Hazards in the Garage and Basement: Antifreeze, herbicides and … Continue reading

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PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Bedroom and Living Room

If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the other dangers that might lurk in your home and garden? From the kitchen to the great outdoors, and everywhere in between, your home has some expected and unexpected hazards that Fido and Tiger may encounter. There is good news: A lot of the potential dangers … Continue reading

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PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Bathroom and Laundry Room

If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the other dangers that might lurk in your home and garden? From the kitchen to the great outdoors, and everywhere in between, your home has some expected and unexpected hazards that Fido and Tiger may encounter. There is good news: A lot of the potential dangers … Continue reading

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PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME

If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the other dangers that might lurk in your home and garden? From the kitchen to the great outdoors, and everywhere in between, your home has some expected and unexpected hazards that Fido and Tiger may encounter. There is good news: A lot of the potential dangers … Continue reading

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HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – Gray Color Schemes

Did you know that almost 50% of new homebuyers plan a kitchen remodel project within 3 months of their home purchase, according to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS. Let’s see what is TRENDY but has some STAYING POWER… TODAY’S BLOG POST – Gray Color Schemes You might wonder….Why would anyone use a gray color scheme in a kitchen? Many home owners are hesitant to use a gray color scheme because of the common misconception that gray is a “cold” color. Actually, gray can be one of the best neutral hues as it works well with nearly every other color in the spectrum. What is important is choosing the perfect shade of gray and taking into account the warmth or coolness on the particular tone. Gray is continuing to rank as a popular neutral color scheme in homes. Still considered a bit unconventional as the predominant color … Continue reading

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HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – White Kitchen Cabinets

Did you know that almost 50% of new homebuyers plan a kitchen remodel project within 3 months of their home purchase, according to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS. Let’s see what is TRENDY but has some STAYING POWER… TODAY’S BLOG POST – White Kitchen Cabinets White cabinetry, a classic color theme for the kitchen, provides a neutral backdrop that can be left alone or dressed up with colorful accessories and wall color. Of the survey participants in the Houzz 2013 Fall Kitchen Trends Study, 73% ranked white or off-white cabinets as their top choice for color choice, up from 67% in 2012. White cabinets are a very versatile choice for the kitchen. Generally available in thermofoil and laminate, you can also choose from more expensive custom wood cabinetry in a painted white or cream finish with distressed or glazed effects. As the kitchen cabinetry is the … Continue reading

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HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – Kitchen Islands

Did you know that almost 50% of new homebuyers plan a kitchen remodel project within 3 months of their home purchase, according to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS. Let’s see what is TRENDY but has some STAYING POWER… TODAY’S BLOG POST – Kitchen Islands The kitchen is one of the most complicated spaces in a home to design – and figuring how to design a kitchen island can be daunting for many homeowners. While there is no specific formula for figuring the size, shape or height of an island, here are 5 tips that I found on Houzz.com to help you when planning the perfect island design for your kitchen. Also, did you know that 61% of survey participants in the Houzz 2013 Fall Kitchen Trends Study were incorporating a kitchen island in the kitchen remodel? What will the function of the island be? Most islands … Continue reading

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