March 9, 2017
how to choose paint colors

Choose the Right Paint Color

Highlight your home’s best features and update your space with a fresh coat of paint. But deciding on a paint color can drive anyone mad. There are so many choices out there today – cobalt blue, coral, Navajo white – the options are endless. Using certain interior and exterior paint colors can spark interest from potential buyers, but also send them out the door if not done correctly. [Author Note: This first step is if you’ll be selling a home, however all the tips provided in this post help you choose the best paint colors whether selling or staying.] So, if you’re a home seller it’s important to remove your own opinion about color. Paint is very personal, but when selling a house you need to focus first on potential buyers. Research your real estate market to see what homes recently sold and the color schemes used in those properties. Mimic the […]
February 27, 2017

7 Easy Tips to Boost Curb Appeal

As warmer weather takes center stage and begins to play a bigger role in scheduling life’s activities, it’s important to put a home’s maintenance plan together focusing on your home’s exterior. With temperatures flirting in the 60’s and 70’s on the east coast, why not get a head start on boosting your home’s curb appeal? Making a good first impression outside will entice homebuyers to want to see what’s inside the home that’s on the market. That’s why one of the first things a home seller should do when preparing their home for sale is go stand out by the curb and take in the sights of their home’s exterior and front yard. What do you see? If it’s not eye-appealing chances are buyers will pass your home and never turn back. Walking through different neighborhoods it’s unbelievable how many homes, whether represented by an agent or not, have for sale signs in […]
February 20, 2017

Attract Buyers with Photo Tips

Before coming to a home seller’s front door, homebuyers spend most of their time online checking out listings, scrolling through images and sizing up the competition. More than 90 percent of homebuyers start their search online, according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, which is why having show-stopping photos of a home is a must in this digital age. While many sellers and real estate agents use professional photography to market the home, some are still throwing up dark, dingy, blurry images on the multiple listing services and other real estate websites, leaving much to be desired. Most people do not put enough time and effort into these photos, so when the bad images pop up online it’s not only doing a disservice to the seller, but it’s completely turning off buyers. The more quality images representing the property exploit the home’s unique […]
February 13, 2017

Insider Secrets to Stage a Bathroom for Under $1000

A bathroom can reveal all about a property and its current owner – when the house was built, if it’s a high-tech, energy-efficient space, whether it’s been maintained or if the homeowner keeps a rigid cleaning schedule. All of that and more can be revealed in a room that holds your most private moments – that’s why it’s crucial for a home seller to spruce up this room before the home hits the housing market.   The bathroom should be light, bright, spacious and clutter-free. Mimic your favorite luxury hotel or spa to make this room one a buyer wants to escape to, especially in a master suite. Like the kitchen, the bathroom is always a priority for homebuyers. Consider the amount of time that will be spent there getting ready for work and events, bathing the kids or taking a break after a hard day’s work with a soak or steam […]
February 2, 2017

[VIDEO] Avoid the Groundhog Day Experience

Living inside a staged home can be a daunting task when the seller has to be in a constant state of upkeep. The experience can be grueling for sellers when their personal life becomes public display to strangers and their criticisms. If you’re going to be living in the home while selling you have to be willingly inconvenienced – not only emotionally, but physically.  So, what’s the best way to get out from under the microscope? Sell fast of course. In order to create an irrestible space with home staging you must work at it, and work at it…over and over and over again. It can get pretty redundant, like in that movie Groundhog’s Day with Bill Murray. Having a property on the market can have you feeling the same way as Bill Murray did — reliving the nightmare over everyday. In the case of the home seller, making the beds, […]