January 16, 2017

Home Selling Survival Guide to Having a Successful Open House

Planning on having an open house to sell your home? There may be more to do to prepare than you think. After living in a home for a number of years, home sellers have the impossible task of objectively viewing the property from a buyer’s perspective. The sellers judgement on how to prepare a home for sale gets cloudy because they’re so use to their current surroundings the elements of the space that may have annoyed a homeowner originally go unnoticed. By recruiting an unbiased home stager, real estate agent or friend to assess the house’s condition, it allows the seller to visualize his or her home as a product. When sellers can detach themselves from their home and become proactive early on, they recognize their responsibility for creating a win-win situation. This mindset doesn’t allow outside factors, like the market’s condition or a competitor’s lot size, affect the deal’s outcome. Savvy […]
January 5, 2017

5 Items to Organize Now to Handle Clutter When Selling (or Not!)

As the new year rings in, now is a great time to purge, especially if you plan on selling a home this year. A budget-friendly way to prepare a home for sale is to organize it, a difficult task for some homeowners — but, it can be rewarding once the project is complete. Every home has clutter, a collection of things lying around in an untidy pile, but it’s important to get a handle on your mess to not only gain more square footage, but to show off the home’s positive features. Not to mention be organized helps buyers visualize living in your home. Clutter comes in all different forms and it lingers in most homes, so what are the top five items to keep organized while on the market? Get ready to roll up those sleeves and get to work: Mail & Paperwork. This is a constant cycle that […]
December 22, 2016

7 Clever Tips for Staging in Winter

With the swift passing of the winter solstice, the day of the year with the least amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, the amount of daylight will slowly start to get longer again each day. But, winter in many regions is just beginning. Often considered the slow season in real estate, sellers should take advantage of this less competitive time by thoroughly preparing their home for sale. One of the biggest challenges when staging a home in the winter is trying to reflect a warm and cozy feeling inside despite the drop in temperatures outside. So while your competition is hibernating, apply these budget-friendly ways to get your home show-ready whether for buyers or guests. Curbing the Snow  The first tip to get your home show-ready starts at the curb. All driveways, walkways and steps around your home should be shoveled and de-iced. This way it’s easier for visitors to access the front […]
November 7, 2016

Avoid Turning Buyers Off During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, when your neighborhood, maybe even your home turns into a festive display of holiday decor, but there is a fine line between tasteful and cluttered. Welcoming buyers into a home for sale covered in holiday decor with a life-size santa or an overload of string lights in the front yard isn’t something most buyers want to necessarily come home to. Sometimes it’s hard enough to get sellers to agree to remove certain objects or tone down accessories in their home or front yard. So when it comes time to decorate with ghosts and goblins around Halloween, gourds at Thanksgiving, or put out the menorah or Christmas lights and trees in December, how can you show off your holiday spirit without going overboard or offending buyers? In many cases a buyer will get distracted with the holiday decor and overlook the curb appeal. While holidays like Thanksgiving and […]
November 3, 2016

3 Ways to Hide Negative Features

Every room has positive and negative features, it’s what you do to downplay negative features that can make a buyer excited about your space. Take a look around the space you’re sitting in right now – is there a glaring eye-sore, repair or imperfection staring back at you? That’s considered a negative feature in a home. Now, if you don’t see an unsightly feature in the space, take a second look. Many times negatives are overlooked in a home because a homeowner either doesn’t want to see the issue, or they’re essentially wearing blinders and can’t see those details that may be unappealing to others. How can you remove those blinders? Home sellers should walk through each room of their home to critique the space as a buyer would and make a list of tasks or projects to complete. Here are some negative features you’ll want to take note of: Undesirable location of the […]