Staging Doesn't Have to be Expensive and Complex

If you are looking to sell your home, your goal is to get the most money possible in the shortest amount of time. One of the best ways to add value and appeal to your home is through home staging. You have a lot of options for how you want to go about it. You could hire a professional staging company, but that comes with a hefty price tag. Most of the time, a few simple fixes is all it takes to transform a living room.

 

Today we are going to go through some of our most favorite, inexpensive home staging tips for you. We hope these will help you save both time and money when it comes time to sell your home.

 

A fresh coat of paint is always a good idea. Neutral, warm colors work best for highlighting the natural light in your home. This will make it easier to punch up the room with some colorful accessories and pull everything together.

A common design problem facing many homeowners is that they have no real entry way, as their front door opens up to the living room. To fix this, you can add a table, some lighting, and a rug to "fake a foyer" and make it feel like the living room and entryway are two different spaces.

 

A patterned rug, some pillows, or bright curtains add a ton of texture and an eclectic layer to the space, which is essential to a well-designed room.

 

In some cases, a "make-under" is just what you need. In the case of most fireplaces, taking some accessories and clutter away enhances the look and feel of the room greatly.

 

You could spend well over a few thousand dollars with a staging company, or you could do these fixes yourself less costly.  That's a small investment considering the value that you add to your home by adding those pieces.

If you have any questions for us about staging your home or anything else real estate related, give us a call or send over a quick email. We are always here to help, and would love to hear from you!

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How Can You Add Value to Your Home?

Today I want to talk about the top five areas of your home that you can renovate in order to earn some money back when you sell your home. It's important to remember that many repairs will not earn you more money back. Below are the top five repairs for putting some value back into your home before you sell.

 

 

1. The Kitchen: Renovating your kitchen is a great way to earn some money back. Buyers love to see updated kitchens. However, if you spend more than $20,000 to repair your kitchen, you're likely not going to get all of it back.

2. The Master Bathroom: Everyone likes to have a large and luxurious master bathroom, and buyers will pay extra for this.

3. Paint: Keep your paint neutral. Earth tones are popular right now, so aim for beige, grey, forest green, and off-white.

4. New Flooring: It's unlikely that you can clean your carpets well enough to make people think that they're new. Investing in new carpeting or tiling is a great way to add value. Buyers will notice that 'new floor smell' and they'll have peace of mind.

5. Curb Appeal: When people drive by, you want to leave a great impression on the buyer. Plant flowers, trim bushes, and pull weeds. The more organized and orderly your lawn can be, the more attractive your home will look to a buyer.

These are the top five home renovations in our neck of the woods. Pay attention to these and don't be distracted by other costly repairs because they will likely just cost you money.

If you would like to learn more about this, or if you'd like to speak about real estate in our local area, please don't hesitate to contact me!

 

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Common Home Seller Questions Answered

Today, we're going to discuss the seven most common questions from homeowners who are thinking about selling their home.

 

  1. What is the best time to sell my home? The best time to sell a home is when you need to move. I sell homes every month of the year. If time is not an issue, then the best time to sell is when there's very little inventory, which is usually in early spring during the months of February, March, and April.  
  2. How is the real estate market right now? The real estate market changes on a weekly basis depending on many factors. We've been in an upward market for the last four or five years, so it is a great time to sell. The market changes every four to six years.
  3. What steps should I take to prepare my home for sale? Well, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Declutter your home, paint the rooms, clean carpets, and add colorful flowers to the entryway. These are just a few of the things you can do to make your home more appealing in the eyes of buyers
  4. What should I disclose to potential buyers? Anything and everything you're aware of that could affect the buyer's decision should absolutely be disclosed.
  5. How much is my home worth? It's only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. We can determine that by looking at what similar homes have sold for and comparing them to your property.
  6. How long will it take for my home to sell? That depends on how aggressive your home is priced and how extensively it is marketed. Many homes have been selling in about 10 days. If you are motivated to sell and your home is priced correctly, your home will sell quick!
  7. Should I price my home higher to leave room for negotiations?The answer is that well-priced homes will sell quickly and close to listing price.There is no need to leave room for negotiation. Nowadays, buyers are very well educated and know what a home is worth. If you price your home too high, you're more likely to sit on the market for awhile.

If you have any questions about today's video or about real estate in general, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

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Leave No Money on the Table with these Six Home Selling Tips

Selling your home for top dollar will take some work. The good news is that it's worth it, because you can sell your home for 18% more by using these six tips.

  1. Curb appeal matters. You have to entice the buyers with a nice exterior for them to want to know more about the interior. Plant flowers, mow the lawn, repaint your front door, clean your windows, etc. 
  2. Declutter and depersonalize your home. Get rid of personal belongings such as old photos or artwork, and make sure the buyer isn't distracted by other things like clutter on your counter tops. Show off your home and not your belongings. Rent a portable storage unit if you need to - you're moving anyway. Depersonalize the home as well. You don't want a buyer to feel as if they're inside of someone else's home. You want them to feel like they're walking through their own home, so don't clutter the place with your belongings. Not many buyers want to see that giant moose head on your wall. Remove any excess decor that makes your home feel smaller. 
  3. Fix things and freshen up your home. Repaint rooms in a neutral color, such as earth tones. Also, fix all of the obvious things around your home such as a squeaky door or a leaky faucet. If you notice it, the buyer definitely will, too.
  4. Don't get too emotionally involved. That is when you can make mistakes. Remember that the home really isn't yours anymore when you're trying to sell it. 
  5. Don't get greedy. Buyers aren't fooled by high prices, and they simply won't respond to high prices. Your home will sit on the market and you'll end up with less money than if you had priced your home right to begin with. 
  6. Hire an agent with a solid marketing plan. Good marketing means your home will get a lot of demand, and a lot of demand means a good price for your home. I can put your home in front of thousands of eager buyers.

A bonus tip is to clean your home, but I cannot stress the importance of this. Your home needs to sparkle. Cleaning can really make buyers pay a little extra, so the elbow grease is worth it in the end.

 

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What's the Secret to a Successful Home Sale?

If you're selling, you need to do everything in your power to make your home stand out. To help you, we want to share a few tips to make buyers fall in love with your home. Here are some things to keep in mind before you place your home on the market: 

  1. The first impression is everything. The first impression doesn't happen when the buyer opens the front door - it's what happens when the buyer first sees a photo of your home online and when they come to the front door. Park your car on the street and come to your home the way a buyer would. Does your front porch look neat and clean? Is the door freshly painted and finished? Do you have potted plants and other welcoming features? These little things will make a huge difference in the end. 
  2. Declutter the interior of the home. The way that you currently live in your house is not the way you want to show it. Give your home a deep clean and make it look fantastic and unlived in before potential buyers arrive.
  3. Keep the home looking light and bright. If you open up the front door, even after doing steps one and two, if your home looks dark and unwelcoming, you're not going to have much luck winning a potential buyer over. Turn on every light in your home and open every possible window to make your home breath and feel like a place someone would want to live.

There are quite a few details in these three steps, but if you are able to do all these things before putting your home on the market, you will have greatly increased your chances of having a successful home sale. If you have any questions about this topic, or if you would like real estate assistance of any kind, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to hear from you!

 

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