• Checklist to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Open House

    Checklist to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Open House

    Today we have a special guest blog written by Suzie Wilson, Interior Designer, Author, and Creator of Happierhome.net. Check out Checklist to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Open House. Whether home inventory is high or low in your area, buyers want to get the most for their money. Follow these open house tips to whip your home into shape, impress buyers, and get the best price for your home: Tackle minor repairs like broken tiles or windows, cracked driveways, torn screening, water stains, ripped carpets, missing shingles, leaky faucets, doors that don’t close properly, and drawers that jam. Replace burnt-out lightbulbs and worn rugs. Spruce up walls with a fresh coat…

  • Frugal Tips to Attract More Buyers

    In today’s economy, every little bit of help is needed to sell your home. Here are a few tips that I have gathered over the years. Spruce Up Your Walls A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color sets the tone for potential home buyers to picture themselves in your home. De-Clutter Try removing the clutter in your home – from desks, corners, counter tops, etc. It opens up your home and allows the potential buyer to see themselves in your home. Landscaping Bright flowers and new mulch in flower beds adds instant curb appeal. A well-manicured lawn (mowing, edging, etc.) can sharpen the outside appearance of your home.…

  • Make the Interior of Your Home Shine

    Here are a few more ways to help your house stand out from the competition – from the inside out. In the Kitchen: Microwave a small dish of vanilla before a showing and place it in an out-of-the-way place. Highlight an eat-in area in your kitchen with a table set for dinner. Remove small appliances from kitchen counters. In the Bedrooms: Create a master suite effect in your decorating. Depersonalize bedrooms and decorate in a neutral scheme. Make sure the beds are made and the linens are clean. Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage. In the Bathrooms: Do not leave towels around and wipe down…

  • Problems Selling Your Home?

    It’s common for For Sale By Owner (FSBO) homes to encounter problems in the market. Here are a few of the things to look for and potential remedies for those problems: Overpriced – New market analysis, lower price Price reductions too little, too late– New market analysis, significantly lower price below the next price break or two New competition since property listed – New market analysis, lower price, offer incentives Builder competition – New market analysis, offer upgrades competitive with builder Difficult to show, not readily accessible – Use lockbox and readjust showing hours if necessary Glutted or slow market – Adjust pricing and offer incentives Property has become shopworn…

  • To Stage or Not to Stage

    I run across this issue all the time.  We all live in our homes and we are all comfortable in our homes as we should be. However, when  you are selling your home, it needs to become a house.  Some of my clients have learned the lesson the hard way.  It might cost $350.00 on the high end to hire a good  professional stager.  It is the best money spent as you will typically receive higher offers (which translates to more money in your pocket).  I am a consumer just like everyone else.   When I purchase a home or a car, I want it to be in good condition.…