Benefits of Listing Your House in the Fall

I think it is common knowledge that listing your house in the spring time is the most fall photo with logopopular time but did you know that fall listings can be just a successful.  Think about it… most people who are house shopping want to make sure they have found their new home before the harshest part of the winter hits.  This ensures that those buyers are more serious, make quicker decisions, and want to speed the process along just as quickly as you, the seller, does.

Curb appeal is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of selling a home. If you can’t get them interested from the outside there is not much of a chance they will even take the time to see the inside.  And really, what better backdrop can you have to your home than the deep, rich, and beautiful colors of the fall leaves.  You can’t buy this type of home staging!

The fall weather also helps to encourage potential home buyers to set up roots.  With the chill in the air the desire to nestle into a cozy, warm home is almost instinctual.  Increase the appeal by lighting a fire in the fireplace, baking a batch of cookies, and adding warm, earth tones to the interior of your home.  All of these will help the buyer feel at home and comfortable.

If you are considering selling your house soon but thought you should wait until spring… don’t! We can help you figure out the best home selling plan, price, and timeline.  Feel free to contact us with any questions! We look forward to hearing from you!

Get Your Home Ready to Sell!

Staging your home when you’re ready to put it on the market is so important.

Think about what your home will look like when someone is searching online; which most buyers now do before even contacting their Realtor to schedule showings. It is so important for your home to photograph well, and show well once potential buyers are inside your home.

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Here are a few tips:

Say goodbye to clutter. Move extra furniture to storage, making a simple and conversational furniture plan in your home. Minimize decor, have clean countertops and get those closets simplified. Home buyers look for useful storage space so keep that in mind as you stock the pantry and organize closets and cabinets.

Freshen up the walls. Add new, neutral paint to the walls. Earth tones are always a safe bet in large spaces and the colors are pleasing to the eye. If you want to go with a darker accent wall or punch or color, the powder room, dining room or bedroom may be the best space to do that. A little tip to make spaces look larger is to paint walls the same color as the draperies.

Give light to your rooms. Great lighting makes homes feel warm and welcoming. Use ambient lighting (overhead), task lighting (under-cabinet or pendant) and accent lighting (tables and walls) to aim for 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Especially in the winter, these extra lights will give warmth to homes.

Set the mood. Think of a great hotel room or spa and create a relaxing bedroom or master retreat fit for a luxury resort. Upgrade your bedding to be stylish and attractive, add a soft throw and comfortable pillows so potential buyers see this as a place they can really enjoy in their down time. Use rolled-up towels, decorative baskets, candles and accessories in bathrooms to resemble a spa.

These are just a few highlights of what to do to get your home ready to hit the market. As your Realtor, I offer every home seller a FREE professional home staging consultation with your listing. Contact me today to schedule yours!

House Not Selling? Try These Tips…..

One of the most frustrating things has to be wanting to move into a new home but being stuck because you can’t get anyone to buy your current home.  But did you know sometimes the thing standing between a for sale sign and a sold sign is a single coat of paint or a few flowers by the mailbox.  Buyers are finicky and often times despite having a lovely home there might not be the curb appeal or special niche to get them interested.  Here are a few ideas to try to up the value and beauty of your home.

One of the first, easiest, cheapest, and most important tips is to declutter. Contrary to popular belief not everyone cares to see your sons 18 baseball trophies or your Boyd’s Bears collections.  These personalized items takes away from the big pictures and makes your house appear cluttered to potential buyers.  When you have too much personal stuff it is hard for them to picture their own personal stuff in the house.  Also keeping your house as clean as possible adds to the appeal.  Pretend that the Queen of England, or Peyton Manning, or The President is coming to visit, whoever motivates you! That way you will focus on areas that often times get neglected.

Also you want the outside of your home to stand apart in a good way.  Curb appeal is an important process in staging your home to sell.  You don’t need to invest big money just a few hanging plants or shrubs around the house to give it a pop of color and landscaping.  Keep your yard mowed and looking nice and neat.  Buyers don’t want to go into a home that they think will need a lot of fixing up so if the yard looks good they assume chances are the house will too.

While your daughter might have loved that neon pink with black splatter paint all over her walls the chances of a potential buyer being stoked about this is slim.  Slapping on a fresh coat of neutral, light-colored paint will give the house a clean look and a clean slate to those looking.

Another way to improve the look of a room is to invest in new furnishings.  You can either do this by paying a staging company to bring furniture in or buy your own.  The benefit of buying your own is that you are investing in something that you can take with you and not putting money into something that has to stay.  Think of it as a way to buy new furniture guilt free!

These are just a few of the ways that you can up the value of your home and the potential of selling it quickly.  Here is a list of more ideas to make your house the one that got away.