It may seem obvious, but many sellers fail to recognize that a home that feels, looks, and smells welcoming and homey will more likely raise a buyer’s interest when they come for a showing. Of course, you think your home is pretty comfortable and welcoming already, but there are a few things you can do to make buyers feel right at home from the moment they walk in the door. Lead With The Nose If your home smells good, it will make buyers want to stick around longer. The sense of smell is the strongest of all the five senses in its connection to our emotions. Certain smells simply make us feel comfortable and at home no matter where we are. There are a few smells that are almost universal. Try a flameless scented burner that is safe but releases a wonderful fragrance in your home. Choose scents like vanilla or spices, smells that remind people of home cooking and sweet treats. Be sure your fragrance isn’t overwhelming, however, and don’t use it to mask other odors like cat litter or food smells. Buyers will know right away you are trying to hide something! Let The Light Shine In Clean […]
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If you have already moved out of the house you are selling, you generally have two choices. You can do home staging—either on your own or by hiring a professional—or you can let the house be shown empty. There are pros and cons to both, although many will lean toward the staging option. Consider the possible benefits of showing an empty home, however, before you spend money and time on staging. A Blank Slate When a buyer comes into an empty home, it is easier to visualize their own items in the home. They can picture just where their couch will fit, where to wall mount the big screen TV, and which wall will best showcase their favorite painting. The blank slate that is provided by an empty home lets the imagination of the buyer take over, allowing them to see the house as they would make it and not as you have made it. A Cost Savings Professional home staging can be expensive. So can renting furniture on your own. Leaving the home empty saves you all of those potential costs, and if it means the house takes a little longer to sell, you have still come out on […]
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Showing your home is a stressful experience; you have to keep it clean and ready, always looking its best, and you also have to consider where you’ll be during home showings. Most people choose to leave the home, but if a showing is scheduled at the last minute and you don’t feel you can leave, should you stay? The Pros For Leaving Most buyers prefer to look at a home while the current residents are out. This is because it makes them feel a little more comfortable, since it’s odd enough to be walking through and examining a stranger’s home. It allows them to make their observations and ask questions that might make an owner uncomfortable. Especially if you have a family, it can be really hard for people to get a good look at and feel for the home with you and your kids around. Getting out of the house might be difficult sometimes, but allowing people to get the best possible look at your home means it’s more likely they’ll be interested in buying it. Potential Pros For Staying If you are there during a showing you can answer any questions your home buyers might have. Being able […]
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There are a number of reasons why you may need to sell your home in a buyer’s market, and though getting the most for your home in that situation may seem impossible, there are several strategies you can use to get the best offer for your home. Here are a few tips to getting the most for your house in a buyer’s market! Know Your Local Real Estate Market While the national housing market may be booming, your local market may be very different. A real estate agent can give you the information you need to determine how your local housing market is doing, and whether it is a good time to consider selling. Get A Home Inspection Knowing the condition of your home, and the strengths and weaknesses of your property, can help you make an accurate evaluation of what your home is worth and how best to market it. A home inspection can also point out any repairs that may be required, and you can even use the covered cost of a home inspection as a perk to potential buyers. Make Necessary Repairs Making repairs may seem like an unnecessary expense when selling your home, but these repairs, […]
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The process of selling your home at any time of the year can be a stressful experience, but if you are trying to sell your home during the busy holiday season it may seem to be almost impossible. The battle to keep your home in model condition and host open houses while at the same time entertaining friends and family—all the work can seem like a difficult task. So what can you do to make selling your home at this time of year less stressful while still keeping your property in salable condition? Here are a few tips to make it easier! Keep The Decorations To A Minimum Even if your home is usually the brightest on the block, you will definitely want to tone down the seasonal decorations on both the interior and exterior of your home. You still want to make it easy for potential home buyers to see themselves in your home, and decorations can be a huge distraction from the features of your home, especially if the potential buyers are not of the same religious and cultural background as you. If you do decorate, keep the decorations tasteful and modern. Think of how a model home […]
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The temptation to save yourself the cost of hiring a real estate agent when selling your home can be overwhelming, and with more websites, books, and other resources popping up that claim to give you all the know-how and tools you’ll need to sell your home yourself, why should you consider hiring a REALTOR® at all? Like any job that requires a lot of insider knowledge and experience, hiring a REALTOR® will ensure that you are getting the best price for your house with the minimal amount of work and worry. Not convinced? Here are just a few of the best reasons why no homeowner should sell their home without one. Real Estate Experts Are Just That Would you represent yourself in court, or prescribe yourself medicines? Then why would you sell your greatest and most valuable asset without an expert. Selling your home requires considerable knowledge of the housing market and real estate law, among other things, and you’ll want to be sure your investment is well represented. REALTORS® Know What Your Home Is Worth The “for sale by owner” sign is often seen as an easy mark by some serious buyers. When selling your home you want to […]
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