3 Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Market

First: Clean and Clear… Dust the cobwebs from the ceiling, light fixtures, moldings. Give your carpets a deep clean and make your windows sparkle. Closets need to be cleared and organized. Get rid of clutter by packing up excess items, donate what you don’t use or need.

Second: Paint…Start with your front door, a bright welcome color for first impression.  Neutral tones for interior walls appeal to buyers and don’t forget the trim.

Third: If it’s broke- fix it…Repair anything that needs it. Those little jobs that you have been putting off now need attention.

Painting kitchen to get house market ready

Clutter and unwanted items ready to go!

 

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Snow White

Here it is in the thick of winter. Cold temperatures and snow like we haven’t had in years! I do like a good snowfall but it doesn’t make it easy for getting your house ready for the market!  Remember to keep your front path shoveled and ice free for potential buyers to navigate. Parking needs to be easy as well. If you have a driveway, keep it open for buyers to park in to reach your front door easily. Off street parking is another story if you  are dealing with roads that have mounds of snow from shoveling and the snow plow. You need to have some sort of plan for where a buyer can park to see your property.

And speaking of snow, remember to have a mat in your entry so the wet mess from shoes isn’t tracked through your home.

Vacant property? Keep the heat at a reasonable temperature in these frigid days. Nothing is less welcoming than a cold empty house. And why is it empty? It should be staged. Everyone knows staging a vacant property shows the potential each space offers and gives a more inviting atmosphere for buyers.  People generally don’t have the ability to visualize how a space can look or if their furniture will fit. Instead they see what’s in front of them, a cold stark house, not a warm inviting home.

And the photos for marketing look 10 times better when it’s staged instead of empty and will drive traffic to the property.

So as we patiently wait for the first signs of spring, let’s do what we have to during these winter days to make it more pleasant for buyers to house shop!

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Update lighting fixtures for impact

 

For an updated look, we changed the fixture above the mirror.

I can’t tell you how many times I have convinced homeowners to change out the “builder grade” light fixtures for more stylish and up to date lighting. It makes a huge difference for not alot of money when getting your house ready to sell.

Get rid of those cheap chrome bathroom fixtures with the bare bulbs and install a more attractive fixture for an instant improvement. Those outdoor light fixtures that used to be shiny brass years ago but now look tarnished and dull have to be replaced to give your curb appeal a boost too. It’s important to keep the size of the outdoor light fixture in mind when replacing them. Don’t go too small if you have a grand entry or it will look like a dollhouse light fixture.

If you have some old lamps that need help,  a new lampshade in a more updated shape and some spray paint can transform a tired lamp and give it new life. Check Target or Home Goods for reasonably priced lamp shades. Remember proportion of a shade to the lamp base is important and harp size can make a difference too. Always bring the lamp base with you when shopping for a new shade.

Hope this helps shine some light on a simple fix for getting your house in shape to sell!

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Is your Curb Appeal withstanding Summer?

A potential buyer may overlook your home if they can’t see past overgrown shrubs and weeds.

Did you know that a 5% investment in the landscaping of your property can increase its value by as much as 15%? Additionally, great landscaping may reduce the amount of time a home stays on the market by nearly six weeks!  Summer is a great time to spruce up your landscape and make it attractive to potential buyers.

Tips:

Revitalize sparse hedges and shrubs by covering their roots and applying fertilizer. Shrubs may become thin when the topsoil from around the roots washes away or diminishes over time.

Apply a thin layer of mulch a few inches from the base of the tree. Don’t make the mistake of mounding mulch around the base, as it may attract pests.

Use a simple palette of no more than three colors that complement your home’s color scheme. This ties the space together and improves curb appeal.

Choose plants that have leaves in a variety of shapes, textures and patterns.  Choosing plants that bloom at different times of the year, will give you color year round.

Don’t forget to treat your patio as an outdoor living space. Dress it up with pops of color in your outdoor furniture cushions, an outdoor umbrella, and potted plants.

Don’t stress your lawn in the hot summer by cutting it too short.  Just keep it trimmed and edged.

 

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Spring Clean Up for Curb Appeal

With nearly a week before spring officially arrives, it is important to remember the effect curb appeal has on a buyer.  Afterall, it is their first impression of your house before they have even stepped through your front door.  So it is time to do some spring maintenance and clean up before you list your house.

As a professional, here is my top 10 list of important areas to address:

1. Flower Beds- rake out winter’s debris of dead leaves and cut off any dead plantings from fall. Now is the time to trim rose bushes down and ornamental grasses too. If you have mulch, add some fresh mulch.

2. Shutters and Trim- I always notice when the shutters are in need of a fresh paint job.  It makes a huge impact on the facade to have the sun faded shutters painted. And check the trim around the windows, doors and garage door for any rotting wood that needs replacing and painting.

3. The Shady Side- Do you have an area that needs power washing to get rid of the mold and mildew on your siding? While you have the power washer out, check the deck, patio, basement walk-out area? Patio furniture?

4.Roof Shingles- After all the winter storms, do any roof shingles need replacing?

5.Lawn- Is your lawn in need of edging to give it a manicured look along the driveway, sidewalk and front path? Does it need a trim?

6.House Numbers- Is your address clearly visible for buyers to see so they can find your house. Yes, there will be a “for sale” sign but there are times when more than one house on the block is for sale. Make sure your house numbers are obvious and can be seen.

7.Front Door- Your front door is important as it is the threshhold into your house. Does the door have a fresh coat of paint and is it a welcoming pop of color? Your front door should coordinate with the color of the shutters, and that doesn’t mean they have to match. Black shutters and a red door are classic and timeless.

If you have a storm door, make sure it is clean and in good shape as well.

8.Door Bell- Seems obvious but make sure your doorbell works and is attractive. We often forget these little things and they can look pretty worn after many years.

9.Outdoor Lighting- There is nothing worse than dated, undersized, tarnished outdoor lighting. If you still have the original brass fixtures from 15 years ago, it is time to change the outdoor light fixtures.

Make sure you get the proper scale for your entry. Rule of thumb is when hanging    1 lantern- it should measure about 1/3 the height of your door. When hanging           2 lanterns- they should measure about 1/4 the height of the door.

10. Last but not least- Get a new “Welcome” mat. It is a subliminal message to your buyers and will freshen up the entrance.

 

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Staging Tips for Historic Homes

Here are some great tips on staging if you are selling an historic house!

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