Monthly Archives: January 2017

Real Estate

Planning on selling your home? It can be a bit overwhelming and obviously stressful as you want to get the best price possible. Here are some real estate – selling tips to help you out:

De-Clutter:

We ALL have too much clutter in our homes. Over the years (even months) we accumulate stuff – grandma’s favorite vase, that amazing offer of the best mixer that we actually never use, etc. etc. A buyer is overwhelmed looking at too many things in your home. They want to see simplicity and also subconsciously that there is room for them and their possessions.

Get 3 boxes together – one for items to throw out, one to keep and store, and one to sell. Go from room to room and don’t give up until you have left very few things in your room. You boxes will fill up quickly so get more. Also remove those extra clothes and shoes from closets and draws. Check out the linen cupboard, even the kitchen cupboards and drawers. Only leave what is really necessary for you to live in your home until it is sold.

You can then gift items to charity, have a garage sale, put everything else in storage (including furniture, paintings and mirrors, etc.).

Your home will look empty to you but will look absolutely fine to prospective buyers.

Remove Personal Items:

Prospective buyers do not want to see photos of your family or paintings your child did and certainly they want to see a refrigerator with a clean door and not one clogged up with drawings, reminders, etc. Put them away and include in your storage items if you want to keep them.

Clean Your Home:

Polish those wooden floors, clean your windows until they shine. This goes for the remaining artwork you have hanging and mirrors. Work magic in your kitchen with the countertops and sink. Also make sure the inside of cupboard doors and shelves are clean too. In the kitchen, this particularly applies to the drawers you keep cutlery in and other kitchen utensils. This can often look a mess so organize as well.

Tidy The Garden:

The same applies to your garden as your home. Make sure the grass is cut and the trees and bushes are not overgrown. If you do not have any flowers in the garden and it is the summer season, buy some planters and hanging baskets and put them on the patio and at the entrance to your home. Clean the patio furniture and arrange it invitingly.

Attend To Little Fixer-Upper Issues:

If you have a leak or if the baseboards need renewing, do it. These things get noticed. Many buyers will automatically flush all toilets to make sure they work.

Home Inspection:

You can go a step further and have a home inspection done. This way the inspector will let you know if there are any issues that should be fixed. The buyer will want a home inspection of their own, but this way you can honestly tell buyers that the house has had its own home inspection and that can help sell your home faster.

Real Estate Selling Tip

There are many things you can do as a seller to enhance the appearance of your home and the chances of selling your property. One of these important things you must do when selling your home is freshen up the walls. Keep all of your walls neutral and make sure they are all clean. You need to make sure and fill any holes or gouges that are visible to the human eye. It is definitely a negative for a potential home buyer to walk through a home and envision themselves fixing their new home up. While some color is good for space, it is not OK to have a shocking color in a home you are trying to sell. Even if it goes with your furniture, pillows or drapes, it more than likely will not go with the potential home buyer’s things who is attending your home showing.

I say paying attention to your walls is a must because it can brighten up a room, make your space look modern and clean, and even better it is a small investment (very low cost) that can help excel the process of selling your home.
When it comes to painting, you have a few options; you can do it yourself or your can hire a professional painting company. If you have the time and you are feeling creative go ahead and paint your walls yourself. If you do not have the time or if it is something you do not feel compassionate about, I would recommend not taking the do-it-yourself approach. A fresh coat of paint can look bad if there are smudges on the trim or ceiling or if the paint isn’t spread out correctly. If you think it is a project you are going to get frustrated with I would suggest hiring a painting company.

There are several nice things about hiring a professional painting company to freshen up your walls. Obviously a nice thing about hiring someone to paint for you is saving your time and money. Painting supplies can get expensive and if you do not already have the tape, paint brushes, ladders and drop cloths you are looking at a good chunk of change. A painting company will be able to paint your walls much faster than you would because of their fancy equipment and years of experience. When you hire a painting company they will also take care of the holes or scratches in the walls and move your furniture back when done.

Hopefully this article will help you understand why giving your walls some attention should be on your home improvement list to help increase your chances of selling your home. Whether you paint the walls yourself or hire a company to do it, you will end up with a clean looking space that is sure to help the real estate selling process.

Real Estate Selling Mistakes

No matter whether the real estate market is going up or down, there are some things you can do to almost guarantee that your home will sell faster, easier and for a little more money than compared to a similar house in the same street.

However there are some big real estate selling mistakes that many home owners overlook that could affect their ability to sell their properties. Let’s look at some of the biggest real estate selling mistakes home owners make.

1. Poor Condition

Selling real estate that is in poor condition will mean an instant reduction in the potential price you could have set for the sale. Trying to market a home that is in poor condition or a home that has obvious maintenance issues that have been ignored is a sure way to put off many potential buyers.

People will automatically assume that if a house has any minor maintenance issues showing, then there must be bigger maintenance issues beneath the surface. Take some time to complete any repairs or maintenance on the home.

2. Real Estate Staging

Selling real estate is about trying to attract potential new buyers into thinking a property is the right place for them to raise a family and build their own memories. Most people who sell their homes overlook the importance of real estate staging prior to a showing. Giving your house a quick wipe over with a cleaning cloth and putting the dishes away is not enough.

Buying a home is an emotional purchase for most people. Buyers want to walk into a home and feel good. They want to imagine how their own furniture will look in each room and how their own decorations will brighten up each room.

Taking some time to freshen up paint with a light, neutral color and then removing all your personal finishing touches, such as your family photos, kid’s toys and some ornaments will make each room in your home look more spacious and more open. If you have big bulky furniture, either re-arrange it so each room appears bigger or borrow smaller furniture from friends and family.

3. Street Appeal

People selling real estate often overlook the importance of street appeal. Many home owners spend a lot of time fixing smaller maintenance issues within the home, but only take a moment to run a lawn mower over the yards.

Potential buyers want to be able to drive up to the front of a house and immediately feel that the home is appealing and attractive. Overgrown trees and shrubs obscure the house from the street. Prune them back or cut them down. Open up the yard with border plantings to make the land plot seem bigger than it really is from the street.

Real Estate Selling the Dream

When it comes to real estate, most homeowners tend to focus on the technical aspects of selling their property. While details are important, it is vital to understand you are selling a dream.

Real Estate – Selling the Dream

One of the more infamous clichés is every scam is built on the idea of hope. Common sense tells you those Nigerians sending spam really don’t have 20 million dollars in an account, but you probably hesitate just a bit because a small part of you hopes it is true. While this cliché is undeniably cynical, there is a lesson to be learned from it when it comes to selling your property.

When selling your property, it is important to understand what buyers are purchasing. They are not purchasing a three bedroom, two level home with a two car garage. They are not purchasing a big backyard or a nice neighborhood. Okay, technically they are, but this represents only a small bit of their thinking. In truth, they are purchasing something much bigger and important.

When house hunting, it is important to understand that buyers are purchasing a dream. They are not really focusing on where they will sleep at night. When they see your property, they are creating a mental image of themselves living there. The image can include things ranging from how they would arrange furniture to envisioning kids playing in the yard to mention only a few things. In essence, they are purchasing the hope of a great living experience.

When getting ready to put your home on the market, it is vital that you understand what the buyers are looking for in a property. Yes, walls and accessories are important, but they are really buying a lifestyle. This means you need to accentuate the strong living points of your property.

Most people loosely refer to this as creating curb appeal. In truth, it goes beyond the mere appearance of the home. You want to make the home seem livable, not austere as many mistakenly do. For instance, you should always be baking something that smells delicious when showing the property. For many buyers, this will translate the home from a piece of construction to a livable space and make it easier for them to imagine living there.

One of the best tactics I ever saw in this regard was a seller who whipped up a meal on the grill. He then invited the potential buyers to sit with him, eat and ask any questions they had. He started reciting all of the things that had happened with his family while living in the home. The buyers became much more comfortable with him and the home. They subsequently made an offer and he accepted.

Obviously, you probably do not want to be barbequing each time someone comes to look at your property. That being said, you should focus on presenting your home as a clean, but livable place where the buyer can imagine themselves living for the foreseeable future.