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From the first time home buyer to the savvy investor – from the seller with equity to the seller underwater and needing options – I am here for you.


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Easy Outdoor Staging Tips to Make the Right First Impression

One of the fastest growing real estate considerations in America today is something called “staging” your house, meaning furnishing, decorating, outdoor clean-ups and ultimately arranging homes in such a way to attract increased buyer interest.

Outdoor staging

A recent national survey indicated that staged homes sold on average in 13.8 days, while non-staged homes sold in 30.9 days. Because your home is competing with other nearby comparable listings, staging your home is important for getting the best price when you sell. Here are some outdoor staging tips to optimize your curb appeal, give you a competitive edge vs other homes for sale in your area, and sell your home quickly.

  • Ensure your flowerbeds are turned, weed free, and properly edged. All hedges should be evenly trimmed and the lawn regularly maintained. It’s a clear indication that you are a conscientious homeowner and that you value your home’s appearance. If you’re not into gardening, paying for a quick landscaping job might be well worth the investment.
  • Check to make sure all outdoor lighting is in good working order. Consider leaving them on slightly longer than normal to encourage potential ‘drive-by’ viewings from interested buyers during the evening hours.
  • Ensure your front entryway is presentable. A great exterior accent piece is a freshly painted front door, which, when combined with a few seasonal potted plants, will create a more welcoming entranceway for prospective buyers.
  • Polish the front doorknob or handle and replace a dented or tarnished mailbox. Make sure your home address numbers can be easily seen from the street to facilitate potential viewings.
  • Check if your aluminum siding or brickwork needs washing or your gutters need cleaning. If dead leaves are spilling over from your eaves troughs, buyers tend to get a negative impression.
  • If you have a wood deck, make sure the stain or paint looks fresh.  Good-looking patio furniture will contribute to the look of the backyard.  If yours looks slightly run down, consider purchasing a new set – something you can take with you when you move.
  • Clean up yard clutter and put away the kids’ outdoor toys to help enhance the size of your yard.
  • Ask your Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate agent to review the outdoor space and make suggestions that will enhance your home’s appearance

 

From the first time home buyer to the savvy investor – from the seller with equity to the seller underwater and needing options – I am here for you.


The Power of Color

Color is the easiest, most cost-effective, and most dramatic way to instantly change the look of your home.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken a buyer to see a home with the perfect floor plan, the best upgrades, location, and price BUT they just couldn’t get over the orange paint!

  • As sellers it’s important to remember that color has a huge impact on buyers, and not every buyer is going to share your unique taste.  Try to look at your home with a fresh pair of eyes, and decide for yourself if it might be time to refresh the paint.
  • As buyers it’s important to remember that a can of paint and an afternoon is all that stands between you and that orange wall!  Many times a home will stay on the market because other, less imaginative buyers passed on it based on the power of color.  This may mean that the perfect home might come with the perfect price tag.
  • And as homeowners it’s important to remember that our house is our home!  If there’s something not right about how you feel when relaxing in your living room, do something about it!  As is the case with the buyers, you need to remember that a can of paint and some elbow grease is a great combination to completely change the tone of your space.  Don’t worry about appealing to the masses.  When it’s time to sell your home, it’s easy enough to tone it down to a more neutral color scheme if needed.

 

From the first time home buyer to the savvy investor – from the seller with equity to the seller underwater and needing options – I am here for you.