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Selling a home

Worth the Fix if You're Selling your Home this Fall!

 

Is your home going on the market this Fall? Here are few inexpensive tips that you should think about doing beforehand.

Selling Your Home this Fall1.  Clean and Declutter: a no brainer. Clear off kitchen countertops, bookshelves and tabletops of unnecessary items. Clean out closets.  This simple task will open up the living and storage spaces in your home and today’s buyer most definitely wants good storage spaces. Orgainize the basement and attic to enhance the possibilites of these spaces for storage or future use.

 2. Light and Bright: Have the windows cleaned, inside and out. This is also a good time to fix and repair any windows that are not functioning properly as a Home Inspector will check them during the Inspection. 

Clean or replace your curtains.

Update dated lighting fixtures and here’s an obvious one, but often not thought much about from Home Gain’s annual home improvement survey, remove anything that blocks light from the windows.

 3. Staging: There is a lot said about “staging your home’ and all of it makes sense and has proven to be successful in marketing your home. Rearrange furniture to enhance rooms, add colorful pillows and other accessories and again remove anything unnecessary and clutter.

 4. Landscaping: “Mulch is King”! Bring the curb appeal of your home up a notch in the front yard with a layer of mulch and a few colorful flowering plants. Remove dead or unsightly bushes and keep the lawn moved and looking manicured.

 5. Electrical and Plumbing: Repair electrical and plumbing as needed.  Leaks under the sinks, mildew stains and sweating pipes should all be repaired and in good working order. Updating the electrical system, fix outlets and install GFI plugs in baths will ensure a good response at home inspection time.

 6. Carpeting and floors: If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, have them professionally steamed cleaned and replace or remove old out-dated carpets. Have the hardwood floors buffed to a safe shine.

(Simple and affordable mostly do-it yourself under $1,000 projects complied by HomeGain’s annual home improvement survey.)

For any additional questions about selling your home, contact us at Avenue 3...we look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Cool Staging Tips for Hot Summer Selling

  With the summer heat, selling a home takes on a new twist!  Some home staging tips may help your home “feel” cooler, lighter and more comfortable all at the same time!  Without spending a fortune, you can lighten up the interiors easily.

1. Change the drapes to sheers or lighter colored curtains that block the harshest sun but give a light, airy appearance. 

2. Change throw pillows to light colored options or add a light colored throw to brighten the living spaces and give things a summery feel.

3. Small rugs in bright colors can replace those darker ones and add a light summery touch.

3. Try a new shower curtain, some lighter colored towels and a small vase of colorful flowers in the bathroom.

4. An inexpensive bright colored bedspread can go a long way toward freshening the bedroom.

5. Create a summery feel with a few indoor plants or a vase of flowers. 

6. Remember that odors can be intensified in the heat. Be careful to clean up after pets, and leave windows open or fans on for a fresh circulation of air as needed.

7. Maximize the appeal of any outdoor spaces by creating a “moment” in time.  Leave the outside umbrella up and a few chairs gathered together. Leave a book on the table beside a chair, or a fresh glass of water. A few toys in the yard or a waiting bicycle all invite the buyer to imagine themselves enjoying your/their home.

Make the most of what you have and the buyers may make it their own!