Saturday, May 18, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
So you have decided to put your home on the market and to you it looks great! Unfortunately, much of the wear and tear on your home becomes unnoticeable when you see it everyday. While you may not think about the one light switch that doesn't work or the chipping paint in the guest room, now is the time to take a step back and look at your home with fresh eyes. HINT: Ask a friend to come in and be the fresh eyes for you.
When you decide to sell your home, the first thing you should do is make any repairs you can to save yourself money in the long run. Here are a few repairs to cross off your TO-Do list so you can get the best deal for your home!
1. Paint Your Walls
Painting the rooms that need a fresh face lift is the cheapest way to update the appearance of your home. Consider using light, neutral colors to appeal to more buyers. If the room is too dark or has chipped dirty paint, make it look brand new with a coat of paint. This is a quick and inexpensive way to u ...
Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
What is an Appraisal Report?
The appraiser sends the report to the lender taking note of the value of the home and how it was reached. Lenders are required to give buyers a copy. It may include the following:
* Condition of the home and notes about the neighborhood
* Information about upgrades
* Interior and exterior pictures
* Maps of the parcel and home
* Information about the comparables
* Description of how the appraiser determined the home value
* The home's value
As a seller, it is helpful to have the home appraised for a higher value. Here are some steps to give the appraiser the best possible impression of your home.
1. Keep receipts or pictures of recent upgrades or renovations
According to some appraisers, renovations made in the past five years are most valuable. However, even if it has been more than five years, you may want to mention it. Take note any newer appliances that are part of the home such as a new dishwasher or stove. Having this ready bef ...
Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Spring is in the air, the weather is warming, the flowers are blooming, and home shoppers are out looking with great anticipation on finding a home.
If you are considering selling your home, Spring is the perfect time to list. As the weather warms home shoppers have come out of hibernation.
The market is a hot seller’s market with just over a month’s worth of inventory. A balanced market has 5.5 months of inventory. This is a great position to be in as a seller, but not so much as a home buyer because the competition to get their offers accepted is tough. With so little inventory and so many buyers there are plenty of bidding wars going on to get into contract on a home purchase.
My advice to sellers would be to get your home on the market as quickly as possible. The longer you wait the more competition you will have as a seller. The further we get into Spring the more listings we have. Beat the competition by getting your home on the market first. Chances are if ...
Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
So, you’ve gone through the process of selling your home. All contingencies have been satisfied and the appraisal has been completed and your listing agent let’s you know that “we are clear to close”. Relief is what you are feeling, then your agent tells you the buyer needs to do their final walk through before signing for the home. The stress returns. It really doesn’t need to be stressful.
Here are some tips that will help you to be prepared:
1. Make sure that you have completed all agreed upon repairs. Supply any receipts for work completed to your agent so she can get them to the buyer’s agent. During the final walk through the buyer will be checking that all agreed upon repairs have been completed. You have until 3 days before closing to complete these repairs. Make sure that if a licensed contractor was supposed to do the work, that you did indeed use a licensed contractor. Other repairs that didn’t s ...
Thursday, April 18, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Have you ever walked into someone else’s home and were overwhelmed by how incredible it smelled? Or maybe you couldn’t wait to leave because there was a not-so-great scent as soon as you entered? Often, we become so accustomed to the way our own home smells that we don’t notice if the scent is bad or good. It can be frustrating to wonder what others think about the scent of your home. If you feel like your house doesn’t always smell fresh, follow these steps to make sure that it smells amazing all the time.
ELIMINATE BAD SMELLS
Empty garbage cans regularly
Clean out your refrigerator once a week
Sprinkle baking soda or carpet deodorizer before vacuuming
Open the windows when the weather is nice
Invest in an air purifier
If you have pets, brush and bathe them often
Get rid of old musty towels
Use a daily bathroom cleaner spray to prevent mildew smells
Pour a little drain cleaner in your sinks on a wee ...