Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
After all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers to roll in. While most of the heavy lifting is completed, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process. As you begin to allow and welcome potential buyers into your home, here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!
1. You might feel like you live in a museum.
You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is crucial to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home 'show-ready' will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a showing.
2. There will be so ...
Sunday, May 26, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Now that you have completed your TO-DO list to get your home ready for the market, you are probably ready to relax and wait for the offers to roll in. While most of the hard work is done, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process.
Here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!
1. You might feel like you live in a museum.
Great job decluttering and cleaning before you listed. NOW, you need to keep it that way. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw while searching online, so it is important to meet their expectations. Now that you have listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home "ready to show" will help reduce any stress or anxiety about the appearance of your home for a showing.
2. There will be some inconveniences.
Now that you've realized you ...
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
You have decided to sell your home but aren't sure what you should do first... Here is a home-selling timeline to help you along the way and keep stress at bay.
While you are making the most of your weekends by getting ready to sell, don't get overwhelmed and break your to-do list into manageable chunks... even better idea... break it into bite-size-pieces.. so much easier to swallow.
As soon as possible...
* Interview a real estate agent(s):
Take time to find an expert who has a great track record, good communication skills, and confidence!
* Make a plan:
Work with your agent to prioritize tasks. Focus on one at a time.
What can you live without until you move? Pack it up and move it out!
* Hire a home inspector:
Get a pre-inspection so you can identify issues or items that need repair. Work these into your budget in the beginning so it doesn't blow a deal later.
* Make the repairs:
Get some a ...
Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
When homeowners decide to sell, they may find themselves justifying their choice to anyone who’ll listen. But, as the old saying goes, “Loose lips sink ships.”
In today’s world where sharing is the norm, sometimes keeping your rationale for making a move all to yourself is the right move. Though sellers would never intentionally want to harm their chances of securing the best deal possible, by being a little too honest, they can ultimately lose leverage when it comes to negotiating.
The following are 8 things home sellers should never reveal (except to their Realtor).
1. “These taxes are killing me!”
No one enjoys paying property taxes, but watching them spike over time can be a huge turnoff for some homeowners — particularly those who don’t take advantage of public school districts or other amenities funded by tax dollars. Still, sellers who share that they believe they’re grossly overpaying will cause buyers to think twice ...
Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Winter is now just a memory and your yard is now turning green. We live in an area with 4 seasons and that can take its toll on your yard, especially if you’re not taking care of it. Spring is in full swing and summer will be here soon. Now is the time to give your lawn a little TLC and your grass will be green before you know it, and the envy of the neighborhood and wow your future buyers.
Here are a few tips on what to do now to have an easy to care for lawn all summer long.
Rake to remove any dead grass leaves, pine needles, or other winter debris. Pick up and remove larger debris like sticks and piles of leaves. Raking will expose any bare patches that need attention and you can repair those spots.
Aerator your lawn which promotes soil drainage. This helps to increase the movement of water and allow for oxygen and nutrients to enter the ground easier. If your lawn sees a great deal of traffic or it spent the winter packed with snow, this is especially i ...