Friday, March 15, 2019 / by Curtis Sienkiewicz
Today’s television lineup is packed with shows about property ownership. From remodeling to purchasing to flipping homes, HGTV and other similar channels have inundated homeowners with ideas about real estate.
As a result, many buyers now have high expectations as they search for a potential home. They’ve seen the magazine-worthy houses on TV and that’s what they want to find when they view a home. Things should be picture perfect to grab their attention. Fresh paint, new kitchens and bathrooms, neutral décor, and modern conveniences top the lists of many buyers.
It’s important for sellers to keep these standards in mind as they prepare to place their homes on the market. To get that coveted buyer, sellers must give buyers what they want. If they are looking for a picturesque setting, then give them one.
Invest in upgrades for outdated interiors. Allow a professional to stage the home. Take the time to boost curb appeal. Ask a real ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 / by Ellen Sanford
Every seller wants to maximize his or her profit. Partnering with a real estate agent is a great start. Homeowners can further increase their bottom line with a few simple steps. To get the most out of your house, complete the following before you list.
Hire your own home inspector. If a buyer’s inspector finds issues with your home, you can expect your profit to shrink. Stay one step ahead by hiring your own home inspector to unearth any potential issues.
Invest in repairs. In addition to addressing any trouble the home inspection reveals, it’s a good idea to have cosmetic issues addressed. Prospective buyers notice things like cracked tile, chipped baseboards, or a squeaky floorboard, and this will be reflected in their offer.
Upgrade where it counts. You don’t have to renovate your whole house to turn a healthier profit. Make small, impactful swaps, such as switching out lighting, cabinet hardware, or shower heads for cleaner, more contempora ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 / by Curtis Sienkiewicz
You might say that moving involves a lot of … moving parts. It can be difficult to coordinate all the aspects of pulling up stakes and putting down roots in a new place. Considering these challenges, it’s no surprise mistakes are made. From minor inconveniences to major disasters, moving blunders make the entire process even harder. Here are some of the most common missteps to avoid during your next move.
Making it a DIY project: Many moves can be handled by the homeowner, but not all. Be honest with yourself (and your friends). Do you really have the strength, time, and skill to pack, load, unload, and unpack all of your belongings? Consider any fragile or valuable items. Keep in mind any oversized belongings. Movers come with a cost, but so does trying to handle a project beyond your capabilities. Personal injury and property damage often end up costing more than movers would have.
Allotting the wrong amount of time: How long will it take you to pack? M ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by Curtis Sienkiewicz
Everyone knows the importance of making a good first impression. It’s no different when it comes to your home’s curb appeal, which refers to your property’s overall appearance from the street.
To make your home’s “frosting” as appealing as possible, you’ll definitely want to think about planting stunning blooms and making sure your landscaping is well manicured and maintained. Implementing a long-term landscaping plan can help increase your property value when it comes time to sell.
When you go to plant, make sure to avoid the below common landscaping mistakes that homeowners make when planting trees and shrubs.
First, avoid planting invasive tree species. Some such species, like bamboo, grow quickly and actually push out native plants, which does tremendous damage to an area’s biodiversity.
Another no-no is planting too much and too close together. When too many trees and plants are crammed together, the ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by Curtis Sienkiewicz
This little story starts out as we were looking at the laptops, checking out the homes that were listed that day. The phone rings, answering with a kind and cheerful greeting "hello, how can we help you," on the other end of the phone we hear "hi there. a couple called into us and is looking for someone in your state to give them a call. They have some questions about a piece of property and would like to know if you might be able to gather some information for them."
One of us gave the couple a call and the other called the seller of the home, as we are covering two fronts at the same time. On the first front. Hello Mr. Home owner, we have customers that are interested in your property, are you willing to work with a buyers agent?" Mr. homeowner responds in a bit of a short manner, "No, I am not willing to work with a buyers agent, just have your buyers contact me." "Ok Mr. homeowner. thanks for your time."
At the same time, questions about the piece of the ...