Posted by Amanda Bruen on 3/7/2017

For many people, spring represents a season of transformation. As such, spring often is a popular time to sell a residence, which means that a home seller likely will face lots of competition in the spring housing market.

Ultimately, how a home seller approaches the spring real estate market may dictate his or her success. Home sellers who allocate the necessary time and resources to prep for the spring housing market should have no trouble improving their properties and finding plenty of interested homebuyers. On the other hand, home sellers who lack the skills and know-how to get their residences ready for the spring home selling market may struggle.

What can you do to prep your home for spring? Here are three spring home selling tips that you need to know:

1. Enhance Your Home's Interior

Spring cleaning offers a great opportunity to transform an ordinary home interior into a stellar one. And if you focus on revamping your home's interior, you can boost your house's chances of making a positive first impression on homebuyers.

Remember, how homebuyers feel the instant they walk through your home's front door may impact your ability to sell your house. If homebuyers like what they see, they may move one step closer to submitting an offer on your home. Conversely, if homebuyers encounter a messy home interior, they may move on from your house and consider other properties.

When it comes to enhancing your home's interior, there is no shortage of options at your disposal. From wiping down the walls and ceilings to polishing the wood floors, you can bolster your home's interior in many ways. By doing so, you may be able to increase your chances of generating substantial interest in your residence as soon as it becomes available.

2. Boost Your House's Curb Appeal

This spring, mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and clear the walkways outside your home – you'll be glad you did.

Many homebuyers may drive past your residence to get an up-close look at it. After a homebuyer sees a freshly cut lawn and clean home exterior, he or she may be more inclined than ever before to set up a home showing.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands what it takes to list a property in spring. Thus, this real estate professional will work with you throughout the home selling process and help you can get the best results possible.

With a real estate agent at your side, you'll be able to promote your house to the right homebuyers. Your real estate agent will set up open houses and home showings, keep you informed about any offers on your residence and negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf. Plus, your real estate agent will answer your home selling concerns and questions and ensure that you can make informed decisions as the home selling cycle progresses.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can streamline the process of selling your house in spring.




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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 2/14/2017

More often than not, you are interested in selling your home as quickly as possible. However, it will take some work on your part to make that possible. Let’s take a look at what it takes to get your home sold— and sold quickly. Small Updates: Small updates will go a long way when selling your home. It’s easy to make a semi-outdated home look much more up-to-date with small updates. Changing out hardware and lighting in a bathroom, removing wallpaper and updating paint, updating lighting in bedrooms and hallways, and painting kitchen cabinets are all ways of increasing the likelihood of your home selling quicker than if you left them in an outdated state. Clean & Organize: It is very important to clean and organize your home before open houses and photos are taken. A clean home gives the buyers an opportunity to see the home for what it is, and not all of your stuff and clutter. It will give them the opportunity to visualize themselves in the home and how they would set up each room. Clutter makes it difficult to do this as it makes rooms look smaller and covers up the true potential. Remove Personality: It’s best to remove your personality from your home when selling. Things like pictures and picture frames, your children’s drawings on the refrigerator, the obsessive amount of purple in your bedroom, and so on. Removing your personality and creating a neutral home will better allow homebuyers to visualize themselves living there and making it their own. Social Media: Utilizing social media is the best way to get the word out about your home being on the market. Realtors and agents are already using it, but you should also be taking advantage of it. Sharing or creating posts of your online listing and asking your friends to share will only benefit you. The more eyes on your home the more likely that you will sell— and quickly. Photos & Video: Since online research is often the first step one takes in the home buying process, the photos and video of your home will be the first impression that a buyer has. And you want to make that the best first impression possible. Make sure to tidy your home (as mentioned above) when taking the photos. And also make sure to take the best photos possible, whether you do it yourself or hire someone to take them. Ensure that there is plenty of natural light and choose the angles that create the most appealing space. The photos you place online could make or break a homebuyer's interest and desire to see more. Taking the appropriate steps to make your home welcoming and stand out from its comparables will only help get it sold faster. It’s not just your realtor that has responsibility for selling your home. And with implementing the tips above, your house will be on its way to being sold in no time.





Posted by Amanda Bruen on 7/26/2016

Let's face it – your bedroom needs to be cleaned up if you want to sell your home. Fortunately, there are many quick, effective ways to transform a messy bedroom into a pristine one. Here are four bedroom cleaning tips that every home seller needs to know about: 1. Pick up bedroom cleaning essentials. To clean up a dirty, dusty bedroom, you'll need a few key cleaning essentials, including:

  • Dusting Mitts – These mitts will make it easy for you to dust floors, furniture, electronics and much more.
  • Disinfecting Wipes – These wipes are great choices for cleaning switch plates and doorjambs.
  • Glass Wipes – Clean up your bedroom windows with high-quality glass wipes.
Of course, don't forget to pick up a broom, mop and vacuum for your bedroom cleaning. These cleaning essentials likely will serve you well as you clean your bedroom as well as other rooms in your home, too. 2. Cut down on clutter. The sheer amount of clutter in your bedroom may seem overwhelming, and ultimately, may cause a simple bedroom cleaning to become an arduous task. Fortunately, those who cut down on clutter can simplify the process of cleaning up a bedroom. Since you're selling your home, you may want to get rid of items to streamline your move to another address. And if you declutter now, you may be able to reap the rewards of a clean bedroom and reduce the clutter in your home at the same time. 3. Eliminate bad odors. Trash can add up quickly, and if it accumulates in your bedroom, bad smells may escalate. However, you can minimize the risk of bad odors if you empty your bedroom trash regularly. Of course, if bad odors become overwhelming, it is a surefire sign that your bedroom is long overdue for an extensive cleaning. In this scenario, you'll want to devote as much time and energy as possible to eliminate these odors altogether. Wipe down every surface, including your trash, and clean the floors thoroughly. By doing so, you'll be able to put bad odors in the past and prevent them from reoccurring. 4. Make cleaning your bedroom a daily activity. Don't make cleaning your bedroom a one-time occurrence; instead, try to spend a few minutes each day keeping your bedroom clean, and you'll always be ready to showcase your bedroom to prospective homebuyers. Remember, homebuyers can be spontaneous, so you'll want to be ready to showcase your entire residence at any time. And if you keep your bedroom clean and neat, you'll be better equipped to make a positive first impression on homebuyers. Cleaning your bedroom is a simple task that can make a major difference as you attempt to sell your home. Even committing an hour per week to cleaning your bedroom may help you keep your bedroom looking great and ensure it delivers a memorable impression on homebuyers. Make cleaning your bedroom a top priority – you'll be glad you did! Home sellers who maintain a picture-perfect bedroom can improve their chances of generating significant interest in their residences.





Posted by Amanda Bruen on 7/19/2016

Your home's wood floors have experienced heavy foot traffic over the years. As a result, they are scratched and battered and must be improved before you can add your home to the real estate market. Unfortunately, it may prove to be costly to have a professional floor refinisher remove wood floor scratches. And as a home seller who has already invested in a number of home repairs, the last thing you need is another hefty home repair bill. So what does it take for home sellers to remove wood floor scratches on a budget? There are many fast, cost-effective ways to eliminate scratches on your wood floors, including: 1. Disguise the Scratches. You may be able to use a crayon or marker to camouflage your wood floors' scratches. Wax sticks also are available at just about any home improvement store and contain stain and urethane that can help you cover up scratches and safeguard your floors' finish. In addition, you may want to try mixing colors to find the right combination to match the color of your hardwood floors. But remember, hardwood floors boast a combination of hues and tones. Therefore, even if you're unable to find the right blend of colors, you should be able to cover up white scratches instantly if you apply similar colors from crayons, markers or wax sticks. 2. Leverage a Combination of Vinegar and Olive Oil. Using a mixture of vinegar and olive oil may help you minimize scratches on your wood floors as well as transform your ordinary floors into dazzling ones. Typically, you'll want to pour a mixture that is equal parts vinegar and olive oil onto the affected area of your wood floors. After 24 hours, wipe off the mixture, and you should notice a significant improvement. It is important to note that this mixture won't deliver instant results every time. However, applying a new coat of vinegar and olive oil onto an affected area of your wood floors over the course of several days may help you eliminate scratches altogether. 3. Use Sandpaper to Your Advantage. Lightweight sandpaper may prove to be an ideal option to fix wood floor scratches. For instance, you can sand the affected area of your wood floors, use wood filler on this area and seal the area accordingly. This may allow you to enhance the appearance of your wood floors and ensure they look brand new. Keep in mind that you may need to sand, fill and seal an affected area of your wood floors a few times to eliminate scratches. But home sellers who remain persistent can use sandpaper to their advantage and minimize scratches on their wood floors without delay. Getting your home ready to list on the real estate market sometimes can be tricky, but your real estate agent can help you find ways to help your residence stand out in a competitive real estate market. In fact, this real estate professional can offer expert insights and ensure you can find ways to maximize the value of your house. Work toward improving the wood floors in your home, and you may be able to speed up the process of selling your residence.





Posted by Amanda Bruen on 5/10/2016

Puppy and kitten and guinea pigDid you know that pets can significantly reduce your home's value?  Homebuyers are hesitant to buy a home with pets because they are weary of odors and damage. If you are a pet owner here are some tips to ensure you get the highest final sale price for your home: 1. Start outside. The outside of your home is the first impression, it is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Fill and holes in the yard that have been dug by pets. Make sure to walk the yard and pick up any pet waste. 2. Check the woodwork. Pets have a habit of chewing. Go through your home and look for any damage. Check the floor trim, the threshold of your doors, and the corners of doors and cabinets. Also don't forget to check carpet, window ledges and screens, especially if you have cats. Hardwood floors can also get scratched by pets too. You may need refinish your floors if they have pet scratches. 3. Check the carpet. Carpets are usually best replaced rather than repaired. It is almost impossible to remove pet odor from carpet. If the carpet has been chewed or frayed from scratching it can likely be stretched and re-tacked by a professional. 4. Look for stains. There can be stains on carpet, flooring, drywall, and trim. Make sure to repair or replace any items that are stained before a buyer sees them. 5. Address odors. You may not even notice pet odors in your home but they will be very obvious to buyers. Ask someone else to give you an honest opinion of pet odors in your home.  Make sure to vacuum daily and open windows if you can. It's not just accidents that cause bad odors. Your pet's hair, dander and sweat also create odors. 6. Clean your furniture. Even though the buyer is looking at the house, if your furniture is stained or ruined buyers will still devalue your home. 7. Keep the pets away. If possible remove pets from your home when showing it. You could board them, or have a friend keep your pets while you're showing your home. If that is not possible make sure to buy pet crates to keep them locked up and out of the way.