4 Easy Tips To Help Your Home Sell Faster

When it comes to selling your home, the key is to create something visually appealing that potential home buyers are going to fall in love. The moment they walk in the door, you want them to be able to visualize themselves living there. garden-gardening-1290908_640

One thing that can turn potential home buyers away faster than anything is walking into a home that hasn’t been kept up. Take some time now to do these 4 easy things around your home and keep buyers interested in making an offer

  1. Repair scratched linoleum. Scratched linoleum can turn potential homebuyers away. Take a moment to repair your linoleum—skipping the repairman—by warming up the scratched area with your hairdryer then filling the scratch up with superglue or epoxy putty.
  1. Replace your old front door knob. Because curb appeal is so important, replacing old, ratty door knobs can help boost your home’s appeal and make potential home buyers more interested in making an offer. When choosing a new door knob, pick something that is sturdy and has a lock and handle combo.
  1. Clean your stained tub. Your stained bathtub is not doing you any favors. Before you start showing potential homebuyers you’re home, take some time to clean the ring around your bathtub by creating a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice.
  1. Spruce up your front yard. As mentioned above, curb appeal is a huge deal when it comes to attracting potential home buyers. Rake up leaves, remove dead plants and shrubs, mow your lawn, and clean any debris off your pathways.

Want to some more tips for giving your home a facelift without spending a ton of money? Check out these extra ideas from Move.org.

If you’re ready to sell your home, a real estate agent can help you better decide what else you can do to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

4 Sounds You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Home

When it comes to home ownership, doing repairs around your home comes with the territory. Things happen and need to be fixed, or your home makes some strange sounds. However, when it comes to strange noises, there are a few you don’t want to hear from your home. If you hear any of these 4 sounds, you may want to bring in a professional. plumbing-840835_640

  1. Squealing air conditioner. With the summer months around the corner, now is the time to take some time to ensure everything is in working order. If you haven’t already, change your filter to keep your machine working efficiently and unclogged from any dirt and debris.
  1. Scratching from gutters. Many people mistake gutter sounds for a bird chilling out, but this is not always the case. If this persists, the simple fact may be the sound you’re hearing are the scratching from rodents in your walls. If you suspect this to be true, call a professional to come and check it out.
  1. Screeching dryer. If you’re hearing a screeching noise from your dryer, it may be due to a belt issue. If you’ve recently purchased your dryer, the shipping bolts might have been left on. Try removing them and seeing if that stops the noise.
  1. Hissing and gas odors. A hissing sound, mixed with a gas smell, may indicate a gas leak. If this happens, immediately leave your home and don’t touch anything electrical (including light switches). Once out of your home, walk—you’ll want to leave your car behind too—call 911. You should also advise your neighbors to vacate their homes until the police have checked it out.

To learn more about which sounds you don’t want to hear from your home, check out this complete list from House Beautiful.

Why You Should Hire An Agent

padlock-166882_640There a lot of benefits of working with a real estate agent. One being the experience and inside knowledge they have about the housing market to help you navigate the twists and turns. If you’ve been hesitate to hire an agent here are a few things to consider.

An agent can help you navigate around the changing housing market, negotiate terms, and deal with the paperwork. In addition, agents can help improve your curb appeal. Staging is important when it comes to selling a home and an agent can offer insights for improving your home to make it stand out to potential buyers.

By law, real estate agents are required to pass a state exam and become licensed. Agents are also required to take classes to stay current with market trends.

Ready to buy? Sell? Have a lot of questions? We are here to answer all your questions. Give us a call today and let us help you start the process of selling your home or helping you find your dream home.

Why a Fresh Coat of Paint Can Help Sell Your Home Faster

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A lot of work goes into selling a home, from getting it on the market, holding one (or more) open houses, and getting the staging just right. Staging your home is one of the most important things you can do to help sale your home faster because you want potential home buyers to walk into your home and imagine themselves living there.

As you prepare to sell your home, an area to seriously consider is the color of your home. No, I’m not talking about the outdoor color, but the inside. If you have bright walls of lime green, cherry red, or some other eclectic color that no one else would probably like, take a moment to repaint the walls to a more neutral color. By taking the time to choose (and paint) a more neutral color you won’t turn buyers away and they will have an easier time picturing themselves and build an emotional connection of them living in the home.

While you get ready to put your home on the market, here are some other questions you should consider:

  • When was the last time you painted your home? If it’s been longer than 5 years, take a moment to paint (or hire someone) to give your home a fresh coat of paint. By repainting your home, you can improve the feel of your home and make it look like the home has been well maintained.
  • Do you have wallpaper? Wallpaper is no longer in style so having wallpaper in your home can be a real turn off to a potential buyer. Also, most home buyers don’t want the added work of removing the wallpaper so by taking some time to remove it can boost your home’s sellability.
  • What shape are your doors and trim in? The ceiling? Again, a fresh coat of paint can really help refresh your home and make people more interested in your home. No one wants to buy a home that feels like is has been uncared for.

As you look around your home for possible areas you can give a quick fix to, your real estate agent can help you decide which little fixes you can do to help your home sell faster. Remember, as you are trying to sell your home, you want to create an environment that appeals to as many buyers as possible.


Fit To Sell ~ Pre-Packing

There is so much that goes into selling a house that you can go crazy preparing the house, keeping it clean, waiting for someone to make an offer, and dealing with the closing.

Some tips to help with some of the stress associated with the whole process, remember to keep your home neat and organized. When buyers are touring your home, storage is one the top items on their list, and it is important to show your house has the storage space they are looking for.

It is also good to remember to avoid powerful smelling cleaning products as this can turn people off and give them the wrong impression that you are trying to hide something.

Does your home feel spacious? What can you do to make it more welcoming? Put yourself in their shoes when creating the feel of your home. When a buyer is seriously considering to purchase home, you want to make sure your home is at its cleanest and is move in ready. Any little thing you can do to make your house more presentable is one step closer to getting it sold.

For a complete list and tips for getting your home sell-able check out the RE/MAX website.

Your Real Estate Agents Role and Hiring the Right One for You

Selling your home is a wonderful and stressful time. Hiring an agent to help you sell your home is the best move you can do to make the whole process simpler. Agents are ready to answer your questions, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure all legal paperwork are completed. But how do you know you are picking the best real estate agent?

When choosing your agent, here are some questions to ask to know if they are the right fit:

    • How long have you been in residential real estate sales?
    • How many homes did you and your real estate brokerage sell last year?
    • What types of specific marketing systems and approaches will you use to sell my home?
    • Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs, and help with other things I need done?

Check out REALTOR Mag for the complete list of questions to ask. What are some questions you wished you’d asked before hiring a real estate agent?


Sell Your Home Faster With These Tips

When it comes to selling your home there are there is a lot that goes into the whole process, some of which are out of your control, but there are things you can do to heighten the appeal and sell your home faster.

The first thing is to stage your home to help attract potential buyers to view your home. Most buyers will view your home online before they contact you so it is important that your home looks its best. On average, a well staged home sells faster than a home needing upgrades and improvements.

Enhance the curb appeal to pull in prospective buyers by making sure the exterior of your home makes the right first impression. Add a fresh coat of paint, trim the bushes and mow the lawn to make sure your home looks its best at first glance.

Let your neighbors choose their neighbors by utilizing a neighborhood online message board or email list. Consider inviting your neighbors over for a home house, turn it into a block party, and allow your neighbors to invite prospective buyers who have always wanted to move into the neighborhood.

For more tips about making sure your home is ready to put on the market, look over the Checklist of Home Sellers and RE/MAX Seller Action to plan for tips from staging expert, Carla Woolnough, to enhance your homes appeal.

What are some things you’ve done to help make your home sell faster?