5 Ways to Add Value to Your Home Before Listing

When you sell your house, these five things will maximize its value for the market.

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If you want to sell your house, there are things you can do to maximize its value:

I can't stress how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint makes.

  1. Flooring: If you have hardwood floors, refinish them. If you have tile, make sure the grout is really clean. Take a hard look at carpeting and make sure it's clean because this is the one area that looks really bad if you have a ripped spot. It might be worth replacing the carpets completely. 
  2. Painting and wallpaper: Every buyer will hate your wallpaper. Why? Because it's yours. Tear down any wallpaper and paint the house—I can't stress how different a new coat of paint makes a house look. Wood paneling is officially out, so if you have it, paint over it or take it down completely. Similarly on the ceiling, if you have textured or popcorn ceilings, finish over them with drywall and paint them.
  3. Kitchen improvements: Refinishing your cabinets rather than replacing them actually isn't very expensive and creates a totally new look in your kitchen. Adding granite countertops isn't terribly expensive either and it can really help you sell your house for a premium. 
  4. Bathrooms: Consider refinishing the cabinets as well as updating your hardware and finishes. 
  5. Roof and exterior: A $1,000 investment in cleaning up the yard and other things like planting new grass or trimming the trees can make a huge difference.

If you'd like to know which specific improvements would increase your home's value, don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I'd be glad to help!

3 Deal-Killing Seller Mistakes

Sellers can make deal-killing mistakes without even knowing. Here are three to avoid at all costs.

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I see sellers make the same mistakes over and over again. I want to talk about the three biggest mistakes so that you can understand and prevent them before they even come up.

The first mistake is not making the property accessible. Typically, the best way to show a home is by using a lockbox that only other agents can access to show homes to their buyers. If buyers and their agents have to call and schedule a showing days out, it makes the property harder for them to show. 

Don’t let the property become invisible.

The next mistake is letting the property become invisible. If it’s not marketed online or out where buyers are, it’s not going to be seen. The first showing in today’s market comes online, so we put our homes on 131 different websites in eight different languages across the globe to capture buyers anywhere and everywhere they are.

Finally, we see a lot of sellers misprice their homes. There is a school of thought out there that you can just overprice your home and lower it later on if you don’t get any offers. However, the reality is that the property has the highest chance of getting the most money right after you list it. If it’s a good value, the buyers who have been searching for a home will come look. The more people that come, the more opportunity you have.

If you have any questions about selling your home or anything else related to real estate, give us a call or send us an email. We would love to hear from you.

How Fido Can Impact Your Home Sale

How do you sell a home with pets? There are three things pet owners can do to ensure a successful home sale.

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If you are selling your home and you have a pet in the house, there are a few things you can do to make sure that Fido doesn’t impact your home sale. After all, you love your pet, but that doesn’t mean potential buyers will. 

1. Find a place for your pet to stay while you are trying to sell. Can your pet stay with a family member or friend so that it will be easier to show the property to potential buyers? 

2. Remove all signs of your pet from the home. Put away leashes, food bowls, treats, litter boxes, or crates so that the buyer can better imagine living in your house. 

Bring in a professional cleaning service to eliminate all pet odors.

3. Eliminate all pet odors. There are some products out there, like Nature’s Miracle, that you can use to clean your home on your own. You can also bring in a professional cleaning service to eliminate all the smells. 

I hope these three tips will help you. If you have any other questions about selling your home or about our current real estate market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!