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Posted by Trisha Bowen on 11/27/2017

Whether you plan on selling your house in the next few years, or if you just want to make some much needed updates to your home, renovations can be a great way to increase the value of your property.

However, not all updates will pay for themselves. Some upgrades that we want for personal reasons, such as building an addition for more space, could come back to haunt you if it isnít to the taste of potential homebuyers in the future.

So, in this article, weíre going to talk about five simple updates to your home that have the best chance of increasing its selling price. That way, when you do finally decide to move on from your home, you can sell for the price you know your home is worth.

Improve your lighting

You donít have to be a carpenter to increase the value of your home. When a potential buyer enters your home for the first time, two of the first things theyíll notice are the lighting and the spaciousness of the room.

Since lighting is an essential part of creating spaciousness, increasing the former will also increase the latter.

So, what are some ways you can increase lighting?

  • Add recessed lights to the ceilings of your home. It will open up space in the ceiling and allow for a greater number of lights overall.

  • Add lighting under the cabinets in your kitchen

  • Use large mirrors for decoration to increase lighting and create the illusion of spaciousness in smaller rooms

Painting for the modern homeowner

Home decor trends come and go. Not long ago, wallpaper was the go-to choice. However, the surest way to increase the value of your home is to use bright and neutral colors since, statistically, these appeal to the largest number of people.

Fresh paint and good lighting work together to make your home seem more polished and modern. And, for just a few hundred dollars, you can paint your whole home.

Remember, however, that it is easy to scuff up the walls in your home. So, itís a good idea to paint closer to the date you think youíll be trying to sell.

Low maintenance landscaping

While there are people who enjoy mowing the lawn on Saturday morning, those people tend to be few and far between. One thing potential buyers will consider when viewing your home is how difficult it will be to take care of the yard.

Adding an irrigation system, removing unnecessary obstacles, and planting hardy bushes and plants will woo potential buyers.

Upgrade the most outdated room in your home

If your home is in need of serious upgrades, itís best to start with the room that needs it the most, especially if that room is a bathroom or kitchen. Replacing an old vanity or putting new tile down can be simple ways to spruce up a bathroom thatís looking dated.

Fix the little things

If you have a couple of years before you plan to sell, that gives you time to fix the small issues that youíve noticed and will continue to notice. Maintaining your home now will give you less to worry about when the time comes to sell, and you donít want to be dealing with leaking faucets when that day arrives.





Posted by Trisha Bowen on 3/13/2017

Ready to add your residence to the real estate market? A home appraisal may prove to be a great first step.

With a home appraisal, you'll be able to understand the true value of your house. This comprehensive home assessment enables an expert home appraiser to evaluate every room in your home. Then, a home appraiser will provide details about your home's strengths and weaknesses.

Ultimately, there are many questions for a home seller to consider after a home appraisal is completed, including:

1. What did the home appraiser discover during the evaluation?

A home appraiser boasts in-depth home maintenance knowledge and insights. As such, this professional will do everything possible to identify problem areas with you home that you can repair before you add your residence to the housing market.

Consider the results of a home appraisal closely. By doing so, you can understand your home's strengths and weaknesses and search for ways to transform your house's weaknesses into strengths.

Also, it is important to establish realistic expectations for your residence after a home appraisal.

If a home appraiser discovers myriad problems with your residence, there is no need to worry. You can always repair these issues on your own or hire home maintenance professionals for extra help.

Or, if you decide not to complete home repairs following a home inspection, you should price your residence accordingly. That way, you can be honest with homebuyers about the pros and cons associated with your home and enable these homebuyers to make informed decisions about your residence.

2. Are there major or minor problems with my house?

What differentiates a major home problem from a minor one? The time and resources required to fix a problem often serve as key indicators about whether an issue can cause major headaches over an extended period of time.

For example, an oven light that has gone out can be replaced quickly and effortlessly. On the other hand, your home's obsolete, inefficient furnace may require thousands of dollars to replace.

Simple home improvements can make a world of difference in homebuyers' eyes. Following a home inspection, you may be able to find a variety of quick, easy and effective home improvement tasks that you can complete to enhance your home's appeal.

Be prepared to complete major home improvement projects as well. Remember, if you finish assorted home improvement tasks now, you may be able to help your residence stand out in a highly competitive real estate market down the line.

3. Which home repairs should I prioritize?

Home repairs should help you maximize the value of your residence. Therefore, you should prioritize home maintenance projects that will help you transform your ordinary residence into an exceptional one.

If you need help to determine which home repairs to prioritize, don't forget that a real estate agent may help you do just that. This real estate professional will work with you throughout the home selling process and ensure you can enhance your residence both inside and out.




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Posted by Trisha Bowen on 3/7/2017

If you want to sell your home, spring is a great time to get started readying yourself for the process. Since most people donít want to carry two mortgages, youíll need to sell your home before buying a new one. If you do decide to buy and sell simultaneously, beware of contingencies. If you place a contingency that youíll buy a new home on the condition that you sell your old home first, the deal could soon be out the window. All this aside, preparing to sell can go a long way as far as your dollar and attracting buyers.  


Market Your Home


As most home searches begin online, youíll need good pictures of your home. Video walk-throughs are also common and helpful in selling many homes. You should work with your real estate agent to be sure that you have a marketing plan ready for execution. This will include sharing on social media and even blogs. Many times, hiring a professional is helpful to get these photos done. You could even get advice from marketing specialists to be sure that the process is being executed well. All of these seemingly little touches can help to drive additional traffic to a home listing. 


Testing The Market Equals Off The Market


If youíre thinking of ďtestingĒ the price of your home, itís probably not a good idea. When the price of your home is too high from the start, people will lose interest quickly. If you start the sale of your home this way, youíll end up needing to cut the price of the property quite significantly at some point. 


Do Your Research


Buyers also have an idea of whatís reasonably priced and what isnít. Smart buyers will hold out as they know youíll be dropping the price of the home fairly soon. Keep in mind that a well-priced home also will bring in much more traffic than a home that has been priced unreasonably. This can be a benefit to you as a seller. 


Make Green Improvements To Your Home


Making improvements to your home not only adds value to it, but makes it more attractive. Todayís environmentally conscious buyers appreciate the effort that sellers put in to go green. If you have the opportunity to put in solar panels or low flow toilets, do so for a big return and a home thatís more appeasing to buyers.


On the other side of ďgreenĒ improvements is the landscaping. Before you put your home on the market, be sure to spruce up the yard. Curb appeal is a big deal to todayís buyers. Taking the time to make the lawn look well-groomed and put in some new shrubbery can really go a long way. When potential buyers pull up to the home, theyíll be able to see themselves living there.





Posted by Trisha Bowen on 9/8/2016

Millennials are often a topic of discussion in everything from jobs to cars to real estate. They are the generation who is changing the way we think about so many things. So, when it comes to selling your home to younger buyers, thereís certain things you may want to consider to raise the appeal of your home. Hereís what Millennials are looking for and what you can do to entice them in the home buying process: Young People Want Something Move-In Ready Millennials are young professionals who donít want to make the time for home improvement projects. These buyers are typically looking for something thatís known as ďturnkeyĒ or move-in ready. Other groups of Millennials are more creative and see a vision in the home they buy, investing in the right property over time. What Sellers Can Do: The biggest thing you as a seller can do is be sure that the home displays all of its potential in each area. Even if your home isnít move-in ready be sure that potential buyers understand what needs improving. Updated Kitchens And Baths Are A Must... Maybe Most home buyers desire a home with brand new kitchen and bath fixtures. Younger buyers have limited budgets and updates to both the kitchen and the bathroom are among the most expensive renovations to complete. On the sellerís side of things, however, these updates may not be within the budget either. It may not add enough value to the home in order to make updates worth it. Also, even with updates, the style of a kitchen or bathroom may not gel with the desired style of the buyer. What Sellers Can Do: Update the big things in the kitchen and bathroom where needed. The purple tile in the bathroom may appear ugly to you, but a buyer could find some great potential in it. Just be sure the kitchen and bath appear clean and have the basics such as storage areas in them. Big Open Kitchen The younger crowd likes bigger kitchens for entertaining and cooking elaborate meals. Millennials also like a lot of storage to keep things organized, simple and neat. They are the generation known to be ďminimalists,Ē and their preferred style holds true to this. What Sellers Can Do: Sellers should at the minimum be sure that there is adequate storage available in the kitchen. When staging the home, take any unnecessary furniture pieces out, so that they donít deter from the size the kitchen appears. Staging Your Home Overall, one of the most important things that sellers can do to appeal to young buyers is to stage the home well. While itís often up to the buyer to create their own vision, having the home staged helps to ignite the creativity in the mind of the buyer. By using some of the above tips, you can help to make your home appeal to a younger demographic who are looking for very specific things in a home. Even if you donít think your home can meet these expectations, youíll be surprised what a little creativity can do!





Posted by Trisha Bowen on 4/26/2016

With all the emphasis on paint, staging and accessories when selling a home, there is one thing that is often overlooked. Windows can make a huge difference in the appeal of a home to buyers. The size and placement of windows affects everything from the character to the curb appeal of the home from the outside. On the inside, windows determine light, views, energy efficiency, and air flow. If you are selling your home take a look at your windows. Make sure they are clean and adding value to your home. Remember windows are the way your home is connected to its surroundings. If the landscape outside of your home is pleasing to the eye, pull back the curtains and shades and show off the view. If privacy is an issue or the outside view is undesirable,†you will need to enhance the view with shutters, shades, or window treatments. View your home from both the inside and outside, and at various times of the day to be aware of what potential buyers will see. This will allow you to correct any issues and play up any benefits. Essentially look at your home in a whole new light.