Saturday, January 20, 2018

What Season Is Best To Sell?

So you are ready to sell your house, but you look out the window and see several feet of snow on the ground. Should you bother putting your house on the market in the winter, or should you wait until spring? Is there a better season in which to sell your home? The answers to these questions depend on a few basic factors.

Where You Live

In a place where the climate is very cold in the winter, it can be wise to wait until spring to sell, because fewer buyers will be venturing out to look at homes. In an area where the sun shines year round, weather is not a concern, and people will have no trouble coming out to see your house. This doesn’t mean, however, that season doesn’t matter in a warm climate! It can still affect how many potential buyers will come out and the odds of selling.

Watch Out For The Holiday Slump

People are usually too busy from Thanksgiving through Christmas to spend much time house hunting, and in January they are often recovering financially from holiday over-spending. Most experts will recommend that you avoid listing your home until after the worst of the holiday slump in the market is over and people are looking to buy again. This is true no matter what the climate!

Particulars Of Your Home

If your home is near a high school, you might want to consider selling in the summer when things nearby are a bit quieter. The noise and traffic of the school year might put some buyers off. If your home is near a lot of fun winter activities, this might actually be a selling point that will be highlighted better in the winter months. Looking for these details of your area and capitalizing on them will help you to get your home sold.

The season does matter when it comes to home buying, and spring is usually a good time to list. Your REALTOR® can help you to determine what season makes the most sense for listing in your particular case, providing you with market information in your area and helping you pinpoint the particulars of your home that make it appealing in a specific season. 

Have more tips? As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Be well,

PS. Thinking of buying a home or selling yours? I'd love to sit down and talk with you about the process and the market. You can reach me anytime at 401-326-2928. 

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Defining Distinct Spaces In A Large Room

While open-concept homes seem to be the popular trend in the home construction industry, sometimes decorating for large spaces can be a challenge. The flexibility of a large living-dining-kitchen space can allow you to enjoy more time with your family and entertain with ease, but creating a sense of purpose for each space while still maintaining a flow to the room requires a bit of know-how and creativity. You’ve got the space to do it, and here are a few ideas on how! 

Defining Purpose 
The first step in decorating a large open-concept space is to define what you want the space to include. In most homes constructed today this is a large living space with open access to the kitchen, but it can also be a basement or even a single level apartment that will include bedrooms as well. Regardless of the space you’re working with, knowing what kind of living you will be doing in this space is the first step. For most homeowners it will be the challenge of combining a dining room, kitchen, and living room. 

Defining Space 
Once you know the purpose of the space, lay it out. For kitchen-dining spaces, be sure that you keep the dining room space close to the kitchen. It makes serving your guests or family easier, and creates a better sense of flow. The living space should flow with the rest of the room, but making it separate can allow for a cozier feel to the space, and means that you won’t be staring at that pile of unwashed dishes while trying to unwind after dinner. 

Tips For Creating Space 
Now that you know what the space will be, and where each living space should go, here is how to do it! 
Dividers are always a great idea to define space, and are easy to move when entertaining. 
Arrange furniture to define space, such as laying out the living room with the sofa facing away from the dining room or kitchen. 

Create a focal point for each space. It could be a fireplace, painting, or an interesting architectural feature. 
Use the same color scheme, but emphasize different colors in each space. 

These are just a few ways to tackle a large space, but ultimately your home has to work for you. The best tip to keep in mind when defining space in an open-concept home is whether it works for you and your family and, of course, does it reflect your lifestyle! 

Do you have suggestions to add? As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Be well,

ps. Thinking of buying a home or selling yours? I'd love to sit down and talk with you about the process and the market. You can reach me anytime at 401-326-2928. 

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Garage Sale Tips And Tricks

Getting ready to sell your home? A garage sale is a great way to make a few dollars and get rid of a lot of clutter in your home. With a few simple tips, you can create a garage sale that runs smoothly and makes you more money. 

Getting Ready 
Get all of your things for the garage sale ready to go before the sale begins. Start by organizing everything into categories. Put kitchen items in one section, toys in another, books in another, and clothing in yet another. This will make it easier for people to find your items. Pick up some plastic baskets from the dollar store to fill with small items, and label each basket with a per-item price. This saves a lot of time wasted labeling each and every small item with the same price. 

Wash clothing before you put it up for sale. A clean, nice-smelling piece of clothing is more likely to go for the asking price than a wrinkly one that doesn’t look fresh. If you can, mend any small issues like loose buttons. Give toys a wipe down as well so they look newer and cleaner. 

Start Early 
Garage sale lovers often start out early in the morning, so get up early and get started. You may miss a lot of the bargain hunters if you choose to sleep in, so set the alarm! Have everything ready the night before, set up on tables you can simply push out. Casters are a great way to make this easier. Price things a little higher than you would like to get for them, since all garage sale visitors love to negotiate a better price—this way you can drop prices without losing much. 

Advertise Your Sale 
Advertise your garage sale not just with signs around the neighborhood, but also on the local craigslist page, where many people look for garage sales to visit each weekend. List some of the larger items you have for sale, as some people may be seeking a particular item. 

Consider having a multi-family garage sale with some friends or neighbors. Large sales with a lot to offer will draw in more people, resulting in more sales for you. You can finish off the evening with a barbecue and turn a successful garage sale into a successful weekend event. 

Ready to sell? Call me today for a free market analysis. I'm happy to help in any way I can. Call me anytime at 401-326-2928.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts.
Be well,

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Top Ten Home Showing Tips

For sellers, making your home available for showings is essential to getting it sold. After all, who would purchase a property sight unseen? When a potential buyer stops in, here are ten recommended tips to follow when showing your home:

Tip # 1: Welcome Your Buyers It is a good idea if you leave the home for a short time to allow the buyer to look without feeling restricted by your presence. A potential buyer is less likely to voice any concerns in front of the current owner, which is why it’s better to leave your buyers with the REALTOR®. Typically 30-45 minutes allow plenty of time for your potential buyer to do a thorough tour with feeling rushed. Baking some cookies or bread before you head out will leave your home smelling delicious and inviting.

Tip # 2: Be Flexible Many home buyers are on a tight schedule, whether it be work, school or other commitments. Time is tough to come by, so try to be flexible about allowing potential buyers to tour your home. If you are still living on the premises, it’s especially important that you be ready for last-minute visits.

Tip # 3: Climate Control When a buyer comes into your home, they do not want to feel cold in the winter or overly stuffy in the summer. If you know that your REALTOR® is bringing a potential buyer to tour the home, make sure that the temperature is comfortable. Otherwise, your buyer may not spend as much time in the home as necessary in order to form an accurate opinion. The last thing you want is a buyer who’s in a hurry to leave.

Tip # 4: Quick Cleaning If you have enough time before the buyer shows up, run the vacuum over the floors and make sure that any clutter is cleaned up. A clean home appears larger, while a cluttered one gives the appearance of being too small. If you really want to impress your potential buyers, place that plate of freshly baked cookies on the dining room table.

Tip # 5: Animal Control If you have pets, remove them from the home temporarily or place them in a contained space, such as a kennel, exercise pen or carrier. This will allow buyers to tour the home without being distracted by a nervous animal which could result in a nervous buyer.

Tip # 6: Light The Way Your home should appear open and bright, even if it’s a winter day, so open the curtains and turn on the lights throughout the home. Buyers will not likely be drawn to a dark, dimly-lit house.

Tip # 7: Educate Your Buyers When someone is looking for a home, they are looking for more than the perfect floor plan. If you have recently had the home appraised or inspected, place copies of each report on the dining room table. Purchasing a home is a big step, and buyers will be drawn to a home that has everything out on the table, so to speak.

Tip # 8: Communicate With Your REALTOR® If you want certain aspects to be pointed out during the home tour, tell your REALTOR® what they are. For instance, good neighbors are a big plus to any home, but it’s not something that potential home buyers will see simply by looking at the rooms in your house. If you have wonderful neighbors, ask your REALTOR® to point this out. If you live in a family-oriented neighborhood, let it be known.

Tip # 9: Curb Appeal An important part of showing your home is making sure that the outside looks just as appealing as the inside. When a potential buyer drives up, you want them to be eager to see what else is in store for them. You can do this by paying close attention to your curb appeal. In addition to having a freshly cut lawn and properly maintained flower beds (if applicable), the outside of your home should be free of any clutter and any shrubs should be groomed.

Tip # 10: Be Open To Feedback Once the potential buyer has completed their tour, your REALTOR® will ask them (or their agent for some feedback to share back with you. Though it may be difficult to hear feedback that isn't completely positive, it will help with further showings and keep you on top of buyers' concerns as they compare your home to others. the feedback may pertain to pricing, features, and/or condition.

Your REALTOR® can also offer suggestions on how to put your home in top showing form and find your buyer as quickly as possible!

Have more tips? As always, I look forward to your thoughts!

Be well,

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