Preparing Your Home For Sale

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Did you know well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery?

It’s a fact: acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions.

Here are some inexpensive ways to maximize your home’s appeal:

Exterior

  • Keep the grass freshly cut.
  • Remove all yard clutter.
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds.
  • Clean windows inside and out.
  • Wash or paint home’s exterior.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Ensure gutters and downspouts are firmly attached.

Interior

  • Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knickknacks
    (consider a temporary self-storage unit).
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
  • Shampoo carpets.
  • Clean and organize cabinets and closets.
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
  • Clean all light fixtures.

For Showings

  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open drapes in the daytime.
  • Keep pets secured outdoors.
  • Play quiet background music.
  • Light the fireplace (if seasonally appropriate).
  • Infuse home with a comforting scent like apple spice or vanilla.
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown.

KW Realty will inform you of many more tactics and tips for selling your home. Call David Morris at 317.289.3338 today to list your home & be informed of each and every way to attract buyers.

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Millennial Buyers Want Their Down Payment

Posted by: Claire Belby on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 12:00:00 am
We’ve talked about them on this blog before, the illusive millennial. Everyone follows their every move. We want to know what they think, what they buy, their favorite brand of _________.  The housing world is no different. The market of first time buyers has dropped, the lack of new buyers has pulled some markets down and housing pundits want to change it. So the hunt to find out more about the millennial continues.

A new study by The Collingwood Group reveals that a majority of millennials – 65 percent – say they are very or somewhat likely to sacrifice some items such as cell phone, internet, cable and pricey coffee to save for a down payment. They also prefer an online mortgage process and are some are willing to pay more for it. In fact 21 percent of millennials said they would be willing to pay slightly more for a streamlined online process.

It’s an interesting premise. If you subscribe to the idea that you can’t have it all and homeownership is worth a few sacrifices, what would you be willing to give up to become a homeowner?

For more on the Collingwood Group report, click here

The Neglected Home Repair That Can Cost You $100 or More a Year

It only takes 10 minutes to repair – but could save you hundreds.

“Easy-to-fix household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, which is equal to the amount of water used by more than 11 million homes,” said EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Nancy Stoner.

4 tips on how to find and fix a leak:

  • Check toilets for silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank at the back and, if after 10 minutes, color shows up in the bowl before flushing, it may be time to make an easy repair and replace the flapper.
  • Check outdoor plumbing and hoses for damage from winter frost and tighten connections at the water source.
  • For in-ground sprinkler systems, have a professional certified through a WaterSense-labeled program inspect sprinkler heads and pipes for signs of leakage.
  • Check additional plumbing and outdoor fixtures for leaks. They may just need a quick twist or pipe tape.

Source: HouseLogic.com – The Neglected Home Repair That Can Cost You $100 or More a Year

Read more:  http://www.houselogic.com/news/plumbing/neglected-home-repair-can-cost-you-100-or-more-year/#ixzz3fiRvcv2X

How do you communicate with your REALTOR®?

Posted by: Claire Belby on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 7:00:00 am
How do you communicate with your REALTOR®?

Call, email, text, or (gasp!) in-person, how do you best communicate with your REALTOR®? Agents evolve with the times and rely on the mode that works best for their clients. The speed at which we move away from personal contact, however, may surprise you.

In 2015, nearly two-thirds of all Americans own a smartphone. And since research finds that 90 percent of all text messages are read within three minutes, there is no better channel for urgent, responsive communication.

Of course, an extended relationship with your agent through the life of a transaction dictates all modes of communication. The important thing to remember is to set expectations and boundaries. How late at night do you what to be contacted? How early in the morning is too early? Which type of news would you like to hear on the phone? When is a text or email appropriate? And of critical importance, never share financial or personal identification information with anyone electronically unless you verify the receiver first.

Establish the preferred methods of communication between you and your REALTOR® so everyone is satisfied.