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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 12/19/2018

All house buyers have different pet peeves when it comes to evaluating homes, but there are a lot of easy fixes you can do to reduce the chances of losing a sale. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Squeaky doors: Lubricating squeaky hinges is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your chances of making a positive impression on prospective home buyers. A seemingly small thing like squeaky door hinges can make your house seem old, poorly maintained, and in disrepair. A squeaky door hinge is probably not going to make or break the sale of your house, but in combination with other little flaws that prospects might notice, it could have a major impact.

Weeds cropping up: Another clear signal to prospects that your property hasn't been properly maintained -- at least in their minds -- is the existence of weeds. Other than an overgrown lawn, nothing detracts from curb appeal more than weeds coming up everywhere, especially in driveway cracks, walkways, and front steps. If your home is on the market or you're considering selling it in the near future, getting rid of noticeable weeds will help improve your property's curb appeal and make a better impression on prospective buyers. If you hate the idea of handling or applying commercial weed killers, non-toxic household items like vinegar or salt have been known to nip the weed problem in the bud. Whether you use store-bought herbicides or natural remedies, make sure you don't damage any nearby plants that you want to protect. In some cases, manually pulling out weeds and carefully digging out the roots is the most risk-free approach, although it's also the most labor intensive!

Dust and cobwebs: No matter how thorough you think you've been in cleaning your house, you're probably going to miss a few spots that prospective buyers will notice. In small amounts, a little dust is not going to make or break your sale, but like squeaky door hinges, small problems add up! Areas that homeowners and house cleaners often overlook include baseboards, ceiling fans, and corners of ceilings.

Unpleasant odors: If your house smells like pets, mold, or mothballs, that sometimes can be a deal breaker. Bad odors are a major sensory turnoff that could easily sour people on the idea of making an offer on your house. Musty odors are often indicative of a larger problem, such as a damp basement, leaky pipes, water damage, or mold infestation. Eliminating odors prior to having your house shown can be as simple as doing a thorough cleaning, or as complex and expensive as hiring a mold remediation service.

The good news about preparing your home for sale is that a seasoned real estate agent can provide you with the advice, guidance, and help you need to maximize your chances for attracting offers and selling your property for its full market value.





Posted by Diane Horrigan on 7/4/2018

Getting your house ready to be sold can seem like an overwhelming undertaking. Like any large project, though, if you take it one step at a time, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish!

The ideal scenario involves having everyone in the family pitch in to keep your house looking its best for each showing. When you divide the labor and work as a team, things get done a lot faster and more efficiently.

Keeping your lawn mowed, bushes trimmed, and house clean on a consistent basis are among the many challenges of always being ready for the next showing. Another common necessity involves applying a fresh coat of paint to walls and other surfaces. That relatively inexpensive step can help make your home look dramatically brighter, vibrant, and more appealing to prospective buyers.

One thing to keep in mind when preparing to put your home on the market is that you (the owner) are probably "too close to the trees to see the forest." In other words, you may be overly accustomed to the appearance, the imperfections, and the décor of your home to be able to identify what needs to be upgraded, fixed, or changed. An experienced real estate agent can help you develop a cost-effective plan for staging your home, enhancing curb appeal, and making necessary improvements to maximize your home's appeal and marketability.

There are dozens of inexpensive things you can do that often have a major impact on the impression you make on potential buyers. Having your carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies professionally steam-cleaned, for example, can make a world of difference! So can adding a few colorful flower arrangements, inside and out. Lots of light -- both natural and artificial -- also helps make your home look more cheerful and inviting. Keeping your windows crystal clear is another way to make a positive impression, as well as cleaning out your closets to avoid a cluttered, unkempt look.

A few other critical things homeowners sometimes forget to do is clean up dog droppings in the yard, fix squeaky hinges, and remove visible mouse traps from the basement and garage -- especially if there are mice in them! The cleanliness of your cat's litter box is another major priority that can easily be overlooked.

Even the most meticulous, conscientious home sellers can forget to clean, prepare, or organize important things before potential house buyers come to visit, so it's useful to create checklists and routines to get ready for scheduled house showings.

While some homes pose more of a challenge than others when it comes to getting ready for real estate showings, the goal is to make the most of what you have, and do so within your available budget and timeframe.





Posted by Diane Horrigan on 11/2/2016

When prospective homebuyers see your residence, are they impressed or disappointed? A homebuyer's first impression might depend on your house's curb appeal – something that can make or break a home sale. For home sellers, ensuring your home is attractive to homebuyers is paramount. Thus, it is essential for home sellers to spend some time avoiding these common curb appeal mistakes: 1. Keeping Clutter on Your Front Lawn Lawn ornaments like a bright pink flamingo sculpture or large pinwheels may help your home's front lawn make a bold statement. At the same time, however, they can clutter up your front lawn and may be an eyesore for prospective homebuyers. When it comes to clutter, you'll want to do whatever it takes to eliminate it from your front lawn entirely. By doing so, homebuyers will be able to focus on your home's outstanding exterior and its other stunning features. Remember, your goal as a home seller is to keep your residence as neat and clean as possible and allow your home to make a positive first impression on homebuyers. And if you devote time and resources to remove clutter from your front lawn, you'll be able to showcase the size and beauty of your front lawn day after day. 2. Ignoring Peeling Paint on Your Home's Exterior Adding a fresh coat of paint to your home's exterior is never a bad idea, particularly for home sellers who notice peeling paint. Typically, you can touch up areas where peeling paint is present and eliminate such problems instantly. If your home needs an extensive paint job, you may be better off hiring a professional home painter as well. This home renovation expert will help you take the guesswork out of repainting your home's exterior and work toward transforming a drab exterior into a fabulous one. 3. Failing to Replace Outdated Light Fixtures You know the light in your driveway that constantly flickers at night? Well, now may be a great time to replace it, especially if you're a home seller who wants to boost his or her house's curb appeal. Outdated light fixtures will do more harm than good for your home's curb appeal. But if you install new light fixtures, you'll be better equipped to enhance your home's curb appeal at night. As a home seller, you'll want to ensure homebuyers can view the beauty of your residence during the day and evening. Meanwhile, installing new light fixtures enables you to brighten up your home's exterior and improve your house's chances of making a great first impression on homebuyers. Curb appeal represents an important factor for home sellers, and if you ever feel unsure about how to improve your house's curb appeal, hiring a real estate agent usually is a wonderful idea. A real estate agent possesses industry experience and know-how and can help you explore innovative ways to improve your home's curb appeal. And ultimately, this professional can empower you with the insights and resources you need to accelerate the home selling process. Enhance your residence's curb appeal, and you may be able to reap the benefits of a fast home sale.