Painting When Selling a Home

Painting when selling a home provides a whooping 148 percent return on investment with dramatic results and little investment.

Repair any damaged interior walls by patching all chips, cracks, dents, dings and holes; then touch up or repaint interior walls with neutral color.  Wanna know the priority rooms?  Read on…

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Home Staging Winter Curb Appeal

Home staging winter curb appeal for our shorter, snowy or dreary days makes lighting important when selling a home – homebuyers don’t want to be surrounded by darkness when they arrive at your door.  Outdoor lighting will add to winter curb appeal with an air of welcome, warmth, and accent unique features of your home or landscape, which can add value to your property.  The exterior lighting will increase the safety around your home to avoid slip and falls from ice or missed step.

If selling a home during winter months it’s still important  to keep deck and patios lit.  Painting a picture for home buyers to envision the possibility of barbeques and entertaining family and friends in the sunnier months ahead is an important aspect of any outdoor setting and adds great value to your home.

Its easy to forget the exterior when we aren’t spending time outdoors, but our exteriors play an important role in home sales.  Checking the following exterior areas will help in gaining a greater return on investment when it comes time to sell.

Home Staging Winter Curb Appeal

Repair split or decaying wood on the deck and be sure the wood is still sound.

Railings and banisters should be clean and secure.

Clean away any leaves and debris from porch, deck and patio, since these can be slippery and promote mildew.

Grills, fire pits, chimneys create a warm and cozy deck atmosphere, but make sure they and the surrounding areas are clean and free of charred wood.

Be sure all spent light bulbs are replaced and working; clean any light covers to allow maximum light to shine through, and trim any plants or tree limbs that may be blocking light.

Remove cobweb and spider webs from entry way and overhangs.

Be sure to clean all outdoor furniture.

Ding, dong, don’t forget the doorbell, replace if broken or dated, clean if dirty.

If you have trees overhanging your deck, make certain there is no danger of decaying limbs breaking free and falling from trees surrounding the deck.

Now, the dreaded four letter word, you guessed it snow!  Make sure the driveway is shoveled or plowed, sidewalks and walkways are free from debris (my neck of the woods its tumbleweeds, ugh) and de-iced.

Your welcome mat if tattered and worn will need to be replaced with a new welcome mat to create friendly, welcoming visual interest. Not to mention grab snow, mud and other dirt off the feet of homebuyers who will be visiting your house.

Home staging winter curb appeal if decorating for the holidays with outdoor lighting, should be kept simple. Clear or white lights tastefully strung and a simple wreath on the door, will be all that you’ll need.  The architectural detail of the house should be the shining star when you are trying to appeal to the broadest range of potential homebuyers.

Home Staging the Generation Gap

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My recent home staging consultation sporting refinished hard wood floors, trending paint color and tasteful decor.

National Association of Realtors say that 60% of the buyers that will drive the real estate market in the  coming years is the generation under the age of 33 and the slightly older Gen X’s.  The bulk of the housing inventory will come from retiring and downsizing Baby Boomers in the next 15 years.  

20.1 million senior and booming households will attempt to sell between 2015 and 2030,  according to University of Utah researcher, Arthur C. Nelson. 

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Adding new bedding and pillows is one of the easiest updates for a fresh, updated look.

What pray tell do our young buyers want?  An updated home with a large percentage of homes built before 1990.  What they don’t want is an older looking, outdated home.  This will pose a challenge for our upcoming baby boomer sellers, should they be hesitant in improving a homes appeal.

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Updated kitchen featuring new appliances, updated cabinets and granite counter tops in this open floor plan.

Home staging, renovation and updates will continue to be an important part of marketing a home for sale — to boost a home’s value to appeal to younger buyers and sell fast.

The more a home seller knows how to appeal to buyers the better their chances for selling fast and for top dollar.  Home buyers will be looking for homes that look their very best and stand out on from the competition.

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Spacious, multi-use, finished basement is an update that appeals to a broad range of both GenX and Millenial home buyers.

Home Staging the Generation Gap Will Include:

  • Home renovations and updates.
  • Move in market ready homes.
  • More closet and storage space.
  • Open floor plans, home offices with up-to-date wiring and technology.
  • Finishd basements.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Hardwood floors and granite counter tops.
  • Extra rooms.
  • Upgraded kitchens.
  • Media Savvy homes.
  • Living spaces optimally designed for family usage.
  • New Appliances.
  • Quality and well-priced inventory.

Home sellers who consider buyer preferences when preparing a home for sale can make your property more appealing to a broader range of buyers to sell faster.  Home staging will help to emphasize the space in a home by showing property to appear open, light, bright, spacious and use merchandising techniques that update and enhance the property to more likely attract top dollar.

Check out this article on what home improvements to make for the best return on investment.

 

 

 

Home Staging Consultation Report

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The home staging advice on this office showed the biggest transformation. Providing an open, light, bright and airy space that could be used as a bedroom or an office

Hey All!  Just wanted to fill you in on some of the behind the scenes of what goes into a home staging consultation report.  The motivated seller of this home rocked it, following the consulation report that I provided, to the letter.

The success that the seller received from the staging consultation in her Denver area, owner occupied home was (drum roll, please) sold first day, multiple offers, $10K over asking price.

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Fall Holiday Home Staging Tips

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All right folks, Halloween and voting done, there are 22 days until Thanksgiving and 49 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and some odd seconds until Christmas.  Whoopy :-).  Check out the following Fall Holiday Home Staging Tips to merchandise your home for sale with some holiday spirit.

So what do I tell home sellers to do when the grass has gone dormant and brown, trees have shed their leaves and many of the flowers that bloomed so brightly are slumbering for their long winters nap?  I tell them to add some colorful curb appeal for fall.  Planters with late blooming flowers add marketing pizzaz to make your home sales photos pop.

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How To Remove Mold and Mildew On Caulk – Cheap

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HOW TO REMOVE MOLD AND MILDEW ON CAULK

Put yourself in the place of a typical home buyer or guest stepping into your bathroom. When you step into the bathroom for the first time, what catches your eye? If you’re like most people, it’s probably cleanliness and condition.

Yuk!  Is that mold and mildew on the caulk in the tub and around the base of the toilet? Instead of looking at the new bathroom fixtures, now you might be wondering what’s going on with the condition of the house in other areas you can’t see.

What’s worse, research shows you’re not likely to have a good impression. Studies confirm that mold and mildew on caulk makes a big impact on guest impressions.

So how can we use this information to protect  our bottom line and the first impressions of others when selling your hoouse? The answer lies in this recipe I found online to remove mold and mildew on caulk that gave perfect results.

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