• Selling a Home,  Staging

    These Affordable Design Details Sell Your Home Faster

    What is it about a home that catches a buyer’s eye? Why is it when two homes are comparable to one another, buyers go with the one that just “feels right”? Sometimes the difference is so small, they don’t consciously notice. Little touches can give a home a major edge in the market. In fact, here are five clever design upgrades which can provide your home with that indefinable feeling that it’s of higher quality than the competition: 1. Light switch plate upgrades. Homeowners always overlook their own dirty, chipped, or cheap-looking switch plates. If you spend a few bucks to swap out switch plates, any room in the house…

  • Home Improvement,  Staging

    Create a ‘wow-worthy’ home entry using fun and free online design tools

    (BPT) – Entire TV shows are dedicated to it, and real estate agents say it is essential when selling your home. So what is “curb appeal?” More importantly, how do you create it for your home? Even if you’re not planning to sell your home any time soon, some simple steps to boost the attractiveness of your home from the street (so called “curb appeal”) can make it feel more appealing to you and your guests. Start with the front door From TV to magazines to popular websites, many home improvement experts call out the front door as one of the most important aspects for creating curb appeal. “While curb…

  • Selling a Home,  Staging

    Sell your home fast with these 3 often-overlooked home-staging tricks

    (BPT) – If you’ll be selling your home this spring or summer, your Realtor will probably talk to you about staging the house to maximize its appeal to buyers. Staging is a simple process that can have a big impact on how quickly your home sells and, Realtors say, how much buyers are willing to pay for it. If you’ve decided to stage your home for a speedier, more profitable sale this season, keep in mind these three often-overlooked tricks to make your home look, feel and smell great: Employ aromatherapy “Aromas significantly impact emotions, so making your house smell good is a great way to appeal to potential buyers…

  • Selling a Home,  Staging

    10 little fixes to sell a home faster

    The devil is really in the details when buyers look at a home. Lots of everyday wear and tear that you don’t even notice can ding your home in the eyes of potential buyers. Here’s my list of ten simple improvements you can do to help your home sell faster: Spruce up your baseboards: Pets, kids, and stumbling husbands in the dark can make a mess of your baseboards. Repainting baseboards after repairing scratches with putty can make the border of any room look new. Fill in nail holes: Part of interior repainting should be careful attention to those errant nail holes from pictures, shelves, and other wall-mounted baubles. Putty,…

  • Fall,  Staging,  Yard & Garden

    5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

    (BPT) – Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales — below are tips and projects for sprucing up your home’s view from the curb this season. Front door, first impressions Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home. Give your door a fresh face with a coat of paint in a bold fall color to draw the eye to this focal point of your home. Another…

  • Staging

    What is your front door saying to buyers?

    The front door is the first impression buyers will get of your home. So, what is yours saying to potential buyers? I am safe. The exterior-grade door is strong, sturdy and functions properly. It has a heavy-duty dead-bolt with a 1” throw bolt (never just privacy knobs or other interior grade handle sets). I am strong. The door is heavy-duty and free of deterioration, water dam- age, evidence of previous forced entry, or rot. I am working. Handles and hinges are fastened properly and the door closes easily and securely. It doesn’t creak, squeak or rub the frame. It re- quires only normal pressure and oper- ation to close tightly.…

  • Staging,  Yard & Garden

    5 Ways To Improve Curb Appeal

    It’s common knowledge that before selling, it’s important to spruce up the outside of the home to give a good first-impression to potential buyers. Small upgrades to a home’s exterior like adding a fresh coat of paint to a front door, installing new landscaping, and adding a new deck easy are ways to increase a home’s value and add curb appeal. In fact, 2015’s Cost vs Value remodeling survey showed that smaller replacement projects “are the ones that are most obvious to buyers when they first view a house in person or online, such as new door or garage door” and bring the largest payback. According to the Huffington Post,…

  • Staging

    Can Home Staging Really Win Over Buyers?

    Home staging can influence buyers’ perceptions of a home and even motivate them to pay more, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2015 Profile of Home Staging, a survey of more than 2,300 REALTORS® representing buyers and sellers. Eighty-one percent of REALTORS® who represent buyers say that staged homes make it easier for their home buyers to visualize a property as their future home. Forty-six percent of buyer agents also reported that staging makes their buyers more willing to tour a home they viewed online, and 45 percent say that buyers tend to view the value of the home more positively if it is decorated to buyers’ tastes. Twenty-eight…

  • Home Decor,  Staging

    Make a grand entrance: simple ideas to refresh your entryway

    (BPT) – Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That’s why it’s key to make a positive first impression. How to create an inviting entrance Transform your home’s curb appeal with a new front door. With so many new entry door systems to choose from, ranging from single doors, to double-door options, to those accented with decorative glass, or transoms and sidelights, it’s easy to find one that fits your budget and your style. Pella offers stylish wood, fiberglass or steel options. Choose from…

  • Selling a Home,  Staging

    Frugal Tips for Making a Home More Appealing

    Polish up the kitchen. Add new cabinet door handles, replace lighting and update the faucet set. Unless the cabinets are mica, give them a fresh coat of paint. Order new doors for kitchen appliances.Homeowners who want to sell but don’t have a lot of cash to spruce up their properties might consider these tips from Bankrate.com for upgrading a property without spending a fortune. Tidy up the bath. Replace the toilet seat. Clean up the floor with vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl applied over the old floor. Re-grout the tub and, if the tub is dingy, add a new prefabricated tub and shower surround. Paint the walls. Add closet systems…