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Selling your home? Make sure to landscape
When selling your home, landscaping determines whether your home feels inviting from the outside. Curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers when choosing their abode, according to a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey. Landscaping is a large part of that curb appeal, says Frank J. Lucco, managing director of IRR-Residential Appraisers & Consultants in Houston.
“That first impression is important,” says Lucco. “If they don’t like the looks of the front of the house, which is mostly landscaping,” often they won’t even go inside.
A landscaping investment could potentially pay a 215 percent return in home value, says Margaret Woda, a Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate in Crofton, Md. While you may only recoup 68 percent of kitchen renovation fees, Woda says landscaping is money well- spent.
Keeping up with the Joneses is important, says Lucco. If your neighbors’ yards are run-down, spending a lot on landscaping isn’t worthwhile. But if your neighbors have renovated homes with beautiful greenery, you need to do the same so buyers don’t move on to homes with better curb appeal.
Here are five things to consider with your landscaping.
Planning ahead is important if you want to sell your home. “You can’t just decide to sell your house tomorrow and expect the landscaping to be ready,” says Woda. “If you’re thinking of moving next fall, (then) this spring, you should be working on your landscaping.”
Start by cleaning up the yard, removing dead branches, dog droppings, weeds and anything broken, says Woda. “The most important thing in landscaping is maintenance,” she says.
Eric King, of King Landscaping in Atlanta, recommends investigating the unseen, ensuring the downspouts are clean and functional, and making sure drain pipes are properly buried and draining so water doesn’t pool. Then make sure your hard-scapes (things such as patios, walkways and fences) are level and that roots haven’t pushed up sidewalks or patio stones. If your deck has wobbly railings or loose steps, fix them, says King. “People don’t want a mystery,” he says.
Take a serious look at your plants’ health, says Lucco. “Dead and dying (plants) or things leading to additional maintenance problems need to be corrected.”
Set the Stage for a Quick Sale
The process of showing and selling your home can go much more smoothly if you get everything ready. Find out how to get your home ready to impress buyers for the best offers and the top price for your home.
Preparing your home for sale is a bit like designing a stage for a play. Everything is in just the right place, perfectly arranged, and comfortably set.
There are television shows like Designed to Sell focused exclusively on, not decorating a home, but getting an otherwise drab, cluttered, boring house ready for a quick and profitable sale.
Homes that are properly prepared sell faster and at a higher price than similar, unprepared homes.
The professional organization, Staged Homes trains real estate professionals and other interested individuals in the art of “Home Staging” and issues a certificate as an “Accredited Staging Professional ™.”
Just what do “Home Stagers” do and how can their theory help you sell your home?
Get out the cleaning supplies, boxes, and get ready to sell your home fast! You’ll love how easy it is to transform a languishing, slow-moving home into a quick sale with just a bit of elbow grease and an eye for beauty.
You may be lucky and just need to do some long-neglected simple home repairs, get rid of clutter and add fresh flowers. Or you might have to repaint or recarpet your home to give it a fresh look. If you’re handy, you’ll be able to do most things yourself. But you may need to hire a plumber to install a new faucet in the kitchen or other professional to replace outdated light fixtures or window treatments.
You need to keep in mind that you’re not going to make the changes to live in your home. Your only goal is to show your home at its very best to potential buyers. Without being distracted by clutter and dirt, they’ll be able to picture themselves in the home you’re trying to sell. They will find it hard to resist making an offer.
If you’re skeptical about the benefits of going to all this work or doubt that it will make any difference in selling your home, put yourself in the place of a home buyer.
Preparing your home for viewers, or “staging” as it’s called, is important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially add thousands of pounds to its value
Declutter – but don’t depersonalise
- Get rid of all the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny. Put it in storage or give it to a friend
- People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there. People often find this difficult, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them
- Don’t make it look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else it gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do
- People are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property. Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle
- Consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture
A fresh lick of paint
- Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger
- It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs
- It will be easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green
- Create a good first impression – give the front door a new coat of brightly coloured paint
Fix and clean
- Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this
- Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there
- Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass. While this doesn’t add much value to your home it makes it more likely to sell as people visualise themselves using the garden
Believe it or not, redecorating your home doesn’t need to be a massive and expensive project. Simple touches like adding a decorative tray or changing your pillow cases can have dramatic effects. To help you get inspired, we pulled together 14 easy decorating ideas that will update your home without breaking your budget. In fact, most of these projects are completely free…and the rest weigh in at under $10.
1. Rearrange your furniture. This may sound simple, but rearranging furniture is a great (and free!) way to completely change the look and feel of your home. If you always find yourself climbing over an ottoman, move your couch back to create a passing lane. Is it too cramped? Try moving your side table to another room that’s more spacious. Click here for more tips.
2.Change a light switch plate. Finding the light switch is always a daunting task, especially for guests. So why not try decoupaging pretty patterned paper to the plate for a nice pop of color? Your friends will thank you and a little touch of color will liven up any space.
4.Buy fresh flowers. A vase full of fresh flowers instantly brings life to any space, especially in the dreary winter months when everything outside is cold and pretty lackluster. You don’t need to get fancy—a bouquet of supermarket roses in a happy hue is enough to make a difference.
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February, much like January, is typically one of the slowest months of the year. Consequently it is difficult to use sales data as a predictor of future activity for our Door-Kewaunee real estate markets. This has been the case since the introduction of the current MLS program in 2003.
Regardless, let’s take a look at what February had to offer: 49 sales for a total volume of $11.5 million is the best in the last 5 years. This is a bit unusual and helps create an optimistic view for the rest of the year.
Median price for the month was a whopping $159,500 which compares to $107,000 in 2016. Again, we cannot get too excited because of the relatively small number of sales for the month. We should also note that the northern part of Door County had an unusually large number of sales on “big ticket” properties compared to most years.
Year-to-date we show 100 sales compared to 76 last year, a solid 32% increase. With the help of the big numbers in February, we also see a nice increase in the median price, moving from $144,500 last year to $154,500 thus far this year. That’s a nice increase of 7%.
Overall, despite limited data, we have to conclude that 2017 is off to a very solid start. Good news for sellers. The only negative might be a limited inventory of homes and properties available for sale. 2015 and 2016 were excellent years with the total number of sales far surpassing previous years. 2016 checked in with a total of 1006 sales, compared to 953 in 2015 and 782 in 2014.
I believe we have effectively cleaned out the “excess” inventory that resulted from the housing crises of the late 2000’s and early 2010’s.
ERA Starr Realty continues to lead the MLS in total transaction thus far in 2017. Our agents remain focused on providing the best in service to all our customers and clients. Give us a call. We are “Always there For You”!
E6053 W Wilson Rd
– Great opportunity for outdoor enthusiast
– Well maintained campground on 33.4 acres w/68 campsites
– 1,570′ of water frontage on Ahnapee River
– Service bldg w/office, camp store, game room, showers/restrooms, laundry area, workshop & storage
– Heated pool, walking trails, canoe rentals and more!
Listing Agent: Kathy Kazenske
N7222 Highway 42
– Easy access to 185′ of Lake Michigan smooth pebble beach
– Immaculately maintained 3 Bd, 2 ba ranch home
– Open concept living space w/skylights, fireplace, vaulted ceilings
– Huge 13 x 53 waterside Trex deck w/pergola
– Extensive landscaping w/gorgeous perennial gardens
Listing Agent: Dina Boettcher
Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines
1. Pick the paint color last. I get calls all the time from homeowners who want to pick a paint color before they move in. I get the logic. Why not arrive to walls with a fresh coat of paint? Of course you can do it this way, but in my opinion it’s not ideal.
There are thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades. And each one looks different from home to home, because light sources vary, meaning what looks good in your current home might not in your new one. You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug and whatever else. You can pick that color only if your stuff is actually inside your home.
BY TARA-NICHOLLE NELSON
We’ve all heard about how “bad” the real estate market is. But what’s bad for sellers can be good for buyers, and these days, savvy buyers are out in spades trying to take advantage of the buyer’s market. Here are 13 thing you can do to help sell your house.
1. Audit your agent’s online marketing. 92% of homebuyers start their house hunt online, and they will never even get in the car to come see your home if the online listings aren’t compelling. In real estate, compelling means pictures! A study by Trulia.com shows that listings with more than 6 pictures are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers as listings that had fewer than 6 pictures.
2. Post a video love letter about your home on YouTube. Get a $125 FlipCam and walk through your home AND your neighborhood, telling prospective buyers about the best bits – what your family loved about the house, your favorite bakery or coffee shop that you frequented on Saturday mornings, etc. Buyers like to know that a home was well-loved, and it helps them visualize living a great life there, too.
3. Let your neighbors choose their neighbors. If you belong to neighborhood online message boards or email lists, send a link to your home’s online listing to your neighbors. Also, invite your neighbors to your open house – turn it into a block party. That creates opportunities for your neighbors to sell the neighborhood to prospective buyers and for your neighbors to invite house hunters they know who have always wanted to live in the area.
4. Facebook your home’s listing. Facebook is the great connector of people these days. If you have 200 friends and they each have 200 friends, imagine the power of that network in getting the word out about your house!
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