Summertime Selling Tips
Summertime can be a great season to sell your house. Why? During these hot months, your landscaping and outdoor spaces come alive. Today's buyers are looking for extended living areas and love usable outdoor space.
According to HGTV, outdoor spaces can bring in big bucks. Jon Seppala, president of Action Builders, notes, "Backyards and outdoor patios have to be much more substantial than in the past. Built-in grills, outdoor fireplaces, gazebos — people are looking for these features. We've had people who have fallen in love with the house and have decided to buy before they walked in the front door."
| Posted On:: 2011-07-01
Make Moving Fun: 10 Tips for Families
Are you getting ready for a big move? It can be one of life's most stressful events. For children this effect is amplified. It can be intimidating, confusing, and even scary.
Here are 10 things you can do to make moving fun for the family.
1. Movie night
: Watching one of your family's favorite movies can make your new house feel familiar. Order pizza and have root beer floats! Forget about the day's stresses and enjoy each other's company, along with a meal that is easy to clean up.
| Posted On:: 2011-07-04
Landscape Appeal Helps Sell Homes
If you're like many sellers, listing your home for sale creates a challenge to keep the home show-ready at all times. That can be difficult enough.
Consider this notion, though. No matter how nice the inside is, if the outside isn't inviting, you're likely to lose prospective buyers before they ever set foot in your home. That's because in real estate, buyers often do "judge a book by its cover".
Take a good look at your home from the outside. Step across the street and decide if you think buyers would want to see more based on your home's "cover".
| Posted On:: 2011-07-08
Why Own My Home
A soft real estate market that is ripe with all the conditions that should entice people to purchase a home still has some renters asking, "Why own my own home?"
Low interest rates, lower home prices and an improving job market still have some buyers sitting on the fence fearful of an uncertain real estate market. Real estate agents and even sellers are finding that prospective buyers (current renters) may need a little more "emotional" attention in these market conditions. They may need a little more explanation to ensure that they understand the benefits of purchasing your home rather than renting another.
| Posted On:: 2011-07-12
Quick Homeowner Updates
It happens to all homeowners. Rooms that once looked fresh and contemporary have aged themselves into drabness.
For some it's an excuse to redecorate. For others it's a chore. Either way homeownership is an ever-evolving process. As one project ends, another peeks its head around the corner.
To bring your rooms current, as well as to update worn and disheveled items, consider these five room freshening tips.
: Paint is number one on the list because it is relatively cheap and easy to do yourself. Getting a professional finish is simple, thanks to the myriad of products now on the market for do-it-yourselfers. From tape to edgers to color changing paint, you're sure to get a quality finished product. "In" colors change every few years, so be sure to do some homework on what hues are happening.
| Posted On:: 2011-07-15