5 Tips on Getting Your Home Ready for Showings

 

Selling a home that you are still living in is tricky! Lots of sellers stress over every detail when it comes to showing their home to potential buyers.

However, there are a couple of basic principles that you can follow to prepare your home! In this article, we are going to walk you through the five key tips on getting your home ready for showings in this article!

 

1. Create a Cleaning Routine

It goes without saying that your home should be spotless when you are showing your home. However, we all know that this is easier said than done.

You will want to do one deep clean at the beginning of this process to prepare your home. After that, establish a daily cleaning routine so that messes don’t pile up! Write down a list of all the things that need to be taken care of in a week, and spread them out day by day, so your house is sparkling!

 

2. Declutter Your Space

Clutter is a distracting presence in a home. When a buyer is coming by, they want to see the bones of the house, not think about endless toys and knick-knacks.

Creating a clean space that shows off the structure of your home is essential! You will find that by decluttering your space that you will be more at ease in your own day-to-day life as well!

 

3. Have Emergency Storage Ready

What we mean by emergency storage is a few great bins or tote bags on hand for those last-minute showings! This tip is especially handy if you have any kids.

Sometimes you just don’t have the time to put everything back in its proper place right before a showing! By having these storage containers on hand, you will be able to easily clean up and declutter any space in a matter of seconds.

These small storage containers will save your sanity, we promise.

 

4. Don’t Underestimate Curb Appeal

Many people focus on making a great first impression by redecorating their front entryway. However, when the buyer first drives up to your house, the outside is going to be what they see first!

Make the most of this first impression and make sure the yard is tidy, and the lawn is trimmed. If you are able to make a cozy entryway space or catch the eye with some incredible landscaping, we highly recommend it.

 

5. Leave Room for the Imagination

We get it; your home is a space where you can show off your personality! However, when you are preparing to sell your home, neutral tones and spaces are going to be your best friend.

If you have any glaring colors or themed decorations, these are going to affect the buyer’s impression of your home!

Try to create a neutral space that buyers can imagine themselves living in to close that sale!

 

Get Your Home Ready for Showings

These five tips will help you prepare your home and ensure that potential buyers leave with a great impression!

Getting ready for showings can be a lot of work initially, but if you do a little bit each day to maintain a show-ready home, it will seem easy.

Need more advice on selling your home? Feel free to contact us! We are always happy to help.

Beyond Curb Appeal: Staging the Exterior of Your Home To Sell

They say first impressions are important – and the exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see. That’s why staging the exterior of your home is just as important as staging the interior. Here is our project list for getting the outside of your house ready beyond just curb appeal.

 

Staging the Exterior of Your Home: Repairs

The first thing you need to ask when getting your home ready to sell is if there are any obvious repairs that need to take place.  Walk around your house with a critical eye.  Look at the paint, trim, siding, roof, window casings, doors, foundation – is there anything that looks old, chipped, damaged or rough?

Sometimes when staging the exterior of your home it helps to stand back at the street and look from the point of view of a buyer that might be driving by.  What can they see?  Where are the rough spots? What are the best features of your home that you want to highlight?

 

Staging the Exterior of Your Home: Pressure Wash Surfaces & Wash Windows

Homes collect dust, grime, dirt and pollution.  Your house may look like it needs a coat of exterior paint, but it *may* just be dirty!  When staging the exterior of your home, removing the layers of dirt from your house and driveway and walkways will make it look fresh and new again.

When staging the exterior of your home you should even look at cleaning any patio furniture and potted plants – they get dusty too.

You can DIY a pressure wash, but it might be worth your time to hire a professional.

 

Staging the Exterior of Your Home: Fix Any Pet Damage

One important aspect of staging the exterior of your home is fix any damage caused by your dog!  You may love your dog – but the next owner of your house won’t want to deal with any yard problems.

Some things to look for:

  • Scratched fencing, scratched wood on the deck or scratches on the back door
  • Bare patches in your lawn or dead grass
  • Holes dug in the garden

Ideally, there should be no sign of your dog (or cat) when prospective buyers come to call.

 

Staging the Exterior of Your Home:  Think Green

During the summer, greenery makes all the difference.  Make sure that the front lawn is green, weeded and trimmed.  Flower beds should  be manicured and freshly planted and weed-free.   No one wanted to move in and feel like they have instantly have weeding to do.  Finally, adding some potted plants to the porch is a nice touch and a way to go the extra mile.

 

Staging the Exterior of Your Home:  Little Touches

A few extra touches will make a BIG impact:

  • Replace or refresh the hardware on the door
  • Make sure that any fountains, fire pits or spot lights are turned on
  • Make sure that blinds or shads look clean and well cared for
  • Refresh your home address signage – make the numbers big and easy to see from the street
  • Leave your lights on at night – it allows people to drive by and see the house in its *ahem* best light in the evening

 

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8 Tips on Choosing a Real Estate Agent

These days it seems that anywhere you throw a rock you will hit a real estate agent. They are everywhere!  So, when you need one, how do you chose the one that is best for you?  With the return of the real estate values and huge demand, being a real estate agent has become cool again.  Here are the 8 things to look for when hiring an agent to get the best service and expertise possible.

  1. Availability– In a hot market when you are buying or selling, you need to have an agent that has time for you or you will miss out on some good houses.
  2. Market Knowledge– It is impossible to know everything about every neighborhood, but most agents specialize in certain areas.  If you are looking to buy or sell in neighborhood, look for an agent that specializes in that area.
  3. Experience– It usually goes without saying that you can’t buy experience.  When it comes to real estate agents, you need someone who knows the business and how to play the “game” of real estate.
  4. Resources– Since 2008 the market has been constantly changing.  Mortgage loan types, underwriting requirements and down payments are all different from 10 years ago. Today you need an agent that understands these industry changes and has people and resources in place to help with the mortgage loan process.
  5. New Marketing: Social Media– It used to be in order to sell a home you needed the three “P’s” of marketing.  They were Price, Product, and Promotion.  Sometimes you also needed the 4th “P” prayer…  While the three “P’s” are still important the thing that has changed the most is Promotion.  The old school best bang for buck used to be placing ads in the local paper.  Slowly over the past 10 years print has moved to digital ads through the paper.  Now in 2017, social media is king.  With Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc. smart agents can advertise listings directly to the demographics that are looking for a home for maximum marketing impact.  Find an agent that is social media savvy. Bonus Tip: If you can’t find them on facebook or Instagram, you may want to find another agent.
  6. The agent sells real estate full time– There are plenty of agents out there that are selling real estate as their second job.  You want an agent that is in the business full time and is actively selling homes to buyers and sellers.
  7. Ask your friends and family for suggestions– Many of the best agents do very little to market themselves because they don’t have to.  The best agents get the majority of their business from client referrals.  A little known fact about sales is that if you do a good job the majority of the time, a client might tell 1 or 2 people what a great job you did.  However, when you do a poor job, a client will tell everybody they know.  So ask around, you will find out who is good and who is not.
  8. They are willing to listen– It is amazing how often people don’t listen. You don’t want to waste your time or their time looking at properties that won’t fit your needs.

Here are Market Source Real Estate we specialize in the Salt Lake and surrounding markets.  With exceptional knowledge in older homes and their construction, charm, and pitfalls we help our buyers and sellers maximize their “new” old homes.  Call Monique or Jeremy today.