Fix It And List It

Every little touch makes your one of a kind home memorable.

It seems like almost every time I walk into someone’s home they ask me what I think their home is worth and what can they do to get more money. Well… you’ve gotta fix it to list it, babe.

You’ve Gotta Fix It To List It, Babe

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s super important to make sure you are showing it in the best light. It has to look fabulous! Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells and of course, price. Here are my top five recommended fixes to make before selling your home.

Paint Those Walls

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat. The hot look at the moment is a soft grey wall with white trim… but I have to say white walls with black trim is super fabulous in a farmhouse chic home and so memorable!

Spit Shine Those Floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want them to look their best. Give them a really good spit shine and fix scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained maybe this is the time to get some laminate hardwoods! And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Floors And Paint… Hello, Beautiful

Brighten Up The Landscape.

The very first thing any future buyer is going to see if that curb appeal. Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside… not just the inside. Clean up walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim bushes and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel. Make it pop.

Fix The Fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

Fill The Home With Love

My last fix it to list it bonus tip is to add cheerful decor pieces to really make it feel homey but neutral. Check out Pinterest or Etsy to see what is trending or hire a professional stager to give your home the right touches to make it pop. You want to invite buyers in and not want to leave. Make your home stand out.

5 Things You Need To Know When Pricing Your Home

5 Things You Need To Know To Price Your Home

When pricing your home, one of the best ways to figure out what that price tag should be is to look at comparable sales. Of course, there’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area and a number of other things to consider. Here are five things to look for in a sales comparison.

  1. Location: You’ve hear it… Location. Location. Location. Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better. On the flip side… If your home is on the edge of town don’t compare your home to a home that is close to the downtown area.
  2. Date Sold: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of change in a short time. It‘s best to use the most recent sales data available. It’s important to remember that an area may be hot today but gone tomorrow.
  3. Home Build: Look for homes with similar architectural styles, numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, square footage, and other basics.
  4. Features and Upgrades: Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens can raise a home’s price. Be sure to look for similar bells and whistles. If you can find pictures that really helps to give you an idea if your home has a similar aesthetic to the homes you are using to compare it to.
  5. Sale Types: Homes that are sold as short sales or foreclosures are often in distress or sold at a lower price than they’d receive from a more typical sale. These homes are not as useful for comparisons.

Pricing your home can be very overwhelming. Hopefully these tips make it so much more helpful when the time comes to put a price tag on a home that has so many priceless memories. Go into it like you are the buyer, buying your home all over again for the first time. Remember how analytical and critical you were back then? Think like that! Then call a professional who really knows the area and can really detail and layout the comps for you to see and understand. Pricing your home doesn’t have to be hard. Especially when you have an awesome pricing agent on your side!

Selling your Haunted House

Selling your home can already be a spooky process… Now add some real haunts and spooks. What do you have to do when there are Boo-worthy features floating around in your home.

  1. You think your home is Haunted… Spooky! Maybe you had the modern day Ghost Busters come give your Haunted House a once over and low an behold they found some spirits lurking about. Maybe you aren’t for certain but you think that maybe there are some ghosts floating through the halls. To some this might seem like a joke but to some it is serious business. Contact your REALTOR® to help guide you through the local Dos and Don’ts. Some place will require you to disclose a possible haunting. Others don’t really care. Marketing your haunted home as a Home Scream Home could actually make your home more valuable! So know the local scene.
  2. Someone passed away in your home. This one is again a bit of a grey area. Every local market has their own standard for disclosing deaths in a home or on the property. But if someone asks…. TELL THE TRUTH!
  3. Redrum…Redrum…Redrum! Now murder is an absolute must disclose. It’s public record so there is no reason to hid the truth. Especially since this is an issue that many consumers consider a deal breaker. If it matter to the masses… Disclose It!

When in doubt ask your agent. Every location has different requirements for what you need to disclose. Talk to a professional to keep yourself out of any spooky situation.

Creating A Dreamy Accent Wall

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project.

The starter accent wall

You can easily add an accent wall to your room in one afternoon by applying a new paint color. Deep blues and bright oranges are common choices for accent walls, but choose a color that will complement your existing decor and overall design aesthetic.

Interesting textures

Bright, contrasting paint is a good starting point, but there are other options for accent walls that are even more eye-catching and distinct. Floor-to-ceiling wood planks can make your home seem both rustic and modern all at once and provide a natural, outdoors-inspired feel. It’s more work than simply painting a wall, but it’s still relatively inexpensive. You can source the wood from pallets on Craigslist and stain it yourself before attaching it to your wall. It takes a little extra elbow grease, but it’s worth the effort.

Patterns, murals, and more

Paint and wood are bold enough on their own to transform a room, but they’re still pretty subtle compared to other accent wall options. A chalk paint accent wall is a creative idea for any room and makes for some fun moments when you’re entertaining. There are also endless options for wallpaper and stenciling if you want some patterns or you can get really bold with a mural or oversized art print.