4 Home Staging tips

By now you’ve already read the 15 Tips To Sell Your House Faster and For More Money and you already know your home needs to be clean, uncluttered, and in good condition; but you can further distinguish your home from the competition by staging it.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is the process of preparing a home for sale, with the goal of getting the most money in the shortest amount of time possible. Home staging is proven to work; it works for occupied and vacant properties, for small and palatial homes, at all price points, in all markets; and in a soft market with lots of competition, you really need to do all you can to distinguish your property from them.

  1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Most buyers decide in the first 30 seconds whether a house is right for them. That is the time a seller has to capture their interest. Staging your home will help maximize the impact of those seconds to ensure a quick sale! It’s crucial to stage your house before you list, so you can impress buyers the first time they visit. Otherwise, there may not be a second time.

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  1. DE-CLUTTERING

Clutter eats equity, it’s that simple; the longer you live in a home, the more cluttered it becomes. So remember, you’re about to move anyway, so pack up and store the unnecessary items out of the sight of your buyers. A good, thorough cleaning is also a must to make your home sparkle! Hire a cleaning service if that works best for you and it’s within your budget. You want that bathroom and kitchen to shine like no ones ever been in them!

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  1. NEUTRALIZING

It can be difficult for buyers to envision themselves living in your home if they can’t picture their own belongings fitting in to the surroundings. Sometimes that impossible to do because you have so many personal items stuffed into the room, the buyer can’t mentally remove them from the picture. The wall that is covered with family pictures from the last twenty years only looks good to you! Remove many of your personal items, including family photos, collections and anything else that might reflect too much of your own taste and keep the buyer from mentally “moving in” to your home.

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  1. VACANT PROPERTIES

Vacant houses present special problems for the seller and agent, because the rooms are empty and cold looking, it is often difficult for buyers to envision how they would look with furniture. Sometimes it is impossible to figure out the purpose of a particular space. In vacant properties, buyers tend to focus on every imperfection. I’ve been asked many times: “what in the world would you put in that odd little space?” Staging helps eliminate such curiosities. Funny as it might seem, empty rooms actually feel smaller than furnished rooms, leaving buyers to wonder whether their things will even fit. Furniture gives the room scale and proportion. Staging vacant houses solves these problems for the buyer, and can also make a bleak, barren room feel warm, comfortable, and a bit like home.

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Regardless of whether you hire a pro or choose to do it alone, one thing is certain; you must be prepared for that. When the curtains open, it’s Showtime.

5 things to do when buying a house.

Can’t Find a Suitable Home Regardless Of Your Budget?

The odds are very good that you will find a home that suits your needs only if you know them.

To help you out we came up with 5 things to do when buying a house.

  1. Identify your budget (Get a Pre-approval)

7027596629_e957edefb5_kBefore house hunting, get pre-approved.

Getting pre-approved will you save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can’t afford and put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Pre-approval from a bank is based on your actual income, debt and credit history.

If you can’t put down the usual 25 percent, you may still qualify for a loan.

There are a variety of banks that, if you qualify, offer mortgages that require a small down payment.

Aim for a home you can really afford.

Work out the true cost of buying. It’s not as easy as get a mortgage, grab the keys and, you’re in. Buying a home’s almost guaranteed to cost more than you think. Here’s what to factor in.

Registration Fees:

The Registration fees will cost you around 5.7% from the contract value.

Removal costs:

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Unless you can pile your belongings into the back of a car, than you should consider checking how much it will cost you to move your furniture and belonging. The cost might vary but it is a necessary step that you should cover.

Home repairs:

From flaky paintwork to leaky sinks, put aside some cash for unexpected property maintenance. “If it’s an old house, expect to undo everything and do 10 other things you didn’t expect to do before you start a job.”

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Furniture and extras:

Remember you’ll need to buy everything from beds and sofas to carpets, then there are the boring but essential extras: light bulbs, lamp shades, toilet brush, washing up bowl, door mats, hooks and extension leads and the list will never end. Unless you’re moving them with you then again you have to consider the removal cost.

Utilities:

Subscription fees such as water, Generator, Common Expenses, Generator, Electricity, Cable etc.

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  1. Identify Needs & Wants:

Just because you may feel restricted by price ranges especially if this is your first home purchase don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t afford to be choosy when looking for a home to buy! You are unique. You have desires and needs, hopes and dreams for your new home that are different from your parent’s, friend’s or coworker’s.

Make a list of items to check:

Home buying is an emotional process. Ideally, you should set aside all your emotions when evaluating a house. Practically, that is impossible. Instead, make a checklist of your must haves, nice-to-haves and other essentials. Then print copies of this checklist. Every time you visit a house, take the checklist along with you; take photographs so you can cross each item off your list. If you fall in love with the house and your checklist shows that the house has none of your must-haves, it will at least make you pause and think.

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  • Write down every amenity you want and find out if those types of homes are in your price range.
  • Weigh the benefits of desired amenities, wants and needs, over location. If you want a three bedroom but can realistically afford a two bedroom in the neighborhood you want, are you willing to move into a smaller home? Or would you rather look in a different neighborhood of three bedroom homes, offered at a price you prefer?
  • Rate the importance of each specific and figure out which you will compromise on and which you will not. For example, are you willing to give up a garage to live in an urban area where garages are scarce?
  • Put together a list of home types you definitely do not want to look at.

After all, wouldn’t you rather look at 10 homes that are nearly perfect for you instead of 50 you can’t even remember?

It’s your agent’s job to help you find the right home, but it doesn’t mean you have to do all the legwork yourself. Consider putting your agent to work instead.

  1. Find an Agent:

Buying a home appliance that you saw in a newspaper ad could turn out to be a disappointment if the appliance doesn’t work correctly. Buying a home without proper help could have disastrous consequences.

We believe that you should consider hiring a buyer’s agent first. But you don’t have to if you prefer to go through a mumbo jumbo of homes online. Mostly, an agent will go beyond the actual job of finding the right property for you, buyer rep performs additional tasks such as negotiating the price, estimating the market value, checking legal aspects, help coordinate property inspections, facilitating the registration procedures, provide financial support, etc. All these processes are necessary for home ownership, whether a buyer rep/broker is involved or not.

It makes sense that if you want to buy and your agent wants to sell, the agent should show you homes that you actually would buy. By skipping homes that don’t fit your parameters, you have more time to look at homes that do fit your specifics.

 

  1. Looking:

Looking-for-a-HomeBuying a home can be an overwhelming process and emotionally draining. Finding the right home is not always an easy task. Most buyers conduct a lot of research online before ever stepping foot in a home trying to figure out where they want to live. But once the neighborhood is selected, most buyers end up buying a home after 2 or 3 home tours. I advise buyers to schedule a maximum of 4 homes tour at a time because any more than that will make a buyer’s head spin.

When a buyer is ready to look at homes, real estate agents are eager to show them. Most often, the buyer will select one or two homes to look at and the agent will pull up a supplemental list of similarly priced homes to show. But price isn’t everything. The problem

Serious home buyers do not have endless amounts of time to spend looking at unsuitable homes in buyer’s markets, due to the amount of excess inventory, it is virtually impossible to look at every home for sale.

 Determine Your Specific Home Parameters:

First-time home buyers are often limited by home pricing, but a real estate agent should be able to suggest alternative areas if a buyer is unwilling to compromise.

  1. Buying:

Be sure to read your contract before you sign it: A house is probably the largest purchase you will ever make in your life, so make sure you understand the terms of your contract. If you don’t understand any of the terms, ask your real estate agent and lawyer’s advice. If they won’t explain the terms clearly to you, fire them; there are enough people who will be more than happy to help you and work for your business.

Finally don’t buy the perfect house. If the house is livable and you have a good life, then you will be happy with whatever home you end up buying. If you spend more money on a “better” house, then you will quickly get used to it and will be no happier than if you had bought an “average” house. To me, a house is just a house. The people inside are what make it special.

Learn as much as you can about real estate, your budget, and your local housing market, but realize that buying a house is all about compromise, incomplete information, and a lot of doubt! However, the odds are very good that you will find a home that suits your needs if you know them.

 

15 Tips To Sell Your House Faster and For More Money

Some people choose to sell their house privately, without the help of a real estate agent. For others, the skills, resources and experience of a real estate agent are worth the price they pay in commission. You should weigh up the pros and cons of selling your house privately before making a decision. The main advantage of selling your house privately is to save on the cost of a real estate agent’s commission.

On the other hand, real estate agents are experienced in selling houses. They know the market conditions, prices and have marketing and negotiating skills. They also have access to print publications and specialist websites used to market homes for sale.

Selling your house yourself may not be as simple as you think, and may take a lot of time and effort. You should also consider whether you would be happy presenting yourself and your house to strangers.

Below are some tips that will help you Sell Your House Faster and For More Money.

  1. Price it right

 

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Nothing beats doing your research and setting the right price. More often than not, you may need an expert to help you calculate what that perfect price is so don’t be afraid of speaking with real estate agents.

  1. Fresh paint

You can’t go wrong with fresh paint on trims, doors, or windows. You’d be surprised at how new you can make a house look with just fresh paint. Choose sophisticated neutral colors. It doesn’t mean that you need to go all white. Rich mid tone neutrals like mocha and “gray” create a sophisticated backdrop that can make everything look pulled together and modern.

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  1. Replace light bulbs

Make sure that darker rooms have higher wattage bulbs to brighten them up. It’s good for presentation and they’re very affordable to replace.

Bright rooms = Happy rooms.

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  1. Have all windows cleaned

Do the cleaning inside and out. It gives better lighting and view to the outside.

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  1. Clean and paint the closets

Women buyers always look at closets and visualize their clothes or shoes in them. Since typically closets are for women, and women often have the final say when it comes to buying a home, you can understand the importance of not neglecting the closet.

  1. A new mat at the front door

It’s cheap and it shows the home is fresh. Check out discounts stores for nice, inexpensive mats.

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  1. Do a quick clean on everything

If you have kids you know how tough it is to keep their stuff organized and clean. Help convince your buyer that this house will do just that by organizing your own kids’ toys neatly. Sometimes, right before a showing, you just need a “quick clean” if time is limited. Things you may want to consider first are the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen sink.

  1. Spray and plug-in air fresheners

I’m sure you’ve heard the claims before the human sense of smell can trigger powerful emotions in a potential buyer. A fresh scent signifies “new” which everyone loves! Additionally, a good smell can hide the old smell of the house, if there was any.

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  1. Turn on lights

Makes a good presentation by turning on all the lights in the home when having a showing. It’s a simple trick but it works.

10.  Open blinds

This is great for letting the light in. It also gives buyers an idea on how they can set the mood of the room with your blinds. If your windows don’t have blinds or curtains, consider staging the home with some to add softness and dimension to the room but keep them open!

11.  Remove pet bowls, toys, and beds before showing

This is usually missed out if you have pets. Although you might love your little cat or dog the next buyer might not want to be reminded that you have pets.

12.  Beware of nasty pet odors

You may be used to the smell of your pets, but your potential buyers are not. If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Try to keep pets outside.

13.  Appeal to a woman first!

Again, it’s usually a woman that makes the final decision to buy, or not buy, a home. Even single guys house shopping tends to look at it from a perspective of “I’ve made enough to afford this place, but would I bring a date here?” If you are a man, you might want to ask help from the women in your life to check out your home and make sure it appeals to women.

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14.  Fresh flowers on tables

Fresh flowers are great to include on a table. Just having this simple piece of art can brighten an entire room.

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15.  Never over-upgrade

Only do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Overdoing the repairs won’t always raise the total price of the property but it might just make you owe more than it’s worth. Look at the competition and seek to be slightly better than them but don’t over do it.

 

10 Coolest 2015 Bunk beds

Redesigning your room? Check out these 10 cool bunk beds that will make your room look spacious no matter how small it is.

  • The living Cube

This is not just a bed, it is your comfort zone. Weather you’re reading a book or just listening to your favorite music, the living cube is where you’ll be spending most of your time.

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  • Bed in the Air

When love is in the air it calls for this! Style it up with your partner and make that room as hip and cool as you really are.

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  • Library Beds

It simply cannot get any cozier than this.

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  • The Closet Bed

Space economy much?

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  • The Hidden Bed

Do you fancy surprises? This is one bed that will totally surprise your visitors if they ever get the chance to see it.

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  • The minimal bed

For the ones with a very simple and minimalistic taste, this one’s for you.

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  • The Funky Bed

This bed will make you feel like Blondie and take you to “funky town”.

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  • The writer’s Den

More than a bed this is a writer’s den, just put that “Contessa” typewriter there and see how the words just flow.

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  • The “too cool for school” bed

For the cool kids, you just gotta have this in your room. Mom, Dad, it’s totally worth it!

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  • The Yin Yang Bed

For the peeps with a peculiar taste, you cannot get anymore unique than having this Yin Yang bed.

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Still feel you have very little space to have the room of your dreams?