Home Maintenance Tips for Buyers and Sellers

Buyers and sellers need these tips for home maintenance during showings.

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Today I have a few home maintenance tips to share for both buyers and sellers during showings.

If you’re selling your home, make sure your lawn is manicured and landscaped. The first impression is the best impression buyers will get. If you’re living in the house while you sell it, here’s a tip: If you keep items on top of your nightstand, put them in a bin under the bed before showings. Also, throw any dishes lying around into the dishwasher.

Small things can make a difference. Try not to give buyers anything they need to overlook to see the property’s potential.

"If you keep items on top of your nightstand,
put them in a bin under the bed before showings."

Buyers: I know I just told sellers to manicure their lawn, but if you pull up to the house and see that the lawn isn’t manicured, don’t worry about it. You can mow the lawn when the property is yours. You can also landscape however you like, so try to see past that when you’re looking at homes. If you walk into a house and see that the sellers didn’t have time to tidy up, don’t get caught up in those details. You need to focus on whether the home has enough space for your family and the rooms you need; when it’s yours, you can personalize it.

If you have any questions about what to do to get your house sold or are considering buying a property, call or email me! I have the answers you need.

The 411 on 5s and 10s

Here’s why you should give some of the stranger numbers (1,3,7,9) some love.

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Typically, when you find yourself in a multiple-offer situation, the first increment by which you and your agent think to go above asking price is either $5,000 or $10,000. I see this strategy all the time from buyers bidding on one of our listings.

Here’s the truth: Making your offer $5,000 or $10,000 above asking price won’t help it stand out; if thinking in 5s and 10s feels natural to you, that’s because it’s natural for everyone. Instead, consider increasing your offer by $1,000, $3,000, $7,000, $9,000, or even $11,000—all odd numbers that don’t come to us as natural increments.

Still not convinced? Well, think about the impact on your monthly payment: If your offer price for a $200,000 listing is $209,000 but you have to raise again, jumping to $211,000 will only add $10 more to your monthly payment. Why doom yourself to bigger leaps of 5s and 10s?

If you have questions about this or any other real estate-related tips, call me directly or shoot me an email. We’re always glad to have a more in-depth chat with you about these topics!

What Home Improvements Matter Most to Buyers?

These seven improvements will have the biggest impact on your home sale.

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What are some simple and fairly inexpensive ways you can increase your home’s appeal so that it performs well online and woos buyers when they come to visit in person? Here are seven things that buyers respond to well:

1. Neutral paint. It will give your home a fresh, crisp look at a low cost.

2. Updated appliances. If yours are mismatched or getting up there in age, it’s a great idea to choose either a new matching black or stainless steel set for your kitchen.

3. Fresh landscaping. Adding fresh flowers and mulch, removing dead plants, and neatly trimming bushes will give your home tremendous curb appeal.

4. Updated kitchen and bathrooms. This, too, can easily be achieved with fresh paint and new knobs or handles.

5. Power washed exterior. Get all of the cobwebs off and clear away any mystery grime on the siding.

6. Replaced front door. Now, depending on the condition of the door, you may be able to grab buyers’ attention by simply painting it. If you don’t replace the door itself, then replace the other hardware and consider hanging a seasonal wreath for a nice touch.

7. Stain and paint your deck or patio. After you power wash it, put some sealant on it for a polished look.

I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any questions about these quick and easy projects, or real estate in general, please feel free to reach out via phone or email. We’re happy to hear from you and be of assistance.