Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate



Posted by Thomas Murphy on 4/29/2018

If you're getting ready to put your home on the market, the thought of organizing, cleaning, and arranging it may seem like an overwhelming project!

Knowing where to begin and how much money to spend on home staging and decorating are among the many questions that may be flooding your mind, right now.

The key to success is to make as much of an impact as possible, without spending more money than necessary.

One way to avoid "spinning your wheels" when it comes to maximizing the appearance of your home is to work with an experienced real estate agent. A good agent will quickly notice aspects of your home that need attention and advise you on the most cost-effective ways to improve its marketability. If they've shown dozens (or more) houses in their career, they'll be very familiar with all the things that attract buyers, as well as what repels them.

Although everyone has different tastes and expectations, many house hunters are attracted to gleaming hardwood floors, energy efficient windows, and stainless steel appliances. While it may not be cost effective to have new floors, appliances, and windows installed to sell your house faster, you can make the best possible impression by making sure the windows are crystal clear, hardwood floors are polished, and appliances are clean and shiny.

Since many house hunters pay close attention to the kitchen, it's especially important to win their approval on appearance and cleanliness. Because food is prepared and often consumed in the kitchen, it's going to be one of the more challenging rooms to keep clean -- especially if you have children. However, if a prospective buyer is wavering between two houses for sale, you can be reasonably sure that the one with the clean kitchen and bathrooms will be their preferred choice.

There are a lot of other ways you can make your kitchen appealing to buyers, too. By minimizing clutter on counter tops and displaying fresh flowers and a colorful bowl of fruit, you can make your kitchen look much more inviting. Prospective buyers will also respond favorably to appealing fragrances, such as freshly baked bread, cookies, cinnamon buns, or coffee. Clean windows, attractive curtains, and plenty of natural light will also add to the ambiance of your kitchen.

The ideal reaction from potential buyers touring your home would be something to the effect of "I can imagine us preparing dinner, entertaining guests, and sitting around the breakfast table in this house!" Setting the table so that it looks like the family is just about to sit down for a meal together is one way to help convey that image. The encouraging news is that when someone expresses sincere appreciation for the comforts and features of your home, there's a good chance they'll find a place for it on their short list of possibilities!





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 6/4/2017

Although preparing your house for a real estate showing can be hectic, there are ways to make it easier and less stressful. One source of stress for many people is that nagging feeling that they're forgetting to do something important.

Admittedly, overlooking some things could result in lost sales or even lost valuables, but a little advance planning and organization can help prevent those problems from happening.

The solution is to create a checklist of important reminders and tasks you have to complete before leaving the house. Your real estate agent will provide helpful guidance and tips on effectively preparing your house for showings.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

When your house is up for sale and it's being actively marketed, appointments with prospective buyers are sometimes made on the spur of the moment. While real estate agents will be scheduling the appointments and conducting the tours, it's up to you to ensure that your home is always in tip-top condition. Hopefully, you'll be able to enlist your family's help in picking up clothes, putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and cleaning up after themselves. If you have small children, they will undoubtedly need assistance in putting away their toys and making their bedrooms look civilized! Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when getting ready for house showings:

  • Cleanliness (or a lack thereof) will be one of the many things that house hunters notice. While your house may meet their requirements for number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and overall layout, they could quickly lose interest if your floors, countertops, and sinks are visibly dirty.
  • Pets can be a potential issue if your home is scheduled for a showing. Not only can dogs be a distraction if they bark a lot or have other undesirable behaviors, but some people are allergic to dogs and cats. The ideal solution is for a friend, family member, or neighbor to take care of your dog while the house is being shown. Unfortunately that's not always possible. Sometimes confining your dog to a fenced-in back yard (briefly) or a comfortable crate that they're accustomed to may be a viable, short-term solution. Several factors would come into play, including the weather, the temperament of your dog, and whether it's going to bother the neighbors by being outside.
  • Doing your best to eliminate clutter throughout the house is another strategy for making the best possible impression on potential buyers.

Protecting Your Valuables and Privacy

Another priority that some homeowners forget is to hide valuables, such as jewelry, mobile devices, checkbooks, and cash. It's also a good idea to make sure your computers are password-protected, and that you turn them off before leaving the house. If you have any concerns about security during home showings, you might want to hide computers, personal items, and yesterday's mail in a secure place. Although most people touring your house will only be interested in its features, décor, and condition, it's always good to exercise a little caution when opening your house up to the public.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 11/15/2015

Did you know that staging your home to sell will get your more money and sell your home in less time? If you are considering selling your home you may want to hire a professional trained in home staging to get your home in tip top shape before hitting the market. You could also implement some of the tips from the pros to transform your house into every buyer’s dream. Here is how to get your home in ready-to-sell condition: 1. Clear out the clutter Show off your home to the would-be buyers not your stuff. Clear out your clutter by reducing knickknacks, decluttering bookshelves, and removing personal items including photos from your home. 2. Let in the light Let the natural light in by opening the shades and pulling back the curtains. During a showing, turn on all the lights inside and outside of the home. Don't forget to turn on the lamps, the soft light can be very inviting. 3. Use neutrals Paint your walls in neutral shades, it will make the space will feel bigger. You can add pops of color with artwork, area rugs and linens. 4. Stage a setting Stage rooms in your home to appeal to buyers. If you have a formal dining area set your table for a dinner party.Take your master bath and turn it into a spa-like retreat with fresh towels, jars of pretty bath salts and unscented candles. 5. Stop the smell Don't try to cover up odors with fancy sprays or candles. Neutralize odors by opening the windows and letting fresh air into your home. Try sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of trash cans and place a box of it in the fridge to absorb unpleasant odors. 6. Clean thoroughly You may think your home is clean but look at it from a buyer's point of view. Clear out the fridge, dust the light fixtures and scrub the grout. Would-be buyers will be going through every square foot of your home. 7. Show off your space Make the rooms feel more spacious by removing a few pieces of furniture. Put pieces that are rarely used in storage, then rearrange what’s left to maximize each room’s space. 8. Don't forget the outside Start with the house number, make sure it is clean, straight and easy to read. Go for simple, clean and easy to maintain landscaping. Prospective buyers will also be interested in the garage and shed so don't forget to clean those too.