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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/5/2020

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Are you planning to sell your home soon? Then this is the time to take care of those home improvements that will make your home more attractive to buyers. As a homeowner who's been through the sale process before, you know how important it is to make a good impression on buyers. What you may not know is which improvements deliver the best bang for the buck. The following home improvements can help you boost the value of your home and make your home more appealing to buyers. 

Repair Any Deferred Maintenance

Buyers shy away from homes with deferred maintenance. Whether you've let the little things slide, like broken door knobs and cracked windows, or your home needs a major repair like an all-new roof, take care of your deferred maintenance. Tell your agent about major repairs after they're finished, so your agent can mention those repairs in the listing.

Perform a High ROI Remodel or Installation

Some of the highest ROI remodels include:

  • Deck installation: 70%
  • Small kitchen remodel: 80%
  • Bathroom addition: 80%
  • The type of high ROI home improvement that's right for your home depends in part on the condition of your property. Work with a real estate professional to find out which type of remodel, renovation or addition is right for your property. 

    Spruce Up the Landscaping

    Curb appeal is crucial, because some buyers form their opinions the minute they pull up to the property. Buyers like a well-maintained, attractive yard with basic features like green grass, blooming flowers and healthy shrubs. Get rid of any dead or dying bushes or flowers, water your grass sufficiently so it's green when buyers see your home, and keep it well-trimmed. 

    Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

    Paint is a low-cost, easy home improvement that can make your home look clean, fresh and newly decorated. Identify rooms in your home that are missing a sense of flair or beauty and paint the walls. You'd be amazed at how easily the space can be transformed. Choose colors that are neutral, like beige or gray. These colors are very popular and appeal to many home buyers. Avoid painting any space in your home in a bright color that will distract home buyers.




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    Posted by Thomas Murphy on 10/23/2016

    Selling your home can conjure up a variety of emotions, ranging from exuberance to sadness. If you associate your home with raising a family or starting a life with your spouse, then putting it on the market can be a bittersweet experience. In addition to the emotional side of things, there's also the stress that inevitably comes with change and uncertainty. Putting your house up for sale raises several fear-based questions in your mind, such as "How long will it take to find a buyer?" On the average, houses remain on the market for a month or two, but it's not unusual for it to take much longer. To complicate matters: If you're in the position of selling your home before you have another one to move into, then your stress level is probably even higher. Although some factors are outside of your control, such as ever-changing market conditions, there are a few ways you can tip the scales in your direction. Pick the Right Real Estate Agent The real estate agent or Realtor you choose can make a big difference in how fast your home sells and the price it ultimately sells for. A seasoned agent can also make the whole experience a lot less stressful by providing regular progress reports and helping you navigate through the various disclosures, inspections, and paperwork that's required. An exceptional real estate pro will also provide you with valuable advice on how to improve the marketability and appearance of your property. Since "time is of the essence" when you put your home up for sale, it's important to get as many qualified prospects walking through your house, as possible. Good salesmanship, competitive pricing, and sharp negotiating skills can also help bring in bonafide offers on your property -- possibly even multiple offers. Stress Reduction Tips For Home Sellers In addition to having the support of a dependable real estate agent, there are also other strategies you can use to maintain your equilibrium.

    1. Make lists of all the things that need to be done, so that you don't wake up in the middle of the night wondering if you forgot to do something important. Staying mentally organized is one of the keys to feeling like you have some control over all the chaos that's going on in your life. Writing things down is also the first step to getting them completed. Keeping track of appointments, documents you need to gather, and professionals to confer with can also help prevent delays, miscommunication, or confusion.
    2. Schedule time for recreation, entertainment, and physical activity. Selling a home can bring with it a lot of ups and downs, so activities like socializing with friends, going for a walk in nature, or meditating can help maintain a positive outlook and a more balanced perspective on things.
    Perhaps the most desirable attitude to adopt is to expect the best, but be prepared for temporary setbacks. While it's true that some properties languish on the market for months, countless others have been scooped up by eager buyers in the first week or two on the market. It depends on a lot of factors, including preparation, excellent timing, and a smidgen of good luck!