2. December 2014

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Why Show Your Home During The Holidays?

Showing Your House During the HolidaysDon’t you have enough to do during the holiday season? Do you really want to show your house NOW? Yes, and here’s why:

  1. Holiday buyers are motivated. No one “window shops” for a house with so much going on.
  2. You are probably already expecting guests. Since you have your home “on display” for the holiday crowd, it’s probably already good to go for potential buyers.
  3. Your home is more inviting. When it’s pretty outside, there’s less incentive to come indoors — but when the weather is nasty or nippy or both, your potential buyers will find a warmth and charm when entering your home that a springtime showing can’t offer.
  4. It’s a great excuse to have holiday parties elsewhere. “I’m sorry, I’d love to host three meals and a couple sleep overs, but our house is on the market right now, so we will have to take a raincheck until next year when we are settled in our new digs.
  5. You can reduce the time spent decorating. If you are showing your home, you don’t want to fill the inside (or the outside) with too much holiday bling. Keeping it simple means you will actually have MORE time to do what you want to do this season… like take a nap!

Best wishes on your holiday showings and call us if we can be of any help.

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    17. November 2014

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    5 Reasons To Sell a House During the Holidays

    Why You Should Sell Your Home During the HolidaysThe holiday season is upon us and your house is still for sale. Should you take your house off the market until after the holidays? Nope!

    Here’s why:

    1. Slim-Pickins’ – Everyone else is wondering the same thing — and many of them WILL take their home off the market — which lowers the inventory of homes for sale and mathematically improves your chances of selling automatically.
    2. Savvy Tax-Aware Shoppers – People who shop during this season are usually motivated to buy before January 1st — and they aren’t “just browsing.” These folks are serious enough to take time away from their own holiday celebrations and go out in less than ideal temperatures, braving challenging weather, to see your house. They want to buy. Now.
    3. Interest Rates Drop – People who really want a house will take advantage of better rates and find a house to make that happen. It could be yours!
    4. People Shop From Home – You may have less traffic and more interest because of the weather. It’s essential to have a great online listing when selling during the holidays. Ask your real estate agent to come out and take fresh photos with the fireplace going, tasteful decorations, and talk with them about how to best stage your home for a virtual tour to reel in motivated buyers. When potential buyers do arrive, your home is probably already a finalist!
    5. Take Advantage of Sales – During the holiday season, rampant sales on large household appliances may help you to stage (and sell) your home and pocket a little more profit. Talk with your real estate agent on what your home might need that will offer the best return on your investment!

    If you need help, or have any questions about selling your home during the holidays, give us a call! (And be sure to take time to enjoy the season.)

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      6. October 2014

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      Stage Your House: Cure Clutter Blindness

      To stage your home, cure clutter blindness

      To stage your home, cure clutter blindness!

      If you are trying to sell your house, you need the space to put its “best foot forward.” You need a clutter-free home to enable others to see the potential your house has to become their home. Clutter is a hurdle you must clear to make that happen.

      What Is Clutter Blindness?

      Once you live in a space for awhile, you no longer see the clutter. It “blends” into the background and your eyes skip over it. Your brain no longer registers the over-full bookshelves, the stuff on surfaces or the stacks of things in that dark corner. Clutter blindness is part self-defense (you don’t have to worry about and deal with what you don’t see) and part familiarity.

      To stage your home, you need a method to break that pattern of blindness so you can see the clutter that needs to be cleaned.

      How To See the Clutter Again

      A simple trick you can use to see your own clutter (if you don’t plan to hire a professional stager to help you see it and deal with it), is to use a video camera. You can borrow one, or you can even use the one on your smart-phone.

      Go room by room and film every inch. Pretend you are showing the house, on video, to a potential buyer. Open all the cabinets. Film inside every closet. Visit the basement, attic, and garage with the camera recording.

      Next Steps: Clutter-Busting!

      Watch that video (preferably on a large screen monitor or television) and take notes. Pause the film as needed to make complete notes on clutter you see and things that need to be handled before potential buyers visit your house (or even before your real estate agent sees it for the first time, if you have recently decided to sell).

      Go room-by-room and handle everything on your list. Once you have completed a room, video-tape your “tour” again.

      When the video looks the way it should, for every room, storage area and utility space in and around your house — you are ready to call your agent and announce that you are now ready to sell.

      NOTE: The same clutter-busting methods work outside to help you improve your curb appeal!

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        22. September 2014

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        Pamper Yourself During the Sale

        Hire the Help You Need, When Selling Your House

        Hire the Help You Need, When Selling Your House

        Surviving (and allowing your family to survive) when you are trying to sell your house can be a challenge. It can be especially challenging if the adults in the family are working outside the home. Sometimes, taking advantage of a few luxuries can make all the difference. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to hire some help, and it may save your sanity.

        1. Maid Service

        Find a highly-recommended individual to come once a week and do your household chores. Ask your neighbors or your real estate agent for suggestions.

        2. Laundry Service

        If you can find someone to come in and do the laundry (maybe even the individual who does your laundry!) once a week, you will find life easier to manage during the transition period.

        3. Clutter Busters

        There is an entire professional industry that has sprouted around helping people rid themselves of unwanted “stuff.” This may include professional organizers, decluttering experts, EBay assistants, and yard sale organizers. If you need help determining what to eliminate, contact the decluttering expert. The professional organizer will help you to deal with what’s left and the EBay and Yard Sale entrepreneurs will sell your excess stuff (for a percentage of the profit).

        4. Lawn Care Service

        Again, consult with your real estate agent or your neighbors to find the best, most dependable, and reasonably priced lawn care service in your area.

        5. Food Preparation

        Consider hiring a meal delivery entrepreneur to deliver home-made meals once a week so you can keep the meals in the freezer until you need them. This is a healthy, mess-minimizing option for those days when you have showings. If you don’t have an entrepreneurial service like this in your area, look for ready-made entree meals at your local grocery store and complete the meal with a side of vegetables or a salad. You can also visit the local deli and keep healthy versions of lean meats, cheeses and vegetables to make healthy sandwiches (on whole grain bread, of course)

        Once you use some of these services, you may not be willing to go back to a “do-it-all-yourself” model — even after your house sells. But, for the period of time when you are trying to accomplish so much, having a little help may save your sanity. It’s ok. Get some help. You have permission. You’re welcome!

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          28. August 2014

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          Five Steps to Decluttering Your House This Fall

          Five Fresh Approaches to Decluttering

          Five Fresh Approaches to Decluttering

          Spending less of your life dealing with stuff is an attractive concept. It’s especially attractive when you are planning a move. People planning a move often wonder, “How did I accumulate so much ?!?!” Continue reading…

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