Now is a great time to take care of Fall maintenance. Look at your property from buyers eyes and see what can be repaired or freshened up before the snow flies!
Girls swim meet at the Hibbing High School today at 5 pm. today.
Staging: More Money, Fewer Days on Market, Report Shows:
To many real estate pros, home staging has gone from a luxury to a necessity. The National Association of REALTORS® found in a recent survey that sixty-two percent of sellers’ agents believe staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market, and a third say it increases the selling price.
The survey also found that staging can help buyers envision themselves living in that home. NAR’s Home Staging Report found that another 77 percent say that staging makes it easier for the buyers to visualize the property as their home. Staging can help transform a home into the type of residence that is demanded and desired in the market. This involves prepping and photographing staged living areas to be featured in an online listing. This staging service is attractive because many home buyers are beginning their home search online and a nicely designed home can draw a buyer to the open house. Independent of how the market is, a staged home has a move-in ready feel and buyers will pay for it. As NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Staging shows, there are really three rooms one should consider staging: living room, kitchen, and the master bedroom. Home buyers decide within eight seconds of seeing a home whether they like a home or not, according to the Real Estate Staging Association. That first impression can be long lasting. I hope this information helps you when you do decide to list your home for sale and stage it.
Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!
Are you looking to freshen up your bathroom and do some minor or major changes? Check out some of these DIY Bathroom ideas…
New lighting can give your room a fresh look. The LED lights are hit in many homes these days and they save on the energy bills. Always remember lighting above the mirror is a buyers must have. We want to see ourselves when we are getting ready.
Pedstal sinks are the way to go in smaller rooms. It takes up less space giving you the look of a larger room by opening up the floor space.
Buy or Convert to Dual Flush. You don’t need to buy a whole new toilet you can buy just a dual flush converter kit. These kits can take less than an hour to install. If you need a new toilet go with the dual flush. Why dual flush well of course it helps to save on the water bill.
Have you checked out ways to get creative with storage? You need to search ways and think outside the box. You don’t always need to have a closet or cabinet to store those bathroom towels and washcloths. Use a wooden barrel that has been sliced into four circle pieces and hung on the wall for shelving.
When you get up in the middle of the night do your have problems finding the light switch due to being half asleep? Well why not install a Toe-Kick Nightlight. You an do this by adding rope lighting to the underside of the bathroom vanity and it will illuminate the floor.
Re-tile the shower. This will give you the feel of being in a high end hotel bathroom. You do not always have to go with the most expensive and all the same tiles. Look for what may be on sale and mix and match those tiles.
The bathroom sinks and fixtures can get expensive to replace. Look for what quality will last in your home and always pick these items to match any color paint color. This will help you save money in the future if you want to change out the colors.
Have a happy and safe weekend. If your redoing the bathroom I hope these tips will help you think outside the box.
Disassociate Yourself From Your Home
Prepping and staging a house. Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.
You’ve lived in this home for years, and it’s become part of you. However, you’ve got to make that break. Here are a few tips:
• Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
• Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
• Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
• Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”
1. De-Clutter is the number one priority
People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
o If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
o Remove all books from bookcases.
o Pack up those knickknacks.
o Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
o Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
o Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.
1. Rearrange bedroom closets and storage cabinets
Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well.
Make Minor Repairs
In some seller’s markets, for example, you can sell a home in its present condition without much complaint. In normal markets or buyer’s markets, repairs can make or break your sale.
• Patch holes in walls.
• Fix leaky faucets.
• Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
• Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
(Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)
• Replace burned-out light bulbs.
Make the House Sparkle!
Cleaning your home should go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day cleaning job. This could take all day to complete, and you might want to hire assistance.
• Wash windows inside and out.
• Clean out cobwebs.
• Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
• Clean out the refrigerator.
• Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
• Bleach dingy grout.
• Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
Scrutinize Curb Appeal
If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.
• Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
• Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
• Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You’re almost finished.
• Mow the lawn.
• Paint faded window trim.
• Trim your bushes.
• Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.
These are just a few ideas for you to go off of, when getting your home ready for sale!!!
We here at Perrella hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Hello to all! Check out this time line for buyers and sellers! This can really help with the stress of buying selling a home. Make sure that you have an agent that keeps you in the loop and up to date as to where your transaction is at.
Re-Opening the first week in October in the former Anderson Furniture store, located at 2003 1st. Ave, Hibbing.
Well the leaves are turning fast so I hope everyone is able to get out for a drive and take a look at them, because before we know it they will be gone and winter will be upon us. Speaking about winter have you started thinking about preparing your yards and septic’s for it. Its better to be overly prepared than not at all. Most winters when we get large amounts of snow you usually don’t have to worry about your septic’s because then you have a nice layer of insulation covering it. But those winters that we don’t get large amount’s of snow is when you need to put down hay or straw over your septic for insulation so it don’t freeze up on you, cause that can be very costly to have someone come and thaw it out for you. This is just one of the things to be thinking about since winter is right around the corner.
We here at Perrella hope you all have a great work week ahead of you & stay safe!!!
We are asked on a regular basis why a buyer or seller should use a real estate agent. Below are 29 reasons why….
Keep in mind as agents we could add to the 29 reasons. Number 30 would be because we enjoy selling properties!
Interest rates remain historically low! Many lenders are quoting and buyers are telling us they are talking about rates under 4% and for sure under 4.5%! That’s amazing! What a great time to buy a house and lock into a great rate for 30 years!
If you are thinking about buying a house in the near future, get pre-approved today and get educated on what your costs will be and how much you qualify for.
Reminder: We tell buyers: You will likely qualify for more than you are comfortable spending. Find out what your payment will be in order to determine what price range you want to look in!
Contact us to help guide you through the home buying process!