Tag: home selling

20
Dec

How to Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Are you wondering how to sell your house during the holidays? While putting your home on the market between holiday celebrations, looming family visits, and school vacations might seem like miserable timing, home sellers can actually benefit by using this period strategically to show and possibly even sell their place.

Most home sellers take a holiday hiatus until the New Year. This can mean that your home may suddenly become a hot commodity. Also if buyers are truly squeezing in house showings between shopping trips and holiday school programs, you know these potential buyers must be serious.

So if you are ready to put up a “For Sale” sign under the pretty glow of your holiday lights, now is the time! Here is some advice on how to sell your house during the holidays.

A little mistletoe will most likely help rather than hurt.

You should be festive and decorate your home. It is when your home looks the best and you take the most pride in it. This will show better and most likely net more.

Avoid going overboard

Go easy on the Christmas decorations. Christmas lights and a tree in the living room are okay, but staging a nativity scene in the front yard and going crazy on decorations can scare off potential buyers.

Throw a holiday party

You should consider squeezing in the time to host a holiday party. This can be a great way to showcase your home to family, friends and neighbors. Chances are that at least one person at the holiday party is looking for a new house or knows someone who is.

Preheat the oven

December is a wonderful time for potential buyers to walk into a home that smells of fresh-baked cookies, treats and holiday cakes. Sweeten up potential buyers a tad more by leaving a plate of treats out for them to enjoy.

Don’t encourage thieves to make a visit

Even though most people are wishing peace and goodwill, not everyone will take this message to heart. For this reason, you should play it safe and don’t leave gifts under a holiday tree during a home showing. You should consider leaving empty decorative boxes instead.

Let your home shine

Winter days have never been darker or shorter, so to ensure your home gives off a warm vibe, you should replace some of your lights with brighter bulbs to add more light for evening showings.

Be giving

Give a little more time than you might if you were selling at a less frantic time of year. Prepare to let people into your house even when it is not convenient for you. Everyone doesn’t celebrate the same holidays, so you might be asked to show on days you normally would not want to.

Use the cold weather in your favor

If it is raining, you should have umbrellas handy for people to look at outside areas. Boot covers by the front door are a nice touch as well. This is the time to accentuate your attached garage and update heating systems and fireplaces.

Are you thinking of selling your North Orange County home this winter? Click here to contact Stacy and Nicole today!

25
Mar

Home Staging Advice

Getting ready to sell your home? Spring is a great time to jump into the market, but before you do, make sure to ask yourself- “is my home ready?” It’s very easy to get used to the weird quirks and damages around your house, but to a potential buyer these little things can be turn-offs. Some people make the mistake of thinking they need to do major renovations to their home before putting it on the market, but that is not necessarily true. Take a look at this list of minor quick fixes to help ensure your home is in tip-top shape! Once it’s looking good, Stacy and Nicole can help put your home on the market!

1. Start With the Bathroom
The bathroom is always a good place to start, because usually that is the area where the most changes need to be made. Our bathrooms are typically private areas that not many people see, so we tend to overlook the grimy parts. But here are a few things to avoid when getting your home ready:
• Clean showers with no mold or dirt
• Wipe down the sinks and toilets with Clorox wipes
• Clean off the mirrors
• Avoid clutter

These quick fixes will get your bathroom looking great and desirable in no time.

2. Onto the Kitchen
The kitchen is the area that most people tend to renovate and remodel before putting their home on the market. Although some kitchens might need the extra work and money, it is not always necessary! Here are a few tips when it comes to updating your kitchen. Start with the big changes that will take more work then move on to the little additions.
• If your cabinets look a little old or worn-down try staining them
• Clean out your fridge and give it a good wipe-down (you never know where potential buyers will look)
• Put new knobs or handles on your cabinets and drawers if they are outdated
• Update your appliances (this could turn your kitchen around because buyers loved updated and fresh appliances)
• Fresh flowers and a fruit bowl are always a nice touch

3. Moving into the Bedrooms
It goes without saying that the bedrooms need to be tidied up when taking pictures of the house or getting ready for an open house, however there a few more changes you can make to take your bedrooms one step further.
• Make sure the bedrooms are not covered in personal items (it’s better if the buyers can envision themselves there, not you)
• Make sure the curtains are clean, up-to-date and open for the light to shine in.
• Dust off any dressers, blinds or fans in the room
• Create as many storage opportunities in the bedroom as possible. Clean out your closet and bookcases to show the potential.
• Don’t let the room sway too male or female. Try to keep things on a neutral track.
• Fix any paint-touch ups or holes in the wall
• Make sure all the lights/fixtures are in tact and shining bright.

4. Curb Appeal is Very Important!
Curb appeal is a big term amongst real estate agents and sellers. Curb appeal is the first impression potential buyers get from your home, and the most lasting usually! In order to get your curb appeal in check, you must make sure that these few items are ticked off your check list!
• Mow your lawn
• Power wash your windows and driveway
• Plant some flowers
• Fix any paint damages
• Clean the gutters

With these affordable and easy fixes your house will sell in no time! When you’re ready to move forward with the process contact Stacy and Nicole here!