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MAKE YOUR HOME STAND OUT THIS SUMMER

6/12/2019

Now that May is just a memory, school is ending this week and the summer officially begins, that means one important thing-home selling season is upon us.  With the kids home from school and vacation time accumulated, both buyers and sellers are ready to enter the market as the weather heats up.  As the market begins to grow, you may wonder how to make sure your home stands out among all the others trying to sell during the summer months.  Here are a few tips to make sure you can catch the eye of the potential buyers during busy season!

1. Tour Other For-Sale Homes

Check out open houses for homes similar to yours that are also on the market. As you are preparing to list, use these tours to see what decor and design-types are attractive to you and potential buyers.  If there are things you notice that you do not like, be sure to remove those features from you own home if you have them,  SOmetimes stepping out of the box (or in this case, your own home) will allow you to look at your home through the lens of a potential buyer.

2. Complete Your Home Inspection Up Front

The home inspection can be a dreaded part of the closing process. Instead of waiting for a buyer, complete your home inspection ahead of time. The goal is to set your home apart from the others on the market, and an easy way to do so is letting those potential buyers know that your home is not just for sale, but is already inspected.  If you repair any issues found by the inspector, you'll be one step ahead and gives potential buyers peace of mind.

3. Completely Remove Clutter (As an agent we are told not to say this...come on, who are we kidding....we all have a bit of clutter...including me).

With spring gone and Summer here, your yard may need a little love.  Spring rains and warmth may have left your lawn a little overgrown. Take the time to remove weeds, mow your lawn, and add new plant life around the outside of your home.

4. Use Refreshments To Your Advantage

Whether you are a baker or just love buying baked goods, open houses are the perfect opportunity to draw potential buyers in with sweets.  With rising tm=emperatures, a thoughtful treat with a glass of lemonade or ice water adds a personal touch to your open house with a will, at a minimum, guarantee that potential h=buyers cross the threshold of your home.  Sometimes, getting them in the door is all you need.











ADD A SPRING TOUCH TO YOUR HOME

4/12/2019

Even if the weather isn’t cooperating quite yet - spring is on the way! Cheering up your home with some spring decor is the perfect way to prepare for warmer days and more sunshine. Here are some options to prepare your home for the next season!

ADD AN HERB GARDEN

While they may not last outdoors with the sporadic weather of spring, bringing potted herbs into your home and letting them soak up sunlight in a kitchen window is the perfect way to add life to your home and have access to fresh herbs while you’re cooking. 

THINK SPRING 

If you are all about DIY-ing, creating simple decorations can add a pop of seasonal color to your home. Take that pair of rain boots you don’t wear anymore and turn them into planters - add bright floral arrangements and use your new decor item as an inviting piece by your front door.

POPS OF COLOR

Neutral and sleek is all the rage right now, but adding a pop of color in your normal decor can add a cheerful touch to your home. Swap out your kitchen napkins or tablecloth with something a little bit more colorful, like soft blues or pinks. Small changes can do enough to make your home feel different without being overwhelming.

FLORALS ARE ALWAYS THE ANSWER

Whether or not you already include florals in your home decor, take the time to swap out or add something new that feels like spring. While fresh flowers are a great choice, consider picking up some faux florals for the majority of your decor and saving the fresh flowers for a centerpiece. Don’t be afraid to add pops of color, specifically yellows and pinks, to create a focal point for the room. 

TOUCH UP TIME

Is there a room in your home that is just feeling drab? Maybe it is dark and uninviting, or maybe it has white walls that have started to fade. While you are spring cleaning, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to a place in your home that needs a boost of light. Spring is all about being fresh and new, so your home should feel that way too!

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