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Quick Fixes for a Great Looking Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. The way to the heart is through the stomach. Cooking with love feeds the soul. From countless catchy phrases, to our own experiences at home, it’s clear that the kitchen is one of the single most important rooms we’ll find ourselves in. With this in mind, remember that it’s important to make sure your kitchen is inviting, warming, and inspiring to those who enter.
Here are some great ways you can help sell your home by reaching the hearts of your prospective buyers through one of their most vulnerable spots: their stomachs!
Cabinet Doors
Damaged or dirty cabinet doors are a big turn-off for buyers. But that’s easy to fix. Most cabinetry can be re-painted after cleaning it and applying a coat of primer. Just check that the materials can take paint; otherwise, you’ll need to give some special preparation to the cabinet doors first. Alternatively, you can just replace the doors. There are companies that provide doors to fit existing kitchen cabinets.
Hardware
Another way to fix up cabinets is to replace the hardware, perhaps swapping out-of-date fixtures for sleek, modern ones. This is a very cheap and easy way to update your kitchen.
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Sinks and faucets
Try trading your faucets for more modern designs and replacing a damaged or very dirty sink.
Appliances
People love modern stainless steel appliances. It could be a good investment to upgrade your appliances to the most modern designs to give your kitchen that ‘wow’ factor.
Backsplash
An easy way to update your kitchen is to replace the backsplash. Subway or mosaic tiles or a sheet of stainless steel are very popular choices right now, and this quick change can really lift the feel of the room.
Flooring
Old, tired linoleum floors will turn off buyers. Try updating with tough laminate flooring or some tiles that tie into the designs choices you’ve made for rest of your kitchen.
Paint
Change the décor easily by repainting in fresh, modern, neutral colors. A coat of paint can be a very cheap way to refresh the look of your kitchen.
Clutter
Just by simply removing the clutter that accumulates on your countertops, you can freshen up your kitchen. Throw out things you don’t need; put away others you use only occasionally.

What A Beautiful Outside Can Do For Your Home’s Inside

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Creating an inviting landscape not only ensures a positive first impression with buyers, but may also increase your home’s value and lead to a quicker sale. You don’t have to spend a lot to make big improvements in your home’s curb appeal. Keeping your lawn manicured – mowed and edged – and trimming bushes and trees is an inexpensive way to make a positive impression on buyers. You’ll also want to remove any dead or diseased plants and ensure beds are weeded and freshly mulched.

Before beginning any landscape project, make a plan. And if you live in a neighborhood with restrictive covenants requiring approval by a landscape committee, be sure to follow proper procedures to avoid spending money on projects that you may be forced to undo later. A project plan will also help ensure that you make wise choices and stay within your budget.
Use color and depth to create visual interest, and select a variety of plants that bloom or change color throughout the year so your yard will be attractive regardless of the season. If your yard is open to your neighbors’ yards, a street, or public areas, consider screening to create a more private space. This can be accomplished naturally with evergreen trees and bushes, or with an attractive fence.

Sometimes what you remove from a yard can be as important as what you put in. If the front of your home is obscured by overgrown trees or bushes, remove them or trim them back to help buyers get a clear view of your home. Remember that the goal is to create a welcoming first impression that says, “Come in!”

Trends in Landscaping:

  • Low maintenance vegetation: less lawn to mow, helps keep weeds in check.
  • More trees: enhance beauty and provide shade.
  • Decks, patios, and terraces: an outdoor living space for entertaining and relaxing.
  • Outdoor lighting: provides enticing views of your home and landscaping at night.
  • Irrigation system: costs more but simplifies lawn care and is attractive to buyers.

Why Hiring a Home Stager Is More Important Than Ever

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Deciding whether to hire a home stager isn’t an easy decision. In tough economic times there’s a tendency for homeowners to cut back on any added fees. However, that could be a big mistake. Research indicates that the need for a home stager is even more important during a buyer’s market as competition is tougher.

The following quiz can help you determine if you’d benefit from hiring a home stager:

1.  Does the Sales Price of the Home Place It Into the Luxury or Jumbo Mortgage Range? If so, there’s a good chance you’d benefit from hiring a home stager. Not only is the competition among higher-priced homes even more dramatic than it is in affordable areas, but potential buyers expect to be impressed.

2.  Does the Property Have Problem Areas? For example, older homes may have eight-foot flat ceilings, smaller bedrooms and other age-related amenities that have fallen out of favor. Hiring a professional problem-solver is a good investment to ensure that you obtain top dollar for your property without breaking the bank.

3.  Was the Property a Cookie-Cutter Model? This is a commonly encountered problem for condo owners and for those who own properties in modest single-family, tract-built neighborhoods where there is limited variation to differentiate one property from another. The challenge is to stand out from the crowd in order to attract attention and seal the deal.

The bottom line here is that in a tough buyer’s market the benefits of hiring a home stager far outweigh the cost.

 

So, if you’re trying to make your stand out to attract home buyers, get some free advice from Guidance Realty Homes‘ real estate agents in Orlando, New York Metro, or Northern Virginia. They can help put you in contact with pre-screened home improvement specialists and qualified stagers to add that “wow” factor to your home. What are you waiting for? Talk to our listing specialists and attract more potential buyers.

 

7 Things that Will Stop Your House Selling

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Poor curb appeal

Buyers won’t even go inside if the outside of the house looks unappealing. So clean up your front yard by tidying plants and pulling up weeds. Make sure the outside of your home looks well cared-for by painting the trim, mowing the lawn and placing attractive potted plants by the door.

Unpleasant odors

You may not even notice bad odors, but buyers surely will. Smoking and pets are the prime causes, so smoke outside while you are selling your house and consider what to do with your animals. Allow the house to air out thoroughly before viewings – don’t just try to mask the odor with another scent.

Loud and scary pets

Apart from the odor of some animals, a big dog or noisy bird can be off-putting to some buyers. So keep your dog away when you have viewings so your potential buyers aren’t distracted or, worse, scared.

Signs of damp

Problems with damp are a big turn-off to many buyers. Make sure your basement doesn’t smell damp and there are no signs of damp on the walls. It’s much better to fix problems now than wait until buyers point them out to you.

Dirt and grime

Although dirt is usually only cosmetic, it deters buyers, who will start to think the house isn’t well cared for. So make sure your kitchen and bathroom, in particular, are clean.

Bad décor

Although your home’s décor shouldn’t matter, to many buyers it does. That’s because many want a house they can move into right away. So replace any tired or out-of-date carpets or wallpapers with a more neutral, modern scheme.

Wrong price

If your house it too expensive compared to similar properties on the market, you’ll turn away viewers. So take your agent’s advice when it comes to setting a price for your home.

 

If you’re trying to make your home lovable to attract home buyers, get complimentary advice from our Guidance Realty Homes’ real estate agents. They can help put you in contact with pre-screened home improvement specialists and qualified stagers to add that “wow” factor to your home. What are you waiting for? Talk to our listing specialists and attract more potential buyers. Don’t let these 7 things stop your house from selling!

 

First Impressions Count: Make Your Home Really Stand Out

First impressions at house showings are everything; when there is an excess of inventory on the real estate market, you need to make your home the one buyers just have to have ­ you must be the standout. Here are some ways you can do that.

Give your Realtor talking points say what’s good about your home. Maybe it’s in a prime location with access to great schools and amenities, has a bustling nightlife, or enjoys a private, quiet setting whatever you think is great about your home.

Show you care about your home make it loved, and make it show. Make sure that your house is sparkling clean for every showing and impeccably maintained.

Get rid of any trash and clutter ­ open up your home to make it feel more spacious and sell yourselves as conscientious homeowners passing down a family treasure.

Don’t let anything in or outside of your home be in disrepair because you’ll give the impression that this is a home not worth caring about.

As maintenance goes, painting is your number one best property maintenance investment – it’s relatively cheap, covers neglected surfaces, and gives everything a fresh, clean topcoat. There is just no better bang for your home improvement buck.

Cleaning your home for every showing is absolutely critical to selling it at a favorable price.

 

How to Give Your Home Curb Appeal

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Most home buyers make up their minds about your house in the first 30 seconds after pulling up outside. So it’s vital that you make the outside of your home as attractive as possible if you want to get the best price possible. Start now with a Guidance Realty Homes real estate agent who can connect you with experts in home staging as well as home improvement.

After all, a neat, tidy and well-cared for home will beat a rundown, shabby house any day. Here are some easy tips.

Mow the lawns and keep the flower beds neat: This will give buyers the impression they can move in right away without maintenance headaches.

Add colorful flowers: Invest in some planter plots and fill them with beautiful blooms to give extra impact to your home’s entrance.

The front door: Make sure it’s freshly painted to look bright and inviting. Polish the doorknob and street numerals, too.

Screen unsightly areas: Lattice or bamboo screens are available cheaply and will block any ugly vistas.

Move the toys: While it’s OK to have a child’s bike outside in a family-friendly area, remove any toys strewn over the yard.

Get that manicured look: Add mulch or compost around flowerbeds to make your garden and plants look cared for and healthy.

Keep it clean: Use a power-washer to give your walkways a clean, fresh look.

Essential repairs: Make sure there are no loose shingles or guttering.

 

How to Make Your Home’s Entrance Enticing

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Curb appeal is vital if you want your home to sell quickly for a good price. Passerby’s who notice the “For Sale” sign from the neighborhood are checking out the curb appeal of the home before they’ve even step out of the car. So, why not impress buyers right off the bat! And did you know? The key to selling your home starts at the front door. Go ahead and reach out to Guidance Realty Homes’ real estate agents who can connect you with experts in home staging and home improvement. Guess what? It’s also Free!

To create that enticing look, you don’t necessarily have to undertake extensive landscaping or major fixes to the exterior of the building. Instead, you could just concentrate on the entrance to your house.

Lead them in

You want to do everything you can to lead your guests (and potential buyers) into your home. Make it clear where the entrance is by emphasizing it, using some of the techniques in this article.

Accessorize

Make sure all your door hardware (the door knocker, handle and hinges) are new or look new. You can buy matching hardware cheaply. Alternatively, give what you already have a good polish. Invest in a new house number and mailbox that complement the rest of your hardware.

The door

Make sure the door looks bright and fresh. Paint it to match the rest of the trim on your house and keep it clean of dirty rain splashes.

Steps and railings

If there are steps up to your home, make sure they are well kept and safe. Check metal railings for rust and make sure they stay firm when visitors hold them.

Plants

Use containers or hanging baskets to mark the way to your home. They are easy to maintain and provide a splash of color. Try placing one container or basket on either side of the door to frame the entrance.

Lighting

Consider adding attractive lights to emphasize the entrance and make it more attractive at night.

Add a chair

If you have space, place an attractive chair near the entrance. It gives the impression your home provides a relaxing place to sit and rest.

Don’t forget a welcome mat

As a finishing touch, put a new mat outside the door.

 

How to Make Your Home Appear Much Bigger

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One thing that most buyers are looking for is space. They want to know they’re going to have room for everything (and everyone) and they’re not going to grow out of their house too quickly. So here are some ways to make your house seem bigger than it really is.

Get rid of clutter

This is probably the most important secret to increasing the illusion of space. Remove items you don’t need from surfaces, particularly in the kitchen. Keep shelves tidy and not stuffed with books and ornaments.

Paint the walls

Use white or neutral colors to make rooms appear light and spacious. Use tones of a neutral color such as brown or gray to avoid visual clutter and make your décor feel more harmonious.

Consider off-site storage

If you’re running out of room for your possessions, move some of them into a storage unit while your house is on the market. Alternatively, have a yard sale to get rid of unwanted items — or donate them to charity. Otherwise, your house might look as if it’s not spacious enough for a family.

Remove some furniture

Potential buyers need to be able to walk around your house without bumping into chairs and tables. Put some furniture into storage until you move. Leave a path through your rooms that buyers can walk through.

Organize closets

Make sure you’ve tidied your closets. Invest in an organizing system, if necessary. Remove clothing that you’re not likely to wear from your closets.

Clean up the garage

People want to know they can fit a car (or two) in the garage and still have room for storing their possessions. So clear out your garage and neatly organize everything that must stay in there.

Mirrors and drapes

Place mirrors in strategic places and remove fussy window treatments to enhance the illusion of space.

Small space doesn’t mean you have to be cramped. So, if you want to make your home appear much bigger, get some free advice from Guidance Realty Homes real estate agents. Luckily, they’ll be able to connect you with home improvement specialists and qualified stagers to make your living space look and feel larger than life. Did we mention that it’s Free? Connect with our listing specialists and make the most of every square foot of your home to captivate homebuyers.