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One of our main responsibilities is to arrive at an accurate estimate of value for your home, so we ensure a detailed evaluation and analysis of every part of your home. Our work doesn’t stop there, as we will fully investigate the real estate market and compare your property with similar listings to make sure that you receive the highest amount you deserve for your home.

We will follow a step-by-step marketing program that will provide you with service that is professional and courteous. In the end, you will be sure that the price you set reflects the true value of your home under current market conditions . . . rest assured that you will be completely satisfied with your selling price once we have completed the proper research and evaluation of your home.
 

Selling a Home as a Family | How to Prep Your House and Make It Shine

Selling a home comes with plenty of tasks and responsibilities. When you are a busy parent, it can feel like there isn't enough time to prepare your home and keep it spotless for showings. Thankfully, it doesn't have to be time-consuming.

Prioritize

We all have some clutter. That comes naturally with a well-lived home. However, clutter makes a house less spacious and may deter prospective buyers. Large furniture pieces can make rooms feel compact, while a kitchen full of appliances can have the same effect. Wardrobes full of clothes, garages full of boxes, all can undermine one of the biggest draws for buyers: storage. To help, categorize your belongings into “keep,” “dispose,” or “storage.” Look at clothes that have not been worn in a while, or tech that is no longer used.

Make decluttering a family process. Ask your children what they feel comfortable parting with. Don't force the issue, however, as moving to a new home may already be causing some anxiety. Once you have organized your belongings, the next step will be deciding what to do with anything you’re not keeping. You might organize a yard sale, donate to charity, or give away things to loved ones.

Clean As You Go

An efficient strategy to keeping a home clean is through habit. Make it a routine for everyone to deal with issues as they happen. Mess on the floor? Clean it up in the moment. Done with the dishes? Place them straight in the dishwasher instead of the sink. Make your bed when you wake up. Put clothes away when you get home. When it comes to the debris that comes with a family, set up spaces, like baskets, for your little ones to store items after use. It may help habituate them to putting things away instinctively. These baskets could serve a double purpose, too, as they can be easily moved for showings. Cleaning as you go can make the process of keeping a spotless home less onerous and give you more time to focus elsewhere.

Set Up A Cleaning Schedule

Of course, no matter how quick you react to a mess, there are still going to be things you need to clean. A regular schedule where chores are delegated to the whole family can help keep a home spotless. Give your children responsibilities that are appropriate to their age, like dusting or putting dishes away. Make cleaning fun for them, as the process might go more smoothly if the television or music is playing in the background. Your vacuum will be your most invaluable asset in achieving a clean home. It's perfect for quickly getting rid of debris, dirt, animal hair and crumbs, pretty much anything that might accumulate with kids or pets. If your old vacuum isn’t doing the trick, more than ever, now is the time to pad your cleaning arsenal with a new model. Look for a quality appliance that’s versatile enough to easily work on carpet and hardwood. Keep in mind this investment will serve you well when you move into your new home too.

Stage

With a decluttered, clean home, all that is left is staging an open house. This may sound daunting, especially for busy parents, but staging doesn't have to be intense. Put away any personal effects including fridge drawings or photographs, and replace anything that is overly distinctive to give your home a neutral appearance. A depersonalized property acts as a blank canvas for buyers, and can potentially be the clincher for any sale. Don't overlook minor details, either. Make sure bedding and towels are fresh; all lights are working perfectly, and add flowers as lovely accents. Look around your home and see what could benefit from a quick sprucing, whether it's cupboards in need of polishing or a trim that could do with a new coat of paint. It also helps to have the entire family (pets included!) leave when it’s time for an open house. You don’t want to be looming while potential buyers are sizing up your home.

Give yourself the best chance of a successful sale by keeping your home uncluttered and spotless. Spread out the responsibility to the whole family and watch as your home becomes cleaner each day. It may take effort, but the end result can be a meaningful contribution.

Janet Campbell 
http://elderspark.com/
Janet Campbell is the writer of this article and creator of ElderSpark. Her mission is to encourage people of all ages to live their healthiest and happiest lives ever. She strives to provide information on senior wellness and safety as well as ideas for how to make the most of this beautiful chapter of our lives.

 

Selling Your Home: Where To Begin?


First Impressions
Remember what first attracted you to your house when you bought it? What excited you about its most appealing features? Now that you're selling your home, you'll need to look at it as if you were buying it all over again.

A spruced up house makes a great first impression on potential buyers. An attractive property grabs their attention and makes them excited about finding a house that looks and feels well-cared for. Because buyers know they’ll encounter fewer problems if they buy it, your house becomes more appealing and stands out from the competition. So if you prepare your home correctly, you’ll save time selling it when it’s on the market.

A good first impression makes an impact on a number of levels. It’s not just the way your house looks to potential buyers, but how it feels and smells to them, how their friends and family will react, how they imagine it would be to live there.

With simple improvements throughout your house, you can grab the attention of potential buyers and help them see why your house is right for them.

Plan Ahead
Create a plan to enhance your property. Keep a notebook for your selling project, and as you stroll through your yard, make a list of what needs to be done. Consider what your property looks like to people driving by or walking through your door. What will they like or dislike? What needs fixing, painting, cleaning? What can you improve? Whether you paint your house or fix up the yard, your efforts don’t need to be costly; even inexpensive improvements and minor repairs go far toward attracting serious buyers. But remember, those seemingly insignificant problems you’ve learned to live with can actually discourage potential buyers. Here are ideas for increasing your home’s appeal in order to sell it quickly at the best price.

Interior

Clean Everything
Buyers expect a spotless house, inside and out. So clean everything, especially your windows and window sills. Scrub walls and floors, tile and ceilings, cupboards and drawers, kitchen and bathrooms. Wash scuff marks from doors and entryways, clean light fixtures and the fireplace. Don’t forget the laundry room. And put away your clothes.


Cut the Clutter
People are turned off by rooms that look and feel cluttered. Remember, potential buyers are buying your house, not your furniture, so help them picture themselves and their possessions in your home by making your rooms feel large, light, and airy. As you clean, pack away your personal items, such as pictures, valuables, and collectibles, and store or get rid of surplus books, magazines, videotapes, extra furniture, rugs, blankets, etc. Consider renting a storage unit to eliminate clutter in your garage and attic.

It’s hard to get rid of possessions, but cleaning and clearing out the clutter can really pay off in the end. Packing away your clutter also gets you started packing for your next move. Make your garage and basement as tidy as the rest of your house. Simple little tasks such as storing your tools and neatly rolling up your garden hose suggest that you take good care of your house. Don’t let anything detract from making your best first impression.

Closets
They’re an important consideration to many buyers. By storing clothing you won’t use soon, you’ll make closets look spacious.

Paint
A new coat of paint cleans up your living space and makes it look bright and new. To make rooms look larger, choose light, neutral colors that appeal to the most people, such as beige or white.

Carpet
Check its condition. If it’s worn, consider replacing it. It’s an easy and affordable way to help sell your home faster. Again, light, neutral colors, such as beige, are best. If you don’t replace it, you can suggest to potential buyers that they could select new carpet and you’ll reduce your price; buyers like to hear they’re getting a deal. At the very least, have your carpet cleaned.

Repairs and Renovations
It’s best to avoid making major renovations just to sell the house since you’re unlikely to recoup those costs from your selling price. Make minor repairs to items such as leaky faucets, slow drains, torn screens, gutters, loose doorknobs, and broken windows. Make sure repairs are well done; buyers won’t take you seriously if your home-improvement efforts look messy, shoddy, or amateurish.

Leaks and Moisture
Water stains on ceilings or in the basement alert buyers to potential problems. Don’t try to cosmetically cover up stains caused by leaks. If you’ve fixed the water problem, repair the damage and disclose in writing to the buyer what repairs were made.

Exterior

Curb Appeal 
The "Wow" factor — that first visual, high-impact impression your home makes on potential buyers — can turn a looker into a buyer. To determine your property’s curb appeal, drive through your neighborhood and note other properties; then approach your own house as if you were a potential buyer. How does it look? Does it "wow" you? Will its curb appeal attract buyers? Note what needs improving, such as trimming trees, planting shrubs, or painting gutters. Little things convey that you’ve cared for your home, and this is your opportunity to sell that important message to buyers who are shopping from the street, simply cruising neighborhoods just looking for houses for sale. To get them through your door, do what you can to make your property look like someone’s dream home.

Paint/Stain
If it’s peeling or blistering and you can’t remember the last time you painted it, your house needs some attention. That also goes for stain that is significantly faded. A newly painted or stained exterior will help sell your house faster. And whether you do it yourself or hire someone, you’ll also increase your home’s value.

In the Yard
Grab people’s attention by enhancing your yard and landscaping. If your house looks inviting and well-maintained from the street, people will imagine that it’s attractive on the inside, too.

  • Prune bushes and hedges; trim trees.
  • Keep your lawn looking healthy and green by mowing it often, fertilizing it, and keeping it edged and trimmed.
  • Clean up and dispose of pet mess.
  • Weed your gardens; add fertilizer and mulch; then plant colorful flowers.
  • In winter, keep your driveway and sidewalks shoveled, de-iced, and well-lit.
  • Stack firewood, clean out birdbaths, repair and paint fences.


The Front Door
An attractive entry catches a buyer’s eye and says, "Welcome," so highlight this area of your house with decorative touches, such as a wreath on the door or new shrubs and flowers around the steps. For an even grander entry, clean and paint your front door, or replace it with a new one for a few hundred dollars. Don’t forget to fix and polish doorknobs, repair torn screens, and then put out that new welcome mat.