Author Archives: Marie Dinsmore

‘Tis the season for home prep

Thinking of selling your home this Spring? If so, it’s time to get started.

I recommend clients spend several weeks getting the home ready before listing. It’s not always as simple as cleaning the place and scheduling some quick staging.

So, if you’re wanting to sell your home in the prime selling season, give me a call and we’ll talk strategy.

For starters, here’s a good list of things from US Inspect you should fix before going to market.

  1. Mystery switches: If you don’t know what it turns on, time to find out.
  2. Water stains: Big red flag on what could be a small (or previously addressed) problem.
  3. Quirky thrones: You know, toilets.
  4. Fire in the hole: That’s the fireplace. Is it working? Is it clean?
  5. Slow train drain: Another often quick, easy fix.
  6. Musty basements: May need to get a professional here, but better to be safe than sorry. You don’t need surprises here.
  7. Wiggles, shimmies, and shakes: Walk through and listen to all the weird sounds and test the handrails.
  8. Oh, oh, oh it’s magic: Check doors and windows and fix them if they stick.
  9. Trip hazards: You don’t want your open house to be a dangerous place to be.
  10. Pressure: Water pressure, that is. It’s important to people and easy for a potential buyer to check.

Don’t make regretful home-buying decisions

Atlanta Agent Magazine recently ran a feature about alarming trends in home-buying. In essence, what decisions may you regret? Here’s the recap of the report, taken in part from ValueInsured’s Modern Homebuyer Survey.

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Every month should be cyber security awareness month

Did you know October is Cyber Security Awareness Month? Are you protected?

I, for one, like to think of every month (well, every day) as a chance to make sure my online persona and data is secure. It seems like each day you hear about another data breach or attack on personal information. In the real estate industry, the focus is on cyber security in terms of wire fraud.

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Days on market number goes down in January

Passing the info on to you! Here’s a quick look at some of the key metrics compiled by Georgia REALTORS from January…

  • New Listings went up 3 percent to 12,494
  • Pending Sales rose 22.5 percent to 9,240
  • Inventory shrank 15.2 percent
  • Days on market? Down.

Click here to take a look at the full report.

Keep your home safe during your travels

Believe it or not, Spring Break is just around the corner. I’m hearing clients and friends talking about those trips to Disney World, the beach or visits to family. But, like any time with large sections of the community out of school, homes are left vacant and targeted for theft.

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Community Resources

WELCOME

2019 Welcome Services

The Dinsmore Team has created this handy guide for both Buyers and Sellers. The guide lists trusted service providers that we use personally and professionally. The providers listed service the Forsyth and North Fulton County areas.

2014 Complete Guide to Moving

This 20-Page Guide will be your comprehensive source for selling your home and planning your move. It includes tips for getting ready to sell, planning your move, packing and transitioning into your new home.

2014 Home Owners Tip Guide

This 20-Page Guide will help you develop an annual maintenance schedule for your home's systems and appliances to help you avoid bigger problems by taking care of them while they are small. It's also a great resource for trouble shooting malfunctions on your own, saving you time and money.


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Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com

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