A good real estate agent is an informed real estate agent. And why shouldn’t I pass that information on to you? Here’s some of the notes from the Georgia market from August I found of note:
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Whether you’re looking to move in the next few years or at some unknown point down the road, if you own an older home, it can be challenging to think about entering a housing market that is frequently flooded with new builds. While there’s something to be said for the quality and integrity of older building materials, as well as the character that comes with etched woodwork and crown molding, if your home was built in the 60s or 70s, chances are good that it’s missing that old-time charm anyway.
What you will find, however, are things like wood paneling, dark flooring, dim lighting, and an abundance of popcorn ceilings. In essence, things tend to feel a bit tight. Therefore, if you’re looking to bring a home that’s 40 to 50-years-old into this century, a few tweaks can make a great deal of difference.
GET RID OF DARK PANELING
Homes in this era tend to have lower ceilings which, combined with darker wall coverings, often make people feel as if they’re living in a cave. To really make things feel open and light, one of the first considerations should involve removing the dark paneling. While this process definitely requires a bit of effort, it will be well worth it in the end. If you’re extremely handy or have experience with this type of renovation, it’s certainly a project that can be done without professional help; however, depending upon the condition of your walls beneath the paneling, additional assistance may be required.
If you don’t have the time or money to remove the paneling all-together, consider painting over it with a light color.
BRING IN THE LIGHT
Since low ceilings tend to restrict the amount of light that comes into your home, a great remedy involves the installation of a few skylights. While this is another project that you may be able to do on your own, it’s probably wise to hire the services of a professional. Not only can they help make sure the installation is done right—you certainly don’t want rain leaking in—they can help you select the right type of skylights for your home, as well as your budget.
Although replacing your existing windows may go a long way towards making your home feel a bit more modern, especially if they’ve become drafty over the years, part of allowing more light into your space may simply involve adding additional windows to certain rooms.
Clearly, this is generally a job for a professional, especially if you’re planning on adding windows or expanding existing ones. Anytime you mess with your walls, it’s important to have a solid understanding of where your structural supports are, so making sure this project is done correctly is pretty important.
REPLACE YOUR FLOORING
Whether you’re dealing with carpeting, tile, or wood flooring, you’ll add more appeal to your home by replacing any dark flooring with lighter alternatives. Consider swapping dark carpeting with lighter, more muted tones (e.g. beige, grey, off-white, etc.) and refinish any dark-stained wood with a lighter stain. If you have an abundance of dated vinyl flooring, you may want to opt for a pale colored tile instead.
SAY GOODBYE TO THE POPCORN CEILINGS
Most homes built during the 60s and 70s have popcorn ceilings, which have a tendency to cause shadows and trap dust. With that, no matter how well you renovate the rest of your home, they will always scream, “I was built in 1973!” Therefore, updating your ceilings is wise investment and is something that doesn’t necessarily require the services of a professional painter. Most people are entirely capable of doing it themselves; however, aside from being messy, it requires the use of certain tools that you simply may not have at home.
For tips on updating the curb appeal of your outdated home, stay tuned for next week’s blog. As always, if you would like advice or want to know what types of home changes will give you the best bang for your buck, please contact me. I’m always here to help.
Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789
Oftentimes, a home-selling strategy is only as good as the Realtor working to develop it; however, it’s not uncommon to find sellers who have gotten so lost in the process of cleaning, painting, and prepping their home that they forget to ask some of the most important questions.
While your overall strategy and list price may vary depending upon the season and other variables indicative of the current real estate climate, as you get closer to finalizing your listing, it’s important to ask your agent the following questions.
What is the most I can ask for my home based upon the current market?
Location obviously plays a huge role in how much you can ask for your home, especially since it’s clearly something that cannot be changed. With that, unless you plan on undergoing a full-scale remodel before you list, chances are good that your number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and square footage will remain relatively static. With that being said, it’s important to make a point to discuss a proper listing price with your Realtor and to trust that, given the current market, they will do what’s best.
Based upon the current market and my asking price, when can I expect to field a serious offer?
Clearly, your Realtor cannot see the future, but it’s worth asking for their opinion on how long they think you’ll have to wait for a buyer. If you’re looking to list your home at the top end of your asking range, you may have to wait longer, so it’s good to understand this dynamic in advance.
What is your strategy regarding open houses?
Just like all markets are different, all Realtors are different, as well. While some agents refrain from staging open houses in favor of viewings, others feel that open houses are a great way to get your home seen by a lot of potential buyers.
Before assuming that your buyer will conduct business in a certain way, make a point to ask them how they develop their strategy and why they choose to do it that way.
In the end, as with most things in life, communication is key. If you have questions, it’s important to speak up! The Realtor/client relationship is just that—a relationship—and most of us understand that healthy, successful relationships are dependent upon open and honest dialogue.
A Realtor’s job is to serve the client, so it’s important to make sure that the handling of your home is done in a way that aligns with your interests. If you’d like to learn more or would simply like a bit of advice, I’m always available to help.
If you’ve been trying to sell your home with little success, you may be feeling a bit of angst over the approaching winter months. As most buyers and sellers are aware, the peak selling season for real estate happens during the spring and summer; however, while most industries tend to slow a bit during the holiday season (unless we’re speaking about retailers), the cooler temperatures are not an automatic death sentence for your home.
Plain and simple, there are some definite advantages to selling your home during the fall and winter, especially if you account for the fact that the internet knows no boundaries—or rather, no seasons. Just as you’re reading this blog online, there are hundreds—if not thousands—of potential buyers utilizing the internet to search for their next home in your area.
With that being said, as the holiday season approaches, we generally become a bit more bogged down with family functions and travel plans, which certainly puts a limit on the amount of spare time we have in our schedules. Hence, as a seller, it’s worth remembering that a large number of the house hunters on the market from October through January are serious about their desire to find a new home. When most of us would simply put a halt to the buying process until life slows down after the New Year, dedicated buyers will stay the course.
From here, when it comes to showing your house and making it look as appealing as possible, you simply cannot go wrong with the warmth of holiday decorations and the emotional pull of strings of lights and freshly baked cookies. Long-story-short, buyers tend to make home purchases based upon emotion, especially when they can envision their life within your home, so there’s no better time to make an emotional connection with your buyers than during the holiday season.
Still, if you’ve reached a point where selling your home is simply what needs to be done regardless of the season, then there’s really no reason to apply the brakes simply because the temperature has taken a dive.
Therefore, if you’re serious about selling before the end of the year, I can help. With consistently high sales numbers and one of the most recognizable names in the Forsyth County real estate market, I know how to make the holiday season work for you.
Please contact me for more information. I’d love to hear from you.
The beauty of hiring an experienced real estate agent is that they make the process of selling your property look easy. However, the truth of the matter is that it takes a lot of work and knowledge to get a home through the closing process, which is worth remembering when the desire to stick a “For Sale by Owner” sign in your yard rears its ugly head.
Plain and simple, while you may cringe when thinking about the standard 6% commission that your agent will get when your home finally sells, it’s important to think about all of the advantages they bring to the table, especially when you find yourself in a tight spot.
FREE MARKETING – When it comes to selling, marketing is key. Effective sales strategies include marketing materials that will not only cost you some serious out-of-pocket cash, but require professional-looking design skills, which—let’s face it—most of us lack.
Instead, a great agent will not only provide you with an abundance of professional photographs, brochures, mailings, and advertisements, but will make sure your listing is seen by the right contacts. Often times, finding a buyer is about numbers. If no one is seeing your home, no one will buy it.
THEY’LL PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD – When it comes to staging, most of us have our furniture and belongings organized for function; however, while comfortable, chances are good that your layout may not be what’s best for the look of the room. If the goal is to show things in best light possible, you’ll need an agent who can objectively assess your space and help you decide what to keep and what to place in storage. Clearly, buyers will be looking for aesthetic appeal, so having someone on hand to redistribute your furniture, make recommendations, and increase your home’s flair is crucial.
THEY KNOW PEOPLE – A solid agent will have a solid team working behind them—which includes everything from honest lenders, plumbers, electricians, inspectors, contractors, brokers, designers, landscapers, etc. Whether selling your home will require a bit of a backyard cleanup or a few coats of fresh paint, your agent should be able to recommend someone who will not only do a great job, but give you a fair price.
When attempting to sell your home on your own, it’s easy to cave and throw money at the problem; however, an agent will save you from spending your hard-earned money when not absolutely necessary.
MORE MONEY AT CLOSING – Whether you always understand it, a great agent will approach the home selling process with a strategy, which means they’re going to work their magic to get you the most money for your home. Whether that means under-pricing to stage a bidding war or showing your property before listing to entice that super-motivated buyer, they know exactly how to play things so that you get more money.
TIME IS MONEY – Plain and simple, agents do things what you cannot. Unless you went to school for real estate or regularly spend your time researching trends in the local market, chances are good that they have a better understanding of what it takes to get a home sold in as little time as possible. The longer your home stays on the market, the more money you lose, so it’s important to have someone in your corner who can do the heavy lifting and move the process along.
In the end, regardless of the season or time of year, if you’re looking to sell your current home, I can help. My background is extensive and I know how to move homes from market to close.
To learn more about what I can do for you and your family, please feel free to contact me.
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