Is it time to relocate and begin making memories in a new house? If so, consider putting your property on the market this summer. Not only will you be able to present your home in the best possible way but competition won’t be as fierce in the warmer months. Real estate investors will see your house in a different light if it goes on the market when Mother Nature is looking her best. With better moving conditions and children out of school for the summer, there really is no better time to present your property to potential buyers.
The stages of selling property involve setting your sale price and staging the home to give it that lived-in look. The sooner your potential buyers can envision themselves settling into the place that you once called “home”, the faster you can expect to make a sale. Furthermore, you can guarantee that the offers you receive will be higher if you focus on enhancing curb appeal.
In order to accomplish this, your real estate game needs to be on point. Take a moment to enlighten yourself on the top tips to get your house ready to sell this summer:
- Clean Entire Home – Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and think about what you would expect when you are looking around a property of interest for the very first time. Cleanliness is a must! You can’t cut corners when it comes to dusting, sweeping, mopping, and everything in-between. Some buyers can be more particular than others, so put a bit of elbow grease into it and make your property sparkle!
- Get Rid of Any Clutter – Not only will a de-clutter clear your mind, it will also give the illusion of a bigger space. You should leave some furniture in place to paint a picture of a “home”. Too much clutter will can distract the potential buyer and make the space feel cramped.
- Take Care of Landscaping – The garden and grounds on which your property stands are the first thing a potential buyer will see. Maintain the area well with professional landscaping services or, if you have time, cut the lawn, remove weeds, and trim foliage to ensure your property is a sure-fire seller.
- Fresh Air and Sweet Scents – Don’t forget about setting the mood with the right aroma. An incense stick, air freshener, or scented candle that smells of lavender or chamomile will instill a feeling of calm. The more relaxed the potential buyer is, the easier it will be for them to imagine themselves living in the property. Open the windows and scatter bowls of baking soda around the home to absorb foul smells.
Don’t underestimate the importance of “staging” your home for a sale. Consider keeping decor simplistic, so as not to distract from the overall design of the property, from its flooring to its ceilings. Professional home staging services might come in handy if you don’t consider yourself much of an interior designer!
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Now that you have purchased a house, it is time to start decorating it. You may want to go all out, but not have the money to do so. If so, you are not alone, but don’t despair. Decorating your dream home on a budget is possible. Here are some easy ways to get you started.
1. Paint the walls. Nothing is more boring than white walls throughout the home. Paint is inexpensive, yet one coat can change the entire look of a room. Go for dramatic, relaxing, bold or whatever your heart tells you. If you find the color doesn’t work, you can always change it.
One way to ensure continuity throughout the home is to paint rooms in different shades of the same color. Combine dark and light shades for more variation. Use stencils, or try a specialty paint technique.
2. Make use of secondhand items. Auctions, rummage sales, estate (more…)
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Though every year many people use the same holiday decorations that have become a tradition for their family, others love to do something different for every holiday. Even if you are planning on mixing both old and new, there are some really simple steps that we’ve collected that will help you get your decorating planned so that it will go off without a hitch!
Pick a Theme
The theme, in all honesty, may be the most difficult part of choosing your decoration options for the holiday season. For instance, many people choose a Victorian or country theme, but some folks consider them overdone. Think about your family and your tastes. If you’ve got daughters who are in love with boy bands, think about using a pop culture theme with lots of color. (more…)
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Football season always seems to sneak up on people. Although the Superbowl is not until February, opening day is right around the corner. If you have some major “superfans” in your family, or just want to have friends over for a game or a toss, here are some things you can do in terms of getting your home ready for football season.
1. Get it in gear
If you are a hardcore fan of a particular team, don’t be afraid to show it. Professional teams come out with all kinds of swag, from welcome mats and patio chairs to garden gnomes and kitchenwares. If you are not looking for the mainstream merchandise, you can also check out stores like Etsy to see what individual fans are crafting up in terms of home decor.
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The Super Bowl is coming, and if you’re like a lot of homeowners, you’re probably tired of the same old boring parties. Instead of attending a friend’s Super Bowl party or spending time with co-workers watching the game at a bar or restaurant, try hosting your own Super Bowl party in your home. Here are five tips you can follow to make sure you’re celebrating the Super Bowl in style.
1. Avoid Boring Party Food
Everybody might like Buffalo wings and pizza from time to time, but if you want to celebrate the Super Bowl in style, skip the boring party food and go for something a little more interesting. Instead of Buffalo wings, try Asian style chicken salad or Moroccan marinated baked chicken legs. Instead of the boring vegetable platter, try putting out a mixture of hard and soft cheeses with crackers and olives. (more…)
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