Does Holiday Decor Help or Hurt When Selling a Home?

no Christmas treesOne of the basic rules of selling a home is to dress it in a way that attracts as many buyers as possible. It’s why a lot of real estate agents recommend using neutral colors instead of bold colors when it comes to the interior. During the holidays, you might be a little hesitant to decorate in accordance to the holidays. The last thing you want to do is offend a potential buyer due to their religion. However, that doesn’t mean you should just ignore the holiday season altogether.

Decorating For the Holidays

Ignoring the holidays altogether when you decorate your house is generally not a good idea. This is because the majority of the buyers that come in to look at your house will acknowledge the holiday season even if they don’t participate in it. Decorating your house for the holidays will make your home more inviting and will make it easier for potential buyers to see themselves living in your house. Keeping that in mind, the following are a few basic tips for decorating for the holidays:

  • Avoid using religious decoration, such as manger scenes.
  • Avoid personal decorations, such as family photos or stockings with your family’s names on it.
  • Don’t use too many decorations. You don’t want your home to look cluttered.
  • Stringing holiday lights or hanging up wreaths are great examples of non-religious holiday decorations.
  • Don’t add a holiday tree. This is not because of their religious connotation but because a tree can take up too much space and will draw all the attention away from any architectural features you may want to show off instead.

Don’t be afraid of decorating the house you’re selling during the holidays, just make sure that the decorations are appropriate.

Choosing a House with Your Pet in Mind

pet at homeEveryone has their list of wants and needs when it comes to finding a new house. However, if you have pets, then there are probably a few things that you’ll want to look for in particular when house hunting. The following are a few tips for choosing a house if you own a pet:

  • HOA pet restrictions – There may be certain restrictions on different types of pets. It’s important that you check the HOA guidelines and rules to make sure your pet would be allowed before you buy a house.
  • Look for a yard – Depending the type and the size of your pet, you may want a yard where it can play, run around, and possibly even sleep if it’s an outdoor pet (such as a larger dog). Look for a property with the size yard you need for your pet. You’ll also want fencing around that yard–and if there’s no fence, you’re going to have to build one.
  • Look for a pet-friendly neighborhood – If you own a dog, you’ll want to live in a neighborhood where it’s easy to walk. If the house is right off a busy road, it may not be ideal. However, if the house is in a quiet neighborhood with large sidewalks or a nearby park, it may be perfect.
  • Look for pet-friendly flooring – Carpeting is probably the least pet-friendly flooring since it will get dirty easily and will stain easily. Reclaimed or distressed hardwood flooring is best since scratches won’t stand out as much.

These are some of the most important things that you should look for if you’re house hunting and you own a pet. To help you find a house that’s pet-friendly, make sure that you work with a reputable real estate agent.

3 Easy Tips for Selling Your House from Out of State

selling a home from across the USIt’s helpful to be around when you’re selling your home, but it’s not always possible. Some homeowners have to move out of state for work, which means that they aren’t able to stay to sell their house. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. The following are three tips on how to sell your house if you’re out of state:

  1. Price your home accurately – If you’re out of state, then odds are that the sooner you sell your house, the better. The last thing you’ll want to deal with is trying to sell a house out of state that ends up being on the market for months. Do not overprice your house based on what you paid for it and how much you’ve invested into improvements. It needs to be priced compared to similar real estate that has sold in the area recently. In fact, you may even want to price it slightly lower to help attract more buyers.
  2. Stage your home – If you’ve already moved out of state, then the house is probably empty. Trying to sell an empty house can be difficult since buyers will have trouble imagining how it will look with furniture. An empty house can also look smaller than it is. Staging your home can make your home more attractive to buyers.
  3. Find a reliable real estate agent – It’s extremely important that you find a trustworthy real estate agent familiar with the area. They can help price the house properly and organize showings on your behalf. They will remain in constant communication with you as well so you don’t have to worry about it nearly as much.

Use these tips if you’re selling a house out of state. For a real estate agent that you can rely on, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

How a Real Estate Agent Can Help When Building a New Home

building a homeIf you’ve decided to build your own home instead of buying an existing house, then you might think that you don’t need a real estate agent. After all, isn’t the whole point of a real estate agent to help you find an existing house that fits your needs? The thing is, a real estate agent can do a lot more than just that. The following are a few ways in which a real estate agent can be incredibly beneficial, even if you’ve decided to build your own house:

  • Find a reputable builder – If you want to build a house, you’ll need to find a builder. You’ll want to find a builder that not only communicates clearly and listens to what your needs are, but that won’t cut corners. Real estate agents can recommend high-quality builders in the area.
  • Negotiate with builders – One of the biggest mistakes people make is to assume that the price that a builder quotes is non-negotiable. That’s not always true. A real estate agent typically has tons of negotiating experience, which means that they could potentially help get the builder to lower their price or offer more in return for the price that they’ve quoted.
  • Find a mortgage lender – Many builders have affiliate mortgage lenders that they will recommend. However, they don’t always offer the best terms. A real estate agent will have relationships with several lenders that they can recommend to get you more favorable terms on your mortgage.

As you can see, having a real estate agent by your side can not only help make the process of building a new house less stressful, it could potentially help you save money. To find out more about how we can help you, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay in the Charlotte area today.

Dazzle Buyers with an Exceptional Entryway

home staging entry

One of the most effective ways to generate interest in a homebuyer is by creating a strong first impression. Since every homebuyer that comes to look at your house will have to go through your front door, you should think about sprucing up the entryway area. The following are a few tips for creating an exceptional entryway that will leave a lasting impression:

  • Paint your door – If your front door is looking a little worse for wear (or is a little outdated, stylistically speaking), consider repainting it. Use a color that compliments the rest of your home but that also establishes it as a focal point of your entryway.
  • Add a mirror – A mirror in the entryway allows buyers makes it easy for them to picture themselves living in your home since it allows them to physically see themselves there! Not to mention that mirrors help to make smaller entryways feel bigger as well.
  • Add plants – Adding plants to the entryway makes the transition from outside to inside more natural. Plants also help to create a more relaxing atmosphere that will put buyers at ease. Flowers are also a good option and will have a similar effect.
  • Add a place to sit – A bench or a chair helps to make an entryway feel less formal, which will help make buyers feel more comfortable.
  • Add a lamp – If you don’t have a lamp in the entryway, set one up. Overhead lights are generally a little too harsh, whereas lamps help provide a warm glow that gives off a more cozy feeling in the evenings.

Use these tips to make your entryway feel more comfortable and invitingĀ to create a stronger first impression on buyers.

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