Why You Should Have Your Own Real Estate Agent When Buying a Home

These days, there are tons of resources available online that can help inform you and guide you as you go through the homebuying process. In fact, it’s not difficult to look for houses listed in your area and to schedule walkthroughs with the seller’s agent on your own. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s no need for your own real estate agent. The following are a few important reasons why you still need an agent:

  1. Knowledge about neighborhoods – A local agent can tell you everything you need to know about a neighborhood, including future developments that might affect the value of the property.
  2. Knowledge about properties for sale – A good agent will be able to alert you to properties that are about to be listed or have just been listed so that you can beat other buyers to the punch. This is because of their personal connections with other agents who are representing sellers in the area.
  3. Price guidance – Local agents will be very familiar with the local real estate market and will be able to tell you whether a property is accurately priced so that you don’t overpay.
  4. Negotiating assistance – Real estate agents know how to negotiate and can help you lower the price of the house or possibly the closing costs.
  5. Paperwork – There’s a lot of paperwork involved with buying a home and an agent can guide you through it.

A real estate agent will provide you with a huge advantage when it comes to the homebuying process. You’ll quickly find that the homebuying process can be a lot more challenging than it appears without the professional guidance and connections of an agent. If you’re looking for a reputable real estate agent to assist you in the homebuying process, then be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

How Your Outside Spaces Can Be a Big Selling Advantage

Homeowners who are putting their house on the market often focus on the house itself, from the way it looks to the interior space and features. However, it’s important to remember that your outdoor space plays a big part in attracting potential buyers. People want outdoor spaces that can be used for their kids and pets and that can be used for entertaining guests as well. The following are a few ways that you can emphasize your outdoor space:

  • Clean up your outdoor space – A dirty or unkempt outdoor space will turn buyers away before they even get a chance to look inside of your home. Your outdoor space has a huge impact on your property’s curb appeal, so make sure you clean it up. This means removing all trash, lawn tools, and toys that litter your yard, cutting your grass, removing branches and leaves, and trimming bushes.
  • Furnish your outdoor space – Add some furniture to your patio, deck, or porch to extend your living space outdoors and to help make your outdoor space feel more comfortable and inviting. At the very least, put out a nice bench or a couple of chairs.
  • Make repairs as needed – Repair crooked fencing, broken patio pavers, or faulty outdoor lighting. You don’t want your outdoor space to look like it’s in disrepair.
  • Invest in a few improvements – Consider investing in a few outdoor improvements. For example, build a new fence, give your existing fence or shed a fresh coat of paint, or plant flowers to add some color.

These are just a few ways that you can take advantage of your property’s outdoor space when selling your home.

What NOT to Do at an Open House

Holding an open house is an effective way to attract potential buyers to your home and to give them a close look at your home without the pressure of being privately shown around the property by a real estate agent. While open houses are very beneficial at drumming up interest for sellers, there are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid making. The following are just a few examples of what you should not do at an open house:

  1. You should not attend your own open house – The presence of owners tends to make buyers less comfortable. Not only will they be less likely to discuss the house amongst themselves, but you might be tempted to intervene in their conversations to defend your home if you hear anything negative — something that’s a huge turnoff for buyers.

  2. You should not leave any traces of your pets – Do not leave your pets in your home. Some buyers may be afraid of or allergic to certain pets. Make sure you remove all traces of your pets.

  3. You should not leave your home unclean – Make sure you have your home professionally cleaned before showing it. A dirty house is going to leave a poor impression, no matter how perfect everything else might be. 

  4. You should not show an empty home – Make sure your home is staged to give buyers an idea of what your home feels like when it’s furnished and how much space they actually have.

  5. You should not leave your valuables in the open – As trusting as you are, make sure all of your valuables are safely put away. 

These are just a few open house mistakes you’ll want to avoid. For professional advice concerning an open house or for home selling tips in general, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

Home Renovations to Avoid When Trying to Increase a Home’s Value

If you’re planning on putting your house up on the market in the near future, then you might be thinking about investing some money into renovations in order to boost the value of your property and to make it more attractive to potential buyers. However, you should be very careful–not all renovations will improve your home value, which means some could simply be a waste of money. The following are a few renovations you should avoid:

  • Installing expensive light fixtures – Upgrading your lighting to more energy efficient bulbs is one thing, installing high-priced fixtures is another. A giant chandelier in the dining room will not only not improve your home value, it may not be to the liking of some homebuyers.

  • Adding a pool – You might think that a pool would greatly improve both your curb appeal and your home value, but all it really does is add a safety risk to your property as well as an inconvenient feature that needs to be constantly maintained (and is costly to keep maintained). 

  • Using bright and bold colors – If you’re repainting the interior or exterior of your home, go the safe route by using neutral colors. Even though you think that bright and bold colors may help give the house a more unique aesthetic, you’re turning off a large percentage of homebuyers who won’t feel the same way. 

  • Upgrading too much – Upgrading the bathroom and kitchen’s outdated elements is a good idea. But don’t go overboard replacing everything with high-end appliances and materials. While you’ll increase your home value, you may end up paying more for the renovation than you would get back.

If you’re looking for ways to increase your home value before you list it, avoid these renovations. For more professional home selling tips, contact Randy Lindsay today.

Money-saving Tips For Cross-Country Moving

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Moving across the country is no easy task. It takes a lot of planning to make sure that everything goes smoothly. It can cost a lot more to move such a long distance as well, especially when compared to local moves. Fortunately, there are still ways that you can save some money. The following are a few moving tips to help you save money moving across the country:

  • Invest in high-quality moving boxes – Don’t use flimsy boxes to pack your things. Use high-quality boxes that will hold together over a long trip. They’re going to be stacked on top of each other shifting around in the back of the truck, after all.
  • Purchase moving insurance – Movers will carry basic moving insurance, but it will be limited to a certain amount per pound. You’ll want to purchase additional insurance to make sure the actual replacement value of your belongings will be covered.
  • Donate unneeded items – Sort through your belongings and sell, donate or toss all items you don’t need or never use. The fewer things you have to load and unload, the less expensive the move will be.
  • Find a reputable, experienced mover – Don’t just hire the cheapest mover. Doing so is a good way to lose or damage items (or fall behind schedule). Look for a mover that has long distance moving experience as they will know how to handle the specific challenges that a cross-country move presents.
  • Book accommodations in advance – Do your research to find affordable hotels to stay in during your trip so that you don’t end up booking more expensive rooms last minute.

These may seem like simple tips, but they will help you save money on your cross-country move.

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