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.

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.

Dazzle Buyers with an Exceptional Entryway

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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 inviting to create a stronger first impression on buyers.

Using Scent To Help Sell Your House

home scentsPreparing your home to make a good impression on potential buyers is extremely important when selling your house. This doesn’t just mean staging and cleaning your house, it also means making sure that your home smells nice. Not only will you want to make sure that you eliminate potentially offputting odors (such as the scent of a pet if you have one), but it means adding pleasing scents that make the space more comfortable and inviting as well. The following are a few tips for adding scents to your home:

  • Use pine and cedar scents – Pine and cedar can be used to create a natural scent in your home that will help create an inviting environment, especially during the winter months.
  • Use candles – Candles are an easy way to add visual warmth to a space as well as add a scent. There are many different scented candles to choose from, but vanilla, in particular, tends to help create a very cozy atmosphere. Just make sure that you place your candles carefully so that there’s no risk that they’ll be knocked over.
  • Use herbs – Herb plants in the kitchen can help to add a fresh scent to an area where the air is often a bit stale. Herbs like rosemary, basil, and thyme are particularly effective.
  • Make some green tea – The scent of green tea is very crisp and relaxing. It will also give you something to offer to buyers as they come into your home. Warm beverages such as green tea work better in the winter months.

Consider using these tips to add pleasant scents to your home in order to make a stronger first impression on home buyers. For more tips on how to prepare your home for sale, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

Selling a Home in a Down Market

real estate market downSelling your home isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve decided to list your home in a down market. A down market occurs when the supply of homes exceeds the demand. This means that there will be more competition amongst home sellers to attract homebuyers. The following are a few tips to help you successfully sell your home in a down market:

  • Set your listing apart from the rest – Highlight features that most homes don’t have to set your property apart, whether it’s a finished basement, an outdoor pool or some kind of architectural feature.
  • Offer a transferable home warranty – Transferable home warranties only cost between $300 and $400 for a one-year policy, but they provide homebuyers with some peace of mind since they will cover the failure of the home’s appliances, such as the refrigerator or air conditioner.
  • Offer to cover some of the closing costs – Closing costs add up to the point where they can be quite expensive for the buyer. Offering to cover some of the closing costs ahead of time can help to sweeten the deal.
  • Price the home properly – You don’t necessarily have to lower the price of your house so that it’s the cheapest property in the area, but you need to make sure it’s priced appropriately. Overpricing your house in a down market is not a good idea since buyers aren’t going to be willing to overpay.
  • Hire a real estate agent – A real estate agent will not only be able to provide you with professional advice on selling a home in a down market, they’ll have connections with other agents and potential buyers that you can take advantage of.

Selling Tips – Repair Known Issues or Lower The Asking Price?

home repairs

When selling a home in Charlotte, it’s important to understand that you have to disclose any known issues with your house. However, you’re not required to actually fix these problems. Whether you should pay for any repair work before you put your house up for sale depends on a variety of factors.

Lowering the Home Asking Price

One way that you can get around making repairs is to simply lower the price of the house. Basically, the money that a buyer would save on the lower price would be put into the repair work that’s required. While many buyers will be willing to make this tradeoff — especially if the problem was only recently discovered during a home inspection — not all buyers will want to deal with the hassle of being in charge of major repairs.

Paying for Repairs

Buyers are often more attracted to homes that require less repair work. However, repairing every minor thing that’s wrong with your house may be unnecessary. A lot of minor issues may not affect the function of the house and buyers may not care about some of these issues either way.

It is worth noting that if there’s a lot of minor issues, it could potentially hurt the first impression that your house has on potential buyers. The more minor issues you have, the more suspicious they’re likely to be that there may be bigger problems that have yet to be discovered. Major repairs are typically worth doing yourself unless you don’t have the budget to do so or would rather just lower your asking price.

Ultimately, how fast you need to sell and how extensive the repairs needed may help you make the decision.

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