3 Easy Updates that Add Value to Your Home

Before you decide to officially put your house up on the market, you’ll want to do everything you can to try and raise the value. Investing in home improvements can be a way to do this; however, larger home improvements are often time-consuming and costly, even if they can result in a bump in value. Fortunately, there are still a few minor updates that you can make that could add value as well. The following are three easy updates that will add value to your property:

  1. Add a fresh coat of paint – A fresh coat of paint can help make a space look brighter and newer. This can be very helpful if you have an older home and your exterior paint job is beginning to fade. You can also add a new coat to your interior walls and even to your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  2. Replace old fixtures and hardware – Fixtures, like your bathroom and kitchen faucets, can have a big impact on the visual look of a space despite their small size. Upgrade to nicer fixtures and consider updating the hardware (doorknobs and drawer handles) throughout your home as well.
  3. Improve your landscape – Your exterior plays a big part in convincing homebuyers to come take a look inside. Make sure that at the very least you hire a landscaper to trim your bushes, cut your grass, and clear your yard. Consider adding flowers to add a punch of color to your landscape that will make it stand out.

These are three easy updates that will improve your home’s value without taking too long or costing an arm and a leg.

4 Tips for Selling Your Home from Another State

Selling a home from out of state can be a challenge; unfortunately, it’s not always a choice. For example, maybe you had to relocate right away for work and haven’t been able to sell your house yet–or maybe you were bequeathed the property of a deceased relative. Whatever the reason might be, the following are four tips to help you sell your home from another state:

  1. Prepare the house – If you were left the property by a relative, then you’ll want to visit the home in person in order to organize and remove belongings, especially those that might have some value. You’ll want to make sure the house isn’t cluttered as well. If you have to, you might want to consider renting a storage unit. If the house was always yours, then you’ll want to make sure it’s staged. Empty houses make a poor impression on sellers.

  2. Price the house properly – If you want to sell your house quickly, make sure it’s priced properly. Overpricing it will make it difficult to sell.

  3. Have a point of contact – Have someone that can check in on your house regularly and that can provide access to the house to potential buyers or to your real estate agent. They can also help prepare the house for sale.

  4. Use a local real estate agent – You’ll want to work with a real estate agent local to the area that can help you price the home properly, prepare it for sale, and attract motivated buyers as well as show the house on your behalf.

These four tips will help make it easier to sell a home out of state. If you’re selling a house from out of state in the Charlotte area, then be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay for professional real estate advice.

Does Installing a Pool Add Value to Your Home?

If you plan on selling your home in the not too distant future, you might be thinking about investing in a few home improvements. Certain home improvements can help increase the overall quality of life in your home as well as increase your home value. However, not all home improvements automatically increase the value of your property. Take the installation of a pool for instance. Installing a pool could help add value to your home, but it could also hurt the value. How it affects your property value is dependent on a variety of factors. It’s why you should consider the pros and cons of installing a pool:

The Benefits of Installing a Pool

If your home is located in a higher end neighborhood and all of the surrounding homes have pools, then adding a pool to your home is likely going to raise the value. Obviously, the climate you live in will have a big impact as well. Fortunately, here in the Charlotte area, summers can get quite hot and a pool will be a nice feature for owners to have.

The Drawbacks of Installing a Pool

First of all, a pool is expensive to install. If you’re looking for projects that will result in a high ROI, there are better home improvement options. Secondly, properties with pools make insurance more expensive due to the liability involved. Last, but not least, a pool can be very expensive to maintain.

Essentially, installing a pool makes sense if you already have an expensive house in a high-end neighborhood. Otherwise, the pool could turn away buyers who don’t want to deal with the expense involved with maintaining a pool and paying for increased insurance premiums. For more home selling tips in the Charlotte area, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

3 Tips to Alleviate the Stress of Selling Your Home

Selling a house isn’t as easy as just putting up a for sale sign in your front yard. Unfortunately, it can take a lot of work to sell a house. As such, it’s not uncommon for owners to stress out throughout the process. Stressing out won’t help you any–and it can even cause you to make bad decisions, which is why you should keep the following three tips in mind to help keep your stress levels low:

  1. Be flexible – If it’s possible, be flexible with your timeline. If you’ve planned your whole life around selling your home within the first few weeks that you’ve listed it, you’re going to put yourself under an enormous amount of stress. The less of a rush you’re in to sell your home, the less stressed out you’ll be during the process.
  2. Get away – It can be easy to become so involved in trying to sell your home that you don’t do anything else. This is not healthy. Try to get out of the house on a regular basis. For example, plan a day trip with friends or family. It will help get your mind off the selling process, thereby allowing you to relax a bit.
  3. Be healthy – One of the best ways to reduce stress is by exercising regularly and to maintain a healthy diet. Run in the mornings, cut out the junk food, and get plenty of sleep.

Use these three tips to reduce the stress of selling a home. Keep in mind that the more help you have selling your home, the less stressful the process will end up being. It’s why you should strongly consider using a professional real estate agent.

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.


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