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.

5 Tips for a First-time Home Seller

selling a homeSelling your first home can be a daunting task and a stressful process to boot. If you are planning on selling a house for the first time, then you’ll want to make sure that you keep the following tips for first-time home sellers in mind:

  • Price your home properly – Don’t just add the cost of any renovations you’ve made on top of how much you paid for the house. That’s not how pricing works. Compare your house to similar properties that have sold in your area to determine what its value actually is. Overpricing your house will make it really difficult to sell.
  • Repair your home – You don’t want to invest too much into your home in an attempt to raise the selling price or draw more buyers. However, at the very minimum, you should make all necessary repairs, both major and minor. Even small issues could turn buyers off.
  • De-personalize your home – When showing your house, take down personal items, like family photographs or drawings. Try to create an inviting but neutral space.
  • Don’t cut corners marketing your home – Invest in your listing. Showcase the features that make your house unique and have a professional photographer light your home to take high-quality pictures instead of just snapping photos using your smartphone.
  • Hire a professional real estate agent – A real estate agent will be able to help you with all of the previously listed things. Additionally, they will have connections throughout the local real estate market, which means that they can connect you with homebuyers who are seriously interested right off the bat.

Be sure to keep these tips for first-time home sellers in mind if you are new to the home-selling market.

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

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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