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7 New Year’s Pledges for Home Sellers

7 New Year’s Pledges for Home Sellers

If you’re thinking about selling your home in 2016, here are some resolutions that could help boost your chances of a quick sale.

Repeat to yourself: “I pledge to…”

1. “Avoid drastic design changes” – Unless you plan to turn your bold color palette into a more neutral one, then it’s best not to try and anticipate what buyers want in design and décor. The best approach to freshening up your home for sale is to simplify and depersonalize the look and feel so that potential buyers can picture building their own lives there. If you think repainting a bright purple wall, replacing an old toilet or buffing and restaining kitchen cabinets would help the home sell, by all means make these types of updates. Just be sure to keep your personal preferences in check. Your real estate agent can help you prioritize and remain objective.

2. “Stop neglecting the drippy faucet” – This applies to any repairs you might view as minor but actually could be a symptom of a larger system problem. Addressing things like plumbing leaks, poor ventilation and cracks in walls helps everyone avoid surprises from the inspection report and avoid the delay or even cancellation of a sale. When you have the information, you can either make the fixes or work with your agent to adjust pricing during negotiations with the buyer.

3. “Price my home reasonably” – It’s understandable to think your home is the best on the block and worth more than all the others – especially if you’ve invested in key upgrades and remodels. And, frankly, you might be right. But the only way to truly know is to consider recent sales of comparable homes in your area. Your real estate agent can provide you with the latest information and help you list at a competitive price that’s appropriate for your area and the local real estate climate.

4. “Make my home inviting” – This starts with creating curb appeal. The condition of your home’s exterior is a big part of getting buyers in the door. Maintaining the yard, sweeping the porch and driveway, replacing the tattered welcome mat, replacing missing house numbers, and removing clutter all are things that can help improve curb appeal.

5. “Thin out the clutter” – The best time for making tough decisions about what stays and what goes is BEFORE you put your home on the market. By the time the for-sale sign goes up, the home should be clutter free. You can either toss things you don’t want, sell these items, or move the more personal ones to storage. The types of items to remove include your prized knick-knack collection, clothes overflowing from the closets, and family photos. You want all closets and cupboards to appear as spacious as possible. When they’re jam-packed, it gives the impression that storage is limited even if that’s not the case.

6. “Clean like I’ve never cleaned before” – Think about under, behind, around and between. It’s easy to focus on cleaning the major surfaces, high-traffic areas, and areas that are visible. But what about the dust on top of the refrigerator? How about the slats in the window blinds? Have you cleaned the cabinets under the kitchen or bathroom sink recently? Did you notice the cobwebs behind the guest-room door? Look high and low for the dirt.

7. “Nail down my next step” – Don’t let your new plans and new place get lost in the shuffle of selling your old place. Determine where you’ll go next before your home goes up for sale. Are you prepared to move if your home sells quickly? Although it might not be typical, a quick sale is certainly possible. On the other hand, are you prepared if your home doesn’t sell quite so quickly? Be sure to talk with your real estate agent about your relocation needs and timeline.

Find a local RE/MAX agent who can tell you all about his or her own resolutions for helping you meet your real estate goals.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Celebrate and enjoy every crazy moment!


8 Tips for Quick Cleaning Before Guests Arrive

8 Tips for Quick Cleaning Before Guests Arrive
8 Tips for Quick Cleaning Before Guests Arrive
No doubt you’ll want your home to look its best for visiting family and friends during the holidays. Here are a few cleaning tips to minimize the time you have to spend making things sparkle.
1. Grout and tight corners
Cleaning nooks and crannies doesn’t require elbow grease. A toothbrush is much more effective.
2. Showerhead residue
Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, tie it around the head and leave it overnight to dissolve mineral deposits. A vinegar-soaked rag held in place by a rubber band works, too.
3.  Microwave build-up
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small bowl of water and microwave for about five minutes. The lemon scent eliminates old food smells and condensation from the lemon water loosens caked-on grime, making it much easier to clean.
4. Garage floor
Don’t bother sweeping – a leaf blower is much quicker.
5. Pet hair on furniture
Wet rubber dishwashing gloves are magnets for pet hair. Put on a pair, rub your furniture, and leave the vacuum extension tool in the closet.
6. Ceiling fan
To avoid a shower of dust and dead bugs, use an old pillowcase to clean the fan one blade at a time. Slide the case over the blade and pull it back slowly and the case will capture the dirt.
7. Toilets
Dump a spoonful of Tang into the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. The citric acid scrubs so you don’t have to.
8. Garbage disposal
Run baking soda and lemon juice, or ice cubes and lemon peels, through your garbage disposal to eliminate odors. White vinegar will do the same for your dishwasher.
Looking for a home that could fit the whole family for the holidays? Find a local RE/MAX agent who can help.

The Best Christmas Present

The Best Christmas Present you can buy yourself — comes with benefits! 

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Have a fun and safe Halloween

Be a good neighbor…

Halloween Decorations: 5 Reminders to Be a Good Neighbor
Halloween Decorations: 5 Reminders to Be a Good Neighbor
Halloween’s a great time of year to get to know your neighbors. Decorating for the holiday can be a fantastic way to express your creativity, but don’t forget common sense. A few reminders:

1. Kids can scare easily.
Remember, on Halloween night and during the weeks leading up to the fun, young children will see your decorations. Skip the carnivorous bunny rabbits and too-realistic skeletons.

2. Be mindful with volume (and song selection).
Be respectful if you play scary music on Halloween night or use display motion-activated decorations with soundtracks. Trick-or-treaters in the next county do not need to hear “Monster Mash” on repeat. And your neighbors certainly don’t want to hear it past midnight, at the latest.

3. Check in with the HOA.
Before you invest in constructing the best zombie apocalypse your neighborhood has ever witnessed, make sure your HOA doesn’t have any restrictions around decorations, lights or sound effects.

4. Choose family-friendly themes.
Have fun but don’t offend the neighbors. Avoid things like fake tombstones with real politicians’ names or decorations featuring religious icons.

5. The witching hour ends at midnight.
Please try to take down decorations shortly after the holiday. Don’t despair, it will soon be time for winter holiday decorations.

Looking for a home with a porch that’s perfect for trick-or-treaters? A buyer’s agent can help

Happy Birthday America

We hope your Independence Day is a blast

Memorial Day

A day not to mourn, but to praise and be thankful.