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The 5 Greatest Pitfalls in Home Selling

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With so many tasks that need to be done prior to listing, selling your home can be exhausting. You want to make sure all of that hard work pays off though, right? So in all the preparations, be sure you avoid falling into any of these five major home-selling pitfalls:

1. Using Lack Luster Photos

In today’s modern tech world, most home searches begin online. So, if you or your agent hasn’t posted photos of your home yet, it’s time. Just make sure that they’re quality photos. That means no blurry pictures, no photos that show a messy a room, no flash reflections in mirrors. Your photos should put your home’s best foot forward. After all, they’re doing the initial pitch for prospective buyers.

2. Minimizing the Importance of a Tidy Space

Nobody likes a home that looks like a pig-sty, especially a home they’re looking to buy. You want to give the appearance of a well-maintained and cared for house. Even if underneath the mess your house is in excellent shape, a messy space sends a conflicting message so put on some good shoes and break out the duster, it’s time to clean up and de-clutter if you want to sell.

3. Not Seeking Professional Help

You’re great a lot of things, we’re sure of it, but selling your home on your own likely isn’t one of them, that is of course if you want to sell quickly and get the best deal. There is so much chaos that comes with trying to sell a house on your own, from pricing to closing contracts, qualifying a buyer and much more. If you expect to live a normal life outside your sale, it’s wise to seek the help of a professional. Don’t want to take our word for it? Then listen to the stats – homes without professional representation sit on the market longer and end up selling at a lower price than those that enlisted the help of an agent.

4. Ignoring Repairs

That peeling paint in your living room – yeah, you need to take care of it before listing. If you show your home in a less than show-ready state, you’re likely going to take a hit on the price or receive offers that include a request for a credit back to cover the cost of repairs. It may be more work and more money upfront to make necessary repairs, but when you get a great offer on your home you’ll see that it was well-worth the effort.

5. Over or Under Pricing Your House

Of all the big no-no’s you could commit during a home sale, mispricing is one of the most damaging pitfalls. If you over-price your home may sit on the market for a long while or you may end up wasting countless hours preparing for showings and open houses only to be left offer-less again. If you underprice, you risk doing yourself a disservice. Unless there is a reason to price-to-sell, it’s important to ensure your house falls in at a competitive asking price. Talk with a professional about your local market and learn all you can about comparables to be sure your home is priced appropriately.

What do you think is the most dangerous home-selling pitfall? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Set the Scene for Salability

DIY Home Staging TricksSetting the scene in your house is of the utmost importance if you want to sell sooner rather than later. You want to paint the picture of an idyllic life within those walls to prospective buyers. Your home should feel warm, welcoming and most of all, like a blank slate waiting for new memories to be made. Many times home owners turn to a professional home-stagger to complete the task, but there are many things you can do yourself to start staging the perfect scene.

Here are a few DIY home-staging tricks you can tackle yourself:

Let the light in. If you’re lucky enough to own a home that allows for an abundance of natural light, you’re off to a great start! Tie back those curtains and pull up the blinds. Brightening up your house, will also brighten up prospects opinion toward it. Working with something a little more in the shadows? Invest in some light bulbs of matching luminescence and flick on a few lights before showing.

Break out the broom. It seems like common sense, but too many homeowners overlook things like scuff marks on the walls or dust clinging to ceiling fans. Before your house is show ready, it needs to be clean and tidy. Just don’t overdo it with the cleaning products too close to show time. The chemical odors can set alarms off with some potential buyers that the scents are trying to cover up another smell, like mold or cigarette smoke.

Get painting. You don’t have to dive into a full-fledged paint job. Painting an accent wall in a lighter complimentary color or plain old white can add a sense of freshness and good maintenance. Even just a bit of touch-up paint can do the trick in a pinch. Be sure to take a paint chip to your paint store for color-matching because even if you do have leftover paint from the original, the color can fade over time making the touch-up stand out against the wall.

Tuck away the personal mementos. It may be painful to pack away photos of your children and family or your prized spoon collection, but all those items do is remind prospects that this is somebody else’s home. You want them to feel as if the house is a blank slate, one which they can fill with their own memories, and your personal items prevent them from letting their imagination take flight.

Clutter be gone. Are you a fan of the “lived in” look? Do you defend your mess with stating that it’s “homey”? All that has to stop now that your house is on the market. It’s time to clear the clutter, everything from the stacks of mail on the buffet table to items on your vanity. They all need to go. Replace them with tasteful, simple decorations such as a vase of flowers or a couple of books on the coffee table. It gives a clean, cared for look, as well as helping to draw the eyes of prospects to areas of your home that you’d like to showcase.

Do you have any other DIY home-staging tips? Share them with us in the comments!


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Everything You Need to Know About Home Inspections

Everything You Need to Know About Home InspectionsThink you’re ready to settle into a new home? Great, it’s a wonderful step in life, albeit a big one. Whether you’ve found your dream home or are just kicking off your search, one thing is for sure – if you’re purchasing a home, you’re going to need a home inspection before the deed is signed. So, before you put your hard-earned money and time into a new house, make sure you’ve got the answers to all things home inspection!

Why Should I Get a Home Inspection?

Your home may look picture perfect, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. It’s the job of a home inspector to find what, if any, issues your home may have before you’re locked into it. Buying a home is a big undertaking and you’ll want to know ahead of time if that undertaking could get any larger due to hidden structural issues or health problems. If that’s not reason enough for a home inspection, we’re not sure what is.

How Do I Find a Reliable Home Inspector to Do the Job?

Conducting a home inspection doesn’t do much good if you’ve hired an unqualified inspector. So, just how do you find a good one? Look for a Certified Home Inspector to do the job. Websites like CREIA.org can help you find an inspector in your local area, but it’s always smart to do your research before hiring any PE you’re considering so hit the web for some fact finding before agreeing to any business.

What Will The Home Inspector Check?

Both the interior and exterior of the home will be visually examined during the inspection, which will generally span the course of about two to three hours.

Interior Aspects:

  • Attic
  • Insulation
  • Heating and A/C system
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical system
  • Walls
  • Ceiling
  • Floors
  • Basement
  • Windows
  • Foundation

Exterior Aspects:

  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Fencing
  • Grading of the property

What Will The Results Tell Me?

Once the home inspection has concluded, the inspector will compile a report and provide you with a copy of the results. The report will detail what issues were found, if any, what repairs are needed, the severity of the problems and an estimated cost to have them fixed.

Did the house pass with flying colors, or was there a major hidden hiccup? Armed with the knowledge a home inspection provides, you can now move forward with the next steps in either buying, renegotiating, or continuing your search for the perfect home!


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Ways to Enjoy the Central Coast on a Rainy Day

Way to Enjoy a Rainy Day on the Central CoastRain in California? Impossible! Or so the rumors would have you believe. If you’re new to the West Coast you may have fallen prey to this common misconception. The truth is it does in fact rain, approximately 19 inches of it annually to be precise. What’s more important to know is that even in the rain there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the Central Coast! Despite our recent drought, we’ve been told that the rainy season is still coming and we’re anxiously awaiting it! When it does arrive, here are some thoughts to brighten a rainy day!

Play Inside

  • Test your bowling skills at the Paso Bowl, Mustang Lanes or Pismo Beach Bowl.
  • Get your heart pumping at SLO Op, a 4,500 sq. ft. warehouse of climbing wall space.
  • Bust out the board and dice games during TOT Night at Mother’s Tavern. Bonus, it’s exactly what it sounds like – a night chock full of $2.00 tater tots!

Catch a Show

Play in the Rain

  • Strap on your rain boots and head out to Morro Bay for some kayaking.
  • Cruise damp Cambria beaches in search of Moonstones.
  • Explore your wild side on a hike through Harmony Headlands.

Get Artsy

  • Find your inner Picasso at Art Bar in San Luis Obispo. Cocktails, paint brushes, and friends. What could be better on an otherwise bleak and rainy day?

Taste Some Grapes

  • Every day is a great day for wine tasting! Leave the driving to someone else and safely enjoy a day of sipping with Break-Away Tours!

 

Have another rainy day favorite? Share it with us in the comments!


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How to Improve Curb Appeal

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Ever wonder why some houses fly off of the market while others straggle along? The answer could lay in the power of curb appeal. If you’re not familiar with the term, curb appeal is how alluring your house or property looks from the outside. The idea may seem a little frivolous. After all, prospects are interested in what your house has to offer, not the walkway in front of it, right? Well, not exactly. Your house will speak for itself, but how can prospects see how great it is if they never step a foot inside? The truth is, a potential buyer has already decided whether or not they’re going to buy your house before they ever see the inside. Decisions are made from the curb, so up your chances of selling your home with a few simple improvements to your property’s curb appeal. Here’s how:

Focus on the Front Door

Think of your front door like you’d think of meeting somebody new for the first time – it’s all about first impressions. Make a memorable impression on prospects by sprucing up the front door. Consider drawing attention to your door with a bright pop of paint or replacing it with something unique (stained glass, custom wood, etc.)

Updating old hardware is also a great method of adding curb appeal. Swap out dingy house numbers with a fresh, new set of numerics. Replace the door handle and lockset or add a light fixture alongside or above the doorway. If you can’t swing the replacements, at least do yourself the favor or cleaning off any dirt and grim in the front door area and polishing your hardware.

Driveways Drive Traffic

The driveway is an often over-looked area of a property, but it’s crucial to overall curb appeal. A driveway treated with care can lend a clean, stylish look to your home. Give that important plot of asphalt a face-lift by adding edging. Borders made of stone, brick, or pavers are great options to bring a little life to an otherwise boring area of your home.

Give it Life

Who can resist a property lush, green and full of life? It’s hard to pass up a great yard or garden, so spend a little time on yours if you want to increase property showings.

It’s simple really. Start by hiding any bald or brown patches of grass with natural elements – rocks, potted plants, etc. – or fill them in with mulch or sod. Then, add some color. Pick your favorite vibrant flowers and create a garden or flower bed on an easy-to-see area of your property. Finish up by tidying any unruly landscaping. Take a good hard look. Do the trees need trimming? Gardens need tending? Make sure existing landscaping isn’t being neglected in the revamps.

If you don’t have the time or space for planting a garden, don’t worry! You can create the same wow-factor with a potted garden on your porch or alongside your front door.

 

Have a great tip to improve curb appeal that we missed? Share it with us in the comments!