The Benefits of Selling Your Home During Winter

Selling your home during winterAlthough winter is not a time usually associated with a lot of home sales, real estate experts advise that homeowners can actually tap this unique market to sell their homes. All it takes is a different type of prep work and a positive attitude.

Everyone is Motivated
A huge benefit that comes with putting a home up for sale in the winter is that there is usually an interest in getting a deal done as quickly and easily as possible. Owners who decide to sell in the winter are typically those who either have to get their homes on and off the market quickly (for instance, if they have to move for work) or have had the property up for sale for a few months and want to strike a deal as soon as possible. Another possibility is that they want to get a head start on the spring market to get their home sold first.

In either case, veteran real estate professionals will often advise that buyers at this time of year are likewise motivated to move in quickly. They, too, might need to move for job-related reasons, and want to do so when there’s less competition from other buyers.

What to Keep in Mind
It’s worth noting that homeowners have a serious part to play in making sure their properties are fully up to code and ready for the sales process. Any issues that arise could hold up what would otherwise be a quick and easy sales process. That point goes beyond simply making sure a home is ready for a photo or video shoot and involves ensuring all home systems (heating and cooling, hot water heaters, etc.) are in good working order.

When mishaps arise with those home systems, they can lead to delays because of how busy the associated repair professionals are at this time of year. Therefore, getting systems tested before the home is put up for sale is usually a great idea.

Likewise, it’s usually smart for owners to invest in a home warranty ahead of a sale to make sure that if something does go wrong for those systems, they’ll have some financial protection and added peace of mind. That can be a huge benefit for buyers as well, and highlighting that protection might be an extra selling point at this time of year.

Hosting a Successful Open House in Winter
At this time of year it’s important to keep your yard in the best shape possible, even if there’s a blanket of snow on it. Clearing out sticks and dead leaves can go a long way.

Make sure all paths are safe for people to walk on. Clearing snow, ice and puddles from driveways and walkways, as well as the front sidewalks will help sellers avoid any potential accidents and also show that you are conscientious about attending to your property.

Issues to Avoid and Keep a Positive Attitude
Once open houses have been held and bids are starting to come in, keep a positive mental attitude. It can be easy to worry about getting a sale done in short order, but at this time of year, sellers’ agents will have more time to devote to their sale in particular and make sure everything goes as well as it possibly can.

At some point, the finer details of a sale are out of owners’ hands, and rather than getting worked up about uncontrollable things, it’s a better idea to let agents do their jobs.

Need help with getting your home ready to sell? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can share vetted vendors with you including snow-removal vendors!

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Why You Should Sell Your Home in December

Selling home during the holidaysWhile many people understandably shy away from the housing market at this time of year, December may be a great time for you to sell your home. Here is why:

Low Supply of Homes
With today’s real estate market and so many buyers wanting to purchase homes (as compared with historical norms), and a relatively small number of homes for sale, you could find selling your home in December to be the perfect time to sell.

Serious Home Buyers
People are usually busy this time of year, so if they take the time to see your home, they are probably considering purchasing it. With less competition of homes on the market this time of year, your home could catch the eye of that serious home buyer.

Relocating Buyers
January is the popular month for people relocating to a new area to begin their jobs and they typically need to purchase a home in December. They will have a short time to find their next home – and it could be yours that they want to buy.

Move After the Holidays
If you sell in December, you will probably not have to move until after the holidays in late winter or early spring.

Helpful Hint about Holiday Decor
If you decorate for the holidays, hold back on pulling everything out from the attic or basement. Remember, people want to see your home – not your holiday decor.

Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty.  HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers. To learn more click  www.hmsnational.com.

Sibcy Cline Open House Weekend – November 2 and 3, 2019

Sibcy Cline Open HouseSibcy Cline agents are hosting a Sibcy Cline Open House Weekend on November 2 and 3, 2019. There will be lots of great homes to see throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Look at homes for sale.

Mortgage interest rates remain low. Home values are rising. Now may be the right time for you to sell your old home and find a new one to meet your needs. Talk to your Sibcy Cline agent!

Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend: March 16–17, 2019

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Sibcy Cline agents are holding a Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend on March 16–17, 2019. There will be lots of great homes to see throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Look at homes for sale.

It’s a great time to sell and buy a home. Mortgage interest rates remain low. Home values are rising. Now may be the right time for you to sell your old home and find a new one to meet your needs. Talk to your Sibcy Cline agent!

Prepare Your Home to Sell Now for the Spring Market!

Many people wait to place their home on the market for sale once spring rolls around. Selling your home isn’t a decision to be taken lightly and requires preparation that should begin as early as possible. Here are some tips to get your home “market ready” just in time for spring:

The Basics
The first thing for home-sale prep work is a careful assessment. Is there any chipped paint, worn-out carpet, or other things you might choose to live with but could be a potential turnoff to a would-be buyer? Rooms should be cleaned thoroughly and repairs made. For the exterior of your house it is extremely important to boost curbside appeal.

De-cluttering every room of your home is a key point of action. Remove family mementos and repaint rooms to more neutral colors. Your goal is to have your home appeal to wide variety of home buyers. When they visit your spring open house you want them to picture themselves living there.

Getting it Right
It’s important for homeowners to make sure everything in the house works as it should. For example, if there has been an issue with the stove’s pilot light malfunctioning it’s important to get that fixed. The same is true of testing garage door openers, sinks, toilets, garbage disposals, exhaust fans and other home appliances.

Open and close every window and door and make sure they don’t stick, creak or otherwise present a troublesome function that might frustrate a potential buyer.
Make sure any aspect of the heating and cooling system – regardless of season – is in good working order to help expedite the real estate sales process.

With today’s high-demand seller’s market, there’s a perception that homes “sell themselves.” However, if you want to get through the sales process (with hopefully multiple bids and a quick turnaround), doing all the little things can help ensure your home is in top-tip shape and will help make things go more smoothly. Work with your real estate professional to help identify the areas that could pose the biggest issues and address them in the best way possible.

Need more ideas? Look at some of our past blog articles for home staging and  selling quickly.

If you need assistance with home-related tasks to get your home ready to sell, contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can assist by putting you in contact with vetted home-related vendors.

Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty.  HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers. To learn more click www.hmsnational.com.

Ten Home-Staging Ideas When Selling Your Home

Home Staging IdeasWhen selling your home, having it strategically staged to appeal to a wide variety of buyers is highly recommended. Buyers will be able to mentally move in and leave them with a lasting positive impression. Here are 10 staging ideas and tips to make your home look its best:

(1) Clean Your Home
We are talking extreme cleaning. Do not skimp on making sure your home is spotless from top to bottom. The cleaner your home is, the more appealing it will be to home buyers.

(2) Get Rid of Clutter
We understand you love your “stuff.” Keep in mind people touring your home will not love it as much. When selling, it’s time to store all family photos, collections and other items that make your home look cluttered and crowded.

Are your closets full, too? Clean them out to make them look more spacious.

(3) Group Furniture
Rooms will look larger when furniture floats away from walls. Position chairs and couches into groups. If you have too many pieces of furniture in a room, consider storing a few chairs or a couch. Or, use that extra chair from the living room and place it in an almost-empty guest bedroom or study.

(4) Get Rid of the Junk Room
Many people have one room designated for storage – aka the “junk room.” Convert that space into a room with purpose by transforming it into a reading room, zen room, study or exercise area.

(5) Don’t Block Your Windows – Let There be Light!
Natural light is a good thing to show off in your home. Open all heavy curtains and let the light shine in. If you have any furniture blocking windows, now is the time to move pieces away from obstructing window views. If your room is still dark, be sure to add lighting. (Aim for 100 watts for each 50 square feet.)

(6) Master Bedroom
Make the master bedroom into a retreat. Consider a neutral bed covering with a throw blanket and several pillows.

(7) Decorate in Threes
Although you do not want to showcase clutter, a bit of home decor is pleasing. Groupings of three are appealing to the eye. Vary your items in height and width with the largest item set in the back and the smallest placed in the front.

(8) De-Personalize Your Home
When your home is for sale it is a good idea to make wall colors neutral to appeal to most buyers’ taste. If you have rooms with bold colors, consider repainting them to something neutral. Remember, you can add back your personality with color when you move to your new home!

(9) Painting Tip
If your goal is to make a room look larger, paint it the same color as an adjacent room.

(10) Outside Rooms
A patio or porch is a great place to show off “outdoor” rooms. Be sure to stage those areas and make them look special

Need professional help with staging your home? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with a vetted company experienced in home staging, painting or other home-related needs.

10 Tips on How to Stage Your Home to Sell

10 home-staging tips when sellingHome staging is a process to make your appealing to potential home buyers. Here are 10 staging tips on how to make your home look more desirable and larger:

1. Clean Your Home Throughly
Before staging your home, you need to make sure it is immaculate from top to bottom, inside and out. (You may need to hire professionals to help with this activity.)

2. Just Say No to Clutter
Your belongings should not interfere when buyers are looking at your home. Photos, collectibles and keepsakes need to be kept to a minimum. You do not want bare walls or shelves, but restrict items to sets of three items of varying height.

Children’s toys should be kept to a minimum and organized.

3. Furniture Placement
Arrange furniture in a way that focuses on flow from room to room. Also make sure there is a focal point on the furthest wall from the doorway and place furniture in a triangle around that focal point. (In the bedroom, the bed is the focal point. In a living area, it might be a fireplace.)

4. Too Much Furniture?
If a room is stuffed with furniture, the size of the room will appear smaller. Furniture needs to be scaled back to fit the room.

A trick used to make rooms look larger is to paint them the same color as an adjacent room. This fools the eye to think both rooms are one larger space. Another tip is to paint the walls the same color as the drapes. This creates an illusion of more space.

5. Make Rooms Brighter
Walls should be a neutral color, but you can add brightness with the right accessories to make a room appear larger. Remove or open dark curtains or shades or replace with sheer versions.

High-watt light fixtures will also add more light in the room. (Aim for 100 watts per 50 square feet.) If possible, it is preferred to have three types of lighting in main rooms: ambient (overhead), task (pendant, reading or under cabinet) and accent (table or wall.)

6. Closets
Buyers will peer into your closets. Make sure they look neat and spacious. Twenty to 30 percent open space is recommended.

7. Rooms with a Purpose
If you have an empty room, it is best to stage it for its intended purpose. A spare bedroom could be either a guest bedroom or a home office. You want to avoid showing off a “junk” room. If you do not have a spare bed, consider buying a frame and adding an inexpensive air mattress that will then be covered with bed linens.

8. Designer Touches
Vignettes can add charm to rooms. Just like model homes, think about setting the table and include fresh flowers. Add fancy soaps near the tub along with fresh towels. Master bedrooms should be gender neutral. A blanket folded at the end of a bed is a nice touch. When adding your edited accessories, think in terms of three. This number is pleasing to the eye especially when grouped as a triangle.

If you have a porch or patio, consider staging those areas to make them more appealing to buyers. A small cafe table with a tablecloth and a few dishes can inspire someone to think about having breakfast there.

A fire pit in autumn and early winter can be very inviting.

9. The Outside Counts, Too
The view of the front of the home is the first impression. Make it count! The lawn should be cut and edged. Add pots of flowers in warmer months. Read more about adding curb appeal to your home here.

10. Got Pets? Beware of Odors
If you have a pet, be sure to be very careful about cleaning to remove any lingering odors. Many people remove pet food bowls and toys for showing appointments.

Need help staging your home? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommend professionals such as home stagers, painters and cleaning pros to help get your home looking its best to sell.