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.

Eight Tips to Help Sell Your Home as Fast as Possible

8 tips to help sell your home quicklyYou want to sell your home and are hoping for a quick sale. Follow these eight tips to help get your home sold – fast:

1. Price It Correctly
Pricing your home competitively from the beginning could help it to sell more quickly and possibly for more money. Home buyers are probably less likely to want to get into a bidding war for a newly listed home. Remember, the first 30 days on the market is the best activity for your home. Talk to your real estate agent about a pricing strategy.

2. Photos and Staging of Your Home
Most buyers conduct their initial home search online, so having great photos is very important.

Make sure your home is prepared for its photo shoot. Have your home cleaned, decluttered and staged to sell to draw the interest of buyers.

3. Curb Appeal
The first thing buyers see when driving past your home is its front exterior. Make sure your curb appeal is so strong they want to come into your home to see more!

4. Paint
Fresh paint makes your home look – well, fresh! Select colors carefully and choose ones that will appeal to most buyers. Think about how colors will look in relation to others. (For example: Tan next to pure white will look beige. But, if you place tan next to dark green is will look off white.)

5. Remove Personal Items
Photos, collections and personal knickknacks can distract buyers. Your goal is to have buyers think of having their own belongings in your home. You do not want them gazing at yours.

Decluttering your rooms will make them look larger. Another benefit of decluttering is that you will have less items to deal with when it comes time to box up and move.

6. Showings? Yes, Please
A buyer needs to personally tour your home in order to make an offer. Be flexible about showings. Have your home “show ready” at all times and be ready to vacate for a showing appointment with little notice.

7. Your Pet
A majority of homeowners have a pet. Please realize the love you have for your dog or cat will not be shared by others. Therefore, it’s important to remove your pet, food bowls, toys and other items from sight for all showings.

8. Lighting Tips
Natural light gives a very positive impression. You may need to add some light to make your home look airy.

Ready to sell your home? Talk to a Sibcy Cline agent!

 

 

Six Tips to Help Sell Your Home

花火8Looking to sell your home soon? Here are some tips to follow to make that home sale happen:

One – Don’t Hang Around
When it comes time for an open house or a showing, one of the worst things you can do is to linger in your home. The last thing would-be buyers want to do is interact with you when they are viewing your home. It can be awkward and uncomfortable for you and them. (That’s why you hire a real estate agent who can answer questions, get a feel for interest, and candidly address issues.)

Two – Keep It Simple and Free of Clutter
You want potential home buyers to imagine there is plenty of space throughout your home  – from the cupboards, cabinets, closets and garage. Keeping your home free of clutter while it is for sale is a key step. It can be exhausting to keep a home tidy for every showing, but it’s important to do so.

Three – Be Realistic with Pricing
Real estate agents utilize comparative market analyses for a reason: this information helps set the expectations that the price of your home is in range to homes of similar age and size. Sellers sometimes feel as though they can get a hefty price for their beloved home. Setting prices realistically allows you to sell the home quickly at a market-determined price. 

Four – Don’t Over-Improve
When it’s about time to put your home on the market, sellers may be tempted to scramble to make many home improvements they’ve been putting off.  In many cases, discretion is the key.  Some improvements may not result in the financial gains you’re hoping for and other changes may not be necessary if the buyers like things the way they are. Talk to your real estate agent first before making any updates.

Five – Make a Plan and Stick to It
Working with your real estate agent is important when developing a strategy for selling your home. What features should be highlighted? What sales price is reasonable? If the home doesn’t sell within a particular period of time, what will be the next step? While some things may need to be adjusted on the fly, it’s better to have a comprehensive selling plan that is decided well before the listing hits the market.

Six – Don’t Try To Hide It
If you think you can conceal major issues, you’re wrong. It’s likely that a home inspector will find both the underlying issue – and the cover-up. Nothing turns off a potential buyer more quickly than a sense of deception.

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Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend – March 17-18, 2018

FBAd_1200_628_March2018_Super.jpgSibcy Cline agents are holding a Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend on March 17-18, 2018. 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.

How Home Sellers Should Prepare for an Open House

open houseAn open house is a great way to have potential buyers see your home in person. Getting your home prepared for that big day is important since you always want it to look its best for that special day.

One of the most important aspects of prepping for an open house is to make sure visitors can really picture themselves living there. This is often difficult to do if your home – or even any one room – is too personalized with family photos or mementos, bright wall colors, or other distracting items. The same is true if there’s even a little bit of clutter lying around.

Other Things to Address
If there are little chips in the wood or places where a window screen isn’t in the best shape, now is the time to make any small repairs or replacements that need to be made. Even the most minor fixes should be prioritized. You will want to show your home in its best light and condition.

While the idea of repainting rooms, making repairs or clearing out overloaded closets seems daunting ahead of an open house, it’s worth noting that this is something you will have to do anyway when moving out – so simply think of it as getting out in front of the work.

Getting People Through the Door
Another critical part of an open house is to get buyers through the door in the first place. Your selling agent will promote your open house with directional signs as well as online (and probably on Social Media). You can help promote it, too, on your own Social Media with family and friends.

To make sure your home is even more appealing to buyers, consider an investment in a home warranty. This can help insulate both you and the buyer from unexpected costs related to replacing and repairing certain systems and appliances if something were to go wrong. These plans often don’t carry a huge cost and can provide significant peace of mind for all parties involved through the real estate sales process and beyond.

Need help getting your home open house ship shape? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can assist with many home-related services and needs.

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.

 

Get Your Home Ready for Sale Now!

Home renovationWhile winter is here, homeowners who are considering selling should take this time to ensure their homes are ready to appeal to buyers. That effort requires some prep work – and the good news is that a lot of these jobs are easy to complete.

Starting with Physical Labor
Prior to selling your home, owners need to make sure their houses are depersonalized. All personal touches and mementos should be removed from areas potential buyers are most likely to view. This is an important step because potential buyers need to be able to picture themselves themselves moving in with their belongings.

Removing family photos, kids’ drawings on the fridge and other home-y items is crucial. If a property that’s put up for sale feels too “lived in,” would-be buyers might be subconsciously less interested in making a bid.

It’s also wise to focus on decluttering and clearing out items that can build up in corners and closets. This should coincide with a larger effort to give a home a good top-to-bottom cleaning, especially in communal areas such as the kitchen or den, where prospective buyers are likely to spend more time during open houses. This might also be a good time to find items to donate or sell items that are no longer used or worn.

Applying Finishing Touches
Depersonalizing and decluttering a home are often the hardest parts of the job, but homeowners have other efforts to undertake, according to On The Market. For instance, if any rooms of a house are painted in bright or bold colors, repainting them so they’re a bit more muted and neutral is often recommended because buyers may not be able to picture a room in any other colors.

In addition, it’s a good idea for owners to make sure their front lawns and any garden areas are in good shape. A little work outdoors can help visitors feel welcome immediately and adds to that curb appeal.

Your real estate agent will recommend changes to make before selling. With a few months before the official start of the busy real estate sales season, there’s still plenty of time to easily make those changes.

Sibcy Cline Home Services is available to help with painting and other preparation needs to get your home sale ready.

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.

Benefits of Selling Your Home During Winter

House_Snow_Hands.jpgWinter is not a time of year typically associated with a lot of home sales, but real estate experts advise that owners can actually tap this unique market. All it takes is a different type of prep work and a positive attitude.

While bright, sunny days coupled with warm weather and green grass can seem like the best way to market a home, some industry insiders actually prefer to market a home in winter, according to the Realty Times. Homes tend to be more brightly lit and festively decorated in a way that makes a listing look a lot more “homey”.

Everyone is Motivated in the Winter
Another huge benefit that comes with putting a home up for sale in the winter is interest of getting a deal done as quickly and easily as possible. Sellers who decide to sell in the winter are typically those who either have to get their homes on and off the market quickly or have had the property up for sale for a few months and want to strike a deal as soon as possible.

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 might need to move for job-related reasons and want to do so when there’s less competition from other buyers or hope to relocate while prices are still below what they might expect to see a few months down the line.

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 ensure 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 backups 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.

It’s also important for owners to remember that the more limited number of shoppers seen on the market at this time of year means that they might need to be a little more flexible in how they conceive of the sales process. Some home buyers may be perfectly willing to buy, but then the holiday season gets in the way, delaying the sale. Other buyers might want to get the sales process wrapped up as quickly as possible. Home sellers should be prepared for all scenarios.

Hosting an Open House
Because of how tight anyone’s schedule can be at this time of year, there are not as many open houses. This can actually present a significant opportunity for you to show off your home with an open house and putting your best foot forward.

Make sure your home is 100 percent ready for that open house. At this time of year, that effort usually starts with two different types of curb appeal. First, it’s important to keep a 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 here, as can tasteful holiday decoration, where it’s appropriate.

The other aspect of curb appeal is making sure all paths are safe for people to walk on. Clearing snow, ice and puddles from driveways and walkways, as well as the sidewalks will help sellers and their guests avoid any potential accidents and also show that you are conscientious about attending to your property.

Issues to Avoid
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 or a good price for a home, but at especially at this time of year, sellers’ agents will have more time to devote to the sale of their listings and make sure everything goes smoothly.

Remember, at some point the finer details of a sale are out of the sellers’ hands. Rather than getting worked up about things you can’t control, it’s usually a better idea to let you agent do his/her job. Relax and enjoy the season for what it is – an opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

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.