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Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 3/30/2017

Home: House is Sold SuccessfullyWhether you lived in your house for only a few years or spent many years in your home, getting your house ready to sell can be over whelming.† Here are few tips on how to approach this task and hopefully bring in top dollar for your home.

  • Depersonalize your home by removing photos and memorabilia. You want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home and this is a lot easier when they donít see pictures of your children or your favorite team decorating the walls.
  • Make sure you price your house correctly from the start. The first few weeks a house is listed is usually when you will get the most traffic.† Asking the right price from the beginning is key to moving your house quickly.† When the price is high and then lowered later, this can result in a slower sale.
  • Quick fixes are better than over upgrading. Doing a massive improvement on your home to get it ready to sell doesnít always give you a return on your money. Instead, do some in-expensive upgrades, like painting the walls and the ceilings. Resurface kitchen cabinets if they are in bad shape. †Maybe give your kitchen appliances a facelift with some new panels or new doors.† Toilet seats and bathroom vanities can be very inexpensive to replace as well. Donít forget the kitchen and bathrooms are the rooms that potential buyers really focus on.
  • First impressions are real important, so put emphasis on your homeís curb appeal. Make sure your homeís exterior is not in need of paint. You should have fresh mulch and new sod. †Freshen up your flower beds and have some nice hanging or potted plants in the entry way.† Give the front door a new fresh coat of paint.† Donít forget, you never get another chance to make a good first impression.
  • Storage is an important factor to a potential buyer. It is very important to make your home seem like it has ample storage. Itís probably a good idea to clean out closets.† Make them appear half empty, as people will open closet doors and cabinets. This is a good time to clear out your clutter. Remember storage space sells.





Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 8/4/2016

Kitchens are often the hub of the home and when it comes time to put your home on the market it is often said that kitchens and baths sell homes. A kitchen remodel can be expensive and time consuming. There are things you can do to give your kitchen a new look without spending a lot of money or time. Here are some inexpensive tips to get your kitchen in tip top shape in no time. -Upgrade your appliances Updating or upgrading your appliances will give your kitchen a fresh new look. You can start by ordering new doors or face panels from the manufacturer. If new appliances are in order you can find great deals at at discount stores. Many stores have scratch and dent appliances that may only have a small imperfection on the back of the appliance or in a place where no one would see it. This is a great way to save lots of money for more expensive appliances. -Pretty it up with paint New paint makes everything look clean and bright again. Choose a semigloss latex paint, which is easier to clean and holds up better in kitchens. Don't forget to paint the trim too. Clean and wash all the walls and trim before painting. This will ensure the paint adheres to the surfaces properly. -Get organized Even if you have the newest cabinets and appliances a messy kitchen is never attractive. Keep clutter at bay with drawer organizer for utensils, pot racks and pull out trays for cabinets. If you need more room in your kitchen, utilize empty walls. Add open shelves with some neatly placed bowls for a great decorative and storage alternative -Use the right lighting Replace flood lights with a brighter and cleaner looking halogen bulbs. Install under cabinet lighting for a new look. Use decorative lights over the kitchen table or island to set the mood. Older chandeliers can get an easy upgrade by placing small shades over the bulbs. -Refurbish the cabinets If your cabinets need a new look consider either refinishing them or giving them a lot of elbow grease. Cabinets easily build up with grease and dust. Use a cleaner with orange oil to get rid of the grime. Test a spot first before cleaning the whole kitchen. If the cabinets are worn, consider refinishing or repainting the doors and frames. Adding new drawer pulls, hinges and handles can also make a big impact. -Fix the floor An affordable way to have a do it yourself new floor is to install vinyl tiles. Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and durable. At less than $2 per square foot, you can put a vinyl floor in just about any kitchen for $500. Don't be afraid to spend a little money to achieve big results. Most minor kitchen renovations will recoup at least 83% of the cost and may even add value to your home.







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