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Five Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sing During an Open House
Posted on Wed, 31 Jan 2018, 12:15:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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You only get one chance to make a great first impression, and while that's true in your professional life, it's also true when it comes to selling your home. Open houses are a great way to get prospective buyers through and to show them all the features of your old home that makes it perfect for them. Your real estate agent will work with you to find a date and time that works around your schedule. That agent might offer some helpful feedback on what you can do to your home too. You can use some simple tips to make your kitchen really shine and sing during an open house.


Put Away the Clutter

Five Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sing During an Open HouseNo one wants to see the clutter in your kitchen taking over the room. Clutter can include those recipes you want to try, the groceries that you keep forgetting to put away, the shoes and bags that your kids drop when they get home from school and even pots and pans that you leave sitting out on the cutter. Find a place for everything in your kitchen. If you don't have space for everything, put those items in boxes that you store in the garage or your car until the open house is over.


Organize the Cabinets

Peeking in the cabinet is something that many prospective buyers do. It's not necessarily that they want to see what you have, but they do want to see if your cabinets are large enough for their own things. You can take the easy way out and simply cut down on the things you store in those cabinets. Some sellers even start packing up the pots and other kitchen supplies that they use less often. You can also bring in some organizers to organize everything in your cabinets.


Use New Paint

A new coat of paint is one of the best ways to freshen up your kitchen and make it a focal point of any open house tour. You may not realize just how much debris builds up on the walls in the kitchen from the foods that you cook. Grease can splatter on the walls and cabinets, making those surfaces look significantly darker than those areas actually are. Choose a paint in a lighter and brighter shade that makes the kitchen feel more spacious to make buyers want to cook there.


Clean Everything

Your home can never be too clean for an open house, especially when it comes to your kitchen. In the days leading up to the tour, clean as much as possible. Don't put the dishes off until the next day or skip taking out the trash when the can fills up. Old food and trash can leave behind lingering odors that are almost impossible to ignore. Put away the dishes from the sink before the open house before wiping down the interior too. You'll want to clean the counters, sweep and mop or vacuum the floors and clean all other surfaces also.


Bake Cookies

One of the best scents in the world is the scent of vanilla and chocolate baking in the oven. When you bake up a batch of cookies right before the open house, that scent will linger in the air and make each buyer want to check out the kitchen. You can make the dough the night before and freeze it, but you can also use a dough that you bought from the store. When you clean, bake and use any of these others tips, you can make your kitchen more appealing to those buyers.

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Tips to Selling Your Home Quickly
Posted on Sat, 30 Sep 2017, 12:15:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Most people want to sell their home quickly once they list it on the market to ensure that it maintains its value and doesn't lose its appeal. Although the quality and appeal of the setting influences how much attention it attracts, other factors determine how quickly you get an offer. If you want to find the right buyer in a short amount of time, there are a few important steps to take.


Price it Right

One of the most important steps to take is to price the home right to avoid turning off buyers. If it's priced too high, buyers will assume that you aren't willing to negotiate or that you're not serious about selling. Work with a real estate agent to evaluate the selling price of local homes that are similar to your own to determine sell your home quicklya realistic price. Leave extra room for negotiating to ensure that you get what you want for it.


Work on the Curb Appeal

Buyers aren't likely to visit homes that have an ugly exterior, making it necessary to make it look attractive to ensure that it stands out on the block and sets the expectations of those who pull up to the house. Add flower boxes on each window, which will make it look charming and inviting. Potted plants on the front porch will also add a cozy touch that is contemporary. Consider installing a fence, new address numbers, and a mailbox that looks updated. An arbor where vines can grow up will also look beautiful and will make the home stand out on the market.


Clean and Declutter

Your house should look like a model home when buyers walk in, which will allow them to envision living on the property without being reminded that you currently reside in the building. Clean and declutter the setting by removing religious items that are displayed on the walls or poster that are hung in a teen's room. Family photos should be tucked away, and art drawings that are posted on the fridge will need to be removed.


Consider hiring a deep cleaning service to wipe down the baseboards, scrub the grout, and clean the blades on ceiling fans to ensure that each area is covered.


Stage the House

Staging the home is necessary to show off how beautiful it can look with the right furniture pieces and decor used. Use neutral furniture and artwork on the walls and consider using furniture covers if the items are outdated or old. Use area rugs to dress up bare floors and stage empty rooms or closets. Consider putting fresh towels and linens out and place a plate of cookies on the dining table.


Upgrade the Home

Minor upgrades are needed to increase the appeal of the home, making it necessary to install new appliances and add hardware throughout the space. Paint the walls a neutral color shade and add new lighting in each room with the sconces and chandeliers that are installed. You can also install new sinks, faucets, and toilets to make the interior setting appear newer and more comfortable.


Use Quality Photos

One of the best ways to make your home stand out with the ad that you use is by using quality photos. Hire a professional photographer to take pictures of the property and edit the photos with software that they use. Allow plenty of natural light into the home and turn on interior lights to create an uplifting and bright setting that looks warm.

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