Top Eight Home Showing Tips!

manlookingforhomeShowing your home is essential in the real estate business.  After all, who would purchase a property sight unseen?  When a potential buyer stops in, here are eight recommended tips to follow when showing your home:

Tip # 1: Welcome Your Buyers graciously greet your potential home buyers and invite them to look around.  Make sure that you instruct them to take their time and to ask any questions that they may have.

Tip # 2: Be flexible Many home buyers are on a tight schedule, whether it be work, school or other commitments.  Time is tough to come by, so try to be flexible about allowing potential buyers to tour your home.

Tip # 3: Climate control When a buyer comes into your home, they do not want to feel cold in the winter or overly stuffy in the summer.  Make sure that the temperature is comfortable. Otherwise, your buyer may not spend as much time in the home as necessary in order to form an accurate opinion.  The last thing you want is a buyer who’s in a hurry to leave.

Tip # 4: Quick cleaning If you have enough time before the buyer shows up, run the vacuum over the floors and make sure that any clutter is cleaned up.  A clean home appears larger, while a cluttered one gives the appearance of being too small.  If you really want to impress your potential buyers, place a plate of freshly baked cookies on the dining room table.  When they walk into your home, they will be greeted by the wonderful smell.

Tip # 5: Animal Control – If you have pets, remove them from the home temporarily or place them in a contained space, such as a kennel, exercise pen or carrier.  This will allow buyers to tour the home without being distracted by a nervous animal, which could result in a nervous buyer.

Tip # 6: Light The Way – Your home should appear open and bright, even if it’s a winter day, so open the curtains and turn on the lights throughout the home.  Buyers will not likely be drawn to a dark, dimly lit house.

Tip # 7: Educate Your Buyers – When someone is looking for a home, they are looking for more than the perfect floor plan.  If you have recently had the home appraised or inspected, place copies of each report on the dining room table.  Purchasing a home is a big step, and buyers will be drawn to a home that has everything out on the table, so to speak.

Tip # 8: Ask For Feedback – Once the potential buyer has completed their tour, invite their feedback by placing comment cards in the home.  The information provided could be potentially helpful during your next home showing, and it will make the potential buyer feel as though you value their opinion.

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Moving Day!

April 13, 2016 Leave a comment

boxesMoving can be a stressful time, however, there are several things that you can do to make your move a smooth one. If you know that you’re moving ahead of time, it’s a good idea to start packing as early as possible. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and, unless you have to be out in a hurry, it’s better to take your time and remember every little detail now than to find yourself with the moving blues later.

 A Little Goes A Long Way
If at all possible, pace yourself when packing. It’s better to pack a little at a time and make sure that nothing is forgotten than to hurry and try to get everything done within a day or two. It’s easy to forget to have your address changed, turn off your phone, internet, water and/or cable service, so take the time to make sure every little detail is ironed out now so that you can enjoy your new home later.
Have A Moving Sale
Get rid of everything that you don’t need by having a moving sale. If you haven’t used it within a year, sell it. Otherwise, you will just end up with the same clutter in your new house as you’ve had in the one you’re leaving behind. Plus, the more you sell, the less you will have to pack and move. Not to mention, moving is expensive and there’s nothing wrong with earning a few extra bucks whenever possible.
Create A Packing List
It will help you to remember things much easier by writing them down on paper as they come to mind. A packing list can act as a shopping list, which will remind you of the things that you need to remember.
Pack Lightly
Moving day is hard enough, so don’t make it any worse by loading down your arms with too much weight. If you pack lightly, it may cost you a little more footwork, but your body will thank you at the end of the day.
Pack Smart
 Because of their design, boxes are easier to carry and provide an effective way to keep everything stored safely in its place. Rather than just piling everything into the car or U-Haul and hoping for the best, take the time to pack everything carefully (especially breakables) inside of a box. What will not fit, such as furniture and other household essentials, should be tied down and placed in a moving truck. Furniture pads are also a good idea to prevent damage during the move. Make sure you label each box with the contents of each box along with the room it will go in at the new home. This will make unpacking more efficient and save you time

Ways to save water inside your home

April 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Water1.Operate household appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers only when they are at full capacity.  If possible, set the load amount for the amount you are actually washing.

2.Drink tap water?  Keep full pitchers in the refrigerator rather than running the tap every time you feel thirsty.

3.Make sure your water pipes are insulated so you’ll get hot water faster!

4.Repair leaking faucets, sticking toilet flush handles, toilet leaks, and other water-wasters promptly.  Did you know that if a faucet drips at a rate of one drip per second, 2,700 gallons of water per year would be wasted?

5.Never leave water running while you’re shaving, brushing teeth, and taking care of other personal grooming.

6.Always take shorter showers and don’t overfill the bathtub.

Use less water when cooking by carefully steaming vegetables rather than filling an entire pot with water.

When waiting for hot water to heat up, use the cool water for other purposes.

Don’t over water your lawn or garden.

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5 Most affordable and Priciest Housing market

April 12, 2016 Leave a comment

forecasterHome Prices Rise in Nearly Every U.S. Metro: The nationwide inventory crunch has pushed up home prices year-over-year in 93 percent of the country’s 176 major metro areas during the second quarter, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Nineteen percent of those metros, or 34, saw double-digit increases in the second quarter.

5  Priciest Housing Markets
1.San Jose, Calif.: $980,000 (median single-family price)
2.San Francisco: $841,600
3.Anaheim-Santa Ana, Calif.: $685,700
4.Honolulu: $698,600
5.San Diego: $547,800

5  Most Affordable
1.Cumberland, Md.: $82,400 (median single-family price)
2.Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio: $85,000
3.Rockford, Ill.: $94,700
4.Decatur, Ill.: $96,000
5.Elmira, N.Y.: $98,300
Source: National Association of REALTORS®

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Kitchen countertops

April 12, 2016 Leave a comment

kitchen_no_accidentThere are so many decisions when designing your kitchen that the choices can be overwhelming. The counter tops are an important part of every kitchen and can really set the tone for the room. Your counter top material needs to be functional, durable and tie in with the rest of the space. There is a wide range of material available, and each has its pros and cons.

1. Wood countertops often add warmth and richness. Consult with your kitchen designer or builder to choose what wood works best for your taste and lifestyle. Make sure they advise you regarding types of wood, cut, grain and finish. Remember, wood can scratch, stain and requires routine maintenance.

2. Travertine countertops lend an “old world” look and are less expensive than granite and some types of marble. However, the pitted surface must be filled and sealed and is not heat-resistant. Without proper maintenance, it can trap food and bacteria and absorb liquids.

3. Granite countertops are one of the most popular choices today. It is highly durable and resistant to scratching or staining. One drawback is that because it is a slab, color may be inconsistent. Also, because it is so heavy, it may require additional structural support.

4. Marble countertops are soft and timeless, and widely available. However, be prepared, the stunning marble is porous, and is susceptible to stains, such as red wine.

5. Quartz is one of the hardest surface material. It is non porous, scratch resistant and easy care material. It comes in variety of colors.

6. Stainless steel is modern, crisp and clean. It’s germ free, heat-resistant, and won’t stain. It does scratch easily and show fingerprints.

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Go Green :10 Tips to a Green Kitchen

 

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1. Use Healthy Eco-Friendly Cleaners
Many common household products contain toxins that could be affecting your family’s health. Buying natural safe cleaning products will help eliminate any risk of unnecessary toxins in your home.

2. Curb Paper Towel and Napkin Use
2.5 million tons of paper towels fill up landfills annually. A great solution is to buy a set of cloth rags, bar towels and fabric napkins to wash and reuse. It may be an added expense up front, but it will pay off in the end.

3. Replace Antibacterial Hand Soaps
Studies have shown that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than simple soap and water. Antibacterial soaps can lead to stronger strains of bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics.

4. Plastic— Just Say No!
The Wall Street Journal reported that Americans go through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually and making these bags requires an estimated 12 million barrels of oil. To reduce plastic bag consumption, use alternative options such as; reuseable bags, paper bags, or even, no bag at all!

5. Replace the Sponge!
Sponges are bacteria incubators. Although a sponge seems like a great cleaning tool, it may not be the healthiest solution. Replace your sponge with dish rags!

6. Create a Recycling and Compost System
If you don’t recycle, the best way to get into the habit is to set up a simple system. Get a second trash can for inside your home and put it next to the trash can and label it recycling. If you are ready to take it a step further, composting is a great way to turn your waste into soil like material that can be used in your lawn and garden.

7. Replace Nonstick Cookware
Nonstick cookware releases toxins when over high heat, has a short life-span (nonstick coating usually wears out in a year or two) and the nonstick coating can scratch off into food. Healthy alternatives include stainless steel, cast iron, copper and glass.

8. Buy In Bulk
Buying in bulk means less packaging and fewer trips to the store. You’ll also benefit from financial savings!

9. Update Kitchen Lighting
Kitchen lights are some of the most frequently used lights in the home. Energy efficient lights may be a high upfront cost but they use 75% less energy, generate 70% less heat and last up to 10 times longer.

10. Buy ENERGY STAR Appliances
If you are in the market for new appliances, choose one that has been proved more energy efficient. Many old appliances use a lot of unnecessary energy. If you don’t already have HWA’s GreenPlus option— add it today!

Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home’s Exterior

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Make your home more appealing for yourself and potential buyers with these quick and easy tips:

  1. Trim bushes so they don’t block windows or architectural details.
  2. Mow your lawn, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing to make the lawn sparkle.
  3.  Put a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch.
  4.  Install new doorknobs on your front door.
  5.  Repair any cracks in the driveway.
  6.  Edge the grass around walkways and trees.
  7.  Keep your garden tools and hoses out of sight
  8.  Clear toys from the lawn
  9.  Buy a new mailbox.
  10. Upgrade your outside lighting.
  11. Buy a new doormat for the outside of your front door.
  12. Clean your windows, inside and outside.
  13. Polish or replace your house numbers.
  14. Place a seasonal wreath on your door.
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