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Posted by Mark Warden on 4/24/2017

For home sellers, it is important to take a close look at every room in your house, including your living room.

Although your living room has served as a great place to relax and hang out with family members and friends, you'll want to invest time and resources to ensure this space offers a warm, inviting vibe. By doing so, you may be able to enhance your living room's appearance and boost your chances of a quick home sale.

What does it take to revamp a living room? Here are three tips to help home sellers transform an ordinary living room into a comfortable space:

1. Establish a Color Scheme.

Your living room colors ultimately could make or break a homebuyer's impression of your home.

For example, if your living room includes calm, relaxing hues, it may help homebuyers feel at ease the moment they enter. Or, if your living room features bold, vibrant colors, it may add energy to the setting's décor.

Determine a color scheme that offers the ideal mix of style and sophistication. This color scheme should make your living room pop; at the same time, try not to use colors that are overly dramatic or take away from the setting's ambiance.

When in doubt, use warm or cool hues to bolster your living room's appearance. These hues likely will complement any home's décor and will improve your chances of making an unforgettable first impression on homebuyers.

2. Select Stylish Flooring.

Flooring may make a world of difference in how homebuyers view your living room, and for good reason. With the right flooring in place, you'll be able to make your living room a comfortable and enjoyable space, one that will generate plenty of interest from homebuyers.

A solid wood floor may prove to be a great choice in your living room and could give the space a natural look and feel. Comparatively, carpets are soft and durable and come in a wide range of patterns to help you take your living room décor to new heights.

3. Rearrange Your Furniture.

What good is a living room if visitors cannot easily converse with one another? Show homebuyers the true potential of your living room by arranging furniture in a way that promotes conversation.

Pull your living room couch, loveseat and other furniture away from the walls and have them face one another. This will help give your living room an intimate appearance, one that may enable your living space to leave homebuyers with a distinct impression of your residence.

Discovering the best ways to enhance your living room could prove to be time-consuming. Fortunately, hiring a real estate agent may help you streamline the process of transforming your living room's appearance from drab to fab.

A real estate agent will conduct an in-depth home assessment so you can better understand your residence's strengths and weaknesses. Plus, this professional will offer tips to help you improve your living room's appearance in no time at all.

Dedicate the time and resources to bolster your living room's appearance, and you may be able to reap the benefits of a quick home sale.





Posted by Mark Warden on 1/3/2017

 Selling your home can be an expensive process if you're not careful. Following are costly mistakes to avoid throughout the home selling process.

1. Selling Your Home Before You Are Qualified to Buy a New One - Although you had no trouble buying your current home, the same won't necessarily hold true when you look to purchase a new residence. For example, your financial circumstances may have changed between the time that you purchased your current home and now. You'll want to get pre-approved by a lender before you sell your current house. 

2. Guessing the Sale Price of Your Home - It is unlikely that what you initially paid for your residence is what it's worth now. It's important to consult with a real estate agent to understand the true value of your home before you add it to the real estate market to optimize the value of your residence. 

3. Understanding the Stress Associated with the Home Selling Process - A calm, cool and collected approach to selling your home often is ideal, particularly as the stresses commonly associated with the home selling process start to add up. For instance, a homebuyer may submit an offer and follow it up with a home inspection. But during the inspection, this homebuyer could find issues with your home that lead him or her to reconsider the initial offer and could put a potential home sale in jeopardy. Conversely, with the right real estate agent at your disposal, you'll be able to minimize many of the stresses of the home selling process. Real estate agents possess the necessary skills and know-how to guide you during the home selling process, and ultimately, improve your chances of a fast, successful home sale.

Costly home selling mistakes can put a dent in your wallet or pocketbook and cause your stress levels to rise. But home sellers who work with a dedicated real estate agent can benefit from the support of an experienced professional who can simplify the home selling process. 




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Posted by Mark Warden on 10/1/2016

 Believe it or not, your unfinished basement can make or break your home in the eyes of a prospective homebuyer. With a few quick & easy fixes, your unfinished basement can be a selling point to prospective buyers.

- Use floor mats.Your basement's concrete floor likely remains cold and unattractive. Fortunately, foam mats can help you add a splash of color and improve your basement floor's appearance instantly.Foam mats come in a variety of shapes and colors, ensuring you'll be able to find mats that fit your basement floor. 

- Install storage.Want to show off the massive amount of space available in your home's unfinished basement? Installing shelves and using storage units to your advantage enables you to highlight how an unfinished basement can serve as a great storage area.From storing sports gear to tools and everything in between, your basement can serve as a one-of-a-kind storage space that enables you to keep excess items out of sight. And with the right storage units in place, you'll have no trouble showing prospective homebuyers what it's like to stay organized and maximize the space available in your unfinished basement.

- Stop the moisture. Notice a wet, damp smell that lingers in your basement? Moisture likely is the culprit. You can eliminate moisture and the associated smell by picking up a dehumidifier. 

Your unfinished basement is an important part of your home. And even though your basement may be one of the final areas a prospective homebuyer examines, you'll want to make this space as attractive as possible. 





Posted by Mark Warden on 9/1/2016

 Are you getting ready to sell your home? Before you add your residence to the real estate market, you may want to consider completing various home improvement projects. Oftentimes, you'll be able to enhance the appearance and quality of your residence for a minimal investment. 

Ultimately, there are several factors to consider before you embark on a home improvement project:


1. Cost - Home improvement projects can vary from simple touch-ups to massive overhauls. As such, the costs associated with these projects can range from minimal to excessive. It's a good idea to ask your real estate agent if the money you'll spend on the project will be recouped upon selling. 

2. Time - You'll want to consider the complexity of the home improvement projects vs. the timeframe in which you want to list your home. 

3. Curb Appeal - Maximizing your home's curb appeal is crucial. And for home sellers who want to generate interest in their residences, completing home improvement projects can help enhance a home's curb appeal instantly. Many homebuyers want turn-key homes that require minimal repairs, and home sellers who perform minor home improvements like replacing old siding or eliminating high grass and weeds on the front lawn can make their residences more attractive. 

When it comes to selling your home, you should consider the value of home improvement projects. Finishing these tasks can make it easier to improve the appearance and quality of your house and make it more appealing to a broad range of homebuyers. 





Posted by Mark Warden on 3/12/2016

 What exactly are buyers looking for in a home? Location? Size? Upgrades ? According to a survey done by The National Association of Homebuilders, today's buyers want all of the above.

According to the survey, the ideal size of a home for buyers is approximately 2,000 square feet. Unfortunately, only one-third of the current homes on the market have 2,000 or more square feet of livable space. In addition, most homes are nearly 40 years old and don't have many of the amenities buyers want.

So what is a seller to do if your home doesn't meet standards set by buyers? Well, if your home is smaller than what most buyers want, emphasize the good points of your home. Following are some additional features buyers desire that might overcome the smaller square footage:

Location: Buyers may consider a smaller home if it's located in the best school district or in a location with easy access to major highways.
Possibilities: A smaller home may have potential for expansion.
Great space: The home may not have the square footage buyers want, so show off the space it does have. Remove any furniture that doesn't complement the home, making the home seem spacious and uncluttered. 

If your home is smaller than what many buyers want, emphasize the amenities that it does have. For more home selling ideas, contact us