Preparing a home for sale can be an expensive process if it's allowed to run out of control. The cost for repairs, renovations, carpet cleaning, and more can really mount up long before the sign is in place and the home is actually ready for the market. Since most sellers consider preparations like these necessary, they are usually willing to bite the bullet and absorb these costs, knowing they will recoup them when the home sells.
Professional staging services are another preparation that can really help sell a home, but it is one that many sellers find themselves shying away from, especially when repair bills and other expenses have already made a sizeable dent in the budget. While the budget may not allow much room for staging, it can be a big mistake to skip the step entirely.
The Value of Staging a Home
Real estate professionals place real value on the staging process. In fact, according to recent statistics published in 2019 by the National Association of Realtors®, 53% of sellers' agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time it sits on the market. Additionally, 44% of buyer's agents say that staging a home increases the dollar value offered. Since 83% of them also feel it helps buyers visualize a home they are viewing as their future home. Even in a digital world, sellers can work to have their ...
Summer is the perfect time to give your house a makeover. You have more hours of daylight to use for a little DIY work, and you can get the job done on a long weekend. Best of all, you don't have to do a full gut job or major renovation to breathe some new life into your house. Instead, think about switching out some accessories and making smaller changes that will still have a big impact.
To celebrate the season, try making your house feel like the vacation place of your dreams, and you'll enjoy the relaxing feel of a beach cottage without ever leaving home. You can add some breezy beach decor to enjoy all year long by choosing a seaside color scheme, lightweight soft goods, and some special summery accents.
Here's how to inject some beach cottage style into your house this summer:
1. Consider Your Color Palette
Bring the colors of the coast into your house by painting your walls a sandy tan or cool aquamarine with whitewashed trim. You can also keep things crisp by painting the walls white and using sea glass shades of green, blue, and turquoise in your accessories (think throw pillows, lamps, and picture frames for starters). If...
Pests are not only a nuisance to homeowners but a real threat to both the residents who live there and the actual physical structure of the property. They can carry diseases that make people ill or damage the interior components of the home by building their own residences inside the walls or under the floorboards. To lessen or eliminate the damage they cause, keep the following in mind.
Check the Barriers
Holes in the home aren't always easy to spot because they can exist in some of the least likely of places. However, tears in a screen or gaps in the doors or windows are clear invitations for bugs or rodents to make their way inside.
Crumbs are magnets for pests and the longer they stay out, the more likely it is a hungry critter will find them. Trash needs to contained, counters need to be washed, and floors need to be swept regularly. It has nothing to do with making the home spotless and everything to do with foregoing an expensive exterminator.
Walk the Perimeter
Standing water is where mosquitos like to reproduce, so it's pivotal to find the sources on the property where it can form. Look to the gutters, tires, and appliance units for the most likely sources and then start sopping up the problem.
Perform Outdoor Maintenance
Firewood needs to be...