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Posted by CENTURY 21 Sexton & Donohue, Inc. on 3/13/2018

No matter how you look at it, putting your home on the market is a life-changing experience!

Not only will it change your future circumstances, but it will have an impact on your day-to-day routine, right now.

If your home is actively being shown by real estate agents, there are a few things you may need to do on a regular basis to make the best possible impression on potential buyers:

Keep it clean: Ordinarily, most homeowners aren't inclined to thoroughly clean their house every day -- or "at a moment's notice." Very few people have the time or motivation to keep their home's immaculate on a constant basis; it's exhausting just thinking about it! However, when your house is being viewed by prospective buyers, cleanliness -- or the lack, thereof -- will be noticed. Although "old habits die hard," it may be necessary to enlist the help and cooperation of your children (and spouse) in keeping the house looking presentable at all times. While it's unrealistic to expect your home to look immaculate day after day, it might be necessary to establish some new rules and standards for your family to follow about picking up clothes, toys, snack wrappers, and food residues. If you can maintain a "semblance of order" on an ongoing basis, then it shouldn't be too difficult to prepare your home for the next showing. While you'll usually get at least 24-hours notice before a house showing is scheduled, there may be the occasional request for a same-day visit.

Appearances count: "Keeping up Appearances" is more than just a popular British sitcom; it's a necessary goal for anyone hoping to sell their home within a reasonable period of time. Doing your best to stage your home in an attractive, inviting way is a key ingredient to a successful home-selling strategy. Setting priorities for curb appeal will also help you put your best foot forward in a competitive real estate market. Although many aspects of home staging are based on common sense and simple home decorating principles, it's difficult to be objective when your family's home is involved. There's certainly a lot of credible information online concerning the benefits of reducing household clutter and leaning toward neutral paint colors, but you can also turn to your real estate agent for tips on enhancing your home's curb appeal, interior appearance, and overall marketability.

Unless the home you're selling is relatively new or completely updated, there are a lot of decisions to make about how much time, energy, and money should be spend on upgrades, repairs, and enhancements. While everyone's situation, budget, and timetable is different, it's usually necessary to correct issues that might be considered a glaring problem or a deal breaker. Sometimes those issues don't come to the forefront, however, until you get specific feedback from agents and prospective buyers.





Posted by CENTURY 21 Sexton & Donohue, Inc. on 9/19/2017

As a home seller, you want your house to spark interest among large groups of interested homebuyers. That way, you'll be better equipped to reap the benefits of a fast sale. Ensuring your home sells quickly, however, can be a time-consuming process. Fortunately, we're here to help you speed up the process of selling your home. Here are three tips that you can use to accelerate the home selling process: 1. Focus On Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal. What do homebuyers think when they see your house for the first time? Ultimately, your house's curb appeal can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers and may help you speed up the process of finding prospective homebuyers as well. You don't need to break your budget to boost your house's curb appeal, either. In fact, simple home maintenance such as mowing your front lawn, pressure-washing the front walkway and even polishing the doorknob on your front door can help your house stand out to homebuyers. 2. Depersonalize Your Home. The photographs, antiques and treasured art that fill your home serve as wonderful decorations, but you should put these items in storage to depersonalize your residence while you sell your home. By doing so, you'll be able to ensure your personal items remains safe and can make it easier for homebuyers to envision what life could be like if they purchase your residence. Typically, homebuyers will evaluate the "potential" of your house during a home showing. And if your home is filled with personal items, it may become exceedingly difficult for homebuyers to imagine a future in which they buy your home. Dedicate the necessary time and resources to depersonalize your house before you add it to the real estate market. Because if you're able to depersonalize your residence as much as possible, you'll be better equipped to speed up the home selling process. 3. Employ a Friendly, Experienced Real Estate Agent. Selling a home can be tricky, but a friendly, experienced real estate agent will help you streamline the process of selling your house. Thus, this professional will ensure you're able to maximize the value of your home and improve your chances of a quick sale. For instance, a real estate agent can share information about your home with a broad array of homebuyers without delay. This professional also can provide homebuyers with high-quality photographs of your home and any other information they need to help them become more comfortable with submitting an offer on your house. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent works for you and is ready to answer any of your concerns or questions. As such, your real estate agent serves as a dependable resource who can guide you through each step of the home selling process. When it comes to selling your residence, don't take any chances. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you'll be better equipped to generate significant interest in your house.





Posted by CENTURY 21 Sexton & Donohue, Inc. on 5/23/2017

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.







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