How to Prepare for a Showing (in a hurry!)

When selling your home, it is important to try to keep your house decluttered & clean, so that it is in tip-top shape for when you get that call from your realtor that he/she is bringing over a prospective buyer. However, in our hectic lives, we all know that it is impossible to always to ready! These 10 tips will help you prepare for a showing in a hurry:

Sweep or Mop

Sweep the kitchen, bathroom, & entryway.

Dust the Furniture

A quick wipe down of the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors.

Clean off Counters

All counters should be clean and clear of clutter.

Make the Beds

Empty the Garbage Cans

Vacuum Carpets

Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.

Turn the Lights On

Make sure your windows are clean too.

Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher (don’t start the cycle if it will be running during the showing).

Load the washer & dryer

Pick up any dirty clothes and place them in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer to get them out of the way.

Dont’ stress; if you can’t do everything, do the most important things first!

 

For more great tips from Trulia, click here.

– See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4296671/how-to-prepare-for-a-showing-in-a-hurry-#sthash.NTLyuSby.dpuf

When selling your home, it is important to try to keep your house decluttered & clean, so that it is in tip-top shape for when you get that call from your realtor that he/she is bringing over a prospective buyer. However, in our hectic lives, we all know that it is impossible to always to ready! These 10 tips will help you prepare for a showing in a hurry:

Sweep or Mop

Sweep the kitchen, bathroom, & entryway.

Dust the Furniture

A quick wipe down of the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors.

Clean off Counters

All counters should be clean and clear of clutter.

Make the Beds

Empty the Garbage Cans

Vacuum Carpets

Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.

Turn the Lights On

Make sure your windows are clean too.

Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher (don’t start the cycle if it will be running during the showing).

Load the washer & dryer

Pick up any dirty clothes and place them in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer to get them out of the way.

Dont’ stress; if you can’t do everything, do the most important things first!

 

For more great tips from Trulia, click here.

– See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4296671/how-to-prepare-for-a-showing-in-a-hurry-#sthash.NTLyuSby.dpuf

When selling your home, it is important to try to keep your house decluttered & clean, so that it is in tip-top shape for when you get that call from your realtor that he/she is bringing over a prospective buyer. However, in our hectic lives, we all know that it is impossible to always to ready! These 10 tips will help you prepare for a showing in a hurry:

Sweep or Mop

Sweep the kitchen, bathroom, & entryway.

Dust the Furniture

A quick wipe down of the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors.

Clean off Counters

All counters should be clean and clear of clutter.

Make the Beds

Empty the Garbage Cans

Vacuum Carpets

Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.

Turn the Lights On

Make sure your windows are clean too.

Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher (don’t start the cycle if it will be running during the showing).

Load the washer & dryer

Pick up any dirty clothes and place them in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer to get them out of the way.

Don’t stress; if you can’t do everything, do the most important things first!

For more great tips from Trulia, click here.

When selling your home, it is important to try to keep your house decluttered & clean, so that it is in tip-top shape for when you get that call from your realtor that he/she is bringing over a prospective buyer. However, in our hectic lives, we all know that it is impossible to always to ready! These 10 tips will help you prepare for a showing in a hurry:

Sweep or Mop

Sweep the kitchen, bathroom, & entryway.

Dust the Furniture

A quick wipe down of the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors.

Clean off Counters

All counters should be clean and clear of clutter.

Make the Beds

Empty the Garbage Cans

Vacuum Carpets

Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.

Turn the Lights On

Make sure your windows are clean too.

Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher (don’t start the cycle if it will be running during the showing).

Load the washer & dryer

Pick up any dirty clothes and place them in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer to get them out of the way.

Dont’ stress; if you can’t do everything, do the most important things first!

 

For more great tips from Trulia, click here.

– See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4296671/how-to-prepare-for-a-showing-in-a-hurry-#sthash.NTLyuSby.dpuf

When selling your home, it is important to try to keep your house decluttered & clean, so that it is in tip-top shape for when you get that call from your realtor that he/she is bringing over a prospective buyer. However, in our hectic lives, we all know that it is impossible to always to ready! These 10 tips will help you prepare for a showing in a hurry:

Sweep or Mop

Sweep the kitchen, bathroom, & entryway.

Dust the Furniture

A quick wipe down of the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors.

Clean off Counters

All counters should be clean and clear of clutter.

Make the Beds

Empty the Garbage Cans

Vacuum Carpets

Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.

Turn the Lights On

Make sure your windows are clean too.

Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher (don’t start the cycle if it will be running during the showing).

Load the washer & dryer

Pick up any dirty clothes and place them in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer to get them out of the way.

Dont’ stress; if you can’t do everything, do the most important things first!

 

For more great tips from Trulia, click here.

– See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4296671/how-to-prepare-for-a-showing-in-a-hurry-#sthash.NTLyuSby.dpuf

When selling your home, it is important to try to keep your house decluttered & clean, so that it is in tip-top shape for when you get that call from your realtor that he/she is bringing over a prospective buyer. However, in our hectic lives, we all know that it is impossible to always to ready! These 10 tips will help you prepare for a showing in a hurry:

Sweep or Mop

Sweep the kitchen, bathroom, & entryway.

Dust the Furniture

A quick wipe down of the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors.

Clean off Counters

All counters should be clean and clear of clutter.

Make the Beds

Empty the Garbage Cans

Vacuum Carpets

Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.

Turn the Lights On

Make sure your windows are clean too.

Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher (don’t start the cycle if it will be running during the showing).

Load the washer & dryer

Pick up any dirty clothes and place them in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer to get them out of the way.

Dont’ stress; if you can’t do everything, do the most important things first!

 

For more great tips from Trulia, click here.

– See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4296671/how-to-prepare-for-a-showing-in-a-hurry-#sthash.NTLyuSby.dpuf

When selling your home, it is important to try to keep your house decluttered & clean, so that it is in tip-top shape for when you get that call from your realtor that he/she is bringing over a prospective buyer. However, in our hectic lives, we all know that it is impossible to always to ready! These 10 tips will help you prepare for a showing in a hurry:

Sweep or Mop

Sweep the kitchen, bathroom, & entryway.

Dust the Furniture

A quick wipe down of the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors.

Clean off Counters

All counters should be clean and clear of clutter.

Make the Beds

Empty the Garbage Cans

Vacuum Carpets

Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.

Turn the Lights On

Make sure your windows are clean too.

Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher (don’t start the cycle if it will be running during the showing).

Load the washer & dryer

Pick up any dirty clothes and place them in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer to get them out of the way.

Dont’ stress; if you can’t do everything, do the most important things first!

 

For more great tips from Trulia, click here.

– See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4296671/how-to-prepare-for-a-showing-in-a-hurry-#sthash.NTLyuSby.dpuf

When selling your home, it is important to try to keep your house decluttered & clean, so that it is in tip-top shape for when you get that call from your realtor that he/she is bringing over a prospective buyer. However, in our hectic lives, we all know that it is impossible to always to ready! These 10 tips will help you prepare for a showing in a hurry:

Sweep or Mop

Sweep the kitchen, bathroom, & entryway.

Dust the Furniture

A quick wipe down of the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors.

Clean off Counters

All counters should be clean and clear of clutter.

Make the Beds

Empty the Garbage Cans

Vacuum Carpets

Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.

Turn the Lights On

Make sure your windows are clean too.

Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher (don’t start the cycle if it will be running during the showing).

Load the washer & dryer

Pick up any dirty clothes and place them in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer to get them out of the way.

Dont’ stress; if you can’t do everything, do the most important things first!

 

For more great tips from Trulia, click here.

– See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4296671/how-to-prepare-for-a-showing-in-a-hurry-#sthash.NTLyuSby.dpuf

Renovations to Tackle Before Selling your Home (And Ones to Avoid!)

Getting you home ready to sell can sure seem overwhelming. Before you start painting, repairing, renovating, decorating, etc., lets take a look at some renovations that are worth your time, money & energy, and some that are definitely not!

DON’T add any new custom or unique features to your home like a wine fridge or hot tub.

DO paint your cabinets, install new hardware or replace your kitchen counter-top.

DON’T do any major construction or add square footage to your house.

DO replace your roof if it is in poor condition and make the outside of your home look inviting.

DON’T do a major bathroom remodel, even if you think your bathroom is outdated.

DO replace the bathroom sink or faucet, and give your bathroom a fresh coat of paint.

For more tips, visit: YAHOO! HOMES

Selling your home this Winter? Here are some tips to warm up your space & help your home stand out:

 

1. Keep snow and ice at bay.
The top tip from agents: If the buyer can’t get in easily, the house won’t sell. That means keeping walkways and driveways free of the frozen stuff. Just like trimming the lawn in the summer, you want to make the home look like it’s been maintained. If you’re away frequently or live in an area that’s subject to bad weather, it can pay to hire a service to regularly salt or shovel the driveway and sidewalks.

2. Warm it up.

If you’re showing during the winter, think “warm, cozy and homey,” says Ken Libby, owner of Stowe Realty in Stowe, Vt., and a regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors.

Before a buyer comes through, adjust the thermostat to a warmer temperature to make it welcoming. “Sellers like to turn the temperature down because of heat costs,” says David Ledebuhr, president and owner of Musselman Realty in East Lansing, Mich., and a regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors. “But buyers who come in and aren’t comfortable won’t stay long.”

If you have a gas fireplace, turning it on right before the tour can give the house a little ambience, Libby says.

With a wood-burning fireplace, you’ve got to be a little more careful. If the house is vacant, don’t chance it. But if you’re still living there and will be there during the tour, it can be a nice touch.

Many times, sellers leave right before the agent and prospective buyers arrive. In that case, adjust the heat to a comfortable temperature and have the hearth set for a fire. Buyers feel the warmth and see the potential, and you don’t have to worry about safety concerns.

3. Take advantage of natural light.
“Encourage showing during the high-daylight hours,” Ledebuhr says. At this time of year, “if you show after work, you’re totally in the dark.”

Make the most of the light you do have. Have the curtains and blinds cleaned and open them as wide as possible during daytime showings. Clean all the lamps and built-in fixtures, and replace the bulbs with the highest wattage that they will safely accommodate. Before you show the house, turn on all the lights.

4. Get the windows washed.
“Buyers act on the first impression,” Ledebuhr says. Windows are one thing that many sellers don’t even consider. In winter, that strong southern light can reveal grime and make it look like the home hasn’t been well-maintained.

5. Play music softly in the background.
To create a little atmosphere, tune the radio to the local classical station. Turn it down so that you barely hear it in the background. “It’s soothing,” says Libby, who finds that soft classical music tends to have the most appeal to buyers. “I think people tend to stay around a little longer and look a little longer.”

6. Make it comfortable and cozy.
Set the scene and help the buyers see themselves living happily in this house. Consider things such as putting a warm throw on the sofa or folding back the thick comforter on the bed. Tap into “the simple things this time of year that make you feel like you’re home,” Phipps says.

 

For more great tips from MSN Real Estate click here.

Do You Need To Stage Your Garage Before Selling Your Home?

Here’s a tip you can’t ignore when preparing to show and sell your home.

Most homeowners know the importance of staging the inside and outside of the home when trying to sell. Your home should be staged for all pictures that will accompany your listing and for all showings and open houses. According to the National Association of Realtors®, when staging your home you need to make sure that the curb appeal extends “all the way up the driveway and into the garage”. The the National Association of Realtors® recommends staging the garage, along with the rest of the house, because research that indicates that 78% of home buyers purchase a house with a garage. The garage is an important feature for many buyers because it’s essentially a storage space, whether they’re keeping cars or boxes in there.

Here’s how to stage your garage for a successful showing:

  1. De-clutter. Just as you got rid of unnecessary furniture and items inside the house, you need to eliminate clutter in the garage.

  2. Consider having a garage sale to get rid of unwanted/unused items from the garage and from inside the home

  3. Donate whatever doesn’t sell to a local charity

  4. Hang bikes and large equipment on the walls (or put them in storage) to free up space in the garage

  5. Organize cabinets, shelving, and other storage systems. Put anything you don’t need in the trash or in storage.

  6. Clear the floor. Get everything off the floor of the garage and into cabinets, bins, hooks, or shelves.

  7. Keep all dangerous tools and chemicals stored away and out of reach of children.

  8. Make sure you have a working smoke detector installed in the garage.

  9. Clean-try to get rid of all dust, dirt, and stains on the walls and cabinets.

  10. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the walls and cabinets if necessary.

  11. Make sure the garage is well-lit. Change burnt-out lightbulbs and add light if needed.

  12. Your garage should have a working automatic opener (automatic light, automatic reverse, wall control panel, remote).

  13. Clean the floors. Remove all stains if possible, repaint the floor if necessary.

  14. The garage door itself should be clean and new-looking.

The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see – you don’t want to ruin your curb appeal with a dirty or cluttered garage, so make sure you take the time stage your garage before showing your home.

Read more about staging your garage from Realtor. com.

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Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring

New Jersey is a wonderful place to be in the spring and as a resident, you probably already know that, but it’s important for you to show potential buyers the beauty of New Jersey as well, starting with your lawn and home. There are a ton of properties on the market for buyers to choose from, so it’s also important for you to make your home stand out. Here are 5 important tips to help you sell your home this spring…

1. Enhance your curb appeal: This is the first impression potential buyers will have of your home, so it better be a good one, or else they might just drive on by. As the snow melts and the grass starts to turn a beautiful green color, make sure you’re ready to take advantage of the weather. Spring is the prime planting and growing season for many flowers in New Jersey, so check out your local nursery for plants that will make your home look vibrant, bright, and friendly. Mow the lawn (if necessary), and also be sure to clear away any wet piles of leaves or dead tree branches that may be lingering in your yard. If it’s still too cold out to plant flowers, you need to make sure, at the very least, that your driveway and walkways are cleared of snow.

2. Leave no evidence of children or pets. Your home should be completely uncluttered (no children’s toys) and it should smell like spring (no litter boxes or dog droppings in the yard). Arrange for a friend or family member to watch your pets and/or kids when you’re having a showing in order to make sure that the buyer is not distracted and not put off by clutter or pet smells.

3. Make your home sparkle and shine. This means you need to take your spring cleaning to the next level. Do this by focusing especially on windows, mirrors, glass fixtures, etc. The goal is to let as much light in as possible and make your home seem as bright (and inviting) as possible. Change out thick, dark curtains for light, sheer ones, and consider installing lights under cabinets and adding extra fixtures/lamps in naturally dark corners of your home.

4. Spring cleaning! Most people practice this ritual even if they aren’t planning on selling their home, so this is a great way to take advantage of the season to help you sell your home. If you’re already a meticulous cleaner, great, if not, make sure that you don’t skip or slack off in any areas of your home when cleaning.  Be particularly thorough when cleaning your bathrooms and kitchen, because those are the deal makers or breakers of any home. Don’t forget to dust and clean all floors as well!

5. Market your home for sale. Your real estate agent will be able to help you with this part of the process, but you should put some thought into it as well. Writers from Ziprealty recommend that if your home sat on the market all winter to remove your listing and post it again fresh. You should also create brochures for your home, market online and in print.

For more information on how to sell your home this Spring visit this website.

Jodi Goldberg
RE/MAX Central
www.JodiGoldberg.com
jodigoldberg@remax.net
(908) 770-2150

Can a Realtor Help You Sell Your Home More Quickly in Freehold, New Jersey?

Absolutely!

Real estate agents in Freehold are required to be up to date on the housing market trends in the area. That means that an agent in Freehold is familiar with average selling prices, short sales, foreclosures, lenders in the area, and everything else real estate. Furthermore, these agents are trained and tested daily in the real estate and housing markets, and their experience can absolutely work to help you buy or sell your home in Freehold, New Jersey.

Moreover, because your real estate agent will be familiar with the housing market trends in Freehold, he or she will be about to help you determine a realistic asking price for your property in order to ensure that your home sells. To determine what you should list your home for, your real estate agent will look at comparable homes that sold and that didn’t sell in Freehold, New Jersey. This will give both of you a good idea of what price is too high, and what price will sell, as well as give you more insight on the competition in the area.

If you need to sell your home very quickly, say, to avoid foreclosure, your real estate agent can work with local lenders and/or help you find out whether you qualify for a short sale or deeds-in-lieu transaction (which will save you from being foreclosed upon).

Make sure to hire a competent realtor who has experience in buying and selling homes in Freemont to help you sell your home as quickly as possible, and for the best possible price.

To get in contact with a Freehold agent, click here!

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