Selling Your Home

How Important Is Staging Your Home To Sell?

Staging your home to Sell:

You might have a beautiful home; it might be perfect or greatly upgraded with the finest features and materials. It can possibly be all these but unless you the only one in a thousand, it is not actually staged.

The process of staging a home for sale is not new but it is actually a method that is popular among home sellers and is used in our more challenging market. Staging most times is confused with decorating by many home sellers, thus paying no attention to the process and the recommendations of the staging experts. But the truth is, you need to commit to converting your home into a home that prospective buyers can easily depict as theirs, meaning you have to be ready to emotionally detach.

Staging helps in displaying your home as a place people will love to own. For instance, retailers often set up decorative store display that shows the function and likely placement of some things; like in the case of television, they are most times displayed within a living room setting. But this is not done just because it looks great; it is done to help prospective buyers in imagine how the television will look within a household setting. This can also be used in the process of preparing your home for sale. Most of our decision-making ad learning is done visually, even a buyer’s impression of a home. By being able to visualize a possible setting for a room, buyers can better make decisions ad determine if the size of the room is...

Helping Homeowners Accept the Realities of Downsizing

Helping Homeowners Accept the Realities of Downsizing

Downsizing can be difficult for clients to accept. Their memories and belongings may be unable to fit into a smaller home. Many are unsure how to proceed and need your help. As their real estate agent, you must provide support to help them accept their new reality. Read on to learn some key tactics to get clients comfortable with downsizing.

Clearly Communicate the Benefits of Downsizing

The best way to help homeowners accept the realities of downsizing is to provide excellent communication. Downsizing a home comes with plenty of benefits, but your clients may only see a challenge. Inform them of the advantages that come from a smaller house, including the opportunity to start fresh. In order to communicate a clear message to your clients, you have to think about them as individuals. For example, if your clients are proud grandparents, you may want to emphasize how the savings can be used to do new and exciting activities with the grandkids. Research the benefits of downsizing as it applies to clients.

Share Exciting Stories about Previous Clients

A little reassurance can go a long way. Think about previous clients that have downsized. If you’ve been doing marketing properly, you would have already reached out to these clients to see how they’re doing in their new space. Share this information to restore comfort and inspire. Tell them about the elderly...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit ...