Taking on home improvements can be a fulfilling adventure, allowing you to transform spaces and looks whether you decide to sell or determine that your new space fits you once again! But if you are going to take on projects, my 20+ years of experience in real estate tell me that you’ll enjoy the project, outcome, and long-term effect of a project more if you consider the average return on investment you can anticipate. Here are a few of the best projects to consider to get you the best ROI on your exterior upgrades. It may be that you want to sell your current space and find a new home to customize into your very own…
Sometimes you just need a change, but you find yourself on a tight budget. Those are the perfect times to side-step big new furniture purchases and hiring outside help to dig into a few tips that allow any homeowner to spruce up their space without breaking the bank. After you take some of these steps, then you can easily consider if a few choice purchases might be the finishing touches you need to feel like new in your existing space.
Make Two Lists
The first list should include all the major pieces of furniture that are in the room or which you wish to place in the room. It’s important to have an inventory of the major pieces so that you can make a plan. In addition to the first list, make a second list that includes what uses and feeling you’d like the room to embody. These two lists together will allow you to plan a layout that evokes the types of environment and movement you want the room to achieve.
As you create the lists, think outside the room about other pieces of furniture that are throughout your home. Is there a nightstand that could switch out with an end table for a fresh look or something similar? Sometimes just switching up the location of furniture between rooms can have a powerful effect.
To get started making a layout, look at the entrances and outlets in the room to make sure you don’t place things far from the creature comforts that are essential to everyday living. Once you have a rough idea of how you want the furniture to be placed, sketch it roughly on a sheet of paper and make sure that you think that movement and comfort are accounted for. Finally, move the furniture into the general spaces that you have decided and let it sit for a few days to ensure that you are happy before you move to additional steps.
Once the layout of the room feels comfortable, take a look at the colors of fabric, walls, flooring, and accent elements. You want the colors to complement each other, so consider coverings for couches or chairs that work well with the wall colors. These kinds of changes are easier to adjust time and again than paint colors or other more intensive projects. If you have trouble matching colors and textures, consider using existing palettes that are distributed by designers as a foundation. For example, House Beautiful published some of the most anticipated color palettes for 2017.
Focus on Lighting
Lighting occurs in two environments, so you have to consider both and decide how to balance your decisions based on how you utilize the room.
Start by looking at the placement of natural light (including considering what time of day the sunlight will move through the room based on the direction the home faces) and how you can use that light during the day to showcase spaces in fresh ways. Perhaps you place a décor piece that you want to be a focal point where a sunbeam will fall in mid-afternoon or adjust the placement of a throw rug so that the light splashes across a pattern in a unique manner.
Next, consider what happens once the sun goes down. What kind of light will set the mood and environment that you need in order to utilize the space? Overhead lighting can splash a wide even light, but might be too much for some spaces. Floor lamps of different heights and wattage bulbs can offer adjustable options for bright areas and lower-light elements too. For relaxation, consider different lighting elements such as salt lamps or other diffused light options like electric candles that glow more than shine. With evening lighting, you even have the opportunity to layer lights in such a way that the room can be bright and filled with light or dim and cozy for watching movies or quieter times. If you want to invest a few dollars, consider installing dimmer light switches for an added element of lighting control! Ellen Dudley, RE/MAX Preferred Properties, 336-575-7249
Together, these interior home makeover tips will get you started looking at your spaces and pieces in a different light, giving fresh life and feeling to your home. Use them as a foundation and start one room at a time, picking your most used room as the first space to transform, and you’ll soon be seeing your home in a new way!
As we live in our own spaces, we become somewhat blind to the ways in which our possessions impact the feel and nature of our house. To get a fresh perspective and renew the layout and details of our home, a professional staging expert can be highly valuable in setting a feel and experience that moves your house from “For Sale” to “Sold” faster and closer to your asking price. Take a look below at just a few of the amazing benefits of having your home professionally staged…
Curb appeal literally starts roadside at the curb and everyone knows that a beautiful green carpet of grass leading up to a doorstep can transform first impressions of a home. Aside from sod or professional lawn services, there are plenty of things that you can do to fill brown patches and encourage a consistent blanket of carpet throughout your yard. Once you get some of these tips started, give me a call at 336-575-7249 and let’s discuss other ways you can upgrade your yard or otherwise prepare your property for maximum enjoyment. After all, planting grass in fall is the best time of year to ensure success!
We all know that seeing is believing, but for many who are trying to sell their home, understanding how to see their home through the eyes of potential buyers can be a difficult task. After all, most of us have lived in our home for a period of time which has allowed us to truly make them our own by incorporating our taste and personality. Yet potential buyers that come into our home may not see the world the way we do. You may have heard of the term ‘staging,’ a term which can refer to everything from the color of the walls and furniture placement to how pictures are placed on walls and even the lighting selection. Professional stagers can be a costly yet valuable investment during the selling process, but it probably will be worth the costs involved!
These insights have not only held true through my 25+ years of experience, but have also been used by real estate agents nationwide to quickly prepare homes for a good showing.
First Impressions Really Do Matter
From the moment a potential buyer pulls into your neighborhood, they begin assessing how well the area fits their needs and personality. These impressions continue as they pull up to your home and take full effect after they step over your threshold. Buyers who have a bad impression in any of these areas will be more hesitant to consider your property. To address these types of issues, you may have more power than you realize.
Neighborhood Associations and protective covenants and restrictions are your allies in sprucing up the neighborhood. Get in touch early and know your rights. On the homefront, ask several friends and/or family to provide their top three suggestions of easy and affordable ways to increase curbside appeal. Then, share the results of that mini-test with me, your real estate partner, and together we can work to select the best improvements to implement for a stellar first impression.
Plan for Right and Left Brain Thinkers
The vast majority of the market is left-brain dominant. Left brain thinkers are highly analytical and feed on organization. To appeal to these buyers, your home must be uncluttered and orderly. At the same time, elements that increase the flow and overall feel of a property will strongly appeal to the right-brain emotional side of buyers. These elements include paying attention to lighting and furniture placement.
Strive for Balance
Given the suggestions above, it may feel as if you will need to live in a sterile environment in order to sell your home, but that is simply not true. Yes, buyers desire attractive neighborhoods and clean homes, but they also want to see properties where they can honestly see themselves living day-to-day. Investing in temporary storage gives you an opportunity to not only clean up some of the clutter that accumulates over the years, but also gives you a head start on packing for your own move. To begin this process, go into each room and determine what the essential items are that must stay. For example, music and book collections can often be packed away without much impact on your daily living, as can specialty kitchen items.
If the only steps you took were those three insights above, the new you would be automatically positioned in a stronger place than many comparative properties in your area. Yet having a real estate partner with decades of experience can take this process to even greater heights and can smooth out the process and lessen your stress. Call me today at 336-575-7249 to get started preparing your home to ideally present to the market of buyers just waiting to call your home their own.
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Most people will not sell enough real estate in their lifetime to learn some of the tips and tricks of the trade that come with years of experience as a successful agent. Partnering with a real estate agent who not only knows the market and region, but who also is well-versed in the little shifts that can sell your home faster can make putting your home on the market an easier experience. I bring decades of experience and knowledge with me to every listing and engage that background to align your home with the market and set successful expectations. Keep reading for a few of my favorite tips that I’ve engaged over the years…
As summer gets fully underway, real estate buyers are on the hunt for new opportunities, new investments and new homes! Summer combines longer variations, good weather, children out of school, and natural outdoor bursts of color that get buyers motivated. My decades of experience have helped me to zero in on some of the most effective ways to enhance buyer experience on your property. Find some of my top tips…
I’ve seen so many sellers who believe that their personal taste should dominate a house that is up for sale, yet I know from experience that buyers are looking for a place they can envision their own style and personality. People rarely buy a house, they instead buy a vision they have of their next home. Transitioning your home into a showcase that will appeal to the widest variety of qualified buyers is essential to getting the offers and traffic you need to sell. To get started, learn how to stage a home for quick sale by focusing on these three main areas that buyers consider…
Home values fluctuate regularly and with the economic ebb and flow of recent years it can be hard to understand exactly what your home is worth in today’s market. Should you start by looking at recent sales on your street and in the area? What if you live in an area where sales happen infrequently? Maybe you should start with a look at tax valuations, but then again those can vary greatly and may not align with actual sale prices. Knowing what your home is worth involves running comparatives and understanding the specific area where your home is located, a process that can be daunting. As a part of my service to the community, and efforts to reach the most sellers, I’m including a link to my personal “Back At You” home value estimator below. I’m providing this service to you free of charge…
As weather warms up and buyers thaw out, the beauty of your yard can begin to shine once more. In order to make sure your yard is ready for Spring to arrive, it is important to take some steps to prepare the soil and foliage now for maximum beauty and impact.
Landscaping decisions are so important because 71% of buyers list curb appeal as important in their property buying decision, according to BankRate.com. Your yard offers the first impression, so taking the time now to prepare the soil for Spring landscaping is vital to great curb appeal.
Spring Landscaping Tips in North Carolina
- The Piedmont Triad of NC is considered Zone 7 for planting, so look for plants that will fair well in our climate by reading labels and adding a few accent bushes to your yard
- Cut back Liriope and other perennials to stimulate Spring growth
- Prune only dormant trees and shrubs, avoiding anything that blooms in the Spring
- Apply crabgrass preventer towards the end of the month to get a head start on a lush lawn
- Select roses with various bloom times and get them rooted and spaced for wonderful presentation throughout the coming seasons
- Divide and transplant perennials
- Spruce up edging lines on bedding before growth begins
I know from experience that small steps can transform your buyer traffic and impressions. Get started with these tips that are designed for our unique climate. Then give me a call at 336-575-7249 and let’s discuss other ways to prepare your property for ideal presentation. The interest rates are low so it is time to buy before they get out of range.
s you interview real estate agents and work to list your home professionally, you may hear some agents touting the necessity of holding a few open house dates to drive traffic to your property. Open houses can have a role in the selling process, but you should select an agent who is going to help make sure that having an open house is the right choice for your home. Because the real consideration is: “Do Open Houses Sell Homes?” and will holding one sell yours?
For most buyers, first impressions are a big deal. From the moment they cruise by on the street or even stop with a REALTOR, they are looking for impact and opportunities to be wowed by your property. What’s amazing is that a small budget can go a long way in creating immediate improvements in buyer impressions. Get started by considering a few of my tested curb appeal ideas…