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Is it Time to Repair the Roof?

by Page Plager

​"All I need are four walls and a roof over my head."

Most of us have heard this line once in or twice in our lives. Some of us have even used it ourselves. That's because they represent the metaphoric requirements for having a home. But as any homeowner knows, those parts sometimes need some work—especially the roof.

It's important to know when to repair a roof, because all it takes is a small leak in the roof to damage drywall, rot wood, ruin belongings and promote the growth of mold. And spending money on replacing a roof is very often cheaper than spending money on replacing your stuff. Think of replacing your roof like making an investment in your home. It adds longevity, curb appeal and value to your property. All important factors to consider, especially if you plan to sell your home.

Let's take a look at a few tips to know when to call in an expert.

Shingles All the Way

Missing, cracked, curled or fallen shingles are your first indicator that your roof may need some repair. It's also a sign that your roof is starting to break down. When tar strips—glue for your shingles—starts to wear out, shingles will start to break off and fall away from the house. If you look at your roof and you're missing a single shingle, it may simply be a rogue shingle; or it may mean the beginning of a larger problem. Ask an expert to see if it's a one-time deal or if it's time to get the process going.

Moss is for Trees Only

You may love nature, but nature can also be pretty destructive to our man-made homes. If your roof is covered in moss, it's very likely that the moss has grown steadily because of roots that have dug their way into and under the shingles. This, coupled with the moisture they retain, means the moss could be freezing and expanding, stretching the tar strips and pulling the shingles away from the house.

Spotting the Spots

Discolored shingles aren't just an eyesore, they're also an indicator that the granules that protect the asphalt in the shingle have started to be broken down by the sun. Though it is a natural process over the life of the shingle, it also means that the asphalt on the shingle is unprotected and more prone to wear down faster due to weather effects. Not only that, but discolored spots could also indicate damp areas on your roof, which means you may have an even bigger problem than needing to replace your shingles. 

Taking care of these roof issues will mean that you not only are protecting your investment, but will be a step ahead when it comes time to sell your home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Cost vs Value of Remodeling Projects

by Page Plager

There are lots of questions to ask yourself when you're talking about your home and tossing around the idea of remodeling.

That's because whether you're looking to add aesthetically pleasing décor to a room, or looking to sell your home, you're still looking to add value without spending a lot of money. And believe it not, many times the money that it costs you to remodel doesn't add up to the value you'd hoped to have received.

It's important to know what can be done to add value, without wasting money on unnecessary improvements. According to Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2014, by replacing the front door—or sometimes simply painting it—you can add, on average, a 96.6 percent return on the amount you spent on the door and add that value to your home. That's great value.

Most people like to remodel rooms that they spend most of their time in, like the kitchen. They're not wrong. Updating kitchens and bathrooms is still one of the most profitable, if not difficult, ventures you can undertake, often adding 82.7 percent of the cost back to the overall value of the home. And while that sounds well and good, the average minor kitchen remodel still averages out to about $19,000. Not exactly pocket change for the average consumer.

Sticking with small renovations and growing as you run out of ideas is always a good rule of thumb. By replacing or fixing things all over the house - guttering, energy saving windows, heating and cooling elements, and small decks - you can add value without having to knock down walls. If you're in the adventurous, “We need a new room” category, you can easily convert an attic or other usable space into a bedroom or powder room and have a return of 84.3 percent. That's not to say that adding on a spare bedroom and expanding your house isn't profitable, but there are a lot of factors you should think about before taking that step.

Here are three renovations with great returns on investment:

  • Deck addition (wood): 87.4 percent
  • Garage door replacement: 83.7 percent
  • Minor kitchen remodel: 82.7 percent

Here are three renovations with not so great returns on investment:

  • Home office remodel: 48.9 percent
  • Sunroom addition: 51.7 percent
  • Master suite addition: 67.5 percent

Remember that while these are monetarily based figures, you still can't put a price or return on what a change would mean to you or your family. If you want to add that game room or bed that hangs from the ceiling, do it. Just remember that it's your home, and you should enjoy it as much as possible. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Autumn Curb Appeal

by Page Plager

That fabled first impression is no myth, and if you're trying to sell your home, take a half- hour to evaluate what prospective buyers are seeing when they drive up to your home. Doing that by yourself can be a lot harder that you might think, simply because it's hard to separate your subjective experience out of the equation. This is simple to solve. Simply ask friends or acquaintances who are unfamiliar with your home to give you an honest account of their first impressions on your curb appeal. Certainly, your real estate agent is going to give you an objective appraisal as well.

Your job is to take those observations and find ways to improve the view from the curb. You should try to do everything you can to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives.

Landscaping of the space between the curb and the front door is a primary concern. Maximize by trimming, edging and weeding. Neatness counts! Minimize by removing ailing or dead trees, shrubs, bushes and other plants. If you just can't get a decent looking lawn, perhaps resodding is the answer, or even more radical approaches like changing ground cover completely. Refresh that mulch! Deep browns and reds are so much more appealing than a dull, washed out grey at the base of your landscaping pieces. And prepare your lawn for spring now, following the guidance in this Lowes.com article.

Structurally, make sure any damaged siding, roofing or other exterior parts of your home are repaired. Make sure the front of your home is clean and attractive. A power-wash is always a great place to start, and the DIY network has some excellent tips on doing it yourself. A new coat of paint is often a good idea, but you don't have to paint everything. Just touching up the trim, window and door frames after everything else is clean can brighten the appearance of your home.

A little color can go a long way. Carefully coordinated window treatments are an excellent accent; check out this article from HGTV for ideas. Colorful flowers just inside the windows can create a sense of warmth and depth, especially in the drab, colder months of the year. If you have a lot of decorations on the front of your house, make sure they're clean and in good condition. You don't want to overdo those, either. Remember, you want a buyer to imagine the home as their own, not see it as someone else's!

Spending some time on these projects will be worth the effort when you are ready to show your house to buyers. They will be impressed with how well-maintained your home looks outside and will be enticed to see the rest. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Home Selling Obstacles

by Page Plager

Your home has been lingering on the open market for months. Your neighbors’ home sold in weeks. You saw the moving vans. Why isn’t your home selling?

Well, your home could be stuck in real estate limbo for a variety of reasons, but there are several common culprits: You overpriced your home to begin with, your home isn’t in the best condition, you used a poor marketing strategy, you refuse to show your home, or you have a unique home.

You Overpriced Your Home

It’s a common mistake for new home sellers to overvalue their homes. After all, they have many priceless memories there. Unfortunately, by overpricing your home for the market, you miss that vital first rush of buyers and you run the risk of your home becoming a dead listing.

Even if you reduce the price at a later date the impression is that there is something wrong with your home and you run the risk of selling your home at an even lower price than if you priced it correctly in the first place.

So, avoid this mistake by approaching the pricing of your home dispassionately and listening to your agent.

Your Home Isn’t In the Best Condition

Today’s buyers are discerning. They want only the best for their real estate dollar. If your yard is overgrown and your furniture is covered in animal hair, your home may be immediately disqualified from consideration. It may not take a very large investment in time and money to bring your home to show quality. You can hire a quality landscaping company to up your curb appeal. You can hire a maid service – I’ve even seen them advertised on Groupon.com. – to do a deep cleaning that will be easy to maintain. Remember, a clean house sells.

You Used a Poor Marketing Strategy

The purpose of marketing your home is to reach the largest number of potential buyers in the shortest period of time. This means professional photographs, slick flyers and distribution across multiple sites. The days of sticking a sign in the front yard are long over. Your agent should be marketing your property aggressively.

You’re Not Showing Your Home Often Enough

Showing your home can be a pain. There are strangers walking through your home, and most prefer that you not be there while they look over your home. Fortunately, an agent will be there. As inconvenient as it might be, show your home as often as possible in order to sell it quickly.

Your Home Is…Unique

There was a time when the more interesting or unique a home was, the better. If you live in one of these homes, you might face a few extra obstacles when trying to sell your home. Don’t worry. There’s a buyer for every home. We might just need to be a little creative in our approach.

There will be obstacles when selling every home. Don’t let a few minor problems stop you from achieving your goal. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Mistakes That Keep Your Home From Selling Quickly-Part 2

by Page Plager

In the previous post, we discussed five costly and common mistakes that sellers make when trying to sell their homes. Here we discuss five more mistakes to avoid when selling your home.

Being Unwilling to Negotiate

Most sellers overvalue their homes for a variety of reasons, the most common being emotional attachment or overvaluing the improvements they have made to the home. Sometimes, this means that some sellers are offended when a potential buyer makes an offer that is below list price. Accept that sellers will low ball and that most likely you will need to negotiate. This can mean accepting a lower price, agreeing to do some repairs or something else. You don’t have to accept anything, but it is important to be open.

Bad Online Presence

According to Realtor.com, 90-percent of homebuyers begin their search online. So, it follows that in order to attract the most potential buyers within those critical first few weeks, you need to have a powerful online presence – you need to stand out in a good way. That means pictures of your home that cast it in the best light. Poor pictures can ruin even the best marketing plan. Make sure that the pictures you use to market your home online are of professional quality or at least better than average.

Not Keeping the Home Clean

Ideally, you’ll get an offer on your home within a week of putting it on the market, but in all likelihood, your home will be on the market for at least a month – if not longer. Keeping your home showroom ready for several months can be onerous, but stay the course. Keep your home ready to show at the drop of a hat (no dishes in the sink, no shoes in the living room and no dirty towels in the bathroom, etc.) in order to sell it.

Sticking Around During Showings

No one knows your home better than you, but buyers get nervous when a seller is present while they are touring a home. Understand that you want potential buyers to be comfortable when walking through your home. So, when your agent calls you and says a potential buyer would like to see your house, take the opportunity to go to the park or out to dinner. Let your agent do their job.

Choosing the Wrong Realtor

Not all real estate agents are created equal. An experienced real estate agent can guide you through the entire process of selling your home and can be an invaluable resource. Make sure you choose an agent that knows your area and has the skills and connections to sell your home quickly.

If you avoid these mistakes, and listen to the advice of your agent, you should have no problem selling your home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Mistakes That Keep Your Home from Selling Quickly-Part 1

by Page Plager

​I’ve reviewed the things you should do to sell your home quickly and for more money.  But sometimes what you do wrong has a greater impact than what you do right – especially when you are trying to sell something.

So, here are five mistakes to avoid when selling your home.

Overpricing Your Home

Depending upon market conditions when a buyer makes an offer, it will typically be lower than your list price.  However, that does not mean inflating your list price by ten or twenty percent above market value is recommended. In most cases, homes for sale see the greatest number of potential buyers within the first week of being on the market. Overpricing simply eliminates a large number of those potential buyers. So consult with your real estate agent when pricing your home to sell.

Not Showing Your Home

Showing your home means trying to keep it in pristine condition and preferably vacating for visitors – frequently at the drop of a hat. Sometimes your agent or their office will call you to arrange a showing just as you return from a hard day’s work. But selling your home means allowing prospects to see it on their schedule – not yours. The more showings you have, the greater the chance of selling it quickly at or above its listed price.

Not Willing To Let Go

Knick knacks on the mantle and that old portrait of your grandfather transformed your house into your home. But when trying to sell your home, it’s important to depersonalize and thereby, help buyers to see themselves living in your house. An abundance of personal elements prevent them from easily doing that. If you want to sell your home, depersonalize it for the best results.

Unwilling to Eliminate Unpleasant Smells

Humans depend on all of their senses when choosing a home, so keep in mind that certain odors can be a turn off, such as cigarette smoke or food and pet odors.  While these may be fine for you, buyers may react adversely.  So if you want to sell your home, it’s a good idea to clean your home thoroughly, potentially board pets and avoid smoking inside or cooking strong-smelling foods.

Not Fixing Minor Problems

Today’s buyers are incredibly discerning -- they notice everything, even minor problems such as broken tiles in the bathroom, holes in the sheetrock or stained carpet.  These “defects” could cause buyers to simply move on to the next, better-maintained home.  Little things that you have become used to may lead potential buyers to feel that you have not maintained your home. If you want to sell your home quickly, invest in fixing minor problems so your home shows well.

These all-too-common mistakes can easily be avoided and in my next post, I will discuss five more mistakes that can prevent you from selling your home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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How to Make Your Home Stand Out and Sell Faster

by Page Plager

If you plan to put your home on the market in the near future, it is important to consider potential buyers' first impressions. Sprucing up the exterior of your home now is an important step in preparing to show your home. 

Think of any investment you make in the exterior appearance of your home as part of your marketing expenses. It’s unlikely that landscaping will add any real value to your home on paper, but it will help attract more potential buyers which means a faster sale for at or close to asking price.

Here are three things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Make Your Grass Emerald Green

The last thing you want is an unkempt yard full of bare patches and brown spots – especially if your neighbors are the type that maintains their yards year round. Transforming your yard into something that looks like it belongs on a golf course can be an expensive process, but simply brightening your yard is not that expensive or difficult. For the most part, you can find everything you need at your local Home and Garden store. Ask the salesperson what they suggest as far as a watering and fertilization schedule that suits your type of grass. Follow it rigorously and you will see a change quickly.

Refresh Existing and Add New Flowerbeds

Well-kept flowerbeds can accent and enhance even the drabbest of homes. For a relatively modest investment of time and money, you can turn the exterior of your home into a colorful, attractive showplace. If your budget is limited, go for the annuals. They are cheap and easy to grow. They will only last a season, but they are lovely.

If you have an especially long driveway or an expansive yard, you might consider adding new flowerbeds to break up the space and make it more attractive to the passersby.

Utilize Exterior Lighting to Attract Nighttime Traffic

Not every potential buyer will drive by your home during the day. They might only drive by it at night. By adding exterior lighting to your home, you can highlight its best features even after the sun goes down.  If you choose to install the lighting system yourself using standalone floods, the cost will be minimal. Professional installation that involves wiring can cost thousands. Regardless of which route you choose, make sure you highlight attractive features like old-growth trees, flowering shrubs, your newly painted shutters, etc. Don’t just aim them at random.

If you do these three simple things, you will enhance the overall curb appeal of your home. Of course, this is just the start. You can do – and spend – much more. You can install water features, rock retaining walls, resurface the driveway and plant mature trees. It’s all up to you and your budget. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or start the process of selling your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo courtesy of Photo Dean at Flickr.com.

How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

by Page Plager

Part of the normal process of selling a home is the home inspection. It is an opportunity for the buyer to verify that everything as it seems with the home and there will be no unwelcome surprises.

For good reason, a home inspection is the source of some anxiety for many sellers. What if they find something wrong? What if the buyers back out?

Some anxiety is completely normal. After all, no matter how well you know your house, there’s always the chance that there could be a hidden flaw or something you have overlooked over the years.

There’s always the possibility of a surprise, but there are steps you can take to make the home inspector’s job easier and that can encourage the home inspector to be a bit more generous in his assessment of your home.

Declutter Your Home

Inspectors don’t like to move or climb over things. Make sure that your attic, garage and basement are easy to access. In addition, clean out under the sinks so that the inspector can easily inspect the pipes. Make your home flashlight easy.

Gather Any Necessary Paperwork

Home inspectors are less likely to examine your home with a fine-toothed comb if you can prove that regular maintenance has been performed. Gather all documents related to the maintenance of your home and place them in a binder. Leave this binder out on the table for the home inspector.

Unlock All Doors and Gates

The last you think you want a home inspector to think is that you have something to hide. Make sure that you unlock all doors and gates – including those to out buildings such as sheds and pool houses.

Clean Your Home

A dirty home does not mean that there are structural problems, but a clean home implies that the owner takes pride in ownership and performs regular maintenance on the home. So, give your home a once over before the home inspector is scheduled to arrive.

Go Out to Lunch

Home inspectors prefer to be alone while they are doing their jobs. Don’t hover. Go out to lunch for a few hours and allow the inspector to work unsupervised.

Remember, home inspectors are like anyone else; they have a job to do. Don’t make it any harder than it has to be. Make their job easy and quick, and they are that much more likely to give you a favorable report. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Six Costly Home Selling Mistakes

by Page Plager

People that want to sell their home know that they need to clean and make repairs prior to putting a house on the market, but there are several common mistakes that many sellers make that can potentially have a greater impact than just an unswept foyer or some soap scum on the shower door.

Here are six mistakes sellers make that can potentially negatively impact the final sale price of a home. Do your best to avoid them.

Failing to Get a Home Inspection

This normally applies to older homes but can apply to newer homes in certain instances. If you think your home might have problems that will require repair, get a home inspection prior to listing. This will allow you to identify and repair problem areas of the home on your own time and budget before negotiating with a buyer.

Not Properly Preparing Your Home for Sale

In a competitive market, the first impression is essential. You want to take full advantage of that rush of agents and potential buyers that occurs in those first few weeks after listing. So, help your home show well by repainting, fixing any minor problems and thoroughly cleaning it inside and out. Some sellers hire professionals to do this for them.

Trying to Hide Issues with the Home

Hanging a painting over a hole in the wall or a throwing a rug over that huge water spot in the middle of the floor might seem like a good idea at the time, but it isn’t. Today’s buyers and their agents are remarkably adept at finding these hidden problems. If you cannot afford to fix them, be honest about the problems to avoid a potentially contentious negotiating process, a deal falling through at the last minute or even a lawsuit.

Allowing Your Pets the Run of the House

Animals can be wonderful companions, and many people love them. Though in order to sell your home, you will need to appeal to the non-animal lover as well. Many experts suggest boarding animals with friends and family while your home is on the market – which hopefully won’t be for too long. If this isn’t an option, make sure any evidence of your furry friends– fur, litter boxes, etc. – is removed daily to avoid turning off potential buyers.

Not Choosing the Right Realtor

When you decide to sell your home you will likely have several friends who know a real estate agent, and while the experiences of your friends and family is often a good place to start, make sure to choose an agent that knows your area and is an experienced listing agent that has the skills and connections to sell your home quickly.

Overpricing the Home

Sellers often have an overinflated value of their home. That’s understandable, but pricing your home above market value could cost you money in the long run. If your home lingers on the market becoming a “dead listing” and you are forced to reduce the price, you could end up selling it for less than you would have if you had priced it correctly in the first place. Be willing to listen to your agent when it comes time to set the asking price for your home.

Selling a home does not have to be a difficult process. In fact, with an experienced listing agent acting as your advocate and guide, the process can progress smoothly through closing and beyond. Contact me today if you are ready to sell your home. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and help get the process started.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo courtesy of Images of Money at Flickr.com.

How to Turn Your Home into the Perfect Sales Pitch

by Page Plager

Model homes are pristine, perfectly-staged examples of how homes that are unfurnished or incomplete in a new development or condominium complex can potentially look.

They’re the perfect sales tool.

When you sell your home, this is your competition. You are competing with new homes as well as resales, and you have to beat the competition.

There are three areas that need to be addressed in order for your home to compete with new, model homes: the exterior, the interior and staging. If you consider showing a home as one long sales pitch you could call these areas: the opening, the pitch and the close.

The Exterior (The Opening)

First impressions are critical. If would-be buyers don’t like how your home looks from the outside, they won’t bother exploring the inside. This is the opening of your sales pitch. It sets the tone.

Make sure the exterior of your home is as perfect as you can make it.

  • Clean the yard and flowerbeds of any debris and trim all hedges and shrubs.
  • Pressure wash the exterior of your house and repaint if necessary. New homes have fresh paint.
  • Clean, repair, repaint (or replace) your mailbox.
  • Repaint the front door. Don’t just clean it. Also, polish any tarnished brass.
  • Mow and edge the front lawn. Eradicate any weeds – even if that means doing it by hand.
  • Pressure wash the sidewalk and driveway.
  • Replant flowerbeds, window boxes and flowerpots with bright, colorful flowers and ornamentals.

Improving the curb appeal of a home can be arduous. If you don’t have the time or the skill to do the job right, hire someone who does.

The Interior (The Pitch)

In every sale, there’s a point where you lay everything out for the customer to see. That’s the pitch. When showing a home, the inside of your home is the pitch. Do everything you can to show your home in the best possible light.

  • Clean your home from top to bottom – literally. Then, clean it again. Leave no piece of furniture unmoved. Eradicate every cobweb and dust bunny. Shine every square inch of flooring. Shampoo and steam clean every stitch of carpet. The interior of your home has to be spotless. You can do this yourself, or you can hire a professional cleaning crew. It’s up to you.
  • If your animals stay inside, eradicate any evidence that they do. You might consider boarding your pets with a friend or relative while your home is on the market.
  • Remove half of your furniture to storage to make rooms appear larger.
  • Clear away kitchen clutter and organize all drawers – even the junk drawer.
  • Freshen up the bathrooms. Invest in new hand towels, curtains, potpourri bowls and ornamental soaps. Declutter and organize your linen closets.
  • Paint walls a neutral color. Beige is not as sterile as white. It’s a warm color that makes rooms seem larger.
  • Perform minor maintenance. Replace broken outlets and light switches, oil door hinges, polish tarnished fixtures and fix any items like leaky faucets, cracked windows, toilets that won’t flush properly and clogged drains.
  • Clean out the closets. Your closets need to be no more than 25-percent full and meticulously organized to show well.
  • Clean, organize and air out the basement.

Staging (The Close)

People don’t buy homes based on logic; they buy homes based on emotion. Staging a home allows you to use emotion to close the deal.

Staging uses furniture, artwork and careful accents to create a mood and highlights the positive aspects of a home while concealing the negative. It’s possible to stage your home yourself. There are several tutorials online that go into great detail about staging a home for sale, but in most cases, experts can do a better job.

Professional stagers have arrangements with local furniture stores and art galleries to use their wares for a nominal fee. New furniture and accents create the impression of a brand new home. Professional stagers' fees vary, but when you consider that professionally-staged homes often sell faster and for up to 20-percent more than unstaged homes, the fee is worth it.

By thinking of your home as one long sales pitch, it’s possible to do all that you have to do to compete with those perfectly-presented model homes and beat them.

If you are getting ready to sell your home, and would like an opinion that will help you to plan and proceed with less stress, please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment to preview your home.  I’d be happy to offer you suggestions designed to help you maximize the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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