Monday, September 15, 2014

How To Winter-Proof Your Home Before The Snow Falls

1. Air leaks are one of the main sources of air loss. Check for air leaks and fix them
2. Check for cracks in the roof. 
3. If it's been awhile, make sure the air filters are clean so that air can flow more freely.
4. Change out batteries in smoke detectors
5. Clean out dryer vent for lint.
6. Clean out air vents
7. If you have a wood burning fireplace, clean out all the soot buildup. If you have a gas fireplace, clean out the debris.
8. Make sure your chimney is secured and that there are no cracks or crumbling mortar joints.

Shauna Quick
Exit Realty Success

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

10 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home

1. Get rid of any extra furniture- This means that any furniture that doesn’t serve a real, functional purpose needs to go. It can be sold, or just in storage, but it needs to get out of the house. You want as much of your space shown as you can.
2. Hide the toys- Before taking any listing photos or showing your house, hide the toys! Unless there is a designated area used as a playroom, toys need to be hidden. Buyers want the spaces they are looking at to feel fresh, clean, and grown up.
3. Open doors- Be sure to open all of your interior doors before taking photos and showing your house. In photos, it helps the photos flow together so that the potential buyers can understand the layout of the home more easily. When showing, you don’t want any big surprises. The potential buyers need to be able to easily walk from one room to the next.
4. Turn on lights- When showing your home, turn on all of the lights before you leave. This is especially the case if your house has light switches in strange places. The last thing you want the potential buyers to do, is search for your light switches. By having the lights on, it makes the home feel brighter and more cozy.
5. Good smells- The smell of your home will be one of the very first things that the potential buyers register in their brains when looking at your home. Be sure it is a good smell!
6. Take good photos- Chances are, the first impression of your house will be by the photos that potential buyers will see on your listing. Make sure they are good! There are so many times I see pictures that have awkward angles that make the rooms look much smaller than they are. There are also several listing photos out there with clutter all over the place! Potential buyers want to look at photos of a clean house. Pay attention to detail when taking photos.
7. Fix up the curb appeal- This doesn’t mean that your front yard needs an entire makeover, but make sure that it looks warm and inviting. Plant some flowers, fix your fence, and mow your lawn. It is the little things that really make a difference.  Please look at my other blogs to get more information on improving the curb appeal of your home.
8. Clear off counter tops- Nobody wants to look at clutter. Put your bread and bananas in the cupboard before your house is shown. You want potential buyers to feel like there is plenty of counter space. While you are at it, take down the cutter off of your fridge to make your kitchen feel fresh and clean.
9. Clean doors- You don’t realize just how dirty your doors are until you start scrubbing them down! Clean the doorknobs to make sure they aren’t sticky and make sure there aren’t dirty fingerprints all over the door. It is a small detail that most people won’t notice unless they are dirty most likely. You don’t want potential buyers to notice dirty doors.
10. Clean your windows- There is so much dirt, dust, and who knows what else that gets stuck to windows. Clean them inside and out. It is amazing to see how much more light comes through when the windows are clean. It makes the entire room feel cleaner too.

Shauna Quick
Exit Realty

Selling Your Home? Here Are 10 Tips To Improve Your Curb Appeal

  1. Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  2. Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
  3. Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  4. Clean and align gutters.
  5. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  6. Keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
  7. During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance.
  8. Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
  9. Keep your garage door closed. 
  10. Store RVs or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
  Shauna Quick
Exit Realty Success