Tips On Getting Your House Ready To Sell….

EVALUATE…
Have a Realtor, interior decorator, or professional organizer walk through your home to evaluate what needs to be updated, repaired, or removed.

REPAIR…
Patch damaged walls, oil squeaky doors, fix sticky windows, fix leaky faucets & toilets, re-caulk tubs & sinks, replace broken windows & screens.

UPDATE…
Cabinet knobs or pulls, replace faucets & shower heads if needed.

PAINT…
Paint the interior of home in neutral colors, paint exterior doors and window trims, paint outside shutters & whole house if needed.

BRIGHTEN…
Take down any window treatments that block outside light, wash all windows, increase wattage of light bulbs.

DE-PERSONALIZE & DE-CLUTTER…
Remove family photos and “knickknacks”, thin out books on shelves, thin out clothing in closets, empty kitchen counters.

ORGANIZE…
Clean up and organize the kitchen pantry, all closets, garage, and any outside sheds.

CLEAN…
All interior surfaces, windows & doors, cabinets, under sinks, outdoor furniture, porch lights, power wash house, sidewalks & driveway.

HIDE SIGNS OF PETS…
Remove any “pet smells”, pet food & bowls, take pets out of the house during showings & open houses.

STAGE THE INSIDE…
Reduce the amount of furniture in each room, organize furniture to create seating areas, place cut flowers around home during showings.

STAGE THE OUTSIDE…
Remove dead plants, prune shrubs, add fresh mulch, use seasonal flowers, clean front porch, create inviting space with outdoor furniture.

ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU HAVE ONLY ONE CHANCE TO MAKE THAT GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION!

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Financing A Property… Now Is A Great Time To Buy That New Home!

Following a surprisingly weak employment report that has deepened doubts about the strength of the current economy,  long term mortgage rates fell this week after three straight weeks of increases.  According to mortgage buyer, Freddie Mac, the average 30 year fixed-rate mortgage has slipped to 3.60% from 3.66% just last week.  That is well below it’s level a year ago with a rate of 4.04% at that time. The average rate on a 15 year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 2.87% from 2.92%.  This is a great time to see your mortgage lender about making financing arrangements for that new home!Money-dollars in hand