Cheryl Deschenes' Blog
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If you're like most people who are beginning the process of putting their homes up for sale, you're probably aware of the concept of home staging. Home staging is a strategy used to present your home in a good light to prospective buyers by creating a warm, welcoming environment. Typical home staging techniques include burning scented candles, placing vases of fresh flowers in every room, and having something delicious and warm-from-the-oven in a conspicuous location on the kitchen counter.
However, these strategies have become so overused that today's savvy homeowners are possibly immune — after all, when buyers see the same thing in every home they look at, the magic starts to wear thin. Fortunately, there are home staging techniques that transcend immunity.
Cultivate a Clean Scene
Nothing takes the place of good old-fashioned cleanliness when it comes to impressing prospective homebuyers. Gleaming counters, spotless floors, and spic-and-span bathrooms are essential staging elements when trying to make your home as appealing to as many people as possible. Although this may seem obvious, many sellers are overlooking the impact that an impeccably clean home has in favor of traditional staging techniques. The home should also smell clean, but not in a way that indicates chemical cleaning agents. Try a light air freshener with minty notes about half an hour before prospective buyers are scheduled to arrive.
If you've lived in your home for any length of time, you've probably accumulated a bit of clutter that you may not notice anymore. Clearing it out not only gives you a head start on moving to your new home once your current one sells, but it also provides the kind of clean slate look that attracts buyers. You'll be amazed at the difference purging unwanted and unnecessary items and putting the rest in storage will make. You can also take this strategy one step further and completely move out before the home goes on the market.
Another benefit of moving out is that you can rent a few key pieces of top-quality furniture for the purpose of putting your home in its best possible light. You don't have to furnish the entire place — think striking, strategically placed statement pieces designed to spark the imaginations of potential buyers who are looking at the home.
Ready to make the move? Don't hesitate to contact me for more information on strategies designed to make your upcoming home sale go as quickly and smoothly as possible.
After you receive an offer to buy your house, you likely will have only a short period of time to determine whether to accept this proposal. As such, pressure can add up quickly, which often can make it tough to make the best-possible decision.
Fortunately, we're here to help you analyze your options and determine how to proceed with a homebuying proposal.
Let's take a look at three steps that every home seller should take after receiving a homebuying offer.
1. Weigh the Pros and Cons
Make a pros and cons list to examine a homebuying proposal – you'll be glad you did. With this list, you can assess the advantages and disadvantages of accepting a homebuying offer and proceed accordingly.
If you accept an offer, you can move forward in the home selling process. On the other hand, if you don't feel that an offer matches your expectations, there may be no reason to accept this proposal.
2. Evaluate Your Home Selling Goals
Consider your home selling goals as you evaluate an offer to buy your house. By doing so, you can determine whether an offer falls in line with your goals.
For example, if your goal is to sell your house as quickly as possible, the amount of the offer may not matter. In this scenario, you may want to accept a homebuying proposal to accelerate the home selling process.
Comparatively, if your goal is to maximize your profits, you will need to determine if a current offer is the best proposal that you could receive. If the answer is "Yes," then you may want to proceed with a home sale. Or, if the answer is "No," you may want to reject or counter a buyer's proposal.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
Let's face it – evaluating a homebuying proposal can be difficult, particularly for a first-time home seller. If you consult with a real estate agent, however, you can get the help you need to make an informed decision about an offer.
A real estate agent can offer lots of housing market data to help you understand the current value of your house. Plus, this housing market professional can provide recommendations about whether to accept, reject or counter a homebuying proposal.
Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will serve as a guide throughout the home selling journey. He or she can keep you up to date about any offers on your house, perform deep analysis of all homebuying proposals and ensure you can determine the best course of action on any offer, at any time.
Let's not forget about the housing market expertise that a real estate agent possesses, either. A real estate agent understands there is no such thing as a "bad" question. Thus, a real estate agent will respond to any home selling queries that you may have.
Take the guesswork out of assessing a homebuying proposal – use the aforementioned steps, and you can determine whether to accept an offer on your house.
If you recently bought a home, now may be an ideal time to look at internet services providers in your new city or town.
Ultimately, not all internet services providers are created equal, and you'll want to look closely at the options at your disposal.
To better understand how to find the right internet services provider, let's consider three best practices.
1. Evaluate the Services That You Need
Most homeowners demand fast, reliable internet services, but it is important to note that the needs of one homeowner may vary from the needs of another.
For example, a homeowner who works out of his or her residence may need the fastest internet services available. This homeowner likely will need internet services that deliver consistent latency and bandwidth to ensure he or she can stay on track with everyday work.
On the other hand, a homeowner who uses the internet to download movies, music and video games may require internet services that work great around the clock. That way, this homeowner can instantly download large files at any time.
Check out all of the internet services that a company has to offer. And when in doubt, speak with an internet services representative directly. This will enable you to learn about all of the internet services that are available and make an informed purchase decision.
2. Consider Your Budget
The costs of internet services may vary based on where you live. As such, you'll want to consider your monthly budget to guarantee that you don't stretch your finances too thin.
In many instances, internet services providers will offer discounts or rebates if you sign a multi-year agreement. This may prove to be an excellent option if you plan to live in your home for the next few years, as you'll be able to lock in your internet services pricing for a set amount of time.
Furthermore, many companies provide internet, TV and phone services. And if you bundle the aforementioned services, you may be able to receive discounted rates.
3. Examine Customer Reviews
What are current and past clients saying about an internet services provider? Evaluate customer reviews, and you can find out what it's like to work with a particular internet services provider.
You may be able to receive client reviews directly from an internet services provider. Or, if you conduct an online search, you should have no trouble evaluating feedback about a broad array of internet services providers in a particular city or town.
Lastly, if you need extra help as you evaluate internet services providers, you should consult with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you discover your dream home, a real estate agent can offer insights into internet services providers in various cities and towns. Then, you'll be able to make the best possible decision.
Take the next step to set up internet services at your new home – use the aforementioned best practices, and you can choose an internet services provider that will meet or surpass your expectations.