5 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home For Sale

Steps to Prepare Home for SaleNo matter what type of home you’re selling, there are a few key steps you should take to prepare to list it. I’m not saying to give your home an entire remodel. The following are simple ways you can improve your home and make it appealing to potential buyers.

Refresh with Paint
It’s no surprise that painting a room gives it a whole new feeling. What’s so important though, is that buyers will see that as not only visually appealing, but something they don’t have to do – right away. You want to use a neutral color palette so a buyer’s furniture and decor will blend. Buyers would rather move into a home that is freshly painted with neutral colors than feel like they would have to paint as soon as they move in.

Lighting is Key
Never underestimate the effect the right lighting can have on a space. It can make a small room appear larger, more welcoming, and it can be used to highlight a feature in a room. Light up the basement, dark hallways, the laundry room, eating areas, and bathrooms.

Update the Flooring
If you’re carpet is faded, stained, or damaged, it’s time to consider a flooring update. Most home buyers are looking for hardwood flooring, so this could be just the change a space needs to impress them. If you currently have hard wood but it is looking tired, dull, or scratched, consider your options for cleaning it or updating it.

Fix Minor Issues
You want buyers to see your home as well maintained and cared for. Visit each room in your home and take care of minor issues like a leaky faucet, missing trim, cracked windows, blown out light bulbs, cracked outlet and switch covers, and anything else that would cause a buyer to think you haven’t maintained your home. The more minor issues a buyer finds, the more they are deterred from your home.

Cleanliness!
The cleaner your home is, the better buyers will feel moving from room to room. Clean the windows (inside and out), mop the floors, dust, vacuum every inch of carpet, clean the bathrooms (a biggie), the kitchen appliances, and clean up anything left behind by pets. Now is a good time to go through the refrigerator. Get rid of anything expired. Clean the shelves and put items you’re keeping back in an organized way.

Always remember that potential buyers are seeing  your home for the first time. What may have been perfectly acceptable to you may be a turn off for buyers. These five steps are great start to getting your home ready to list for sale. Also remember that most home searches start online, so the pictures of your home need to look their best. That can only happen if your home looks its best!

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My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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How to Mix Different Decor Styles

There is no one-size-fits-all anymore when it comes to the way you decorate and accessorize your home. Whether you’re dreaming of high-end style, relaxing in a southern atmosphere, hope to get cozy in a rustic style you’d find in the mountains, or create a combination of these styles, it’s easy to accomplish with the right know-how.

Use these tips to keep from going overboard while achieving a style that’s right for you and your family, no matter where you live.

Use Light Tones
Using light tones like white, cream, and light gray on your walls will give you a backdrop to display just about any type of decor. It will give you the ability to introduce patterns and pops of color without giving the space an overwhelming feeling.

Mix Rustic and Modern
Utilize a room separator to introduce a rustic element like a wooden beam and columns.

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Mix Timeless and Unique
There are certain elements that don’t seem to ever go out of style, like metallic fixtures on the walls, wood floors, and chrome finishes. Add your own style to these timeless elements by introducing bold colors or patterns in an area rug, kitchen back splash, or new sofa.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful in preparing to update your space. What room in your home is next on your list to make changes to?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Signs Your Home is Luxurious

Luxury Home

The definition of luxury is “the state of great comfort and extravagant living.” That being said, what may be extravagant to one person may not be to someone else. Perspective plays a role in determining whether or not your home is considered luxurious, but there are a few tell tale signs that certainly indicate extravagance and great comfort!

Is My Home Luxurious?

Lets take a look. The following are signs that your home is in fact considered luxurious, regardless of someone’s impression of the way you live. It is the combination of these characteristics that will help in defining your home as luxurious.

1. Location
While not everyone will enjoy living at the beach, beach living has the feeling of luxury all its own. Do you reside on a tropical island? Do you live at the top of a mountain? Location itself does not define luxury, but it does play a role.

2. Cost
Let’s face it. The more luxurious the home, the more expensive it will be. But location does play a part in the price of the home as well, so not every expensive home can be considered a luxury.

3. Style and Amenities
The largest factors in determining whether or not you’re living in luxury come down to the overall style and the amenities your home is adorned with. As per the definition, great comfort and extravagant living make a home luxurious. Does your home look like all the others in your neighborhood but have features that are considered extravagant like an indoor swimming pool? The pool would be luxurious, but not necessarily your home.

If your home is at the peak of the neighborhood, significantly different in style, large enough to sleep 8, each with their own bathroom? This type of home may be considered luxurious, compared to the others on the same street.

4. Features
Luxurious homes often have at least a few of the following:

  • A sauna room, spa-like space, or home gym that resemble that of a resort.
  • A level dedicated to entertaining, maybe with movie theater style seating.
  • A finished basement complete with bedrooms, a separate kitchen, and entertaining space.
  • An indoor swimming pool.
  • A garage for multiple cars, and possibly an extension for an RV or a boat.
  • Extravagant decor like one of a kind artwork, sculptures, or chandeliers.
  • Top of the line comfort in furniture.
  • An outdoor entertaining space like a kitchen with a pool.
  • More than one fireplace in the home.

As I said previously, not everyone has the same idea of what a luxury home is, but the signs provided in this post are a great way to determine if your home meets the luxury standard.

Hilton Head Island has a variety of luxurious homes for sale, whether you’re looking to live right along the South Carolina coast or inland in a private, gated, and secure community.

What do you consider luxurious in a home?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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