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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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Things Buyers Avoid When House Hunting in Hilton Head Island

Things Buyers Avoid When House HuntingHome buyers of today expect more and are willing to overlook less when searching for a home, whether it’s their first or fifth. Not every home is move-in ready, and buyers know that, but there are certain things that the majority of Hilton Head Island buyers will avoid when house hunting.

Buyers view homes with a list of priorities and wants. Some things are more easily accepted than others. Here is a list of things buyers avoid when house hunting, so if you’re selling, it’s a good idea to address these items before listing.

1. Landscaping that has not been maintained. Trim and prune shrubs and trees, remove all weeds, or even update the landscaping with low-maintenance shrubs or grasses.

2. Pools that have not been maintained. If it’s filled with green water or has a leak, either have repairs completed or expect an offer to be lower than your asking price.

3. High-cost items like structural issues, mold, water damage, central air conditioning issues, or plumbing problems.

4. Salt water damage. Whether it’s your deck, trim, roof, or landscaping, buyers will typically keep looking at other properties if they see a lot of damage by the salt spray. Take the steps to repair the damage before listing.

5. Not enough closet space. Buyers love storage space, no matter how large or small the house is. If you have the option of creating more closet space before you list, it will be appreciated by buyers.

6. Outdated kitchen and baths. Again, the high-cost element comes into play. There are things you can do before you list to update these spaces like painting cabinets, changing the knobs and handles, and adding a fresh coat of paint.

If a buyer’s perception of the home is that they are getting a good deal (like a foreclosure or investment property), they are typically willing to take on more work than your regular listing. But if that’s not the case with your home for sale, address the things buyers avoid before you list to sell quicker.

What else do you want to know more about if you’re selling your home in Hilton Head Island?

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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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What Buyers Want in Home Design: 2013 Trends

Home Trends 2013Getting the best price for your home when you have it listed for sale is always the main goal right? In order to make that happen, today’s home sellers need to be aware of what buyers actually want when it comes to home design.

Today’s blog post provides an overview of what the design pros are saying will be emerging trends in 2013.

Colors
Neutral color schemes are still the best choice when preparing your home for sale, however buyers are looking for the “new-neutral”. Opt for blue-gray’s and muted yellow’s instead of beige, white, or cream colors. For accent walls and accessories, design pros are seeing a trend toward orange and purple.

Outdoors
Since more and more families are conscience of their budget, having a vegetable garden is a huge bonus for buyers. Outdoor kitchens are also looked at with added interest, if simply to allow families to do more cooking at home all year round and take advantage of the climate, especially here in Hilton Head Island.

Indoors

  • Buyers are looking for things like media rooms with comfortable seating, good lighting, and tables.
  • Double-duty furnishings are gaining in popularity. For example, ottomans that can double as storage and seating, sofa-beds, and coffee tables that can be used for dining provide those extra features. While that furniture is most times not sold with the house, buyers are able to picture themselves living in a home that has these features.
  • Eco-friendly appliances and other features will continue to rise in popularity.

Take a look at the original article for even more home trends for 2013.

What home improvements do you want to make this year? Are they for your living needs or to prepare your home for sale?

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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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