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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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Things Buyers Avoid When House Hunting in Hilton Head Island

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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Design Trends and Tips to Restyle Your Home

Design Trends Tips to Restyle HomeWhether you’re hoping to fall in love with your home again or need to update before listing it for sale, learn what the pros are saying. The latest home design and color trends will bring a refreshing new feel to your home without going through a remodel.

This year’s color trends include a tendency towards tinted grays, with subtle undertones of greens and blues. From olives to teals, to saturated emeralds to ocean warm blues. Whichever shades you choose, think fresh, modern, crisp, and elegant when considering the possibilities.

Incorporate metals like; brass, bronze, and gold, and choice materials like, leather, chevron styled textiles, and the not so traditional tiles.

Outdoor living spaces are becoming more entertaining friendly, in leu of a traditional back yard.

Re-Fresh With the Latest Color Trends

  • Simply painting your front door or even your garage doors can make a bold difference to your home’s curb appeal.
  • Use saturated hues like blues and greens to create a spa-like sanctuary in your bathroom. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
  • The kitchen, the heart of the home, could always use a change in color. Use a bright yet warm green shade or go bold and daring with the many grays that are grabbing the attention of interior designers.
  • Paint your bedroom with colors that remind you of your favorite place. Get inspiration from your surroundings and incorporate them into your style. Hilton Head Island can be such a great source for this, with the natural colors already the trend.

Here are a few beach inspired bedroom ideas for some inspiration!

Re-Style With the Latest Design and Interior Trends

Restyling your home can seem challenging if you don’t know where to begin or what to focus on. Keep it simple and stylish with these tips:

  • Focus on furniture knobs, kitchen cabinet hardware, faucets, shower heads and fixtures in your bathrooms. Replace them by selecting from the yellow metals, like brass, bronze, and golds, but with a soft finish.
  • And lastly, Tile. Yes. Tile. It’s not the traditional heavy, unwilling, material anymore. Adam Weintraub of Koko Architecture explains, “New technologies are allowing tiles to be more versatile–they’re thinner so they’re easier to hang, less expensive, and, well, cooler.” Tile is finding its way into bedrooms, living rooms and other areas of the home.

Re-Create With the Latest Outdoor Home Improvement Trends

  • Draw the attention of any onlooker to an updated garden with bright, vibrant colors added to your landscape.
  • A distinct, bold door knocker can make a statement all on its own.

Hilton Head Island’s natural beauty and moderate temperatures allow residents to spend most their time outdoors. Because of this, families are opting for more trendy outdoor spaces in leu of the traditional backyard. Indoor porches, modern patios, and/or purposeful yet stylish decks not only add value to your home, but make entertaining and living extra enjoyable!

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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 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 where I post updates about the Hilton Head Island area, home ownership, and helpful information for both buyers and sellers. 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.

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More tips to prepare your home for sale

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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