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Why Should Home Sellers Use a Realtor?

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With access to dozens of websites and online tools that will tell you how much your home is worth, homeowners often ask us if they really need a real estate agent to sell their house. After all, we book vacations online, do our taxes without a tax advisor, and can even file for an e-divorce, so why should home sellers use a Realtor? If you’ve been wondering the same thing, here are a few good reasons to consider working with a real estate agent in Guilderland NY.

Why Sellers Need a Realtor to Price Their Home

While websites and home value tools can calculate the value of your home, these sites are using an Automated Valuation Model, or AVM, which means they are only taking into account third party local market data to determine your home’s worth. Property value, however, is determined by much more than market data. For instance, an AVM tool does not know if you’ve made upgrades to your home or if your roof is too old. Other factors include where your property is located and whether it’s desirable for potential buyers.  Is the neighborhood safe? Are there good schools around the area? Is there shopping within walking distance or is it a long drive away?

Realtors, on the other hand, specialize in determining a home’s fair market value. In fact, they are trained to perform a Competitive Market Analysis, or CMA, which involves visiting your home and evaluating the structure, land and neighborhood. Our real estate agents will then find recently sold homes that are very similar to yours and make adjustments to the price based on improvements and additions, condition, quality and age, as well as lot size, lot orientation, tax-assessed value, and features of the lot, including its terrain, access and privacy. Unlike AVM, competitive market analysis is an art, not a science.

Why Sellers Need a Realtor for Contracts, Negotiating & More

The process of buying and selling a home is emotional for both buyers and sellers, which is why it’s best to leave the negotiating to the professionals. Top producing real estate agents negotiate well because they know how to keep a level head and represent their client’s case in the best possible light. In addition, our experienced real estate agents can help you navigate the contract – often 50+ pages of complex documents – and we know how to use the contract to protect you.

Realtors also regularly network with others professionals involved in the process of selling a home. From movers to home stagers and interior designers, our Guilderland area real estate agents are well connected, and can often provide you with references.

Choosing the Right Realtor

Every home is unique and must be valued accordingly. Get it wrong and you risk deterring buyers, or worse, not getting the money you deserve on the sale. It’s important to find a Realtor with a great marketing plan and deep local knowledge. If you’re looking for a real estate agent with knowledge of the Albany area, contact the experts at CM Fox Real Estate. We have over 50 real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and throughout the Albany NY area. Call (518) 861-7030 to talk with us about selling your home.

See also: Why Use a Real Estate Agent – For Buyers

Winter in the Capital Region – Perfect for House Hunting & Exploring

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With home prices usually at their lowest in January and February, winter is the perfect time to find homes for sale in Guilderland, Colonie, Latham & Albany NY. It’s also the perfect season to explore all that the Capital Region has to offer. Yes, our winters are cold, snowy and sometimes long, but rather than hibernate, why not embrace the weather this time of year?

Here are just a few of the winter activities we’re looking forward to, as well as several things to do in the Albany area this winter. So bundle up, get out there and explore!

Capital Holiday Lights There’s still time to see Price Chopper’s Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Now through January 2, 2018, take a drive through 125 spectacular light displays and scenes in Albany’s Washington Park. Families can also enjoy crafts, refreshments, costumed characters and a visit with Santa through December 23. Entrance fees vary.

Empire Skate Plaza Located near Albany’s State Capitol, the popular Empire State Plaza Ice Rink is open daily December 1 through March 11 from 11am to 8pm (closed daily for maintenance between 3 and 4 pm). Amenities include a full-service snack bar on weekends and a skate lounge with lockers. Skating is free and skate rentals are just $3 for kids age 12 and under and $4 for adults.

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing Albany Pine Bush Preserve offers 20 miles of marked multi-use trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. You’ll also find winter hiking trails for all ages and abilities at several nearby wildlife centers and New York State parks. For snowshoe rentals, check out Eastern Mountain Sports, but make sure you call ahead for availability.

Skiing & Snow Tubing For skiing and tubing near Albany, visit Maple Ski Ridge in Schenectady NY. Kids lesson programs and 2018 season passes are still available, as well as winter vacation week programs and camps. They even host birthday tubing parties. Opening weekend is December 15-17 and passes can be purchased online.

Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival Attend the northeast’s premier culinary event January 11-13, 2018. Held at the Hilton Albany, the Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival will feature 70 innovative chefs and restaurants and 250 global wines, spirits and NYS craft beers for sampling, as well as cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars. Ticket prices vary.

Interested in Moving to the Albany Area?

If you like winter, Upstate New York is the place to be! And with so many fantastic year-round activities, it’s no wonder the Capital Region is a favorite among families. Take advantage of the winter’s lower home prices and call CM Fox Real Estate at (518) 861-7030. We have several move-in ready homes for sale in the Albany area and more than 50 real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie & Albany NY.

Tips for Hosting the Holidays in a Small Space

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As real estate agents, we frequently hear the lament, “We need a bigger house!” And that’s especially true around the holidays. While we’re happy to help you find homes for sale in Guilderland, Latham and Colonie NY with more square footage, we also thought it might be helpful to provide you with some tricks and tips for hosting the holidays in a small space.

Tips for Entertaining in a Small Space

  1. Clear Away Clutter

Consider putting your decorating pride aside in favor of more space, and storing all non-essential décor in closets, under the bed, or even at a friend’s or neighbor’s house. This includes any items on flat surfaces, such as coffee tables, end tables and consoles. Decorative pillows and throws can take up much needed seating, while unnecessary appliances should be stored away to allow for more counter space.

  1. Re-Arrange Your Furniture

Don’t be afraid to move furniture around to maximize floor space, and tuck unnecessary pieces into a bedroom. If a big meal is the focus of your gathering, and your living room is larger than your dining room, why not try swapping the furniture to make room for a longer table and chairs? If you’re serving a buffet-style meal, make sure flat surfaces are clear of clutter for plates and drinks and provide enough seating for everyone, even if it means using an ottoman or your bedroom vanity stool.

  1. Pare Down the Menu

Do as much prep as you can ahead of time, especially if your kitchen is small. Better yet, ask guests to bring a dish, even if it’s just the dessert. Another trick is to serve a salad or cold appetizer to stall guests while you are waiting for other items to cook in the oven. Keep the beverage options to a minimum, as well. If you’re doing the cooking, ask guests to bring their own drink of choice, or create a specialty cocktail (and a virgin alternative) that can be served from a punch bowl or pitcher, to avoid the need for a fully-stocked bar.

  1. Improvise

Entertaining in a small space requires some creativity, so think outside the box, literally. If you live in an apartment, consider placing a coat rack in the hallway to free up space inside. Homeowners have outdoor options, too. Especially in Guilderland, Latham and other parts of the Capital Region, it’s usually cold enough outside at the holidays to keep refrigerated items or beverages on a porch when you run out of space inside the fridge.

House Still Not Big Enough?

The fact is, sometimes bigger really is better. If you’re ready to make the move from apartment living to home ownership, or you’ve found that your current home just isn’t big enough, the real estate agents at CM Fox are here to help. We take the time to get to know our clients and their needs, and will work with you to find a home that’s the right size for the right price. Check out our homes for sale in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and Albany NY, or call (518) 861-7030 to speak directly with a real estate agent near you.

FALL Into Lawn Care Now and SPRING into Selling Next Year!

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Thinking about selling your home next spring? Well, if you want to improve your curb appeal, you should be treating your lawn now to make sure it’s show ready! Here are 4 basic tips to help you spruce up that front yard from the Guilderland NY real estate experts.

Aeration

Aeration provides room for new grass to spread without competition from spring weeds. The tools pull up plugs of grass and soil and breaks up compacted turf. Once this occurs, water, oxygen and nutrients are able to get to the roots, which give seeds the ability to sprout. Depending on how often your lawn is used, you should plan to aerate 1-2 times per year (twice if used often).

Seeding

When the soil temperature is about 55 degrees, it’s time to seed your lawn. This is because turf roots grow enthusiastically in fall and winter. Keep in mind, the type of seed matters. For the best results, it’s smart not to buy the cheapest brand of seed. Once the seed is planted, water your lawn 10 to 20 days in a row until it germinates.

Fertilizing

If you are able, it is best to fertilize your lawn as late into the fall as possible, before the first frost. By doing this, you help your grass survive the winter and encourages growth come spring. Choose something high (10% to 15%) in phosphorous as it aids in the growth of the root.

Mulching

Forget the rake and run over the leaves a couple of times with your mower to grind them into mulch. The shredded leaves protect grass from winter wind.

More Tips for Selling Your Home

For more advice on selling your home, check out our Tips for Sellers, or call us at 518-861-7030. We have real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and throughout the Albany area with the local knowledge and experience needed to sell your home fast and for the best price. Wondering how much your home is worth? Use our Guilderland NY Real Estate Home Valuation Tool.

 

Source: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/make-break-season-lawn-care

How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

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Selling Your Guilderland Home and Decreasing Clutter

Whether you’ve been in your home for one year or ten years, you’ve bound to have collected some clutter or items that you no longer need. Selling your home is a great time to weed through what you’ve collected and pare down your belongings. There are several options available to the homeowner in terms of selling or giving your items away. You can give away to charity or family / friends or you could have a garage / yard sale. If you decide on a garage sale, here are some tips to making it a successful one!

What to sell…

Shoppers like to see a little bit of everything. When prospective customers drive by,  they’ll more likely stop for full tables.

Never underestimate the value of absolute junk. If you haven’t used something in the past year, sell it.

Dealers and antique collector’s frequent garage sales, so clearly display one-of-a-kind items.

Dressers, bookcases, baskets, tables, toys, and tools attract traffic.

Make sure appliances work. Have an outlet handy so items can be tested.

 

Selling your Guilderland home, decrease your clutter with a garage sale

How to price…

Tag all items. Customers may assume that unmarked items are out of their price range.

Be prepared to haggle.

 

How to display…

Clean everything. Dirty dishes fetch a far lower price than their clean counterparts.

Large items bring the most foot traffic. If you sell a couch or table early in the day, ask to keep the item with a “sold” sign on it until the end of the day.

Clothing on racks sells higher than similar items thrown on a blanket, so hang a line in your garage or buy a portable rack.

Clearly mark your sales area. If you have a sale in your garage, cover anything you want to keep.

 

How to advertise…

Place an ad in a newspaper. If you partner with neighbors, you can usually split the cost.

Make bold, bright, neatly lettered signs. Place them in order to direct traffic to your house. (Don’t forget to take them down when the sale is over!)

 

When to sell…

Check the weather when planning your sale. Even if your sale is indoors, bad weather keeps customers at home.

Saturday is often the best day for a sale, but in some places, people favor Thursday and Friday sales. If you are new to an area, ask around.

 

What to do with leftovers…

Store them for another day. What didn’t sell now may be in high demand next year.

Give them away.

Have them picked up by a charitable organization. Keep a list of donated items for your accountant at tax time.

 

Written by:

Tracy Chenette, Associate Broker

Is Summer a Good Time to Sell Your Guilderland Home?

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If you are ready to sell your Guilderland home, choosing when to sell can make a big difference in how fast your house sells, and how much it sells for. You may or may not have heard that spring time is the best time to sell your house, but what about summer? The truth is, the right time to sell your house will depend on many different factors such as who your target market is and the climate you live in. Here are some pros and cons for selling your Albany area house during the summer months:

Pros

•    More people shop for homes when the weather is nice out.

In the Albany area, spring can be a rainy, muddy season. However, the summer months feature plenty of sunshine and nice weather. After the mud has passed and you have completed springtime clean-up, your house will be looking its best. Green lawns and blooming flowers will increase your curb appeal and create a great first impression to prospective buyers.

•    Vacation properties sell best in summer months.

If your house is in a popular vacation destination, you may find increased traffic during the summer months. Buyers looking for a vacation home will be in the area and actively searching for the right property. Perhaps your house is on the waterfront, or close to a summer “hot-spot.”  If so, be prepared to leverage those key points during the selling process.

•    Families want a new house before the next school calendar year begins.

Most families will wait until the current school year is over to move into a new home. At the same time, they want to be settled into their new home before the next school year begins. This means the prospective buyer will be looking to make a decision quickly. If your house is in a family-friendly neighborhood with a popular school district, you will be in a better position to negotiate with interested buyers to get the best price for your house.

Cons

•    More houses on the market leads to picky buyers.

If your house is a bit of a fixer upper, the summer months may not be ideal for selling. With so many houses on the market, buyers will be pickier. At the same time though, if your house is up to snuff there is a better chance for multiple offers. Multiple offers can lead to bidding wars which will allow you to get an even better price for your home.

•    People like to travel in the summer time.

It is no secret that the summer months are a popular time for people to go on vacation. This means that you may not be reaching your target audience, simply because they are not in the area. An example of this is if you are selling a high-priced home. These types of homes require affluent buyers, who are most likely busy traveling and not looking for a home.

•    The housing market peaks at the beginning of summer.

June is the peak home buying season. Towards the tail end of the summer families are getting ready for the upcoming school year, and other potential buyers become busy with BBQs, vacations and other summer activities. This means you need to be pro-active and start listing your home before the summer season begins, and hit the ground running in the beginning of summer.

As you can see from these pros and cons, selling your house in the summer may or may not be ideal. It is best to evaluate your home, neighborhood, and target market before deciding upon the right time to sell. Utilizing the expertise of a local real estate agent can help you make the right decisions when it comes to selling. CM Fox has a long history of helping Guilderland homeowners navigate the selling process in order to get the best price possible. If you are ready to put your house on the market, contact us today to get started.

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Buying Your First Home in Guilderland, NY?

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Are you ready to make the transition from renting to buying your first home? Purchasing a home in Guilderland NY is both and exciting and nerve-wracking experience. For first-time homebuyers it can be difficult to know exactly what to expect and how to properly navigate through the entire process. While the learning curve can be steep, doing your homework before starting your home search for the perfect Upstate NY home can help prevent a home buying mishap.

Evaluate Your Credit

If you do not know what kind of shape your credit is in, you need to find out fast. You can request a free credit report every 12 months from each of the major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). Be sure to request all three as they may be slightly different. Make sure the information is accurate, complete, and up-to-date before you apply for a house loan. If you credit is not where you would like it, take steps now to bring your credit score up. A better credit score will typically earn you better mortgage rates.

Analyze Your Finances

Be honest with how much you currently spend, and how much of a mortgage you can comfortably afford. When looking at your finances consider all of your current and future bills. Contact utility companies in the area you are looking to buy and see what the going rates are. Be sure to budget for gas, groceries, and other miscellaneous expenses. Are you planning on buying a dog shortly after the house? How about increased commute times? Are you planning on having children? Make sure you are realistic about your future plans and what those will cost now. The worst thing you can do is overspend on a house and then realize you have no money to do the things you want to do.

Pre-Qualify for a Mortgage

First time home buyers should get pre-approved before they start their house search. There are many benefits to getting this step out of the way early on in the home buying process. First, it will let you know how much you have to spend on a house so you don’t waste time looking at houses you can’t afford. Also, home buyers with pre-approved mortgages are taken more seriously by home owners and real estate agents. Be sure you research lenders first and compare. Reputable mortgage lenders will usually walk you through the entire loan pre-approval process before you need to submit an application.

Research Grants & Other Sources of Funding

Many mortgage loans are tailored for first time homebuyers. There are also other sources of funding out there for home buyers. Be sure to do your research, even if you think you will not qualify for anything based on your income. There are many grants and other funding options that are based on profession or area of the potential house that you may qualify for.

Set Money Aside for Closing Costs and Other Misc. Expenses

When you are saving up for your first house, be sure to also set aside money for closing costs and other miscellaneous expenses such as home inspections. These costs can easily be overlooked and leave new homeowners financially stressed. Preparing for the unexpected ahead of time can ensure that you can enjoy your new home worry-free.

Write a Need vs. Wants List

When you start looking at houses it can be easy to let your emotions get in the way of rational thinking. Be sure to sit down with your significant other and create a list of must haves and wants. Perhaps you work in downtown Albany and don’t want a commute over 20 minutes. Consider what you like/dislike about your current set-up. Is the kitchen too small? Not enough storage space? Maybe you prefer an open floor plan. Be sure to also think long term when you are creating this list. Are you planning on having kids? If so the number of bedrooms and a good school district would be considered a need. Whereas granite counter tops in the kitchen or a house with a view may be a want.

Enlist the help of a Real Estate Professional

Once you have your finances in order, are pre-approved, and are armed with your list of needs and wants, it is time to enlist the help of a local real estate professional. Using a real estate agent familiar with the Capital District region will know which neighborhoods have the best school districts, which areas are up-and-coming, and what the area’s housing market looks like. Searching for a house takes a lot of time and expertise. Unless you have the time to take on an additional “part time job” house hunting, using a trusted real estate agent is the way to go. A licensed agent will get to know you and your desires and work tirelessly to find you the perfect home so you don’t have to. When you are ready to purchase you can be assured that your agent is capable of handling the revisions and requests to the contract in order to negotiate the best possible price for you.

Look Beyond the Staging

When your agent starts showing you houses, be sure to look beyond the staging. Sellers put a lot of time and effort into staging the home to highlight its strengths and conceal its weaknesses. Sometimes the house’s décor is just not to your taste. Don’t let that affect your decision. Pay attention to the layout of the house and structure, not things that can be easily changed like bad wallpaper and paint. Also be sure to look at the technical aspects of the house. Is there enough closets and storage space? Are there outlets where you would expect them? You’d be surprised how many homes have bedrooms staged with end tables and lamps but don’t have outlets to plug them in.

Buying a house in the Guilderland, NY area does not have to be a scary process. With the proper planning and the help of a professional, buying your first house can be a fun and exciting process. If you are ready to make the leap into the home of your dreams, contact CM Fox Real Estate. Our agents are experienced in helping first time home buyers in purchasing their dream home in the Capital District. Contact us today to get started.

5 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Spring Real Estate Market

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Spring Tips for Selling Your Home in the Albany Real Estate Market

Spring is traditionally the busiest time of year for home sales, and the Albany real estate market is no exception. In fact, some predict that the spring home-selling season may start earlier and be even livelier this year, as homebuyers act to buy before interest rates or home prices rise.

While you’re more likely to receive top dollar for your East Greenbush, Schenectady or Niskayuna home this spring, you also need to be prepared for strong competition. Here are 5 things you can do right now to help sell your home in the spring real estate market.

1. Make a Good First Impression

Did you know that most homebuyers decide in the first 60 seconds whether or not they would consider buying your home? Curb appeal always has, and always will matter, regardless of the season. Trim the hedges and invest in frost-resistant plants. Yellow flowers are believed to stimulate buying and induce feelings of happiness, so consider potted tulips and daffodils that can be brought inside if there’s a late frost. Paint the front door and power wash the exterior of your home, as well as the driveway, front walk and porch.

2. Clear Away the Clutter

Ever notice that model homes and open houses always look neat and perfect? Both your rooms and closets look bigger when there’s less clutter, so pare down your possessions and re-organize your closets. Since the end game is to sell, pack and eventually move, consider packing up anything you aren’t currently using now. Box up your bulky winter wardrobe and donate toys that the kids have outgrown. Once your home is on the market, you’ll need to keep it as neat as possible. Click for more staging tips for Spring.

3. Make Necessary Home Repairs

While it’s not pertinent to take on major renovations that won’t be recouped in your purchase price, minor do-it-yourself repairs will make your home more appealing. Simply replacing the caulk in your bathroom or cleaning the grout between your kitchen tiles adds a big wow factor. Updated light fixtures and ceiling fans can renew your space, and a fresh coat of paint, just on the trim, can give the illusion that the whole room has been painted.

4. Make Sure the Price is Right

The spring home-buying season is notoriously hot, but buyers still insist on good deals. Even in a seller’s market, overpriced homes won’t sell. Likewise, pricing your home too low can cause buyers to question what is wrong with it. When it comes to pricing, make sure to compare your house with similar recently-sold properties in your area to ensure your price is competitive. Seek the advice of a local real estate agent, trust their experience, and be realistic.

5. Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

It’s important to find an agent with a great marketing plan and deep local knowledge, who can present you with a detailed market analysis. Since most home buyers start their search online, make sure to get your house listed on multiple websites, preferably with a set of professional photos, detailed descriptions and a virtual tour. And don’t forget to plan open houses with your real estate agent, too.

Looking for a listing agent in the Albany area? Contact the experts at CM Fox Real Estate. We have over 50 real estate agents serving Albany, Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and the entire Capital Region of New York. Call (518) 861-7030 or contact us today.

Staging Tips for Spring

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Albany Real Estate Benefits from Spring Staging

April showers bring May flowers – as well as plenty of potential homebuyers! Spring is the optimum time to sell your Albany home, since the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home in the Albany area during March, April, May and June. To improve your odds and make your home stand out, check out these home staging tips for spring.

Do Some Spring Cleaning

We’re talking about putting some real elbow grease into it. Wash windows inside and out, and polish mirrors to reflect the sunlight. Clean drapes, curtains and blinds. Get your carpets professionally cleaned, consider having hardwood floors refinished to a high-gloss, and bleach dull grout. Cluttered closets lead buyers to assume the home lacks sufficient storage, so box up your bulky winter wardrobe and re-organize your closets.

Get your Albany Real Estate ready for spring!

Spruce Up Your Yard

In addition to spring cleaning the interior of your home, it’s important to get a jump on your yardwork. Rake out dead leaves and winter debris, trim the hedges and invest in frost-resistant plants. Yellow flowers are believed to stimulate buying and induce feelings of happiness, so consider potted tulips and daffodils that can be brought inside if there’s a late frost.

Brighten Your Entryway

Is your welcome mat covered with winter’s dirt? Replace it with a new one and arrange potted plants in odd number groupings near the entrance. Spring weather is often unpredictable, especially for homes in Albany, Latham and the rest of the Capital District, so prepare your entryway for inclement weather. Add an umbrella stand for visiting buyers, and an inside mat for wiping their feet. They’ll appreciate the extra effort.

Add Spring Colors & Scents

Whether you’re home staging for spring or any other time of year, it’s helpful to use colors and scents associated with the season. After a long winter, we are all eager for the first signs of spring! Exchange heavy winter comforters for crisp, bright linens and floral fabrics. Add accent pillows, throws and guest towels in the hues of spring. If you don’t have access to fresh-cut, fragrant flowers and plants, use candles, infusers or incense to bring spring’s aroma indoors.

Interested in Selling Your Albany Home this Spring?

If you’re home has been sitting on the market all winter, you might want to consider taking it down for a few weeks. It can be a deterrent if buyers see your home has been on the market for several months. Especially in the spring, buyers are looking for fresh, new listings.

In the market for a listing agent? Contact the Albany real estate experts at CM Fox Real Estate.  We have over 50 real estate agents serving Albany, Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and the entire Capital Region of New York. Call (518) 861-7030 or contact us today.

Use Curb Appeal to Your Advantage

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Use Curb Appeal to Increase the Value of Your Albany Area Home

While the inside of your home might easily sell itself, there are a few things that will catch the buyer’s eye before they ever walk in the front door. Many buyers drive past a house and based on that first impression, decide whether to call the realtor. Curb appeal is the first key to selling a home and there are things you can do to improve it, whether your home’s price tag is $50,000 or $5 million.

Start by taking a look at the grass, the landscaping, trees and shrubbery. Maybe you need some limbs trimmed or a few trees cut. You might be surprised at how overgrown trees and shrubbery could be hiding something that could attract a potential buyer. Next, look at the flower beds. Update and replant if needed. Add swatches of grass in patchy spots. Color will attract the eye so add plenty of it to your garden. Remove dead leaves or limbs. Once you have improved your landscaping, take a look at the physical condition of your home’s exterior.

If the roof needs replacing, chances are you will have to come down on your selling price. Or, you can replace the roof and get a great return on the money. Buyers seldom want to have to spend money on repairs right away. A new roof goes a long way in fostering the feeling that the buyer has found a good deal. Updating or refreshing paint on trim will also pay back a great return at closing. Install rain gutters if there are none. This is an extra that many buyers look for and it will ultimately help your house increase in value.

Take a look at the driveway. Whether it is made of dirt or cement, it can be dressed up to add curb appeal. A manicured, level dirt drive is beautiful if it leads to a country home. But make sure the dirt is packed, level and does not hold water. If you drive is made of asphalt, concrete, stone or brick, make sure it has no cracks or broken, uneven stones. Add a few solar lights for atmosphere along the drive. A driveway leads to your front door and it absolutely sets the tone for a homey feeling that buyers want to feel when they drive up to a house.

Make sure the fencing is not broken and it gives the privacy intended. A potential buyer wants a secure home and if a fenced yard is secure, they can picture their children or pets enjoying a secure yard. If you have a pool, make sure it is clean and water is clear. Make sure the deck or patio is colorful and in good shape. A new homeowner wants to entertain and a great outdoor area is the first place friends will gather.

If you have questions about Real Estate, Curb Appeal or Staging, please contact one of our talented real estate agents.