9 House Hacks to Help Sell Your Home

9 House Hacks to Help Sell Your Home

Try These 9 House Hacks to Help Sell Your Home

When prepping your home for sale, or if it is already on the market, you should already know the importance of making it as presentable as possible. You wouldn’t show up at a first date with a big hunk of potato in your beard would you? The interior is obviously very important and we will leave that for another post, but lets talk about the simple, inexpensive things you can do to the outside of your home to really make that important first impression.

Curb Appeal for Dummies

1. Slap fresh paint on your front door

No time to paint your entire house? Then paint just your front door to make your place feel cared for as potential buyers cross the threshold.

“If your house is a neutral hue, use the front door to add a pop of bright color; and if your house is not neutral, paint the door a complementary color,” says Sheila Schostok of Your Home Matters Staging and Redesign.

2. Fake a ‘just landscaped’ look

If landscaping the whole yard won’t fit in your schedule, just sprinkle some bark mulch around in-ground plants to give the whole yard a polished look.

“Mulch is the No. 1 way to give your garden a face-lift really fast,” says Julie Zelaska, vice president of real estate firm Smith Schnider in Arlington, VA. And if you don’t want to prune every tree and bush on your lawn, be sure to pare down anything that obstructs visitors’ view of the house or crowds the path to your front door.

3. Light up your porch

Before they decide whether to attend an open house, home shoppers might drive by after dark, so add extra outdoor lighting to ensure your home looks warm, welcoming, and safe. Rejuvenation makes outdoor lights in a range of styles that look both classic and contemporary.

For extra panache, place up-lights under big trees and add path lights leading to the front door. Last but not least, put the lights on a timer so they’ll always switch on at dusk (especially important during the fall and winter when you might not get home until after dark).

4. Make over the mailbox

“Freshen up your mailbox with a coat of spray paint, maybe the same color you used on the front door,” suggests Schostok. If your mailbox needs more than paint to look appealing, replace it with one with a brushed metal finish.

5. Add chic street numbers

Visually prominent street numbers send a message that your address inspires pride, so show it off with number forms that have clean lines and are visible from the street. One affordable style: The Cast House Number, available at Wayfair, strikes a balance between modern and traditional and is available in nickel, copper, and bronze.

6. Greet them with flowers

When the day of your open house arrives, place a flowering potted plant or two on the front porch to create a cheerful, welcoming effect and distract from any less-appealing aspects of the home’s exterior.

“Keep flower choices simple and tied to the season, like pansies in the spring, flowering petunias in the summer, mums in the fall, and evergreens in the winter,” says Schostok.

7. Lay out a new welcome mat

A brand-new doormat looks welcoming and can distract visitors from the fact that your windowsills need to be painted.

“Skip the monogram, and stick to a classic style to appeal to the biggest swath of buyers,” says Schostok, who suggests a lattice rubber mat or a natural fiber mat such as these “picture frame” coir doormat or braided knot doormat.

8. Remove personal items from your yard

You know to put away your family photos and knickknacks when showing a home. However, it’s equally important to remove personal touches on the outside. So pack away any kid and pet toys, take down the flag of your favorite football team, and remove the life-size animatronic manger scene from last Christmas. In fact, hold off on all the holiday décor, since not everybody celebrates the same holidays or gets festive in the same way.

9. Tie it all together

One sneaky way to make your home look more high-end on a shoestring budget is to make sure little things match. For example, when you replace the doorknob, door knocker and front porch light, use the same finish and style.

Thanks to Realtor.com for the article

What is your Home Worth?

Always remember that your home’s listing price, in any market, is the most important factor in selling your home. To find out your home’s value, you can use our InstantValue service. It’s free and can get you on your way to researching your market. For a more accurate assessment, give me a call. I will stop by and perform a Price Trend Analysis for you which will give you a very good idea of what your home will sell for.

Remodeling Trends for 2014

Top 5 Home Remodeling Trends for 2014

2014 Remodeling Trends

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It’s Spring at last… (don’t hold your breath) and it is finally time to get serious about some of those jobs you have been thinking about all winter. Is finally getting rid of that old brass hardware in your home, on that list? Not so fast! Brass is making a comeback of sorts, although it is not the bright shiny brass we so often have seen.

With the economy improving, more and more home owners are spending money on those projects they have been putting off. This report shows the dollar amounts spent around the country.

If you are planning on selling your Grand Rapids home or if you are thinking of making a few changes to your home, take some of these Trends into consideration as these latest home improvements could help you sell your home quicker.

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2014 Remodeling Trends

Modern Kitchens

According to data compiled by Hanley Wood and Remodeling Magazine, 61 percent of re-modelers surveyed expect to complete kitchen remodels in 2014, more than any other room in the house. And, those remodels are expected to follow a new trend.2014 Remodeling Trends

Not so long ago, remodeled kitchens had a rustic feel with warm paint colors and cabinetry, and wrought iron hardware and lighting. Now, modern is in, with white or gray cabinetry, simple countertops, glossy finishes and minimalist designs. Appliances are more likely to be blended into the design or hidden away from view entirely to give the kitchen a sleeker appearance.

Bass Accents

Brass made a comeback at home-design and remodeling conventions this year and the trend is expected to pick up in 2014. While brass is nothing new, it has gotten a facelift. Highly polished, bright brass hardware and lighting is gone; rustic, dull and hammered brass is in. The new looks will be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom hardware as well as lighting and door hardware throughout the house.

Updated Bathrooms

In the Hanley Wood survey, bathrooms came in second to the kitchen with 58 percent of remodelers planning to do bathroom remodels in 2014. As far as style, vintage bathrooms with wainscoting and claw-foot tubs won’t be as popular as resort-style bathrooms that feature amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple shower heads, heated floors or towel racks, and jetted bathtubs. For coloring and style, glass tiles will be a popular feature as well as neutral and cool colors like ash gray, light blue and off-white.

Read the whole article at Realtor.com

Hot Kitchen Trends for 2014

Hot Kitchen Trends for 2014

Grand Rapids Real Estate

Old and Busted: Oak Cabinets – New Hotness: White Cabinets

Thinking of renovating your kitchen? You aren’t alone! Kitchen renovations were the top home project throughout 2013 and it looks as though this trend will continue into 2014.

The kitchen always seems to be a focal point at parties and/or family gatherings and why not, that is usually where the food and/or the cold beer is kept. Renovating your kitchen can be a costly project if you want it to be but you can save money by taking on some projects yourself. White cabinets is a clean, modern look and you don’t have to purchase a complete new set. There are products on the market and plenty of self help guides to show you how to inexpensively transform your older oak look into a sensational modern kitchen. A great place to find Do It Yourself (DIY) guides is Pinterest…of course. Pinterest holds an ever-growing wealth of DIY information about many things and there you can find some great How-To Kitchen Project guides.

Aside of white cabinets, a cool look that I have seen in a few condos is open shelving. Where you have no door on your cabinets.2014 Kitchen Trends Stainless Steel appliances is a timeless look and really, if you have to replace your kitchen appliances, it worth it to consider the upgrade to stainless.

Top Kitchen Trends

  • White cabinets
  • Open Shelving (no door)
  • Black Counter Tops
  • Dark Accent Colors
  • Work Zones (specialty work areas)
  • Walk-In Pantries
  • High Tech Gadgets
  • Eco-Friendly products
  • Integrated Appliances
  • Layered Kitchen Lighting

When selling your home, having an up to date kitchen is a great marketing point. There is nothing better than walking into a house or condo and seeing a clean, updated kitchen. It’s a big selling point. If you are going to invest money in your home, seriously consider starting with your kitchen. Not only will you love it, you will be better off when it is time to sell.

If you would prefer to have a professional do the work for you you, I can recommend several excellent local builders. Always take the time to meet with a few builders/contractors, to get an accurate estimate and a better idea of your costs.