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September
29

From the way the tulips bloom in spring to the snazzy new wet bar in the basement, you're well aware of all the reasons why your home is worth every penny you're asking for it. Unfortunately, the market may feel differently.

No matter how many unique characteristics contribute to the value of your home in your estimation, ultimately, local market statistics, such as comparable market values, still play the largest role in determining the optimal listing price for your home. Here's why putting your home on the market above that price can be detrimental:
  • You might miss the "new listing" allure. Sometimes, the best chance of selling your home is within the first 30 days when it hits the market as a new listing. But, if it's priced too high for the area, buyers will overlook it and wait for a price drop.
  • You'll help the competition. Your home may attract buyers to your neighborhood, but if it's priced higher than others in your area, they'll take the better deal!
  • You won't show up in searches. When buyers are searching online—which most do before ever showing up in person—they set search parameters based on price range. If your home is priced too high for your neighborhood, you'll be skipped over from the get-go.
  • Your home will lose interest. If your home is priced too high, it will linger on the market, which becomes a red flag for buyers. The longer it sits on the market, the more people assume there is something wrong with it.
  • You're working with the wrong agent. If the real estate agent you're working with agrees to list the property at an unrealistic price, that's a red flag. An experienced local expert will strongly advise against listing too high (for all of the above reasons) and probably won't take the listing if you insist.
When it comes to choosing the right listing price for your home, make sure you're working with an experienced real estate professional, then follow their guidance when it comes to price.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2019. All rights reserved.

September
22


While the bright skies and cool temperatures of fall make it prime time for weekend getaways, trips to the apple orchard, and hikes in the great outdoors, remember that this is also a critical time of year for home care. If you don't want to spend too much of the season on house-related chores, focus on at least these five tasks. They'll be easier and less costly to address now while the weather is still in your favor:

  1. Inventory your emergency supplies and equipment. Are you prepared for the aftermath of harsh weather? If you have an emergency generator, make sure it's serviced and ready to go. Have flashlights and batteries gathered in a convenient spot, along with an emergency water supply, candles and matches. Make sure old fuel has been drained from outdoor power equipment and have a fresh supply at the ready.
  2. Button things up. Don't wait for chillier temperatures to start checking for drafts. Investigate all windows and doors to see if air is escaping, and caulk and seal as necessary.
  3. Have your chimney cleaned. Before peak fire season gets underway, have your chimney professionally cleaned and serviced to remove creosote build-up, get rid of any nests, and take care of any repairs.
  4. Prep your lawn. You may think your grass duties ended with summer, but do two important things this fall: aerate and fertilize. Aerating opens your lawn up, allowing fertilizer to reach the roots that continue to grow throughout the winter. This process will set the stage for a healthy showing come spring.
  5. Prune your trees. To avoid tree branches coming down during winter storms, trim them now in the fall. For any major jobs, be sure to hire a professional. 

Get out and enjoy all that autumn has to offer…but take care of things at home, too.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2019. All rights reserved.

September
21

Even though you know all the many things that make your house so special, the average home shopper is probably a bit jaded. They've looked at countless homes online and have probably driven around to see many in person as well. They may even be at the point where they're not going to bother getting out of the car if they pull up to a house and it just doesn't grab them. That's why it's exceedingly important to make sure your house stands out at a glance. The market is competitive, so you need to attract the discerning - and sometimes tired, frustrated and stressed out - eye of buyers. Here are some ways to make your house just a little more eye-catching: 1. Paint the Trim. Painting the trim around your roofline, windows and front door in a complementary color can be an instant wow that really sets your home apart. Just don't do anything too crazy. Consult a color expert at your local paint store to find out what options may work.  2. Get creative with shutters. Adding fixed shutters to your windows is another eye-catching feature from the curb. A contrasting or coordinating paint will make them especially appealing, or they can be stained for a natural look. Architectural elements or gingerbread can be added for additional appeal. 3. Make the front door a focal point. The front door is possibly the first thing homebuyers will see from the curb, so make sure it's special. Paint it a stand-out color, such as red, black or cobalt blue. Frame it in stonework or panels of decorative or stained glass. Go with a natural wood look and add cast iron elements, such as a door knocker and sconces.  4. Put plants in focus. If you've got a green thumb, let your landscaping lend a hand with curb appeal by adding attractive potted plants to your front stoop or porch, window boxes with trailing vines and flowers, and neatly trimmed grasses and shrubs along the front and side border of your home.  5. Light it up. The right accent lighting will work magic for your home's presentation, so make sure your front door is lit properly, add atmospheric lighting along walkways and can lights to shine a spotlight on trees and other important features of your lawn or home.  These few steps will serve as immediate attention-getters to prospective buyers and leave an indelible impression as they narrow down their choices.  Published with permission from RISMedia.
September
14

How important are your gutters? According to gutter company The Brothers Who Just Do Gutters, pretty important! Below are 10 facts about your gutters they think you should know, from gutter history to maintenance and more. - If gutters are not maintained properly, they can trap moisture and rot the wood boards of your home's roof and siding. - Neglected gutters can be harmful to your physical health as well. Debris caught in gutters can decompose and generate mold. Standing water becomes a breeding ground for disease carrying insects. - Mesh guards may be the most effective way to keep gutters clean. If you live an area with high pollen conditions, try to find mesh gutter guards with a lower micron count (larger holes) to prevent pollen from clogging the screen. - Electrically heated gutters are also available for those living in climates with extreme snow and ice. These devices prevent ice dams and the damage they cause. - Cleaning gutters is a dangerous job. Falls from ladders are the number one cause for accidental injuries at home and account for hundreds deaths in the U.S. every year. - Gutters impact the value of your home. Even if you haven't experienced water damage to the structure of your house, gutters in poor condition can detract approximately $500 – $1000 from your home's selling price. - The first people to incorporate gutters on their dwellings was the Indus Valley civilization, the area that is now Pakistan and northwest India. Their clay brick gutters date back to approximately 3000 BC. - The Romans brought gutters to Western civilization when they introduced them to Great Britain in 47 BC. - Gargoyles are essentially gutters with faces. These structures were originally designed to direct water away from the side of the buildings they were installed on. - Before the 1980s gutters were commonly featured on automobiles to prevent drivers and passengers from getting wet when they exited the vehicle. Source: The Brothers Who Just Do Gutters Published with permission from RISMedia.

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