Having your house on the market in the busy month of December may seem daunting! There are a million demands on your pocketbook and your calendar! Here are some inexpensive ways to make your home 'show' better with little money, and some great time savers to help you sell the home AND prepare for the holidays!
SO... Make a 'wish' list of these things for great gifts to receive this season...
Hire someone to do a DEEP clean! Instead of a sweater, a truly spotless home is a better way to spend that money.
New bath mats, and towels go a long way to refresh that bathroom. Throw in a few new candles to freshen it up even further. I love the smell of "fresh linen" that you can purchase. It is clean and not overwhelming.
New welcome mat for the front and back door, make the first impression better, and saves your floors from the winter showings.
Organizers, shelving, hooks, and other ways to make the inside of your closets and cupboards look roomier (yes, people DO look inside).
It is a good investment of your money to turn on the heat when there is a showing! The few extra dollars you will spend on the bill, will be worth it, to make your home feel cozy.
Fresh paint. It only takes a day or so to either freshen up high traffic areas with the same color paint, or to make neutral your bright accent walls.
Beautiful stationary, and leave a note for your buyers when they come for the showing, which tells interesting history of the home, little nuances that you love about living there, your favorite things around the neighborhood, or why you love the school district.
A few more Holiday decorations, but be sure to keep them neutral.... the Winter holiday, snowflake, peace on earth themes are better than the Nativity scenes, or Menora candles... better to keep everyone who enters your home feel 'at home'.
Need to bake cookies for the holidays? Be sure to do this just before your showings, and leave a few out for the enjoyment of the buyers. Your house will smell great, and feel like home.
Time to give back for the holidays! Box up that clutter and donate. There are many people who could benefit from the excess in your home. At the same time, buyers will be able to see the potential in your home without the distraction of knickknacks, books, never used kitchen appliances on the counter, etc.
If you do need a few extra bucks for the holiday season, use these apps to sell your extra stuff: Poshmark ( for clothes) 5miles, Offerup, or Cashforbooks (books, obviously).
"re-gift" those great framed family photos!. Scan the pic and store in your computer for later, and then dust it off and give to someone else in the family to enjoy. Not only will you save some money, but you will help your buyer imagine themselves living in your home, not your whole family.
Dont forget to enjoy the holiday season, and celebrate, because .... most people looking to buy at this time of the year are serious buyers who need to get into a home soon!
Author:Vicki Black Phone: 719-207-0781 Dated: December 12th 2017 Views: 81 About Vicki: I have been in the "people" professions all of my adult life. Social work, Massage therapy, Acupunc...
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"When I decided to sell my home and look for a new place, my first call was to Jim and Ion Real Estate. He listed my condo and in two short weeks my place was under contract. Now, the real fun began, looking for a new place! The Ion Real Estate website was great. I loved the map function and the emails it sent with new listings that matched my previous searches. On Saturday, Jim and I headed out to look at several places I had picked to see. At the time I didn’t really notice how he listened carefully to everything I said about each place from the lighting to the layout. I was even a little sad that I didn’t find anything that day but Jim reassured me not to worry and a week later he had set up some more appointments. I still remember walking into my new place and just knowing. I had only taken two steps into it and I knew I wanted it.
Next came the easy part for me, but this is where having the right realtor and mortgage broker is essential. They make it seem easy! Jim guided me through all the aspects of my sale and purchase. I appreciated how simple each step seemed from making an offer to dealing with inspections. Even the loan seemed easy. I asked a ton of questions, I think it’s the teacher in me. I wanted to understand all the moving parts. Jim explained everything so clearly that I joked that he missed his calling and should have been a teacher, but he didn’t, I’m glad he is helping people find their homes!
Recently one of my close friends mentioned she wanted to stop renting and buy. I immediately referred her to Ion Real Estate. This time I was able to watch with an outsider perspective at the way Jim cued in on my friend’s preferences. Stephanie kept talking about the charm of old houses, a far cry from the sleek modern condo I chose. By the second house-hunting excursion, Jim knew just which home she would pick. As we walked up to the front porch, I saw Stephanie with the same excitement I had felt just a few months earlier. I watched her mentally move in her furniture and this time I saw the smile that crossed over Jim’s face when he knew Stephanie had found her home.
Throughout both experiences, it was clear Jim understands what people want in their homes and how to structure the entire buying experience to be a positive one. I have heard so many crazy stories from people that didn’t chose the right realtor or mortgage broker. They always start by saying, “I didn’t think a realtor made any difference.” It makes a difference! It made a difference for me and for Stephanie. Owning is better than renting; and, it is even better when Jim and Ion Real Estate are guiding you through the process!