8 Things Buyers Notice as Soon as they Walk In

Buyers notice everything – good and bad. From the moment they walk in the front door, they  are trying to determine if this is the right home for them and their family. If you have your  home listed for sale, paying attention to what the buyers notice can mean the difference  between an offer and a missed opportunity.  

8 Things Buyers Notice as Soon as they Walk In 

1. Light – A bright home is inviting. Make sure you fill your home with lots of natural light  or a soft evening glow.  

2. Smell – Nothing is less inviting than a strong odor. Even candles and air fresheners can  be overwhelming. Less is more and make sure nothing unpleasant is lingering. 3. Space – Remove any unneeded furniture and offer a spacious home which flows.  4. Ceilings – Of course you can’t make your ceilings higher, but make sure they are free  from water stains because buyers will look up.  

5. Pictures and Personal Items – Remove personalization as much as possible so the  buyers can imagine their family in the home.  

6. Outdated Furnishings and Fixtures – If your home is filled with hand-me-downs,  consider a professional stager. Old wall paper or outdated paint colors should be  replaced as well.  7. Dirty, Grimy Rooms – Most important, clean everything thoroughly. Nothing is less 

7 Cool Ways to Repurpose Old Furniture

Are you looking for a fun project that will add some pizzazz to your home – that doesn’t  require a degree in carpentry? Before you leave your old furniture on the curb with a sign that  says, “free to good owner,” here are 7 creative ideas that will revitalize that furniture and leave anyone feeling handy.  

1. Rustic Planter – Enhance any backyard space by painting an old bedroom side table with  a fun color, pull out the drawer, and use it as a planter.  

2. Kitchen Island – No built-in island? Transform an old dresser by adding a custom  countertop. The drawers will come in handy also.  

3. Crib Appeal – We all need more storage. Take off one of the side rails of that old crib  and add a piece of glass or butcher block on top to make a cool bookcase or craft table.  4. Cabinet Door Headboard – Reuse those old cabinet doors by creating a custom  headboard for a guest bedroom. Paint white or multi-colors for a country chic look.  5. Vanity Transformation – Remove the backing from an old dresser, add a sink, and you  have a cool vanity for your bathroom. 

6. Bedspring Bottle Holders – No wine rack? No problem. Remove old mattress  bedsprings, attach to a wood panel, and store your wine bottles with this cool rack.  7. Pet Bed – Every pampered pet needs a bed. A drawer from an old dresser makes a cool  pet bed. Attach some short furniture legs and add a cushion for indoor or outdoor use.  

If you have some time on your hands and old furniture to get rid of, maybe you can repurpose 

5 Reasons Selling Without an Agent is a Bad Idea

Do-it-yourself projects are in vogue these days. You can find advice online for everything from  investing in crypto-currency to tearing down the living room wall. When considering the cost  of moving, it’s natural to wonder if real estate commissions are one way to save money, but it  would be a mistake. A good real estate agent might make it seem easy, but the fact is that  selling your own home could actually cost you thousands of dollars.  

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Sell Your Home without an Agent  

1. The Safety of Your Home and Family is a Priority – Real Estate agents control access to  your home.  

2. Most Serious Buyers Start their Search Online – A professional listing area will market  your home aggressively online, which is where the buyers are searching.  3. The Buyer Might not be Qualified – A real estate agent knows how to qualify a buyer  and what to look for with lender letters. Selling your home on your own risks wasted  time with an unqualified buyer.  

4. You Don’t Know How to Negotiate Properly – Every aspect of a real estate transaction  is negotiable; you don’t have the experience to know what to negotiate to get the best  deal.  

5. You Could Expose Yourself to Liability – Required disclosures and paperwork for a  home sale is extensive; unless you plan to use an attorney, you could miss critical  disclosures and expose yourself to financial harm.  

Finally, more often than not, sellers net more when they use an agent than when they try to  do it themselves. In addition to selling faster, a professional agent knows how to properly price 

HIDDEN FEES TO BE AWARE OF WHEN PURCHASING A HOME

Purchasing a Home Jacksonville? Beware of hidden fees

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don’t forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then the price of the home. Here are 5 fees to keep in mind as you begin to budget.

  1. Home inspection. This is a crucial step in the home buying process. The findings that come from the inspection can help you negotiate price and repairs. Generally, you can expect to pay between $300 to $500 depending on the home and the location.
  2. Title services. Title services encompass the transfer of the title from the seller and a thorough search of the property’s records to ensure to no one will pop up with a claim to the property. Additionally, you may need to buy title insurance which will protect the lender or your investment in the home.
  3. Appraisal fee. Before getting a loan, you will likely be required to get an appraisal of the home to determine its estimated value. This will be conducted by a third-party company and the cost can land anywhere between $300 and $1,000, depending on the size of the home.
  4. HOA fees. Many communities have a homeowners’ association that enforces monthly fees. This money is used for general maintenance and updates to areas like pools, parks, and more. Typical HOA fees are around $200 per month.
  5. Taxes. The taxes each buyer pays at the closing table differ, but it is not uncommon for it to be up to two months’ worth of county and city property taxes. Additionally, there may be taxes for the transfer of the home title.

4 THINGS TO REPAIR BEFORE YOU LIST

What to repair before listing your home on the Jacksonville Market

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top four recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing counter tops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment