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Where Is Your Real Estate Mind Set?

June 15, 2012

I recommend anyone looking to buy a home in the near future to read this article “Mistakes homebuyers make as seller’s market looms”  as it touches on many vital points to consider.  Buying today has changed and those who are slow to change their mindset may find themselves frustrated and discouraged.    Currently the market has made a fundamental shift but it is easy to stay caught in an old mindset.  The ‘Buyers’ market in many areas has all but diminished for now.  Where the future goes time will tell.

A couple of my favorite highlights in the article are;

  • Some buyers don’t realize or can’t accept that the market has changed, real estate agents and analysts say.
  • “Right off the bat, buyers say, ‘I want a steal,’ and I tell them they have to wipe that word out of their vocabulary,”
  • WAITING TO GET PREAPPROVED FOR A MORTGAGE BEFORE STARTING THE SEARCH: During the boom years, buyers didn’t worry about arranging their financing up front because mortgages were easy to get. Not so anymore.

Ten easy ways to improve the ALLURE of your home for sale.

February 9, 2010
They say people buy on emotion.  Indeed, buying the right home is a very personal endeavor. It has to have the right feel for the right buyer; it needs to feel like home.  Popeye used to say ‘I am what I am.’  Likewise our dilemma when selling our home is often; ‘it is what it is’ and that may not be as pretty as we would like.  So if we have a limited budget and want to make our home more alluring without breaking the bank, what options do we have?

Let’s discuss ten ways that you can improve the allure of your home without breaking the bank.  The first way to save money is by doing the work yourself.  As you often hear  ‘kids don’t try this at home’,  but hey we’re all adults here, so with a little homework and a little sweat we can be on our way to a successful sale.  Here are my top TEN SUGGESTIONS!

1) Staging can be costly but one great suggestion is to hire a staging consultant to come review your home for improvement suggestions.  I have found this to be very beneficial.  For about a hundred bucks, you can have a home stage professional/decorator walk through your residence and give you many practical suggestions about furniture and picture placement and color schemes.  They will write out their plan, then all you need to do is go to work on it.  You may not opt to do everything they recommend, but they will indeed help you get an outside perspective that will appeal to the general buyer.  Sadly, staging your home appropriately is often under rated by sellers but does offer a lot of value.

2) If your willing to put in that little sweat equity, then the first and most common cost effective upgrade I would recommend would be painting.  Don’t go with what suits your fancy, your not selling it to yourself. Stay with a neutral base color scheme.  What is acceptable or considered the norm may vary from area to area and your home type. If your not sure how to color coördinate then ask a friend who does, don’t guess.

3) New carpet is nice but not always cost effective, but what about what is under that carpet?  When it comes to what’s chic, wood is always in and always looks classy.  Refinishing your hardwood can add a ton of appeal to your home.  Even if all you are doing is adding a new coat of shine to it.  A good site to review hardwoods and finishes is A-Max Hardwood.

4) Still have linoleum in your kitchen and bathrooms?  My experience has been that most people associate linoleum with cheap.  Surprisingly tile isn’t all that expensive and not that hard to install.  You can even rent a tile saw pretty cheap for a couple days.  If your really trying to keep the budget down then look for discontinued product.

5) Are your counter tops in good shape?  Do they match with your kitchen and cabinets?  Replacing your counter tops isn’t very expensive if you stay away from granite or corian.  Home Depot or Lowes are both good if you want a quick quote.

6) Nothing dates your home quicker than your lighting.  Buyers will often stereo type a homes quality by the modernes of your lighting fixtures.  Don’t get me wrong, you can spend the farm on lighting, but you can find decent updated fixtures (often on clearance), at a nominal cost.  I replaced nine fixtures in my home for less than $200 bucks.

7) Are your faucets crusty?  Have lime coated toilets and tub? Rickety old toilet seat?  Nothing turns a buyer off more than someone else’s crud. Their crud is OK to them, but not a strangers.  Make sure all your sink fixtures SPARKLE, if that’s impossible with yours then you may want to consider replacing them.  Don’t forget to clean those toilets and tubs good enough to grab a glass of water from them.

8) An easy one we all know is to clean your carpets.  Whether you do it your self or hire someone, it is a low cost item with good return. The clean fresh smell it adds and the new shine is definitely worth the price.

9) Nobody says it better than Shakespeare so I quote “O! my offence is rank, it smells to heaven.”  If you smoke inside your house, STOP!  Take it outside while you are trying to sell. In my experience, the two BIGGEST turn offs to a buyer is a home that smells of cigarette smoke and one that smells of animals, but any bad smell is a no no. While a person may not remember the details of every house they viewed, they will NEVER forget the ones that smelled bad.  That isn’t the impression you want to leave. Many times I have had buyers walk back out the door without even viewing the home.  Buy a fragrance for your home but beware, many people have allergies or are sensitive to smells, so don’t buy the cheapest on the shelf or splatter Old Spice around the house.  I have found that if you stick with a botanical or a better quality fragrance, it is more smoothing and seldom a problem.

10)  Have you ever seen what window treatments can cost?  Oh my gosh, you could buy a second car. But that doesn’t have to be true. I have staged a number of homes and have found quality awesome matching sets of window treatments in stores such as TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls, etc… to name a few.  You may need to do some driving.  I once had to visit three Ross stores to find six of the same matching curtains but hey, at $8 to $15 a curtain panel, it was worth the drive.

I hope these tips assist you on your way to a successful home sale, please feel free to comment on any cost affordable tips you have come across so I and others can benefit.

Paul Heim Boise Idaho Real Estate Sales

Your Boise Realtor

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Tips on Adding a Family Room Addition to your House

August 24, 2009
By: Nazim Nice
As families expand, so do their spatial needs. Suddenly a house that seemed adequately sized for two or three may feel tight when the family increases in size. If a home already has enough bedrooms, a family room addition is often a useful addition to increase the amount of space in a home and increase the functionality.

Where an addition is placed on a house will vary depending on the layout of the home and actual site conditions. If there is space on the site that allows for a family room addition on the main level, I often look for a location near the kitchen. If there is no space on the site, we’ll either look at a location such as in an unfinished basement, or consider adding onto a second story. One recent trend is locating a family space adjacent to bedrooms, especially if the space is located adjacent to kid’s bedrooms. This family room space often becomes the kid’s ‘hang out space’.

Often a family room plays many roles, so it’s important to design the room to allow for the functions you need. Here are some things to consider:

1. While it’s a luxury to have a separate media room, often the space or funds are not available. Consider designing the family room to accommodate movie night by incorporating room darkening black-out shades and the necessary electronic equipment and speakers.

2. If you often need a place for extra guests to sleep, a family room can be converted easily to a sleeping area if you incorporate the right furniture pieces. A sleeper sofa can comfortably sleep two. If additional sleeping space, or individual beds are desired for activities like kid’s sleepovers, then look for furniture such as ottomans and chairs that fold out to single beds. If you have the space, you may also be able to incorporate a day bed. For additional sleeping, look for a day bed with a trundle below.

3. One of the complaints we frequently hear about homes is that the dining room is too small for big family dinners. But when asked how often people entertain large groups, it is usually once or twice a year. A family room addition can help solve this problem if space is designed in for a large table.

4. A oversized table is also useful in a family room because inevitably kids will end up doing their homework where the family gathers. A large table is a perfect multipurpose addition to the family room. To save space, it can even be placed with an end against a wall, and pulled out when additional seating is needed.

Once you’ve identified all the necessary functions that the new family room needs to accommodate, you’ll want to start thinking about details such as fireplaces, the TVlocation, and furniture layouts. The primary issue with incorporating a fireplace in a family room is that it competes for the same space as the TV. There are many ways to solve this problem, with the obvious one being placing the television above the fireplace. Be careful with this solution, though, as it can lead to an uncomfortably high viewing angle. Often incorporating a television that is adjacent to the fireplace, or arranging a seating group that is at right angles where one side faces a television and the other side faces a fireplace can solve this issue.

When possible we like to expand the family room addition to the outside by adding French doors or sliding doors. A deck or patio outside a family room can help make a smaller space feel larger, and in warmer weather the space can open up to the outside.

A well designed family room can serve many purposes if well thought through in the planning stages. This often means thinking ahead and planning the type of furniture, the size and location of the television, and the location of the fireplace. But once you determine all the pieces of the puzzle, they can be assembled into an artful solution that integrates into the existing house and provides a new space that will serve your family well for many years in the future.

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