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Selling A Home - Little Things Mean A Lot

by The Schuman Team

When we consult our home sellers, we tell them that they don't have to spend a lot of money to get big results. It’s the little things that count, and many are very inexpensive.

Buyers respond to certain things in their subconscious mind that makes a home attractive to them.  If you want your home to sell, it must say things to a buyer that make them excited enough to want to purchase it.   And what do we want the house to say?  “I’m the one!”  “I’m updated and well cared for.”  “You can move right in and not have to spend any more money!”

LITTLE CHANGES BIG IMPACT

light switch covers - cheap tip

Let's look at something minor like light switch covers.  While certainly not a focal point of a home, if they are cracked, crooked or dirty, a buyer will be turned off. At less than $1 a piece it’s as cheap a quick fix as you are going to get, and the impact is huge.

A home with new covers will be viewed as cleaner, crisper, and believe it or not – more updated!  Just be sure to match the cover to the color of the actual switch.  For some homes, you may want to spend just a few more dollars and change out the whole switch just to make sure they both match.

On that same note, here are a few other tips to help give the impression of an updated and well maintained home:

  • Replace your old thermostat with a digital, programmable one.  This not only makes your home more energy efficient, but gives the impression of updated systems.
  • Replace vent covers that aren’t at their best.  Subtle signs of neglect  leave a bad impression in a buyer’s mind.Home Staging
  • Put away room fans or space heaters for showings – they only send a message that your HVAC system and/or insulation is ineffective.
  • Replace your front door handle and/or lock.  The front door impression sets the tone for the whole showing.  A door that is difficult to unlock or open and a peeling, old handle do not bode well for what’s to follow.
  • Have your HVAC system serviced if you don’t already do it annually.  The fresh service sticker tells buyers that you take care of your home.  At a minimum, change the filters.  Dirty filters = neglect.
  • I’ve said it before – but wash your windows inside and out.  It makes everything in your home look better!

You don't necessarily have to put a lot of money into your home to make it look its best.  Focusing on the little things will help get your home sold, and for more money.

Cool Tool To Help Pick Out Paint Color

by The Schuman Team

 

Sherwin Williams sample living room plain

 Sherwin Williams sample living room with color

 

Most people know that paint is an inexpensive way to change the appearance of a home. However, the cost of choosing the wrong color and having to repaint can certainly add up. The problem is that it has always been a challenge for people to envision what a room will look like after it is painted – until now. Thanks to some fantastic tools put out by local Cleveland company Sherwin Williams, you can see the finished product BEFORE you start any painting project.

Our favorite tool is the Color Visualizer .  This allows you to upload your own photos and try out different paint and trim colors.  We have used this successfully for our clients and it is truly amazing.  It can be used for both the exterior and interior of your home. 

Newly added to the Sherwin Williams website is the ColorSnap for iPhone and Blackberry.  You can now use your phone to snap a picture of a color that inspires you.  Not only will Sherwin Williams help you match that exact color, this app will help you fine tune it using lightness, saturation, and hue features.

Thanks to this wonderful technology, picking out paint colors is now so much easier.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by The Schuman Team

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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