My wife and I have decided recently it was time to practice what I’ve been preaching and take advantage of the great interest rates and move to a larger home to accommodate our growing family. The first thing I’ve noticed is that I have all of the same concerns that someone who doesn’t work in the industry 7 days a week would have. The biggest difference is I get to see the process from start to finish all the time so I know that after the stress of getting your home ready to list it can go really quickly from there if you list at an appropriate price. We’re still in a sellers market and that’s another reason the decision to make our move was an easy one. The inventory is still low, so the possibility of a quick sell is very real.
So what does an agent do to get their house ready to sell? For me personally, the inspection and repair portion of a deal is by far the most stressful time for all parties involved. One way to remedy this is to get your home inspected and making the repairs before you even list. Having my home inspected and repairing the defects will offer myself and any potential buyers piece of mind going into this part of the transaction. To me that is easily worth the price of the inspection.
The very first thing we did at my house was de-clutter. This alone made a huge difference and my house already feels much larger because we removed anything we don’t regularly use and put it into storage. This is also a great time to donate things you don’t want to just move to your new home so it can sit in your basement and never be used. People don’t want to open closets and see stuff falling out of it because its so full. This will definitely give buyers the impression your home doesn’t have enough room for their stuff either.
Another thing that is a big help to making your home look as good as possible is to go through and give your home a good deep cleaning. Make sure all your light bulbs work, clean your tub and shower, clean your windows so the sun light can come in etc. A little elbow grease can go a long way to a quick sale. You should do your best to always make sure your home is ready to show on short notice and I know this is very difficult having two boys myself who love legos.
One of the last things we need to do to finish staging our home is to de-personalize our place. You may not be crazy about taking down family photos and your kids finger paintings off the refrigerator but buyers want to imagine themselves in your house and this will help.
This is just the start of the things you can do to help it go smoothly but is a great start! For more tips, click the links below…
Hi everyone! Carly here! I just wanted to take a minute to talk to you about our Stiller Group Difference! With a real estate professional around every corner, we know it can be overwhelming to chose one who to work with to get your home sold. Here at The Stiller Group, we have many things that set us apart from other real estate agents.
95 days on the market is our average. This means 95 days from the day we put your home on the market to the day it CLOSES. This short time span means saving you, the client, time and money.
We market your listing on every social media platform available to give your home the most exposure. Not only are we on websites like Trulia, Realtor and Zillow, we take it a step further. We post your listings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Craigslist and even YouTube. You never know where your buyer will come from and we pride ourselves on putting your listing on as many sites possible to get your home the most exposure.
We price it right from the start. Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower it later if the home fails to sell. This results in a slower sale and often a lower price. The first 30 days activity of your home being on the market is always the best activity you are going to see. If the price is too high, many buyers and agents will steer clear.
Professional photography of your home makes a WORLD of difference. Which of these pictures would you like to show prospective buyers? Can you believe this is the same kitchen?! It’s amazing what a little de-cluttering and professional pictures can do to your listing!
Almost 92% of buyers use the internet in some way for their home search process. This means clients are looking directly online for your homes pictures. You only have one chance to grab their attention and make a great first impression. We will make sure to help stage your home and get the best pictures possible for your listing.
The Stiller Group is made up of six professionals. Troy Stiller is our Listing Agent. Tiffany Denison, Lisa Sharp and Keith Rager are our Buyers Specialists. Heather Trueblood is our Transaction Coordinator and Carly Keeler is our Marketing Director. All of us are specialized in our fields and we each have a specific role to deliver exceptional customer service to our clients.
If you would like to experience The Stiller Group difference, give us a call. We would love the opportunity to talk to you and get the ball rolling on any of your real estate needs!
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Walk through it before you walk through it! Troy, I have no idea what you are talking about!? Have you ever been searching online for the perfect home for you and your family at night while lying in bed, but just can’t get an idea of floor plan from the pictures? How about the time when you found the perfect home, but couldn’t work around your schedule to set appointment to physical walkthrough a home, only to find out that the one you LOVE is under contract because we all know the good ones go fast. Lastly, have you ever relocated out of state for work and diligently trying to sell your current home, pick up the family to move them across the country, look for a new home, schedule a time to fly in to spend countless hours going through homes that didn’t fit because the representation may not have given you an idea of plan and condition?
We ARE all very busy in this day and time and every minute counts when you are on the go and trying to find a new home while juggling everything else in your life. What if you could walk through a home virtually and see exactly where every room in the house was, while interactively controlling where you want to explore in the house? The FUTURE of viewing homes is among us and we are excited to introduce the most interactive 3d virtual tour camera software that you are the first to see! This new software will allow you to do everything I mentioned above! This will give our customers/clients and prospective buyers the option to virtually walkthrough our listings and navigate through the home as they please while the click of one button will allow them to view the home in a dollhouse view, allowing them to see the floor plan and where every room in the house is located. Cool, right!?? Whether you’re on the couch, in bed, at the office, in your car (in park of course 🙂 ), or in a different state/area, you can view the home anywhere you choose! We believe that this will give our sellers a competitive advantage to secure an offer in a shorter amount of time, with less hassle to them, and possibly getting top dollar! A buyer may make an offer without even walking through it!
Click on the link below to check it out! Let us know what you think!
Top DIY Home Improvement Tips to do if you are thinking about selling – and helpful even if you aren’t!
Happy Monday y’all! Resident DIY Expert – Tiffany – here. If you don’t know me yet, you will quickly learn that I am the team’s go to when it comes to any DIY home project, fixer upper or just plain remodel. Thanks to a little creativity, my contractor hubby and of course a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, there is always a home project going on at the Denison household.
So why is it that we always wait until it’s time to move to start thinking about improving our homes? Don’t we all deserve to live in updated and flawless houses too? Well take it from me, coming from a working mom of two, who has moved six times in seven years (yes, by choice) – NOW is the time to spruce up, update and ENJOY the home you have worked so hard for! Whether you are selling or not, if you wait to tackle everything until you are, you won’t have experienced the luxury of loving where you live. And, it will make your to-do list that much more daunting when you go to sell. Here are my top tips to get your home ready for the market, or simply ready to enjoy 🙂
Update Your Cabinets – Whether your budget is on lottery winner status or you are just looking to spend a few nickels, updating your kitchen cabinets can be HUGE for your home. Fresh paint and new hardware can give your kitchen the fresh look it needs – either for selling or your next get-together. Want to go further than just paint, but don’t need all new? Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to give your cabinets a face lift with new trim and moldings. http://www.beautifulmatters.com/2013/02/diy-inexpensive-cabinet-updates/
CLEAN Your Windows! – Sparkling windows can make a world of a difference to a home! I know when I feel like my house is looking gloomy and needs a spruce, the first thing I tackle are the windows. TIP: Use newspaper instead of paper towels or a cloth to clean glass as it won’t leave any fiber residue.
Modernize Bathrooms with New Faucets and Light Fixtures – Outdated fixtures in bathrooms can be an instant turn-off to a buyer, unless they happens to be a DIY-er themselves. And in that case, they see discount on the purchase right away. For a few bucks, you can change out a faucet and/or a vanity light that will give your tight space of a bathroom a new look. If you don’t have the means to change those out, get out your elbow grease, give it a deep scrub and brush off the cobwebs – your family AND buyers will appreciate! And last but not least – SPRAY PAINT! The ultimate Tiffany fix is always spray paint. Check out this link for a fun how-to: http://www.thecountrychiccottage.net/2012/05/how-to-spray-paint-your-light-fixtures.html
PAINT! Painting always seems to be the most dreaded task at our house, but trust me, it will absolutely give you the biggest bang for your buck! Transform a room by adding a deep, neutral-toned accent color to one wall or change up your entire space with a fun, popular color. Homes with neutral colors show the best – so consider painting those ballerina pink and ninja turtle green walls before your house hits the market. See my favorite neutral go-tos here if you are looking for a suggestion:
De-Clutter the Toys! If you have littles, toys can be the biggest clutter item in your house, and it can also be a deterrent while showing your home. Go ahead and invest in a few tubs or baskets for easy storage – even if you aren’t moving, your sanity needs this! Get rid of those toys you have been hanging onto and besides, who wants to move all of that stuff?
Closets- Don’t confuse de-cluttering with stuffing junk into closets. One of the major things buyers look for is “closet space” so if yours are stuffed full, how can they see how big and roomy they are? Take the time to purge and get rid of items you and your family don’t use. You will thank me later!
Spruce it up Outside – No cash to spend out there? One word: CLEAN! Sweep off your porch and sidewalk of leaves and debris. Clean off any mold or mildew from the siding and other parts of your house – you may have to take a pressure washer to it! Give the front door a fresh coat of paint if needed. Add a colorful wreath and flowers to the front porch or stoop. This is the first place buyers – or guests – will stop to take it all in, and you only get a chance to make a first impression once! My front porch is one of my favorite spots of my house so I always have some fresh and fun things on the door 🙂
There ya have it, my top list of things to do in order to enjoy your home, or get it ready for the selling market. If you are thinking about selling, give us a shout and we would be happy to come out and have a look to help you get your best bang for your buck!