Glue sticks, pencils, erasers… Oh My!

Hey friends, Heather here! Glue sticks, pencils, erasers… Oh My! It’s back to school time in Kentuckiana and quite a few of my Stiller Group peeps are feeling the anxiety of buying school supplies, scheduling pick up/drop off procedures and packing lunches! So I looked online and found some Back to School Tips. As I was reading through them, I realized how similar these feelings and the need for preparation relates to listing your home for sale. The anxiety, the de-cluttering, the unknown of when offers will come in, the money you invest in getting your home ready… all of these things can add stress to your situation. So I’m also going to add some tips and tricks of things to do before you list your home with The Stiller Group to help alleviate this.
Here’s a great article I found on Good Housekeeping with 25 back to school tips.
A few that I want to discuss…
 
-Designate a Command Center
When getting your home ready to sell with the Stiller Group, there are always documents that come up that either your agent will need or potential buyers will ask for. Create a designated space to keep real estate related items in.
-Any additional keys needed (for garages, pole barns, etc)
-A letter to potential buyers welcoming them to your home 
-Any fliers or binder that your agent has given you to set out for showings
-Copies of estimated utility averages
 
 
-Play Keep vs. Toss
Before you list your home and have professional pictures taken by The Stiller Group, the magic word is DECLUTTER!
-Move any excess items off countertops
-Make sure closets aren’t stuffed full. Buyers can’t visualize their stuff fitting and it makes the home seem like it doesn’t have enough storage
-Take a few family photos off the walls. Buyers want to be able to see themselves in the home.
-Less is BEST… the more open space you can show to potential buyers


–File Everything
As you list your home and get an accepted offer, your realtor and in conjunction with the lender and title companies will need some additional documents from you. It’s a good idea to have them organized before you being to de-clutter and pack things up!
Some things you may want to add to your file
-Any HOA information – Neighborhood Covenants and Restrictions
-Current mortgage statements (title company will need account numbers and customer service numbers when it’s time to close the transaction)
-Monthly utility bills to calculate averages
-Copies of your listing paperwork and purchase agreement for your records
We’re ready when you are! Give us a call at (502) 414-1031 for a free consultation!
P.S. If you need some cute Thirty-One items to help organize your current or soon to be new home, I’m your girl there!www.mythirtyone.com/trueblood

Apps to Organize Your Life!

We’re 18 days into 2016… be honest… Did you vow to be more organized in 2016?! <——- Even if you didn’t SAY you were going to be more organized… don’t we ALL need it?! I’m a busy mom of a 9.5 year old, volunteer at church in the nursery and at my son’s school, a leader with a successful direct sales company and I work full time for the BUSIEST real estate team in Southern Indiana! And occasionally I sleep! I am always looking for ways to organize things in my life and last week I came across this article. Check it out for some AWESOME apps that can help organize your life and your family.
My favorite app on that list is the Mint app. I have recently started using this and love the budgeting features and pie charts (I’m definitely a visual learner!)
Do you use an app that makes your life easier that is NOT on that list?! I’d love to hear about it! Email me at    heather@thestillergroup.com and tell me about it.
Ok, now that we know some great apps to help us organize, let’s get real for a moment! Raise your hand if you have ANY space in your house that is cluttered? Raise the other hand if it is MULTIPLE places…. Guilty!! So let me introduce you to the 40 bags in 40 days challenge!
Every day for 40 days, you choose one area of your home (junk drawer, laundry room, under the bed, the possibilities are endless!) and get rid of 1 bag of clutter (size of bag is up to you). This blog has all the details and even a printable worksheet for you to track what area you are daily!
 
Wishing you a great start to an ORGANIZED 2016! Be sure to like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thestillergroup/ for other helpful tips and you just might see some pictures of me (or my team members (mostly Troy who is a paper hoarder)) decluttering our spaces this year!
Heather

Spring has SPRUNG… and so has the Yard!!!

Heather here 🙂 I’m LOVING this Spring weather (slightly summer like humidity today but I wont hold it against you Spring!)

Being outside more with my kid playing has made me more aware of my front yard landscaping… and it needs some help! Anybody else with me?!

I found this great article with some easy tips to get your landscaping up to par… and #3 made me giggle 🙂

So now that I’m ready to tackle this… I just need some sunscreen, tools. patience, and……. someone who wants to do it for me!

Hope your landscaping is looking awesome! Did you know that the front landscaping of your house can add as much as 10% in value to your home in the perspective buyer’s eyes! So get out there and get your landscape on… then come do mine!Image

~Heather

Hear it from people who’ve been there already!

Heather here. I was working on some marketing things for the office and came across this. Thought you’d like to see it. It is the Highlights from the 2013 National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. In July 2013, NAR mailed out a survey containing 122 questions to over 14,000 recent home buyers. These people bought a house between July 2012 and June 2013. Almost 9,000 responses were received and then compiled into these highlights…

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Does any of this surprise you? If you’ve recently sold or bought a home, do you agree with these statistics?

We are gearing up for Spring at The Stiller Group! Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, we have the team to help you accomplish it!

Be watching the rest of the week as we introduce our team to you and show you how we can help you reach your goals!

As always, feel free to email Troy Stiller at troy@thestillergroup or Tiffany Denison attiffany@thestillergroup.com with any questions or to get the ball rolling! You can search for homes at http://www.TheStillerGroup.com anytime!

It’s almost SPRING!

Sitting at my desk and the view out my window is MUCH better than in days past… the SUN is SHINING and the snow is melting!!! That must mean one thing… SPRING is coming! In fact…

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Can I get a WOO-HOO!!?

With spring also comes the thought of opening the windows, airing out all the winter yuckiness and then the thought of spring cleaning when you finally see the sun shining on that bookcase that didn’t look dusty until now! :)

Here is a printable checklist from marthastewart.com that you may find helpful as you begin the cleaning process.

http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2007Q2/la_0407_spring_cleaning.pdf

Spring is also the time when people start thinking about putting their house up for sale. Don’t wait until everyone else thinks about it… CALL US TODAY to get a jump start on the competition!

Our team is ready to help you whether you want to buy or sell or both! Read some client recommendations at http://www.trulia.com/profile/troystiller/

If you are a past client or colleague, stop by our Trulia profile and leave your own recommendation. We love hearing from you!

I’ll leave you with a few happy thoughts of the upcoming season change :)

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If you have any real estate questions or would like a free market analysis of your home to see what it is worth… please contact us below with a comment or email us at troy@thestillergroup.com

 

 

 

An Organized Home!

Hello, Heather here! I ran across a website called http://www.organizedhome.com and was instantly intrigued… so I checked it out. I am the queen of good intentions when it comes to organizing and hoped this would help me implement things. The tab with free printables is awesome! From to-do lists to menu planning to emergency numbers to calendars, it’s all there! Take a minute and check it out for yourself. Whether you’re organizing your office, home, school or just life in general… can’t we all use a little help?!

http://organizedhome.com/printable

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