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DIY Spring Curb Appeal Landscaping

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 | No Comments

Curb appeal landscaping helps in a house sale.Curb appeal landscaping should be top priority now that the winter months are blowing away and spring is on the horizon. An overgrown or neglected garden may make the first impression in your potential house sale, turning buyers off before they ever make it through the door. That means less money in your pocket as well as a longer time on the market.

 

To remedy the situation, you have options. You may choose to hire a professional landscaping team. This option reduces your net profit on the sale but also reduces the time spent on preparations. However, with a little research and a free weekend, you can turn a drab yard into an appealing green oasis.

 

In getting your property ready to go on the market, utilize these five steps for DIY spring curb appeal landscaping:

  1. Assessment – Start your curb appeal landscaping endeavor by assessing the size and scope of the project. How much ground do you have to cover? Which areas present hazards or need complete revamping? Are there any features that work or should be highlighted, such as a particularly lovely oak tree? Make a plan for each area, but don’t overdo it. You want to showcase the yard as beautiful to many different tastes, and that means letting the buyer fill in the blanks, so-to-speak. Give them some freedom of movement with your choices. And ultimately, showcase the house!
  2. Cleanup – Your yard may include dead or fallen branches and trees to clear away or grass that needs to be ripped up. Maybe the soil should be tilled or weeds need clearing. Whatever green you take away, consider sending it to a green waste recycling facility.
  3. Irrigation – Now that the yard is primarily clear and uncluttered, you may want to assess or upgrade the irrigation system. Are there sprinkles in appropriate places? If not, are they needed? Perhaps you are building a low-maintenance yard or the house is in a dry climate. Take note of these things before proceeding.
  4. Planting – Finally, it’s time to plant! Follow your plan from the assessment step, adding life and color to your yard in a way that would catch your eye if YOU were seeing it for the first time. It need not be an expensive upgrade. A few flowers around a tree, in front of the house, or along a stone path can be a nice, welcoming touch!
  5. Fertilizer and Finish – Step back, take a breather, and congratulate yourself on a job well-done. Observe how the yard develops within the next week or two. If grass, plants, flowers, etc. need a little nudge to get going, add some fertilizer. Also, if your house was already on the market, be sure to ask your realtor to use updated house photos.

Are you ready to sell? Along with proper preparations and staging, don’t forget to Inspect-It 1st! A house inspection by the current owner goes a long way toward encouraging a quick and profitable house sale. Contact Inspect-It 1st today at (877) 392-6278.

7 Home Staging Tips to Sell This Summer

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 | No Comments

Get your house ready to sell with these 7 home staging tips.Everybody has an opinion about the best time to sell a home. In our opinion, the best time is whenever you are ready. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of selling quickly and for the best price. We’ve put together a list of 7 home staging tips to help you sell your home this summer!

  1. Set a good first impression. It’s no secret that first impressions are everything. Catch the eye of potential buyers by keeping the outside of your home clean and maintained.
  2. Ditch the clutter. One of the biggest turn-offs for potential buyers is clutter. When trying to sell, one of the most common home staging tips you hear is to box up anything you can live without for a couple months. Doing so will help keep rooms tidy and appear larger. When rooms are full of stuff, especially personal belongings like photos and memorabilia, it can be difficult for people to visualize their family in the home.
  3. Give the home a deep clean. Set aside a day to clean every nook and cranny in your home. Much of a home’s appeal is in the cleanliness. Throw away all those old newspapers, scrub the floors, and even clean the toilets. If there is a stain or smell, do everything you can to get rid of it! The home should be as fresh and clean as possible.
  4. Style common rooms as neutral as possible. Now that you have cleaned your home, it’s still important for the space to have character. This is where our home staging tips become a bit more fun. It’s best to keep “common” spaces such as the living room, kitchen, and bathroom fairly neutral and functional. A fresh coat of paint can bring life to a room, but make sure not to get too crazy. Neutral tones tend to appeal more to buyers.
  5. Arrange furniture to make rooms appear larger, as long as it makes sense. Furniture tends to get moved around for holidays or activities, but they don’t always get put back in the best spot. Try moving your furniture around to create more open space. Open space gives the illusion of a larger room. However, be careful that the furniture placement makes sense. If your furniture is outdated, or large and bulky, you can rent staging furniture to help boost the appeal.
  6. Style your master bedroom. Style your master bedroom to be gender neutral. This is one of the home staging tips that people often forget. A master bedroom is the homeowners’ sanctuary. It’s best to set a neutral tone, so either gender feels welcome.
  7. Keep pet evidence in check. You love your pet, we know, but evidence of pets in the home can turn away potential buyers. Keep toys in a storage bin when not in use and always clean up after your pet. Also, don’t forget to clean up any waste your furry friend may leave in the yard!

Staging your home to appeal to a variety of potential buyers can make a huge difference. With these home staging tips, you will be setting yourself up for a faster sale, and hopefully at your asking price! Before you sell, contact the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st. We can make sure your home is ready to sell with an honest inspection!

How To Sell Your Home Faster

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 | No Comments

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It’s a buyers market – at least for now, which means that your future home buyer has a lot of options to weigh in your market. So how do you standout? Ty these tips to sell your home faster.

 

Help your realtor – Social media is a great way to get the word out about your home. The average Facebook user has 130 friends, which means 130 connections to your potential homebuyer. Post your home’s listing to your Facebook and Twitter. Share your photos of it via Instagram. Make your home come to life in your online circle.

 

Capitalize on the drive by – More buyers are searching online for their next home. The next step? They do the drive by. Don’t miss this opportunity to show them your home. No, we’re not saying you should run out and invite them in for a tour (definitely don’t do this). But, ask your realtor for a QR code to put on your For Sale sign. That code can link to a virtual tour exclusively for those who are doing the drive by. Even better, it can give them direct contact information for your realtor, in case you’ve peaked their interest.

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