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Quick Tips for Homeowners

Some of the easiest solutions to everyday household problems are sitting right in your kitchen. They are convenient and relatively inexpensive and when you see the results you will be wondering why you did not think of that sooner! These are also handy for home sellers who would like inexpensive quick fixes that will not look like you went cheap to fix it.

Carpet Stains: Baby Wipes! Yes, it is that simple!

Microwave: To get rid of cooked-on spatters heat a half cup of water for two minutes on high (or long enough to create a steam. This softens the food and makes it easier to wipe off.

Cooking odors: Heat white vinegar in an uncovered pot on the stove (medium heat, do not boil). The vinegar smell will gradually dissipate and so will the odors.

Coffee Grinder: Want to sharpen the blades? Run a handful of dried rice in the grinder. (okay, this is not exactly an item you need to fix to sell your home but I thought I would throw it in any way!)

Chimney: A handful of salt thrown on the fire will help keep the chimney clean.

Nail Holes: Fill hole with a paste made from starch and water and it will work just as good as putty.

Squeaky Doors: Use petroleum jelly instead of oil for a dripless solution.

Want the whole house to smell like apple pie? (This is a great thing to do right before an open house or a scheduled showing.) Simmer a sliced apple and a couple of cinnamon sticks in water on the stove.  Gives off a wonderful homey smell!

If you would like additional ways to spruce up your home before putting it on Boise Real Estate market please contact me through my website (no sign-up required):

How to Sell Your Home in Today’s Market

It is a tough time to be a home seller in today’s market! If you are a “normal” seller (remember those?) you are faced with some stiff competition. ( And it is  not even really comparable competition for the most part.) There are the short sales which are usually below market and then there are the REO (Bank Owned) and they are always below market. These distressed properties are also usually in fair to poor condition.

 Unfortunately the seller has to deal with the human nature of the buyer, and that is how to get the most for the least. The good news is that as time goes on many buyers have become weary of the distressed properties and are looking for a good “normal” deal.

This is the time for sellers to start taking advantage of an ever-changing market, a market that may be turning back in their favor! So what does a seller have to do to get their home sold in a reasonable amount of time without practically giving the home away? Here are a few tips:

  • Pricing: Study the comparables and go over them with your realtor. Do one set of comps with all properties (distressed included) and one with just the non distressed ones. Depending on the upgrades in your home you probably want to fall somewhere between the two types of comps. Most importantly be realistic!
  • Incentives: To compete with the distressed deals you may have to offer up to 3% of buyers closing costs. If that does not appeal to you, offer a set amount for closing costs and offer a one-year home warranty (they are relatively inexpensive – running around $250) and it offers the buyer a peace of mind.
  • Curb Appeal: First impressions are important! This goes for inside and out. You want curb appeal so that the buyers will at least get out of the car. Clean up the debris around the yard and put away all items that do not need to be out. A daily sweep  of the sidewalk, driveway and front door area will give a well maintained appearance.
  • Clean: Now that the curb appeal brought them in make sure their first impression inside makes them stay awhile. Make sure the house is clean and clutter free. The buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in your home. If you have piles of your stuff on the counters and in odd spots throughout the house it distracts from that vision.  

A few other things that will help get buyers in the door are having the very best pictures for the MLS and internet.  The majority of  buyers view homes on the internet well before they ever go physically to look at it. So make sure the outside front shot and the interior of your home are the very best. If your realtor does not have a decent camera ask them to hire a virtual tour person to take the pics.

Also, be as flexible for showings as possible. Some buyers may only be able to view homes during certain hours and if your home is unavailable during that time they may just skip you all together or find another home before they get a chance to see yours.

Remember, as a “normal” seller you have an advantage over the distressed properties. Your house is clean, maintained and ready to move onto in a reasonable amount of time. For todays buyers that is like a breath of fresh air!

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