FLOOR WARS

If you’re wavering between installing new wood floors or new carpeting in your home, it may seem like a simple decision based on cost, but that is not the case. When choosing flooring for residential homes, it is important to consider design, comfort, price and sustainability. Keep in mind that whichever new flooring you choose will look great when it’s first installed, but even a few weeks of use can require enough sweeping, vacuuming and polishing to make you reconsider your choice.

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Here are some things to consider when choosing flooring: wood versus carpet:

Advantages of Carpet:

  • Cushions slips and falls
  • Reduces noise throughout the house
  • Natural insulator – providing warmth during the winter season
  • Holds onto allergens and keeps them out of the air (vacuuming frequently will remove them)
  • Should last about 10 years
  • Faster and cheaper to install

Disadvantages of Carpet: 

  • Collects dust very easily
  • Needs to be professionally cleaned with hot water extractor (1-2x a year)
  • First is more easily tracked onto carpets
  • Shows walking patterns where foot traffic is heaviest
  • Liquids can seep into the carpet quickly
  • Might be outdated

Advantages of Hardwood:

  • Does not collect as much dirt and allergens
  • Can be repaired if damaged – does not have to be entirely replaced
  • Simple and quick to clean
  • Spilled liquid is easy to wipe up
  • Can be easily professionally repaired
  • Resale value due to popularity
  • Warranty on the “finish” typically ranges from 25-30 years
  • Sustainable, renewable and natural material

Disadvantages of Hardwood:

  • Can be dented – may have to be completely replace board(s) if something heavy is dropped onto it
  • Easily scratched due to moving heavy object, furniture and pet nails
  • Needs to be cleaned more often than carpet because dust/spills/crumbs are more visible

 

Flooring is a big decision, some homeowners prefer the plushness of carpet beneath their feet, while others believe hardwood adds a touch of elegance to their home and that it remains that “new” look for decades. Although in the end, the decision is up to you.

 

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FALL IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

From the very first glance, either online or in person, potential buyers should immediately be hooked and feel like it is already their home. Most homeowners rarely go through their own front entry, so take some time to enter though your front entry and view it as if you were seeing it for the first time. Prospective buyers will notice every detail and determine whether or not they are interested in your property.

Here are 5 home staging tips to increase your curb appeal and help home buyers fall in love with your home.

 

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AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 25 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices inBaltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium.  Pennsylvania real estate offices include York, LancasterWyomissing,Chambersburg,Gettysburg,Harrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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FALL IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

How to Prepare for Selling in the Spring Market

If you are planning on putting your home on the market, don’t wait around for the April showers to bring May flowers before you get ready to sell. Preparing a few months in advance allows for an easier selling experience. Spring is an extremely busy season for real estate; make sure you stay ahead of the crowd by being proactive now.

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Remove the Clutter

Model homes and staged open houses have something in common; they are both clutter free. Even though everyone has clutter, when buyers walk through a home they want to be able to envision themselves living there with their own things. That is why it is extremely important to keep your house as neat as possible once your home is on the market. A simple way to make this task easier is to decrease the current amount of clutter you have now. For example, pack away items that are collecting dust and knick-knacks that are barely used.

Break out the Cardboard and Tape

Even though you might not be moving for a few months, you will eventually have to, so you might as well get a head start on the process. You don’t have to pack away your entire house, organize items in your storage closets, basements…etc., and determine what you want to sell, toss and keep. Once you box up these items, certain spaces/rooms will look larger and more organized when it comes time to show your house.

Improve Your Home

You should consider minor repairs and improvements that will give your home a fresh look for prospective buyers. Repair little things such as replacing the caulk/grout in your bathroom, old doorknobs, doorbell, outdated fans and light fixtures. Even painting your front door and trim will add curb appeal to your home.

Interview a Real Estate Agent

When choosing a Real Estate Agent to represent your home, your decision should be based on recommendations, experience, compatibility, trust and instinct. Using the right listing agent will make a significance difference in how quickly your house is on the market. Ask your friends to recommend their previous Realtors and interview agents to see which one is the right fit for selling the type of home you live in; price range and location.

If you are planning on selling your home now or in the next few months, then contact your local Homesale Agent for buyer/seller help. For more real estate information, please visit our Homesale website.

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RESULTS MATTER

When it comes to selling your home, results matter. Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty promises to provide you with an exceptional real estate experience.
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THE PRICE IS RIGHT…..OR IS IT?

the price is rightWhen selling your home, the right price and an attractive appearance are arguably the two most basic essentials.  Buyers have a pool of choices and since no two homes are alike it is crucial to make a distinction between your home and the competition.

Studies have shown that the first 2 weeks on the market are the most important.  During this time, your home will be exposed to the most active buyers, through internet searches and buyers’ agents. Therefore, if you are over-priced, your home could easily get overlooked and you could be forced to endure a slow stream of random buyers who enter the market after that point.

According to one report, homes that sold within the first week of being on the market, earned an average of about 2% over list price, while homes that sat on the market for four months sold for more than 11% below their original list price.

There are several things you should consider:

Request CMAs – Determining the value of your home is the best place to start.  A CMA (comparative market analysis) will show you the prices of recently SOLD homes in your area, homes on the market now, and homes that did not sell.  You should consider the price of the sold homes, not just the current LIST price of area homes.  You should entertain CMAs and marketing strategies from at least 3 Realtors.  Realtors seldom want to list a home that is over-priced for the simple fact that the chance of selling your home would be much lower.

Think like a Buyer – The features you consider important in your home may not be the same features that buyers will consider valuable.  Discuss current home trends with your Realtor.  Your home’s price should be comparable to other similar homes; not be reflective of what you think its worth.

Sweeten the Deal – Some buyers have needs that go beyond the bottom line price.  The ability to close quickly, seller-financing, or assistance with closing costs can be a strong attraction to buyers.  The more flexible you can be in meeting these other financial needs, the more successful you will be in pricing and selling your home quickly.

Do your own Research – It is important to educate yourself and visit open houses in your area.  Make an assessment of how these homes compare to yours in terms of location, size, amenities, and condition.  If all sale prices were the same, would you buy your home or someone else’s?

React Quickly – Immediately after your home hits the market there should be a flurry of interest and showing activity.  If not, this may indicate that your home is over-priced.  If this limited interest continues for a few weeks, you should react.  It’s still not too late to reduce the price, but do it quickly in order to sustain some interest!

Consider the Market – Things to think about: Are homes selling quickly?  Are the interest rates attractive?  Is the economy good?  How is the local job market?

Keep it Clean – You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Clean it up and fix it up.  Make all necessary small repairs, such as fixing minor leaks, patching drywall cracks, or holes in the walls.  Clean up clutter and remove personal items.  Make sure your home is immaculate every time a buyer steps inside.

You have one chance to grab buyers’ attention.  Make sure your home’s price stands out from all the others for the right reason!!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT…..OR IS IT?

Holiday Recovery

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Light Up the Night

In the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold may have gone a little overboard with his Christmas lights, but if he was selling his house, he may have had the right idea.

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“Great decorations really set the tone for the holidays, a time when you can showcase your home in a different way to highlight areas that normally may not stand out,” said Amy Cornwell, President/ Lead Designer for Creative Impressions, which specializes in seasonal decorating.

By creating a festive atmosphere, a home seller allows perspective buyers to envision what their holidays will be like in the property—complete with a beautiful tree, stockings hung from the fireplace mantels and the smell of Christmas cookies in the air.

Home Buyers associate a sense of ‘home’ through the traditions and memories of holiday décor,” Cornwell said. “It’s a great way to attract buyers.”

Nighttime is when many perspective buyers are driving around looking at houses, and nothing will slow them down more than a great Christmas light display. “A well-designed display adds festive elegance to a home, and highlights the already-present features of the property,” said Brandon Stephens, vice president of Marketing at The Decor Group, Inc., Lubbock, Texas, specializing in interior and exterior holiday decorating.

In fact, consider holding an open house at night, when you can serve hot chocolate and better show off the Christmas lights, holiday decorations and all that the house has to offer.

Here are some simple suggestions to ensure your home captures the holiday spirit without interfering in the real estate process:

  • Keep decorations to a minimum so you don’t block views, make rooms feel smaller and disrupt the natural flow of the home. Consider a smaller tree and store gifts in another room.
  • Incorporate fresh evergreen or rosemary into your decorating for a classic look and to promote “the Christmas tree smell.”
  • Make sure light strings and extension cords are tucked away for everyone’s safety.
  • Eschew religious or cultural decorations to not alienate prospective buyers who don’t share your beliefs.
  • Leave a plate of holiday cookies and warm cider or cocoa for prospective home buyers.

 

The holidays are emotional times for most people, including home shoppers. Holiday decorations, presented tastefully and sensibly, can help you wrap a bow on your home for just the right buyer.

Happy Holidays!

Creative Impressions, Inc.

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