How to Use the Holidays to Showcase Your Home

christmastreefireplace-purchasedWhile we hope no one’s house selling (or buying!) goes quite like Chevy Chase’s experience in Funny Farm, they do have one thing right – the holidays can be a wonderful time to showcase your home to prospective buyers. And it’s not just your home that shines brighter this time of year. We live in communities rich with fun and festive traditions that can also attract buyers to your door. So while this time of year is crazy busy, if your house is on the market or you are planning on putting it on the market soon, don’t let this time of year go to waste.

Decorate

This might be the one exception to the rule of de-personalizing your home for selling. Nothing makes a house feel more like a “home” than beautiful decorations, lights, or a roaring fire. But, make sure it’s tasteful, color-coordinated decorating that adds to your house’s charm. Choose a classic color scheme such as red and gold, red and green, or blue and silver to ensure everything goes. Don’t go overboard – a single strand of clear lights on our house looks much better than trying to outdo Clark Griswold when selling. A wreath on your door is inviting and warm. A 9-foot inflatable minion, on the other hand, might not appeal to all buyers. A good place to go for ideas are magazines like Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, and of course Martha Stewart Living.

Not a Martha Stewart? You can hire a home decorator to stage your home. Especially important if you are planning on an open house during the holidays.

christmastree-fire-purchasedHave an Open House

It’s busy, but if your house looks like the cover of a magazine, don’t miss out on the opportunity to show buyers what could be theirs. Smells of the seasons are great to freshen up your home – baking cookies, cinnamon pinecones, or a fresh tree. Have candy canes, cookies and cocoa for buyers to get them in the spirit of the season. These simple things could turn your holiday season into selling season.

Talk up the Town

A flyer at your open house or a mention on your listing of all the wonderful holiday events in your city is important to prospective buyers. We have Santa and light parades, Christmas tree lightings, the light display at Borst Park – the list goes and on and on. For people who are from out of the area, these are selling points on our wonderful community that they may not know about. And don’t forget a picture or two of your downtown covered in decorations.

Plan for Future Sales

If your house is not on the market yet, take this time to get some amazing pictures of it decked out in its holiday splendor. That way, when you do list it, you will have these images to spur people to a buying decision. Got snow? A snow-covered picture of your property is priceless when it comes to marketing. These images bring to mind nostalgic childhood memories and make people want to have a home of their own to create new ones in.

Do it right, let their new memories be made in their new home.

 


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


What Color is The House?

Is the color of the house important to attract more buyers? Can the proper mix of colors really impact how a buyer sees the house?

With the recent and latest viral image of that stupid dress and whether it was white and gold or blue and black saturating virtually every avenue of our social and television media, it got me thinking about what the average home buyer sees when they are buying a home. Most importantly, does color affect the way a home buyer feels about the house?

Most of us are fully aware that first impressions are everything when selling your home. And it goes without saying that most home buyers will not put the color of the house high on their must have list next to condition, schools and the neighborhood…but, they eventually get around to judging the quality of the house on color as much as just about anything else.  

It’s a very emotional thing buying a house. And most human beings I’m involved with tend to be driven by these silly things called feelings and thoughts! So, it comes as little surprise, when I show a house to a prospective client that hits all their wants and needs and yet there is still something that is holding them back, more times than not it’s the fact they can’t get past the colors they are seeing!

So, Mr. and Mrs. Home Seller, if you want to sell your house in a short amount of time and with minimum hassle, it’s critical that the decor is up-to-date and attractive.

What are some Colors that Help Sell a House?

House ColorYou can think of your home’s color palette as an important backdrop; it sets the stage for the furnishings and decorations that give rooms their unique feel. Picking the right paint is a topic that causes frustration for many. Paint is relatively simple to apply or change, but the wrong color inside or out can turn a buyer off from the entire house. To prevent this, I strongly recommend consulting a professional or painting your home in neutral colors.

If you’re still living in the home you’re selling, though, does that mean you’re stuck inside a bland, beige cave? Not at all. Remember, neutral colors can be subtle and doesn’t limit you to shades of white and beige.

Earth Tones – shades of brown, green, blue, orange, and some reds and tans depict the colors in nature, and they’re warm and inviting colors for living rooms and dining rooms. Understanding the effect color has on the human mind, implementing the use of browns, greens and even bolder colors to highlight the interior of your home can impact how a homebuyer reacts to the house.

Nifty Shades of Gray – Keep in mind the furniture and trim of your house will also impact the home buyers decision making process. Using light, neutral shades of dark and light gray accents can become a bold focal point. In addition, the right decor and gray wall combination can work well with a handful of bright, colorful accents of treatments and household furnishings.

And don’t forget about the exterior of your home: Painting the exterior can also help attract potential buyers, but be careful…local colors are as unique as the homes themselves. You don’t want to be too flashy here or take a favorite color too far. Keep it in the palette of the neighborhood as well as the region to an extent. You also may need to consult the local neighborhood association (if there is one) to see if there are covenants, conditions or restrictions on what colors you can and cannot use…Yes, there are such things out there!!!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Showing Your Home in the Best Light

Photo’s sell homes…It’s as simple as that.

Janet Simons Real Estate Broker Chehalis Valley RealtyIn visiting with potential home buyers, they’ve revealed that the most important considering factor on scheduling an appointment to view a home is the photos.

It’s their first introduction to your home and you know you can never make a 2nd first impression!


Lets make sure your photos stand out on line.

Curb Appeal – Your agent will want to take several exterior photos so make sure the lawn is manicured, trees & shrubs have been trimmed, and fresh bark/gravel are in place.  A fresh coat of paint on exterior walls and trim give it a “New” like appearance. As the seasons change so should your photos, no one wants to see snow in July. Buyers want to know about their surroundings so lets show them.

Cut Kitchen Clutter – The kitchen is the most important room in the house. You’ll want to make sure all your small kitchen appliances are stored neatly, leaving  counter tops clear and looking spacious. Maybe place a brightly colored bouquet of flowers or an attractive bowl of lemons strategically placed on the kitchen island, table or window sill for a “POP” of color. Snap close up photos of high end features like granite or high end appliances.

Master the Master Bed & Bath – Today’s home buyers want a bedroom filled with class & comfort. Photos should be taken from the corners in order showcase as much as possible. The bed needs to be neatly made with lots of accent pillows, clean windows, organized closets, & dressers clear of clutter. Please NO pet beds. In the bath be sure the toilet seat is down, fresh towels are in place and have it sparkling clean.

You may want to consider seeking the advise of a home stager, their experience in making a home look it’s best may be well worth the investment.

If you’d like more information or would like to learn more about “Home Staging”  please call me and I’ll connect you with a qualified expert.

Remember… a picture is worth a 1000 words or maybe even more money when it come to selling your home.

 


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Does Staging Your Home Make Cents?

Stage It, Sell It, Profit!

Staging your home is not just about adding furniture…it’s really about giving perspective buyers the vision to see themselves living in their new home!
Re-arrange your furniture, pick a soothing color palette, clear out the family photos, and your home will sell faster, and for more money. Sound too frou-frou to be true?
It’s not! The soft and decorative side of staging is backed by hard facts.

Real estate agents like great-looking homes because they are easier to sell. Why is that important?

  • My job is to market your home to the buyers, and they will direct their attention to the homes they think they will buy.
  • Agents talk to each other who are also directing their buyers to the best homes on the market. An attractive listing will be shown more often, meaning more market exposure—critical for a quick and profitable house sale.
  • Buyers are looking for the best deal. When prices are flat or on the decline, buyers need to perceive that the house is worth the price.

Bottom line: staging is more than an exercise in tasteful interior design. It is a business decision that can have a huge impact on your financial return and timeline.


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate