The Ultimate Home Seller Checklist

Selling a home can be a process, even in a hot seller’s market.

By prepping your home a few months in advance, you can reduce your stress and increase the odds of finding a buyer quickly after listing. Take a look at this handy checklist to ensure you know all the important steps that go into selling your home.

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Color of the Year: Off-White Is On Trend for 2016

It’s the time of year when many paint manufacturers and color forecasters release their picks for top shades for the coming year. And while these selections typically vary widely from company to company, one emerging trend for 2016 is what some would call a colorless color: white or, more specifically, shades of off-white. Here are four major paint brands’ achromatic color picks and how best to use them in your home.
Benjamin Moore and Glidden have made off-white hues their “color of the year” for 2016, while Sherwin-Williams and Behr are each showing an off-white in their 2016 color trend forecasts.
From Jennifer Ott on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/54931197

What 92% of Sellers Know About Listing A Home

The rate of For Sale By Owner (FSBO) homes has been decreasing steadily for the last decade. In 2014, FSBOs accounted for just 9% of home sales. Why do 92% of home sellers now use an agent to sell their home?

It’s simple: today’s buyers are web savvy and expect homes to be marketed on national home search sites that FSBO sellers often forget about. Agents can also help with negotiation and to streamline the closing paperwork. Plus, sellers who use an agent usually make more†on their home sale, even after paying an agent’s commission. But don’t take our word for it — there are plenty of stats showing that hiring an agent is the smart choice. Check out these facts about hiring an agent vs. selling your home FSBO.

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Keep Your Home From Looking Like a Haunted House to Potential Buyers

3130698335_5a16ef7eff_zHalloween is just around the corner and, while it’s fun to decorate, make sure your house itself isn’t causing a fright. Check out these 5 steps to keep your home from looking like a haunted house. Even if you’re not ready to sell your home just yet, fall is the perfect time for some simple maintenance.

  1. Spruce Up Your Lawn
    While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking, keep the lawn trimmed, get rid of any dead plants, and patch any bare or brown spots in the grass. Once your lawn is looking its best, spice it up with a splash of color—replace your fading summer plants with vibrant mums or other colorful seasonal flowers. Make sure your landscaping is cohesive with your geographical area and the rest of the neighborhood, too. For example, planting palm trees where everyone else has pine trees or using lava rocks in flowerbeds where everyone else uses mulch can distract potential buyers from seeing the home itself.
  2. Highlight Your Front Door
    Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint in a vivid red can also make your entrance stand out.
  3. Clean Up the Exterior
    When fall rolls around and the trees shed their leaves, your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Fall is a great time to pressure wash the exterior of your home and clean the windows. While you are at it, make sure all windows and screens are in good, working condition. If the paint is chipped or faded, applying a fresh coat will do wonders to revive your home’s appearance. Replacing rotted wood shutters or tattered awnings can also drastically improve your home’s curb appeal.
  4. Clear Out Your Gutters
    Stay on top of yearly and monthly maintenance. During the fall, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris. Not only will it help signal to a potential buyer that your home is appear well-maintained, it will also protect your home from water damage.
  5. Get Rid of the Clutter
    What you see as unique may come across as an eyesore to a potential buyer. With winter approaching, you probably won’t be spending that much time outdoors anyway, so go ahead and pack up the lawn ornaments and put away any kids’ toys scattered around. Don’t forget to clean out your garage and any exterior storage buildings, too. A cluttered garage tells potential buyers your home doesn’t have enough storage. If possible, avoid having vehicles in the driveway. It’s not only distracting in photos, it also suggests the overflow of clutter in the garage prevents cars from actually parking in the garage.

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Your main job in fall is to keep your lawn free of leaves and other debris. You can use a mulching mower to break up leaves and add the organic matter to your soil, but be sure to clean up any clumps so they don’t kill the grass.

In the northern one-third of the country, now is the time to fertilize your lawn. Your grass will store the nutrients in its roots as it goes dormant over the winter, and your lawn will be ready for a jump start when spring warms the ground.

This is also the time to clean up your garden.