Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday's Tip

Tuesday's Tip:

How to sell your home, yourself!

It's been quite a while since my last post. I'm not at all diligent with this, but hope to pursue a better job at it. Seth and I have been pretty busy since the last time I spoke over 2 years to be exact. Since that time, we had remodel a bathroom, painted the exterior of our house (totally transformed it) and then... we sold it last May. It was only on the market for about a month.

So my tip today is how to sell your home yourself.

I've put together somethings that I felt helped sell my home but first I will give you the quick scoop and had to sell it your self effectively.

1. Get all the information and pictures needed to add to a listing online.

2. Get an awesome sign made. (we went to a local sign shop and had them make us a metal sign. It said "House for Sale" and had our phone number on it. It was Blue with white letters and we also had one mad for the road to turn onto our road that just said "For Sale by Owner" in the same color scheme.)

3. Create a listing on Zillow. Click on this link: http://www.zillow.com/for-sale-by-owner/

4. When you have completed the listing on Zillow, it will ask if you want to add it to the MLS. CLICK YES! This was about $500 and I had to pay half of commission to a realtor if they brought their client to my home but you select the percentage you will offer. Doing this puts your listing on Forsalebyowner.com, Realtor.com, the MLS, Truilia, MSN Realty, and probably others. It's great exposure. We had a lot of showings come from this option. Ultimately what sold our home was the sign on the street and in the front yard. A realtor was driving their client to showings already set up and they stubbled upon our sign and they ultimately purchased our home.

5. Get good color print paper for your handouts at the street. Most people taking them will be neighbors but, you never know who is going to grab one. Make it look professional with an attractive color scheme, good clear pictures. Keep your information clear and concise and most importantly show the price, square footage, number or beds and baths and acreage. Pick out a few of your best pictures. Here is my flyer.

6. Schedule an open house if you want. You can schedule an open house through Zillow and the other sites. 

Preparing your home for a sale

Before you put your home on the market:

1. Make sure that you have fixed any repairs. If your hope has major flaws to the eye, people won't be interested AT ALL. 

2. Paint any rooms that are not appealing to most buyers.

3. A lot of buyers will like that you home could or is kid friendly, but let's be honest, you're not going to fall in love with a home with stickers all over the bedroom wall, bright fish on the shower current or a fair princess mural on one huge wall. 

4. DECLUTTER!!!! more junk you have in your home the less attention buyers will be paying to your home but your stuff. It's called your style for a reason, it is your taste, not everyone else's. Make your home as neutral as possible. Put stuff in Storage if you have to. You want your home to feel as open as possible. Your home may not be large but making it feel as large as possible makes for a better sale. If you create the illusion that your home it large and spacious, It will reel in most buyers. 

5. Stage your home! Stage your home for potential buyers. In our home it was just my husband and I in a 2100 Sq Ft home. I used one of the spare rooms as my home office and the other as a guest room. We had a bonus room upstair that was a gym area and another sleeping space for guests. That layout worked great for us, but not for selling a home. It appears we don't have enough rooms. The average family needs at  least 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. A bath for the parents and a bath for the Children and each child their own room.  I moved my office upstairs in the bonus room for the time being. Kept my workout space in tact but organized and set up both spare rooms to be bed rooms, one to look like a guest room and one to look like a kids room but not too childish. The children's room had a lofted bed (was my husbands and his brothers growing up) with an accent chair, nightstand and lamp under it. We put a twin bed in that room, because of the layout. A large bed made the room look too small and odd shaped. Although both rooms were the same size, the placement of windows, doors and closet made it difficult to position furniture.  If you or your spouse love to have the single recliner directly in front of the tv and all other furniture pieces have to function around that one piece, then you need to give that up for a little bit so that you can sell your home. People will look at that and think, "Oh, no! Where will I put my furniture. Arrange it so that they don't have to think too hard about that and just about how they feel, the price and the major perks to your home. 

6. Clean your home. Clean it inside and out. If it's dirty on the inside, people will only think about how disgusting it is instead of how they could be happy and at home there. Clean up the outside. Give the house a good wash down. Paint any windows, trim, or doors that are looking shabby. Pressure wash your deck and porch. Clean away the spider webs. No one wants to walk into your home thinking a bug could drop on them at any moment.

7. Create Curb appeal. Make your home looks inviting from the outside. get a matching color scheme for pillows, wreaths, door mats, etc. Make sure to pick something that would ultimately appeal to both men or women, so keep it simple and neutral. (I had two rockers on the front porch with a yellow striped pillow on each. It was cheerful yet simple and welcoming, with a basic welcome mat at the front). I probably spent $100 over the entire month we had our home for sale, between the curb appeal decor and the fresh flowers I kept in a vase on the kitchen island for each week it was on the market. 

8. Matching appliances. We completed our appliances about 2 weeks before we listed our house. We had a dishwasher and microwave that did not match the refrigerator and stove we had bought a couple years prior. If you can afford to do this, I think it helps be cause it looks good. It's all about the first impression someone gets when they see it for the first time. If a buyer doesn't care about that, well good for you, but if they do, that may be a lost sale.  

Ultimately we had a great experience doing this. We sold our home for $4,000 below what we were asking. However, we priced knowing that everyone wants to negotiate and so the price we sold settled on was what we wanted in the end of the process.

Good luck to you in selling your home!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Wild West

I recently had to travel to Montana for a business trip. As many of you know, my daddy is my boss, so here comes a week together in my tiny car (it gets good gas mileage). So we started out on our journey to Montana. If you have ever been west of the Mississippi River, you will know that their are a lot of historical landmarks and National parks with views that will take your breath away. Everything we saw and witnessed was amazing. Now I must let you in on a little secret for us easterners. When the sun starts to go down, you better be happy with being put where you are. It is DARK out there. There are no city lights or even street lights on the highway for hours and hours and miles upon miles. You may be lucky if you see a house light on, maybe every 20 miles. During the day time though, you can see for miles in every direction. It truly is BIG SKY country.  During our business journey, we did make an effort to see some of the sights along the way. The Mississippi river (which I had crossed over before in Louisiana), the worlds largest truck stop, Mt. Rushmore, Devils tower (which I had never heard of before, but found on a map, yes that old fashioned thing we use to use for navigation) and then the adventure begins.  See I knew we would be traveling close to Mt. Rushmore (i did manipulate Garmin to make sure we went by there) but Daddy's only plan was to see Old Faithful. He was on a mission. We stopped in Gillette, WY for dinner the night before our journey to Yellowstone. We found out that to get to Yellowstone, we must cross the Buckhorns, a mountain range with hairpin turns and cliffs that drop off really far from any flat ground, but I loved it.
The Buckhorns

I was pretty sure I saw wolves dens. I was waiting for a wolf to walk out in front of our car. My Facebook post of that picture (had I captured one) would have said "WOLFPACK IN THE HOUSE!" After we came out of the Buckhorns there is the cutest town called Cody, WY. After you've been it for 5-10 minutes, then you enter the Shoshone National Forest. The water there on that lake was the most beautiful water I have ever seen. Although it was 40 degrees (maybe that high) I was thinking how awesome it must be at summer time. Litterally after we got out of that national forest, we arrived at the gates of Yellowstone National Park! WAHOO the wait was over. The question we had on our mind is, how long is it going to take us to get to Old Faithful? What? at least 2 more hours, we've already been driving for at least 4. Second question we asked. Are we going to have enough gas to get out of here? Thank goodness they have a gas station in here. Only $4.09/ gallon. Oh and by the way another 2 hours to get out of the park after old faithful. But, along the way to our prospective destinations we saw this big guy.
We have nicked named him the drunken buffalo (please take notice to the pine tree branch wrapped around his ear). All alone, we assumed he had a rough night, the night before and this was his walk of shame.

Now I must say that growing up in the south, the only time we get snow is in febuary or march when we're on our way to thinking about spring and even at that its just a little bit but, it shuts us down. Well, while we were driving it started to snow, snow covered the road, beat me in the face and then, the most exciting thing in the world happened. FROZEN WATER!!!
Yes, this is a completely frozen creek.

I have always wanted to go skating on a frozen pond, but with fear it would be weak and I would fall through. Oh me, oh my, I found the most perfect one and it was only the first few days on November. Can you imagine what it was be like in December, or even January. My daddy thought I was absolutely insane for my excitement over frozen water. So with that, he promised me he was freeze some water when we got back and let me take pictures of it (he was joking, I hope).

And now what you have all been waiting for, as well as my daddy for 4 days....


Stationery card

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Friday, April 29, 2011

I'm "Facinated" with the Hats

Today was the Royal Wedding and for some the hit was all the extraordinary hats and facinators that were worn by the women who attended this lovely event. I feel this to be a new trend that will soon approach America. Although I love to wear hats, I never do. It seems that wearing hats here is not common so very rarely does anyone partake in the lovely trend. It seems that there is rarely a "right place" to wear them. The Derby or a horse race, but how often do we have those. I am going to find me a lovely facinator and start wearing it, hopefully the trend will catch some love.

The First Dance is never the Last

I don't know if you have ever had to pick out a song that will be memorable for the rest of your life. Choosing a first dance song is difficult unless you already have a song. We have had many songs we enjoy listening to together, but not all would seem appropriate for that moment (New Divide by Linken Park or I love the way you lie by Eminem). But, this would be the song that would always be our first Dance. Seth had no preference what song it was as long as the dance was not corregraphed. I also had no preference as long as I had not previously heard it at a wedding I had attended. I listened to hundreds of songs and read lyrics to make sure I knew what the singer was actually singing. I finally came across this song and so far, none of  our friends or family have used it as their song. Although I thought no one would have ever heard it or that it may not the a mainstream song. While Seth and I were in Garner for Lunch one day we heard our song come over the speakers in the restaurant, be both turned and looked at one another and said "Listen, that's our song they're playing"

Ray LaMontagne "You are the Best Thing"

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

A wedding is Prom on Crack!!!

After much planning for just over a year we finally Tied the Knot! We were married July 24th, 2010 in my Current Church home, First Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC. We shared our Special day with Loving Family and Friends! We had a great time and wouldn't have chosen it to be any other way, except... Maybe on the Beach... hehe, there and Disney World are my favorite places to be!  Here are some sneak peaks at our wedding day if you weren't there... and if you were, you can reminisce like I often do!
My lovely Bridesmaids
Seth waiting with his Groomsmen
My Daddy and I going to meet my Groom

We are now Husband and Wife

Now it's time for the Party

Here is a sample from the Reception, Have a listen...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Our mini Trip to Charelston

While at the infamous July 4th Family Beach Trip, Seth and I decided to take a tip down to Charelston and have a day in the town. Our day was a little shorter than we thought due to exhaustion from walking everywhere in the heat all day. We saw many historic civil war sites and of course the unforgettable Rainbow Row which is not on the waterfront.
Seth and I at the Pinnapple Fountain

I couldn't resist prancing in the other fountain. The fountains here are not just for looking but all have a sign that says "No Lifegaurd on Duty." When we came through later, there were tons of children swimming in the pinnapple fountain.