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Getting Ready to Sell in the Spring

By Rich Bassford on February 6, 2020

Today I’m sharing tips on how to prepare your home for sale.

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What do you need to do to prepare your home for sale? Since the spring market is coming soon, now is a great time to start doing those little projects that need to get done before you list. Sometimes this can seem overwhelming, but I’m here to help. Here are a few tips for preparing your property:

Walk through your home. One of the things I always tell my sellers is to walk through your house as if you were a buyer. What would you want to see done and how would you like it to look if you were buying it? That’s going to make all the difference as we present it to potential buyers. We want them to walk through and see all the wonderful elements of your property, not the aspects that need to be fixed. Remember: No home is perfect, so you will have a few things to fix up.

Paint and carpet. This is one of the best things you can do. Paint and carpet are two of the cheapest things you can do to dress up a home, and they make a large difference. No one wants to walk through a house and see a bunch of outdated items they’ll need to address if they buy it. If everything is done already, you’re more likely to get close to a full-price offer.

Staging. As you walk through the property, think about whether your furniture makes the home look dated. If it looks dated, you’ll want to stage your house. Staging truly helps a property sell better. I buy, sell, and flip a lot of homes, and I stage every property I am going to sell myself. The presentation of the property is everything when marketing the home.

Walk through your house as if you were a buyer.

Part of my job is to help you price your house correctly so it can sell in a relatively short time. In our current market, your property should not sit on the market longer than 45 to 60 days in most areas. In a good market, if the home looks good, doesn’t have anything strange about it (like an odd floor plan), and is in a desirable area, it should sell quickly. Quirky houses need to be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

We want to get you a full-price offer. We moved 310 houses in 2019, and our average days on market was 36 days, which beats the average for the area. Also, the fewer showings you have, the better.

I am always available to do a walk-through of your property if you’re aiming home to sell sometime in the future. I’ll take some notes and make suggestions of what you can do to sell it for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time. 20 years of experience tell me that’s the way to do it. If there’s anything else I can do to help you, reach out via phone or email. Also, please contact me if you have any questions about real estate. I would be happy to help.

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Tiny Home Plans? 5 Tips for Downsizing

By The Bassford Team on March 6, 2019

Whether you wish to reduce your impact on the environment or just want to live a simpler life, downsizing may be the next big step to reaching your tiny home plans. If you’re ready to take the leap to downsize and declutter, here are a few tips to help get you started.

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5 Reasons School Ratings Matter (Whether You Have Kids or Not)

By The Bassford Team on March 6, 2019

Schools can have a big impact on property value and quality of life. If you’re buying a home, here are a few reasons local school ratings matter, even if you don’t have kids.

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By The Bassford Team on March 6, 2019

At RE/MAX, our global network of real estate agents work tirelessly to find homes that match your life with your style. From Tudor estates to mid-century modern ranches, home styles can be as unique as the families who reside in them.

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Paw-sitive Reinforcement: 5 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move

By The Bassford Team on March 6, 2019

Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks.

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First-time Homebuyers: You’re Closer to a Down Payment Than You Think

By The Bassford Team on March 4, 2019

For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it’s a common misconception that you always need 20 percent down to buy a home.

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5 Budgeting Tips For Homebuying

By The Bassford Team on March 4, 2019

Buying a home will likely be one of the biggest financial transactions you make, and preparing your budget beforehand makes the home buying process much less stressful. The following tips and expert insight can help you get your budget in order before you make the big transaction.

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3 Tips for the Ultimate Staycation

By The Bassford Team on March 4, 2019

The temperature is warming up, the kids are finishing school and plans for what’s next this summer are being made. Are you dreaming of unplugging from work and other responsibilities and, at the same time, looking to save up to make your next home purchase? You can do it all with a well-planned staycation that allows you to relax, recharge and enjoy some down time in the comfort of your own home. Here are three tips to get you started.

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