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With the rush of the holidays comes a slower-paced season for housing. Fear not, however! While there is typically less inventory around during the winter months, sellers have a unique opportunity to stand-out from their competition and truly shine. With the right staging and finesse, you can increase your chances of landing a sale and for the price you’re looking for.

Don’t neglect the basics. Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean you should neglect the outside of your home or the yard around it. Clean up the lawn in the fall to prepare for winter showings. If there are any repairs necessary for the outside of the house—roofing problems, a new paint job, etc.—plan ahead to complete these tasks before showing the home. Exterior curb appeal still counts for buyers rushing for the warmth of indoors.

Take advantage of a seasonal interior. Make the inside of your home feel as warm as possible. Crank up the heat or start a fire in the fireplace. The goal is to paint a picture for buyers to see themselves living in your home. Maximize the space of each room by cleaning up clutter or rearranging the furniture. Do anything and everything to make it feel warm and inviting.

Make sure to keep the home’s paths clear. It may seem obvious, but it is crucially important to keep your walkways and driveway clear of snow, ice or debris. For homeowners who have already vacated, this may be a challenging aspect of the home-selling process. Keep in mind that many buyers and agents may not want to deal with a home that’s difficult to get into.

Light it up. Make sure all of the home’s lights are on. If the home is being showed during the day, open the curtains and let the natural light shine through. Make the home look as bright as possible and worry about the electricity bill later.

Keep holiday décor conservative. Although you will be tempted to make your home stand out, keep decorations in check and don’t overdue it on outdoor lighting. Avoid overly religious decorations as to not offend anyone.

If your home is properly staged, fixed-up and ready to go, you won’t suffer from a drought of interested buyers. Always putting your best foot forward is the best strategy to have no matter what the season.

More more information on selling your home, contact your local agent at Calcagni Associates

Source: Associated Press

It’s no secret that home staging can play a huge role in how much you get for you house. Sometimes it feels like you have to renovate the whole place to make it presentable, but it’s not true! I know I’ve had great success with these three simple tips.

1. Get Rid of Your Clutter

The best thing you can do for your home isn’t in buying fancy new things, it’s about getting rid of some. This includes your lovely furniture.

When professional stagers prepare a home, they often get rid of nearly half of the furniture! You don’t have to be so drastic, but taking a good look at what you could live without could get you the extra money from an offer so you can but a whole new set.

2. Punch up your place with pillows!

Throw pillows are a wonderful way to add color, update a look, and hide unattractive, stained or broken furniture!  Throw a few on a bed, or add them to a couch!

IMG_0797 Another way to add color or update a piece of furniture is to use a throw! Place over a couch or chair, or end of bed!

These easy changes to your existing furniture can make big changes for little money.

 

3. Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

What makes the difference between a good home, and a great home? You’ve gotto be able to see it!

Lighting is a great cost-effective way to add drama and space to a room. Clean your windows to let natural light fill the area. Layer the lighting inside darker rooms. Experts say you should use at least 100 watts for every square foot of space. With a few extra bulbs you can light up the place!

For more on how to stage your house to sell contact Creative Concepts by Lisa, LLC!

Creative Concepts by Lisa, LLC
President, Lisa Antonecchia

http://www.creativeconceptsbylisact.com/

(203) 500-3685

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(*photos courtesy of Creative Concepts by Lisa, LLC)

Calcagni005When a buyer views a property, observations are made with all five senses, which in turn creates an emotional response.  Sellers need to be aware of the sensory responses their home may evoke from a buyer and how these responses may contribute to the perceived value of their home and ultimately how long it may take to sell.

The visual reaction to the home begins with its location, develops with the curb appeal, size and condition, and finally culminates with its overall suitability.  During the visual observation the external stimuli will translate into a sense of touch, creating internal reactions to both the home’s cleanliness and textures. Next, hearing perks up and tunes into the sounds of the area or possibly music playing in the background.  And when the sense of smell kicks into gear, both positive and negative smells may stimulate taste buds. As a rule, it’s usually better to have a home filled with a pleasing aromatic food smell rather than one that is floral in nature.  Negative smells can have an adverse effect on a buyer – something to be avoided.

If a home has some negative features that cannot be changed, always be sure to accentuate the positive ones. Create the best opportunity for a buyer to be able to picture themselves and their belongings in the home. Buyers are not going to want to pay top dollar for a home that is dirty, or overwhelmed by neglected repairs – these things will only devalue the home. 

Remember, price and value are not synonymous.  By creating an environment that is clutter free, maintained, rich with aroma, neutral and serene, the home’s first impression will culminate into a sense of well-being – which translates into value-added – and that makes great sense! 

Written by Karen Charest, REALTOR

with Calcagni Associates Real Estate.

 

 

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Here is Part 2 in a series of quick posts I’m writing that is designed to give you ideas on how to increase your home’s value (inspired from my own experiences). Please feel free to post your comments below, with your own suggestions!

Nowadays more and more people seem to prefer to stay close to home and view their homes as a retreat, a sort of haven… If the place you call home needs a bit of TLC, or you’re looking to increase its value, there are ways to do so while staying within your budget. There are many payoffs – the obvious one being that you will enjoy living in your house, and another being that you may also maintain or increase its value, in the event you ever need to sell.

 

Tip #2: Kitchen

In most homes, the kitchen is one of the focal points of a home- the main gathering spot for sharing food and time together with friends & family.  Back in the fall, my sister decided that her own kitchen needed some warming up and updating. She achieved this by doing the following: Painting the walls with complementary colors, using eco-friendly material countertops to replace old ones, (over her existing cabinets), replacing her cabinet hardware with artisan cabinet pulls and handles. The final change was replacing her old appliances with ‘Energy Star’ rated ones. I love her new kitchen and really feel it has added to the overall value of her home. Not to mention the fact that she enjoys entertaining in it so much more (i.e. invites us over for dinner more often!)

 

For More Home Improvement Tips and Information, Visit: http://www.realtor.com/home-garden/kitchens-baths/default.aspx

Written by Camille Urbano, Relocation Coordinator, Calcagni Associates
 

 

In our current economy, with consumer spending down- more people seem to prefer to stay close to home and view their homes as a retreat, a sort of haven… If the place you call home needs a bit of TLC, or you’re looking to increase its value, there are ways to do so while staying within your budget. There are many payoffs – the obvious one being that you will enjoy living in your house, and another being that you may also maintain or increase its value, in the event you ever need to sell.

Tip # 1: Update the Bathrooms

Even if you can’t afford a full remodel, small changes in the bathroom equal a return on your investment. When I moved into my condo, I made the following changes that completely transformed my bathrooms:

  • Removed Wallpaper
  • Updated Lighting Fixtures
  • Replaced Outdated Vanity
  • Updated Plumbing Fixtures with Current Hardware & Finishes
  • Replaced Floor Tiles

These projects were relatively inexpensive to complete and simply required some free time and a little elbow grease. Now, not only do the bathrooms look beautiful, but I’ll be able to sell my condo for more money if and when I decide to move.

For More Home Improvement Tips and Information, Visit http://www.realtor.com/home-garden

This post is the first in a new series I’m writing that is designed to give you ideas on how to increase your home’s value. Please feel free to post your comments below!

Written by Camille Urbano, Relocation Coordinator, Calcagni Associates

Cold Nights Call for Cozy Rooms!

cozy-roomIt is easy to divide a space with furniture groupings, such as using a small table for two or four to create a separate area from the sofa and loveseat. With a wood floor, add a small area rug under the table for definition. A chair and ottoman in a corner, next to a bookcase, can be a great spot to curl up with a favorite book!

In a larger room, you can use a warm deep color on the walls to suggest ambiance. Smaller rooms should have a lighter color on the walls and accessories for added warmth. Medium or dark colored wood accessories such as small tables, boxes or picture frames are wonderful for enhancing that cozy feeling.
Written by Laura Iorio, GRI, Realtor, Calcagni Associates