Anytime you host a party there’s a great deal of preparation that goes into it. The same applies to an open house. The only difference is that you don’t know these people. Friends will excuse the mess, but potential buyers are looking for a first impression that sticks. They are, after all, looking to buy your home, so it makes sense that they are holding your home to a higher standard. These tips will help get your home open-house ready.
- Is an Open House Right for Me?
Perhaps you have a family member or a friend whose home just sold, and maybe they didn’t have an open house. This leaves you wondering whether you need to have one. The truth is, every realtor is different and has their own way of doing things.
Think of an open house as your time to show buyers what your home is made of, but in a more relaxed environment. Plus, your agent will be on hand to answer questions and draw attention to all the wonderful things that set your home apart from the rest.
- Work From the Outside In
The importance of curb appeal can’t be stressed enough. It is the first thing buyers see and gets things started on the right foot. Adding curb appeal might sound like an expensive task, but the truth is, small enhancements go a long way. For example, you can draw attention to windows by giving them a good cleaning to enhance the shine, painting shutters, or adding some flower boxes for a pop of color. While your mind might wander to all the cleaning that needs to be done inside the home, don’t forget about cleaning the exterior. Just about every home could do with a good washing from time to time, and now is as good a time as ever. Before you reach for the pressure washer, give the hose a try first. If the dirt and grime has settled in, use a pressure washer, but test a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure you aren’t causing any damage.
- Clean and De-Clutter
To begin, it should be noted that cleaning to host company and cleaning to host an open house are similar, yet very different. With company, it’s safe to say they won’t be inspecting the grout on your tub or opening up closets to see how much space you have – but buyers will. You need to deep clean your home. It may sound like a large task, but if you break it down by room, it becomes much more manageable. While you can tackle it all in a weekend, time is often a factor, so consider cleaning one or two rooms a day. Focus on areas buyers will really look at such as floors, counters, and storage spaces. Once you’ve cleaned, there is still work left to do. One of the main things homeowners forget to do is put away personal belongings. Clutter can make it hard for potential buyers to picture themselves in your home, and it can give off the impression that there isn’t enough space. While you should put away mail, paperwork, photos, and knickknacks, clutter includes everyday items such as toiletries and appliances. All items on countertops and other surfaces should be cleared and neatly stored away.
Open houses can help you sell your home. Make it work for you by sprucing up the exterior, and deep cleaning and depersonalizing the interior for an open house that is sure to secure a buyer.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.
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This story isn’t new, but it’s epic. Although its origin and authenticity can’t be verified, its message shouldn’t be ignored. So that you don’t miss it, here are the three main takeaways:
- Men: Don’t cheat on your wives.
- Women: Don’t get mad; get even.
- Everybody: If you’re buying or selling a home, and it mysteriously smells like dead fish, you’ll now know the likely source of the stench.
After 37 years of marriage, Jake dumped his wife Edith for his young secretary.
His new girlfriend demanded they live in Jake and Edith’s multi-million dollar home. Since Jake had better lawyers, he prevailed. He gave Edith, his now ex-wife, just 3 days to move out.
She spent the 1st day packing her belongings into boxes and crates.
On the 2nd day, she had two movers come and collect her things.
On the 3rd day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candlelight, put on some soft background music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar and a bottle of Chardonnay.
When she finished, she went into each and every room and stuffed half-eaten shrimp shells into the hollow of all the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.
When Jake returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days. Then slowly, the house began to smell.
They tried everything — cleaning, mopping, and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end they even replaced the expensive wool carpeting.
People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house. The maid quit.
Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move.
A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they couldn’t find a buyer for their stinky house. Word got out and eventually even the local Realtors refused to return their calls. Finally they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.
Edith called Jake and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back.
Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about 1/10th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were the sign the papers that very day. She agreed and within the hour, his lawyers delivered the paperwork.
A week later, Jake and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home… including the curtain rods.
5 Ways to Help Your Dog Adjust to a Newly Bought Home
Your precious pooch will be moving with you and your family to your new home and you’re more than a tad nervous as to how she could react to the newness of the digs. All dogs require special care and handling, even more so when you’re moving to a smaller space. Because many dog breeds need exercise and room to roam around freely, and are particular about scents, especially home scents, you want your dog to feel as comfortable as possible in the new living quarters, and settle nicely.
To secure a smooth adjustment period for your beloved pet dog, implement the following tips:
Stick to Your Normal Routine
Dogs like a feeding and walking routine they can depend upon. Though you’ll be busy unpacking boxes after the move, stick to your dog day-to-day. Schedule appointments so that your pet knows something is staying normal in the midst of all the chaos. They will adjust so much faster when you play with them, feed them, and walk them at the same times you used to before the move. This will comfort your dog and make her feel more secure in the new space.
Have their Possessions Smell of the Old Home
Set aside a special corner for your dog in the new home on moving day. By placing favorite blankets, toys and bed in the niche, you are signaling to them from the beginning to start getting acquainted with the new place. Have their belongings smell of the old home so that it comforts them amidst all the new and dramatic changes.
Pet Proof the New Home and Yard
Be sure to pet proof your new home and yard. That is, keep chemicals on high shelves, tie your long electrical cords to backboards to keep the dog from tripping, remove breakables, and put up a fence or gate in the yard. Because your dog might start acting strangely if she is in any way nervous, stressed or anxious about the move, pet proofing your home and yard is vital. These safety precautions will keep her out of danger in the event she freaks out or starts behaving uncharacteristically.
Slowly Introduce Her to the New Neighborhood
Explore the new neighborhood slowly when walking your dog in the event she comes across threatening dogs as she walks the sidewalk. These are the kind who might scare and trigger stress in your animal, who is already going through a sensitive time adjusting to your new home. Also, make sure your pet is somewhat well acclimated to the new neighborhood before you decide to let her off the leash at a doggy park. You want to be certain she has a good understanding of where you live in case she runs away.
A Final Thought
No matter what type or breed of dog you have, adjusting to a new space may prove to be problematic for her. Take into account what kind of personality she has – shy, sociable and/or confident – when assessing what to do about making her feel more welcome in your new home. What is certain is that she will always be receptive to additional attention, love and affection. When extra love is forthcoming, this will help ease her into accepting the new home.
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Why Seniors Are Talking About Downsizing Their Home
Moving to a new home can be stressful. You have to find the right one, change your address, figure out where to put everything as you unpack, and then settle into a new community. With all of these considerations, why are so many seniors talking about moving?
Well, because downsizing — moving from a big, older home into a smaller, new one — can make a lot of sense. It saves money and effort just when you need it the most in retirement. Although you can never really have a completely stress-free move, with some careful planning and help, you can enjoy the benefits of downsizing.
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How You Benefit From Downsizing
For seniors, there are two main benefits from moving into a smaller home: money and safety.
If you are paying a mortgage on a bigger house, then you are probably paying for space and land you don’t use. This is a waste of your money, and now that you’re retired, money is something you can’t afford to waste. Buying a smaller house means spending less because the rent or mortgage will be less, as will your taxes and homeowner’s insurance. Even if you paid off your older house, you can outright buy a new one and pocket the difference in savings.
But as Dave Ramsey explains, it’s about more than just the money. Downsizing to a smaller home means less time and effort spent on maintaining and cleaning. That can be very important if you start to have problems with mobility or strength. Mowing a huge lawn or vacuuming all those unused rooms can quickly turn from annoying to difficult.
You Need A Strong Moving Plan
Once you’ve found the right-sized home to make your life easier, don’t start packing just yet. Instead, you need to spend time working on a solid organization plan.
Caregiver.org recommends you start by decluttering your current home. If your new place is smaller, there’s no need to have so many things — or the space for them. Everyone has stuff they don’t use or need anymore, so getting rid of it by donating, recycling, or throwing out can help a lot with whittling down your belongings.
For a more detailed guide for seniors moving into a new home, check out American Senior Communities. Their moving guide starts as much as one year before the move, but it still works if you’re moving sooner. Some of their suggestions include:
- Make a list of tasks and assign people to them.
- Contact your insurance company to transfer any policies.
- Decide where to put things in your new home.
- Start by packing things you won’t need right away (like mementos and heirlooms).
Keep You (And Your Things) Safe During The Move
You’ve done your research and got everything packed up and ready to go, and it’s now moving day. It’s an emotional time to be sure, but it could also be a risky one. After all, your body doesn’t have the same strength and resiliency, which means you have to be careful.
Before you even get to moving day, though, the AARP recommends finding reputable moving companies to help with the move. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau or the American Moving and Storage Association before hiring anyone. Then let trained professionals handle moving the heavy boxes and appliances. You can even rely on movers to safely pack before the move day arrives. They have the experience (and financial incentive) to keep your things safe.
Downsizing Is A Great Idea
It can be tough getting used to a new place at any age, especially as a senior. But with the financial and safety benefits, downsizing makes sense for many people. By having a good plan in place for organizing your belongings and moving safely, you can be settling in and enjoying the rest of your golden years in no time.
Homeowners in Alaska should always be aware of the foreclosure laws in Alaska and how to prevent such occurrences from happening.
In Alaska, the most common type of procedure of foreclosure is non-judicial. This means that the process of foreclosure with any property is done outside of the Courts.
This article is meant to help homeowners and distressed home sellers recognize the different types of foreclosure laws in Alaska, and to understand their own personal situations with foreclosure. Continue reading
Alaska became a part of the United States in 1959, and it is the largest, most sparsely populated state in the country. For many, visiting Alaska means the opportunity to explore vast expanses of untouched wilderness, wide-open spaces, abundant wildlife and more. Alaska is the epitome of outdoor adventure. For those who are planning to move to Alaska, there is lots of opportunity for both career and personal growth in larger cities such as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
If you’re looking for more information before you set down roots in this amazing state, consider the following information below to help with your decision.
Advantages of Living in Alaska
The first and most obvious advantage of living in Alaska is having the opportunity to enjoy the breath-taking views every day. For those who value rich wildlife, natural views and an active lifestyle Alaska is certainly a place to set down roots.
The average temperature in Alaska is 37 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average annual snowfall from 1981-2010 ranged from 32.3″ (82cm) to 326.3″ (828cm). Individuals and families who enjoy outdoor activities, specifically in the winter will certainly be able to enjoy lots of skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. Continue reading