Outdoor Living Trends: Owners and buyers look to increase value, livability with improved outdoor spaces.

When spotlighting trends in home projects for the coming year, the National Association of Home Builders’ Best of American Living awards pointed to intimate outdoor gathering spaces as one of the Outdoor living trends.

With outdoor fireplaces or fire pits and comfortable seating, small gathering spaces are poised to overtake larger backyards as the most sought-after way to spend time outside while staying at home.outdoor living trends

But the best way to incorporate outdoor living into everyday life depends on the homeowner, says Brad Allen, CRS, ABR, a managing partner with The Art of Real Estate in South Carolina.

The biggest returns on cost for outdoor upgrades all revolve around improving lawns, with upgrading to seed lawn bringing the highest return at 417%.
Source: National Association of REALTORS® Remodeling Impact Survey 2016

Young families, for example, might still want those wide-open spaces for running and other activities, whereas millennials lean toward outdoor fireplaces with sitting areas for lounging.

Making the Outdoors Marketable
Because outdoor spaces have to be tailored to the needs of the buyer, it’s important to find out what your client wants before showing the client something that’s trendy, rather than useful, says Sharon Breslau, CRS, an associate broker with Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty, Ltd. in upstate New York. In her area, situated snugly in the Catskill Mountains two hours north of New York City, outdoor areas tend to focus on the view and streams for second-home buyers. But that doesn’t mean every buyer wants the same view.

“It’s a series of questions I ask up front when I have a buyer,” Breslau says.

Many buyers are going for the trendy intimate spaces, Allen says, particularly if they come with any kind of added entertainment area.

That can mean a deck with a great dining setup, or it could mean a pool, depending on the buyer, says Mary Lane Sloan, CRS, a partner/broker who works with Allen.

Bringing the Outdoors Inside
The outdoor space itself isn’t the only way to experience the outdoors—how the inside interacts with the outside matters, too, Breslau says.

“Windows and doors are the eyes looking out of the house, so what do you see when you look out? Do you see a bush, or do you cut that bush down and suddenly you can see the yard and a nice hill or meadow?” Breslau says. “When you do an initial listing appointment, you want to talk about how the inside and the outside correspond, because the seller really wants people to like both.”

In general, outdoor spaces have to go way beyond curb appeal, allowing multiple spaces around the outside that interact with the inside.

Breslau encourages buyers to look for open space directly around the house—being able to walk all the way around a house without running into an obstacle is ideal—because this allows more light inside.

Investing Outdoors
A 2016 National Association of REALTORS® report on the impact of remodeling outdoors showed the importance the outdoors is playing in the way buyers see the indoors. According to the report, outdoor remodeling projects add value to a home on resale, while also making homeowners who plan to stay in their homes happier.

Allen tells homeowners to make major changes outdoors only if they’re going to love those changes and find the revamped outdoor space useful, since a dollar-for-dollar recovery upon selling isn’t likely.

“However, a nice outdoor living space will most likely make the home more appealing to buyers, which could cause a buyer to purchase the home when compared to a house without an outdoor living space,” Sloan adds.

Year-round Outdoor Living
In warm climates, outdoor spaces can be used all year without issue. Allen currently is working with a new-construction buyer who plans to install a 14-foot-wide accordion-style sliding door that will open her basement recreation room straight onto her patio and pool.

And outdoor kitchens or fireplaces on porches are useful in all warmer-weather climates as long as they’re covered to protect from rain, Sloan says.

In places like New York, though, warmth isn’t a guarantee for most of the year, so homeowners have to think outside the box to get more use out of their outdoor spaces, Breslau says. Three-season screened-in porches allow people in colder-weather areas to enjoy the outdoors for at least a little longer in the spring and fall, but to make those spaces year-round, all they need is some insulation and a gas heater to bump up usage in the winter season.

“People love them, especially if they’re right off the kitchen,” Breslau says. “Again, it’s that connection from the indoors to the outdoors. People love having the ability to step outside and feel like they’re still at home—they feel that they’re getting more use out of their house.” 

Private World
Outdoor areas are great for having fun and relaxing, but if neighbors are too close by, they can also invite unwanted guests into the activities.

Privacy concerns are leading some homeowners to find creative ways to keep their outdoor areas out of the public eye, especially in areas where zoning regulations restrict fencing.

“A lot of people use bushy trees like giant green arbor vitae or Leland cypress,” says Brad Allen, CRS, ABR, a managing partner with The Art of Real Estate in South Carolina. “I have also seen sellers install lattice-style screens on the sides of their decks and porches.”

Sharon Breslau, CRS, an associate broker with Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty, Ltd. in upstate New York, also suggests having landscapers plant anything that grows big, “things that are hedgy and easy to pop in that add a little more privacy,” including rose of Sharon or jasmine, or anything viney on a trellis that can shield the sight of any neighbors.

“Privacy means something different to every person who you ask,” Breslau says. “So, I always ask: If you’re standing on your deck at your new house, can you see the neighbors? Are they off in the distance, or are you totally alone and can’t see anyone at all?”

Breslau also suggests using fountains to mute noises, especially a busy road in the distance. That adds another level of privacy and is helpful for Outdoor Living Trends that buyers love.
By Megan Craig

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Home improvements will help you sell your house.

Today’s homebuyers are less attracted to cosmetic aesthetics and more to a home’s bones, mechanicals and structural improvements

Homebuyers—regardless of generation—want a move-in-ready home. That may sound like an old song, but looking forward there’s a new verse. Move-in-ready is less about trending pop and sizzle in the kitchen and bathroom and more about what’s going on behind, under and over those cupboards and fixtures.

According to a recent consumer survey by homebuilder Taylor Morrison, 62 percent of homebuyers most want energy efficiency and 56 percent seek easy maintenance.

Are homebuyers willing to pay for what they want? In most cases, yes, says Craig Webb, editor of Remodeling magazine and its annual Cost vs. Value Report. The 2018 Report, not yet released, cites at least a 10 percent drop in return on investment (ROI) for upscale remodeling projects. “The highest resale payback is in projects that involve replacing what’s broken, inefficient or outdated,” he says.

Here are several key areas where you can guide sellers through home décor and design trends, attract homebuyers and profitably close more sales.

Get FIXated
“Between Pinterest and HGTV, many sellers get caught up in visually preparing their home for sale,” says Lilli Schipper, CRS, REALTOR®, with Fort Lauderdale-based Island and Resort Realty. “Yet they forget about outdated mechanical and structural issues, which could come up during an inspection and end up killing the deal. Pre-listing inspections can sometimes provide more value than staging.”

Based on 2017 data, here are the top-10 home improvements in terms of ROI, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report:
1. Garage Door Replacement- 98.3%
2. Manufactured Stone Veneer- 97.1%
3. Deck Addition (wood)-82.8%
4.Minor Kitchen Remodel-81.1%
5. Siding Replacement-76.7%
6.Window Replacement (vinyl)-74.3%
7. Universal Design Bathroom-70.6%
8. Bathroom Remodel-70.1%
9.Window Replacement (wood)-69.5%
10. Roofing Replacement-68.4%

Mechanical and structural improvements may not be the sexiest home trend, but it’s hot—and getting hotter. “In 2017, the payback for these kinds of projects averaged 74 percent. In 2018, it’s up to 76 percent,” Webb says.

Driving home this point, the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report, a joint study from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), gives a new roof a 109 percent ROI. The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report gives top honors to what’s going on under that roof, with a 107.7 percent payback for fiberglass attic insulation.

Debra Pitell-Hauge, CRS, broker-REALTOR® with Michael Saunders & Company, headquartered in Longboat Key, Florida, says it’s about fixing functional obsolescence. That can mean an energy efficient HVAC system, new windows and doors, or the ability to withstand almost anything that Mother Nature dishes out. “Here on Florida’s west coast, buyers want hurricane-impact glass. I’ve seen people buy their second-choice home because it’s hurricane proof.”

Curb your enthusiasm
“Curb appeal is more important than ever,” Pitell-Hauge says. “It’s partly because most people start their search online. So first they see the front of the house and then they move on to interior photographs.”
While every REALTOR® knows the importance of curb appeal, Webb emphasizes that exterior project ROIs have been outpacing interior projects for a while now—and are not expected to slow down any time soon. These exterior improvements include landscaping and fresh paint as well as new doors, windows, siding and roof.

Open floor plan 2.0
For years, many homebuyers wanted an open floor plan, with a seamless flow from kitchen to dining room to family room. Homebuyers still want an open floor plan—but now they also want flexibility. Or, as Taylor Morrison’s survey reports, 58 percent of today’s homebuyers want a floor plan that can be personalized.
Visually “explaining” an open floor plan’s flexibility ramps up the importance of professional staging, says Linda Rike, CRS, broker-REALTOR®, with Linda Rike Real Estate and serving Crystal Coast–Carteret County, North Carolina.

“A personalized floor plan implies creating living spaces where you want them to be. For example, in my market, the open formal dining room is making a comeback, so I might take an open space and stage a breakfast nook and a formal dining area—rather than one space for all meals.”

Or you may want to stage an open space with less family room and more home office space. Depending on your market, you might stage a smaller dining area and introduce room for a mixologist’s dream bar cart. It’s a visual solution for the increasing number of homebuyers who want to share the trending “cocktail experience” with friends.

Generally, stagers charge $300 to $600 for a consultation. Regardless of staging price, the payback can be substantial. According to the 2017 Profile of Home Staging report by the National Association of REALTORS®, 77 percent of buyers’ agents say staging a home makes it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home and about one-third of buyer’s agents feel that staging increases the dollar value offered from 1 to 5 percent when compared to similar unstaged homes on the market.

A warm welcome
Houzz predicts that 2018 home design and décor will go to bold, warm colors—like ruby red, grays with a hint of brown, and rich, earthy shades of camel, rust, tobacco and burnt yellow. Vibrant floral patterns are expected to bloom from ceiling to floor. Not a warm color fan? Sherwin-Williams named Oceanside SW 6496 as its 2018 Color of the Year, describing the cool, deep tone as a rich blue that collides with jewel-toned green.

These colors are fabulous, but potential ROI disasters if permanently applied to walls, floors, fixtures or cabinets while preparing a house for sale, says Kathy Novak, CRS, REALTOR®, with Howard Hanna Real Estate serving Northeast Ohio. “Use color trends for furniture, bathroom towels and shower curtains, and kitchen knick-knacks, but not for anything that’s permanent.”

Specifically addressing walls, anything bolder than warm gray, warm beige, or better yet, a combo called warm greige, can immediately shut a buyer down, Rike adds. “The first thing that pops in their mind is: ‘I’ll have to spend a fortune to repaint the whole house.’ With that, they move on to the next property.”

Counter intelligence
Yesteryear’s stark, all-white kitchens are warming up with vibrant pops of color, dark wood floors, dramatic statement tile work, black appliances and countertops created from a myriad of materials. However, Schipper says, these are pricey, upscale trends meant for personal enjoyment—but not investment. “If you put $80,000 into a new kitchen, do it for yourself and enjoy! Just don’t expect to get it back on resale value.”

The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report and the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report agree, both giving a major, upscale kitchen remodel a slim ROI of only 62 percent.

The general consensus is to keep kitchen updates down to a new granite countertop and perhaps a new sink. As Pitell-Hauge explains, “In high-priced markets, I believe buyers will tear the kitchen out and put in what they want, regardless of what you’ve done. In mid-priced markets, buyers won’t likely be able to afford the additional cost to cover a major kitchen remodel.”

Floor it
Hardwood flooring continues to attract homebuyers. Popular alternatives range from distressed or reclaimed wood for a rustic look to sophisticated dark hardwoods stained sleek black to traditional oak, which remains a perennial fan favorite. However, with more trends than ever, it’s tough to know which look will grab a homebuyer’s second glance.

For that reason, it’s often better to professionally clean existing carpet or refinish existing hardwood floors. The 2017 Remodeling Impact Report gives refinishing a solid thumbs up, citing a 100 percent ROI.

The projects attracting homebuyers aren’t necessarily inexpensive, but they typically cost less than a luxury kitchen remodel or bathroom addition, Webb says. That means sellers need to invest less to prepare a home for sale and will likely recoup more—if not all—of their investment. As for sellers who think they need to present an upscale trend-worthy home, well, that only happens on HGTV. 

BY DONNA SHRYER, https://crs.com/resources/connect-blog

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Home staging will help you sell your house faster. When you show your home’s best features by staging it effectively, you help increase your final selling price without breaking the bank. In fact, on average, sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home. As the infographic below shows, the following five golden rules of home staging will help you show off its best assets.

Rule #1- Depersonalize your house

Buyers need to picture themselves in your home, not you. Remove photos, trophies, personal items from your home. They are a distraction to a buyer.

Rule #2- Declutter and Maximize space

Clear closets of unnecessary clutter- it makes your closets look larger. Use boxes stacked together to hide your clutter. Use matching hangers for a modern and clean look. Use gender neutral colors, and try to create a focal point for each room. Remove anything not related to sleep from the bedrooms, such as televisions or office furniture.

Rule #3- Clean your home

The easiest and cheapest way to stage your home is to clean it. Wash dirty dishes; clean floors, walls, baseboards, ceiling fans and windows. Clear off countertops. Put white bath and hand towels in the bathroom. Clean shower doors.

Rule #4- Modernize

Modernize your cabinets with a coat of stain or paint. Replace brass or wooden cabinet hardware with brushed silver or stainless steel. Clean your refrigerator, sink, inside of oven and declutter kitchen cabinets and drawers. Remove rugs. Flat appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators can be updated quickly, using stainless steel stick-on coverings or specialty appliance paints.

 

Rule #5- Neutralize

Paint your home neutral colors. Depersonalize each room. Maximize all available space.

Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to update your home. Window treatments can also help to make a room feel larger. Use neutral color curtains and thin rods to hold them.

Tips taken from blog.rismedia.com. When you are ready to sell your home, contact Dupont Real Estate. We are here for you.

A strong housing market isn’t necessarily all good news for sellers. As evidenced by Remodeling magazine’s newly-released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement projects dipped across the board, with “upscale” projects taking the biggest hit.

Home Improvement Projects- from your Charlotte RealtorThe report, which measures the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects and their average resale value one year later, found that garage door replacement has the highest ROI at 98.3 percent (up from 85 percent year-over-year). Backyard patio jobs garner the lowest ROI, at 47.6 percent (down from 54.9 percent year-over-year).

The reason for the sweeping decrease in ROI isn’t immediately obvious, but Remodeling magazine’s editor-in-chief (and manager of the report) Craig Webb notes that it’s likely related to the strength of the housing market currently.

“It’s not clear if…nationwide affordability concerns are leading (real estate) pros to question the value of renovations that would make a house even more expensive at resale,” says Webb.

However, a silver lining from the report relates to when the data was compiled. Remodeling magazine put all the cost information together before the country was struck with several natural disasters, including massive forest fires and several hurricanes. Since then, building supplies and the price of skilled labor has increased, but that’s expected to change over the course of 2018. As a result, expect to see the ROI of most of these projects level out by the end of the year.

Despite these events, some longtime trends continued through the new year. Remodeling is still far more cost-effective than replacement, but, according to real estate pros, replacing is still the way to go. This year, there’s a 20-point difference in ROI: 76.1 percent for replacement jobs, versus 56 percent for remodeling.

Nationally, when it comes to renovation ROI, curb appeal still wins out. Here are the top five projects with the greatest ROI in the report’s “midrange” cost category:

Manufactured Stone Veneer (97.1% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $8,221
  • Average Resale Value: $7,986

Entry Door Replacement (Steel) (91.3% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $1,471
  • Average Resale Value: $1,344

Deck Addition (Wood) (82.8% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $10,950
  • Average Resale Value: $9,065

Minor Kitchen Remodel (81.1% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $21,198
  • Average Resale Value: $17,193

Siding Replacement (76.7% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $15,072
  • Average Resale Value: $11,554

The top five projects with the greatest ROI in the report’s “upscale” cost category are:

Garage Door Replacement (98.3% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $3,470
  • Average Resale Value: $3,411

Window Replacement (Vinyl) (74.3% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $15,955
  • Average Resale Value: $11,855

Window Replacement (Wood) (69.5% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $19,391
  • Average Resale Value: $13,468

Grand Entrance (Fiberglass) (67.6% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $8,591
  • Average Resale Value: $5,809

Bathroom Remodel (56.2% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $61,662
  • Average Resale Value: $34,633

Nationally—and on the complete other end of the spectrum—here are the five projects with the lowest ROI in the “midrange” cost category:

Backyard Patio (47.6% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $54,130
  • Average Resale Value: $25,769

Master Suite Addition (56.6% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $123,420
  • Average Resale Value: $69,807

Major Kitchen Remodel (59% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $63,829
  • Average Resale Value: $37,637

Bathroom Addition (59.9% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $44,717
  • Average Resale Value: $26,769

Deck Addition (Composite) (63.6% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $17,668
  • Average Resale Value: $11,239

The five projects with the lowest ROI in the “upscale” cost category are:

Master Suite Addition (48.3% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $256,229
  • Average Resale Value: $123,797

Major Kitchen Remodel (53.5% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $125,721
  • Average Resale Value: $67,212

Bathroom Addition (54.6% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $83,869
  • Average Resale Value: $45,752

Bathroom Remodel (56.2% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $61,662
  • Average Resale Value: $34,633

Grand Entrance (Fiberglass) (67.6% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $8,591
  • Average Resale Value: $5,809

The 2018 Cost vs. Value Report compares, across 149 markets, the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects with their average value at resale one year later. Average resale value is calculated based on estimates provided by real estate professionals.

By Jameson Doris

Remodeling and your home

Remodeling and your home- news from Dupont Real EstateThe expected tenure of homeowners in a home continues to increase, according to the latest Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Last year, the expected tenure was 12 years – this year, it jumped to 15. And, with tightened inventory in many markets, people are staying put in their homes for longer. As a result, remodeling one’s current home is an increasingly popular option for those who want their dream home, but are unable or unwilling to move.

The 2017 Remodeling Impact report shows that remodeling can bring more enjoyment to a home, and that certain projects have high returns both in terms of the joy they bring to the homeowner, as well as the amount of expenses that are recouped when the home is sold.

The projects that yield the most joy and recoup the most expenses might come as a surprise. According to REALTOR® respondents, the number one project is a complete kitchen renovation. The top reason homeowners renovate the kitchen is for better functionality and livability, according to 44 percent of respondents. When the project is completed, 91 percent of respondents have both a greater desire to be in the home and have a greater sense of enjoyment when they are at home. Overall, a kitchen renovation receives a 10 out of 10 Joy Score and REALTORS® estimate that $40,000 of the cost can be recovered at resale—approximately 62 percent of the estimated cost.

The second-most popular project is a kitchen upgrade. Like the complete kitchen renovation, upgrading worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials is high on the list of reasons to undertake the project – in fact, it’s the number one reason, at 42 percent. When the project is completed, 81 percent report experiencing a greater desire to be in the home and feeling a major sense of accomplishment when they think about the project. Slightly less have an increased sense of enjoyment when they are in the home at 76 percent, but the project overall has a Joy Score of 9.6 out of 10. REALTORS® estimate that $20,000 of the cost can be recovered at resale—57 percent of the estimated cost. The third project on the list of most popular projects is a bathroom renovation. Forty percent undertake the project for better functionality and livability, while 38 percent want to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials. When the project is completed, 78 percent feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think about the project. The project has a Joy Score of 9.6 out of 10, and REALTORS® estimate that $15,000 of the cost can be recovered at resale—50 percent of the estimated cost.

By Meredith Dunn, National Association of REALTORS®

Home staging when your Charlotte house is for sale

Home Staging for a Modern World

Home staging when your Charlotte house is for saleWe touched on this earlier this year, but it bears repeating – the accent color of 2012 is bright, bold and orange. The Pantone Color Institute recommends the reddish orange Tangerine Tango to replace last year’s pink Honeysuckle.

The Academy of Home Staging explains that this color has a lot of depth, being dramatic and simultaneously seductive and sophisticated. It’s important to be conservative in the use of a vibrant color, however, otherwise it can overpower the surroundings.

Selecting patterned trimmings that incorporate this color will give an edge to pillows, bedspreads, or tabletop accessories. For a more bold approach, painting an accent wall in a hallway, kitchen or entrance can create a dynamic burst of energy, the academy advises.

Finally, never as well overlook ‘dynamizing’ – giving the room in your house that special look. Make sure that each room clearly conveys its function and purpose.

For the bathrooms or toilets, the academy advises displaying fresh towels and toiletries like they do in hotels. For the living room, put a vase of fresh flowers on the coffee table.

Source: theacademyofhomestaging.com

Remodeling Tips. When remodeling, homeowners see significant returns on their investment—in fact, most feel positive about a remodeling project whether selling or staying put. But that feel-good experience can easily be marred by a negative encounter with a contractor. Hire smart and your home will be in good hands, says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List (www.angieslist.com).

Hicks’ recommendations for hiring contractors include the following tips.remodeling

1. Research 5-10 potential companies to determine local reputation, as well as how well their work stands the test of time, plus if they specialize in the work you want done.

2. Obtain at least three written estimates to compare costs and timelines.

3. Verify applicable trade license, bonding and insurance status.

4. Insist on a payment schedule tied to project progress and keep at least 10 percent back until the job is complete to your satisfaction.

5. Include the payment schedule in your written contract and a termination clause that allows you to walk away easily if terms aren’t met.

Source: Angie’s List

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Revamp your space:  Packing up your children’s belongings and moving them into a college dorm or even their own apartment can be overwhelming for parents who are used to having their family close at hand. While many parents choose to keep their child’s room as is, a growing number are taking advantage of the extra space by revamping the area, turning it into something that the rest of the family can enjoy.

If you’re ready to remodel—but not sure where to start—the following ideas from the Relocation.com blog will help set the wheels in motion.

Whether you work from home on a daily basis or are simply looking for a space to pay bills, the addition of a home office will help keep both your home and paperwork organized. All you need to get started is a computer desk and chair, shelves, bookcases and cabinets.

If you’re looking for a new place to entertain your friends and family, a game room may be the perfect solution. From board games to dart boards and even pool tables, a game room is a great place to house any and everything you need for a night of entertaining. Don’t forget to save some space for food and beverages.

Depending on how much space you have, your game room can double as a media room. By adding a TV, surround sound, comfortable seating and even shelves to display your CDs, DVDs and books, you can create a space that fits all your needs.

For those that love a good workout, you can easily convert an empty room into an exercise room. Whether you plan on incorporating a few workout machines into the area or even yoga mats, work out DVDs and free weights, having a place to exercise at home will eliminate the need to ever set foot in a gym again.

 

couple painting interior 10 tips to sell your home

Staging your home to sell

If you want your home to sell fast. decorating and decluttering to “set the stage” for potential buyers should be at the top of your to-do list. Staging your home showcases its best features and helps buyers visualize their families in the space. Here are 10 tips to get you started.

  • Apply a fresh coat of paint in neutral
    colors. It’s also a good idea to remove
    outdated wallpaper as potential buyers may not
    share your design taste.
  • Open blinds and drapes to let in natural
    light. Replace or remove old blinds and clear
    your light fixtures of dust and cobwebs.
  • Make repairs where needed. Fix running
    toilets, squeaky doors, chipped paint, broken
    fixtures and anything else that will distract from the
    desirability of your home.
  • Remove all personal items and photos. You
    want a buyer to picture his or her family in the
    space, not yours. Store the kids’ toys away, too.
  • Clean inside and out. Mop, dust, vacuum,
    repeat. No one wants to move into a house
    with a moldy shower or sticky refrigerator. If you
    can’t handle the cleaning yourself, hire a company
    to do it for you.
  • Spruce up landscaping. Plant flowers, trim
    bushes, weed the garden, mow the lawn
    and fix any unsightly cracks in your driveway
    or sidewalk.colorful-garden-and-beautiful-landscape-staging-home-for-sale
  • Deel utter your space. Clean up rooms,
    closets, cabinets, drawers and bathrooms,
    especially bathrooms. Stow away your personal
    hygiene items and medications as well.
  • Remove odors. Clean and deodorize, paying
    special attention to bathrooms and places
    where pets and kids congregate. Use baking
    soda and lemon to remove sink and garbage
    disposal odors.
  • Replace worn out furniture and carpet.
    Remove any furniture that is too big for
    your space, as large pieces can make a room
    look smaller.
  • Update lighting. Dark homes can appear
    dreary. Insta lling new pendant lights and
    ceiling fan fixtures can make a big difference when
    it comes to selling your home.light fixture install

 

Being smart about buying a new home is just as important as being clever about selling your old one, and we are here to help. We are your Real Estate Resource. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Lake Norman, Charlotte, or surrounding areas anywhere in NC, SC, or VA. We are here to assist you! Contact Us.

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Drones will help sell your house


The use of drones to sell your house for real estate marketing saw a significant uptick in 2016. According to industry statistics, homes with aerial images in their listings sold 68% faster than homes with just standard images. Many real estate professionals jumped on the trend, using photos and videos captured with drones to catch potential buyers’ eyes and gain a competitive advantage.

But drones aren’t just great for enhancing your MLS listings. Many home inspection companies use them as a tool to investigate rooftops too high or steep to safely access. They can then provide their customers with high-quality photos of any damage that might have been missed during a traditional inspection. Inspectors can even stream video on a tablet or smartphone to show customers the condition of their roof and other hard-to-reach areas of their home.

Whether you want to ramp up your sales with aerial photos of your listings or your clients are interested in supplementing their home inspection with high-resolution imagery, you should be aware of the risks and know the FAA guidelines that govern drone use.

  • You (or the drone operator you hire) must have a remote pilot-in-command certificate or a Section 333 waiver.
  • The drone must not exceed 55 lbs. If it weighs more than that, it must be registered with the FAA.
  • You can only operate drones within Class G airspace (typically very near the ground at 1,200 feet or less).
  • You must keep the drone within your line of sight at all times, flying at or under 400 feet and 100 mph. Note: you cannot fly a drone over people unless you have obtained a waiver.
  • You (or the drone operator you hire) should have liability insurance. It’s also a good idea to obtain personal injury liability coverage in your E&O policy to protect your business if the drone operator unintentionally infringes on a person’s right to privacy.

If you’re thinking about using a drone for your business, be sure to check the laws in your state or country. The FAA issued updated commercial requirements for drone operation as recently as 2016, but regulations may vary depending on location.

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