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10 Ways to Prep Home for Sale

by HGTV


10 Ways to Prep Your Home for Sale      


Make your home stand out with a few easy improvements

With the high inventory of homes on the market today, homebuyers can afford to be choosy. Buyers are looking for the best, so a home for sale can easily slip through the cracks if it's not in pristine condition. Use these 10 tips to whip your home into shape and wow potential buyers.

Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.

Clean the outside. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home's siding.

Make repairs. In a buyer's market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.

Make the front door inviting. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.

Buy a new welcome mat. Let buyers know they're invited into your home.

Remove clutter and depersonalize. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and other personal items.

Organize closets and drawers. Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space.

Make every surface shine. From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.

Take color down a notch. You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Eliminate bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.

 

** http://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/10-ways-to-prep-your-home-for-sale

My Commitment to You, My Customer

by John Schutte

Every once in awhile it is good to see things from a different perspective.  I have sold real estate for over 20 years and have personally purchased and sold numerous homes.  I had only purchased a couple properties by the time I decided to become a real estate agent.  Since then, I have always been my own real estate agent and worked in the Sioux Falls and Canton area, which I am very familiar.

About 3 months ago, my daughter accepted the opportunity to go to grad school in Kansas, which she will start the end of August.  At this point, we have been to Lawrence, KS twice to look for housing.  We have looked at apartments and also at homes to purchase.  
The whole experience has been a very good reminder of the questions and needs that a new resident to any community has when they are relocating.  Items such as safety, convenience, affordability and the whole needs analysis have been topics of conversation at our house and with the agent we chose to use.  It has also been a great reminder of how important communication with a real estate agent is when people are in the home buying and relocation process.
 
This perspective has given me a new commitment to my customers.  It should never just be about the transaction or the sale of the house, but what do my customers need and what is the best way to help them get there.   Really, a home sale or purchase is just that, helping people get to where they want to be and I want to help them get there. 
Motto   -    "Bringing People and Places Together"
Mission   -  "Provide Superior Customer Service While Helping People Change Their Lives"

Simple Ways to Add Curb Appeal

by Megan Nokleby

Simple ways to add curb appeal to your home

Do you feel like your home could use a little updating? Here are some simple tips on how to create curb appeal to help make your home your own.

1.       Paint your front door. Painting your front door will help you stand out from the crowd. Depending on the color you choose, it can make your house appear more modern, homey and inviting. It also looks a lot cleaner, since white doors tend to get dirty easily.

2.       Make your electrical boxes more discrete. Let’s face it, electrical boxes are not the most appealing. Camouflage them by painting them the same color as your house or adding a decorative cover.

3.       Hide your air conditioning unit and trash bins. AC units and trash cans are a couple of items that are not very pretty. You can add a lot of curb appeal to your house by adding a decorative fence around your unsightly AC unit and garbage can. No one will even know they are there!

4.       Add faux shutters to your windows. Shutters add a little bit more dimension and beauty to otherwise plain homes. They can be made out of a variety of materials, depending on what look you want for your home.

5.       Remove weeds from your yard. This is probably the easiest (and cheapest) item on the list! Removing any weeds will give your yard an instant facelift, without spending any money.

6.       Add a coat of epoxy flooring over your concrete. The typical concrete that comes with every home is usually pretty dingy and boring. Adding a fresh coat of epoxy to your walkway, front steps and porch are great ways to improve the look of your home. Epoxy always looks better when it is professionally done. To get help with your epoxy flooring, visit http://garagestoragesiouxfalls.com/garage-flooring.

7.       Replace your house numbers. Make your house numbers stand out! You can do this by replacing the current numbers with a more modern font, crafting a stylish display to show off your numbers, painting your numbers on some flower pots, or a variety of other DIY ideas that can be found on Pinterest.

8.       Hide your hose. Placing your hose in a decorative pot, basket or creating a hose storage box will help make your yard look more beautiful, while keeping your hose in better condition.

9.       Arrange seating on your front porch. Make your house more welcoming by adding some seating to your front porch. Whether it is a bench, two chairs or a porch swing, giving seating options helps create a more inviting feel to your home.

10.   Freshen up your paint job. Paint tends to chip and fade after a couple of years of constantly braving the elements. Freshening up your paint job will help liven and brighten up your home and keep it looking new.

Implementing these easy tips and tricks can help add instant curb appeal to your home, making you the envy of the neighborhood!

Home Mortgage Guide

by John Schutte

Recently,I went to a real estate seminar that talked about home mortgages.  The Consumer Financial Protetion Bureau has put together a home loan toolkit that does an excellent job of explaing the home mortgage process.  If you want to learn more about the home loan process and what your options are as a consumer, take a look at this link:   Your Home Loan Toolkit.  If you have any questions or if I can help you find your next home, please contact me at JohnSchutte@kw.com or (605)310-9440. 

Why should I hire a real estate agent?

by John Schutte

What value does a real estate professional bring to the normal consumer?  There are 4 things that I bring to the people I work for.

1) I will maximize the use of their resources.  Whether they are buying or selling, I want to help buyers be able to make the best purchase for the dollars spent and also help sellers maximize the sale price of their home.

2) I want to minimize my clients inconveniences.  We all know that buying a home or selling home is stressful.  No matter the situation, it is my goal to assist my clients through the process and make the transaction as smooth as possible.

3) I want to make sure that my clients work with the best people in the business.  With experience in the industry, comes a knowledge of which lenders to choose, what questions to ask a home inspector and what title insurance company to use.  The outcome may be the same no matter who you use, but the ease of the process is where I can add value. 

4) With 20 years of real estate experience, I can draw on that experience to reasure both buyers and sellers that they have made the best possible choice. 

If you are thinking of buying or selling your next home, I would love to visit with you about the process and the value that I can bring to you.  Contact me at JohnSchutte@kw.com or call or text (605)310-9440.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by John Schutte

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates go up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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John Schutte
4 Sale by Schutte - Keller Williams Sioux Falls
5915 S. Remington Place
Sioux Falls SD 57108
Mobile: 605.310.9440
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