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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 1/14/2018

For home sellers, home repairs may be needed to improve the quality of your residence. And with the right home improvement contractor at your disposal, you'll be better equipped to optimize the value of your residence. Unfortunately, not all home improvement contractors are created equal, and you'll likely need to conduct an initial phone interview to ensure that you can hire a qualified contractor to fulfill your home improvement requests. So what should you ask during an initial phone interview with a home improvement contractor? Here are four questions that every home seller needs to know: 1. Can You Handle My Home Improvement Project? Not all home improvement contractors will possess the time and resources to deliver the results you need. As such, you'll want to ensure that a home improvement contractor understands the size of the project and is able to complete it successfully. Asking whether a home improvement contractor if he or she is able to handle your home repair project is essential. And if a home improvement contractor is unable to do so, you'll be able to move forward with other potential candidates. 2. Can You Provide References? In many cases, a home improvement contractor should have no trouble providing you with a list of past clients who were satisfied with a project that he or she completed. However, if a home improvement contractor is unable to provide references, you may be better served to consider a home repair professional who boasts a proven reputation and consistently helps clients improve the quality of their residences. 3. How Many Other Projects Are You Currently Completing? No home seller wants to work with a home improvement contractor who will begin a home repair project and fail to complete it in a timely manner. Thus, you should ask a home improvement contractor how many other projects that he or she currently is completing to ensure that this professional will be able to finish the project without delay. Ideally, you'll want to find a home improvement contractor who prioritizes your home repair project. And if a home improvement professional says that he or she is extremely busy with a wide range of client projects, you may want to consider alternatives. 4. What Is the Project Timeline and Cost of the Project? You'll want to find a home improvement contractor who fits both your schedule and budget. Therefore, you should explain when you'd like your project to be completed and how much money is available for your task to find out if he or she is able to meet your expectations. Furthermore, don't forget to ask for a formal bid for the project. This bid will feature a projected timeline and cost and ensure that you can make a more informed decision. Selecting a home improvement contractor sometimes can be a time-consuming and expensive process. And if you choose the wrong one, you may need to commit additional time and resources to correct a past contractor's mistakes. Conversely, asking the aforementioned questions may provide you with additional insights to help you make the best decision possible and reap the benefits of superior home improvements.

Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 12/24/2017

An open house represents a valuable opportunity for a home seller who wants to generate interest in his or her residence. This event enables homebuyers to get an up-close look at your house, and ultimately, may help homebuyers become comfortable with submitting an offer for your home. For home sellers, there are many great reasons to devote time and resources to get your residence ready for an open house, including: 1. An Open House Gives You a Chance to Make a Positive First Impression. Any home seller can showcase his or her residence online. Conversely, it takes a dedicated home seller to highlight the true value of his or her house to interested homebuyers as part of an open house. With an open house, you can boost your home's chances of making a positive first impression on homebuyers. Because homebuyers can browse your home with ease, they will be able to evaluate it in a no-pressure situation. Plus, if you employ a real estate agent, this professional will be available to provide homebuyers with additional details about your residence during an open house. Your real estate agent might even be able to offer information to homebuyers about your residence that they won't be able to find online as well. 2. You Can Choose the Date and Time of an Open House. Unlike a home showing, a home seller can select the date and time of an open house. This flexibility ensures a home seller can plan accordingly and guarantee his or her house is clean and neat when the big day arrives. In most cases, home sellers will host an open house on a Saturday or Sunday, and the event may take place over the course of an afternoon. Meanwhile, an open house might even feature fresh-baked cookies, coffee and tea and other assorted snacks and beverages that homebuyers can enjoy as they check out your residence. 3. You May Be Able to Convince a Homebuyer to Make an Offer. The odds that a homebuyer will submit an offer on your residence without an in-person evaluation of your house are slim. On the other hand, after a homebuyer walks around your residence and envisions what life might be like in your home, he or she may be convinced that your house is the perfect choice. Thus, he or she may make an offer on your residence, which means you can move one step closer to selling your house. When it comes to hosting an open house, you'll want to prepare as much as possible. And with a dedicated real estate agent at your side, you'll be able to receive expert tips to get ready for an open house. This real estate professional understands the importance of an open house, and as a result, will do everything he or she can to help your residence stand out to homebuyers, too. Prepare your residence for an open house, and you could improve your chances of generating significant interest in your residence among large groups of homebuyers.

Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 11/26/2017

Want to use photos to showcase your home? Taking the right photos and cropping them effectively could help you accentuate your home's positives, and ultimately, increase your chances of generating significant interest in your residence. You don't need to be an expert photographer to photograph your residence effectively, either. In fact, here are three tips to help home sellers take great pictures of their residences quickly and effortlessly: 1. Take as many pictures as possible to get the perfect shot. Even novice photographers can avoid blurry pictures if they take a large variety of home photographs. Remember, there is strength in numbers, particularly when it comes to photographing your residence. And home sellers who take tens or even hundreds of photographs should be able to find pictures that highlight the quality and appearance of their residences. Don't forget that the pictures you take likely will be the first thing a homebuyer sees when he or she views your home's listing on the real estate market. As such, pay close attention to your photos and avoid using any that could provide a poor first impression. 2. Use lighting to your advantage. Dark, dreary photographs may leave a homebuyer confused, leading him or her to consider alternatives. Comparatively, home sellers who use plenty of lighting will make it easy for homebuyers to see exactly what their residences are all about. Lighting can help accentuate the beauty of your home's kitchen, bathroom or any other space. As a result, you should be unafraid to use lighting to highlight the value of your residence at all times. 3. Get feedback from a real estate agent. Photographs can serve as a valuable asset in your quest to find interested homebuyers. And with added support from a real estate agent, you'll be able to maximize the value of your photographs. A real estate professional can offer guidance and insights throughout the home selling process and ensure your photographs help you highlight your home to the right homebuyers consistently. Furthermore, this professional might be able to help you crop and edit photos as needed. Finding the right real estate agent is essential, as this professional will help you simplify the home selling process. For those who are fortunate enough to work with a qualified real estate expert, you'll be better equipped to promote your residence using high-quality images. How you photograph your home may seem like a minor consideration at first, but home sellers who dedicate plenty of time and resources to take outstanding pictures may benefit from an accelerated home selling process. Ideally, you'll want to do whatever you can to generate as much interest in your home as possible. And with the aforementioned photography tips, you'll be better equipped to grab images that showcase the true value of your home and will help your residence garner interest from large groups of homebuyers. Take advantage of first-rate pictures that illustrate various rooms in your home, and you'll be able to improve your chances of making your house attractive to homebuyers and selling your residence quickly.

Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 11/19/2017

Nothing beats the warm, inviting feeling that you get when you enter your kitchen. However, failure to keep your kitchen clean can impact the quality of your kitchen. This ultimately can make a big difference in how homebuyers perceive your kitchen, along with whether they decide to submit an offer for your home. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to keep your kitchen looking great day after day, including: 1. Use baking soda to clean your tile floors. Your tile floors were beautiful after they were installed. But since that time, they've become dirty, grimy and tough to clean. But we have a surefire solution to help you revamp your kitchen's tile floor baking soda and water. The combination of baking soda and water serves as a wonderful tile floor cleaner that is easy to apply with a mop. And within minutes of using it, you may notice that your kitchen's tile floor looks as good as new. 2. Eliminate wall splatters. Over the years, you've prepared a wide range of meals in your kitchen everything from spaghetti and meatballs to sloppy joes. Unfortunately, not every dish has been an instant success. And as such, there have been many splashes of various ingredients that have landed on your kitchen's ceiling, floors and walls. Eliminating wall splatters may seem impossible at first. Luckily, there are numerous viable options to help you remove them without delay. For stains on painted walls, you may want to use a wet cloth or paper towel. The combination of a wet cloth or paper towel and tough scrubbing will allow you to eliminate stains on painted walls immediately. Comparatively, oily stains may require water and dishwashing soap. This mix is powerful and will ensure that you can remove cooking grease and other oily stains. 3. Disinfect the garbage disposal. Your kitchen's garbage disposal has served you well, but bad garbage disposal odors may persist if you're not careful. On the other hand, home sellers who focus on keeping their kitchen's garbage disposal clean can avoid such odors altogether. Looking for a great way to clean your kitchen's garbage disposal? Using a mix of vinegar, water and ice cubes can help you clean and deodorize your kitchen's garbage disposal quickly and effortlessly. Dedicate the necessary time and resources to disinfect your kitchen's garbage disposal, and you can guarantee that this disposal remains clean and performs consistently. 4. Wipe out the refrigerator. In many cases, home sellers may include a refrigerator in a home sale. As such, you'll want to keep this refrigerator looking and performing great. Wiping out your refrigerator and removing expired items regularly is essential. By doing so, you can remove the risk of bad odors from escalating in your kitchen. Of course, don't forget to keep an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator, too. This box should be changed periodically and will provide a fresh scent any time you open your refrigerator door. Keep your kitchen clean, and by doing so, you may be able to boost your chances of a quick home sale.

Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 10/22/2017

If you're selling a home, hiring a real estate agent who acts as a comprehensive marketer is essential and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

For home sellers, an ineffective marketer may struggle to promote your residence to the right groups of homebuyers. This may cause you to miss out on opportunities to highlight your house to potential property buyers, resulting in a prolonged home selling cycle.

Ultimately, there are many signs that a real estate agent understands what it takes to market your residence effectively, including:

1. A real estate agent is ready to host home showings and open houses.

Home showings and open houses enable property buyers to get an up-close look at your residence. That way, property buyers can envision what life would be like if they purchase your house.

Typically, a real estate agent will want to host as many home showings and open houses as possible This housing market professional will be available to set up home showings at property buyers' convenience. Meanwhile, he or she also will promote open houses via social media and other channels to stir up plenty of interest from potential property buyers.

2. A real estate agent knows how to showcase your residence online.

A real estate agent may insist on hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of your home's interior or exterior. This ensures you can provide homebuyers with crisp, clear images via myriad online channels to show the true beauty of your house.

Moreover, a real estate agent may use Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to promote your residence. Social media enables this housing market professional to reach thousands of potential property buyers and may help you generate significant interest in your home quickly.

3. A real estate agent allocates the necessary time and resources to track his or her marketing efforts.

What good is a marketing campaign if a marketer is unable to define its success? A real estate agent who is a great marketer understands the importance of metrics and will measure his or her marketing successes and failures.

A real estate agent should be able to keep you informed at each stage of the home selling cycle. He or she can provide updates about whether homebuyers are interested in checking out your home and any feedback from homebuyers as well.

In addition, a real estate agent is unafraid to adjust the way that he or she promotes your home. With the right metrics in place, this housing market professional will be able to find out whether homebuyers are interested in your property and modify his or her marketing efforts accordingly.

When it comes to selling your home, working with a real estate agent who knows the importance of effective marketing can make a world of difference. With a successful marketer at your disposal, you can boost your chances of speeding up the home selling process and getting the best price for your house.