Should You Show An Empty Home?

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If you have already moved out of the house you are selling, you generally have two choices. You can do home staging—either on your own or by hiring a professional—or you can let the house be shown empty. There are pros and cons to both, although many will lean toward the staging option. Consider the possible benefits of showing an empty home, however, before you spend money and time on staging.

An Empty Home Is A Blank Slate

When a buyer comes into an empty home, it is easier to visualize their own items in the home. They can picture just where their couch will fit, where to wall mount the big screen TV, and which wall will best showcase their favorite painting. The blank slate that is provided by an empty home lets the imagination of the buyer take over, allowing them to see the house as they would make it and not as you have made it.

An Empty Home Is A Cost Savings

Professional home staging can be expensive. So can renting furniture on your own. Leaving the home empty saves you all of those potential costs, and if it means the house takes a little longer to sell, you have still come out on top in the money department. Especially if you are on a tight budget, home staging might be a cost you just can’t afford.

An Empty Home Is Less To Worry About

There is nothing to steal or damage in an empty home, so you don’t have to worry about anything being ruined during an open house or a showing. You can also rest easy knowing that there is no real reason for anyone to break into a home that is standing empty.

While many experts will recommend home staging as a method of making the home more attractive to buyers, it isn’t always a necessity to get your home sold. Consider the possible benefits of an empty home, and then make a choice as to whether or not staging is right for you. Remember that you can always bring staging in if you are having no luck selling the home while it is empty. 

Joe Schutt

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Hiring A Realtor To Sell Your Home – Why You Need One

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The temptation to save yourself the cost of hiring a real estate agent when selling your home can be overwhelming, and with more websites, books, and other resources popping up that claim to give you all the know-how and tools you’ll need to sell your home yourself, why should you consider hiring a Realtor at all? Like any job that requires a lot of insider knowledge and experience, hiring a Realtor will ensure that you are getting the best price for your house with the minimal amount of work and worry. Not convinced? Here are just a few of the best reasons why no homeowner should sell their home without one.

Real Estate Experts Are Just That

Would you represent yourself in court, or prescribe yourself medicines? Then why would you sell your greatest and most valuable asset without an expert. Selling your home requires considerable knowledge of the housing market and real estate law, among other things, and you’ll want to be sure your investment is well represented.

Realtors Know What Your Home Is Worth

The “for sale by owner” sign is often seen as an easy mark by some serious buyers. When selling your home you want to get the best price possible, and knowing more than your bidders is the best way to ensure that you are on the winning end of the deal. Your Realtor knows exactly your home’s potential worth, and can help you get that price.

Realtors Know How To Market Your Home

Getting the best price for your home and having it sell quickly requires more work than simply putting up a for sale sign on the front lawn. Realtors know how to market your home, and have resources available to them that you as an individual seller do not. They can also give you the best advice on anything you may need to do to prepare your home for its highest possible resale value.

Hiring A Realtor Is Smart Because Their Business Is Selling Homes

Realtors can prepare you for all the business and legal requirements of selling your home, and can make the actual work simpler and quicker.

Though you may think that saving the commission cost of hiring a Realtor to be in your best interest, the fee that Realtors earn can in many cases be less than what you would have made without them. It is certainly worth it, considering the time and effort they can save you and the know-how they can contribute to the sale of your home.

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The Home Remodels That Will Most Increase Your Selling Price

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So you are ready to sell, but you know that there are a few things in the home that could stand some updating in order to increase your selling price. Your remodel budget is limited, and you are wondering where to spend it. The good news is that there are some solid answers. But there are certain remodeling jobs that can increase your selling price more than others.

Whether you are getting ready to sell or simply want to remodel now for the best value when you do sell later, these are the remodels that give you the best return on investment.

The Kitchen

Remodeling the kitchen is one of the most important things you can do in your home, especially if the kitchen is dated. It is often one of the first rooms a potential buyer will see, and it should make an impression. The kitchen is often considered the soul of the home, and most people spend a good deal of time here. Upgrades to countertops, cabinets, and appliances are one of the wisest investments you can make in your home.

The Bathrooms

Second only to the kitchen, the bathroom is the room in the house where dated fixtures or flooring can cost you a sale. People want a bathroom that is clean, comfortable, and modern, a place of privacy and peace. Spending money on a bathroom remodel will almost always be the best way to spend your money, and you will see it in your selling price.

Curb Appeal

Getting people in to look at your house is the first step. Spending some of your remodel money on the exterior of the house and the landscaping is the best way to do that. Improving the look of the house from the outside means you can bring more people in to look and to buy. There is no underestimating the importance of curb appeal.

An Addition

With a small house, adding on square footage can mean adding a lot to the selling price. If you can swing it, an addition is a smart way to make your house worth a lot more money.

Remodeling your house now for a better sale price later is a smart move. The sooner you do it, the more you will be able to enjoy it before it is time to sell and move on. With these smart remodels, you will make maximum profit. 

Joe Schutt

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