Selling your home is a big decision, once you have made that decision there are several things you can do to make the best first impression possible.
Let There Be Light
Buy some 100-watt bulbs to brighten the rooms, and open curtains or blinds to let light in. Unless a window faces a brick wall or some type of eyesore, open the drapes!
Garage, Not Garbage Have a garage sale to clean out the clutter and make the garage more spacious. Your clients are moving and will need to start organizing anyway, so why wait until the last minute? Clean up oil spots in the garage or carport with a good cleanser to remove that "lived-in" appearance. The home may not be brand new, but it's new to the potential buyer.
Make Scents Get a nice potpourri air freshener, or keep some refrigerated cookie dough on hand to throw in the oven when a prospect is coming over. Make the house smell like a home.
Paint-relief Consider re-painting any areas that need to be touched up, especially the front door and entryway, and any appliances that are showing their age.
Power Plants Trim down any jungles outside, especially if they cover the house. Get rid of any half-dead houseplants. Water the lawns briefly before any visit, and keep the lawns mowed and edged.
The Price is Right Price may be a sensitive issue, but with increased inventories and declining home values in many neighborhoods, remind your clients that every shopper in a buyers' market is determined to get the best deal possible. Let them know that now is a good time to compare their house with others on the market in the same area, because the right price is the one thing that will sell their house faster than anything else.
The World is Your Stage Professional staging can help to showcase the best side of a home, create more interest, and get your clients top dollar. With increased inventories, staging could provide the competitive edge you need.
Call me, I will help you prepare your home for the market.
Owning a home can be a lesson in many things….this week my lesson was in garage doors and repairing them!Since I learned a few things I thought I would share what I have learned:
Garage doors have gravity to deal with. In the absence of some type of balancing mechanism, the door would slam shut as soon as you let go of it and some would be too heavy for you to open. If you open the garage door about half way and let go, it should balance there.
The springs used to balance the weight of the door are under enormous stress. Modern spring systems incorporate safety features to contain flying metal in the event of a spring failure. Attempting to service the spring system yourself can be very dangerous.I learned that most springs are supposed to last about 10,000 openings or 5-7 years depending on usage.
An automatic garage door opener should stop and reverse on meeting an obstruction. Many systems manufactured prior to 1982 may stop but not reverse. These older systems should be upgraded to protect people, especially children and even your pets.
Automatic door openers are not a replacement for a properly balanced door. The opener is not powerful enough to lift the entire weight of the door. The opener works with the help of the springs or counter balance system.
Automatic garage door openers have an emergency release to disengage the garage door from the opener. Once disengaged, you can open the door by hand.I learned our door is very heavy and it was easier to leave my car outside!
Today, some form of external entrapment protection is required. An electric eye is the most common system used. The electric eye is mounted 5 to 6 inches off the floor and senses objects in its path. If your garage door opener does not have an electric eye system, you may be able to upgrade it without replacing the entire system.
Keep It In Good Shape:
Your garage door may require periodic lubrication and adjustment. Having a garage door expert in to inspect and adjust the system is a good idea.Your garage vehicle door may be the largest moving object in your home and could weigh up to 400 pounds. For your safety, make sure it’s in good condition.
Here are a few more things I learned…….when you call a repair place tell them what kind of door you have, not every company works on every door!When I called they didn’t ask & I didn’t tell!It pays to call around….I found 2 companies that work on the door I have and their prices were nearly $100 different!
Sunday, December 7, 2008, at 2:00 P.M
Allen Rotary Christmas Parade 2008
Presented by the Allen Sunrise and Allen Noon Rotary Clubs
Grand Marshall: Amanda Dunbar
Parade Theme: The Colors of Christmas
The parade will begin at Cedar & St. Mary, proceed southbound to Main Street; turn right on Main Street; turn right on Allen Drive and end at Allen Drive and St. Mary at the traffic circle.
A free 30-minute family program based on the picture books Three French Hens & Silly Goose. Free tickets available 30 min. before each show for that show only. Patrons must be present in the library to receive a ticket. Limited to 125 per show.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
5:00PM - 9:00PM
Santa's Helpers Toy Drive
The City of Murphy will host a toy drive-thru event for WFAA-TV's Santa's Helpers program. The drive-thru event will take place in the Fire Department bay at 206 North Murphy Road, Murphy. Santa's Helpers request that toy donations be new and unwrapped toys. The Santa's Helpers program provides toys for children in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties.
Q: Why does my credit report show that I am 30 days late on the same account for the past year? I was only late once a year ago.
A: That is what as known as a "rolling 30-day late", which means you have paid on time every month since you were late, but you never made up the past due amount. If you are late paying an account, you have to pay twice as much the next month to catch up.
Everyone in the family is sure to have a jolly ol' time in this all new fun-filled holiday event. Enjoy a continental-style breakfast with Santa, holiday music, kids activities, goodie bags and more. Bring your camera for lots of pictures.
For more information call 972-941-PARK.
Location: Williams Recreation Center - 1712 P Avenue
Come enjoy the festivities of the season with carolers, music on several stages and a visit with Santa! Delight in great shopping, food, hand bell choirs and a variety of other wonderful entertainment that includes performances by a multitude of area choirs, dance groups, carolers, and more!
NEW THIS YEAR...Ride the DART and receive a coupon when exiting the train redeemable for discounts at the food vendors or the children's amusement area. DART Rail is available from Highway 190 and Parker Road stations to Downtown Plano.
FREE SHUTTLE to and from Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano to the Heritage Farmstead Museum Lantern Light event (call the Museum about ticket prices for their event).
Tree lighting ceremony at 7:00pm in Haggard Park.
For more info call 972-941-PARK or visit www.planoparks.org.
Location: Historic Downtown Plano
901 East 15th Street