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Tuesday, May 14 2013

As we begin the traditionally “busy” home selling season many home sellers are doing their best to make a great first impression but often times sellers get so wrapped up in fresh interior paint or de-cluttering their home they forget about the first thing home buyers see – your front door!  There is your real first impression! 

The front door is an important place to focus your attention on for many reasons.  It allows you to
show off your taste and style before guests enter your home.  Plus, you deserve to come home to a welcoming front door!   Good news, helping your front door put its best foot forward is simple. 
Here are three easy steps:

The Door – first choose a door that reflects your style and personality – painting or staining it a contrasting color makes it a focal point.  Consider Red, black or stained finishes.  

If your door is in good shape and you are preparing to put your home on the market a fresh coat of paint or stain will give it that “new” look without the cost of a new door. 

The Accessories – just like any room in your home, the accessories are the finishing touch; you have several options: the door hardware, the house numbers, door knocker, doorbell, mailbox, doormats,
lighting and plants.  Since, typically, the area is small or compacted be sure to keep that in mind as you select your accessories.

A Commitment – keep the area neat and clean.  A simple sweeping or wiping down usually
does the trick.  But do it often – and pay attention to be sure you have removed webs, dust, finger prints or leaves.  Flower pots are a nice touch, keep the flowers looking fresh too. 

Last piece of advice, be sure that the entry way is clear of clutter, if they open the door can they get in too?  Many of us typically enter our homes through the garage so it can be easy to forget the front door and the front entry way.

We are here to help you prepare your home for the market, contact us!  

Helping you sell your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Reechia & Keith

Powell Realty Group

Posted by: AT 08:32 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, July 20 2012

Selling your home is a big decision and the emotions that come with that decision can be overwhelming and often times can surprise home sellers.   We want to offer some hints and tips about the process of selling your home, remember we are here to help you!  

Make the Most of that First Impression
When selling your home in Texas, a well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the more appealing your home will be when prospective buyers drive up.   Also remember to have the temperature in the home at a good seasonal level - if the home is too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter buyers will leave quickly. Make the inside as appealing at the outside promised! 
Helping you Sell your home is our goal,

Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
Here's your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration.  Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work."

Check Faucets and Bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don't let little problems detract from what's right with your home.

Don't Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect's mind. Don't try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily sand them away.

Make Room for Space
When selling your home remember that potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space.  They want room to store their belongings, make your closets and storage spaces look spacious by cleaning them out and orginizing what must stay put. 

Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.

Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture.

Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.

Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights-both inside and outside-when showing are scheduled.  Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.

Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.


Getting you through the process is our expertise,

Keith & Reechia Powell

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Wednesday, May 25 2011

Get Help

One of the most important moving tips: you don't have to do it alone.

Move with the Pros:

A professional moving company can take the care of all the hard work, leaving you to kick back and supervise. If you feel like avoiding the packing stage as well, most companies will pack your items for an additional fee. Prices and reliability can vary widely between companies, so compare quotes from at least three local companies before choosing a moving company. Don't rely on over-the-phone price quotes from the moving company you select: make sure the moving company comes to your home to accurately assess the space and approximate weight of your shipment. Make sure to check their history with the Better Business Bureau or American Moving & Storage Association.

Moving Consultant:

If the mere sight of a cardboard box leaves you feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring someone to handle the nitty-gritty of your move. These consultants are the relocation industry's answer to wedding planners and travel agents -- they can arrange for movers, pack your stuff, switch over your utilities, and transfer school and medical records. If you can swing the price tag, or if your company is covering relocation costs, a consultant can make your move relatively stress-free.

Portable storage:

Companies like PODS, U Haul and 1-800-PACKRAT will deliver a portable storage unit right outside your door. Before making the call, make sure you have enough parking on your property to accommodate the size of the temporary storage unit. Fill the storage space at your own pace. When you're finally ready to move, give the service a call and they will deliver the storage pod to your new home. Portable storage units still force you to do all the work, but they are a low cost solution and can serve as an alternative if there is a gap between the time you need to leave your old home and can access the new property.

Rental trucks:

Renting a box truck can be a cost-effective alternative to hiring a moving company -- as long as you plan ahead. A 10-foot moving truck will generally hold an apartment's worth of stuff; while a 24-foot truck can accommodate a three-bedroom house. It's best to choose a larger truck; you won't have to cram items into a smaller space, and for cross-town moves you will avoid wasting time on multiple trips. Read the fine print about mileage allowances and fuel surcharges, and make sure you know the rules regarding when and where you can return the truck. Depending on the size of the truck and length of the move, you may consider adding supplemental insurance through the rental company in the event of dings or dents to the truck.

Friends and family:

Free labor is great, but you'll likely still need to rent a moving truck (unless everyone in your family has a super duty pickup). Make sure you have every possible detail taken care of before your volunteer labor force shows up; the last thing you want is to leave your friends and family waiting while you pack the last boxes or run to go pick up the rental truck. Ask friends and family to help with packing and loading to a reasonable degree, and expect to return the favor when it's their turn to move. And common courtesy calls for you to provide lunch and refreshments for your friendly work crew.

See Moving - Before Moving Day

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Thursday, March 24 2011

If you are preparing your home for the market one things real estate agents will tell you time and time again is that curb appeal is VERY important – think of it as the first impression you make at a job interview.  Curb appeal is your homes first impression!  In the current market you want to put as many “best foot forward” as you can – curb appeal should be at the top of that list.  


Besides sprucing up your home’s exterior with fresh paint and attractive landscaping, consider focusing attention on the gateway to your home. According to this year’s Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine and the National Association of Realtors, the one improvement that yielded the highest return on investment was a new steel front door. While homeowners’ ability to recoup their investment on many home improvement projects has gone down over the past year, this project really pays off. Nationally, the average cost of a new front door was $1,218 and the return on investment was 102 percent.



Helping you find your home is our goal

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Reechia & Keith Powell


Plano Real Estate

Posted by: Reechia & Keith Powell AT 07:49 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, February 07 2011
Hints & Tips about Cold Weather and Your Home
I am sure it is not news to anyone that we have been dealing with some frigid weather here in the Plano, TX area lately; so we are providing some hints, tips and good suggestions on ways help you and your home weather the cold!  
·        If you have pipes that are exposed on the outside of your home, they could be the first to freeze – if you haven’t already – give them a blanket, wrap something around them and secure it so it won’t blow off. 
·        Inside you can open up cabinets where there is plumbing (kitchens and baths) to allow the warmer air to circulate around those pipes. 
·        Keep your home thermostat at a warm temp, don’t allow it to drop below 55 degrees, even while you are sleeping or traveling.  
·        Let cold water drip from your faucets, dripping water won’t freeze. 
·        Know where your main water shut off is in your home. 
If you have had a pipe break here are some things you can do to help make filing the insurance claim a little stressful:
·        Be prepared to give your insurance representative a full description of all damage: take photos. 
·        Prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed personal property, make 2 copies. 
·        Make temporary repairs and save your receipts.
One last item, Atmos Energy has asked that conservation methods be implemented in order to help
the area get through this period of extreme cold (this will also help keep your gas bills lower):
·        Set your thermostat at 65 degrees. Wear sweaters or use blankets in your home to help keep yourself and family warm.
·        Limit early morning hot water use. Taking showers, doing dishes and laundry in the late afternoon or early evening prevents additional use at peak times.
·        Close doors to rooms not in use in your home (closets, laundry rooms, guests rooms)
Stay warm,
Keith & Reechia Powell
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