Getting Your Home Ready for Sale This Spring? Tips From Your Local Realtors!

Make Your House Connect With Prospective Buyers at Their First, “Hello”!

1.      Purchase a doormat that is the width of your door frame and compliments the architecture/color of your house and preferably one that says “Welcome.” Stay away from anything too personal, such as monograms, team affiliations and sayings.

2.     Create a Focal Point with Color on your front door a color that compliments the architecture and reflects the current exterior color palettes without being too trendy or personal.

3.     Use pots filled with colorful plants that repeat the same colors found in your yard or on your front door.

4.     A good rule of thumb for the front door fixture is for it to be 1/3 the height of the door if there is only one and 1/4 the height of the door if there are two.  Use bulbs with a warm white light.

5.     Clean and fix what is there! Does the doorbell work? Are the house numbers and mailbox worn? Windows, light fixtures and hardware need to sparkle.


Caroline Gosselin, Sales Associate/Team Leader

The Gosselin Group
Prominent Properties | Sotheby’s International Realty
(973) 985-6117

You Can’t Underestimate the Value of a Staged Home

As an agent that sells homes and works with buyers, you want to look at the home through the buyer’s eyes.
Here are a few quick tips that will help:
1) Less is more –  It provides  buyers the opportunity to visualize their items in the house
2) Light sells –  Make sure all blinds, window coverings and shutters are off letting all the natural light in.
3) Do you Paint?  – Anything you can do to make your home “Move in Ready” will help get your home sold.
Use natural light-toned colors that blend and flow together vs contrasting “unique” colors. Make sure corners and cracks are cleaned up and freshly painted.

Feel free to contact me for a free Competitive market analysis

Peter Lorenzo
Realtor
Keller Williams
Crawford Home Selling

Get Rid of the Clutter!

We have sold hundreds of homes.  We find homes that are clutter free and with excellent curb appeal bring top dollar.   First impressions count.  Front door and entryway need to be cleaned, cobwebs removed and a fresh doormat purchased.  The interior of the home needs to be clean and clutter free.   For many more tips on getting top dollar for your home call Randi and Tracy 973-404-0563 or view our website www.randiandtracy.com

Randi Bennett 
Tracy Warsaw
Sales Agents

Re/Max Neighborhood Properties

Staging Best Tips

Declutter and donate or throw away or give away!  Buyers like to see a home and imagine it as their own. LESS IS MORE IS WHAT MY REAL ESTATE STAGER ON MY TEAM SAYS!!!
We all accumulate lots of stuff and for many, it is hard to pare down but there is no sense of paying a moving company to move things down the block or to another state only to have to sort them again and throw them away.

Pack up what you really want. Freshen the walls if the paint is chipped…Put some pretty plants flowering outside to welcome the guests.

Remember the first impression is so important and it is made at the front door! For other ideas or questions, email me for your personal Dress Your House For Success book.


Marlene Ginsberg
Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

DE-CLUTTER!

My favorite staging advice for sellers is to DE-CLUTTER! If it does not enhance your space, it should go. Best of all, this is typically the cheapest thing you can do to enhance the way your home shows. Many sellers tell me they did their best to de-clutter when we’re getting their house for the market and then as they are packing to move, once we are under contract, they throw away giant piles of stuff. You’re going to get rid of it eventually, so you’re better off doing so BEFORE listing your house.


Ryan Bruen
Realtor

The Bruen Team at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Start With Spring Cleaning

Get out those dusters, bring on the yellow gloves, and get ready to tackle that deep cleaning you’ve been putting off. This is a great task to get the whole family involved in. Sit down together and strategize at the dinner table! Start where the mess may be the hardest to organize (teenager’s bedroom?!) Kitchen cabinets need to be organized and the refrigerator should be thoroughly cleaned out. Basements and attics should be on the list as well – you never know what memories you might come across. Open the windows, get those screens cleaned, and before you know it, your home will be fresh and spring-like!

William “Bill” Peroncik
Broker / Manager
Weichert, Realtors

Curb Appeal Is Everything!

Make sure the first thing prospective buyers see of your home is that they can make an attachment to your home, says Kelly Olsen, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty in New Jersey.

It should feel warm and inviting. For better or worse, buyers tend to judge a book by its cover so make sure to remove any junk that is lying around the property. Things like old rusty sheds, rotting wood piles, broken playsets, and anything else that is unsightly is what people see first! By investing some effort in relatively easy fixes like planting colorful flowers and repainting your front door, the outside of your house will have people coming back again and again to see your home!

Kelly Olsen

Realtor
Keller Williams Realty, Inc

Depersonalize Your Space

The best step to get your house ready for sale, is to you want to remove any distractions so the buyers can visualize themselves and their family living in the property, says John Roderick, a real estate agent with Weichert Realtors in New Jersey.
He says that includes personal items and family photos, as well as artwork and furniture that might make your home less appealing to the general public. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which the buyers can project their own visions of living there, and loving it!

John Roderick
Realtor

Weichert Realtors

Clear the Counters!

My favorite tips for staging are: clear all kitchen counters of everything, clean garage, and basement of old junk and anything that is not to be moved. Replace any energy efficient lightbulbs with soft regular light bulbs. Update or replace any old light fixtures. Get new white fluffy towels for bathrooms. Get rid of any oversized furniture that makes a room look small or obstructs passages. Get some fresh plants for front porch or next to the front door and for patio or deck. Get a new welcome mat.
Call Junk a Haulics to get rid of all junk!

Denise Flanagan

Broker/Sales Consultant
Coldwell Banker