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So you’re thinking of selling? Now’s certainly a great time, and with buyers snapping up houses fast and furious. Think you don’t have to do much before you list, right?

Wrong. If you want top dollar for your house or condo, you need to create a love affair between your home and prospective buyers. Buyers may be eager, but they’ve still got options and you want to entice them.

We’ve talked to some of the very best Realtors in town to find out how they tell clients to prepare their listing, and created a handy infographic for you, too. So check out their home selling tips below!

1. CREATE CLASSIC CURB APPEAL

Dave Perry-Miller, owner of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, says curb appeal is like a first date.

“Would someone go on a first date with a stained shirt?” he asked. “Make your first impression one of excitement and fun anticipation!”

In fact, Perry-Miller says the front door should be the focus of your efforts.

“Start from the front door and move out from that. The further a buyer gets from the front door, the less impact,” he said. “If a buyer doesn’t like how a house looks when they drive up, it’s an uphill battle.”

Christy Berry, Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, agrees.

“Drive-up appeal is crucial and first impressions are everything,” Berry said. “Be sure your landscaping is groomed and there is a pop of color. Remove the wreaths from the doors, too.”

Curb appeal gets buyers in the door, so even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, make sure you get your front looking fresh and clean. Simple things, like power washing the driveway and sidewalk, replacing bulbs in outdoor fixtures, and repainting the front door can make a big impact.

“Have trees trimmed and the lawn manicured and free of weeds, and do landscape improvements, like fresh mulch in beds, seasonal color in beds or pots of flowers,” said Jacqui Bloomquist, Realtor and Marketing Specialist at Coldwell Banker, Apex. “Add sod in bare spots and keep your lawn watered and maintained at all times.”

For condo sellers, the common area needs the same level of attention.

“If you live in a condo, make sure the corridor to the unit is cleaned and refreshed before showings,” said Kyle Crews, a realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Associates Urban. “My Urban team knows I keep a bottle of diluted Fabuloso that I spray in condo corridors and in vacant units to eliminate odors.”

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Selling Your House Infographic Header

So you’re thinking of selling? Now’s certainly a great time, and with buyers snapping up houses fast and furious, and sales prices up 12 percent in January! Think you don’t have to do much before you list, right?

Wrong. If you want top dollar for your house or condo, you need to create a love affair between your home and prospective buyers. Buyers may be eager, but they’ve still got options and you want to entice them.

We’ve talked to some of the very best Realtors in town to find out how they tell clients to prepare their listing, and created a handy infographic for you, too. So check out their home selling tips below!

 

1. CREATE CLASSIC CURB APPEAL

Dave Perry-Miller, owner of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, says curb appeal is like a first date.

“Would someone go on a first date with a stained shirt?” he asked. “Make your first impression one of excitement and fun anticipation!”

In fact, Perry-Miller says the front door should be the focus of your efforts.

“Start from the front door and move out from that. The further a buyer gets from the front door, the less impact,” he said. “If a buyer doesn’t like how a house looks when they drive up, it’s an uphill battle.”

Christy Berry, Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, agrees.

“Drive-up appeal is crucial and first impressions are everything,” Berry said. “Be sure your landscaping is groomed and there is a pop of color. Remove the wreaths from the doors, too.”

Curb appeal gets buyers in the door, so even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, make sure you get your front looking fresh and clean. Simple things, like power washing the driveway and sidewalk, replacing bulbs in outdoor fixtures, and repainting the front door can make a big impact.

“Have trees trimmed and the lawn manicured and free of weeds, and do landscape improvements, like fresh mulch in beds, seasonal color in beds or pots of flowers,” said Jacqui Bloomquist, Realtor and Marketing Specialist at Coldwell Banker, Apex. “Add sod in bare spots and keep your lawn watered and maintained at all times.”

For condo sellers, the common area needs the same level of attention.

“If you live in a condo, make sure the corridor to the unit is cleaned and refreshed before showings,” said Kyle Crews, a realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Associates Urban. “My Urban team knows I keep a bottle of diluted Fabuloso that I spray in condo corridors and in vacant units to eliminate odors.”

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By Margaret Chambers

In this world of HGTV and do-it-yourself reality shows, many homeowners may have the misperception that hiring an interior designer is not valuable. And while there is a range of interior designers doing business, the benefits of hiring a skilled, recognized and certified ASID interior designer will have big dividends for the homeowner in the long run. Be on the lookout for unskilled, amateur “decorators” who lack training and certification.

Let’s go through some of the most common myths about hiring an interior designer.

Myth #1 – It’s too expensive!

Unless you are decorating a college dorm room or a first apartment, you are likely creating a home you will want to occupy and enjoy for years – or even decades – to come. An interior designer can ensure that you make no mistakes when securing furniture, draperies, or wall coverings, and art. Not only can an interior designer ensure the space is well planned, but we have access to the highest quality and best value resources that are only available to trade professionals. These include showrooms in the design and market centers, custom furniture makers, drapery and upholstery workrooms, and various contractors. We will even plan your home to last through the different phases your family will see in the next five, ten or fifteen years and be able to help you envision how each room will convert to accommodate the changes.

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Myth #2 – I can invest in the bricks and mortar. The furniture and decoration is less important.

Ask any Realtor, and they will tell you that a well-staged home will sell faster and at a higher asking price than a comparable home that is vacant or poorly decorated. Also, if you purchase mass produced furnishings and decorations, they will depreciate in value immediately. However, custom furniture, antiques, and original artwork will increase in value over time. For some clients, furniture pieces have tripled in value since we originally placed them in their homes. An interior designer can help you navigate which pieces can be included to increase in value and which ones will work to complete the overall look of your home.

Myth #3 – The designer will impose his or her taste on me.

While some interior designers are known for their signature designs or style, a degreed, certified ASID designer will have a much broader design palette. For example, we spend a great deal of time getting to know our clients’ personalities, their tastes, their likes and dislikes. It is critical that our end result look like our client’s home… not ours. If you have a question, take a look at the designer’s previous work portfolio and observe the flow of the first few meetings. Is he/she asking you lots of questions? Did he/she give you homework to go look for your favorite designs and photos? Or is he/she spending the majority of the meeting trying to push a look on you? When you see the first diagrams, can you envision this being your home and a good reflection of your personality, or your designer’s?

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Myth #4 – Hiring an interior designer will take more time.

Yes, there will be some time invested in the beginning to get to know your taste and have design concepts and fabrications approved; however, mistakes are much more costly from both a time and money perspective. Working with contractors also can take lots of time, and an interior designer can alleviate that burden for you. We know how to orchestrate all the different elements, so that they arrive at your home ready to move in and be enjoyed. We can give you a realistic time frame that is incredibly accurate because we have done this many, many times.

Myth #5 – It’s just interior design… it can’t be that hard, can it?

The average homeowners will design two to three homes in their lifetime. We have designed hundreds of homes for clients over the years, and our primary job is to stay current on the leading edge of trends to ensure the designs we create remain as timeless as they can. Even if you regularly read architectural and design magazines, the trends they showcase actually were on the leading edge months ago… maybe years. If you find a design you like, we can put the freshest eye on it to ensure we are not repeating trends that have passed. Concerning complexity, there are thousands of decisions that must be made when designing the average home, and we make these on behalf of our clients every day and know how to do this most efficiently and effectively to maximize the investment.

In the end, an interior designer can save money, time and spare you the headaches of unforeseen mistakes or outdated elements. Because when it comes to the house that your family will call home for years to come, this is not the time to be pennywise and pound foolish. Let us help you create a safe, durable, and stylish home. 

Margaret_portrait_new-sm (1)An interior designer for the most discriminating clients, Margaret Chambers is able to achieve the exact looks that her clients envision for their homes. She has more than 60,000 hours of interior design experience to her credit, and her work has been published in more than 20 industry books and magazines. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and European studies enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. Her work has earned her state and national awards from the American Society of Interior Designers, and she has been named a Best Designer in Dallas by D Home for eight consecutive years. Sought after by clients who understand the value of superior professional design, Chambers and her team at Chambers Interiors & Associates, Inc. are beloved by clients for the spirit of collaboration that they bring to each project and their willingness to share in the creative process, not control it. You can view their portfolio at www.chambersinteriors.com.