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May
20

While choosing to list your home in a seller's market is a highly desirable opportunity, there are still a few tips you should keep in mind to ensure your home stands out among the rest. Although your Watson agent will take care of most of these for you, you should also be well-versed on what to look for. Here are a few key things you'll want to implement in order to attract buyers and achieve your selling goals.

Hire a Great REALTOR®

A sound home-selling strategy includes multiple parts. Perhaps the most important part is hiring an outstanding REALTOR® who knows the market, the comps in your area, and what buyers are looking for. An experienced agent can sell your home faster and at a better price, so do your due diligence on agents in your area to maximize your profit and minimize sale time.

Make Your Marketing Matter 

According to Forbes, social media is the biggest factor in the new real estate market. Not only that, but a Pew Research Center survey also found that of 30-to-49-year-olds, 82% use at least one social media platform, with Facebook and Instagram being the most popular.

Take advantage of social media by giving your agent permission to post stunning photos of the home with relevant hashtags like #yourcityrealestate on Instagram and Facebook. Then, share those posts to maximize your reach! Don't forget to combine that with traditional methods like yard signs, and you'll have more eyeballs from a variety of sources on your home, which equals more offers for you.

Go Live at the Right Time 

Psst! Here is an insider secret: Friday is considered to be the best day of the week for home selling. Many people start their vacations that day or take off work early and are ready to get into personal affairs like browsing homes for sale. Since this day is likely to have more online traffic, consider posting the listing for sale on a Friday to generate more initial activity and engagement with your home. Conversely, Mondays are the worst day for activity, so keep that in mind!

Photos and Videos are King 

What is the first thing you would look at when browsing homes to buy? If you said photos, you've done this before. Sharp, clean, professional photography is paramount to the buyer experience of wanting more of what your home has to offer. Good photos will entice a buyer to come visit your home in person.  For homes in the $200K to $1M range, high-quality photography can increase the price by $3K-$11K. Even better, high-quality photos and especially virtual tours can lead to a 32% faster sale!

Begin with Curb Appeal

Hands down the most important part of making your home attractive is making it beautiful, clean, and as turn-key as possible. Start with the outside and take care of your landscaping, painting, and repairs. It's the first thing people see in photos and in person – and first impressions count! Plant bright flowers, lay down fresh mulch, eliminate weeds, and give the outside a power wash or new coat of paint to give your home an affordable facelift that yields excellent returns.

Create a Clean Slate

It should come as no surprise that if you plan on getting your home sold, the bare minimum is getting it clean, de-cluttered, and repaired. But you may also want to consider a professional cleaning or upgrades for key areas, like the kitchen and bathrooms – which buyers zero in on most. Ensure there are no smells whatsoever, remove any sign of pets, and de-personalize by removing photos or items like sports team flags or religious keepsakes which can turn buyers off. Don't forget home staging can help buyers visualize the way furniture compliments the home.

Ready to take the first step to getting your home sold? Let our Watson agents help – contact us today!

November
6

The holiday season is upon us, and if you're hosting this year, you know how stressful it can be to keep your home spic and span for two whole months. With family and friends visiting non-stop for holiday parties and dinners, it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's why we created our holiday home-cleaning checklist for you. We go room-by-room, highlighting critical areas to focus on and forgotten spaces that could use a good dusting down. In fact, we're confident this is the last holiday home-cleaning checklist you'll ever need. But before we start our room-by-room list, here are some general tips to keep in mind as you go.

Declutter

We're a bit of a broken record when it comes to decluttering on this blog, but it's for good reason. Decluttering is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to keep a space looking clean, open, and sharp. Don't waste valuable scrubbing time moving wallets and mail; keep that stuff where it belongs!

Use the Right Tools for the Job

Just because it says all-purpose on the label doesn't mean you should use it on everything in your house. Find the right cleaner for the surfaces you're working on and stick with that. It's worth the marginal extra effort.

Set the Mood

Make people want to be in your house this holiday season. Light some seasonal candles, plug in your favorite air freshener, and set some nice mood lighting to create a welcoming space.

Show the Forgotten Nooks & Crannies Some Love

When's the last time you wiped down your baseboards? Or polished the smudges off your doorknobs? Don't overlook the little things like light switches, windowsills, and doorframes.

Don't Put it Off

Finally, the most important general tip is the last one you want to hear: don't wait until the last minute to clean! The only things procrastinating will get you are more stress and a less clean house. Now, on to the checklist!

Living Room

  • Wipe down coffee table, accent tables, etc.
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Vacuum carpet, sweep & mop hard floors
  • Clean any windows and windowsills
  • Dust blinds and/or vacuum curtains with vacuum hose
  • Move furniture and clean underneath
  • Tidy up furniture – neatly arrange pillows or blankets, covers, etc.
  • Dust and wipe down entertainment center if applicable
  • Wipe down lamps and other light sources
  • Clean baseboards

Entryway

  • Sweep debris from outdoor entryway
  • Vacuum, sweep, and mop indoor entryway
  • Move any shoes or coats here to a closet or other storage space
  • Wipe down doorknob and locks
  • Wipe down doorframe
  • Clean any windows and windowsills
  • Clean baseboards

Kitchen

  • Wipe down and disinfect all surfaces
  • Handwash or use the dishwasher to clean any dirty dishes
  • Put all clean dishes away – best to start all holiday gatherings with clean dishes
  • Clean any special occasion dishes and silverware you plan to use – it's probably been awhile since they were last used
  • Wipe down appliances – get rid of fingerprints and spills
  • Clean any windows and windowsills
  • Clear out the fridge to get rid of bad odors and make room for holiday food
  • Mop the floor
  • Remove and wipe down stovetop coils (if you have them)
  • Get rid of garbage disposal odors
  • Clean any baseboards

Bedrooms

  • Wash all bedding, especially if your guests are using it
  • Wipe down tops and sides of all furniture
  • Clean any windows and windowsills
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Vacuum carpet and/or mop hard floors
  • Clean baseboards
  • Wipe down light switches and doorknobs
  • Wipe down doorframes

Bathrooms

  • Deep clean tub/shower, sink, and toilet
  • Clean all around toilet, including front and sides of bowl and base
  • Clean shower walls
  • Wipe down shower heads, tub faucets, and sink faucets
  • Clean shower door
  • Clean mirrors, windows, and windowsills
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Organize countertop – don't leave all your toiletries lying around
  • Mop the floor

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