While spring time is a busy time in the real estate market, sellers and those considering listing their home with a Louisville real estate agent shouldn’t wait until the weather breaks to start on the preparation for selling their home. There are many things to consider when selling your home at the height of the market, so don’t wait to act on them because last minute preparation will prevent you from really taking advantage of the large pool of buyers that comes out in the spring.
The following are a few tips to employ when the frost is still on, in order to be ready right at the beginning of the 2014 spring Louisville real estate season.
• Knowing What to Expect
Begin formulating your game plan during the winter months. Do your own homework and study the local market changes. Enlist a knowledgeable real estate agent to help you find a home and put you in touch with perspective buyers for your existing one. Confirm your financing options well ahead of time. Getting pre-approved is critical to ensuring all of your bases are covered.
• Get a Second Opinion
You are never obligated to employ any particular Louisville real estate agent or agency. When choosing the one for your real estate transaction, you want to be confident you have a full and open path of communication with your agent. Make sure you are comfortable and truly feel he or she has your best interests in mind. There is nothing wrong with searching further for the right real estate agent in Louisville to assist you in the selling of your home and finding a new one.
• Make the Most of What You Have
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These days’ appearance is everything when you are trying to sell anything, and this is especially true when selling your Louisville home. When you hear Realtors talk about ‘staging’ your home, this means getting everything ready to make a great first impression for prospective buyers when they begin to walk through the door.
Here are the top 12 tips to stage your home for fantastic first impressions.
• The number one rule for nearly all homes: paint. Even a fresh coat of a neutral shade will brighten the interior of any home, giving it a clean and fresh feeling to those seeing it for the first time.
• Green is in! When performing upgrades or modifications, use environmentally friendly labor resources and materials. This adds a great selling point to any property listing.
• Up-cycle what you can to save on money, as well as staying within the ‘green’ theme. Hardwood floors can be re-purposed to furniture or fencing, old counter tops can be made into shelves, and doors can be re-purposed into just about anything to compliment the home's style and offerings.
• Allude to more space. For a small space, paint the same color as the adjoining room. For example, painting a small kitchen and open dining room the same color will make the area appear larger than it really is. Another example of giving the impression of bigger spaces is by hanging curtains that are the same color as the walls. This gives the interior a modern and seamless look.
• Avoid overcrowding. That large overstuffed furniture may be comfortable to sit in, but if placed in a small room; it can appear cramped. Make the most of the space with size appropriate...
When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.
1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.
If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset.
2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.
And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges.
3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Flourescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.
Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.
4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.
You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.