Have you seen one of those TV shows where someone brings in an item, usually an antique, and an expert appraises its value? It’s fun to watch the reaction when the expert reveals what the item is worth. While those shows are entertaining, they also teach us an important lesson. If you have an asset or investment, you should always know and keep track of its current market value. Your home is an investment, maybe your most important one. So, it’s a smart idea to periodically calculate what it would likely sell for on today’s market. I recommend you determine its current market value annually. Why keep up to date on the market value of your home? It can help you in many ways. For example, if you consider moving at some point down the road, or need to sell quickly, knowing the market value will help you make a more informed decision. I can help you keep up to date on what your home is worth. Contact me to learn how.
Staging a Kitchen that Wows Buyers
Staging a Kitchen that Wows Buyers
If you haven’t heard of “staging”, it’s a fairly straightforward concept. It simply involves cleaning, organizing and preparing your home in such a way as to make it look its best to potential buyers.One of the most difficult rooms to stage is the kitchen, because it’s one of the most used. You can’t just set it up to look nice for a viewing and then never go back in! Yet, an effectively staged kitchen can help sell your home, because it’s the room that buyers often scrutinize and remember the most.Here are some basic kitchen staging tips:
- Be relentless when decluttering your kitchen. Stow or get rid of any unnecessary items.
- Clear the countertops. Leave no more than two appliances in view. This will give the impression that there’s a lot of counter space available.
- Make sure the sink shines. If regular cleaners don’t work, there are a number of specialty products available for cleaning sinks of all kinds, including stainless steel.
- Consider making upgrades. You could do something as simple as replacing cabinetry hardware, or go as far as installing a new countertop.
- Paint or stain cabinetry. One of the most affordable and impactful improvements you can make to the kitchen is painting. A new coat of paint or other finish can make older, worn cabinets look like new.
- Add some fresh flowers in a vase. Flowers brighten up any room, especially the kitchen.
Let’s face it. If you’re selling your home, you probably don’t want to spend the time or money on a complete landscaping project. Luckily, you probably don’t need to. There are a number of affordable ways to improve curb appeal and impress buyers who drive up to your home.You can make a big impact by creating a more welcoming entrance. For example, paint the front door and frame, and place potted plants on either side.You can also significantly improve your curb appeal by not only mowing the lawn, but also pruning trees and shrubs.Use a power washer to clean the walkways and driveway. A good cleaning can make them look almost new.And, don’t forget the front windows. Make sure window coverings look just as good from the outside as they do inside. Give Outdoor Furniture a Facelift
As the summer stretches on, and your patio furnishings start to show the signs of use, you may want to try these simple ways of restoring them to their original lustre.Before trying any of these techniques, always test in an inconspicuous area first. For vinyl cushions and fabrics without specific instructions for upkeep, try a mixture of water and mild detergent with an “oxicleansing” additive for stains. Avoid chlorine bleach that can corrode stitching and cause discolouration. Rinse thoroughly and dry without direct sunlight.Furniture frames require specific care, depending on the material. Wicker should be vacuumed and/or brushed before a gentle washing and rinsing with a garden hose (not a power washer). Aluminum frames will keep their appearance longer if you apply and buff a coating of car wax after wiping clean and drying. Natural woods fare well when scrubbed with commercial oil soap (not detergent), and can retain their integrity longer with a weather-resistant stain or urethane treatment. To help your outdoor furniture last from season to season, invest in weather-resistant slip covers.