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Top 3 Faux Pas That Can Scare Off Buyers

by Lisa Bray

Top 3 Faux Pas That Can Scare Off Buyers

So, you’re finally ready to get your home on the market and sell your property. Great! But before you put up that open house sign, make sure your house is not guilty of displaying the top 3 faux pas that can scare off buyers.

1.) Do you smell what I smell? There’s an old adage in the real estate industry. “If you can smell it, you can’t sell it.” Potential buyers don’t want to walk into you home and be assaulted by the smells of pets, mold, stale cigarette smoke, or unpleasant odors. I’ve shown many homes, and I can’t tell you the number of buyers I’ve had not even finish a home tour because of bad smells. Buyers want to envision themselves in your property. Don’t give them a reason to turn and run. Be sure to change your air filters and rid your space of nasty odors. Not sure if your home can pass the smell test? Your real estate agent or an honest, trusted friend can help you make sure your home comes out smelling like a rose.

2.) Clean up clutter. Time and time again, I see countertops and tables covered with dishes or figurines, refrigerators hidden behind clunky magnets, walls plastered with photos, and so much furniture in one room buyers can barely scoot by without knocking something over. The key to attracting buyers is to, whenever possible, keep it simple. Because they want to visualize their own items in your house, the less of your stuff they see the better. Removing clutter opens up a room and makes it more spacious, something most everyone is looking for. So clear off those counter tops, file away that stack of untidy mail, and pack extra furniture, books, and space stealers away.

3.) Take care of your space. Ripped up screen doors. Broken gates. Overgrown weeds. Stained carpets. Wear and tear of a home is normal, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time. But items that show your home is in desperate need of maintenance can scare potential buyers away. It’s in your best interest to make cost efficient repairs to your home so that buyers won’t be deterred by the possible cost of fixing things themselves. Keeping your home well-maintained and staying on top of repairs can mean the difference between a sale and a fail.

If you need help getting your home ready to sell and want to avoid faux pas that could scare off buyers, please contact me today. -Lisa

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3 Fresh Kitchen Trends for Spring 2014

by Lisa Bray

3 Fresh Kitchen Trends for Spring 2014

Spring is finally here and with it usually comes an urge to clean and refresh the home. Seeing how the kitchen is where most of us spend the most time entertaining our families, it’s only natural that would be the first place we’d like to update. There’s a reason the kitchen is the heart of the home, and when you see these 3 fresh kitchen trends for spring, you’ll see why!

1.) Go Natural

Long gone are your parents’ days of stark white kitchens. This year, we’re seeing an ushering of more natural tones and materials in kitchens. If it comes from the earth, it’s finding its way into kitchens. From walls to countertops, designers and homeowners are infusing looks that have a more textured, natural feel such as real brick wall veneers and authentic soaring wood beams. The headline in the latest issue of Essential Kitchen and Bathroom Business Magazine states, ‘Ikea looks to revolutionize the kitchen industry’. This invites the look of natural wood and stone counter tops and warmer copper accessories in lieu of stainless steel.

2.) Go Open

Cupboards are now becoming art statements, as kitchen trends are moving towards open shelving. Now, instead of hiding dishes, glasses, and accessories behind closed cabinetry, designers and homeowners are opting to show off that good china. There’s definitely a rise in manufactures implementing open shelving in their 2014 kitchen designs according to freshhome.com.

3.) Go Outside

Since kitchens are trending for more open and natural themes, it’s no surprise that there’d be a rise in creating outdoor kitchens as well. Why not take the party outside? Sure, our hot Arizona summers can limit the appeal of enjoying an outdoor kitchen, but employing a good fan and mister system with the addition of an ice cold mini bar can allow even the most heat sensitive guests a break. These days, nothing complements a nice patio set or grill more than an outside kitchen to gather family and friends around. Got a pool? An outdoor kitchen with versatile easy to clean finishes is an added bonus.

What’s your favorite kitchen trend of the year? If you’re looking for some additional ideas on refreshing your kitchen and home, please contact me.  -Lisa

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