home selling

The Home-Selling Checklist

Before selling your home, you’ll want to make sure it is ready to be seen by potential buyers. Follow the next five steps to ensure that your house sells for the maximum value.

First Step: Paint

First, make sure that the paint is up to date. You may need to skim coat your walls. Skim coat, also called mud, is a thin layer of seam compound that can be used to repair or smooth damaged walls. You may need a skim jacket if you want to repair cracks, fill in joints, or flatten the area with an existing flat surface. Use a spatula or drywall knife to lay a layer of skim coat on rough walls or ceilings to form a flat surface for painting or wallpaper. Usually, two to four layers need to be applied before the surface is smooth. Examine the walls and ceiling for damage. If there is a lot of damage (notches, cracks, large holes), you have to fix them first. You may only need to complete the connection between the new plasters, maybe you have to complete the broken plaster or plaster-gypsum board joints, or you have many years of settlement or vibration Plan to repair plaster that will begin to break down.

Skim coating is a texturing technique used to smooth walls. Drywallers use this technique to hide imperfect taping work and give the wall only a plaster-like appearance and the smoothest surface. Non-oiling coatings are the only way to achieve class 5 drywall completion and many industry groups, including painting contractors, recommend them.

Second Step: Repairs

Some of these tips are quite simple, while others may need more elbow grease. But once the buyers have begun to show up at your location, you will benefit. When you are ready to sell, check your home for damaged parts, broken equipment, and spaces that need cleaning or exhilaration. Our home maintenance checklist will guide you through common home repairs that may affect your family's value, especially when you are examining each area. Taking an assessment can also help you decide what needs to be corrected. The total cost of repair depends on the condition of your home. Once you have listed the repairs you need, decide for yourself what you can do and where you need expert help. Compare quotes from multiple contractors so that you can consider the price range. Look at the whole house and consider if you need to make some improvements.

Third Step: Check the Foundation

Concrete is essentially a very porous material. It absorbs moisture naturally. Cracks in the concrete floor are completely expected and not a structural problem, but be sure to check the foundation with a specialist.

Fourth Step: Landscaping

Be sure that your yard looks good. Hire a professional to keep everything neatly trimmed. This includes mowing the lawn and keeping shrubs and trees manageable. Also, be sure to clean off your patio.

Fifth Step: Cleaning

Finish by sweeping, mopping, and dusting the whole house clean. This includes making sure that there are no signs of dirt or stains. Countertops, sinks, showers and toilets are the main places to keep clean. Roll up your sleeves and go to work. Save some money by using homemade cleaning products

Next, plant the “for sale’ sign in your front yard and discuss with your realtor. Then, you’ll be all set to start showing your property.

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Make your home ownership goals a reality this season!


Now that we’ve reached back-to-school month and will soon be stepping into fall, it’s time to check the progress made during summer’s radiant selling season.

If you’re considering selling your home, strike while the iron is hot. Home prices are up 5.8% from this time last year, affording sellers a prime position as they eye their next purchase. Buyers take heart, too: new single-family homes priced between $200,000 and $250,000 are currently the fastest-growing division for home builders. That means inventory is being added at a quick clip, and buyers can relish contemporary options at an affordable price.

What’s more? The economy is enjoying robust health in the areas of employment and rising wages. This paves the way for seasoned and first-time home buyers alike to make a sound investment in today’s spirited market. 

It’s hard to part with summer, but there’s still time to make your home ownership goals a reality this season. Get in touch with us today and end this year on a high note. We’ll outline all you need to know when it comes to assessing your real estate options and opportunities in 2017 and beyond.

Alright Spring... Do Your Thing

Spring has finally sprung! A change in season means a change in the housing market, too. The biggest buying and selling periods are just up ahead, and with a host of new inventory soon to be hitting the market, spring is the ideal time in which to buy or sell your home.

For those with hopes to sell in the coming months, there is no shortage of demand out there, which has driven average prices to a thirty-one month high. If you’re a seller, this means you can rest assured that your property will garner top dollar—making the transition to your next property a financially-sound transition.

For those interested in buying a home, fear not! Not only do the spring and summer selling seasons signal imminent inventory growth, but the National Homebuilders Association has also expressed optimism for the coming months, citing a high ceiling for growth and a positive outlook for the summer months—prime building season.

All in all, April is the perfect time to get in on the ground floor of the busy upcoming months. Get in touch with a trusted realtor today and explore your options, whatever your next chapter may bring.