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Summertime Curb Appeal

by The Jana Caudill Team

There are many standard do’s and don’ts when staging your Crown Point, St. John, or Valparaiso home for sale.  De-clutter, have a garage sale, clean-up, fix-up.  You name it.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind specific to showing your home during the summer months.

  1. Curb appeal.  I know, I know, your home’s curb appeal is important year round.  I agree.  The reason curb appeal is especially important during spring and summer is home buyers are more likely to pay extra attention to more than just the exterior of the physical house.  They’re looking at how well manicured the lawn is.  They’re looking at blooming flowers and trees…or the lack thereof; lush lawns or bald patches of earth.  Ask yourself is your yard well taken care of or does it appear somewhat neglected?  If the buyer sees the outside of the home as neglected, can you blame them for assuming the same thing about the inside even before they see it?
  2. Backyard appeal is very similar to curb appeal.  Backyard’s go hand in hand with summer, and you want potential buyers to picture themselves enjoying a backyard barbeque while watching their children and the family dog playing within the secure confines of a fenced in area.  Tidy up the patio and clean lawn furniture.  Get rid of that old coffee can you have always kept out back for smokers’ cigarette butts.  Be vigilant about clearing the lawn of doggie landmines before showings.  Think about the sights and scents in your backyard.  Enhance the good ones, and banish the bad ones.
  3. Invite the outside in.  Open drapes and let in as much natural light as possible and open windows to allow fresh air in.  If hot summer temperatures require air conditioning, be sure the temperature is set at a comfortable level.  A home that is too cold is just as uncomfortable as one that is too warm.

Showing Secrets Part 2 - Scents!

by The Jana Caudill Team

You want prospective home buyers to walk away with the best possible impression when they leave your home and head to the next house for viewing, so at the end of the day when they look back and discuss which properties they liked best (and why) you are on their short list for a return visit.

Home sellers naturally focus on how a home looks more so than the home’s potential impact on the other four senses combined.  But let’s not forget, at least for this article, your sense of smell.

Have you ever smelled a wet dog?  How about mildew, cigarette smoke, or cat urine?  Get the stinky picture?  Foul odors in the home can kill a buyer’s interest quicker than anything else.  The reason?  If you see a broken fence slat, or an outdated bathroom, or worn carpet the solution is easily identifiable.  Fix it, update it, replace it, and so on.  When there is an unpleasant odor involved suddenly people think the worst, and may not even get ten steps inside the door before turning to leave, and immediately writing your home off instead of writing an offer.  Bad smells affect us more negatively than ugly paint or chipped tile.  Even if mitigated, we will always remember that one room that smelled like a cat box.

Here are some tips for dealing with potential odor issues, including ground lemon in the garbage disposal and deodorizing sprays versus scented candles.  Think about the aroma of fresh baked bread in the kitchen!  Warm and inviting, huh?  Everyone remember the Easy Bake Oven?

You can find more tips for buyers and sellers at our blog page, and if you ever have a question for our team regarding Real Estate in Northwest Indiana let us know by clicking on of the links.  We promise to get back to you right away!

Showing Secrets Part 1 - Lights!

by The Jana Caudill Team

Staging your home for sale is all about accentuating highlights without drawing attention to negatives or low lights.

Open up all window coverings to take advantage of natural lighting.  A bright home is a cheery home, and natural sun light enhances the positive atmosphere of your great indoors.  One caveat: if you generally leave a set of blinds closed because you don’t like the view a window provides on the rusty water tower, or your neighbor’s obnoxious choice of exterior paint, go ahead and leave those closed.  No sense bringing extra attention where none is needed.

As far as lighting goes, turn on all interior lights for the same reason.  Just keep the television off!  We want potential buyers looking at your home not at reruns of American Idol.  Use spot lights or floor lamps for particularly dim corners, nooks and crannies.

If the season is appropriate light a fire in the fireplace.  Be sure the fire is properly screened for safety, and your fireplace is functioning correctly.  The warmth and glow of a fire in the hearth is a wonderful way to help potential buyers picture themselves living in your home.

Here are some more tips on staging and preparing your home for showings.  Also check out our Seller's Resource Page for great tips on everything from “Making Your Home Shine” to “Hiring a Real Estate Agent.”

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