Spring Cleaning = A House Ready To Sell NOW!

Spring Cleaning = A House Ready To Sell NOW!

Housewife with rag

It’s February and even though temperatures can still struggle to get above freezing there are weekends where temps are very Spring-like and EVERYBODY will be out doing important things like:

  • Going to the park for a picnic, or
  • Strolling a shopping paradise like Avalon in Alpharetta, or
  • Looking for a home like yours while interest rates are still really good!!

Every year there are Home Owners just like you who think, “This is the year we move into our dream home,” only to realize your own home may not be ready to Sell!  Yikes!  With demand at a steady and consistent high, you CAN sell your home for top dollar when you follow these 5 simple musts:

  1. Fresh Paint in a Neutral Color
  2. Update Kitchen
  3. Update Bathrooms
  4. Update Carpet with Neutral Colors
  5. Landscaping

ONE: Fresh Paint, in a neutral color, is your first and least expensive MUST.  A gallon of paint covers approximately 400 square feet of wall space. Very light shades of gray, eggshell, and taupe are great choices.  Why?  Because your prospective Buyers cannot see past that Navy Blue Accent Wall in your Bedroom! So, give them a great backdrop for their furnishings in the form of FRESH PAINT in a Neutral Color.

TWO: Update your Kitchen!   A) New faucet for your sink;  B) new parts for your stovetop;  C) updated pulls/knobs;  D) re-finish the cabinet fronts;  E) go hardwoods, or hardwood embossed ceramic tile; or F) All of the above!   Be budget friendly, and do as many of the five Kitchen updates you can!  There is no greater return on your Update-Dollars than in the Kitchen!

THREE: Update your Bathrooms!  A) New faucets (that match) for each bathroom and tub;  B) re-finish cabinetry and pulls/knobs;  C) go hardwood embossed ceramic tiles;  D) All of the above!  Same as your Kitchen.  Be budget friendly and do as many makeover pieces as you can, concentrating on the Master Bath, and most-used other bathroom.  If they don’t match in paint and fixtures, make sure they do.  Think Model Home!

FOUR:  Update any carpeting with Neutral Colors.  Hopefully your deep-pile, shag carpeting is gone.  Get current on your carpeting and go neutral just like on the walls.  Pink Carpet is great in your little girl’s room UNLESS you’re moving!  Go neutral!  And if hardwoods, or tile that simulates hardwoods, are less expensive than carpeting?  Choose the non-carpet option.  Most important are neutral color and budget friendly!

FIVE:  Landscaping = Curb Appeal!  If people driving by your house don’t see a pretty yard, it’s likely they won’t stop. If the paint is peeling, they won’t stay. More than any other single update, overgrown yards give the impression that home maintenance is not important.  If you won’t keep up your yard, that everyone can see, what else is being ignored??  That’s the impression overgrown islands, old mulch, and hedges that desperately need trimming can make.  Like #3 – think Model Home, and make the outside a head-turner!

The unofficial NUMBER SIX is call me!!  My team and I will properly advise you on how best to get your home ready to sell AND put you in touch with professionals whose job it is to make it happen!  Let’s do our Spring Cleaning Musts!

My Best Always,


FYI:  For Everything else, visit my friends at FunHappyHome.com and find the 7 Benefits of Spring Cleaning!

Housewife with rag

Which HOUSE will be YOUR Valentine?

Which HOUSE will be YOUR Valentine?

Next week our love affair with love has its special day. Valentines Day!

Hopefully you already have that special someone, or are dreaming of them.  BUT! Is your house also your home?   That’s a love affair that gets no press this time of year, but think about these things we say

  • I love my home in the country!
  • I love that my home is so close to my work!
  • I love being at home on rainy days!

How many times do you speak of the LOVE you have for your home, its design, location, or features?  LOTS!  Unless you don’t!   My Team and I are Real Estate Matchmakers!  We can put you into a home that is positively DREAMY!  The one YOU’LL LOVE!  In the country – in the best school district – close to work – Master on Main – large level yard – 3 car garage – 4 sides brick – in a cul de sac –  near MARTA – walking distance to restaurants and boutiques . . . .  You name it, it’s part of  YOUR DREAM HOME, THE ONE YOU WILL LOVE, and it’s waiting to meet you!  Call me, so my Team can get you two crazy lovebirds together!

Happy Valentines Day (in your new home!)



Super Bowl, Super Home, Super Purchase!

Super Bowl, Super Home, Super Purchase!

What do the Super Bowl, a Super Home, and a Super Purchase have in common??

Other than they are all ‘SUPER’ more than you might think! 

Buyers! This weekend is the PERFECT time go shopping for your new home.  Why?  In spite of all the Super Bowl Party talk, the numbers work out to a 50/50 split.  50% of people planning to watch the big game will either host a party, go to a party, or watch the game at a Bar (only 5%).  The other 50% will be home all afternoon this Sunday.  You only have to be concerned about the 5% who will feel pushed to get to a Bar for a good seat.  The remaining 95% will either be home all afternoon or at least until 4:00pm.  Add to that number the percentage of people who will NOT be watching the game at all! Awesome.  Let’s GO!

Sellers! This weekend is the PERFECT time to show your newly listed home!  Why?  Well, much like the first paragraph, 95% of people planning to watch the game will not be in front of TV before 4:30, and none of the people who DO NOT intend to watch the game will be waiting on it to come on.

Buyers!  Get out there and lock down YOUR Super Home this weekend!   Follow the plan of my Team, and you will likely be making a SUPER PURCHASE!

Sellers! Call me to get your home listed BEFORE Saturday, and when it’s priced right, the foot traffic will be better than the Super Bowl!

The Team to root for THIS weekend is MY TEAM at Keller Williams in Roswell!  We cover North Fulton, Forsyth, Cobb, and Cherokee, and can help you find or list your Super Home for a Super Purchase!  Awesome.  Let’s GO!

My best always!