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Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 9/24/2017

When youíre getting ready to sell your home, thereís probably a lot of things going through your mind. Youíll want to get the most return on your investment. You hope to sell in a timely manner. You are probably also busy making plans for where youíre moving next. Below, youíll find some things to think about before you even put a ďFor SaleĒ sign out front: 


Research Agentsí Marketing Strategies 


Most homebuyers start their home search online. If people donít like what they see on a screen, they certainly arenít going to waste their time going to the property in person. This means that your home is going to need pictures to help it sell. Some agents even create short videos of properties and neighborhoods to help buyers get a better feel for the area. You can work with your agent to make sure that these things are done. Be a proactive seller! You might even be able to make a video of your home on your own.  


Post Your Listing On Social Media


Pretty much everyone is on social media and checks the sites frequently. Even if none of your first degree connections are searching for a home, someone may have a prospect for you who would be the perfect candidate to purchase your home. Sharing is definitely  caring in this case! 


Your neighbors are probably some of your social media connections as well. Itís nice for the people who live in the neighborhood to know that youíre moving so that they can ďchooseĒ a new neighbor in the event that they know someone who is looking to buy a home.


Part With Some Of Your Stuff


Buyers will be more attracted to your home if they get some benefits with it. Consider leaving some of your things behind when youíre selling a house. Any item including your washer and dryer to your plasma TV to your kitchen table can make a difference in how well your home sells.  


Focus On Staging


You should stage both the interior and the exterior of your home to give a great first impression for home showings. The exterior of your home should present immaculate landscaping. If any paint touch-ups can be made quickly, you should do that as well. Show potential buyers the way that your home presents the maximum amount of enjoyment. If youíre able keep the furniture displayed inside of the home, show potential buyers your best set up. People will get a better idea of things like where the couch will go, and how their own kitchen table will fit in the dining area when the home is well staged. 


Price The Home Reasonably


Itís important that you and your agent work together to know the market. Your home should be priced competitively along with others in the neighborhood. You donít want to give the home away, but one of the worst things that you can do when selling your home is to out-price yourself. Research is key when it comes to pricing your home appropriately.




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Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 9/17/2017

Who says your ordinary residence can't become a "smart" home? Now, there are many state-of-the-art smart home technologies you can deploy to transform a standard house into one that will capture homebuyers' attention in a competitive real estate market. Some of the top smart home technologies for today's home sellers include: 1. Thermostats Remember the old days when you had to set your thermostat manually? Thanks to high-quality smart thermostats, you can program your thermostat to ensure your home maintains an optimal temperature at all times. Whether you want your home to be warm in winter or cool in summer, a smart thermostat empowers you to maintain the ideal temperature consistently. Also, a smart thermostat may help you cut down on your heating and cooling bills significantly. And if you're able to highlight this energy savings to prospective homebuyers, you may be able to differentiate your residence from others in today's real estate market. 2. Smoke Detectors Imagine what it would be like if you were notified on your smartphone or tablet in the event of an emergency at your home. With top-of-the-line smart smoke detectors, you now can transform this dream into a reality instantly. A smart smoke detector typically is inexpensive but can make a world of difference for homeowners. This device often is simple to set up and guarantees you'll be alerted if your smoke alert goes off. Installing smart smoke detectors throughout your residence is a great way to enhance the quality of your residence. Remember, homebuyers will notice all the small things during a home showing, and the addition of smart smoke detectors could be a positive influence on a homebuyer's decision to purchase your residence. 3. Light Bulbs New smart light bulbs are available that are embedded with deluxe motion sensors. That way, these bulbs can detect when you are in a particular room and illuminate the area accordingly. In addition, smart light bulbs usually are energy efficient, providing you with yet another way to cut down on your energy bills. Implementing smart light bulbs throughout your home may seem costly, but it actually may help you save money over an extended period of time. Furthermore, home sellers who install smart light bulbs can add another distinct feature to their residence, and ultimately, may make their home that much more appealing to prospective homebuyers. Smart home technologies are changing the way homeowners manage their residences, and new devices and tools likely will become available that empower property owners to enhance the quality of their homes as well. However, today's home sellers should take advantage of smart home technologies as much as possible. By doing so, home sellers can work toward improving their residences and maximizing the value of their homes. When it comes to selling your home, you should be prepared to think outside the box. And with smart home technologies, you'll be better equipped to ensure your home makes a memorable impression on homebuyers. Incorporate smart home technologies into your residence today, and you'll be able to improve your residence quickly and effortlessly.





Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 9/10/2017

Thereís no doubt that we all have our preferred colors, whether itís for our cars, our clothing, or our homes. However, there are colors that are favored over others--colors that work well in any environment.

When it comes to painting the inside and outside of your home, good colors decisions can make your home appeal to more buyers and get you higher offers.

In todayís post, weíre going to talk about which colors are ideal for your home if youíre hoping to increase its purchase value.

General rules for choosing paint colors

While there are specific colors and techniques for each room of a home, there are also general rules that apply to painting in general.

First, note that it is pleasing to the eye if a room transitions from dark to light vertically--the floor being the darkest, the wall color in the middle, and the ceiling the brightest. While we canít say with certainty why that is, a good guess would be because thatís house things usually appear in nature, with the sky being the brightest thing in your line of sight.

Next, understand that painting with darker colors and matte finishes may make a room appear darker and smaller. Glossy or semi-gloss paint with bright colors will reflect more light and make a room look and feel more spacious.

You may have noticed some homes tend to have a continuity to them that is hard to explain. Thereís a good chance this is because of the colors used. Having a color palette for your home that uses different shades of a color is a good way to tie the whole home together

Finally, while there are many colors that will work in various rooms of the home, blue happens to be the most preferred color to new buyers. Itís a safe bet that a light blue will work well if youíre at a loss for what color to paint a room.

Next, letís take a look at each part of your home to find the best colors to use.

  • Exterior. Choosing exterior colors, such as your siding, doors, and trim can be a difficult decision for most homeowners. Itís a good idea to stick with colors associate with the architectural style of your home. Also, be sure to take note of the colors in your neighborhood--you donít match your neighbors completely, but you donít want to stand out too much either. A good way to differentiate your home is to use a bold accent color on your front door or shutters.

  • Kitchen. The kitchen should be a warm and welcoming place. Colors like white, gray, and light red all work well in the kitchen. Choose a color that doesnít overshadow your appliances and cabinets--let those be the bold colors of the room.

  • Bedrooms. Bedrooms, especially childrenís rooms, are a place where you have more room to experiment with fun colors. Nearly any color can work in a bedroom, even darker colors, if complemented by light-colored decorations and furnishings. If your master bedroom has a bathroom connected to it, try using the same or a color that will complement the bedroom.

  • Home office. Offices are surprisingly versatile. Many different styles work for different people and their vocations and hobbies. If your home office has a classic look--wooden desk, gold lamps, etc.--a brown or tan color will work well. However, if the office is more modern and creative, a white, gray, or bold green or blue are fitting.

  • Bathroom. For the main bathroom, use a bright color as bathrooms tend to be one of the smaller rooms in a home. Bright colors are also easier to work in the mirror by to improve lighting.




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Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 9/3/2017

Preparations that you take to get your house up to code standards, improve its functionality, cleanliness and appearance could yield a successful home sell. Give yourself enough time to complete the preparations identified below. It could shorten the time that it takes you to sell your current house.

  • Clean up. Toss out unnecessary items, old furniture, accessories, old clothes and gadgets that are only taking up space. If you havenít used a product in two years or more, you probably donít need it.
  • Perform necessary repairs, such as sealing cracks, replacing bubbled floor tiles and repairing leaking pipes. Be honest and repair areas of your home that potential buyers may not spot or focus on. This includes insulation, wiring and roofing issues. Treat potential buyers to the same respect and care that you want when you start shopping for your next home.
  • Paint. Apply neutral colors to your walls. Loud colors might highlight your personality. But, they could also turn away buyers.
  • Get your house inspected. Ensure that you have made all necessary repairs and that your house meets local coding standards. Use the fact that your house has been inspected and meets code standards as a marketing tool.
  • Find a licensed and experienced real estate agent to partner with. The more the real estate agent knows the area where you live, the better. That expanded knowledge will help the realtor to alert potential buyers, particularly people who are venturing into a new area for the first time, to dining, entertainment, academic, historic and other highlights in or near where you live. Partnering with a real estate agent who has an active license gives you the confidence that youíre working with a realtor who is current on regulations impacting the industry.
  • Save time and commissions fees by working with the same real estate agent who sells your house to find your next home. Avoid taking on two mortgages.
  • Research the market. Talk with friends and colleagues and, of course, leverage your realtorís knowledge to set a price on the house that youíre selling. You want the price to be competitive for buyers yet profitable for you.
  • Advertise your home online and offline. Ask your realtor to tell you good places to advertise that your house is for sale. Itís an interactive world. Take advantage of this and create a walk-through video of your house. Donít forget to show pictures and videos of the outside of your home as well.
  • Stage your home similar to how apartments stage their model units.
Practice patience. As tempting as it is to accept the first offer, you may be able to get a better deal. Stick as close as you can to the price that you set for your house early in the home selling process. Also, make sure that the amount you sell your house for covers any outstanding debts that you owe your mortgage lender. Repairs and upgrades that you make to your house could position you to recoup enough from the sale of your house to cover closing costs and a portion of the down payment on your next home.





Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 8/27/2017

Excitement and the chance to live in a better neighborhood and a house that meets all of your family's needs and wants isn't the only thing that packing and moving brings. Moving to a new house can bring feelings of insecurity, uncertainty and even anxiety. You're not the only one who might experience feelings of unease as a house move nears. Your kids might feel stressed about the change.

How moving to a new house could unnerve your kids

If your kids have gone through just one unpleasant change, they might associate change with unwanted experiences. Whether you realize it or not, your kids could think that moving to a new home will bring bad changes their way. For example, your children might create images of not:

  • Fitting in with kids who already live in the new neighborhood
  • Seeing their current friends, the kids who live in the neighborhood you're leaving, again
  • Adjusting well to attending a new school
  • Feeling left out as they become the "new kid" everywhere they go

These fears can create physical symptoms. Your children might:

  • Feel nauseous
  • Experience significant appetite changes and eat more or less
  • Struggle to get a good night of sleep
  • Sleep more than normal as a way to avoid dealing with unwanted thoughts and emotions
  • Spend more time alone as they ponder the many experiences that the move could create

Helping your kids enjoy a stress free house move

To reduce your children's stress, include them in move discussions. Start talking with your kids about a house move as soon as you start giving serious consideration to relocating. This helps your children to feel heard and important.

Talking with your children about moving to a new home lets your children know that their thoughts about moving really matter. It gives your kids a voice.

Fortunately, there are more ways to help your kids adjust to a house move. You could:

  • Take your kids with you the next time you visit neighborhoods that you're seriously thinking about moving to.
  • Let your children know what each member of the family can do to make the move smooth
  • Point out great features of the new house
  • Highlight advantages that your kids can gain from the move (e.g. more sports events, better schools, more entertainment options)
  • Plan moves when your children don't have other major events going on in their lives
  • Ask your children to share their thoughts and feelings about the move with you (but, don't pressure your kids to talk)
  • Observe your kids and offer assistance and support as needed (For example, you might share uneasiness that you feel about packing, meeting new neighbors and getting accustomed to a new work commute.)

Stress free house moves for kids don't happen on their own

Bills, house repairs and hours of heavy lifting and packing may cost you sleep as you prepare to move into a new house. You might even think that your spouse and you are the only people who are losing sleep because you keep thinking about what will happen after you move. But, you'd be wrong. Your kids might be worried about the move.

Start talking to your kids early about house moves to reduce, and maybe even eliminate, house move worries. Also, take other focused actions to make moving to a new house and neighborhood stress free for you and your kids.




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