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Sell Your Home With These Quick and Easy Home Repair Projects You Can Do in a Weekend

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Even simple renovations can make a home seem much more desirable in the eyes of prospective buyers. Here are some easy DIY projects to help pique buyer interest in your home.

Refresh your walls with some paint. You can give drab, washed-out rooms a compelling burst of depth by adding a fresh coat of paint. Ideally, you should try to keep things neutral, so prospective buyers will have an easier time picturing themselves and their possessions in the property. Be sure to prime water stains, crayon marks and other flaws before painting, so they won’t bleed through. You should also choose a nice eggshell or satin paint sheen for the walls and a semi-gloss or gloss paint for trim and woodwork.

Add privacy by installing interior shutters. Commonly used in urban and southern homes, interior shutters add architectural and historical detail to a home. They also filter out overwhelming sunlight, reduce cooling bills and add an element of privacy, especially on windows facing neighboring homes. A quick and easy weekend DIY project, interior shutters are easy to install on any window because they attach to the frame that either sits within the window opening or on the outside of the window casing.

quick and easy home repair projectsReplace fixtures. New fixtures can have a dramatic effect on every room of your home. Whether it’s fresh lighting fixtures, an updated faucet or a new towel rack, even minor enhancements can significantly transform the look and feel of a home. New switch plates and outlet covers allow you to freshen up rooms without having to put forth much effort. You can make these renovations in a matter of hours for a relatively small investment. Many people are shocked when they see just how much new fixtures can alter the aesthetic of their homes. 

Revive an old deck. Years of weather and neglect can leave decks looking gray. That said, even the most hopeless-looking wood deck can be revived. You can use a power washer to “burn” the gray layer away and expose fresh, raw wood. You can then brush on a protective coat of semitransparent stain to shield it from the elements. The end result can be dramatic. Just be sure to always power wash along with the grain of the wood to keep from damaging your deck. 

Add some low-cost flooring. Long before plastic-laminate planks and sheet flooring, there was vinyl tile. Originally designed as an alternative to cheap-looking linoleum, vinyl tile grew in popularity because it was easy to clean, colorful and crack-resistant. These days, it’s available in all sorts of dynamic patterns, colors and textures, making it easy to craft checkerboard designs and floors with compelling contrasting borders. Consider it as a quick, cost-effective way to refresh dining areas, laundry rooms and entryways. 

Enhance your entryway. Since your home’s entryway is the very first thing buyers will see, you should spend some extra time enhancing its appearance. A welcoming front porch can significantly elevate your home’s curb appeal. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and dress it up with new hardware. Add a welcome mat and potted plant to your front porch and consider installing outdoor lighting to illuminate the walkway. 

Spruce up your landscaping. Attractive shrubs and colorful plants can add powerful curb appeal to any home. When shopping at your area garden center, however, be sure to “think green.” Choose plants that are drought-tolerant or native to the region. Since these plants require less water, they will flourish without a lot of oversight or maintenance. This will help save you time while you are trying to sell your home and give a you a valuable selling point for busy buyers who don’t have much of a green thumb. 

Boost your backyard. You can easily create an attractive outdoor patio over the weekend by strategically placing flagstone in your backyard. Add potted plants, exterior lighting and outdoor seating, such as a weatherproof bistro set or an eclectic collection of colorful chairs to craft a quaint backyard escape that extends your home’s living space. 

If you’re thinking about selling your home, The Wheaton Team can help. We specialize in residential real estate in Colorado Springs and the entire El Paso County. Let us help simplify the complicated selling process and help you sell your property for a price that meets your expectations. Contact us today to get started!

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Avoid These Common Pitfalls When Selling Your Home

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Selling a home can be emotionally challenging and surprisingly time-consuming, especially if you’ve never done it before. Unless they are experienced, it’s easy for sellers to make lots of mistakes when dealing with such a complex transaction. Here are some common missteps to avoid when placing your home on the market.

Not Hiring a Real Estate Agent

Some people think they can save money by selling their homes without help. Unfortunately, this usually isn’t the case. According to recent surveys, less than 10% of FSBO (for-sale-by-owner) homes actually sell. That means nine out of ten homeowners are unable to sell their properties when they go it alone. 

There are a lot of reasons why FSBOs fail, including: 

  • FSBOs don’t typically know how to handle showings
  • FSBOs aren’t sure how to negotiate purchase offers
  • FSBOs don’t have experience negotiating home inspection findings
  • FSBOs aren’t sure how to leverage the best marketing strategies
  • FSBOs don’t always properly price their homes for sale

In addition to helping sellers navigate the confusing process of selling a home, experienced agents know how to pique interest in prospective buyers. This streamlines the entire process and increases the chances that a seller will be happy with the final sales price. 

Overvaluing Their Homes

Every home seller wants to get optimal value for their properties. Far too often, however, they let their emotions cloud their judgment. The most important factor that should determine your asking price is what comparable homes in your area have sold for. Secondary factors include market strength, local demand, location, and the home’s condition; but these are less important than the comparative price of similar inventory in your area. 

When homeowners overprice their homes, they tend to receive a lot of discouraging lowball offers. On the other hand, they will usually get more competitive offers when they price their homes appropriately in relation to their local markets. 

Hiding Key Flaws

Think buyers will overlook that musty smell of leaky roof? Think again. If they have a savvy agent, you can expect buyers to get a professional home inspection after you accept their offer. If the inspector uncovers a major problem, it could delay your closing date or torpedo the deal.pitfalls of selling your home 2

It’s important to take care of repairs if you are aware of them, or you could leave yourself open to a lawsuit down the road. You may also want to consider paying for a home inspection before you list your property to make sure it’s in great condition for prospective buyers.

Not Leaving Showings to Your Agent

When homeowners stick around for showings, it can make buyers feel awkward. People want to be able to imagine themselves living in a home without having the current owners breathe down their necks. Although it may feel difficult, it’s best to let your agent handle all showings.

You should also take your agent’s advice about preparing your home for showings. This will usually mean decluttering and repositioning furniture to accentuate certain aspects of a home. It may also mean depersonalizing the property to make it easier for buyers to envision it as a home for their family. 

Entering the Market Blindly

Before selling your home, you need to carefully examine your real estate market. Unless you are familiar with the local housing market and relevant statistics, it’s generally best to work with an agent. An experienced professional will know how to price a home and make it stand out among similar inventory. He or she will also be able to help you choose the best time to list your home to maximize interest and ensure a higher asking price. This is especially important, since listing at the wrong time of year can cause a home to languish on the market. 

Things to Consider

There are a ton of common home-selling mistakes that can cost homeowners thousands of dollars. It’s important to remember that selling a home is a business transaction and try to eliminate emotions when making decisions. It’s also important to work with a reputable real estate agent who can guide you through every step of the complex selling process.

If you’re thinking of selling your existing home, contact The Wheaton Team. Over the past ten years, we’ve earned a widespread reputation for specializing in residential real estate in Colorado Springs and all of El Paso County.

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When Is the Best Time to Sell Your Home and Why It Matters

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Selling a home can take weeks to months depending on your local market. If you list a property during specific dates, however, you might be able to speed up the process and get a higher price. Here’s what you should know about so-called “magic selling windows,” along with some instances where they might not be as effective.

 

Timing Matters

When you list your home at the right time, the benefits can be significant. According to research cited by Consumer Reports, when sellers list their homes during peak selling periods, they sell for an average premium of $1,700, with many going for much more. During this time, homes also go into contract an average of 19 days faster compared to the rest of the year.

 

When Is the Best Time?

When you look across the country, May is generally considered the best month to sell a home. With that said, the specific dates depend on local variables including climate and the local real estate markets. In some areas, such as Northern New Jersey and New York, the first two weeks of May provide an optimal time to sell. In other markets, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, the peak season comes during the final two weeks of May.

In Colorado, it’s generally better to sell in the first half of May. In metro Denver, sellers who list their properties during this period make on average $4,300 or 1.1 percent more on a sale. Homes also sell about six days faster on average compared to other times of the year.

 

Why Do Homes Sell Better in May?

In most parts of the country, spring attracts potential buyers who are finished hibernating and eager to do the legwork of visiting properties in person. Homes also tend to have much more curb appeal in the spring, when the grass is green, colorful flowers are blooming and homeowners have had a chance to spruce up their properties.

 

Things to Consider

While prices peak during the spring and summer and decline in the fall and winter, it doesn’t always work to a seller’s benefit. When deciding when to sell your home, you have to factor in much more than a calendar. For instance, mortgage rate changes can play a big role in determining home prices. When rates climb, buyers tend to get spooked, resulting in less demand for homes. This results in less buyer competition which ultimately drives down prices.

 

Should You Sell Your Home in the Spring?

As previously stated, spring is a popular time to list a home because warming weather tends to spur buyer activity. Since the weather generally cooperates, it’s also easier to enhance curb appeal and plan showings. Preparing a home for a sale also tends to be easier in spring, since homeowners can make improvements in milder weather free from extreme heat and snow.

Another good reason to list a house during the spring is that families with kids typically prefer to move when the school year won’t be disrupted. Since it usually takes a month or two from the time a contract is signed to the time the closing date arrives, a spring purchase will generally ensure that everything is in place by the start of the school year.

On the other hand, selling a home during the spring can work against you if your local area is saturated with competing inventory. This is especially true if your home lacks distinguishing features that make it stand out from the pack.

By contrast, if you wait to sell during the summer, fall or even winter, your house may be the only one of its kind on the market for several months. This could allow you to command a higher price from buyers who are desperate to move to your area and can’t really afford to wait.

This is why it’s so important to talk to an experienced real estate agent who can give you advice based on your unique situation and the state of the local market.

For nearly two decades, The Wheaton Team has specialized in residential real estate in Colorado Springs, Monument and all of El Paso County, Colorado. With 60-plus years of combined experience, our award-winning real estate professionals have developed a simple, three-step system to help guide homeowners through the complex selling process so they can get the price they want on a timeline that fits their schedule.

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Prepping To Sell During Quarantine

So now that you’re stuck indoors for the foreseeable future, you may be wondering how you are going to fill your time. If you have plans, or are just considering, putting your house on the market when this is all over, now is the best time to get it ready! What better way to pass the hours and be productive than preparing your house for sale? While some checklist items may be obvious, there may be a few to-do list boxes you aren’t sure you need to check. Here is a list for you to get your house ready for sale!

Start Outside

If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere having nice spring weather right now, take advantage of being outdoors without breaking any local rules. In most cases, you are permitted to enjoy the sunshine on your own property, so now is the best time to spruce up the outside. If you have a power washer, clean your siding and any sidewalks or driveways attached to your home. Boost your curb appeal by mowing the lawn, touching up any landscaping work.

Make Any Repairs

Take care of whatever repairs you can that don’t require an unnecessary trip to the store. Swap out old lightbulbs, fix that window that keeps jamming shut, and patch up any dents or scrapes on your indoor walls.

Make Your Home Inviting

If you have any paint on hand, give your front door a fresh coat and add a new floor mat (ordered online!) to make your home feel approachable. If a potential buyer doesn’t feel welcome approaching your home, they likely won’t want to live in it.

Declutter Your Home

This is the best time to realize how much you actually use items in your home. If you’ve been stuck indoors for several weeks and you still haven’t used an item, add it to your donate or toss pile. Not only is this great to help prepare for sale, but it will help your mental health while you are stuck inside. Clearing clutter is extremely beneficial for many reasons, and it will make your move that much easier.

Clean & Organize Your Home

After you’ve decluttered, it is time to clean and organize. When someone tours your home, they want to feel like it can be theirs. If your home is scattered with items and there is barely room to walk around, it will be hard for them to picture themselves living there. Having your items cleaned and organized will also help you when it is time to pack and move on!

Eliminate Odors

You are probably craving fresh air anyway, so why not spend those sunny days with every window in the house wide open! This will help eliminate any residual odors you aren’t aware of and it can help keep air flowing while you are using chemical products to deep clean your home.

Hope you enjoy our weekly BLOG POST and let us know if we can help in anyway,

The Wheaton Team

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Buying or Selling During A Pandemic

While it may only be temporary, the COVID-19 pandemic is touching everyone’s life in one way or another. If you are in the market to buy or sell your home, this can be a frightening time. With calls for social distancing and many businesses temporarily closing their doors, there is a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to real estate. If you are trying to buy or sell right now, here are some tips to help you make it through!

 

 

GO DIGITAL

Instead of opting for an open house, see if you can do a guided tour via Facetime or video marketing.

SANITIZE

If you are still allowing tours of your home or attempting to tour homes, make sure you are taking all sanitary precautions. Offer hand soap for your home tour and ensure you are sanitizing all surfaces a potential buyer may come into contact with, such as door knobs and counter tops. If you are touring a home, make sure you maintain social distancing practices with the agent and avoid touching anything you do not need to.

DOWNSIZE

Instead of having an open house, consider having only scheduled showings for your home or only participating in scheduled viewings if you are looking to buy.

STAY CALM, STAY SAFE

While there are still many options to buy and sell right now, stay calm and trust your agent. This is their specialty and they know the best course of action during this time. If they can offer digital options, they will let you know.

If The Wheaton Team can answer any questions please call our office, we’re here to help in anyway.  719-536-4581