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Winter Curb Appeal when Selling Your Home

Winter Curb AppealLast week I discussed how winter can be a great time to sell your home, with that in mind, I wanted to review some tips for getting the outside of your house ready for sale.  Too often, the necessary outdoor things are neglected during the winter months that will impact the potential buyer’s first impression of your home.  Here are 10 sure-fire ways to ensure a welcoming and positive curb appeal and first impression for potential home buyers.

  1. Be sure your walkways and driveway are clear of snow, ice and debris.
  2. If you have children, be sure all play items are put away.
  3. If you have a dog, be sure all yard waste is removed.
  4. If your outdoor lighting is old and faded – replace it.
  5. Replace all of your outdoor light bulbs to bright new bulbs.
  6. Put your outside lights on timers so that your house looks warm and inviting to potential drive-by buyers who are visiting your home in the evening when it’s dark.  For this reason, be sure to have lights inside your home hooked up to timers emitting a warm and cozy feel.
  7. Replace your mailbox if it is old and rusty.  Add new address numbers to your mailbox.
  8. It’s difficult to paint your front door in cold weather, thoroughly clean it and replace any old hardware.  Be sure your doorbell works!
  9. Add a new welcome mat.
  10. Clear all spider webs and debris from your front porch area.  The entrance to your house is the area where the home buyer will stand and wait as the Realtor unlocks the door.  There’s plenty of time for the potential buyer to look around and acquire an instant feel for the house.  You want that quick first impression to be positive!

Redesign RightFor more information on the value of home staging, click here to review my decorating post from last week titled, Home Selling Tips and Home Staging.  If you require help with staging your home, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202 to set up a consultation.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Home Selling Tips and Home Staging

House For SaleWith the start of February, we are officially in the best period to put your home on the market to sell.  In past years, according to real estate company Redfin, February is the best month.  “The company’s analysis of nationwide listings from 2014 showed that 74 percent of homes listed in February sold within 90 days, and 13 percent of them sold for more than the list price.” (Source)  Buyers who are looking in the winter need to move and are not merely looking for the fun of it.  According to Zillow, if you can sell your home “off season” you are able to sell your home quicker and for a higher price as there are serious buyers and less homes for sale on the market. (Source)

Are you planning to put your house on the market?  If so, you will want to consider home staging and here are a few reasons why:

  • Within 7-10 seconds of viewing a home, a potential buyer has formed an opinion if they like your home (or not). (Source)
  • The majority, 90% of buyers, find homes that they have viewed on the internet. (Source)
  • Every time a prospective buyer thinks a home needs a physical change; they automatically deduct $10,000 from the asking price?
  • The best salesman in the house is how the furniture is set up.  Correctly setting up rooms will take the guess work out of where the prospective buyer will put her furniture.  You want them to imagine their things in your home.

“The ideal time, for staging your home, is BEFORE the realtor comes to assess and price your home.”

How does home staging work with Redesign Right?

It’s an easy and fun process!  First, Redesign Right will meet with you and your home for a thorough home staging consultation.  During this time, analysis of your home, through the eyes of a prospective buyer, will be done.  During the visit, an honest, objective and thorough “to do” list will be compiled to help you appeal to the greatest number of buyers and sell your home quicker!  Redesign Right is involved in your staging project as much or as little as you want.

If needed, Redesign Right will come back with a group of certified trained home stagers to create “a model home” in one day starting with what you already own.  They will rearrange and remove existing furniture and create the look that will accentuate the positive attributes of your home and appeal to the greatest number of buyers.  Their method and process have proven to sell properties faster and for top dollar.

Call 610.955.8202 or email to schedule your consultation with Debbie to help you sell your home for top dollar and quickly!

Testimonials from Realtors who have worked with Debbie:

“Debbie has been a tremendous asset as a home stager for my clients. By utilizing the home owner’s furnishings, and then adding her honest, enthusiastic approach, sellers are very appreciative and welcoming of her skilled advice. Her keen eye for detail, for staging a home to sell, has made all the difference in a home presenting at its very best, and a positive result is getting it sold sooner! I would highly recommend Debbie’s services.” -Lynn Romolini, REALTOR, Prudential Fox & Roach

“I have had the pleasure of working with Debbie Correale from Redesign Right for almost three years. She designs and stages all of my listings. I have always been impressed with Debbie’s professionalism, style and her “way ” of relating to my clients.

She has taken vacant properties in terrible locations and made them “staged to sell.” Most of my listings sell quicker than other agents, I credit a lot of this to Debbie and her incredible talent that she has in her profession.

She has also designed my home; I actually cried when I came home for the “reveal.” Debbie takes what you already have and transforms your home using the special things that you already own and love! It is amazing. I have met and in the past worked with other stager-designers and I can honestly say, “There is no one better out there than Debbie Correale!”” -Liz Facenda, Realtor, ABR, CSR, CDPE, RE/MAX Preferred

Redesign RightBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Outdoor Home Staging

by Debbie Correale

house 011Last week I reviewed the value of home staging when you are planning to sell your home, or if you have your home on the market currently.  If you missed that post, click the title to read, “Staging for Success.”  What I did not cover in that post is the value of staging the outside of your home, as well.  Since the first photo on your listing is the outside of your home, and we already know that buyers make snap judgments, you will want your home to present as nicely as possible.  What’s the best way to ensure this?

Here is an outdoor staging check list that you can accomplish in a weekend to make your entryway inviting and pleasing but not overwhelming in three stages:

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  • Remove all leaves and remaining plant debris from the winter.  Edge the beds and put down a fresh layer of mulch.
  • Sweep and power wash all walkways, front porches and decks.
  • Remove all toys, old swing sets, etc. from the yard.
  • Add lots of colorful flowers to draw your eye outside.

Paint – Repair – Replace

  • Clean your front door and give it a fresh coat of paint.  Click the title for some tips on, “Painting Exterior Trim.”  If you have a brass kick plate, does it need polishing or replacing?
  • If you have shutters, it’s time for a fresh coat of paint.  Determine whether you want to match your front door color or complement it.
  • Are your house numbers faded or rusted?  Is your mail box barely hanging on?  Replace them!
  • If you have the same outdoor lighting as you had when you moved into your home, it is time for an update!  Go to your local home store such as Home Depot or Lowes as there are many options available.
  • Buy a brand new door mat.  Solid black is the best.  Avoid “Beware of Dog” welcome mats as they do not create a welcoming effect.

Color – Design – Balance

  • In your front garden, add color but keep it simple.  Plant seasonal currently blooming flowers.  Consider a single color or two to ensure the clearest photos for display on real estate internet sites.
  • Add plants to your entryway with plant containers.  Keep in mind, you will want to see this from the road; therefore, the height of the container and plants need to fit the size of your front porch and door.  If you are unsure what plants would work together or for ease of care, your local home store should be able to help you with this.
  • Use the things you already have, change their color and arrange things in an interesting way to invite and appeal to anyone.  Click here for an example of a DIYer who updated their front porch look for a bargain!  You want the buyers looking at the photo of your house or driving by to say, “That looks really nice; I can see living there!”

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help with your home staging and would like to schedule a consultation, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your interior redesign and home staging needs!

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

The Details of Home Buying

This is my last post in February dealing with understanding the real estate transaction and picking a mover in my series of “Home Buying Tips in 2013.”  I hope that you have found these helpful and wish you best in your house-hunting pursuit!

Real Estate Transaction – The Details
In doing research for this article, I found some great information and decided to list all of resources here for you to read.

You Found a House – How to Find a Mover
You’ve found a house and now you need to find a mover…what’s the next step?  The obvious answer is to Google movers in your area.  Go to ProtectYourMove.gov which offers a great moving check list and will also tell you if a mover is licensed for interstate moving.  To view if an interstate mover has had any complaints filed against them, click here.

According to Liz Facenda, from RE/MAX PREFERRED REALTORS in West Chester, PA,

“After getting an executed agreement on your home that you are selling or purchasing, it is important to contact moving companies, as most settlements take place near the end of the month and they are generally very busy.  Get at least 3 quotes from reputable movers, check the BBB to make sure there are no complaints and ask for referrals from your realtor, friends and family.” lizfacenda

Here are some tips from the US Department of Transportation on choosing a reputable mover, click here for the full report:

  1. Get a written estimate from several movers.
  2. Make sure the mover has insurance and is licensed by the proper authority.
  3. Remember your priorities when choosing a mover.
  4. Do your homework.

Once you have moved to your new home, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with your home redesign using what you already own!

How do you decide which house is right for you?

This is the third blog in my February series on “Buying a Home in 2013.”  In this blog, I will focus on how to decide which house is right for you.

Sold Real Estate Sign.I would recommend coming up with a chart or a list of all the things that you want in a house – I would recommend that you and your partner do this exercise independent of one another and compare what you have listed and place an order of importance to you next to each item.  This will be a great tool for you to use when talking with your real estate agent or researching homes online.  Also, it will help to avoid any tension between you and your partner!  For help on how to decide between two houses, click here for a great article.  For information on how to find the perfect neighborhood, click here.

Too often people like to compare the square footage of one home to another, but they need to take into account details such as height of the ceiling or types of counter tops.  If a home isn’t “perfect” think about what it would realistically take to make it feel perfect to you, keep in mind you need to select the right floor plan for your family’s needs.  Aesthetic things such as paint or carpet can easily be changed.  Be sure to choose the location and neighborhood that you can imagine yourself living in.  If you are staring into your neighbor’s kitchen and you hate that – you will definitely hate it in a year’s time!  Notice how you feel when you walk into a space, does it make you feel happy?  Trust your gut and happy hunting!

Once you have your new house selected, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with your home redesign using what you already own!  

Buying a home? How to Select an Agent

This is the second blog in my series of “Buying a home in 2013.”  I hope you find some useful information.  If you are moving into a new area that you are unfamiliar, you may not know an agent to use.  Here are some great tips on how to find an agent:

  1. Go to open houses.  Even if you are not interested in the home that the agent is representing it will give you a chance to talk with them and find out their story.
  2. Go with an experienced agent, someone who has closed many properties and has worked as a real estate agent for at least two years.  Find out if they are a full-time agent, you will want a knowledgeable and available real estate agent to answer all of your questions.
  3. Reach out to friends and see if you can get a personal recommendation. 
  4. Make sure your agent is tech-savvy and online.  Most homebuyers find their home online first.

Real estate agent at workAccording to Liz Facenda, from RE/MAX PREFERRED REALTORS in West Chester, PA,

“A great way to find an agent is from a referral from a past client, family member or friend.  Make sure that the agent is full time, experienced in that market and backed by a strong broker in the industry.  Realtor should have designations such as ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and CSR (Certified Seller Representative).” lizfacenda

For more information on understanding the differences between an agent and a broker and how to select an agent, click here to read some great information.

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I wish you best in this process!  Once you have moved into your new home, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with your home redesign using what you already own! 

Are you buying a home in 2013?

Are you buying a home in 2013?As you know Redesign and Home Staging are my forte, but I have been thinking about those of you who are purchasing a home in 2013.  In the month of February, I will offer blog posts in a “Buying a Home in 2013” series to help you in this process and offer informational tips.

In this first blog post, I want to focus on general Home Buying tips.  I found some great articles detailing tips for 2013.  I have summarized some of them to get you started:

 

  1. Get your credit checked.  Go to AnnualCreditReport.com to view a free copy.
  2. Research the house that is best for you in terms of size and location.  The average time that someone stays in a house is seven years.  Use sites such as Zillow.com to view houses by address and Google Maps to research the surrounding area by satellite view.
  3. Buy a house you can truly afford.  Use a Mortgage Calculator to better understand the numbers.
  4. Get pre-approved for a mortgage.  This process will offer you a good gauge on what you can afford and what the bank will be willing to loan you.

According to all the news reports it is a good time to sell and buy this year.

According to Lee Ann Embrey of Coldwell Banker Preferred, Exton, PA…

“If you are thinking about buying a home, do not wait any longer.  Inventory is down and interest rates are still historically low.  Home prices are expected to rise steadily throughout this year and beyond.”  Lee Ann Embrey, ASR,ABR
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If you are in the process of selling your home, click here to read my latest Free Online Decorating Magazine which features an article on Selling in 2013!  Once you have your new house selected, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with your home redesign using what you already own!  

Resources:  Best Home Buying Tips in 2013 and Home Buying Tips from CBS Interactive, Inc.

Are you selling your home?

Does the outside of your home appeal to prospective buyers?

Here’s a handy-dandy check list of what you need to check on the outside of your house before a showing:

Has your house been power washed recently?  If you see any signs of black or green mold, it’s time!  A power washing company should be able to take care of this for you.  Also don’t forget to have your sidewalks, paths and outside chimney cleaned too.

Does your house present a nice curb appeal?
Do you still have leaves from the fall under your shrubs?  Does your mailbox need to be replaced?  Can the prospective buyer/agent find your house numbers? Plant some flowers around your mail box or lamp post to add a nice pop!  Add pop of color to your front door so it can be seen from the street. Be sure your lawn is mowed and edged!  Sweep or blow all grass clippings off the walk way, and front steps.  Check that there is not an accumulation of grass clippings and dead leaves around your curb.

Let the summer sun in!
Be sure your windows present well without spider webbing – make them sparkle! Make the outside glass light fixtures sparkle as well! Here’s a great link on how to clean your windows so there are no streaks!

Selling your home is the biggest asset you will ever sell.  You want to make sure you put your best foot forward.   If you need help staging your home, don’t hesitate to contact Redesign Right!  We work as much or as little as you need to get the job done.

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you stage your home for a quick sale contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Home Staging – Things to consider when selling your home

Selling a home in today’s market is no easy task!  However, home staging has proven to help the seller!  Did you know that homes will sell 78% faster and for 15% more than homes that are not staged.

A properly staged home is set up to appeal to the greatest number of buyers and help the buyer visualize living in the home. One of the best sales techniques in selling a home is to place the furniture in the best location based on the architecture and function of the room.

before redesign
after redesign

If you do this properly, it eliminates the question of “Honey where will we put our couch.”  A well staged home helps the buyer to visualize them self living in the home.

There are a few simple things you can do to start the process of staging your home.

Clutter
The first thing you must address before staging your home is clutter.  Do you have any clutter?

before bookcase redesign
after bookcase redesign

If you look like you have outgrown the house then prospective buyers may think the home is too small for them.  De-cluttering a home is a must. Sometimes, people don’t always realize their home has a clutter problem. Here are a few things to think about.  When you open your closets can you see the floors?  Can you see some of the back wall of the closet?  How about when you open your kitchen cupboards are things falling out?  How is your basement?  Attic?  Could you move it tomorrow if you had to?  Go through each room and pack anything that you don’t need immediately. Don’t store it in the garage, rent a storage facility and store the items until you have time to organize. A clutter-free home is an attractive home. If you don’t have time to organize now, buy some boxes and pack the clutter.  (This should be your very last resort!)

Kitchens and Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are strong selling areas of your home. Buyers often say they bought a home because they loved the kitchen. Pack away any clutter in the kitchen. You can mini upgrade your kitchen by replacing kitchen and light fixtures, knobs and paint.  If you want to mini update the bathroom, try buying new towels, shower curtains and rugs.

Paint/Wallpaper/Flooring
Objectively look at the paint/wallpaper/flooring in your home.

before office redesign
after office redesign

Is it more than 5 years old?  Is your paint very taste specific?  Remember you want to appeal to the greatest number of buyers.  It may be worth painting the interior of your home a neutral color that will appeal to anyone’s tastes.  Wallpaper tends to be very taste specific and should be considered coming down.  How about the carpeting?  Is it customer specific or outdated?  Are there wood floors under the carpet that should be exposed?

Exterior of your home
How does the exterior of your home look?  Does it look manicured?  Is it inviting enough for me to want to even get out of the car and go inside?  Cut the grass, trim the trees/bushes, add some mulch and lots of colorful flowers.  How are the screens and gutters?

Repairs
Walk your home using all your senses.  What do you see, hear and smell. You may want to have a home inspector come out and inspect your home before you even put it on the market.

You only get one chance to make an impression with a buyer and you want to get it right! If you cannot be objective then ask someone else to walk your home and be honest with you. You may want to consider hiring a professional stager  who will not only be honest with you but will also help you accomplish all that has to be done to properly stage the home to appeal to the right buyer.