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Spring is the Perfect Season to Add Curb Appeal

If you are in the process of selling your home, your home may be in need of some improved curb appeal. Curb appeal is extremely important if you hope to have many showings. If your home and yard look dull on the outside, buyers may never make it inside. In the winter months, it can be especially hard to brighten the exterior of your home since the grass is often dead and brown and there are few flowers in bloom. In Spring, you have no excuses. The grass is growing and green, nurseries are full of beautiful plants and flowers and the weather is perfect for you to get outside and work in the yard and spruce up the exterior of your home.

Curb appeal should make your home appeal to the buyer at first glance so start with the obvious then work your way through the rest of the list below. The absolute musts are: mow regularly, clean the exterior of your home and make sure your exterior paint isn’t peeling...but once you’ve done all that, there are some small and inexpensive curb appeal improvements that will make a huge difference.

       Make sure the path from your buyer’s car to the entrance is free of kid’s toys, lawn care items, fallen twigs or other debris. Stepping over or around items detracts from the flow of the tour right at the beginning. For that matter, get anything that doesn’t belong in your yard put away.

       The front door will make a big impression…good or bad. Make sure it is super clean and freshly painted then add a new welcome mat and you are ready for buyers. A fresh coat of paint makes a door look brand new. Once the impression of “new” or “well-kept” is formed in the buyer’s mind - that impression will stick with him or her throughout the rest of the house.

        A manicured lawn gives the impression of a carefully tended home. Grass creeping over the sidewalks doesn’t necessarily look sloppy, but an inch or two of space between the lawn and the sidewalk makes the entire yard look neat and well-kept.

       Thin out plants that are creeping into the zone of other plants. Landscape style is trending toward openness and even minimalism, so space between plants and shrubs gives that airy and clean appearance that makes your yard look well taken care of.

       Add color. Bright flowers can do wonders for the facade of a home, drawing the eye where you want it. Add planters by the front door and bright annuals in your flower beds. The color will make a big impact with even a small amount.

       Bring in new mulch. Mulch fades with time, giving landscaping a drab gray base. Bright mulch creates contrast with the colors of flowers and shrubbery, giving them a healthier and more appealing appearance.

If you are planning to sell your home or it is already for sell, these items can make a huge difference and they won’t take weeks and tons of money to do either. You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make in such a short time, and what an impact your home will have on potential buyers. Contact me today to discuss how to get your home ready for the market. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Christine Topham
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Why Buy a Home Warranty?

When you are buying a home, your real estate agent will likely offer you a home warranty to purchase. As you are making so many decisions to go along with buying a house, you may not really understand what you are purchasing or not purchasing.

What is a home warranty and how does it work?

Think of a home warranty as insurance on the working parts of your house. Like insurance, everything isn’t covered but many things will be and each home warranty will detail the items that are and are not covered. Suppose your air conditioner stops working. What would you normally do? Without a warranty, you would try to find someone to come look at it and make repairs and hope they know what they are doing. With a home warranty, you call the home warranty company and they will send a professional that has previously proven to be a reputable contractor. You will pay a small service fee according to your warranty and the warranty company will cover the rest. If the item can be repaired, that is covered and if it has to be replaced, that is covered too. In the end, you pay a lot less for the repair.

How much will a home warranty cost?

The cost of a warranty will normally run between $300-$500 depending on the size of your home though with really large homes and some add on options, the cost could be slightly more. The fee covers your property for one year. In addition to the upfront cost of the home warranty, you will also pay a service fee each time you use the warranty. Service fees typically range from $50-$100.

Think of a home warranty like health insurance for your home. You pay something up front for the peace of mind of knowing things will be covered if something breaks and then lesser amounts when you need something. Like health insurance, all items aren’t covered under a home warranty so it won’t cover everything that goes wrong but it will cover some of the larger items.

What a home warranty is not?

A home warranty is not to cover routine maintenance items such as a new roof, new carpet or new light fixtures. It also will not cover something that is damaged in a storm, fire or other catastrophe. Your homeowners’ insurance policy would cover that.

If you aren’t sure where to purchase a home warranty, you can find many options online or ask your real estate agent for a recommendation. Even though you may not be buying a home right now, they can still offer you advice on a home warranty. Home warranties are renewable each year if you want to continue the coverage. While some years, you may not use it at all. If you have something break, you will be thankful for coverage to cover the majority of your repair costs. Think about the last home repair you had to make and the cost of it. If nothing else, a warranty will allow you to budget your costs so you have fewer unexpected financial surprises when it comes to taking care of your home.  

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What Buyers Want

If you are thinking about selling your home soon or just know that one day you will, you may wonder what home buyers are currently looking for when they are shopping for a home. If you are in the process of making updates to your home, it makes sense that you consider what the future buyer of your home might want so that you can make choices that will appeal to people when the time does come for you to sell.

With that in mind, what are buyers really looking for today? In today’s market, buyer’s expect homes to be nicely updated especially the kitchen and bathrooms. No Formica countertops, dark rooms and closed up floor plans. Here are five things you should consider if your home doesn’t already have them.

  • Open Floor Plans…this isn’t going away. Buyers want space where they can gather with family and friends or supervise kids while they are making dinner in the other room. If your home doesn’t offer this, consider removing a wall or two for an open feel and blending separate spaces together for an easy flow.
  • Outdoor living space is still big so add features that make the space usable for multiple seasons like a covered space to block the worst sun, a firepit for cool nights or a kitchen for easy weekend entertaining.
  • Flexible living spaces. We have moved away from the growing homes of the 90’s. Homes are still spacious but not getting any bigger because buyers want to use the space they have. Formal areas that are rarely used have been eliminated in favor of flexible spacesthat serve multiple purposes and get used daily. From offices to playrooms and exercise rooms to guest space, buyers opt to use their space wisely.
  • Buyers are interested in finishes that will last while providing low maintenance such as hardwood floors and ceramic tile. Today’s homeowners are busy and don’t want to spend every weekend taking care of their home. Maintenance to make things last will be done but they would rather use their free time for recreation than home maintenance.
  • Buyers want storage space. Walk-in closets, a linen closet, pantry, coat closet and an organized garage. Buyers want space for their stuff and they want the spaces organized so add shelving and organization systems to make the space work well for you and it will benefit you down the road too.

Think about all of these things before you make any changes. Chances are you will enjoy them as well as the buyer that one day buys your home. If you are in the process of making updates soon, call me and let’s discuss your ideas so you can maximize your investment.

Christine Topham
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Remodeling Cost vs Value

If you are planning to do some remodeling of your home, you know there will be cost that goes along with the remodel. Many homeowners falsely assume that repairs and updates they make improve the value of their home by the cost of the update. That is rarely true though some items come closer than others. Many updates will make your home more appealing and may make a buyer prefer your home over another, but they don’t give you a dollar for dollar return. Before you decide on updates though, it is a good idea to research the return you can expect on your investment. There are different ways you can do this, but none are scientific. Information is available online that has taken many years of updates into account and I am also a great resource as I have seen many updates and talk with buyers as they are looking at homes to know what they place increased value on.

Before you jump into your next remodel project, put together a budget of what you expect to spend on the remodel. This will help you make sure you can afford the project and not have to stop short or complete it in a way that doesn’t satisfy you as well allow you to know if you are comfortable with the amount it will cost. If you want to really focus on your home value, there are some updates that offer a greater return on investment than others. Here are details on a few based on 2018 national averages. You can see the full results of the survey here as well as review regional results.

You can expect a 91% return on the replacement of your entry door. This is a small project costing an average of $1,471. On a slightly larger scale, a bathroom remodel may give you a return around 70% at an average cost of $19,134. Renovate your kitchen at a whopping cost of $63,829 but you should only expect to see a return of around 59%. Don’t forget the daily value you receive from the updates while you live in the home so updates should not be made purely for the expected value on their return.

There is no formula that tells you exactly what you can expect to see in return, but a nicely updated home will always show better and get better showing feedback than a home that is dated and in need of repairs. Remember that your home should be a place that you are comfortable while you are living there so make updates with that in mind if you plan to be there a while. You may have other reasons for remodeling, but if you want to be smart about your investment, this information can be very useful. And when it does come time to sell, be sure to let me help you get the most value from your home.

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

Doing More from For Sale to SOLD! That’s the sign of a RE/MAX agent!

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Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited
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christine@teamchristine.com
25 years serving Bartow, Cobb and Paulding Counties

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