And the snow came down…

Well the snow storm came into Madison this weekend, just as expected. Even
though I know the storms sometimes cause a bit of havoc for some, I always
love being in Madison right after a snow storm. The city always looks so
beautiful, especially with all the holiday décor. I always look forward to
the outdoor activities that are possible once the snow finally hits the
ground. There are so many activities and parks in and around Madison to
choose from, but my favorite is snow shoeing at Yellowstone Lake State Park.
I love the quietness, serenity, and beauty that this portion of Madison has
to offer. It is just one of the many local tips that I get to share with
Madison home buyers moving into the area. The Madison area truly feels like
home to me, and I enjoy so much of what is offered, both man-made and
natural. I therefore love being a realtor in the Madison area. Having the
opportunity to share the best of Wisconsin while I help people buy and sell
Madison area real estate is great!

The Importance of Staging

Despite the slower paced real estate market here in Wisconsin, there are still many viable home buyers available.  A major difference between today’s market and that of a couple of years ago, is that the property inventory levels in the Madison and Middleton areas are high.  This means that prospective buyers have plenty of choices.  Madison area buyers are therefore looking at a large number of properties before deciding to make an offer.  If you want your home to be well remembered and stay on top of their list, then the first impression is crucial.

In order to make a strong first impression, you need to properly stage your home before making it available for showings to all the Madison and Middleton area prospective buyers.  A few key staging items are in the bathroom and kitchen.  In the bathroom, be sure to avoid having grimy walls or shower doors.  Also, if you have any outdated tiles, find a paint that is appropriate for tile and add some modern colors to the room.  This, along with replacing an outdated vanity with a pedestal sink, will give the bathroom a fresh face at a low cost.  In the kitchen, consider making low cost updates by staining old cabinets instead of painting them.  Newer appliances are also key as they scream clean!!  Buyers look for clean kitchen and bathrooms, so keep those rooms show ready at all times in order to make the best impression possible.  The HGTV site has even more great staging techniques.  I would encourage you to take a look for ideas and to call me in for some suggestions.  I have great experience and success staging homes, and I work with Madison and Middleton area buyers on a regular basis.  I therefore have firsthand knowledge to many of their likes and dislikes.  So don’t hesitate any longer, give me a call and I’ll gladly come by to help you get your home show ready!!