Thanksgiving Tradition

As we all look forward to seeing our friends and families on Thanksgiving, many things often cross our minds.  It might be the wonderful turkey, the apple pie, the pumpkin pie, the cranberry stuffing, or the amazing left-overs on Friday!!  Almost all of what comes to mind is wrapped around food and the inevitable feeling of “stuffed” that will come along with it.  So I think it is a great idea to start the day off in the annual Berbee Derby in Madison.  It is a road race that you can either run or walk.  A lot of people take part in the event on behalf of a charity and I am sure their waistlines before the feast of Thanksgiving.  A quick run or walk in the Berbee Derby may help you better enjoy the holiday so you feel less guilty if you decide to indulge in that 2nd piece of pie. 

Another fun part of the holiday is all the hustle and bustle of activity that occurs with travelers that have come to Madison to visit their friends and family.  There are always great things going on in the city and plenty of prospective home buyers that may want to take a look at your Madison area home for sale. So, all of you home sellers out there, make sure you concentrate on the curb appeal of your home this upcoming holiday weekend.  There will likely be many prospective buyers very interested in the Madison area driving around to scan houses.  They may find interest in yours.  Please call me if you need any help preparing for the holiday “rush.”

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  Also, if you have any outdated tiles, find a paint that is appropriate for tile and add some modern colors to the room.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!!