Shoppers flock to malls at barely morning hours for “Black Friday” deals. For many the successful score adds to the excitement of the crowds and general mayhem. Just a reminder for those of you looking for a unique treasure, make a point to shop at your local, independently owned stores, many of whom have “Black Friday” deals of the their own. The more money you keep local, the more vibrant the local economy. http://n.pr/SjGdHj
Foreclosures are not the end of home ownership, but how long does it take to recover? One article shares 2nd chance buyers in action. http://www.npr.org/2012/11/14/165127400/foreclosed-homeowners-getting-back-in-the-market
Homestead Title shares a chilling possible upcoming reality for homeowners involved in short sales or foreclosures. Read on…http://homesteadtitle.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/tax-relief-ending-for-struggling-home-owners/
Is your home ready for sale?
Ready to Sell?
Think you might want to move in the Spring? The market is still pretty hot for selling homes. Now is the time to talk to a real estate agent about what you might need to do to prepare your home for sale. It’s important to remember that to sell your home you will have to do a bit of investment – yes that means you will have to spend a little money before you put your house on the market.
The first question you might want to ask yourself is; when was the last time the house was painted? If it has been a while you may need to consider painting both the inside and outside of the house. If you painted recently you may want to consider toning down any of the unique or bold colors in your home. Neutrals are best, it will help the buyer picture themselves in the home.
Ecspecially the outside upper floor windows. Clear windows will make those rooms brighter and more appealing to buyers.
We are not talking major reconstruction – that’s up to the new homeowner. However, if you have cracked windows or drywall, you will probably want to replace or patch. You may also want to consider putting in new carpeting or prepare for a carpeting allowance when you put the home on the market. That might mean saving up over the winter to ensure you have the funds for such an allowance.
Landscaping is a huge additional investment for buyers – not only money but also time. So you might want to spend some time sprucing up your garden this fall. Cutting out the weeds and pruning where necessary is a definite must. You might also want to fill in some empty spots in your garden with perennials such as crysanthamums and day lillies. If you haven’t paid much attention to your garden in recent years, consider sodding or seeding this last weekend of October.
Though pre-inspection is not required in Wisconsin you may want to consider a pre-inspection if you have been in your home for a long time and want to make sure there will be no surprises in the actual inspection. This will give you time to fix any problems that may show up, and it may also help you have peace of mind as you put your home on the market. Moreover, it may ensure a buyer does not walk away from a potential sale.
These are some of the things you might want to consider before putting your home on the market. To get a better idea of what preparations would be best for your house contact a real estate agent and discuss in greater detail what you need to do before you put your home on the market in the Spring of 2013.