Category Archives: Home Improvement

Why Should You Go To the Parade of Homes? Minneapolis MN

Many people think the Parade of Homes is just if you are in the market to build a new home; or to see the pretty decorations. Both of these are great reasons to go but there is another couple reasons you may want to go if you plan on selling your home soon.

1.Pay Attention To What Is There

By this I mean take it ALL in.

  • What are the paint colors?
  • How many paint colors are used throughout the house?
  • What do the light fixtures look like?
  • Look at the floors, what is the stain color of the hardwoods? Does the carpet have a pattern?
  • Check out the tile in the bathrooms, the back splash and the granite. Color, style, pattern.
  • Look at the bedding as yes it does matter.

All these things are important because model homes are usually very current on what buyers are looking for. It doesn’t matter if someone is buying new construction or an existing home, they want certain things to be current in the home they are buying.

 

 

That doesn’t mean you have to change everything in your home. What it means is if you need to do updates in your home to get it in selling condition, do them in the style that the buyer is wanting. It is not based on  what you like.

In many parts of the Twin Cities, when you go to sell, you are competing against new construction so it is even more important that the buyer doesn’t see your home as a time warp.

2. Pay Attention To What Is NOT There

There is a reason people love model homes. They feel immediately like it is their home because of the things they do not see. Some of the things they do not see in a model home are:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Dish Drains
  • Kleenex
  • Dirty Laundry
  • Trash Cans
  • Collections (of teddy bears, tea cups, roosters)

It’s what I call ‘real world’ things. All those things that we use daily that are out, but need to be tucked away when you go to sell. Many times we get so used to living with these things we don’t give them a second thought.

 

 

When you go to sell…..you need to live with a ‘pretend’ house while it is for sale. Your goal is to have it looking perfect, have it sell quickly and then go back to life as normal. Yes it is inconvenient but it is something you need to do.

So go visit as many houses as you can during the Parade of Homes and soak in not only what is there, but what is not there.  The Parade of Homes is taking place right now in Minneapolis until March 25, 2018.

For a personal list of what you should or should not have in your home while it is for sale, hire a Professional Home Stager.

 

 

Does Your House Have a New Year’s Resolution?

We all seem to make them…New Year’s resolution to achieve some big goal. Have you ever stopped to think that your house may have them too?

Let’s start with the most popular resolution. LOSING WEIGHT!

Is your house bursting at it’s seams? Way too much ‘stuff’ crammed in the basement, the closets, the storage spaces? 

Perhaps it wants to shed some of that weight and be able to breath a little easier with some extra space.

 

Another popular resolution is GETTING HEALTHY!

Getting healthy is much different from losing weight. You may have shed the pounds but if you are still unhealthy at your core that weight loss may not make a difference.

     Your house wants to get healthy too! Don’t put off maintenance and repairs to keep the house in top healthy condition. Check your furnace, change furnace filters, fix leaky faucets, replace windows with broken seals, repair missing shingles. 

If your home isn’t healthy it isn’t worth as much when you go to sell it. You may be forced to fix all these core issues due to an inspection anyway which means you will have to lay out the money all at once and in a short period of time. Now is the time to listen to your house and get going on making it healthy.

And last but not least…….IMPROVING YOUR OVERALL APPEARANCE!

Oh yeah….we have all been there. Too many gray hairs showing your true age, a hair style that was popular in the 80s, clothes purchased 2 decades ago?

Your house wants to be released from the outdated look too. A fresh coat of paint with current and updated colors, lighting that shoots the room right up to the 21st century, and kitchen appliances that aren’t considered antiques.

 

 

 

With the New Year here, have a little chat with your house and see what improvements it may want to make. Make a New Year’s Resolution with your house.

Keeping your home in good repair and up to date will make it easier and your ‘to do’ list shorter when it comes time to put it on the market.

If you need assistance in deciding which New Year’s resolutions your home may be needing, hire a trained professional home stager to obtain the best return on your investment.

 

 

 

 

 

A Blog Post about Doors!

 

It is….a post about doors! And no it’s  not a construction post, ha. I recently was on vacation and one of the places we visited was Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. I fell in love with it!! And one of the main reasons was because of the doors. OH MY GOSH!

 

 

 

 

 

I seriously could not stop looking and photographing doors. Front doors, garage doors, gates and doors to gardens. Oh my! The character, the charm, the uniqueness got me to thinking…..why don’t we all have great doors?

 

 

 

 

I have a boring front door. I paint it a different color every year to bring life to it but it’s still a boring door. When I meet with home owners that are selling their homes I always discuss curb appeal and the front door is always top priority. Clean, fresh paint, repaired, working properly are all part of the discussion. Your front door sets the tone for the entire house.

 

 

When working with client’s in updating their home for living, many times the front door is also discussed. Replacing it for efficiency, cosmetic purposes or both. I have met with 3 people this week already who are getting a new front door or garage door and needed help it picking them out.

The garage door is many times 1/2 – 2/3 of the front view of your home. Have you thought about that and what it says about your home? Is the garage door in good shape, clean, freshly painted? If it needs replacing how about one with some character instead of the same old same old. Something to think about?

 

 

Okay so maybe we all can’t have a grass driveway! 🙂

 

 

My time at Carmel-By-The-Sea really got me thinking about doors in a whole new way. They just made me happy! I hope some of these photos made you happy as well and maybe something new to think about when it comes to doors.

 

 

As always, when making decisions about updates or upgrades to your home, hire a professional home stager or designer. Return-On-Investment is always a key factor and so many variables go into that calculation.

 

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