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Prepare Your Home to Sell This Spring

by Rebecca Shahan

Are you thinking about selling your home in Austin or Lake Travis this Spring? If so, Springtime is one of the best times of the year to sell your home.  But don't wait until then to prepare your home to sell.  The more preparation, the more chance you'll have of selling your home faster and getting more money from the sale.  Remember that first impressions are lasting impressions.  When a potential buyer comes to your home, you need to make sure you've done all you can to peak their interest. So here are a few ways you can get your home ready to sell this Spring!

Here are 6 great tips to get your home prepared:

1. Get a Home Inspection.  Having a home inspection before you sell will prepare you for any potential troubles that could make your potential buyers turn around and go to the next house. You'll still need to disclose what the home inspection finds, but you'll have time to make repairs. 

2. Gather all your Warranties. Have all the warranties for any appliances in your home that have them. This gives the buyer confidence in the home.

3. Make all Minor Repairs. Walk through your home with a critical eye and check each room for any minor fixes. This includes patching of holes or cracks, painting, floor replacement, windows, closets, outlets and more. Make the repairs you can and get ready to negotiate for those you can't make.

4. Clear out Clutter. No one wants to see a mess when looking for a new home.  Store as much as you can in an alternate location or get rid of as much as you can altogether.  This makes your move even easier and makes your home even more appealing.

5. Sparkle and Shine. Clean your home as if an army sergeant was coming through with a white glove!

6. Stage your Home to Sell! Consider hiring a professional home statger Home Stagers are experts at presenting your home's best assets and hiding those that are not. They also create the best light and flow to showcase your home. 

For more Home Selling Tips, visit our website or give us a call for a personal evaluation. And make sure to check back on our blog for more tips!

Tips on Selling Your Home to Younger Buyers

by Rebecca Shahan

More and more these days, younger home buyers are hitting the market.  Young professionals and families are finding more options for helping them buy a home.  As such, when you sell your home, you need to keep this younger audience in mind.  It's highly likely that when you sell your home, it will be to someone younger than 40. How can you make your home appeal to this growing market?  Here's a few tips.

Using Neutral Colors

The younger crowd is no longer into the gold or pink walls you painted 10 years ago.  Paint the walls a more neutral color.  This will allow potential buyers to envision their own accent colors and furniture to make it their own.

White Cabinets

White or off-white cabinets appeal more to buyers under 40.  They don't want to be reminded of the dark cabinets of yesteryear.  You might try Benjamin Moore's Advance paint, as it requires little prep work.

Stainless Steel Appliances

Old appliances can be a big turnoff for younger buyers.  Many love stainless steel appliances, and for good reason.  If you have it in your budget, consider updating your appliances if they look dated.

Updated Countertops

Young buyers really love granite and stone countertops.  But keep it simple.  Don;t go with busy designs.  Black countertops or designs that are simple are the best.

Summer Home Selling Tips

by Rebecca Shahan

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market in Lake Travis or the surrounding areas this summer?  The way you present your home is critical in getting the most money from the sale.  There's also things you can do depending on the season that will help as well.  Here's a few tips for selling your home in the summer that will help maximize your return.

Spruce Up Your Surroundings

What do they say about first impressions? It goes without saying that what a buyer sees first stays with them.  Make sure you clean your siding, sidewalks, porches, etc.  If you don't have a backyard deck, arrange some outdoor furniture to create the illusion of an outdoor space. Make needed repairs and paint if needed.

Show Off the Pool

If you have a pool, then flaunt it! It gets hot here in Texas, and buyers want to stay cool.  So make sure you keep it clean and add seating near it.

Turn Up the Air

If you have AC, make sure you set it to be comfortable.  Buyers want to know that they're not moving into an oven. But don't make it feel like a freeze either.



Get Your Home Ready to Sell For Spring

by Rebecca Shahan

Spring is just around the corner, and this is the time of year that many people decide to sell their home.  If you’re one of those people, then now is the time to start getting ready for the busy spring home selling season here in Lake Travis. Here’s a few things you can do right now that will increase the selling price of your home and help it sell faster.

Curb Appeal

You know what they say about first impressions, and that certainly applies to your home. You need to make sure that your home looks great from the moment prospective buyers first set eyes on it.  Pull the weeds. Trim the shrubs. Paint the exterior if needed, or at least the trim. And try to use a neutral color when painting to make your home look more generic and make your home look brighter and more appealing.  Power wash the walkways and driveway.


Fix those leaky faucets and sticky cabinets. Replace old screens.  Little things do matter.  Even if something is not obvious, subconsciously it may still affect the perception of your home. People tend to overestimate repair costs, so its better to make sure things are fixed beforehand.

Rearrange and Pack Up

Move the furniture to allow better traffic flow and create a purpose for each room. Rent storage if you have too much furniture. Remove as many personal items as you can.  It’s easier for buyers to imagine a home as their own if your personal items aren’t’ obstructing their view.

Remember, every little thing you do to prepare your home to sell will not go to waste.  So don’t waste time getting your home ready to sell!

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