Set the Stage!

Set the Stage!

Set the Stage!

When you’re ready to list your home, one of the most important things you can do is prepare for home staging.  Staging your home is the process of decorating, rearranging, and organizing, purposely designed to feature and highlight your home’s best assets. Home staging is a crucial process to impress potential buyers and sell quickly for the highest price possible. Set the Stage!

While staging is technically optional, it really shouldn’t be!

If you choose not to stage your home, you could end up settling for a lower selling price than you anticipated. Additionally, it’s likely your home could be listed for a longer marketing period than you may have expected. Don’t forget – potential buyers don’t want to see unfinished project; it means more work for them when they move into the home. For every problem they see, they could deduct it’s cost from the offering price. Too many problems and they’ll pass on your home completely!

We advise taking a few simple steps to stage your home to be listed:

  1. Clean Up: Make sure your appliances are spotless inside and out. Deep clean the corners of your tub, the grout in between the tile, and behind the toilets. Your goal should be to make everything look new, even if it’s not!
  2. Depersonalize: Potential buyers want to imagine themselves and their belongings in your home. We advise removing refrigerator art and family photos.
  3. Declutter: Clutter distracts buyers from the best qualities of your home. Plus, it can make a potential buyer worried that your home doesn’t have enough storage space. Don’t forget, buyers will want to see inside the closets, so don’t cram items in them and expect them to remain out of sight for long.

When you’re ready to list your home, The Lippincott Team is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today: 832-392-8818

Staging Your House Like a Pro Without Breaking the Bank

Staging Your House Like a Pro Without Breaking the Bank

Presenting your home in its best light to potential buyers is an essential if often overlooked, step to getting it sold. Many times sellers think the cost is too high to have their homes staged, so they forgo this expense and hope that the house will sell anyway. But staging your house doesn’t have to be expensive and it may be just the difference you need to sell your home quickly.

Set Your Home Apart From the Competition

You can take your home from average to exceptional by doing small things to give you an edge over the house down the street. Consider the following 5 tips for staging your home like a pro:

1) Add Visual Zest

A fresh bouquet of flowers is a simple way to add a nice touch when showing your home. Plants or flowers on either side of your front door are a great way to begin a tour. They can also brighten a room and make potential buyers feel welcomed and at ease. At the end of the day, everything looks and feels better with flowers.

2) Pay Attention to What’s Visible

When a potential buyer comes into your house, they’re looking at everything. Every surface, every space, and every piece of furniture. Look at your bookcases. Remove items that don’t belong. Look at every surface of every cabinet, appliance, wall, and floor. Clean and clear everywhere so it always looks and feels freshly cleaned.You don’t want them to see how you live, but to envision themselves living there.

3)  Add Style to Coffee Tables

A central area in many homes is the coffee table.When staging your house, be mindful of how your coffee table is presented. This is often one of the first places eyes are drawn to in the room. Make sure it’s clean, tidy, and in good condition. Add flowers for extra flare.

4) Consider the view from the street

It’s important to make a lasting first impression, and your home is no different. A well-mowed lawn and groomed flower beds help make that pleasing first impression that will last. Sweep your porch, trim the hedges, and wash all your windows inside and out.

5) De-clutter Everything.

Clutter makes even the cleanest room feel dirty and the biggest room feel small. Declutter your living areas, dining room, bathrooms, kitchen and even your bedrooms. Take a look at your closets and be intentional about what you leave in them. They need to look like they’re being used, but keep it tidy and don’t overstuff them with things. Also look at how much furniture you have in each room. Keep only what fits well and looks appealing.  

Sold is the Goal

Getting your home sold is the ultimate goal, and while staging your house will give it the best opportunity to sell, you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to get it done. By seeing your home through the prospective buyer’s eyes, you can make changes that will cost you little to nothing with great impact.

For more information on preparing your house for sale or for assistance buying or selling a home, The Lippincott Team is standing by, Contact Us.

5 Incredible Benefits of a Smart Home

5 Incredible Benefits of a Smart Home

Smart technology has been around a while. While a home like the Jetson’s may be a ways off yet, many applications of smart technology are gaining popularity in homes. Homeowners like convenience, cost savings, and energy efficiency. A smart home can enhance all three and more.

Why Have a Smart Home

Let’s face it- life is busy. At the end of each day, you wonder where all the time went. You’re always looking for ways to save you time or make better use of the time you have. A smart home can accomplish this by automating certain common daily functions. It also provides many other benefits. Consider the following 5 ways having a smart home will enhance your life:

1) You have control.

Installing smart appliances in your home gives you control from anywhere in the world. You can use an app on your phone or other mobile devices to control activities and functions in your home wherever you are. If you realize you’ve left the oven on, for example, you can turn it off easily even if you’re on vacation. Smart appliances can reduce your stress and make life easier. You can also coordinate certain events such as your lights dimming when you turn your TV on.

2) Increased safety and security.

You can lock and unlock doors wherever you are and monitor activity inside and outside your house. You can also give visitors such as babysitters entry to your house during specific times only. Motion sensors can be installed and programmed to send you alerts when motion is detected. They can also trigger lights to come on to scare away potential burglars. You can access cameras inside and outside your home from wherever you happen to be. You can also get alerts from fire alarms and install sensors to detect small water leaks in probable areas.

3) Energy efficient.

Burners can be programmed to only turn on when a pot is placed on top. Your AC or thermostat can be programmed to adjust the temperature when you’re away to save energy. You can also make more efficient use of your water. In sum, smart technology will allow you to use your appliances with the least amount of energy necessary.

4) Cost effective.

Saving energy also saves you money. By making the most efficient use of energy consumption, you ensure you’re not spending money on wasted energy. Appliances and lights will no longer be left on when no one is using them. Efficient use of your AC and thermostat also ensures you’re not heating or cooling a house no one is currently occupying. This equates to ongoing cost savings.

5) Resale value.

While most people aren’t really looking for a futuristic, robotic house, the right smart upgrades can add to your resale value. Consumers are particularly drawn to convenience and energy/cost savings. Consider installing at least a smart thermostat, security, and lighting. When you’re selling a house, you want to impress potential buyers in every way you can. Investing in the right smart upgrades goes a long way at minimal cost.

Smart Adds Value

At the end of the day, your home is where you rest, play, eat, and grow your family. Your kids will study there. Your family will have entertainment and build memories. You will plan and dream. Why not make it as comfortable, cost-effective, and enjoyable as you can? Making the right upgrade investments will not only enhance your living experience but also add resale value. Consider making your home a smart home.

For more information on the value of smart upgrades or for help buying or selling a house, Contact Us.