open house preparation: Final Tips for the Big Open House - 05/19/10 06:58 AM
In this challenging real estate market, the smart seller has taken necessary steps to have his or her home in the best of condition.  Both large projects and smaller details have been addressed and the "pizzazz" factor has been added. 
It's here: the big day of your open house! Your home should be in tip-top condition and ready for potential buyers. Don't forget these last-minute details:
• Set out vases of fresh-cut flowers. They'll make your home smell nice and add a splash of color.
• Let in the light. Buyers want a bright, open house, not a dark and dreary … (4 comments)

open house preparation: Add the Pizzazz Factor to Sell Your Home - 05/18/10 07:12 AM
Now that you've tackled the big projects to ready your home for an open house, the hardest and most expensive part is out of the way. The next step to getting your home open-house ready is to "dress it up," and luckily, you can often do this by repurposing what you already own and adding small details. Working room by room is a good strategy on this step -- it's less overwhelming, and you'll feel more and more accomplished after each room you finish. Use these tips to fine-tune each room in your home:
Front Yard and Entryway
Even though it's … (2 comments)

open house preparation: Tips to Get Your Home in Shape to Sell - 05/17/10 07:08 AM
OK - you made the decision to put your home on the market and to put your best effort into making it sparkle at your first open house.  After you objectively inspected your home and made your list of needed improvements, you likely found some broad issues that apply to your entire home, like worn-out carpeting or chipped paint. Or perhaps your home seems cluttered and dated in general, a quality that will make it hard for buyers to envision your home as their own. These large problems can seem daunting to fix, but they're the ones that buyers will certainly notice … (4 comments)

open house preparation: Tips for Selling Your Home - 05/16/10 11:10 AM
It's Spring, and those of us who plan on getting settled into a new home before the start of the next school year, have begun their mission of finding the right home and getting the most for their money.  Sellers who can put themselves into the shoes of prospective Buyers will get the most for their money as well.
Holding an open house can be a great way to get your home for sale noticed -- that is, if your home is in good condition. If not, well...Buyers may just walk in, turn around and walk right out.
If you're even … (5 comments)