Archive October 2014

Why isn’t My House Selling??

If your home has been on the market for a while and hasn’t sold yet, there could be a number of contributing factors causing this. Today we are going to give you 4 of the most common areas where a home sale goes wrong and we will tell you how to fix them as well. When selling your home, always pay attention to:

Price
If your home isn’t selling at its current price and other homes in your area are, you are being outpriced by the market. You need to look at what your neighbor’s houses and other similar houses are selling for and price competitively.

Condition
You need to determine what work, if any, your home needs. Buyers have more options than they have had in the past and they are going to be more picky about the home they choose.

Marketing
Your home needs to have superior marketing to succeed. Hiring an agent with a team of professionals is key. 90% of home buyers start online, and your agent needs to have a strong team and strong online presence to make sure your home is sold fast.

Location
This is tough because it’s a factor you don’t have control over. Being on a premium lot is fantastic, but if you are on a busy street or rural area, it will be a little bit more difficult to sell your home.

If you have any more questions about selling your home, or have any other real estate questions, give us a call. We would love to be your go-to source for all the latest real estate information.

Fall Tune-Up Checklist

Homeownership comes with its share of routine seasonal tasks and chores. But keeping track of what needs to be done — and when — can be a challenge. To help homeowners stay on top of their maintenance projects, home improvement retailer Lowe’s offers easy-to-follow checklists for each season of the year and covers both inside and outside chores. Get your home ready for fall and winter with these tasks:

Indoor Tasks:

* When you turn clocks back, change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

*Install weatherstripping where needed around the windows.

*Have the furnace professionally inspected.

*If needed, set traps for rodents.

*Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout the house.

*Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics.

*Change or clean furnace filters. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions to determine how frequently the filters should be replaced.

*Clean kitchen appliances inside and out, including refrigerator coils.

*Maintain clean drains by adding one-half cup of baking soda followed by one-half cup white vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water.

Outdoor Tasks:

*Clean gutters and downspouts.

*Inspect the roof and chimney for cracks and damage, and have them repaired.

*Rake and shred leaves to use as mulch or dispose of them.

*Close or install storm windows.

*Remove hoses from spigots and drain, and store indoors, coiled and flat.

*Store outdoor furniture and cushions.

*Walk around the house to check for open crawl space vents and close them before cooler temperatures set in.

*Cover your central air conditioning unit, and remove and store window air conditioners.

*Clean and store garden tools.

CRS “Your Home” Newsletter – September/October 2014