Tips from Impact Realty Agents

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Five Tips On Staging a Home For Sale
Why are good photos of your home important?
A little background on TRID
Advise to sellers on how to avoid problems up front

Five Tips On Staging a Home For Sale

Getting ready to sell your home?  Appearance is important, so consider these tips.

  1. Clear away clutter from shelves and countertops, and in drawers, closets, garages, attics and basements. There’s nothing wrong with leaving a few family pictures out, but too many may make it difficult for others to picture their family in your house.
  2. If you have any rooms that look like a “catch all” rearrange so that visitors can tell that the room has a clear purpose.
  3. The sense of smell has a greater impact than you might think. Make sure pet and other odors are deodorized.  Consider baking cookies in the oven, boiling cinnamon sticks or using air freshener before each showing.
  4. Double check your home’s curb appeal. Make sure the lawn is cut and the driveway and sidewalks are clear.  Some extra mulch never hurts.
  5. Let the light shine in. Open curtains and drapes to make your home look bright and cheery.

For more advice on preparing your house for sale, call an Impact Realty agent.

Why are good photos of your home important?

Unfortunately, now that we all have the ability to take photos with our smart phones, some home owners and realtors mistakenly think that pointing and clicking is all that a good photo requires.  There is much more to consider such as daylight versus artificial lighting, low versus high angles, minimal versus significant staging, and more.  Potential home buyers often choose whether to view your house based on your home’s online profile.  So at Impact realty we always make sure that our homes are well represented with high quality photos.

A little background about TRID

If you’re buying or selling a home soon you should know about TRID. TRID is an acronym that refers to the new closing disclosures mandate by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform ACT. TRID stands for: TILA (Truth in Lending ACT) RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) Integrated Disclosure.   TRID brings significant changes to the mortgage process. Homebuyers will be affected by the change with different forms, timelines and processes.

Advise to sellers on how to avoid problems

The realtors of Impact Realty consider themselves problem solvers.  They work with sellers and buyers to make sure the process is as smooth as possible.  To help make selling and buying a home as easy as possible, we recommend addressing potential problems before ever showing your house to the first potential buyer.  If a buyer decides to make an offer on your house, they will most definitely ask that broken windows, leaky faucets, or other minor problems be fixed.  We always recommend that sellers address these small problems up front if possible.  That way, these small issues never raise the eyebrow of buyers who might otherwise find your home to be the perfect fit.

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