Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

Want to Sell Your Home Faster? Try These Tips
When you’re getting ready to list your house, the goal isn’t just to sell – it’s to sell quickly! The longer your house is on the market, the less likely it is to fetch top dollar.

Want to sell your house as quickly as possible? These tips are essential.

Hire a Real Estate Agent and follow their advice

Some sellers are tempted to go it alone. But for a quick sale that maximizes profit, go with a Real Estate agent – and listen to their suggestions. Their market knowledge is invaluable when it comes to pricing and marketing your home.

Boost your curb appeal

Give your front door a fresh coat of paint (punchy red, blue, or yellow is a nice way to switch it up), add hanging baskets and planters to your front stoop, and resod your lawn. A home that looks well cared for is more inviting to prospective buyers.

Stage it

If you really want to sell fast and you have the budget required, allow a professional stager to come and work their magic. Can’t swing the cost? Borrow some of their tricks: Get rid of all personal items, use mirrors to create the illusion of light and space, add throw pillows and blankets to seating, and put fresh flowers or small potted plants in each room.

Be flexible

Selling fast means maximizing the number of buyers coming to see your house, so be willing to vacate at a moment’s notice. Work with your agent to create as many viewing times as possible.


Plan Your Party and Enjoy It Too

Everyone loves a party – or do they? Sometimes, the stress of planning, preparing, and hosting a party can drain the life out of the person giving it – and the fun out of the event. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether it’s a backyard barbeque, a child’s birthday, or a special event celebration, if you’re the host, you can make it easy on yourself. Here are top ten suggestions from Cool Mom Picks, all of them certain to reduce the stress.

  1. Consider a cohost – it halves the effort and doubles the pleasure.
  2. Use apps and checklists to plan ahead.
  3. Send digital invitations – acceptable for any occasion these days.
  4. Put the kids to work.
  5. Don’t play DJ. Make music easy by simply streaming to a Bluetooth speaker.
  6. Make plans for your pets.
  7. Have groceries delivered.
  8. Keep the food simple with buffets and food bars.
  9. Label the foods.
  10. Serve easy-pickup desserts.

Six Ways to Save on Gas Mileage This Summer

Don’t let fluctuating gas prices crash your road-trip plans. Use the following tips to spend less on gas and have more cash for that summer journey.

  1. Drive at the right time. Cooler air can increase your car’s power.
  2. Pack light. Heavier cars require more power, and that requires more gas.
  3. Drive safely and carefully. Conserve energy by driving the speed limit and stopping gradually. Stop-and-go driving isn’t good for you or your fellow travelers.
  4. Crank the air conditioner. Driving with the windows down causes more drag on the engine.
  5. Consider renting an energy-efficient vehicle for long trips.
  6. Incorporate cycling or public transit in your vacation plans. You’ll save money, get exercise, and see more of your destination.

Wondering How Much Your Home Is Worth?
How has the price of your home changed in today’s market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?

If you’re wondering what’s happening to prices in your area, or you’re thinking about selling your house, I’ll be able to help.

Click the market report below or select San Antonio Real Estate Market and complete the requested information about your home!


Learn the Language of Lighting to Enhance Your Living Space
A beautifully lit home is warm and welcoming. A distinctive glow can set the scene, enhance a room, highlight a detail, or make a workspace downright workable. But lighting has a language all its own.

Do you know the lingo? Flush, recessed, pendant, starbursts, pots … the list goes on. Where should you begin?

In a recent houselogic article, columnist Emily Dunham writes, “… lighting can be a bear to understand. The world has its own language (know what lumens and Kelvins are?), and increasing costs can make decisions intimidating.” Dunham notes that LED lights can cost as much as $35, and Apple sells a new number that goes for about $65.

But with careful planning, you can light up your life and go easy on the budget. Here’s a quick lighting language lesson to get started.

Kelvin is a scale of measurement for the “color” a light produces.

Wattage tells you how much electricity a bulb consumes.

Lumens are the amount of light or brightness you get from a bulb.

The next important lesson is lighting layers. Since every room has different lighting requirements, it’s important to think in these three layers: ambient, task and accent.

Ambient is the general lighting in a room, often coming from overhead. Task lighting illuminates an area where a particular task is completed. Accent lighting highlights something to which you want to draw attention.

Think of the activities you do in each room and consider the options. For example, in the kitchen, you’ll want to avoid overhead lights that create shadows on the counters. Instead, choose side lights or under-the-cabinet lights to illuminate the tasks at hand.

The size of your room also dictates the lighting you need. It’s wise to use at least two types of lighting to create the ideal effect.

Now that you know the basics, go shed some light!

 

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Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza
Try this new skillet spin on an old favorite. Serves 4
Preheat oven to 500 degrees (or as high as it will go).
1 tablespoon each flour and cornmeal, or as needed
1 pound store – bought or premade pizza dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup marinara sauce, or more to taste
2 cups grated fresh mozzarella
2 tablespoons honey
Handful fresh basil leaves
Directions
Preheat 10-12″ cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat (the bigger the skillet, the thinner the crust).

Stretch dough out on a lightly floured surface to flatten.

Sprinkle heated skillet with cornmeal and carefully set dough inside, pulling it evenly up the sides.

Brush dough with olive oil and cook on burner until it starts to bubble.

Spread marinara sauce on top, sprinkle cheese and seasonal toppings of your choice.

Place in oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted, bubbly, and golden.

Combine honey with a little water – set aside.

Remove skillet from oven, brush crust with honey mixture, and sprinkle pizza with torn basil leaves.

Cool slightly before serving. Slice and enjoy!


Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question
Ask the Agent: Do I Need to Stage My Home?

Home staging prepares a private residence to make it appealing to the greatest number of potential buyers. The goal is to help the home sell as quickly as possible at the best possible price. With this in mind, it is often a good idea to stage your home.

A professional stager will recommend what items should be removed and what décor and furnishings should be added. Staging removes distracting clutter or personal items and creates a clean, inviting atmosphere. The stager’s finishing touches will help create a space that buyers can envision as their own.

If your home is vacant, it may be particularly difficult for buyers to see it as livable space. The empty rooms can come across as cold and uninviting. Staging it with rented items can give your home greater appeal.
If you are considering putting your home on the market, your real estate professional can advise you on whether staging would be appropriate for your property.

This newsletter and any information contained herein are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal, financial or medical advice. The publisher takes great efforts to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this newsletter. However, we will not be responsible at any time for any errors or omissions or any damages, howsoever caused, that result from its use. Seek competent professional advice and/or legal counsel with respect to any matter discussed or published in this newsletter. This newsletter is not intended to solicit properties currently for sale.
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