Woodstock GA and Surrounding Areas Homes for Sale – Update by Red Hot Atlanta Homes

November 10, 2010

*Selling Your Home During the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching and we are once again advising sellers the does and don’ts for the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is a national holiday and a perfect time to showcase your pumpkins and turkeys.  Feel free to add them to your home decor and decorate your table.   Contiuned.

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October 15, 2010

* Autumn Recommendations for Selling Your Home

Fall  has finally arrived here in Atlanta.  If you have your home for sale, here are a few recommendations for presenting your home to homebuyers Read more. 

October 4, 2010

* Are You Ready for a Homebuyer…Selling Your Home

When selling your home keeping the house in order for showings is a challenge.  Here are a few tips we learned and used earlier this year when I had my own house of the market for sale.  Read more.

September 27, 2010

* Easy Replacement Floor – Selling Your Home

Recently listed a home for sale that’s about 15 years old.  As I was walking through the home with the owner, I complimented on the new bathroom tile floor.  She laughed and replied “it’s Pergo”.  Read more…

August 6, 2010

Little Things to Update Your Home…Selling Your Home

Have you lived in your home for over five years?  Have you painted?  Have you replaced a light fixture?  If you have not started to update your home, now is the time.  Over a five-year period colors, hardware finishes and preferred floor coverings will all change.  If you consistently replace items as you live in your home, when the time comes to sell, you will be ready.  Additionally, you will enjoy the fruits of your labor.

In the kitchen, look at the finish of the hardware.  Do you still have brass pulls on the drawers and cabinets?  Stop by a hardware store and see all the wonderful finishes that are now available.  On to appliances, almond will not be found in a store today.  Flooring, there are unbelievable textures, finishes and styles on the market.  Many are very reasonably priced.

In the bedrooms, when was the last time you replaced a bedcover…meaning bedspread, quilt, duvet?  In the next Sunday’s newspaper check, out the Macy’s circular.  Does your bed-covers look like the ad? If not. now is the time to update.  How about a new lamp to go with the bed-covers?

First impressions are extremely important, so think about your foyer.  Does it need a new rug?  What’s the finish on the light?  Are the flowers faded in the arrangement on the entrance table?  Start checking out the end of the season arrangements available in many stores.

Remember, baths sell houses and spa baths are in.  Plush linens and new bathroom hardware are a great way to get that spa feel.  Add some fashionable art as a finishing touch.

We are not suggesting re-doing your home, its ongoing replacing items in your home to give your home a current look and feel.   Sometime in the future you will want to sell your home.  If you have not done some updating over time, you may need to do many of these items to ask and receive top dollar for your home.

July 19, 2010

*Getting Ready for Home Appraisal – Selling Your Home

Your home is finally under contract and the appraiser is coming…what do you do?   Just like when your home was for sale, make it as easy as possible for the appraiser to get into your home.  Work around their schedule and let them come at their convenience.  They will need around an hour to measure the home, take exterior and interior photos, and do a walk through inspection of all the rooms including basements, crawl spaces, and attics.

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July 9, 2010

* What is your Home Office really? Selling Your Home

Does your home for sale have a home office?  Is it a room that originally had another purpose?  Today many homeowners want and require a home office because they work from home or telecommute several days a week.  If you have a home office let’s think about the original purpose and location of the room so as a seller you can maximize the value of the room.  Read more….

June 28, 2010

Tips to consider when Remodeling your Home

Filed under: North Atlanta, Staging to Sell — Tags: — Kathy and Ben @ 12:46 pm

According to a recent article in the AJC, Americans are expected to spend more than $270 billion, yes billion, this year on home remodeling projects.  Here is a brief summary of the recommendations in the article:

  • Get at least two estimates from contractors
  • Insist on references and follow up on them
  • Pay for your project in thirds; one-third up front, one-third halfway thru and one-third on completion to your satisfaction
  • Don’t automatically take the lowest bid (our recommendation– get more estimates if you’re unsure about the ones you’ve received)
  • Make sure you have a clear and specific contract defining the scope of your project
  • Make sure your contractor has sufficient liability coverage in case they damage your home or a worker gets injured
  • Make sure that if you need a building permit for your project, it is in your contractor’s name

An important issue that was not vetted in the AJC article is the decision-making process involved in deciding what you should update or change in your home.  Our experience is that generally homeowners make these decisions based on what they want to have in their home, sometimes without considering whether the remodel will add value to their home.  Studies show time and again that home improvements never add value equal to the cost of the project.  Generally, the best you can hope for is getting back a 70-80% on your investment in home improvement.

We often get calls from past clients asking whether they should go forward with home improvements they are considering, such as putting granite countertops in the kitchen, changing out carpet for hardwood floors, etc.  Sometimes our response is clear-cut; for instance, is it really smart to spend $40,000 redoing a kitchen in a home you may only stay in another year or two and which will only give you $10,000 or less in return.  More often the answer is less clear; spending a few thousand to have hardwood floors that you will enjoy for the next few years or adding a fence so that you can let your dog run or children play worry-free cannot be measured by value added to your home alone. 

Sometimes the best answer is to buy a new construction or resale home- for instance, if you want a Keeping Room off your Kitchen or larger closets, it is not usually financially smart to take on a major renovation to your current home when you buy a newer home that already has the features you want.  Remember that a home that already has the features you want is likely in a neighborhood where the other homes are similar in size and features, so you’re paying fair value to live in that neighborhood versus being overbuilt and overpriced in your current neighborhood.

To sum this post up, think carefully about your projects and whether they make financial sense, then do your research on who you hire and finally protect yourself to assure that your home improvements are done to your satisfaction.

May 19, 2010

Another Woodstock GA Home Sold

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We are thrilled to say this wonderful home is sold and would like to give the homeowner a big thank you. You did everything we asked…painted, moved furniture, cleaned, added a new backsplash in kitchen, and more. We know your hard work paid off with a sale in under 60 days.

Wonderful traditional home with 5 Bedrooms on large private cul-de-sac lot. Formal Living and Dining Room, Fireside Family Room, Eat-in Kitchen all with Brazilian cherry wood floors. All bedrooms are upstairs…Master with trey ceiling, walk-in closet, and spa bath. 4 additional bedrooms with large closets, 5th bedroom could be bonus room. There are back stairs leading to this room. Home has full unfinished basement ready for you to create the space you need. Learn more at http://www.WillowCreekWoodstock.info

Features
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2.5
Garage Size: 2 Car
Square Footage: 0000
Broker: RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

 

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May 14, 2010

* Technology and Selling Your Home

When selling your home you may want to think about technology and how a home buyer sees your home.  Take a look around your home- are the televisions big bulky objects or flat screen?  Do you have charging cords on the kitchen counters?  Are there iPods in your home?  Now is the time to make your home technology friendly. Read more.

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