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Mid-Tenn Homes

--March 14, 2018 - March 27, 2018


3 tips to prepare to sell your home


liminating pet odors, including

those associated with pets, can help

homeowners prepare their homes for

prospective buyers.

According to, spring is the

busiest and best season to sell a home.

While a good home can find a buyer any

time of year, homeowners might find the

buyers’ pool is strongest in spring and into

summer. The reasons for that are many,

ranging from parents wanting to move

when their children are not in school to

buyers wanting to move when the weather

is most accommodating.

Because spring is such a popular

time to sell a home, homeowners who

want to put their homes on the market

should use winter as an opportunity to

prepare their homes for the prying eyes of

prospective buyers. The following tips can

help homeowners during the pre-selling

preparation process.

1. Address the exterior of the home.

Winter can be harsh on a home’s

exterior, so as winter winds down,

homeowners who want to sell their

homes should make an effort to address

anything that might negatively affect their

homes’ curb appeal. A study of homes

in Greenville, S.C., from researchers at

Clemson University found that the value

of homes with landscapes that were

upgraded from “good” to “excellent”

increased by 6 to 7 percent. If it’s in the

budget, hire professional landscapers

to fix any problematic landscaping or

address any issues that arose during the

winter. Homeowners with green thumbs

can tackle such projects on their own,

but hiring professionals is akin to staging

inside the home.

2. Conquer interior clutter.

Clutter has a way of accumulating over

the winter, when people tend to spend

more time indoors than they do throughout

the rest of the year. Homeowners who

want to put their homes on the market in

spring won’t have the luxury of waiting

until spring to do their “spring” cleaning,

so start clearing any clutter out in winter,

even resolving to make an effort to prevent

its accumulation throughout winter.

Just like buyers are impressed by curb

appeal, they are turned off by clutter. The

Appraisal Institute suggests homeowners

clear clutter out of their homes before

appraisers visit, and the same approach

can be applied to open houses. Buyers,

like appraisers, see cluttered homes as

less valuable. In addition, a home full of

clutter might give buyers the impression,

true or not, that the home was not well


3. Eliminate odors.

A home’s inhabitants grow accustomed

to odors that might be circulating

throughout the house. Pet odor, for

instance, might not be as strong to a

home’s residents as it is to guests and

prospective buyers. Because windows

tend to stay closed throughout the winter,

interior odors can be even stronger come

late-winter than they are during the rest

of the year. A thorough cleaning of the

house, including vacuuming and removal

of any pet hair that accumulated over the

winter, can help to remove odor. In the

weeks leading up to the open house, bathe

pets more frequently, using a shampoo

that promotes healthy skin so pet dander

is not as prevalent. Open windows when

the weather allows so more fresh air

comes into the home.

Spring is a popular and potentially

lucrative time to sell a home, and

homeowners who spend winter preparing

their homes for the market may reap even

greater rewards.

Create a sale-worthy showplace


he sentiment “don’t judge

a book by its cover” can be

applied tomany situations.When

it comes to selling their homes,

homeowners should remember

this adage as they prepare their

homes for prospective buyers.

Statista indicates that there

were 560,000 houses sold in

the United States in 2016. The

CanadianReal EstateAssociation

said a record 536,118 residential

properties changed hands in

2016, marking a 6.3 percent

increase from 2015.

Homeowners who want to

make their properties stand out

can take the following steps.

De-personalize the home

Homeowners ll their spaces

with family photos, heirlooms,

personal interests, and other

conversation pieces. Prospective

buyers may not be able to see

past personal belongings and

may even be distracted by them.

For example, buyers who have

strong beliefs about animal

welfare may not buy a home

displaying hunting trophies.

Remove personalized items

where possible, replacing them

with generic items.

Improve the exterior

HGTV says that curb appeal

is crucial to making a strong rst

impression. Amessy or lackluster

landscape can turn buyers

away even before they reach

the front door. Mow the lawn

and make sure shrubbery has

been trimmed. Seasonal potted

owers and plants can help make

the house look polished. Repair

cracks or damaged walkways,

and consider a fresh coat of paint

on trim around windows and

doors. Pressure-wash siding if


Put things in storage

Rent a storage unit to house

items that can make a home

appear cluttered. Clean out

closets and cabinets, so that

when buyers “snoop” during

appointments or open houses

they see orderly storage areas. If

closets are brimming with stuff,

buyers may assume the house

doesn’t have enough storage

space and move on.

Make it light and bright

Open up all of the drapes and

blinds, and turn on overhead

lights so the house is well-lit.

Add table lamps or other xtures

to especially dim rooms.

Create a hotel experience

Forbes suggests making

bathrooms look like a spa.

Stack a few pretty washcloths

tied with ribbon, add some

scented candles and faux

plants and buy bathmats and

towels in coordinating tones.

Remove extraneous items

from kitchen counters and

replace them with vases of

flowers. In addition, set up

dining spaces as if one were

sitting down to a meal, and

ensure appliances are sparkling


Use common ‘scents’

Skip the fish, bacon or

other aromatic meals for a

few days, as such foods can

leave lingering aromas. Baked

goods, vanilla and cinnamon

might make for more appealing


Making a home sell fast

involves preparation and the

knowledge that buyers are

often greatly influenced by

their first impressions

Growing trends in today’s homes


ouses are shrinking, selling

faster and getting smarter

upgrades according to industry


Although the heydays of

the real estate boom of the

early 2000s have not quite

returned, things look positive.

In the United States, 1,226,000

new homes were built in

2016, according to data from

Consumer Reports. That was

the most since 2007.

Resales also have been

more promising. The National

Association of Realtors® says

the median number of days

a home was on the market in

April 2017 reached a new low of

29 days. However, low supply

levels did stanch existing home

sales somewhat. By mid-2017,

the market was a seller’s market,

with more people in the market

for homes than properties

available. But sales during that

time were still outpacing sales

gures from a year prior. In

fact, in May 2017, home sales

in Canada increased to their

highest level in more than ve

years, according to the Canadian

MLS® Systems.





mortgages and more condence

in the economy has driven many

people to make improvements

to their existing homes. As is

typical, the things homeowners

are looking for in 2017 have

evolved from years past. The

following are some trends that

are helping to steer the real

estate market further.

· Smaller homes: Home

sizes in the United States

steadily increased for decades,

eventually leading to an average

of 2,453 square feet in 2014,

according to U.S. Census gures.

However, reported

in 2015 that new construction

homes have already begun

to shrink by 40 square feet.

There seems to be a slight trend

toward more modest homes as

people consider affordability

and maintenance on larger




Association of Home Builders

states buyers are now looking

for smaller, more livable homes

with exible oor plans, energy-

efcient appliances and plenty

of storage space.

· Matte nishes: Stainless

steel and luster have been

popular for years. However,

the next big thing is matte

nishes on faucets, appliances

and even in countertops. These

less ashy nishes are prized

for their warmth and elegance.

While some high-end models

with matte nishes have been

available for several years, even

less expensive models are now


· Smarter technology: Many

homeowners are embracing

smart technology throughout

their homes, but it’s not just

lights that turn on with voice

command or more efcient



technology includes toilets that

can autonomously stay clean and

sanitized, refrigerators equipped

with cameras so homeowners

can see the contents inside and

indoor food recyclers that can

turn food waste into fertilizer.

Staying abreast of the ever-

changing trends in home

improvement and real estate can

help consumers make the best

choices with regard to buying

and building their homes.