Steve Warren, Realtor®'s Blog
A yard sale offers a valuable opportunity to get rid of items before you sell your house. As such, it is important to promote your yard sale effectively; otherwise, you may miss out on a chance to declutter and earn extra cash at the same time.
Ultimately, there are many quick, easy ways to stir up interest in your yard sale, such as:
1. Post flyers in your city or town
Old-fashioned flyers can help you promote your yard sale to large groups of people in your city or town. That way, you can create a buzz around your event and increase the likelihood of selling your stuff.
If you use flyers to promote your yard sale, be sure to include essential information like the location, date and time of your event. Also, using bright, vibrant paper and colorful markers may help your flyers stand out.
Ensure that all of your yard sale flyers are legible, accurate and easy to understand. This will help minimize the risk of miscommunication with potential event attendees.
Of course, it never hurts to ask business owners for permission to post flyers at local companies, either. The more flyers that you post, the more likely it becomes that your yard sale will be a resounding success.
2. Create an online posting
An online posting makes it simple for you to provide details about your yard sale to large groups of people.
Putting an online posting on Craigslist or local community websites may prove to be worthwhile. And in some instances, you may even be able to include photos of items that you plan to sell at your yard sale.
In addition, invite friends on Facebook and other social networks to attend your upcoming yard sale. By doing so, you can boost your chances of stirring up substantial interest in the days leading up to your event.
3. Select the right date and time
Oftentimes, Saturdays and Sundays are the best days to host a yard sale, and for good reason. Many people don't have to work on weekends, and as a result, may have free time to attend your yard sale.
After you know which day of the week that you want to host your yard sale, consider the date and time of your event closely.
Take a look at the holiday calendar, and you should have no trouble selecting a yard sale date that works well for most people in your area.
Think about the time of your yard sale too. And remember, if you host a yard sale that coincides with local community events, it may be difficult for some people to attend.
Lastly, if you need extra help stirring up interest in your yard sale, don't hesitate to reach out to your real estate agent. This housing market professional may be able to share details about your upcoming yard sale with clients and colleagues.
Generating buzz in a yard sale can be easy, and with the aforementioned tips, you can stir up plenty of interest in your event.
Having a family changes a lot. For one, your priorities about where you’d like to live change. This shift could be from a desire to live near restaurants and bars to parks and the best schools in a safe neighborhood. If you want to find a good neighborhood to search for a home in, there are a few things that you can research ahead of time before you even start your search for a home.
Research School Districts
For most parents, the school district in which they choose to live is an important part of the decision where to live. If you don’t know the area, or aren’t sure how the schools are, there are plenty of tools to help you. A quick online search can help you to compare and contrast neighboring school districts. Another important question to ask to find a suitable school district is if they actually have room for all of the students that would like to be enrolled in the school of your choice. You can also talk to people in the community about the schools and how they feel about them. Even a visit to local schools can help you to see what the education system in a certain neighborhood is all about.
Once you have a family, safety becomes even more of a priority. You do all of the right things from feeding your family well to baby-proofing the home. Yet, one thing that’s sometimes hard to control is the safety of the area that we live in. You’re going to want to find a neighborhood with low crime rate. There’s a few different tools online that help you to check the crime rates in certain areas. Don’t assume that the city is less safe than the suburbs, or even a rural area. Doing research and getting to know the area is key to finding a safe place to settle down in.
Shortcuts And Speedways
In the same realm as safety, you want to check out the actual street that you hope to settle down on. Some streets can be used as shortcuts and can end up being a speedway. You should check to make sure that the street you choose isn't a high traffic route. You’ll never feel comfortable having your children outside playing if you know that traffic is so dangerous on your street.
Once you have a family, you suddenly find a need to build a network of other parents and families that are just like you. A good way to tell a family friendly neighborhood could be just taking a peek through it. If you see families outside for a walk together, toys in the front yard, or a thriving neighborhood park, it’s a good bet that your home will be in a family-friendly community.
Buying a new home is a commitment. Not just to a mortgage but to the house itself, the neighborhood and your local community. And for many, this is part of what makes purchasing a new home so rewarding. To have a place to truly settle into and call their own. Part of that settling in includes crafting a timeless interior that will welcome you home for years to come.
But going about creating a timeless home can feel intimidating. Magazines and television shows focus on the trends and how to keep up with what’s current. Following these cues will only leave you with a home that will become quickly outdated.
The key is to mix a variety of styles both old and new. Resist settling for one particular style for a home that seamlessly transcends the decades to come. And while you don’t want to fully jump into any one trend, adding a few accent pieces will keep your home fresh and modern. Art, throw pillows, and small details are the perfect decor pieces to take advantage of trends with. Large investment pieces, however, are best kept neutral and in a style that has already proven itself to be classic.
Styles that earn the title of classic are usually simple with just one element that reflects the era of its inspiration. Think a couch with tufting but in a warm beige or a table with ornate millwork that boasts its natural wood coloring. Whereas a tufted couch in a print or ornate millwork painted a color from a trend that has come and gone will date the look of your whole room.
Neutral colors are best used for the majority of your color palette, leaving color for your accent pieces. That doesn’t mean your home needs to lack depth, however. Choose different tones for your paint swatches and reach for a variety of textures when adding fabrics. Having a diverse range of tones and textures will add visual interest without depending on color to do the job.
Natural elements such as wood, stone, and glass also help to bring depth to your neutral color palette and maintain a timeless look. Wood flooring is well worth the cost in the long run both in terms of maintenance and style. An exposed brick wall makes a statement without becoming dated. A leather couch or armchair adds warmth and sophistication. While cotton, linen and wool textiles add natural texture to your furnishings.
Homebuyers often dream about the decades to come spent in their new home’s rooms. They want to spend time living life’s moments to the fullest and not fussing over decor every ten years. Creating a timeless look for your home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Keeping to a neutral color palette and natural elements guarantee a classic home that you will love coming home to for years to come.
If a new home has you dreaming of new possibilities for your lifestyle. This seems to be especially true when buyers home of choice has a spare bedroom and/or finished basement. Upgrade your lifestyle by creating a room dedicated solely to your interests.
Here are five ideas that will have you feeling like you're living the luxe life.
A home gym is a perfect addition to a finished basement or large spare room. To get a true gym feel install large mirrors, a widescreen tv and built-in speakers. Depending on the size of the room and amount of large exercise equipment you include in your room you can make this room even more upscale. Investing in a sauna and/or tanning bed will provide the perfect source of relaxation after a strenuous workout.
If you are a creative having a room solely dedicated to your craft is a dream come true. Whether you’re a painter, writer, scrapbooker or seamstress a whole room to neatly organize the tools of your trade is a new level of freedom. Most likely you are accustomed to packing up and stashing them away after each time you create. Claim your space and let your artistic genius flow!
An increasingly popular addition in new homes is a gaming room. And not in the sense of darts and foosball. Instead, homeowners are creating a space dedicated solely to their multiple video game consoles and creating the perfect gaming environment. Installing surround sound and a large widescreen tv will have you feeling completely immersed in the game experience. A comfortable sofa and well-stocked mini fridge will keep you fueled for those long hours invested in beating your next game.
Another popular choice is a sports bar or what many would call a “Man Cave”. As with a gaming room, you’ll want to create the ultimate game day experience with surround sound and a large high-def tv. Leather couches and a wet bar that includes a built-in beer fridge are a must for this room. Bring in a healthy dose of team pride with framed posters, signed memorabilia and mascot emblazoned items. All that’s left is to prep some game day snacks and stock the fridge before inviting guests over to cheer on the home team.
A spare bedroom should be taken advantage of. Don’t let it become a giant storage closet or a hardly used guest room. Instead, create a room that is unique to you and your lifestyle. Whether you’re a creator, a gym junkie or game fanatic your own room will get more than its share of usage. By investing in your own interests you’ll be gifting yourself downtime and a happier future.
There is a science to selling your home at the best price and within the shortest period of time, but it's not always an exact science!
Although you can't control market conditions, seasonal fluctuations, or the condition of your neighbors' property, you are still in the driver's seat when it comes to pricing, curb appeal, and the interior condition of your home.
Assuming there's no legal snags or major "red flags" about the condition or appearance or your home, the selling price you set may make the difference between a fast sale and house that lingers on the market for months on end. Many house hunters and (all) real estate agents are quite savvy about property values and real estate prices. If the selling price of your home is based on emotional factors or the amount of money you need to get back in order to purchase your next house, then there's a good chance you'll be pricing yourself out of the market. That's where your real estate agent comes in. They will help you set a realistic asking price that will favorably position it to similar properties in your neighborhood and community.
While everyone wants to get the maximum return on their real estate investment, there's usually a limited amount of "wiggle room" between the appraised value of your home and the amount of money a potential buyer would be willing to pay for it. Since it may be difficult for you, as a homeowner, to be objective when determining a realistic price for your home, it's often beneficial to have a comparative market analysis done by a real estate agent or professional appraiser.
Another reason for consulting with professionals involves the need to be objective about home improvements. Some home sellers have a difficult time accepting the fact that their asking price can't always reflect the full cost of recent home improvements. Home additions, updates, and recent remodeling work can have a positive impact on your home's asking price, but it's usually not a dollar-for-dollar return on investment.
If you're preparing to put your house on the market in the near future, it pays to do a little online research, have your property professionally appraised, and/or work with a real estate agent who will do a comparative analysis of your home's value. Other things you can do to increase the likelihood of getting your home sold quickly include a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning, applying a fresh coat of paint where needed, and "staging" your home to appeal to the widest variety of potential buyers. While that might include making some major changes to your home's décor, its landscaping, or even furniture arrangement, the rewards of a speedy sale often justify the effort and short-term inconvenience of getting your home ready for the close scrutiny of house hunters, home inspectors, and buyers' agents!