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How to Stage Your Home When You Have Pets

 

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It is no secret that REALTORS ® suggest staging your home when you put it on the market. It makes sense to think that something attractive will encourage potential buyers. However, being a pet owner can make staging more difficult. Here are the best tips to successfully staging your home when you have an animal.

Minimize visible damage

No matter how we love them, pets aren’t people. They don’t understand that chewing on or scratching up the furniture is bad, or that they shouldn’t dig in the yard, ruin the house plants, or a thousand other things. If you see them daily, you may overlook the chewed-on or dug-up areas around your home. Prospective buyers will not. If there are scratches on the furniture, if the rug has been chewed up, or if there are holes in the yard, fix them. Polish and refinish the wood that has been scratched. Replace or hide rugs that are torn. Don’t just fill in the holes in your yard, but make sure that you have grass, flowers or something decorative to cover the bald patches.

Rethink your marketing

Many individuals, who have pets or are planning to buy them, will not apply for homes that are not seen as “pet friendly.” Therefore, it may be a good idea to market toward pet owners or those who may purchase a pet. Add the term “pet friendly” to your listing, and while you should minimize the presence of your pet, you don’t need to erase it entirely. Hide or replace worn pet toys with new ones. Make sure that, if the food and water bowls look good, that they are cleaned properly. If they are too dingy for a good scrubbing to save, replace them with new ones. If you have someone stopping by to look at the property, and you can’t remove your pet from your home, make sure they smell and look nice, crated or confined to one area where they will not disturb your buyer.

Eliminate smells

Just as there shouldn’t be a visual presence of your pet about your home, there should not be an olfactory one either. The best approach you can take as a pet owner is to rid your home of pet smells completely. Just because you no longer smell them does not mean they don’t exist.

To remove pet odor from carpeting, there are few proven techniques. Perhaps the only truly effective measure is to purchase an enzymatic-based pet odor remover from your local pet supply store. These cleaners are composed of natural enzymes that eat away at the natural materials that cause urine smells in the first place.

Board your pet

When you have an open house to showcase your home, it will be best if your pet is not present at all as you cannot predict who will show up. A buyer may love the idea of pets, but another may see a pet as a nuisance and immediately be turned off. If you are showing to an individual with last-minute notice, you may not be able to get rid of your furry (or scaled or feathery) little one, but if you have the opportunity, do try to either have a friend take your pet for the day. If a realtor is coming over last minute, and if you can leave the house, take the pet out yourself during the viewing or board your pet. It will make everyone’s life easier.

You want your house to sell as quickly as possible and being a pet owner can make that harder. But if you follow the steps above, you may see better results. Cleaning up and purchasing new pet-related items may seem like a hassle, but it may be worth it in the end.

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Article provided by Medina at DogEtiquette.info

Selling a Home in Winter

Selling a home can be frustrating in the winter market.  While there are advantages to having a home on the market through the winter, there could also be disadvantages.  What works best for you as a seller, is a very personal decision.  Let your real estate agent help you sort out whether to keep your home on the market through the winter.

Here are a few advantages to keeping your home on the market:

  1.  There are less homes on the market making inventory low.  You have a better chance of being noticed when there is less inventory.
  2. Buyers looking in the winter months are serious buyers.  You have a better chance of selling when the buyers are looking through the snowy season.
  3. Prices can be a bit higher because of low inventory bring in a sales price closer to your list price.

The disadvantages can be downplayed by keeping a good attitude about your move.

  1.  Moving in the winter is not fun – but with a little research you can find a good moving company and save yourself a lot of work.  Companies are looking for work in the winter and offer deals to you.
  2. Keeping the way clear of snow.  Yes, this is especially important for the winter snowbirds. 2Hire a company to keep your drive clear of snow.  This makes it easier to get in for showings and gives the buyer the message that you care about your home.
  3. Buyers are looking for deals, deals, deals.  They sometimes want to offer lower prices thinking that you are desperate to sell.  This is not always the case, so be strong during negotiation if you have a good product.
It’s only a few short months and we will be talking about spring and summer.  You can make it though the winter with an agent that is resourceful and able to help you out with services needed during the winter months.  Hopefully, by spring you will see a big SOLD sign on it.
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Winter Home Buying. by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Winter home buying can be perplexing for both buyer and seller, especially in the north.  When the weather turns and temperatures are freezing the ground, the snow is up to your knees, and it is not fun to tramp through the elements to shop for homes, it can be trying.

Working in a climate that brings snow, cold temperatures and homes that are seasonal, it has many challenges for the Realtor, the buyer and the seller.  But, working through the challenges can be rewarding.

Sellers often think that there are no buyers in the winter and take their homes off the market.  This is simply not true, there is always someone looking for a home.   Seller on the market through winter may just be rewarded with a buyer.

When we had little kids and took them to the mountains to ski, we always advised them to dress in layers and take extra gloves.  You can always strip down if you get too hot, we would tell them.  This is the same advice I have for buyers looking in snowy northern Michigan for homes.  Buyers are often coming from climates that are not as severe and are met with a surprise when they have to trudge through snow knee deep and look at a home with little to no heat.  Be prepared for all things when looking at homes in the winter months.  Bring boots, hats, gloves, etc.

Sellers find another challenge when they actually have an offer presented to them in the winter.  If it is a summer home, they are often out of town during the winter months and need to deal with things from a distance.  Their home may be winterized and they will now need to deal with opening it up for inspections and then re-winterizing it until closing.  They may not want people coming through the home with snow.  They may not want to have the driveway plowed and add an additional expense.

Seller can work with their Realtor to handle snow plowing and to protect their homes.

I find that buyers generally flexible when it comes to inspections.  Trying to coordinate things to avoid de-winterizing more than once, etc. can be done.  Depend on the Realtor to make sure things get done to eliminate extra costs.

Buyers sometime take a risk buying in the winter.  For instance, a waterfront home be a risky buy because you really cannot see what the waterfront is like.  The Realtor should be able to come up with photos from the seller to rest assure the buyer as to the condition of the waterfront.  Another challenge is inspections of the well and septic systems.  This can not always be done in the winter.  If the septic inspector cannot break ground to access the system, inspection has to be postponed or waived.  A seller that has records of all septic inspections can be helpful.  These records sometimes serve the purpose for the buyer.  Keep those systems in good condition with regular checkups and keep the records handy.

These are just a few examples of winter challenges when buying or selling a home.  They are not monumental, but a bit more work versus summer season selling.  It can be done if the seller, buyer and Realtor all work as a team to – get it sold!

 

 

Shopping for a New Home? by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes

While many our out doing their holiday shopping – you just might be shopping for a new home.  What a great time of year to find a good deal on a home.

We have a great selection of beautiful homes in Canadian Lakes to choose from.  This community,  located in the west central area of Michigan, offers a wide range of activities and amenities.  There is something for everyone at Canadian Lakes.  Some of the amenities include, golf, tennis, pickle ball, clubs – every type of club from cards to book clubs and more – swimming and fitness, restaurants, and of course our beautiful lakes.  We have lakes that are all-sports, lakes that are no-wake that offer quiet living and beaches that are perfect for swimming.

Come and see what we are all about in Canadian Lakes, Michigan.  I give tours of the area when you visit.  And, if you are looking for information – I can get that to you as well.  Be sure to shop around my website to find homes that are available in Canadian Lakes.  You will love it here!

How to Insulate a Garage Door

This great article will help you get that garage ready for winter.  An easy project to help keep the cold from getting into the indoor spaces.

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.

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Open House Anyone? by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes

OPEN HOUSE…Houle from water2OR NO OPEN HOUSE?

A lot of clients ask about hosting an open house.  Actually, it is what we do every day.  Once your home is on the market – we are hosting an open house for anyone interested in seeing the home – anytime.

There was a time when an open house drove traffic to the area and more people came to see a home.  Today, unless you are in a highly populated area, an open house may not work the same.

Today’s buyer is using a Real Estate Agent most of the time in their home search.  The second most popular tool the buyer is using is yard signs – believe it or not!  People still like to drive around neighborhoods and look for homes for sale.  The mobile marketing tools and open house statistics for 2013 were real near the same – which was a surprise to me.    Most of the buyers I work with have used either a Realtor or Internet Searches to find homes.

Home Buyer Statistics:*

  • First time home buyers:  38%
  • Repeat buyers median age: 52
  • Median Age of first-time home buyers: 31
  • Information sources used in home search:
    • Real Estate Agent 89%
    • Yard Sign 51%
    • Mobile or Tablet Website Application 45%
    • Open House 45%
    • Mobile or Tablet Search Engine
    • Print Newspaper Advertisement 23%

*Source:  National Association of Realtors Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics for REALTORS®

The great debate continues – open house or not?  My experience – even when heavy advertising has been done – is that they have been poorly received.  Most of the time if we get one person at an open house we celebrate.

If you really want to sell it – drive more traffic to your home by having a quality product in a great location with a fair price.  That’s it!  If you are missing one of the main elements, make up for it with one of the other.  For instance, if your home is not in a great neighborhood, perhaps a lower price would do the trick.  In the National Association of Realtor’s 2013 Community Preference Survey, 78% of home buyers responded that neighborhood quality is more important than size of home.  If you are in a great neighborhood, make sure the home shows well by keeping it maintained in and out.  And do not overlook the pricing – overpricing can be deadly.  Check out the neighborhood and what the sales have been.  Make sure you are not pricing yourself too high and missing a buyer.

For more information and tips on buying or selling a home visit my website or contact me!  Happy shopping and selling

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Summer is Here! by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Summer is here!  People are starting to come to the area for the summer lake season and golf season.  It is good to see the town all abuzz!  Don’t forget to visit me at Coldwell Banker Lakes and get a map of the area while you are here.  I have other information on homes available, our new summer brochure and information on what is going on in Canadian Lakes and the surrounding area.  Many great homes are available on all-sports lakes around the area as well as great deals in Canadian Lakes.  Let me know what you are looking for and I will do all I can to help you out!

See our homes here:

Canadian Lakes Homes For Sale – Area Homes for Sale

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ISLAND COUT HOME FOR SALE!  SEE ME FOR MORE INFORMATION AT WWW.CANADIANLAKESHOMES.COM

HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!