Selling Your Home

4 Things NOT to Do When Putting Your Home on the Market

*Posted on December 29, 2016 - 10:27 am by Zoe Elsenberg on Housecall

4 Things NOT to Do When Putting Your Home on the Market

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on December 29, 2016. Housecall continues to share this piece due to ongoing requests and reader interest.

So you've decided to put your home on the market. Congratulations! Hopefully, you've brought a rockin' REALTOR® on board to help you list your spot, and together you've done your due diligence on what to ask for. As you start checking things off your to-do list, it's also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started.

Don't over-improve

As you ready your home for sale, you may realize you will get a great return on your investment if you make a couple of changes. Updating the appliances or replacing that cracked cabinet in the bathroom are all great ideas. However, it's important not to over-improve, or make improvements that are hyper-specific to your tastes. For example, not everyone wants a pimped out finished basement...

Why You Need to Update Your Home Before Listing it

**Posted on September 4, 2019 - 1:19 pm by Housecall**
By Anica Oaks

A home purchase is often the biggest investment a person will make in their life. When the time comes to sell your house, you want to get the best price possible. If you explore one of the many real estate sites online, you'll notice that many homeowners make a point of updating their homes before selling.

Here are a few of the many reasons why people modernize their homes before listing them:

New Buyers Don't Want to Immediately Remodel

Major remodels can create a state of chaos in a home that most new homebuyers would rather avoid. Additionally, the costs involved in buying a new home, moving and settling a family into a new space can be significant. They may not be able to do the remodeling projects that are needed for a significant period of time. Buyers will look more favorably upon and be willing to shell out more cash for a home that already has many improvements taken care of.

Strategic Updates Attract More Buyers

Individuals who are considering putting their homes on the market should understand that real estate agents do a great deal of marketing online and through social media. A good visual impression of your home will spark interest in more buyers. An updated kitchen or bathroom, fresh paint throughout the house and new flooring all provide good visual impact that will draw buyers to your...

33 Home Upgrades that Cost Less than $100

**Money Talks News - August 14,2019**

Sometimes home improvements are out of reach for the moment. A kitchen upgrade can cost thousands of dollars you might not have to spend right now.

Other improvements are unavoidable, but also expensive and unsatisfying at the same time — take a roof replacement for one example.

But if you’re in the mood to spruce up your home, there are plenty of doable projects that make a real difference and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

The following improvements should run you less than $100 but will help make your home look and feel like a million bucks.

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8 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise

*Original Post on June 29, 2017 - 3:50 pm by Housecall
By Sage Singleton

Summer is the season to be outdoors. It’s the perfect time for backyard barbecues, neighborhood socials, and late-night evenings on the patio. You don’t need to travel to a luxurious and exotic location to enjoy spending time outdoors. Make your own backyard a summer paradise with these eight simple suggestions.

Inspect and update wooden decks

To make your backyard a summer haven, take some time to inspect and update your deck. Wooden patios and decks can be warped by cold weather, so you’ll want to replace loose or missing slats as needed. Sand, stain, and seal your deck once you’ve made sure it’s structurally sound. If you have a stone patio, check for missing pieces and update as needed. Once this is complete, you’ll have a shiny and appealing deck you can decorate with patio furniture—creating a relaxing sitting area for summertime.

Purchase patio furniture and essentials

Once you have a designated patio or deck space, you’ll want to add some patio furniture so you can sit down, mingle with friends and family, and relax. Consider purchasing weatherproof patio furniture that is both ...

High-Resale Value Projects You Can Tackle in a Weekend

*Original Post on March 1, 2017 by Megan Wild on RIS Media's Housecall

“There’s no place like home,” as the old saying goes. That’s especially true when it comes to an investment.

You live in and love your home, but there might come a time when you have to leave it. And when that time comes, you’ll want to get as much money as you can for your property so you can move onward — and upward.

In order to increase your abode’s value, you might think you have to put in a ton of time, effort and money, but that’s not entirely true. Instead, you can take on weekend projects over time to spruce the place up so when it’s time to sell, you have a completely updated property that’ll end up selling itself.

Ready to get to work? Roll up your sleeves and start on one of the following five weekend projects.

1. Repaint Your Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to smart investment in your home, the kitchen is one of the best places to start. Buyers expect kitchens to be updated. Stone countertops, stainless appliances and sleek flooring all make a space feel modern. Obviously, these changes require a lot of money and, sometimes, a lot of time. That’s why you can tackle it in bits and start first with your cabinets.

Old wooden cabinets with...

3 out of 4 millennials think they know how to sell a home

IRVINE, Calif. – Jun 12, 2019 – More than three-quarters of millennials feel very confident about how to sell a home, but very few have actually done so, according to a recent survey by sold.com.

Despite millennials' high confidence in knowing how to sell a home, they don't have the home selling experience to support it. Sellers ages 28 years and younger composed only 2% of the share of all home sellers last year according to the National Association of Realtors 2019 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report (April 2019).


With older millennials (29-38 years old), 76% were selling a home for the first time.


Misplaced confidence could be detrimental financially, given that 59% of consumers between 18-34 years old plan to sell a home within the next three years, compared to 35% of people between ages 35-54 and 15% of consumers over 55 years old.


"In today's world, it's easy to build misplaced confidence due to the vast amount of information available online," says Matt Woods, president of sold.com. "While having many resources at our fingertips is certainly a good thing, it's important to utilize them effectively and to realize which ones are trustworthy and unbiased. This is particularly true for millennials who are selling homes for the very first time."


Millennial knowledge gap

The knowledge gap among millennials exists across many facets of home selling. For example:

  • 81% said a good credit score is important when selling a home – but a good credit score is only...

Top 5 Landscaping Tips to Increase Property Value

Landscaping is one of the most important ways to increase your property’s value quickly. In fact, a gorgeous landscape design can increase the value of your home by at least 5 to 11 percent—and maybe more. The best part about landscaping is that even though it’s one of the most valuable home improvements you can make, it’s also one of the easiest. If you’re wondering how to turn your landscape into one of your home’s most valuable assets, here are some tips to get you started.

Match Landscape to Your Home’s Style

The best way to get an excellent return on investment with landscaping is to make sure it fits with your home’s style. For instance, if you own a Victorian home, a Japanese garden will be sorely out of place and may even lower your home’s value rather than add to it. In this instance, you’re much better off with a country or cottage-style landscape that blends in with the old-fashioned formality of your home.

The same holds true for more modern home styles, such as the prairie or industrial...