If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market in the near future, then you’ve probably begun to research and compare real estate agents in your area. While experience, credentials, and training can make a big difference in a real estate agent’s ability to produce results for you, there are other factors worth considering. For example, an agent’s attitude, Web presence, and past performance are also indicators of their strengths, weaknesses, and marketing skills.

Here are a few “red flags” to watch out for in your search for a knowledgeable, proactive, and service-oriented real estate professional.

  • The quality of their Web site: If a real estate agent has a Web site that looks disorganized, amateurish, or outdated, then that could speak volumes about their own flaws. In this day and age, a fully functional and professional-looking website is an essential marketing tool in the real estate business. Having access to the latest marketing tools and techniques is a vital aspect of selling your home in the shortest possible time. Agents who are not making full use of the Internet to market their listings are doing themselves and their clients a disservice. If they can’t present themselves in the best possible light on the Internet, then it raises questions about their presentation style, in general. On the other hand, if a Realtor or real estate agent maintains an up-to-date, professional-looking website that is user-friendly and loaded with helpful information and search capabilities, then that’s one indication they’re conscientious, resourceful, and in touch with relevant technology. A timely and informative blog is another positive sign that they’re tech-savvy and passionate about what they do for a living.
  • Attitude and energy level: A great real estate agent has the ability to look at the “big picture” and realize that there will be peaks and valleys in every transaction and marketing campaign. If you choose them over the competition, you’ll eventually depend on that agent to be a problem solver, a cheerleader, and a source of positive inspiration throughout the process. When you take into account how much is riding on the sale of your home, you realize the importance of selecting a well-organized, professional, and highly motivated agent. If you’re interviewing one that spends too much time complaining about market conditions, other clients, or all the “red tape” involved in real estate transactions, then RUN — don’t walk — to the nearest door! (That advice would, of course, need to be modified if you’re meeting with them in your own home.) Here’s the bottom line, though: To be able to capitalize on opportunities and produce the best possible results, a great real estate agent needs to maintain a positive attitude — especially in the face of temporary setbacks.

The good news about real estate agents and Realtors is that the majority of them are ethical, motivated, and passionate about producing optimal results. As is the case with all professions, however, some are more positive, dedicated, and resourceful than others. That’s why it pays to interview two or three real estate agents before settling on the one who’s the best match for your timetable, your personality, and your individual needs.

Maximizing space in a smaller bedroom and making that room look and feel larger isn’t impossible. These tips wont break the bank or drain months of your time.

Here are a few tips to make your small bedroom feel larger:

Paint: Use paint colors to your advantage. Light, cool colors and light, cool toned colors are the best for making your room look larger. Use vertical stripes to make your room feel tall. Paint your ceiling a dark color to enhance its larger, taller feel.

Furniture: Some pieces of furniture can make your room feel small. Avoid bulky bedframes and instead choose smaller, more delicate looking bedframes. The smaller bedframe will also take up less space in your room. For added perception of extra square footage, leave a few inches of space between your furniture and the wall. It will create the illusion of spaciousness as it makes the room look more open.

Wall-Mounted Nightstand: Instead of having bedside tables on each side of the bed, use floating shelves or wall mounted nightstands. It will make the room feel and look more open since more floor space will be seen.

Multipurpose Furniture: Storage beds work wonders. They create additional storage without adding any additional furniture. There are storage beds with under the bed storage and headboard storage.

Mirrors: Mirrors create the illusion of more space. This could be just by having a larger wall-mounted mirror in the room or adding floor to ceiling mirrors, which will dramatically increase the perception of a larger space.

Wall-Mounted Lighting: Having wall-mounted lighting aids in avoiding the issue of clutter on tables and shelves. It will draw the eye up instead of down at cluttered areas.

With just a few simple updates and some new furniture you can create the illusion of a larger bedroom. If you are looking to make some smaller updates then start with the cosmetic tips and move onto the larger ones when the time comes. Implementing just one tip will get you on your way to a bedroom with a grander feel.

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Effectively staging your home can make a difference when selling your home. It can help you reach your asking price, or it can mean the difference between making a sale and not making a sale.

With so much at stake, it’s clear that home staging is a good idea. However, if you plan on living in your home while it’s on the market it can cause a big change in your lifestyle. It can mean putting most of your belongings in storage and be constantly rearranging furniture and moving your valuables around.

In this article, I’ll give you some tips to help you get through the difficult time of living in a staged home. I’ll talk about how you can make the most of this situation while still making the important sale on your home.

Decluttering and removing personal items from your home

There are two important things to remember when cleaning out your home before staging it. You want to declutter and you want to remove your personal presence in the home.

In terms of decluttering, not only is this a good time to start packing up items you won’t need until you move into your next home, but it is also a good time to do some cleaning. When going through your home, ask yourself if you’ve used the item in question within the last year or two. If the answer is no, you might be able to throw away or donate the item.

When someone views a home they want to be able to picture living there. That’s hard to do if it is filled with the photos and heirlooms of another family.  If you’re unsure about whether something is too personal to keep on display in your home, there’s a good chance that it’s better off to put it in storage.

Use your free time at home to your advantage

Living in your home while it’s on the market gives you one important advantage–you’re able to spend more time prepping your home for sale. Use your free time and weekends at homes to paint your walls bright, neutral colors. You can also experiment with arranging furniture in a spacious and welcoming way.

This is also a good time to take care of small issues that might turn off potential buyers. Runny faucets, creaking doors, and other cosmetic fixes are all simple but important fixes to make while still living in your home.

Adopt a “clean as you use” mentality

Since people are coming to view your home, you’ll naturally want it to be as clean and tidy as possible. But rushing to clean everything before someone views your home makes it more likely to overlook a dirty countertop or misplaced towel.

A good practice is to simply clean up after yourself as you use items. That means wiping down the counter or oven after use, making sure you don’t leave products out in the bathroom, and sweeping the floors at the end of the day.

While it can be difficult to live in your home while it is staged for sale, it also has its advantages. As you go through this process, remember that it isn’t forever, and that it can save you time and money in the long run.

Natick, MA:

This Single-Family in Natick, MA recently sold for $1,505,000.
This is a Colonial style home and features 11 total rooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths, 5 bedrooms, 1.50 acres, and was sold by
Janet Laughead – CENTURY 21 Commonwealth

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