Selling this year? Start preparing now!

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Thinking of selling sometime this year? Get a jump on the competition and start preparing now. One of the most common situations I come across are sellers that want to put their home on the market, but the property isn’t quite ready to bring top-dollar. Some of the preparations can be done in a weekend, but other projects that can increase your property value or make it more appealing to buyers can take some time. Landscaping doesn’t “green up” in a week and freshly pruned trees and bushes don’t always look great. Also, beginning the preparations early in the year can alleviate a ton of stress. If you are thinking about the possibility of selling this year, give me a call and I can come by and evaluate your home and give you an idea or punch list of things that will help you sell quicker than the competition and command top dollar. In the meantime, here are some ideas of what you can do to get your home ready to show:

 

  1. De-Personalize

When selling a house, you want to make sure that the people looking at it can picture themselves living there. Removing some personal items such as family photos, and removing things from around the house and counter tops like cosmetics, hair products or small appliances can go a long way in helping the buyers visualize the home as a “blank canvas” that they can “paint” with their own furniture and other items that are their taste.

 

  1. De-Clutter

Take the chance to lighten your moving load! Donating items taking up extra space in the closet and getting rid of unnecessary clutter makes your space appear larger and more desirable. Clear off any extra clutter on counters, magnets on fridges and books off of nightstands. You may consider renting a storage unit, and look at it as an opportunity to get a head start on your packing. Most people realize they have much more than they need and having yard sales or making donations early in the year will reduce your stress later and make things easier for you as you really fine-tune your home for sale.

 

  1. Organize

Along the same vein, taking a chance to organize areas like closets and shelves make a huge difference in how your home appears. This can be as simple as taking time to make sure your home entertainment center is free of excess wires, to taking the time to make sure everything has a place in the closet. Containers or baskets make everything look more orderly and will make the move easier. The way your closet looks can tell a potential buyer how you care for and maintain some of the components of the home that aren’t visible on an initial walk-through (items like HVAC system, hot water heater, rain gutters, how appliances run, etc.)

 

  1. Repair

It might not make sense to put too much money into a home you plan on selling, but a few cosmetic tweaks can have a big impact on how it shows and eventual sales price. Are there any unsightly holes or annoying leaky faucets? Some buyers might be put off by simple things, so small things like painting any bright accent walls a nice neutral color or making sure obvious things are in good repair can influence how the listing is viewed. I can tell you which repairs are necessary and which repairs/upgrades will give you a good return on investment.

 

  1. Clean, Clean, Clean

One of the biggest “make or break” moments is when a buyer looks at a home that is clean or not. If a potential purchaser walks into an area and it’s visibly dirty or smells, chances are they aren’t going to be too comfortable taking much of a look around. Making sure carpets are vacuumed, things are dusted and wiped down and there are no unpleasant fragrances is something that absolutely must be done when trying to sell a house. Areas like kitchens and bathrooms should be cleaned frequently when showings are happening. A deep cleaning before your home hits the market is always a good idea. Some buyers will check things like window tracks, blinds and more. It is imperative to have a clean, good-smelling home. If you have pets, additional and frequent cleaning may be needed.

 

  1. Amp Up the Curb-Appeal

Almost all buyers like to take the chance to do a drive-by before they make an appointment to see a house so they can get a feel for the house and the neighborhood. Make sure to keep the lawn mowed, trim up any shrubs and maybe plant a few flowers for some color. The front of your house is the first impression, so make sure it’s a good one!

 

These are just a few ideas to get you started. When I come and view your home, I can give you a detailed list and to-do items in order of importance. You will be surprised how much better your home can sell and how much you may be able to add to your bottom line with some tips from a professional and a little work on your part. Some sellers are worried that their home has to be perfect before I come out for an evaluation. That is NOT the case. I can see through a “lived in” home. I have kids and understand that things can’t always be perfect (I have also ideas that will make your kids want to help in cleaning and keeping the home in showing condition when it’s on the market-ask me about that when I come out). Call me today to get a jump on the competition!

 

Big and Beautiful 5Bed/4bath Home in Foskett Ranch!

1410 El Camino Verde Drive
1410 El Camino Verde Drive

Located in the desirable Foskett Ranch community, this spacious 5 bed/4bath home boasts an excellent, open floor plan and has a full bed and bath conveniently placed on the first floor. This quality-built Standard Pacific home has tons of great upgrades and more than enough room to spread out! The baker’s kitchen has granite counter tops, oversized tile flooring, under-cabinet lighting, top-of-the line appliances, gorgeous cabinets, butler’s pantry and a faux brick backsplash. The home has premium, plush carpet, ceiling fans, abundant canned lighting and is wired for surround sound. Each bedroom is unique in size, but all are much larger than your average bedroom. Two of the bedrooms feature a Jack and Jill bath with an extended vanity and dual sinks. The generous master suite has a sitting area, coffered ceilings and an amazing master bath. The bath has split, “his and her” vanities, sunken tub, shower stall and a walk-in closet the size of a regular bedroom! It also features custom mirrors, oiled bronze fixtures and an extra linen cabinet. This energy efficient home is well-insulated and the solar system will allow you to run the ice cold A/C without worrying about astronomical utility bills. You’ll love the summer nights sitting around the firepit on the vast, natural flagstone patio. Other features include a handyman’s 3 car garage with gorilla storage racks and lots of room for your toys and projects.

Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing of this clean, move-in ready home!

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Best Deal in Lincoln, CA!

2238 Torc Mountain Lane, Lincoln, CA  95648

1 Front new

You’ll be impressed by this beautiful 12 Bridges Home that has tremendous curb appeal. The upgraded exterior elevation includes brick work, black shutters and a quaint front porch. The exterior of the home has been recently updated with new stucco and paint. This home has a great location just down from Coyote Pond Park where you can wind down from the stress of the day and enjoy the trails, playground and fishing! This 3868 sf floor plan is one of the most desirable plans in the community. The excellent floor plan consists of a bright and sizable downstairs bedroom with an en suite bath, huge master with a spacious walk-in closet, bonus room, loft, 3additional bedrooms upstairs, separate formals as well as a great room concept kitchen and family room. The handyman will love the oversized 4 car garage and the boat or RV parking on the side of the home. Everyone will like the pool-sized back yard that features a perimeter key-stone wall, flagstone sitting area and a large freeform patio. You won’t be disappointed with this beautiful turn-key home that is located in one of Lincoln’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Don’t delay, make your appointment for a private showing today!

Offered at $489,999

1 Great room new

1 formal living

1 Master bed new

Meticulously Maintained 12 Bridges Home-2895 Cardinal Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648

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We have another great new listing up close to 12 Bridges Middle School. This is a perfect 5 bedroom home that would be great for a family or anyone who likes some space. Here is the write-up on the home:

Meticulously maintained 12 Bridges Home with tons of upgrades! As you walk up to the front door, you can tell that this beautiful home has been well cared for. The quaint front porch is surrounded by greenery and is a relaxing place to sit. Inside, you are greeted with hardwood flooring and custom two-tone paint colors. As you walk past the den, formal living and formal dining, the upgrades are evident-Plantation shutters and upgraded fixtures to name a few. The gourmet kitchen doesn’t disappoint; it has granite counter tops, stainless appliances, built-in desk and gorgeous cabinets. New carpet and paint throughout and a great floor plan that includes a full bed and bath downstairs, additional den, upstairs laundry, spacious master and 3 other bedrooms for a total of 5 bedrooms make this house a home! Surround sound, media niche, alarm system, private back yard and much more! This is a clean, classy, turn-key home that is move-in ready. Don’t delay, call for your private showing today!

Offered at $409,999

Call me at 916 408-2222 for more information or a private showing.