Stage your home for a higher potential payout

Stage your home for a higher potential payout

NEW OLEAR BANNERIf you like to watch those popular television shows about fixer-uppers and house flipping, you’re probably already familiar with “staging” a home when putting it on the market.

Staging a house is an effort to make your home look as appealing as possible during the sale process. For a cost, a staging company will fill your home with top-of-the-line furniture and accessories to enhance its overall appearance and help you obtain the best sale price.

Even individuals with a good imagination can have a difficult time imagining the overall layout and flow of a home when faced with a bunch of empty rooms. Home staging eliminates the guesswork while also painting a beautiful picture for potential home buyers.

Additionally, an experienced home stager may also offer advice, such as removing wallpaper if he or she thinks a fresh coat of paint might look more appealing, or repairing cracks or holes that you may simply overlook. Please note that home staging will not conceal your home’s flaws, so don’t think you’re going to fool the inspector.

The final cost of staging will correspond directly to the size of the home. Staging a condo, for example, will likely be less expensive than staging an entire house.

Research indicates that homes that are staged sell much more quickly than the unstaged home. In most cases, it’s money extremely well spent.

For more information on staging your home, please contact the real estate professionals at The Olear Team today for a consultation!

Proper staging will result in a quicker sale

Proper staging will result in a quicker sale

NEW Olear cover photoIf you’re in the process of selling a home, there are some common sense steps that can help ensure a quick sale.

First, think about how people are currently searching for available homes. Answer: The internet! Before you post your property online — hopefully with the assistance of an experience Realtor — be sure you have some exceptional photos to accompany your descriptive copy. While a picture says a thousand words, those words can be less than flattering if your photos are showing a cluttered, outdated home. Photos need to be clear and appealing. If you know a professional photographer or someone who has a knack for taking outstanding photographs, this may be the time to call in a favor!

Proper staging of the home is also a necessity if the goal is to see that “For Sale” sign change to a “Sold” sign in the shortest period of time. Easy upgrades like a thorough cleaning and a fresh coat of paint will go a long way. If your furniture and accents have seen better days, you may want to consult with a professional staging company that can give your home a fresh new look with the strategic placement of a handful of eye-catching pieces.

Remember that any additional effort you put into your sale will almost always be rewarded in the end. For more information on preparing your home for a quick and financially satisfying sale, please contact The Olear Team today!

5 Significant Home Improvements for Under $500

Thinking of home improvements that could be done around our homes is easy; but figuring out which ones will improve the look of the property- and for the right price- is the real challenge. Our friends at RISMedia have compiled a list of the top 5 home improvements for offering both appeal and return. To read the article in its entirety click here; the abbreviated list is as follows:

  1. Improve curb appeal
  2. Paint the front door
  3. Paint the interior walls
  4. Update the lighting
  5. Install new toilets
Understanding Stairs

Understanding Stairs

“What is there to know about stairs?” you may ask.  Stairs are actually one of the most expensive and regulated parts of constructing a home– they take up such a huge amount of space and are a complex, three dimensional shape.  They are functional and iconic, and can truly make a home interesting.

Building codes require strict construction for stairs.  Each must come with a handrail, as they are potentially very dangerous.  Handrails must be a certain size, distance from the stairs, and must be able to be grasped by a hand.  Building codes also regulate the size of the tread (the part that you walk on) and the height of risers.

There are also different designs for stairs– switchback stairs are more compact than a traditional staircase, and feature a landing.  Spiral stairs have more strict requirements.  Treads, for example, cannot be rectangular but curved.

While many think of stairs as just the entry to the second floor, stairs can actually be a major element of home design.  Putting a window near the stairwell can brighten your whole home; a tall stairwell can naturally cool your home without air conditioning.  Stairs can be a sculpture, a statement.  When imagining your perfect staircase, what do you see?