Monday, April 29, 2019

4/27 Radio Show: Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker to the show.

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Together, Peter and Clotilde discussed the progress of 'Say Yes to Education' initiative and its impact on Buffalo Public Schools. This program has managed to reverse the 30 year trend of declining graduate rates in just 6 years, increasing the high school graduation rate in Buffalo Public Schools by 16% points.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Setting the Stage: The Bedrooms

We've covered almost every room in the house in our setting the stage blogs. The last areas that you could consider staging are the bedrooms. While bedrooms are more easily staged than most rooms, there are still many things to consider when setting up these rooms for potential homebuyers.

Remove clutter - Closet space is an important selling feature for bedrooms. The bigger the closet looks, the better. Put clothing or other items that you store in your closet into storage. Clear books, papers and other items off dressers and desks as well.

Enhance the room with attractive linens - Make your room more inviting by throwing a blanket across the end of the bed or adding decorative pillows. You may also want to consider changing out your curtains if they are heavy and drag down the appearance of the room.

Keep it neutral - If the rooms are painted in bright colors, you may want to consider repainting. Avoid using wallpaper decorated in prints and bright colors.

According to NAR, "1/4 of buyers' agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between one and five percent, compared to other similar homes on the market that were not staged." So make sure you make your home look its best! If you need assistance, reach out to a HUNT sales professional today!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

4/20 Radio Show: Linda Mallia

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Linda Mallia to the show.

Linda Mallia is the President of HUNT Mortgage.

Together, Peter and Linda discuss the the types of loans available to homebuyers and the financial government institutions that back them.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Setting the Stage: The Bathroom

Bathroom improvements can enhance the asking price for your home. If you have already updated your bathrooms, it is important to maximize their appearance to make the best impression possible.

Evaluate the vanity - If the vanity is dated, you may be able to simply paint it white and put new hardware on the doors to update its appearance. However, it may be more advantageous to replace it with a new vanity.

Evaluate the faucets - Faucets are an important feature in the bathroom. Simply changing the faucet set on the sink and bathtub can make a difference.

Check the condition of your flooring - The condition of your flooring will make a difference to the potential homebuyer. If your flooring is cracked or scratched, consider replacing the flawed tiles. If your flooring is dated, consider replacing the floor with updated vinyl flooring.

Clean and declutter - Make every effort to clean your bathroom before each showing. Clear off all clutter, including make-up, toothbrushes, etc.

Enhance the room with decorative linens - Decorate your bathrooms with your best towels and washcloths. Warm up the room by laying down a rug.

These simple tips should help to enhance the look of your home and present it in the best way for your potential buyers. If you're not sure where to start, be sure to ask your HUNT Real Estate sales professional their opinion.

Monday, April 15, 2019

6 Easy Home Projects for Your Spring Weekend

With the weather warming up, you may start to take a critical look at your home's exterior. If you are interested in selling your home this year, your home's curb appeal may be more important than previous years. Luckily, spring is a great time to spruce up your home's exterior. Here are 6 easy spring projects that you can complete this weekend to create curb appeal for your home.

Pressure Wash. Pressure washing outdoor surfaces can remove years of dirt and grime off. What surfaces can be pressure washed? Concrete, wood, and even certain types of siding. If it isn’t practical to buy a pressure washer, you can rent one from a home improvement store. One note: It’s important that you are familiar with the correct way to pressure wash surfaces. If you use too much pressure, you can damage the surfaces you’re cleaning. HGTV has a great guide to help.

Caulk. Spring is a great time to check your window and door seals. If they’re looking weathered, you may want to redo the caulk on your windows and doors. Why should you invest the time and money? If you replace old caulk, your home will retain the warm (or cool) air in your home from your furnace.

Update your house numbers. Interested in a quick project to update your home’s exterior? Change your house numbers. There are tons of projects online that can help you achieve the style you’re looking for. House number visibility is also important for safety services like firefighters and police!

Change out your light fixtures. With temperatures on the upswing, you may be entertaining outside more often. Replace your old and outdated light fixtures to modernize your outdoor space. There are plenty of different styles available, and most are relatively simple to replace. Also, add light to your walkways so your guests so they can see where they’re going at night.

Paint your front door. Interested in a quick project that has a big impact? Try painting your front door. Outdoor paint is affordable, and the front door change can make a huge impact from the curb. Try a bold or bright color to make a statement.

Landscaping. Your home’s landscaping is important to the overall curb appeal of your home. If you don’t want to commit to a large garden, consider adding planters to add color and keep the rest of your landscaping simple.

Embrace the season and enjoy the outdoors. These projects are simple, easy, and budget friendly. They can create a more inviting look to your home, which can be helpful if you've considered listing your home for sale. If you’re ready to to spring into a new home, make sure you enlist the help of a real estate sales professional from HUNT Real Estate ERA.