The Weather Outside is Frightful, But the Market is Still Delightful: Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

I think that at this point it is common knowledge that spring is the most common time that people decide to put their homes on winter house with logo the market.  But did you know there are also benefits to listing your home in the winter that those spring sellers are missing out on?  For example we simply have to look at the concept of supply and demand.  For those motivated buyers, those who have to move, and those who don’t mind the winter moving conditions your house will be one of the few to look at.  With fewer options means less competition and you have a better handle on the market.  Not only will you potentially get more traffic of perspective buyers but you know these buyers are motivated and can therefore negotiate better on your terms.  With that being said there are some ways to make your winter home more appealing.

* Be sure to always keep walkways and driveway cleared off when hosting open houses or having showings.  The last thing you want people to remember is trudging through the snow to make their way to your door.

* Keep the home warm.  The idea is to make the potential buyer are comfortable and cozy as possible in the winter.

* Open blinds and turn on all the lights.  You want to light up the home as much as possible on the dark and often dreary days of winter.

* Create a virtual experience of the home.  In the cold weather people are a bit pickier about which houses they want to venture out for.  Make sure yours is as appealing as possible online in order to get more potential buyers to actually come to the home.

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Reasons that People Choose Not to Stage Their Home… Do These Apply to You?

I cannot stress enough the importance of staging your home to put it on the market.  While it doesn’t necessarily have to be staging wtih borderdone by a professional home stager (although it is recommended)  you can draw some tips from them to do yourself.  Despite the solid financial proof that home staging can increase the appeal, selling price, interest, and speed at which you sell your house there are still those doubters out there.  Here are a few of the reasons that many clients give for not wanting to stage their home.

* It costs too much: While there are undoubtedly costs associated with a professional home stager I have never seen the amount exceed the amount that we have had to reduce home prices due to lack of interest.  This is a prime example of having to spend money to make money.

* We can’t stage the house, we live in it: Believe it or not these are 2 things that can be done simultaneously.  In fact a professional home stager will stage your home, give you tips on keeping it show ready, and still leave all of the essentials for you to go about your everyday life.

* We want to put it on the market for awhile before we try home staging:  While in theory this sounds like a perfectly logical and conservative plan.  Unfortunately we as humans base most of our existence off of first impressions.  If a potential buyer sees your home (un-staged) and weren’t thrilled with what they saw there is not much of a chance they will even take a second look if you stage your home after a few months on the market.  In their head they have already crossed your home off the list.

* Everyone loves our house: While this may be true (or they may just be being nice) the fact of the matter is that today’s buyers are looking for specific things.  I think it is hard for sellers (myself included) to wrap their head around the fact that someone could find something wrong with this beautiful home they have poured their time, money, and effort into.  By allowing an unbiased person such as a home stager to spruce up your home you are helping to ensure that you are adhering to what home buyers are looking for.

* We can declutter and clean the home ourselves: Great… and you should! But (and this is a big but…) there is much more to home staging than simply removing things.  A professional home stager can distinguish between clutter and an asset, can find the balance between decluttered and barren, and understand the importance of highlighting desirable architectural features, lighting, and flow of furniture.

The Most Under-Utilized Place in Anderson

What if I told you there was a place in Anderson that you can check out some great movies,  learn about all of the newest and most useful aplpicapps, bring your kids on rainy/snowy days to keep them entertained, participate in classes specifically for your babies or toddlers, learn important computer programs, get homework help for your children, meet friends by joining a book club, or even learning about your health insurance choices, and the list goes on and on?  Would you believe that our very own Anderson Public Library offers all of these services and it’s all free! It seems that most of us just assume a library lends books and that’s it but now-a-days the library is a great place to socialize with other parents, encourage your child’s love for learning, and educate yourself on the newest or necessary computer know how.  In fact every week they seem to be adding new and exciting activities and events to their busy calendar.  Sign up for their library newsletter or check back often to see what fun and educational things they are offering or better yet take the family one day and explore each unique nook and cranny!

Anderson’s Winterfest : Fun for the Whole Family

I must say that I am more excited now than ever to see all of the community events that are coming together in the city of Anderson.  One that I xmastreeam particularly looking forward to is Winterfest in downtown Anderson on Friday, Dec. 6th from 10am-8pm.  This event will have something for everyone ranging from caroling, art and craft vendors, and train and military exhibits to Christmas villages, shopping with store-wide sales, and cookie decorating.  There will also be the “Love Lights a Tree” ceremony for the lighting of the Christmas tree downtown.  Many stores are participating in this festive event and will be having sales as well as Christmas themed activities.  What better way to support to local vendors, enjoy time with the family, and appreciate all of the effort the city of Anderson is putting into making this one of the best holiday seasons yet.

For more information please contact Lori Sylvester (ljsylvester@yahoo.com).  I look forward to seeing you all there!

Tommy J’s Pizza Cafe: A Hidden Gem

tommyjsOne of the greatest parts about expanding our real estate business into Anderson is that we get to talk about some of our favorite local businesses.  In our opinion one of the biggest undiscovered gem’s in our midst is Tommy J’s Pizza Cafe located on 3rd St.  While the building itself is somewhat small the atmosphere and employees are larger than life.  With the outdoor seating located on a busy corner it is a great place to eat outdoors and watch the world go by.  But atmosphere aside this place has, without a doubt, some of the best food I have ever had.  Their pizza is undoubtedly fantastic but the rest of their menu rivals my taste buds as well.  From the baked ziti to the spinach calzone the flavors and freshness are undeniable.  For those of you who have not tried Tommy J’s it is my vote for Anderson’s best kept secret so make sure you check it out before the word gets out.