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  • Is A Pool Right For Your Property?

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Kenosha County, Home Selling in Kenosha County, Moving in Kenosha County  |  May 6, 2012 8:29 PM  |  1,390 views  |  2 comments
    Is A Pool Right For Your Property?

    The cool refreshing look of water on a hot summer's day can make any homeowner wish they had a pool in their backyard, but making the decision about whether a pool is right for your property is more complicated than buying an inflatable bed with a cup holder. There is a lot of work and money that goes into owning a pool, and here are a few things to consider before calling in the excavating team.

    Is Your Yard Big Enough For A Pool?

    While there are some small properties that can benefit from a pool, usually if the pool is going to take up more than 30% of the total yard space, installation can have a negative effect on your home's value. You also want to consider what other things you use your yard space for, or may want to in the future, before going ahead.

    Are You Prepared For The Work And Cost?

    Pools can be fun, but they are also a lot of work and can be costly to maintain. Besides installation costs, pools require considerable cleaning, a lot of additional products and tools to maintain, and, depending on where you live, you may only get a few months of enjoyment from them each year.

    How Will A Pool Affect Your Home's Value?

    Depending on where you live, the size of your property, and the existing value of your home, a pool can either be an asset to your property's value or a considerable liability. Large homes in warmer climates tend to increase in value with the addition of a pool, but doing a bit of research about the market in your particular area can help make this decision a little easier, and will give you all the facts.

    In general, if you are looking to install a pool because it will likely give you and your family a great amount of enjoyment, considerations such as the size of your yard and the effect it will have on your property value may not be too important. But like any decision you make about your home, it is always a good idea to know all the facts before making the changes.

    Diana Dahlberg,Broker/Owner/REALTOR/ABR/ePro

    Serving Southeastern Wisconsin Since 1994
    (262) 657-1171 office  (262) 308-3563 cell  (262) 721-0206 iFax
    http://www.KenoshaHomeSales.com   Buy.Sell@1Month.com
  • Should You Show An Empty Home?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Kenosha County, Agent2Agent in Kenosha County, Moving in Kenosha County  |  April 29, 2012 12:10 AM  |  1,366 views  |  4 comments
    Should You Show An Empty Home?

    If you have already moved out of the house you are selling, you generally have two choices. You can do home staging-either on your own or by hiring a professional-or you can let the house be shown empty. There are pros and cons to both, although many will lean toward the staging option. Consider the possible benefits of showing an empty home, however, before you spend money and time on staging.

    A Blank Slate

    When a buyer comes into an empty home, it is easier to visualize their own items in the home. They can picture just where their couch will fit, where to wall mount the big screen TV, and which wall will best showcase their favorite painting. The blank slate that is provided by an empty home lets the imagination of the buyer take over, allowing them to see the house as they would make it and not as you have made it.

    A Cost Savings

    Professional home staging can be expensive. So can renting furniture on your own. Leaving the home empty saves you all of those potential costs, and if it means the house takes a little longer to sell, you have still come out on top in the money department. Especially if you are on a tight budget, home staging might be a cost you just can't afford.

    Less To Worry About

    There is nothing to steal or damage in an empty home, so you don't have to worry about anything being ruined during an open house or a showing. You can also rest easy knowing that there is no real reason for anyone to break into a home that is standing empty.

    While many experts will recommend home staging as a method of making the home more attractive to buyers, it isn't always a necessity to get your home sold. Consider the possible benefits of an empty home, and then make a choice as to whether or not staging is right for you. Remember that you can always bring staging in if you are having no luck selling the home while it is empty.

    Diana Dahlberg, Broker/Owner/REALTOR/ABR/ePro
    1 MONTH REALTY - Serving Southeastern Wisconsin Since 1994
    (262) 657-1171 Office   (262) 308-3563 cell   (262) 721-0206 iFax
    http://www.KenoshaHomeSales.com   Email: Buy.Sell@1Month.com

  • Selling A Home When You Have Kids

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Wisconsin, Agent2Agent in Wisconsin, Moving in Wisconsin  |  April 25, 2012 6:54 PM  |  247 views  |  2 comments
    Selling A Home When You Have Kids

    Selling a home is stressful for everyone, and having young children in the house can add to the stress for the parents. Let's face it-kids have a way of making a mess in a hurry and leaving it behind for someone else to deal with. They are also problematic in other ways when it comes to selling your house.

    Of course, you can't ask your kids to move out while you sell-but you can find some smart solutions to the difficulties of selling a home in which children are living.

    Lower The Clutter Quotient

    During the home selling process, pack up some of your kids' excess toys and other items and put them in storage. Let them help pick which items will stay out, and if the sale process goes on for a while let them trade a few items now and then. Removing a portion of the clutter that comes with kids will make it a lot easier to keep the house clean and ready to show, preventing the stress of trying to clean up a mess of toys when people are on their way to see the house.

    Set Up A Showing Plan

    Whenever possible, you should try to show the home when your children are not there. They can be a major distraction to potential buyers and may say or do things that could cause you some embarrassment or put the buyer off. Try to set up showings while your children are at school or extracurricular activities. If you have to do a showing when they are normally home, enlist help. Ask a friend or family member if they would mind having the kids over for a while, or even just taking them for a walk while the house is being shown.

    Kid Friendly, But Not Too Kid Friendly

    For some buyers, a home that is set up for kids is a plus; for other buyers it might cause them to see the house in a different light and pass on it. Try to keep the kids' items contained to one space, and reduce the number of kid-friendly features such as high chairs or potty stools that buyers might not want to walk around when they see the house. Some things can be moved just before a showing if you need them every day, but others should be removed entirely during the selling process.

    Your kids are a big part of your life, and it's their home, too-but bear in mind that buyers sometimes have trouble seeing past clutter and too much kid stuff. Keep it as clean as possible, while still livable for the whole family.

    Diana Dahlberg, Broker/Owner/REALTOR/ABR/ePro
    1 MONTH REALTY - Serving Southeastern Wisconsin since 1994

    (262) 657-1171 or (262) 697-6008 home/office (262) 308-3563 cell
    http://www.KenoshaHomesales.com   e-mail: Buy.Sell@1Month.com
  • Quick Clutter Fixes For Those Unexpected Showings

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Kenosha County, Home Selling in Kenosha County, Agent2Agent in Kenosha County  |  April 18, 2012 2:37 PM  |  224 views  |  2 comments
    Quick Clutter Fixes For Unexpected Showings

    When you have to continue living in a home at the same time you are trying to sell it, keeping it ready for a showing at any time can be a challenge. This challenge is doubled when you have children in your home. You want to be able to accommodate a showing whenever possible in order to get your home sold quickly, but when asked to let people in unexpectedly, getting things in order fast can be tough. Here are a few simple tips for youb to get ready for a showing in a hurry!

    Keep Some Drawer Space Free

    Keep a drawer in your kitchen as empty as possible so that it can be a catch-all for the clutter that is hanging around, including unopened mail, pens and pencils, and other general kitchen clutter. When you need to pick up in a hurry, simply open the drawer and toss in whatever will fit. This can clear off your countertops in a hurry and make your kitchen ready for showing.

    A Few Smart Hiding Places

    Pick up a few storage ottomans and place them strategically around the house-in the entry, at the end of the hall, in the living or family room. When you need to clean up quickly, simply lift the lid and hide your clutter inside. People coming to see the house aren't going to open them, so you don't have to worry about filling them with all of the random clutter that can accumulate during the day. You can simply fit them into your home décor and they won't be noticed at all.

    Under bed storage bins are another quick and easy place to hide clutter fast. Slide them out and fill them with anything from that load of laundry you haven't had time to put away to the kids' toys in their bedrooms. Then slip them under the bed and no one will be the wiser.

    Clutter has a way of building up in any home, but when you are trying to sell and need to clean it up fast, it's a little more than a nuisance. Be prepared ahead of time by keeping your clutter hiding places ready to go, and you won't ever have to stress about an unexpected showing again.

    Diana Dahlberg, Broker/Realtor/ABR/ePro
    1 MONTH REALTY - Serving SE Wisconsin since 1994
    (262) 657-1171 office (262) 308-3563 cell
    http://www.KenoshaHomeSales.com Buy.Sell@1Month.com

  • Negotiating With A Buyer

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Kenosha County, Agent2Agent in Kenosha County, Moving in Kenosha County  |  April 18, 2012 12:49 PM  |  248 views  |  2 comments
    Negotiating With A Buyer

    Depending on the market in which you are selling, your position in the negotiations with a potential buyer can be either a very comfortable one or a difficult one. In a buyer's market, you might not have much wiggle room in terms of price and contingencies. In a seller's market, you might have a lot of room to negotiate. Either way, there are a few things you should know going in.

    How Low Will You Go?

    Before you even begin negotiations with a buyer, you need to have a bottom line; this is the lowest price that you will accept for your home. Your REALTOR® can help you to determine a realistic selling price for your home, but only you can decide what you are comfortable accepting. Be prepared to turn down offers that are below that amount, no matter how much you want to sell.

    Keep Your Cards Close

    Potential buyers don't need to know that you have already bought your new home and badly need to sell this one. Keep that information to yourself and make sure your REALTOR® does, too. When a buyer senses that you are anxious to sell, you will quickly find that you have lost negotiating power.

    You do have to disclose any problems with the home that are already known, especially if there has been a home inspection and the issue was brought up. You don't have to tell them about repairs you have already made unless it helps your sale, such as a new furnace or a new roof.

    Beyond The Money

    While the amount of money you get for your home might be the most important thing for you, to the buyer there might be other items that can help seal the deal. Try adding other incentives instead of going lower on your price when you counter an offer, such as taking care of some repairs or paying closing costs for the buyer. There are plenty of methods your REALTOR® can help you with to come to an agreement with a buyer without sacrificing the bottom line.

    Negotiating can be a tough process, but with a little help from a professional and some sound advice, you can get through it and get your house sold for a price you can live with.

    Diana Dahlberg, Broker/Owner/REALTOR/ABR/ePro
    1 MONTH REALTY - Serving SE Wisconsin since 1994
    (262) 657-1171 office   (262) 308-3563 cell
    http://www.KenoshaHomeSales.com Buy.Sell@1Month.com
  • How Long Should You Keep Your Home On The Market?

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Kenosha County, Home Selling in Kenosha County, Moving in Kenosha County  |  April 17, 2012 11:23 PM  |  300 views  |  No comments
    How Long Should You Keep Your Home On The Market?

    Many a home seller has been there-the house has been on the market for months and there is no sign of a sale. At what point should you pull the house off of the market, assuming it is even an option for you? When you start to feel like you are getting nowhere, it's important to step back and consider the facts of the situation before you make any decisions.

    Is The Season A Factor?

    If your house has been on the market through the summer and well into fall, and the holiday season is approaching, you may feel there is no point in keeping it listed through the winter. You may be right. The holiday season is a notoriously difficult time to sell, and you yourself may want to just take a break and enjoy your holidays without interruptions from agents and potential buyers. If you can take a step back and resume your efforts to sell in the late winter or early spring, doing so is usually a wise choice.

    Are You Asking Too Much?

    Before you consider pulling the house off the market, take an honest look at your asking price. If it is unrealistic and you have been holding off from dropping it, going to a lower asking price before you give up on selling altogether might be the wiser course of action. Giving up on what you feel your house is worth is difficult, but if selling is an urgent need you are going to have to do what is necessary.

    The Market Is Just Slow

    Economic factors have slowed the sale of homes all across the country. If the market is particularly slow where you live, you might want to consider taking the house off of the market for a while and waiting it out to get a better price later. If you have already moved out, consider renting the house for a while until the market looks up.

    Making the decision to pull your home off the market is difficult, and you should never do it without looking at all the details and discussing it with your REALTOR®. In some cases, however, it will be the wisest course of action and result in a sale for more money down the line.

    Diana Dahlberg, Broker/Realtor/ABR/ePro
    1 MONTH REALTY - Serving SE Wisconsin since 1994
    (262) 657-1171 office (262) 308-3563 cell (262) 721-0206 iFax
    Buy.Sell@1Month.com http://www.KenoshaHomeSales.com

  • Five Things You Should Put in Storage While Selling Your Home

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Kenosha County, Agent2Agent in Kenosha County, Moving in Kenosha County  |  April 9, 2012 7:09 PM  |  477 views  |  21 comments
    Five Things You Should Put In Storage While Selling Your Home

    When your home is on the market but you are still living there, it's not easy to make it a model show home. Still, there are a few things you should think about putting in storage while your home is for sale in order to make it as appealing as possible to prospective buyers. Here are the top five things you should consider putting out of sight.

    Excess Family Photos

    Buyers want to picture themselves in the house, and a slew of family photos hung all over the place can make that difficult. If all they can see is you and your family, they won't be able to easily envision their own family there.

    Your Liquor Cabinet

    A nice wine rack or a few bottles displayed near the wet bar are fine, but if you keep a lot of liquor in the house put it somewhere out of sight. While it may seem illogical, buyers who share different lifestyle views might be put off by it.

    Your Pet's Toys

    Chewed up tennis balls, smelly stuffed animals, and half-digested bones are part of life with a dog, but people coming to see your house will find it unattractive. It will also tell them your pet has the run of the house, and they will wonder what damage might have been done.

    Signs Of Repairs

    Put away the plunger and similar items when you are selling. It will prevent buyers from wondering if something is wrong with the plumbing, even if you only keep it around as a precaution.

    Anything That Clutters A Room

    So the extra bedroom is used as an office/exercise room/guest bedroom? Versatility is great, but all that stuff in there will just look like there isn't enough space in the house for everything you-or a buyer-needs. Get rid of the exercise equipment and the desk, and leave the guest bed. Extra bedrooms are more of a selling point than an office or exercise room.

    It might be annoying to have to put some of your personal items away while you sell your home, but it can mean a faster sale and a larger profit. Buyers need to see a home as a place where they can live, not the place where you live.

    Diana Dahlberg, Realtor/ABR/ePro
    (262) 657-1171 or (262) 308-3563

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