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Three Things that Can Boost The Value of Your Home Immediately

Three Things that Can Boost The Value of Your Home Immediately

At Doorsteps, we’ve rarely seen a home seller who didn’t want to boost the property value as quickly as possible. As a seller, you want to get as much as you can for your home, particularly if you’ve put a lot of sweat equity and money into it over the years. If you’re still not quite hitting the valuation you want, these three steps may be able to create a big boost in your selling price.

Create More Living Space

Have unused space that just doesn’t seem helpful currently? Turning it into living space may be able to increase the price of your home. If a little work in the attic means a granny flat for the mother-in-law or a quick remodel may mean the ability to add a flex room like a playroom or a home office, you’re going to have an add-on the buyer will love. Before you embark on any big remodel projects, though, do some research to make sure you have a project where you’ll see a real return on your investment.

Lower Your Energy Costs

It seems virtually everyone is trying to be a bit greener these days, and lower energy costs can move your home from an energy hogging beast to an eco-friendly spot buyers will love. There are several ways to do this from replacing old windows with more energy-efficient versions to ensuring all of your appliances are rated well for energy consumption. Simple steps like adding rain barrels in the garden and LED bulbs throughout your home can help too.

Build Curb Appeal

Many buyers make their decision about your home before they ever even walk through that door. If you haven’t brushed up on your curb appeal, lately, there’s never a better time to do it like that before you sell your home. If there are things like fences that need to be mended or trimming to do, you should absolutely take care of it. If you can plant flowering annuals before you sell, that’s an attraction, too. Small landscaping projects can help as well. Simple steps like these could bump your selling price up as much as three to five percent in the long run.
If you’re ready for a much higher selling price, you’re ready to work with Doorsteps. Give us a call today to learn what we can do for your home.

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Is Spring Actually the Best Time to Sell a Home?

It’s long been said that real estate can be a fairly seasonal business, but for those looking to sell their homes, and idea like that one can be downright frightening. After all, what if you’re trying to sell your home in the winter or the middle of the summer holiday season. Do you still have a chance at actually getting your property off the market at a price that works for you?

Understanding the Seasons

There’s a reason they say spring is the best time to sell a home. Statistically speaking, it’s absolutely true. The shift toward spring tends to mark the busiest home buying season of the year. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, people begin looking for that perfect home. What’s more, though, is that some people tend to shop during the summer holidays so that if it becomes necessary for the children to switch schools, they can do so before the fall term begins once more.
Homes that sell during the spring and summer months tend to valuate better, and they tend to fetch a much higher sale price. The curb appeal of a home tends to increase during the warmer months, too, because your garden looks better in bloom and, in general, homes look far better during the warmer months.

Other Seasons

If you’re not selling your home during the warmest months of the year, though, don’t fret. Your home may still perform well during other seasons. Buyers tend to be pickier because there are so many homes for sale during those warmest months. If you’re selling during the “off-season,” you’re going to find more motivated buyers who are far more serious about purchasing your home quickly.
With Doorstep Agents on your side, any time is a great time to sell your home. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you fetch the price you want, no matter what the season may be.

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Should You Declutter Before You Sell

Should You Declutter Before You Sell?

One thing Doorsteps has often noticed is that almost every buyer wants the ability to picture themselves inside of a property. They want to be able to imagine their furniture, their wall art, and their belongings inside your space. The problem with that, though, is that if your stuff is all over the place, it’s really difficult to do just that. Even if your home is clean, it might still be filled with clutter that can be a huge turnoff to buyers. What’s more, though, is that if you declutter, your house might actually look bigger and appear to have more storage, which means potential buyers may think more of your space than they would with your stuff everywhere.

Where Am I Going to Put Everything?

Achieving the decluttered look can be tough. You basically have two choices – dumping your excess or storing it somewhere nearby. If you’re planning to dump your excess, you can think about whether you’d prefer to have a rummage sale or donate it to a charity shop. If you decide to store it, perhaps you can borrow a corner of your mum’s basement. You may also want to rent a storage unit somewhere nearby. Whatever you choose, you won’t want to store it anywhere on your property. Shoving it in the basement or a garage could be a potential turn-off for buyers. Before you decide to store your stuff, talk to us about the average timeframe for home sales in your area. This can shift, but whatever it is, you’ll want to double it as you plan where to put things.

Getting Started

Not sure what to remove? Begin by thinking personally. You’ll want to remove as many personal pictures and certificates as you can, because they might distract your buyer from the great features of the home.
Once you’ve done that, start thinking seasonally. You can pack almost anything that is currently out of season or is about to be. Seasonal clothes, bedding, and the like can all be removed while you’re trying to sell your home.
In the kitchen and bathroom, keep only what you need. You can pack quite a bit of the other stuff to move in to your new home once you’ve sold this one. People want to sell counter space and cabinet space in both places, so make certain it looks like there’s room to spare in these areas.
If you’re having trouble with the clutter, you may want to ask your agent to recommend a professional organizer to come in and help you get rid of some of the clutter until the home sells.

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Three Home Renovations That Really Pay Off When It’s Time to Sell

Making big changes to the inside of your home can mean it becomes your ideal space. Given that statistics indicate people change houses at least once a decade, though, it may not stay your ideal space for long. If you’ve made those big changes, then, are you simply out of luck when it comes to recouping your investment? Absolutely not. At Doorsteps, we’ve seen some renovations mean a serious increase in the selling price of a home. Wondering what pays off the most? Take a look at the top three.

  1. The Kitchen
  2. Believe it or not, the kitchen has become king in many spaces. Thanks to a growing foodie culture around the world, people want spacious, beautiful kitchens that can serve as much as a gathering space as they do a food prep space. If you have the money to spend, think stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, and wood flooring. Upgrades like these can mean up to a 50% return on your investment.

  3. A Conservatory
  4. You’ll have to give up a little garden space to add this to your home, but they typically come with a full return on the investment. Because a conservatory is typically small, you don’t even need planning permission to add one. You can also forget about the structure and fire safety regulations because so much of it will be glazed glass. What’s more is that it’s separated from your home with an external door, so that means an additional break on regulations. While you see low costs, buyers will see a room bathed in sunlight without having to deal with poor weather conditions.

  5. A Loft
  6. The Nationwide Building Society has found that lofts increase property values by up to 20%, making them an amazing investment. Adding a loft may mean extra bedroom space or even home office space that your current space sorely lacks. Potential buyers will find many imaginative uses for the loft you added, and that can only mean an increased base price.
    Make the most of your home now by choose renovations that will pay off when it is time to sell!

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Should You Have an Open House?

There is some disagreement as to whether an open house will actually help to sell your home. Many agents will swear by them and make it a habit to host an open house for practically every home they have listed. Others claim they have sold no more homes by hosting open houses than by showing their listings based on interest and individual appointments. It may come down to your own personal preference as a homeowner getting ready to list your home for sale. Do you wish to have an open house. Discuss the pros and cons with Doorsteps to make your final decision.

Some of the Benefits

  • You may draw in a potential buyer who otherwise wouldn’t have called an agent to view your home. Driving by and seeing an open house sign or noticing an advertisement on social media could bring in more traffic to view your home and drive up interest.
  • These open houses may feel like less pressure to make a decision on whether to buy the house. If there are multiple people looking through the home then there will be less focus on just one buyer and what they like/don’t like about the home.
  • You have time to set the scene. In some cases, you may feel a bit rushed before a potential buyer views your home, but because you hold an open house on your own time, you have as much time as necessary to set the scene properly.

The Drawbacks

  • Open houses are not known to boost the sale of your home. In some areas, an open house will get a house sold about 2% of the time. Not great numbers when you are motivated to sell. Private showings where buyers can take their time and ask questions are usually more successful for selling a home.
  • Buyers who come to an open house have probably not gone through the pre-approval process for a home loan. They may be first time home buyers who are just looking to get started on their search. Without pre-approval the process for making an offer and getting financing could take more time delaying the sale date.
  • It’s not really buyers looking through your home. At lot of the traffic during your open house may just be curious passers-by or even neighbors. Having an open house makes it easy for anyone to walk through your home without having any serious interest to buy.

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Sell Your Home Fast in a Buyers’ Market

A buyers’ market is great when you are looking for a new home to purchase but can be disheartening when you are on the other end trying to sell your home. When the market becomes overrun with similar houses, buyers are in a position to offer low and get a great house far under list price. So how do you sell your home fast and for a good price when the market is tilted in favour of the buyer? There are some great tips for getting your home sold fast.

  1. Don’t overprice. Yes, we all want the top price for our homes but when the market is flooded with homes be realistic. Buyers tend to stay away from homes priced at the top of their value because they are worried the seller won’t be willing to negotiate. Find a price somewhere between your bottom price and the top value of your home. Some experts recommend coming in at least 20% lower than highest value for a quick sale.
  1. House selling 101. The same top tips are consistent no matter who you speak to. Update your paint, landscape and enhance the exterior or curb appeal of your place, and declutter your space. These basic tips give the appearance of a clean and open space giving you an edge over other home sellers.
  1. Show it off. Getting buyers to check out your house within the first 2 weeks of listing is vital to selling your home quickly. Advertise on social media and schedule an open house to increase the amount of traffic your home sees. Aggressively listing and showing your home are key to a quick sale. Be flexible and agree to showings anytime it is convenient for the potential buyers. Declining a showing because the house isn’t ready could lose you a buyer.
  1. Hire a photographer. The key to a great online listing is all in the photographs. Buyers get a feel for a home just by skimming through the photos you have taken. Hiring a photographer skilled in taking home photos will help capture the best images showcasing lighting and space sure to draw in buyers. Great photographs can help you get a fast sale.
  1. Don’t forget to talk up your location. Online advertising is great but be sure to include information about the area your house is located. Many buyers are looking for a specific vibe in the neighbourhood they will reside. Talk up your area and neighbours to enhance your property.

For information to help you sell in a buyers’ market, get in touch with Doorsteps today.

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Home Remodels that Increase the Value of Your Home

No one wants to put a lot of money and time into a house they are just going to list for sale. There are times, however, when spending a little money home remodels can actually pay back big time when it comes to listing your house for sale. Investing in rooms like the kitchen or bathrooms are some of the most expensive renovations but can pay off by adding value to your home increasing the sale price. The real updates that payoff and could prevent a sale if you don’t follow through with them are your roof, furnace/air, and siding. To decide which remodel you should make read on about each of these fixes that will boost the price of your home.

The Roof

There is no quicker way to end a potential sale than to learn that the roof is leaking or needs replaced. Repairing or replacing a roof is one of the most expensive home repairs in existence. Unless you are prepared to come down a great deal on your price get the roof fixed.

Heating and Cooling

Installing newer energy efficient central air con and heating can increase your home’s value as well as perk up the ears of buyers who learn the furnace and air are new. No one wants to purchase a home that will automatically need updates. Taking care of the hard stuff now before your sale will move your home for a fast sale.

New siding

Old wooden siding that is warped or damaged damages your curb appeal and keeps buyers from looking at your home. Investing in vinyl or metal side can increase your return profit over 90% of the time.

Bathroom and Kitchens

While updating the bathrooms and kitchens with granite countertops and new cabinets won’t necessarily help improve the price of your home, upgrading the showers and sink features can help with the value of your home. Installing dishwashers and showers where there were none will most definitely help to sell your home.

Putting off necessary repairs and updates will not only decrease the value of your home but could also end a sale once they potential buyers find out there are problems. Adding these home remodels and repairs will guarantee selling your home and for the top amount of money. For help with these repairs and advice on which updates and repairs to make, contact Doorsteps today.

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How Much Does Selling a Home ?

There is no question that buying a home can be an expensive venture. Buyers must not only pay for the price of the home and agent fees but also taxes, valuation, and arrangement fees. To be sure, buyers are usually prepared and understand the expenses they will incur. But what about the seller? It is not uncommon for the seller to have some costs when selling a home which may come as a surprise if they have not consulted with the right people. Working with a our agents makes the selling process simple and surprise free. We take the time to discuss any problems and what costs may come with selling your home making the process easy and stress free. Prepare yourself to have some of the following costs as a seller.

  • Estate Agent Fee. Estate agents like the professionals at Doorsteps are expertly trained to know the legalities of selling a home. Choosing to enlist the aid of an agent will cost some money usually a little over 1% of the total selling price of your home but is well worth the expense. Saving money by not using an agent could cause more problems and headache trying to wade through the contracts and seller’s responsibilities.
  • Conveyance Fee. The conveyance of property is transferring the title ownership or deed from buyer to seller. This will need to be completed by a professional conveyor and can be somewhat costly.
  • EPC Fees. An Energy Performance Certificate is necessary when you are a selling a home. An EPC evaluation can run anywhere from £50 to £150 depending on the agency. The certificates rate your home’s energy efficiency on a scale of 1-8.
  • Removal Costs. If you own a small property hiring a removal company may not be worth the cost to your budget. These companies pack up your home and move your belongings from the home you are selling to your new house. You can request a quote from a number of companies to obtain the best price. It pays to check out reviews for companies as well to insure you are getting quality and reputable service.

Most of the fees will need to be paid for upfront so budgeting in the costs for services is a good idea before you sell your home. Your agent can walk you through the entire process and even make recommendations for which companies to use. Call  us for more information about selling your home.

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Top 5 Things That Could Ruin a

You have had your home listed and ready to sell for some time. A successful open house has led to an offer that you don’t want to pass up. The buyer seems to have the loan pre-approval and everything appear to be lined up and ready to go to close on your house. Your agent calls and the sale has not gone through. So what happened when everything seemed to be working out according to plan? There are actually a number of things that can go wrong before the final papers of a home sale have gone through. Fortunately, your agent knows what pitfalls to be weary of and how to keep your sale from falling through.

  1. The buyer wants your house and has made an offer but now they are backing out and the sale won’t be completed. What happened? For many buyers they can only purchase a new home once their current home has sold. If they cannot move their home off the market, your sale can’t close either. To prevent this from occurring, ask when offers are made if the sale is contingent on the sale of another property.
  1. No pre-approval. Another seller beware scenario involves a buyer making an offer without having prior approval for a mortgage loan. They may have assumed that they could acquire a loan without a problem but are rejected and therefore cannot follow through on their offer. It is safe to ask if they have pre-approval before accepting an offer.
  1. Failed home inspection. It is always best to pay to have a home inspection completed yourself. Waiting for a buyer to pay for an inspection that leads to surprise problems is a sure way to end an sale. If you know about any problems beforehand you can have them fixed or least disclose any problems.
  1. Appraisal problems. If the buyer’s bank appraises the home for much less than the selling price, they won’t approve the mortgage loan. Even in a seller’s market banks can’t justify financing a loan for a house that appraised £10,000 less than the price offered.
  1. Paperwork deadlines. An experienced agent like those at Doorsteps work hard for you. They won’t miss a deadline for paperwork and contracts like more inexperienced or unqualified agents. Closing on your home sale is dependent on meeting deadlines for paperwork. Don’t trust this task to any other company.

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Some Helpful Tips When Buying

Homes that are in foreclosure may seem like a great opportunity to get a new home at a very low price. But most of these properties come with a “buyer beware” tag and are going to require a lot of work and money. If you aren’t in the business of flipping these cheap properties to sell for profit you may find yourself in over your head. Before you decide on buying a foreclosure, follow some of these tips for the process of purchasing and then fixing up your potential dream home. We experts in helping your buy and sell homes. Get in touch with Doorsteps today to learn more about purchasing your new home.

Tips for buying

  • Look past the buying price. While the low price may seem extremely appealing and easy on the budget look into what the cost for repairing will be. Depending on the amount repairs and updating need you could easily max out your budget even with the cheapest list price. It’s wise to have an inspection before you decide to buy.
  • Don’t buy sight unseen. You can purchase a foreclosure without every looking at the property in person. Unfortunately, when going this route you aren’t able to assess the amount of damage and how much work will be needed. It’s best to check out the home in person and decide if you are willing and able to commit to the project.
  • Be ready for a long purchasing process. Foreclosures unlike regular mortgages require more paperwork and longer periods of time to clear for a closed sale. If you are in a hurry to purchase a home and get settled a foreclosure is probably not for you. Getting preapproved for a non-conventional loan to purchase a foreclosed property can help make the process go smoothly.
  • The final sale is “as-is” This should be common knowledge but make sure you understand this concept. There are no contingency contracts or asking the seller to update or repair anything. When you decide to make an offer on a foreclosure what you see is what your buy.
  • Get some legal aid. You may want to have some money saved back in case there are any legal issues when purchasing a foreclosed property. Some owners can come back and try to regain possession. Having a legal representative can help to navigate these waters when and if your sale gets tricky.

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