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How To Not Let Your Pets Ruin Your Home Sale

February 15th, 2017 · No Comments

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When you have pets and you are trying to sell your home there are a few ways that you can avoid your pets ruining your home sale.   Many times folks love animals but that doesn’t mean they want to see evidence of your pets in your home when they are trying to envision themselves living there.  Below are a few ideas on how to not let your pets ruin your home sale.

  1. Vacuuming your home is a great idea before you have someone tour your home for a showing but it is essential if you have pets.  Pet hair and tufts of fur can find their way into your guest’s noses and faces if you aren’t careful and that is not going to be good for your potential sale.  If you have someone who happens to sit on your furniture during their home tour you don’t want pet hair to get all over them.  A good way to insure that this doesn’t happen is to run a damp sponge over the furniture before they arrive.
  2. As you already know pets are bad about leaving little surprises for you on your floors especially if you are gone during the day. Pet stains are not a welcomed sight to anyone that might be interested in buying your home.  Think about it, would you want to see someone else’s pet mess when touring a home?   I think not.  Do your best to remove any types of these stains before your potential buyers come to tour your home even if you have to spend some money to get things cleaned and stains removed by professionals.
  3. Pet odor is another thing that can ruin a potential home sale.   You are likely use to the way your pet smells and may not even be aware that they have an odor but they do.  Those folks who may come to tour your home will likely be able to smell it as soon as they enter the house.  Spraying odor neutralizing sprays can help with pet odor as well as perhaps having just baked some cookies for your guest to enjoy.  Whatever you have to do to get rid of the odor is what you need to do.
  4. If your pet has a bed in your home it is best to stick it in the closet or to remove it from the home before your home tour begins.

These are just a few ideas on how to not let your pet or pets ruin your potential home sale.  Hopefully they will get you thinking in the right direction so that you may be more able to walk away with an offer.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Seller Info

How to Know When It’s Time to Sell Your Home

January 25th, 2017 · No Comments

You may have thought about selling your home before but you just aren’t sure now is the time.  There are a few signs that now is the correct time to sell your home and some of those signs are listed below for you so that you can be sure you’re making the right decision.

  1.  If your home has gotten a bit too small for your growing family and you are trying daily how to figure out where to put everyone, you may need to put your house on the market.  If you are making your kids bunk together and then trying to add another baby to the mix, you may need to purchase a home that will be more able to fit your needs.
  2. If you have changed to a job that has taken you father away from your home than you had anticipated and therefore has caused your daily commute to be longer than you like, it may be time to sell your home.   Selling your home for a job change is a big reason that many folks sell.
  3. If your lifestyle has changed and you simply don’t have time to take care of your home anymore, you may want to sell it.  This can be caused by such things as your children moving out and you becoming empty nesters.  Many times the room you once needed becomes way too much for just you and your husband once your kids move out.
  4. If you need a bigger home to accommodate your growing family but the thought of remodeling sends your head into a spin, you may want to go ahead and put your house on the market to see if you have any interest in it first.
  5. If you have equity in your home and you want to take advantage of the great rates that are currently available before they disappear you may want to go ahead and put your house on the market.
  6. If you live in a neighborhood in which a lot of houses are currently selling, you may want to put yours on the market  to see if you get any interest in it and possibly even sell it.   Now is the time that folks are many times getting full asking price for their homes so it is a buyer’s market.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Seller Info

Tips To Get Rid Of Bad Odors in Your Home Before You Sell

January 11th, 2017 · No Comments

There are many things to think about before selling your home and many times folks tend to forget small steps to make a house show its best.  One of the things that might be forgotten or looked over by you when you are trying to sell your home is the way that it smells.  Most of the time, since we live in our homes we don’t smell anything when we enter our own house.  This is not true however for folks who have never set foot in your house and may be coming to a showing.  Below are a few tips to help you get rid of bad odors in your home   before you sell.

  1. Many times a showing will take place in the evening due to folks working during the day and that means that your evening meal may still be lingering throughout the house.  The best way to keep this from happening of course is to perhaps eat out on a night that you know your house is going to show.  However if you don’t know a showing is going to take place until the last minute you may need to open your windows for a while and turn on the range fan to get the residual dinner scent out of the house.
  2. Another odor that tends to turn folks off during a house showing is pet urine. No matter how well trained your animals may be, we all know that sometimes they have accidents and those accidents can add up to a smelly situation if not dealt with properly.  A good way to get rid of the scent of pet urine is to spray an enzyme spray that is specifically made for pet urine on the soiled area.
  3. Another bad odor you should get rid of before your showing is garbage disposal gunk. This one is sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly where the odor is coming from but once you find it, it is easy to get rid of with just a few slices of lemon down the drain.  Be sure to turn the disposal on and let the lemon do its thing!
  4. Be sure to take out the trash before a showing as well because garbage can have a foulness all its own that is not good for anyone to smell.

These are just a few ways to get rid of household odors before your house shows for a potential sale.  Hopefully these will be of some help to you and you will have an awesome showing, perhaps even with an offer!

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: home improvement · home ownership · Seller Info

How to Choose the Best Offer When You Have Multiple Offers

November 30th, 2016 · No Comments

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These days’ houses are selling like hot cakes!  If you have ever thought about selling your house, now is the time to do so!  The only “issue” you are likely to run into is that you may end up with multiple offers.  While multiple offers may be a good thing, you still should know how to choose the best offer   in the event this happens to you. Below you will find a few ideas on how to best handle this particular situation.

  1. Finding out which of the potential buyers have the best financing available to them is a great way to help you choose which offer you would be best to go with.  If you pick someone who hasn’t got the financial side of it all worked out for themselves you will likely end up spending more time than you would like getting all the kinks worked out.  Choosing someone who has a reputable lender on the other hand and has already been pre approved will make the transactions go nice and smoothly for all involved.
  2. Another way to choose the best offer when you have multiple offers is if the closing date is good for you.  You may have one person that wants to buy your home that has to wait on their home to sell first while another person is ready to go right away.  If you want to and are ready to move out quickly you may want to go with the latter however if you are not quite ready to move that fast you may want to go with the folks that need to wait a while.  Choose the offer that best suits your own personal needs.
  3. Yet another way to choose the best offer on your house when you have been given multiple offers is to make a checklist of the pros and cons of each offer. This will make sorting out the details a bit easier for you.
  4. Be sure that you have peace about each offer and if you don’t feel a peace about a certain offer, take that one off the list of who to choose from.

It is a good idea to go through all scenarios that may arise with each offer that is given before deciding which one to go with.  Once you choose the right offer, you can look forward to moving into a new chapter of your life!

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: home ownership · Seller Info