Metrowest Area Homes Team's Blog
When it comes to making a good impression on prospective home buyers, small details can make a big difference! Not only do you want prospects to see your home as being clean, neat, and well organized, but it should also leave them with a good overall feeling.
Even though it can be a bit of a hassle to continually prepare your bathrooms for house showings, there's no bigger turnoff to prospective buyers than a grungy bathroom! Generally speaking, if people cringe at any aspect of your home (especially the bathrooms or kitchen), then they're probably not going to make an offer on your property.
In addition to making all fixtures and surfaces sparklingly clean, winning over potential buyers also involves making your home look inviting.
One thing many home sellers overlook is the condition of their bathroom towels and washcloths. If they're wet, bedraggled, or ragged looking, then that's going to send the wrong message to buyers. There are a variety of ways to overcome that, including putting out brand new, colorful towels that have never been used before (Just make sure to take off the store tags before putting them on display!).
If they're neatly folded and strategically placed, then they'll convey an impression of freshness, cleanliness, and neatness. Those are among the key qualities people want to see when they're considering buying your home. By making sure your house is well organized, uncluttered, and tastefully decorated, you're also giving the impression that you and your family take pride in the appearance and upkeep of your home. This is sure to score many Brownie points with potential buyers!
Besides ragged-looking towels, another subtle, but powerful turnoff for buyers is old-looking curtains. Although you may be so accustomed to your old curtains that you don't even notice or see them any more, there's a good chance they'll stand out like a sore thumb to other people! If the appearance of your curtains degrade the rest of the room, then that one aspect could literally be a deal killer. As the expression goes, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." People may not know exactly why they weren't favorably impressed with your home -- even though it met all their basic requirements --but it could be something as simple as grungy, faded, tattered-looking curtains, rugs, or towels. It's often an easy, relatively inexpensive fix, but you have to be aware of the problem before you can take corrective action.
Working with a real estate agent to help you present your home in its best light can make the process go much more smoothly and result in a faster sale. Experienced agents will also provide you with valuable advice, guidance, and marketing assistance that can favorably affect the actual selling price and the length of time your home remains on the market.
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Energy auditsThere are a few ways you can get a better grasp on your electricity usage. The best way is to hire a professional who can come and assess your home to tell you exactly what can be improved. They have the knowledge and training to inspect areas of your home that might be dangerous to try to inspect yourself. Ultimately, they'll help you save in the long run so it's worth the cost. If you don't want to pay to have your home audited, you could do a DIY inspection. A great place to start is on your utility provider's website. Most providers allow you to log in and see things like your bill and usage history. You can even often view the average usage of neighboring households to give you an idea of where you stand. This is helpful because the people in your neighborhood likely have homes comparable to yours in terms of size, energy-efficiency, and climate/weather. So, if you're spending a lot more than your neighbors, it could be a sign of an issue.
Ways to saveThere are hundreds of ways you can cut back on electricity in your home, some more feasible than others. Below you'll find both common and little-known methods of lowering your electricity usage in the summer months. We've separated them into two categories: temperature control and everything else. Temperature control
- Smart tech. Turn off the AC or adjust the thermostat when you don't need it. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat so you don't have to remember to turn the temperature up before you leave for work.
- Whole house fans. These ingenious fans suck hot air into your attic. If all your windows are open, it will draw in the cool air from outside and it's cheaper than having several fans or air conditioners running.
- Use fans correctly. Window fans that bring in cool air are great, but having several ceiling or floor fans running when you're not in front of them are just using electricity and aren't affecting the air temperature very much.
- Time your windows. As a rule, open windows overnight to let in air then close them in the morning. Use black-out curtains during the day as well to stop the sun from heating the inside of your home.
- Power strips. Plug your electronics into power strips and turn them off when they're not in use. Many electronics continue using electricity even when they're not powered on.
- Dishwasher. Don't run it until it's full.
- Refrigerator/freezer. Buy a size that makes sense for your home. Having a large refrigerator or extra freezers running in the basement use a lot of extra electricity.
- Lighting. Replace all of your lights with energy-efficient CFL or LED bulbs.
- Clothes. Wash full loads and dry them outside on a clothesline.
- Maintenance. Makes sure ACs, refrigerators, and washers/dryers are all cleaned, especially air vents. Replace old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models.