You don't need thousands of dollars to refurbish your home and make it feel like new again. Instead, you can DIY a lot of features in your house to help spruce it up for the upcoming season. Whether you plan to sell your home, have guests over, or are just tired of how drab it is been feeling lately, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to refresh your space:
CLEAN + DECLUTTER Throw out all of the junk taking up space! You'd be surprised by how much more you'll fall back in love with your home when you take out the collection of accumulated stuff that has piled up over the years and finally get to see your home's features for what they are. Store what you don't need/use
If you’re preparing to sell your home, curb appeal should be a priority. When someone is walking by or coming to your open house, the outside of your home is the first thing they will see. If there is no curb appeal, potential buyers may never even set foot in your home. Instead of ignoring your home’s outdoor appearance, consider making some budget-friendly changes that can add appeal to your home without breaking the bank.
1. Landscape Your Walkway
Create a smooth transition from the street to your front door. A clear path will allow a potential buyer’s eye to look straight to your home, rather than stopping to concentrate on unkept landscaping. Clean your walkway and create groupings of mid-size shrubby and florals close to the road and
KIRKLAND, Washington (March 6, 2019) - Seattle's snowiest month in 50 years had an obvious chilling effect on February's housing activity, agreed officials with Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Statistics for last month show pending sales dropped nearly 14 percent compared to the same month a year ago.
"The winter weather brought the market to a halt," stated John Deely, principal managing broker at Coldwell Banker Bain. He said last month's series of snowstorms and frigid temperatures had a negative impact on the typical momentum that builds at the beginning of the year.
"Showing activity dropped more than 41 percent the week of the heaviest snow, and weekend keybox activity was down 80 percent," Deely reported. "The end of the month picked up
Do open houses actually sell homes in todays age of technology available at every persons fingertips? Well let me tell you about my experience thus far hosting opens for our clients. We have found that with a well presented home, supported by strong marketing program and techniques can generate an overwhelming amount of guests for successful open house! Of course, this is possible because of the internet.
In fact, I hosted an open house that went on the market that same weekend as the open. These sellers received multiple offers after the weekend wrapped up! Whoah! We saw an increase of in foot traffic from knowledgeable, able, and ready buyers. This particular open home had 20-30 different guests touring the home!
Early January, Microsoft publicly pledged $500 million to address homelessness and the growing gap of affordability among the Puget Sound region. This after the announcement of plans for a massive expansion of its Redmond headquarters sparked talks with Challenge Seattle.
The company plans to add 2.5 million square feet of new construction, and 6.7 million square feet in renovations. Microsoft is estimating an additional 8000 employees after the project is complete.
The pledge is the largest in the history of Microsofts 44 year run. It is also the largest pledge to public housing by any private organization thus far! Microsoft President, Brad Smith, explained how the pledge will benefit workers who “teach our kids in schools, and put out the fires
Pet owners have special challenges when selling their home. Eliminating bad odors from your home is a must at the top of your to do list. Make sure you remove any smells before putting your house on the market. If you aren't sure, seek outside opinions.
The very first days on the market are crucial for a home because it gets maximum exposure as a new listing. The smell is usually the first thing that sets the tone. It's the buyer's very 1st impression that sets a tone for the entire experience they have throughout the home. If there is an odor, it will instantly give a negative impression. It can shift the focal point in the wrong direction. No matter how beautiful a home is, or how well it's presented, it is a deal
KIRKLAND, Washington (February 7, 2019) - Homebuyers around Washington state are making their way back to the market, hoping to take advantage of improving inventory, attractive interest rates, and more approachable sellers, according to officials with Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
Northwest MLS statistics for January show year-over-year improvement in the volume of new listings and total inventory, along with moderating selling prices. Although fewer pending sales (mutually accepted offers) were reported than a year ago (down about 3.3 percent), January was the smallest year-over-year decline since May 2018 when the drop was about 2.7 percent.
Commenting on the MLS statistics summarizing last month's activity, broker Gary O'Leyar said
Spruce It Up! Before you put your house on the market, consider a fresh paint job that will increase your home’s value. Like the hues you choose for indoors, exterior house colors should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if you're planning to put your house on the market in the near future, the wise course is to consider which exterior paint color.
"The color you paint your home's exterior can make or break people's perception of your house," says Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for Behr Paints. Several colors come together to create this traditional look: A lighter shade of paint adorns the brick facade, while a cream-colored entryway and
Although consumer confidence seemed low in January with only 15 closed sales in Snoqualmie, and 20 in North Bend in what I feel is mainly due to the government shutdown; the market looking strong for sellers and buyers!
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to leave policy rates unchanged earlier this week during what was one of only eight regularly scheduled meeting the FOMC holds per year. Signaling that we may not see any further rate hikes this year.
Rates are still low by historical standards! Purchasing a home 10 or more years ago, chances are we were paying a much higher rate. Keep in mind we are still continuing trade talks with China and March 1st is the deadline for an agreement. However, with rates
This is a very exciting time in the market right now with the extremes we have been experiencing in home appreciation, job growth, and relocating techies driving the market with their buying power. We are expected to experience an economic slowdown according to local and national economists. However, we are not expected to see a housing crash like before; and here's why:
As recently as May 2018 our market has seen a sharp right hand turn, and all of a sudden we are now the fastest decelerating market in the U.S. according to Case-Shiller Home Price Indices; and this after experience the #1 spot leading the nation last spring.
Seattle's booming tech industry drove the housing market into an unsustainable upward spike in home value appreciation