4 Home Staging Tips to Help Sell Your Home….Fast!

Home Staging 101

By Macie Orrand

Home staging and getting ready for those showings can be an overwhelming feeling. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you think you are ready to put your home on the market!

Home Staging Tip for #1 – Declutter

When you begin to declutter the house it can become a bigger project than you had intended. Take it room by room. DO NOT start out in one room and then decide to stop to start on a different room that you think will take less time. Finish one room before moving on to the others. Trust me you will thank me later. Keep in mind not everything needs to be decluttered. Below are some main areas to check for clutter.

Linen closets/Bedroom closets. Actually any closet, in general, you should check!

Bathroom and kitchen counter tops

Entryways

The tops of the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator

Outdoor areas

Why are these areas so important to declutter you ask? Well, if the buyer sees that you are running out of space they will feel like they will too. Making these spaces look open and still usable is a desirable characteristic that buyers look for at showings! Which leads me to my next point!

A little decluttering goes a long way.

Home Staging Tip for #2 – Enlarge the Rooms

Try to make the rooms look larger. The bigger the room look, the more space the potential buyer sees! Here are some ways to do that!

Placement of furniture

Light, natural paint colors

Less wall décor

Open blinds and curtains to let natural light in

And of course….Decluttering 😉

Home Staging Tip for #3 – Clean & Repair

Clean up, especially stains.

Fix those small repairs.

Fix any cosmetic repairs and stains that will turn off buyers. If you dont want to see it, then chances are neither will someone looking at your home to buy.

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4.) Go ahead and box up a couple of items. Here is what to pack away and why!

Pack away the clutter.

Pack away any picture frames that are NOT attached to the wall. Having a lot of pictures on display may make it hard for the buyers to envision themselves there.

Pack away anything that is not being used! Out of sight out of mind is my motto!

Here is a tip for packing that I always tell my sellers, “If you can’t see this item in your new home…throw it out or sell it.” Do not pack something that you will not need or want to take with you to your new residence. It makes unpacking easier and faster!

Homes for sale in Murfreesboro are selling fast today but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to prepare your home. Making sure you have the perfect realtor/team to help you do that will ensure you will get the best price for your home!

My Real Estate Story – Shannon Orrand

Shannon explains her journey to becoming a top realtor in Murfreesboro, TN. We learn about her past experiences and the changes in her life as well as the people who helped her start her new career. Shannon also tells us how she discovered not only a new job but a new passion in her life that she truly enjoys.

Team George Weeks is proud to call Shannon a member of our team and a good friend as well. Give her a call if you have any real estate needs or questions. She’ll be happy to help!

Direct (615) 753-3251
Office (629) 202-7333
Shannon Orrand is a real estate agent with Team George Weeks at RE/MAX Elite in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Each office is independently own and operated.

Ask the Agent Episode 3 – Shannon Orrand

This week in episode 3 of Ask the Agent, Shannon Orrand answers the question “What price per square foot can you expect to pay to build your own home?” 

If you have anymore questions please give us call at Direct (615) 948-4098, Shannon (615) 753-3251 or the office (629) 202-7333.

2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Awards

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RE/MAX Regional of Tennessee hosted it's annual awards show Feb 15, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful downtown Nashville, TN.  All of the area brokerages were in attendance to help honor those who exemplify what it means to be a RE/MAX agent, team and brokerage.

Team George Weeks stands with this group of exceptional agents yet again.

2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Team in Closed Transactions #3

2016 RE/MAX’s Tennessee Regional Team Overall in Tennessee #5

Individual Agent Awards

George Weeks - 2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Titan’s Club Award for Sales

Erin Kosko - 2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional 100% Club Award for Sales

Eddie Mann - 2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Executive Club Award for Sales

Mike Patterson -  2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Executive Club Award for Sales

Chris Smith -  2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Executive Club Award for Sales

We are also very thrilled to announce that our brokerage RE/MAX Elite & owner Carrier Zeier earned the 2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Highest Net Gain Award.

Team George Weeks would like to thank all of our clients, both current and past, for allowing us to serve their real estate needs and helping us to achieve these honors. We look forward to even more success in the future!

2017 RE/MAX Elite January Kickoff – Bridgestone Arena

A great start to the new year with our annual January Kickoff celebration and awards ceremony at the Lexus Lounge in Bridgestone Arena!

Team George Weeks took home a lot of awards again this year:

  • Dec 2016 Top Producer in Volume #1 Murfreesboro
  • Dec 2016 Top Producer in Volume #1 RE/MAX Elite
  • 2016 Top Producer in Volume #1 Murfreesboro
  • 2016 Top Producer in Volume #2 RE/MAX Elite
  • Titan Club Award

Individual Agent Awards this year went to:

  • Eddie Mann - Executive Club Award
  • Mike Patterson - Executive Club Award
  • Erin Kosko - 100% Club Award

Team George Weeks remains your award winning team working harder than just about any other team in the business for our clients!

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The Past, Present & Future of Home Prices

The Past, Present & Future of Home Prices | Keeping Current Matters  CoreLogicreleased their most current Home Price Index last week. In the report, they revealed home appreciation in three categories: percentage appreciation over the last year, over the last month and projected over the next twelve months. Here are state maps for each category:

The Past – home appreciation over the last 12 months

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The Present – home appreciation over the last month

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The Future – home appreciation projected over the next 12 months

The Past, Present & Future of Home Prices | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Homes across the country are appreciating at different rates. If you plan on relocating to another state and are waiting for your home to appreciate more, you need to know that the home you will buy in another state may be appreciating even faster. Meet with a local real estate professional who can help you determine your next steps.

 

Source:  Keeping Current Matters

Why We All Need a ‘Phil Dunphy’ on Our Side

Why We All Need A ‘Phil Dunphy’ On Our Side | Simplifying The Market

Whether or not you’ve ever seen an episode of Modern Family, or know who Phil Dunphy’s character is, the concept of knowing that you have someone in your corner who is looking out for your best interests is something we all want.

When it comes to buying a home, whether you are a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who is well versed in the neighborhood you are looking to move into, and the trends of the area, should be your goal.

For those who aren’t familiar, the character Phil Dunphy is a Realtor with a huge heart who always strives to do the best for his family and his clients.

In one recent episode, Phil even shared the oath that he created and holds himself to:

“On my honor, I promise to aid in man’s quest for shelter, to recognize I’m not just in the business of houses — I’m in the business of dreams in the shape of houses. To disclose all illegal additions, shoddy construction, murders, and ghosts. And to put my clients’ needs before my own.” 

While this might seem silly, and it was definitely written with humor in mind, the themes of helping someone achieve the American Dream and putting a client’s needs above your own are not to be taken lightly.

Bottom Line

When you make the decision to enter the housing market, as either a buyer or a seller, make sure you look for an agent who exemplifies these values and will help you through every step of the process.