Archives: March 2018

3 Features Your Property Needs to Sell for Top Dollar This Spring

An elegant kitchen with white countertops, hardwood floors, and a central island.When the spring weather arrives in New Albany, home buyers will be out in droves looking for their dream homes.

As a home seller, the spring home buying season is your chance to impress more people — but the competition is greater, too.

How to Ensure Your Home Outshines the Competition

If you want buyers to add your property to their must-see lists, your home needs to impress them in seconds.

This is especially true of luxury properties in New Albany Country Club and Hampsted Village, where home buyers expect to find interiors and entertaining spaces worthy of HGTV’s dream homes.

These are the top home features that will ensure your property stands out from your neighbors’, both in listing photos and in private showings.

A two-story great room in a New Albany home with an open floor plan.

A Bright, Open Floorplan with Ample Space

Buyers who want a spacious home often want an open floorplan that is ideal for entertaining. Highlighting this feature in your listing photos (and with exceptional home staging) will help you impress buyers the second they discover your home.

Want to see how it’s done? In 4149 Reynoldsburg New Albany Road in New Albany Country Club, pictured above, the open floorplan seamlessly connects with an elegant kitchen, beautiful dining area, and a lofty great room.

Browse the home’s photo gallery to see even more photos of this beautiful floorplan.

A master bedroom with white carpets and its own fireplace.

A Luxurious, Spa-Like Owner’s Retreat

The second feature that your home needs to sell for top dollar? An elegant master suite with incredible attention to detail.

Here’s the perfect example: 9 Wiveliscombe in New Albany Country Club (pictured above). Not only is the owner’s suite on the first floor, it also boasts the following must-have amenities:

  • its own fireplace
  • elegant bathroom
  • multi-head shower
  • large dressing room with built-in storage

The master bathroom alone makes this New Albany property stand out! View the full photo gallery here to see what else this luxury home offers.

A kitchen with hardwood floors, white cabinetry, and a dining area.

A Chef’s Dream Kitchen with Space to Entertain

Finally, buyers are more likely to notice your property if your kitchen is luxurious and spacious enough to entertain.

5195 Hanover Close in Hampsted Village (pictured above) is an excellent example. A casual dining area gives the home additional space to entertain, while hardwood floors and granite countertops add luxe touches to this functional space.

Browse the home’s photo gallery to see even more examples of must-have features in this property.

Exceptional Home Marketing is Key

A luxury home in New Albany with the words SOLD! overlayed on the photo.It’s not enough for your home to have these desired features. To truly sell quickly and for top dollar in the competitive spring market, your property deserves cutting-edge marketing and home staging.

Our custom-tailored marketing plan consists of a 90-step action plan, which will place your property in front of as many buyers as possible.

But don’t take our word for it. Discover our past top-dollar sales and what our clients have to say.

Ready to Outshine the Competition This Spring?

Call us today at 614.939.1234 to list your New Albany property with us.

Staging Shortcuts That Sabotage Your Home Sale

Home staging is a major player in a home sale. How your home looks, feels, and even smells can influence buyers’ decisions, so it’s important to present your home in the best light.

Cleaning, decluttering, and rearranging furniture are essential to preparing your home for showings, but it can be tempting to take a few shortcuts to get your property on the market faster. Out of all the home staging shortcuts that can hinder your home sale, these you should avoid at all costs.

Keeping Your Interiors Too Dark

A dimly lit kitchen with tile floors, wood cabinets, and laminate countertops looking out onto a dimly lit dining area.Your property needs to shine on the market — don’t dim your home’s sparkle.

Natural light works wonders to maximize space, especially for small floor plans, so it’s important to let in as much sunlight as possible when staging your home.

Throw open the curtains, trim any shrubs blocking the windows, and polish the glass to welcome in the natural sunlight.

Painting All of Your Walls Bright, Bold Colors

Nothing stops home buyers in their tracks faster than loud paint colors that don’t match their personal style. After all, one buyer may prefer rich earthy reds while another may be drawn to calming blues and greens.

Instead of painting your walls in oranges, purples, and electric greens, opt for neutral tones like off-white or beige to appeal to as many home buyers as possible.

Painting All of Your Walls Neutral Colors

On the other hand, you can go too far with neutralizing your space. Remember, home buyers are likely looking at several different properties, so you need to make sure yours stands out — and that buyers can envision themselves living in your home.

An open concept living room with beige couches in the foreground and a modern kitchen in the background.Splashes of color here and there are enough to draw buyers’ eyes without distracting them from the overall look and feel of your home.

The trick is to find a balance between the bold and the neutral colors.

Need advice? We’re more than happy to provide some pointers.

Forgetting to Deodorize Your Home

Home buyers can fall in love with a property merely from the listing photos. But if a foul odor greets them at the front door, they won’t stick around for long.

It can be tricky to determine what your home smells like since you have lived in it for so long. But there are a few tricks you can use to ensure your home smells fresh and clean for each buyer who schedules a showing:

  • Open the windows to air out your home
  • Hire a professional to deep clean your home
  • Light candles with simple scents, such as orange or vanilla
  • Ask a friend or neighbor for honest feedback

We’re Happy to Share More Home Selling Resources

The whole goal of home staging is to present your property in the best light, both for listing photos and for potential buyers. If you have questions about what it takes to sell and market your home, give us a call and let’s chat.

What’s Your Style? 5 Popular Architectural Styles to Consider for Your Dream Home

Dream homes around the country have one thing in common: amazing architecture. From Greek Revival to Modern, we’re breaking down the most popular architectural styles in America to help you discover your own dream home.

A two-story Greek Revival plantation home with tall columns, wrap-around porches, and a grassy lawn.

1. Greek Revival Homes

Popular during the 1820s, ’30s, and ’40s, Greek Revival takes inspiration from the ornate temples of ancient Greek cities.

In America, you’ll find this architectural style sprinkled in cities throughout the country. Picture the magnificent columns and symmetrical design of historic Southern plantation homes, monuments like the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House itself, and you’re thinking of Greek Revival.

This architectural style exudes elegance and sophistication, which is why Greek Revival is one of the most popular housing styles in the United States. Many Greek Revival homes feature:

  • neutral exterior colors, particularly white
  • gabled roofs with a cornice
  • tall columns, either fluted or smooth

The Painted Ladies in San Francisco, a row of tri-colored Victorian houses with the San Francisco skyline in the background.

2. Victorian Homes

Fans of Full House will instantly recognize these colorful Victorian homes in San Francisco. The Victorian architectural style made its debut in America during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, popping up in small towns and big cities alike.

Victorian homes are often asymmetrical and ornate, and they typically include some or all of the following features:

  • bright, bold exteriors instead of neutral tones
  • elaborate trim and rooflines
  • towers with pointed roofs
  • bay windows

Two Tudor-style buildings, the one on the left with black timber in a criss-cross pattern and the one on the right with red timber in a criss-cross pattern.

3. Tudor Homes

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, homes started to take on the look of medieval European castles and inns.

The Tudor, or Tudor Revival, style is best recognized by the decorative timbers on the exterior of the house, but homes with this architectural style also feature:

  • steep gabled roofs
  • dormer windows
  • large decorative chimneys

A two-story brick Colonial house with dormer windows on the roof and two brick chimneys flanking both sides of the house.

4. Colonial Revival Homes

Arguably the most popular architectural style in the United States, Colonial Revival first came on the scene between the 1880s and 1950s. Dutch Revival and Georgian Revival are considered subcategories of the Colonial Revival style.

Like Tudor homes, Colonials often feature dormer windows and gabled roofs, but they can also have:

  • simple rectangular windows
  • symmetrical exteriors
  • covered center entrances

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House, a Modern three-story home with a stone chimney that is surrounded by trees.

5. Modern Homes

Also known as Mid-Century Modern, this architectural style was popular during the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s and valued simplicity over showy design. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House is a great example of this popular home style.

Since Modern houses were also designed as a way to connect with nature, these properties tend to feature:

  • open floor plans that flow to outdoor spaces
  • large windows and sliding glass doors
  • ranch or split-level layouts

No Matter Your Style, We Can Find Your Dream Home

Have your heart set on a certain architectural style? We’ll help you find (or build!) your dream home with the look and feel you want. Contact us and let’s talk.