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Change Your Home with Color!

Orange ChairWe like color and the positive impact it can have on you and your home!

As Realtors, we constantly counsel sellers on the need to take their homes to white, beige, gray and greige in order to sell. But selling your home isn’t anything like living in your home. When you are selling, we treat your home like a Hollywood set. But for living in your home, it needs to reflect YOU!

Moll Anderson’s book, “Change Your Home, Change Your Life With Color,” notes that “color is an amazing source of energy and has a sensory effect on all of us. It affects our moods, our feelings, and even our behaviors.”

FullSizeRenderWe believe this is true. Orange is a very happy color for Kate and Tony, who have introduced it into every room in their house, most dramatically in their dining room artwork. We are advocates for pops of color in your home – whether it’s a piece of furniture, art, accessory, drapes, or accent wall. We’re not suggesting you need color from floor to ceiling in every room of your home. Be creative; there are no rules. How do you want your home to inspire you? Do you want your home to make you feel happy, calm, energized, passionate, creative, dramatic, rested, etc.?

Rather than focusing on spring cleaning your home, we propose you consider sprucing up with a pop of color for exactly what you need to bring into your life!

FullSizeRender (2)Thinking of selling your home?

If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, don’t hesitate to call us about our marketing services, including home staging. We will advise you of what today’s buyers prefer and get you all fixed up to sell! Thomas & Company will coordinate anything that needs to be done and even stage your home for you!

Have fun and happy spring!

 

7 Things That Will Help Your Home Sell Faster

Home sellers need to think of their property as a product instead of a home. The better your home looks, the faster it will sell. Often what helps a home sell faster is also what helps it sell for more. Surprisingly enough, just having a low price isn’t the key. Today’s buyer wants to move right in, and they will pay a premium for this.

Doing these 7 things will help to make sure your home sells quickly and for top dollar:

house free of clutter1. Declutter

Decluttering makes every room look larger and feel neater. Buyers have trouble imagining themselves in a cluttered house. By removing or storing things you don’t need – including furniture – you create a roomy, comfortable feeling that will be inviting to prospective buyers.

When decluttering, remember: less is more. When in doubt, throw it out!

2. Clean, Clean, Clean

A clean home shows the prospective buyer it has been well cared for. Be sure every room smells as good as it looks, paying special attention to pet areas, nurseries, and bathrooms. Buyers will be impressed with sparkling clean kitchens and bathrooms. Consider hiring professionals to clean carpets, steam clean tile and grout, and paint stained walls and dinged woodwork. A little paint goes a long way toward brightening up a home. Buyers like move-in condition and will pay more for it!

3. Make Repairs

Making repairs eliminates buyer objections before they arise. If you think something is too much trouble to fix, chances are a buyer will, as well. Buyers tend to think repairs cost a lot more than they do. Just like cleaning, a home in good repair reinforces how well a home has been maintained.

4. Depersonalize

Neutralizing helps buyers imagine their own things in your home and picture themselves living there. Neutral paint, décor, and flooring create a home for any lifestyle.

Today’s buyers gravitate towards a “greige” palette and clean lines without fussy window treatments. Eliminating distracting colors, particularly from living spaces, lets buyers concentrate on positive impressions.

5. Remodel or Upgradestaged kitchen Before and After

The best returns come from the smallest improvements; painted woodwork and cabinetry, new paint, new carpet, refinished hardwood floors, and new hardware all create a fresh new look for the home for minimal cost.

If you want to go a step further, consider upgrading appliances, counter tops, and fixtures (both lighting and faucets).

Major remodeling such as replacing kitchens, bathrooms, roofs, and windows should only be done if necessary. Although doing major upgrades will help a home sell faster, the time it takes can be quite long and you are less likely to see a dollar-for-dollar return.

6. Stage Your Yard

Buyers make an instant determination of how desirable a home is based on the curb appeal. A beautiful front yard creates a good first impression. Once you remove weeds, rake leaves, trim hedges and walkways, and prune trees, you can begin to stage the front of the house! New plants, flowers, and mulch will brighten your yard. Beautiful pots create a welcoming feel. A fresh coat of paint on the front door and trim really pays off!

7. Stage the HouseStaging - Dining Room Before and After - photo credit-resized

Staging is often dismissed by agents as unimportant, most often because of cost. At Thomas & Company, we believe that good staging increases the value and appeal of a home. A stager looks at a home through a “buyer’s lens” and can make suggestions for how showcase your home to its best advantage. We believe so strongly in the power of staging that we even include a session with our home stager as part of our marketing services.
A well-staged home photographs better, too. And since the photos of your home are most often its first “showing” to a potential buyer, quality photography is vital. As with curb appeal, the better the home looks, the faster it will sell.

Considering Selling Your Home?

We can help you sell your home faster and for top dollar. Contact us at 614.939.1234 and let’s talk about your home selling goals.

Staging Your Home

It’s time to prepare your home to sell. So where do you begin?

It’s a good idea to take an objective look at your home to see what needs repaired or replacstaged home in New Albanyed. Your house will be scrutinized by potential buyers who won’t overlook smudges around the light switches, boxes stacked in the laundry room, or peeling paint on the back splash. A spruced-up home makes a good first impression, which is essential for getting buyers to investigate further. Ultimately, you want buyers to picture themselves living in your home. This means you will need to clear your home of all distractions, such as clutter and personal photos on the walls.

It’s not personal. It just helps would-be buyers to visualize the home as their own. Let us take you through the process.

Clear Out the Clutter in Every Room

Decluttering your home makes every room look larger and feel neater, and it gives the impression that it has been well cared for. If a house is cluttered, buyers have trouble imagining themselves in it.

Be sure every room smells as good as it looks, and pay special attention to pet areas, nurseries, and bathrooms. Fresh paint and a one-time professional cleaning service can make your home look like new!

If you have acquired too much stuff over the years, sell some, donate it to charity, or throw it away. If you can’t bear to part with it, store it out of sight. A good rule of thumb: When in doubt, throw it out.

Neutralize

Neutral paint, décor, and carpeting create a home for any lifestyle. Neutralizing also helps buyers see their own things in your house and visualize living there. Eliminating distracting colors and accessories lets the buyer concentrate on positive impressions.

Depersonalize

Help buyers see themselves living in your home by removing personal items like photos and collections. You want the buyer to look at your home, not your possessions.

Declutter Closets

Closets and storage spaces are important considerations for home buyers. Store unused or out-of-season clothes so that your closet looks bigger and more organized.

Deep Clean

Have your carpets cleaned professionally; if they are badly worn or stained, replace them. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your home.

Make All Necessary Repairs

Making repairs eliminates buyer objections before they arise. If you think something is too much trouble to fix, chances are the buyer will think so, too. Buyers tend to think repairs will cost more than they do. Don’t start any major renovations since it’s unlikely you will recoup the cost, but do repair leaky faucets, slow drains, torn screens, broken windows and any other minor issues.

Curb Appeal

Creating an excellent first impression of your home starts from the outside and can make or break a sale. If potential buyers don’t like what they see on the outside, chances are they won’t look any further, so make your home’s exterior look its best.

It is crucial that your home look its best during showings. Buyers take this time to tour your house in person and consider whether it is their next home. Make this aspect of home selling easier with a concrete plan for before, during and after each showing. Your hard work will likely pay off in the form of an offer.

Contact us to learn more about home staging and selling real estate in New Albany.

the decluttered master suite in 4267 Vaux Link for sale in New Albany

4 Essential New Albany Home Selling Strategies

When you are selling your home, it takes more than a coat of fresh paint and a newly mowed lawn to attract New Albany home buyers. With a majority of home buyers finding homes for sale online, every detail matters, from the way your home looks on the outside to the way your room looks in a listing photo.

Here are our essential home selling tips, which will help you sell quickly and for more money this spring.

1. Create the Best First Impression

front exterior and curb appeal of 4267 Vaux Link home for sale in New Albany OH

4267 Vaux Link in New Albany. Listing courtesy of Thomas & Company.

How your home looks from the outside can make or break a sale, since buyers tend to think that how your home looks on the outside reflects what it looks like on the inside. The more curb appeal your home has, the more likely it is to sell quickly and garner a higher selling price.

To increase your home’s curb appeal, try:

  • mowing the lawn and edging the yard
  • cleaning the gutters
  • painting the front door
  • setting flowers on either side of the door or walkway

2. Set the Stage for Showings

a decluttered entryway in a New Albany home for sale

This New Albany home features neutral wall colors and furnishings, a crucial aspect of home staging.

The first impression from curb appeal needs to continue when buyers enter your home. Make sure that your home is clean and clutter-free, smells fresh, and looks like new.

Don’t forget to neutralize the interior — home staging is all about eliminating distractions to allow buyers to picture themselves living in your home. You can find more about home staging on our article about preparing your New Albany home to sell.

3. Attract Buyers with Quality Listing Photos

a luxury kitchen in 4267 Vaux Link for sale in New Albany

Home buyers appreciate high-quality photographs when searching for homes online.

Once your home has excellent curb appeal and has been staged well, it’s time to take pictures. With over 75% of home buyers looking at listings online first, it’s not enough to take a picture with your phone. You need to show them every perfect detail with a high-quality photograph.

4. Effectively Market Your Home Online

It’s no longer enough to put a “For Sale” sign in your yard. New Albany home buyers are searching online for homes, and home marketing has shifted to include social media marketing.

If you want to see examples of these homes selling strategies in action, visit the featured listings page.

Real Estate Experience Gets Results

As long-time residents and real estate experts in New Albany, we have earned a reputation for our marketing performance and have created a network of trusted professionals and home buyers to help you get your home sold and looking its best. Let us help you sell your New Albany home for the right price and on your timeline. Contact us today and let’s talk about listing your home.

well-maintained New Albany, OH home with a mown lawn and clear sidewalks

This New Albany Home for Sale Could Be Yours

Spring is almost here, and that means home buying season is coming on strong. But selling your home in New Albany means more than putting a “for sale” sign in your yard to attract potential buyers driving by.

It requires expert home marketing to place your home in the spotlight so that the buyers who are looking for their dream home — your home — can find exactly what they are looking for. Let’s take this home as an example.

5385 Aldie Mill Drive’s Attractive Features

the two-story great room in 5385 Aldie Mill Drive for sale

The home for sale at 5385 Aldie Mill Drive is a stunning house on a large corner lot in New Albany, with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half bathrooms, and 3,999 square feet used to its full potential. The entire property conveys a sense of timeless elegance, and no detail is overlooked.

Gourmet Kitchen

beautiful, spacious kitchen in a new albany ohio home for sale

One of this house’s best features is the gourmet kitchen, outfitted with the finest details:

  • granite countertops
  • stainless steel appliances
  • spacious center island
  • double-door pantry
  • sunny eating area

These features make the kitchen an ideal centerpiece in the home for cooking meals and hosting get-togethers with friends and family.

This kitchen opens to the 2-story great room (featuring a wall of windows and beautiful fireplace) to give the area great flow, a key feature in an entertaining space.

Impressive Master Suite

tub, double vanities, shower, and spacious areas in 5385 Aldie Mill Drive's master bathroom

The upstairs master bathroom is another key feature in this New Albany home for sale, with a separate tub and spacious countertops giving it the feeling of a private spa rather than a mere bathroom. The master bedroom is equally impressive, with an enormous dream closet you would have to see to believe.

About the Tidewater Neighborhood

well-maintained New Albany, OH home with a mown lawn and clear sidewalks

Neighborhoods and nearby schools matter to New Albany buyers. The Tidewater neighborhood, where 5385 Aldie Mill Drive is located, is a new construction community off Central College Road, a growing area in New Albany, and offers buyers an intimate residential community with homes on wooded lots and close to water features.

But these three key features are not the only reasons that 5385 Aldie Mill Drive is a dream home in New Albany. View the property page to find other stunning home features, a gallery full of large photos, and a map of its location — all of which help New Albany home buyers see why they should request an in-person showing.

The New Albany Home Marketing Experts

You have invested your time, money, and energy into your home in New Albany. Doesn’t it deserve to be in the spotlight?

a New Albany, Ohio home recently sold by Thomas & CompanyWhen it comes time to sell your home, you want to display your home’s best features — like the features from 5385 Aldie Mill Drive — for every New Albany home buyer to see, so you will need to rely on the top Realtors and their superior home marketing to broadcast that your home is for sale and that it is every buyer’s dream home.

We want you to earn top dollar on the sale of your home, which is why we will use our expertise in home marketing and every resource at our disposal to get your home sold. Contact us today at 614.939.1234 to talk about how we can market your home.

Are You Making These Home Staging Mistakes?

properly staged kitchen in New Albany house free of clutterNow that you are selling your New Albany home, you’re making sure that you’re doing whatever is necessary to make it presentable to potential home buyers. You’ve given your floors a vacuuming, dusted the ceiling fans, scrubbed the kitchen counters clean, and even painted your front door a different color.

That’s it, right?

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Staging Your New Albany Home

If you want to sell your home for top dollar, home staging is absolutely essential, especially in the competitive New Albany real estate market. Since over 75% of all home buyers use the Internet to search for a home and rely on images to see what your home looks like, decluttering and depersonalizing are key to getting buyers to want to see your home in person.

Are they going to want to live in your home or want to see someone else’s? Here are five mistakes to avoid when staging your home to sell.

1. Not Creating Any Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything when you are selling your New Albany home. If buyers are not impressed with the outside of your home, they will not even make it to the front door.

New Albany Fenway home with great curb appealMake your home look its best by:

  • powerwashing the driveway
  • cleaning the gutters
  • trimming the bushes
  • polishing the front doorknob

Make sure you take a look at our article “Creating Curb Appeal” on our website for more helpful tips.

2. Keeping Your Personal Photos on the Walls

Buyers want to envision themselves living in your home. They don’t want to feel like intruders. Remove any personal items, including family photos, from your rooms while your home is for sale so that buyers can easily picture themselves living in your home.

3. Ignoring the Minor Repairs

Finger-smudged light switches, weeds in the flower beds, and small nail holes in the walls might not seem like issues to you, but they can be huge turn-offs for a home buyer. Give your home the best first impression by taking care of all the little things. Ask a friend to act like a potential buyer and inspect your home for any minor cosmetic issues, and then fix them.

4. Not Paying Attention to the Carpets

Years of stains and treading on your carpets can cause them to look worn. You can either replace your old carpets or have them professionally deep cleaned, and this will instantly improve the look of your home during staging.

5. Not Relying On Experienced Professionals

Your Realtor should be your primary resource when you are staging your home so that you can attract buyers into your home and eventually sell your home to one. Work with them to see how you can make your home look its best on the market, or ask them for recommendations for professional home stagers.

Rely on Thomas & Company to Sell Your New Albany Home

a New Albany house exterior with "SOLD!" on the imageWe hope you found these home staging tips helpful! Make sure you read our articles about common mistakes to avoid when selling and ways to prepare your home for sale.

If you are planning to sell your New Albany home soon and are looking for helpful tips or even the right real estate agents, our team can give you all the resources you need to sell your home for top dollar and in a short time. Give us a call today at 614.939.1234 and let’s talk about your home selling goals.