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Fixing Pet Damage

by Glenda Daughety & Team

We all love our pets. But you have to admit, they can do quite a bit of damage to your home. Despite all the precautions we take, there's always going to be damage to deal with. If you plan to sell your home soon, or just want to keep on top of repairs, there are ways to keep your home in top shape. Here's a few tips that can help.

Walls

Depending on your wall covering, you can repair most pet damage. Wallpaper is the most difficult to repair, as it can't be patched as easily. You may have to replace wallpaper completely.

Sheet rock or paneling damage is easier to fix. To fix damages areas, sand the area to remove any debris and make the surface smooth. Fill in holes with spackle, using several layers depending on the level of damage. Make sure you let each layer dry completely before applying a new one. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying. Once you have the area repaired, you can then cover it with primer and paint it.

Wood Flooring

The polyurethane covering on hardwood floors can offer some protection from stains, but not from urine stains or scratches.

You can cover light scratches with a satin-filled marker. You will need wood filler for deeper marks.

When you re-stain the damaged area, start with the lightest stain you can, let it dry, then stain again until it matches the surrounding area. For larger areas, you can sand the whole area and re-stain it, making sure to match the rest of the floor.

Repairing urine damage can be more difficult, due to the discoloration and smell. For lighter stained floors, sand the area and clean it with wood bleach, then refinish the area. For darker urine stains, you may have to replace the boards if you can't scrub it out.

Furniture

Did your dog decide to use your chair legs for chew toys? You can fix that as well. To fix wood damage, prep the area by using a utility knife to score it with hatch marks, scraping away any frayed edges sticking out. Then use a bit of auto-body filler to fill in the damage. Apply the filler, let it dry a bit, then slice off the excess and reshape it. Sand it smooth once it dries completely.

Now it's time to get a little creative and let your artistic side shine. You can mix colors of acrylic paint and coat the area with 2 -3 layers, giving it a wood grain appearance. Then cover with clear coat and rub gently with steel wool to give it the right level of shine.

The Yard

Dog waste is not good for lawns, as the nitrogen seeps into the soil. Regularly watering your lawn will dissipate that nitrogen and keep urine from soaking in.

Raking your lawn in the Spring to remove debris and waste can also help. Sprinkle grass seed over areas that look bad.

These are just a few ways you can reduce pet damage and get more money from the sale of your home.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Making Your Old Home Smarter Before You Sell

by Glenda Daughety & Team

How smart is your old home? That's a good question, especially if you plan to sell your home. Modern buyers want conveniences and to know they home they're buying is up-to-date. 

Smart devices aren't just cool toys. Smart devices add both convenience and security to your home. No matter if you're selling your home or plan to stay, upgrading to smart technology makes sense. And if you do plan on selling, it will add value. Just like cosmetic upgrades can raise the value of a home, technological upgrades can do the same, if done properly. And the good news is that these upgrades are easy and inexpensive.

Here are 3 upgrades that will make your old home smarter.

Smart Thermostats

Your thermostats say a lot about your home. They are easily visible, and easily dated. When you add a smart thermostat, it shows that you care about the functionality of your home and how much you care about it. Those old dated thermostats scream "old" and are usually an eyesore. Plus it's hard to maintain precise control over the environment with them.

A smart thermostat indicates that the HVAC is up to date as well, which can make a difference in the sale. Smart thermostats also include energy saving features that can save on energy bills, which is attractive to buyers. You can also control them with a smart phone, which is increasingly becoming a desired feature. And for those concerned about the environment, smart thermostats help HVAC efficiency.

Another great reason to add smart thermostats is that they are easily seen on the walls.  Potential buyers will notice that you've taught this old house a new trick and that it's not stuck in the past.

Smart Lighting

You don't have to be smart to screw in a light bulb, and that's all it takes to install smart lighting. Just adding a few smart light bulbs in select areas can make a huge difference to the feel of a room. They give you endless options for selecting colors and brightness, along with a variety of fixtures. Each room can have it's own unique atmosphere.

For showings, you can create smart programs for the lights to change scenes instantly with the push of a button.  And you can use mart lighting in porch lights that are set to turn on at specific times.  The possibilities are plentiful.

Security Systems

Home security systems have come a long way. Gone are the days of yearly contracts and tons of wiring. With WI-Fi cameras and batter powered products, adding security to a home is much easier and affordable.

If you don't feel like installing your own sensors or cameras, some cable companies such as Comcast offer smart security packages along with professional installation. These systems offer the option of multiple cameras and 24/7 recording, all controlled from your smart device or on their website. Adding cameras, either with a service or simply tied to your smart device, can add convenience as well as security, as you can monitor areas of your home, including the front door.

You don't have to break the bank to make your home a smart home. If you do plan to sell your home, it can be worth the investment.  If you don't plan to sell your home, it can make your life more convenient and safe.  Either way, smarter is better.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Spruce Up Your Home to Sell This Summer

by Glenda Daughety & Team

The best time to sell your home are the Spring and summer months in Baton Rouge. What can you do to get your home ready for this hot market?  Your home needs to sparkle, to stand out from the competition.  Buyers want a home that looks loved.  And the great news is that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make this happen. Here’s a few tips.

1. Pressure-washing

Grim grit can build up on your home during the winter, so removing it can make a huge difference. Renting a pressure washer is an affordable way to do this. Make sure that the pressure washer setting is strong enough to remove the dirt without lifting the paint or splinter the wood. It should cost around $80 a day to rent a gas-powered pressure washer.  Or better yet, spend a little more to buy one for later use in your new home.

2. A Pretty Porch

The first thing a buyer will usually see is your front porch. Your porch speaks volumes about how you care for the rest of the home.  Pat Vredevoogd Combs, a former National Association of Realtors®  president based in Grand Rapids, Michigan says he hears buyers say: “‘If they can’t keep up the outside of the house, what are they hiding on the inside?’” It won’t cost more than the price a good cleaning and maybe some potted plants to spruce up your porch.

3. Clean Outside Windows

Cleaning your outside windows is easy and inexpensive if you use a cleaning product that attaches to your hose. Just spray the solution on the glass, and then follow with a rinse spray. Then just simply let it dry or squeegee it.

4. Paint the Front Door

In addition to your front porch, your door is also an important piece of architecture on your home. Sprucing it up with a fresh coat of paint will do wonders. If you use a premium one-coat exterior paint, it will reduce time and money as it doesn’t need a primer. Also use a semi-gloss as opposed to high gloss, as high gloss will reveal imperfections. All of this will cost about $35.

5. Shiny New Numbers

Get rid of those old small hard to read numbers. Shiny and bold numbers will definitely make a difference.  5 inch tall numbers are a good place to start. Pretending you’re someone trying to find the house number that’s never been there before is a good way to find the ideal location to place them.

6. Porch Lights

Your porch light has probably never been replaced or cleaned, so now is a perfect time. Go with a contemporary finish like black, brushed nickel or oiled brass. And if you’re out of money, try using restoring wipes like Rust-Oleum or Rejuvenate to renew surfaces.

Just these few simple and affordable steps can help you sell your home faster and make more money.  So why not start now? Check back on our blog for more home selling and buying tips. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Remodeling Done Right

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Remodeling your home in Baton Rouge‚ÄčIf you plan on selling your home in Baton Rouge and are remodeling it first, no doubt you want to make sure the project goes smoothly.  The people you hire to help you certainly have most of the affect on how fast a project goes.  But you can also affect the timeline as well, either speeding it up or slowing it down.  If you follow these tips, you can have a big impact on how fast the project gets completed. And contractors will go out of their way to please you.

Be Realistic

No doubt you've been watching TV shows or browsing the internet for great ideas to transform your home. But not every idea is going to work for your home. It's easy to get the wrong impression about aspects of the construction and remodeling process just based on what you see on the screen. You really need to consult with an expert to get a realistic view of what can be done. 

Know What You Want

Make sure you make solid decisions before construction starts.  Changing your mind mid-construction  can delay the project and cost you more.  Make sure you plan and budget as much as you can beforehand.  Your home is a complicated structure.  You can't just easily undo or change project. Sure, changes happen during remodeling.  But you can keep those changes to a minimum by knowing what you want.

Set Up a Staging Area

If you have a space for your pro to keep tools and materials handy, that will also speed up the process. It takes time to set up and remove tools every day. The less time it takes to set up, the more time they can spend on your project. And make sure the area is secure from theft.  Tools and materials are costly and can be hot items for thieves.

Be Timely

Don't delay important decisions with hard deadlines.  This not only affects the scheduling for your remodeling, but for the contractor's other clients. It can also cause delays for acquiring materials. In the end, both you and your contractor are responsible for keeping on schedule.

Get Out of the Way

Sometimes eager homeowners can get in the way. Being involved is fine.  But hovering over the workers can be distracting, even annoying, and delay the project.  You hired professionals, so let them get the job done.  Perhaps you can do a weekly or twice weekly walkthrough with them.  This way the project will be done sooner.

Remodeling your home can be a rewarding experience, especially if you help your contractor with the tips above. And if you're remodeling your home to sell in Baton Rouge, let us help you decide which projects will get the best return on your investment and sell your home faster. Join us on our blog every week for more real estate advice and follow us on Facebook for the latest Baton Rouge real estate news.

More Great Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell

by Glenda Daughety & Team

More Great Ways to Stage Your Home to SellLast week we talked about some simple home staging ideas to get you on the way to selling your home faster in Baton Rouge. That’s only the beginning of all the ways you can stage your home to sell faster.  What are some further ways you can get the edge on the Baton Rouge home selling competition? Here's some advanced tips that can help.

Open the Closets

Closets are important, so get ready for buyers to look inside them.  Make sure you do with your closets the same as you did the rest of your home.  Put items you don’t need right away in outside storage or get rid of it altogether. Have at least 20-30% open space to give the impression of them having more room.

Add Style to the Dining Room

When decorating a home, the dining room can often get overlooked. Empty tables can look unwelcoming, so add some style with a series of small vessels down the center of the table.  Try to stay away from one large item in the center as this can look too stiff and formal.

Bring Balance

Last week we discussed the importance of cleaning and de-cluttering. It’s now time to take that clean slate and selectively bring back some items that will add class to your home. You can use tasteful decor such as a vase of cut flowers, a bowl of lemons by the sink, or perhaps some fresh produce on the kitchen counter, preferably from a local farmers market in the Baton Rouge area.

Look at the Floors

Clean floors are another huge factor in making your home appealing. At least, all the carpets should be professionally cleaned. If your hardwood floors are showing their age, you should get them refinished. And if you can't afford to refinish them, try adding some carefully placed area rugs.

Symmetrical Furniture

A symmetrical placement of furniture works best, especially in an arrangement that creates a conversation area.

The best time to start staging your home and getting it ready to sell in Baton Rouge is now.  Glenda Daughety and her team can help you get the most from selling your home in Baton Rouge.  Call today at 225-291-1234 to see how we can help you sell your home and get the most from the Spring selling season.

How to Sell Your Home to the Younger Buyers

by Glenda Daughety & Team

‚ÄčIt makes sense that when you sell your home, it will no doubt be to someone younger.  It's been getting easier for young families and professionals to buy a home.  So when it comes to staging your home, you need to keep the younger buyers in mind.  How can you make your home appeal to this growing market?  Here's a few tips.

Use Neutral Colors

Buyers under 40 are not really into the gold or pink walls any more.  Think about painting the walls a more neutral color.  This will allow potential buyers to envision their own accent colors and furniture to make it their own.

Open Up the Shower

Open showers are all the rage. Younger buyers aren't as attracted to the old tub and shower configuration. If you have it in your budget, consider remodeling your bath to include an open shower design.

White Cabinets

White or off-white cabinets not only brighten up the kitchen, but the younger buyers are more attracted to it.  They don't want to be reminded of mom's old dark cabinets.  You might try Benjamin Moore's Advance paint, as it requires little prep work.

Stainless Steel Appliances

Old appliances can be a big turnoff for younger buyers.  Many love stainless steel appliances, and for good reason.  If you have it in your budget, consider updating your appliances if they look dated.

Updated Countertops

Young buyers really love granite and stone countertops.  But keep it simple.  Don;t go with busy designs.  Black countertops or designs that are simple are the best.

Sell Your Home Faster and Make More Money

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Are you getting ready to sell your home in Baton Rouge? There’s plenty of things to do to get your home ready to sell.  But many of the things that can help your home sell faster and for more money are relatively simple.  If you follow these few simple tips, then your home selling experience will no doubt go faster and put more money in your pocket.

The Price Is Right

Some people make the mistake of setting the price too high in the beginning.  But that’s not always the best way to get more money.  If you set the initial price below what it’s worth, you could start a bidding war that could end up selling your home for more than what it’s worth.

Empty the Closets

Buyers want storage.  If you empty out about half of your closets and neatly organize them, then the buyer can more easily visualize what they can put in them.

Lighten Up

Baton Rouge home buyers usually don’t like dark homes.  Turn on the lights and open the window before every showing. Clean the windows.  And put in light bulbs with more wattage or lumens.  Paint the walls with lighter more neutral colors. Do anything you can to make your home brighter and more cheery.

Conceal the critters

If you think your cuddly dog or cat will warm a buyer’s heart, think again. Not everyone likes dogs or cats - or lizards, or birds for that matter.  No one really enjoys the smell of kitty litter either. Try to hide the pets and their refuse as much as you can before a showing.

Of course there’s more to consider when selling a home in Baton Rouge. But keeping these few tips in mind will be a great start to helping you get more money and making a faster sell.

Curb Appeal Improves Sellability of Baton Rouge Homes

by Glenda Daughety & Team

When you are trying to sell your home, the first thing you are told to address is curb appeal. But what exactly does that mean? Often, the answer you will hear is that it is the positive first impression that potential home-buyers will have of your home. But what an understatement this is. It is also the spark that makes your home stand out from the rest of the neighborhood, and brings potential buyers back from other homes they have seen. Knowing how important curb appeal is will help you take these five actions to help you sell your house quickly and for top dollar:

  • Clean it up - Eliminate clutter, manicure the lawn, rake the leaves and pressure-wash the exterior. Deal with peeling paint, and fix anything broken. Make sure windows sparkle and sidewalks are swept clean. Polish brass fixtures and paint wrought iron to make them shine. A carefully attended yard is a good indicator that the interior of the home will have been cared for as well.
  • Bring it to life - Plants can be added with permanent landscaping, pots or planters. Container gardens are extremely popular and offer portability and versatility to the flowers and foliage that grace your porch or yard. They add character and a splash of color that makes even "cookie cutter" houses look unique.
  • Turn on the lights - Carefully planned lighting adds security as well as aesthetics. Symmetrical lights add a balanced feeling to the structure. LEDs offer options that are inexpensive to install and easy on the electric bill - curb appeal is not just important during daylight hours. Attractive lighting can add a romantic ambiance to the exterior of your home during the evening hours and spotlight architectural features you want to show off to their best advantage.
  • Frame it - Add or paint shutters, doors and trim. Add symmetrical options like light fixtures or urns on either side of the front door. This creates a welcoming entry way that will beckon potential buyers to see the inside.
  • Take a broad view - Take a drive through the neighborhood and make note of the homes that catch your interest. Look at your home from a distance and look for any issues that can be resolved. Take a friend or your real estate agent with you to obtain valuable input through new eyes.

By increasing the curb appeal of your home, you send an invitation to buyers to look more closely and leave a lasting impression on each of them.

Staging Can Help Sell Your Baton Rouge Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If, perhaps, you are thinking that home staging is not very important, or not worth the effort, you would miss out on one of the easiest and quickest ways to showcase your home in its very best light.

Home staging is just that – it shares a number of qualities with setting the stage for individual scenes in a theater production. Imagine going to a play, and when the opening curtain is drawn, there is either an empty stage, or one cluttered with the director’s belongings and personal effects.   You would no doubt form an instant opinion based on your first impression. Likewise, a home buyer will form a very quick first impression of your house – so make it count!

In order to ensure buyers see your home sparkle and shine in the spotlight, check out some of these home staging tips:

Search and Research

This step is especially important if it has been a couple of years or more since your home was on the market. Real estate is kind of like clothing – there are fashion trends to consider. Thankfully, using magazines and the internet can make research incredibly easy. Talk with your real estate agent, examine photos, watch some YouTube videos, and then try to attend a few open houses in your area. All of these measures will serve to stimulate your imagination and creative impulses, which you can then unleash upon your own home.

Depersonalize

One of the most difficult steps in the home staging process - but one of the most vital - is to remove as much of yourself from your home as possible, or at the very least, from the primary living spaces.

This can be difficult for sellers to accomplish because we all tend to fall into habits at home, and we might not easily see our clutter, even though an outside can. Start by removing all of the obvious personal items, such as family photos, seasonal décor, knick-knacks or souvenirs. Then, get the opinion of your real estate agent or another outside party, in order to highlight areas you may have missed - you will probably be surprised at what they notice.

Use Priority Staging Techniques

You do not need to stage your entire house. Most buyers who come to look at your home will primarily focus their attention on the largest and most commonly used rooms, such as the kitchen, living room and master suite.

Home staging gives you the power to control, or at least influence, potential buyers' first impressions of your home. And we all know that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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RE/MAX First
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4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
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