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4 Tips to Setting an Accurate Asking Price

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Home sellers want to get as much as possible for their homes. Your experienced real estate agent will know how to help you find the right asking price with a little negotiation room for a low offer.

  1. Trust your agent who has data available on the current market in your neighborhood. This is important research on the part of the agent to help you set a realistic price for your home. The data includes the final selling price on homes similar to your house in your community.
  2. Go with your agent on a walk-through of other homes similar to yours in the area. Or go to an open house on your own. Compare those homes with the your home. List the differences including possible upgrades you can add to increase your home's value.

Point out problems with other nearby homes for sale that you can avoid. This can be simple items such as landscaping or a battered door at the entry.

You may walk through a similar home that needs new floor covering. Examine your home's flooring for a comparison.

  1. Talk about how you might actually have a bidding war if your  home in a high demand area and it is staged correctly. This is a major point in determining the price of the home. A lower price may encourage multiple buyers to be interested in the house.

Special features of the house that set it apart from others in the area must be highlighted. This can be the decor, landscaping, a backyard swimming pool with spa or upgraded carpeting. Any unique feature that can touch off a bidding war should be a focal point.

  1. Don't be sentimental about your home. People are attached to their homes and certain things that are important to them may not be important to the buyer.

A professionally staged home will give potential buyers the opportunity to visualize their furniture in the house. This may be the thing that places your house above another in the area around the same price.

Take a realistic approach and set a goal of selling your house within 90 days or less. Your professional real estate agent will work with you to get the best offer.

Top Kitchen Remodels

by Glenda Daughety & Team

There are a multitude of excellent reasons to consider remodeling part or all of your home — you might want to spruce it up before you put it on the market, you might want to reallocate space from the current floor plan, or perhaps you are just ready for a facelift. By far one of the most popular areas to remodel is the kitchen.

This makes sense in light of two important reasons; first, it is one of the most used and functional rooms in the house, and second, it's a prime area for return on investment as far as your home equity is concerned. So, what are two of the most popular focuses for a kitchen makeover?

Rearranging Your Kitchen Layout

Kitchen design has changed drastically over the past decade... or has it? The answer is yes and no. Yes because the kitchen has become more integrated into the other living areas in the home both for a more open feel and for socializing. This can be seen by modern kitchens opening directly into the living room or great room, usually only separated by an island/cabinet area or a partial wall with a pass-through.

The no part of the answer comes from the fact that the layout must still remain loyal to one version or another of the "kitchen work triangle" which facilitates food preparation and freedom of movement in the kitchen. If you are considering altering your layout, beware of taking out load-bearing walls and not remaining true to the work triangle.

Updating Your Appliances

An appliance update is not only visually appealing; if you upgrade to Energy Star rated appliances you will save money on utility bills going forward. In fact, EnergyStar.gov reports that a cutting-edge refrigerator can save up to 10 percent on your energy bill.

New dishwashers can save 12 percent on electricity and use up to 25 percent less water than what's required by current minimum energy-efficiency standards. While you're replacing your outdated appliances, why not take the extra step and upgrade to Energy Star lighting? After all, the kitchen is an important work area.

If you are considering a kitchen remodel it's important to set and work withing a realistic budget. Make allowances for contingencies because when you're working with so many plumbing and electrical components, there's no telling what you will run into after rolling up your sleeves and getting to work.

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4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge LA 70816
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Glenda Daughety & Team
RE/MAX First
Office: 225-291-1234
Cell: 225-205-2672
4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
Licensed Realtor in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission


Glenda Daughety, Team Leader

Michelle Copeland, Buyer Specialist

Ashley Daughety, Buyer Specialist / Stager Decorator

 

 

 

 

 

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