A New Home Search
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A New Home Search

After several years of diligently saving money, I’m nearly ready to purchase my first home. Because I’ve been thinking about buying a home for so long, I know exactly what I want my house to look like. I desire a place that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. I also need a quiet space to set up my home office in. I want a massive, walk-in closet in my master bedroom. My master bathroom needs to have double vanities, a tiled, walk-in shower, and a Jacuzzi tub. On this blog, I hope you will discover how to set priorities during your new home search. Enjoy!


A New Home Search

Touch-Up Tips For A Home About To Go On The Market

Elli Jokela

If you're about to put your home on the market, you know you have to get it in good shape and upgrade a bunch of stuff to get a higher price for the house. But it is possible to go too far or to forget certain things when fixing up the house, and those mistakes could cost you at least a lot of time, if not a few potential buyers. Yes, updating your house a bit for the showings and eventual sale is a good idea, but moderation should be your buzzword.

Avoid Accent Walls

If you're tempted to paint one of the walls in each room a bright contrasting color to create an accent wall, hold off. Accent walls are a trend, and the colors you use can have drastic effects. But what you really want to do is show the home in a neutral light so that buyers can get an idea of what they might want to do with the home. If you paint a bunch of accent walls, the buyers who see the house might think only of repainting the wall in a different color.

Scrub Your Cabinets, Utility Boxes, and More

You do need to clean your house before showing it, but don't forget that cleaning involves more than wiping counters and vacuuming carpet. Clean out your cabinets, for example, and make sure there are no crumbs in the corners. Open utility boxes and gently dust inside those, being careful not to damage wiring. Dust the tops of baseboards and electrical outlet plates. It's those little details that really make a home look dirty or clean.

Don't Get Too Hung up on Turn-off Articles

Despite the advice here, don't get too hung up on following tips that make you uncomfortable. If you are in a rush to sell the house and already have a bold accent wall, you don't have to repaint it in a neutral color if you don't want to. That will just make you seem harried and annoyed, and it could turn off potential buyers or make your agent want to deal with you less. Maybe wall-to-wall carpeting isn't very hot right now, but you shouldn't redo your carpeted floors completely with hard wood planks just because someone might not like carpet. Do what feels right to you--not trendy, but right.

Have a Trial Run-Through With Your Agent

Have your agent and a couple of friends pretend to be prospective buyers and do a trial showing of the house. Having those extra eyes searching around the place will make it easier to find little things that you forgot to clean or replace. Your agent, like Better Properties Real Estate Snoqualmie Valley, will also have suggestions about how to fix up the home to make it more attractive to buyers.