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Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 11/22/2015

When selling your home, you want it to appeal to a wide variety of people, not showcase your personality or preferences. While you might love deep red walls in your dining room, it might be too bold for a potential buyer. Your goal is to sell your home and having the right buyer appeal is key. There are a few things to think of when staging your home. Paint color is a must unless you already use neutral colors in your home. When looking for paint colors think of beige, olives, yellows, tans and greys. Outdated wallpaper patterns are a big no-no. Not only will an outdated look not be appealing to a buyer but the thought of having to take it down after buying the home can be a negative to a buyer. Taking down the wallpaper, fixing any imperfections in the walls with spackle and sanding, and applying a new coat of paint will go a long way. Choosing a paint with a low sheen will help hide any imperfections that may still remain. De-cluttering your home will give it a clean, organized look that will appeal to a buyer. Minimal items should remain in your home and going through your space to take out anything you don't need and sending it to storage is ideal. Think about your furniture as well, since often too much furniture can cause spaces to look small. In addition, by pulling furniture away from the walls and placing them in conversational groups, you add space to a room. Having the right decorative items can help to create an inviting space. Rather than having items lined up, trying grouping different items together, like on the coffee table. Hang pictures and art work in groups as well, avoiding a traditional straight line on the wall. Make sure that you have things such as decorative towels and soaps in the bathroom to help set the scene. And adding the right lighting can help set a welcoming mood. Make sure you have a variety of lighting in each space, from table lamps, to accent lighting, and whole room lighting. Basically, when staging your home, you want to make it a place that someone would want to live. Little touches here and there can really make a difference. With a little investment you might just find you are getting the offers you were hoping for.





Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 11/15/2015

Selling your home can be stressful enough but add messy kids to the mix and you have a challenge on your hands. But it can be easy to sell your home when you have kids if you do some small things to remedy clutter:

  • Go through the toys and limit the number of toys that the kids can keep out. Put the rest in storage, or donate toys that they don’t use.
  • Clean out the closets. Kids grow out of clothes and shoes quickly. Go through the kids closets and donate clothes that are too small. This will also help the closet look bigger.
  • If you have a baby store the large baby items out of the way. Large highchairs, playards can make your home look smaller.
  • Clean out the diaper pail daily.
  • Organize books and toys neatly in baskets, boxes, and bins.
  • Keep a laundry basket by the door for last minute pick-ups. You can always throw the basket in your car if you don't have time to sort through it before the buyer arrives for a showing.
  • Get the kids involved. Even small children can help keep the house tidy.
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    Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 10/25/2015

    The real estate market is on the move and people are moving. Finding a mover that you can trust with your possessions can be a difficult task. Here is what you need to know when looking to hire a mover and have a worry-free move: 1. Make a list Make a complete list of what you want moved. A complete inventory of what you will be moving will make it easier to assess estimates. Insist on a firm price from your mover based on your list. This will make it easier check that everything has arrived at your destination. 2. Check your insurance Check with your insurance company to make sure your policy covers your property while moving. Moving companies do not provide actual insurance. Many movers offer protection which usually only covers between 30 and 60 cents per pound for lost or damaged items. 3. Do your due diligence Verify your movers licenses, read online reviews, and be sure you know what each mover is offering in the quoted price. Once you've done your homework create a list of prospects. You may also want to read Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move put out by the U.S. Department of Transportation for more helpful hints.  





    Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 9/13/2015

    Are you looking for inexpensive ways to add value to your home without breaking the bank? Whether you're getting ready to sell your home or just making some home improvements for your own enjoyment, it isn't that difficult. There is an old saying that kitchens and baths sell homes so these tips focus on those two rooms. Here are some good strategies to help you started: The kitchen For just a few hundred dollars: -Replace the kitchen faucet -Add new cabinet door handles -Update old lighting fixtures   With a slightly larger budget: -Give the cabinets a makeover by refacing them -Get a facelift for your appliances buy ordering new doors or face panels for them   The bath -Replace the toilet seat -Add a new pedestal sink -Replace the old bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles -Re-grout the tile and replace any chipped tiles in the tub and shower -If a new grout job won't do, try a complete cover-up with a prefabricated tub and shower unit Remember the actual cost of the renovation, and the value it adds to your home, depends on many factors including the real estate market value in your area.





    Posted by The Norton Group, Inc. on 7/19/2015

    A house needs to be sold three times when it is on the market. First it needs to be sold to other agents so they will want to show and sell the home. Second it needs to be sold to buyers and lastly to the appraiser. Even if the buyer is willing to pay a certain price for a home they usually need a mortgage. That means it is actually the bank who is buying the home. The bank wants to protect their investment so they do an appraisal. When the appraisal comes back low or as an under-appraisal deals can fall apart. If you are a seller or a buyer you need to know how to protect yourself from short appraisals? Here are some suggestions from Bankrate.com for buyers and sellers. If you're a buyer: -- Tell your lender to find an appraiser who comes from your county, or perhaps a neighboring county. -- Request that the appraiser have a residential appraiser certification and a professional designation. Examples include the Appraisal Institute's senior residential appraiser, or SRA, or member of the Appraisal Institute, or MAI, designations. -- Meet the appraiser when he or she inspects the home and share your knowledge of recent short sales and foreclosures that might skew the comps. "Many appraisers are just pulling up data out of MLS (Multiple Listing Service) or off the deed at the courthouse and not checking it out," Sellers says. "Most good appraisers will appreciate the information." And yes, you can speak with your appraiser; the prohibition only applies to your lender. If you're a seller: --·Get an appraisal before you list a home. Search for a qualified appraiser in your area on the Appraisal Institute website. -- Use the appraisal to set a realistic listing price for your home. -- Give a copy of your pre-listing appraisal to the buyer's appraiser. The more professional appraisers will understand that you're just trying to add more data and another perspective. -- Question a low appraisal. There's always a chance the appraiser or a supervisor will take into account new or overlooked information.