Bobs Homes ~ 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale!

Bobs Homes ~ 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale!

    6 Tips to prepare your home for sale… Yes…It’s that time of year again, the 2018 selling season is upon us. If you getting ready to put your home on the market, the task list to prep for the market can seem endless. To make it easy, here’s a home maintenance list for you of the 6 things sellers should do before we put that for sale sign in the ground and follow these 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale!

    ON THE OUTSIDE ~ Spruce up the exterior Let’s face it, the exterior of the property is the first thing a buyer will see whether online or driving by. Now is the time to make sure it looks its best. Walk around the entire exterior of the home, and conduct an assessment. Consider pressure washing, painting, having the windows cleaned, cleaning out gutters, trimming back any overgrown or dead landscaping, cleaning the front door and changing out any worn door hardware that may look old and corroded. And make sure the front doorbell actually works!

    ON THE INSIDE ~ Remember: Bedrooms should have a neatly made bend and one or two nightstands, a lamp, and a chair if there is room. Place extra dressers in storage because you want to see a lot of floor space in each room.

Follow these tips to make a lasting first impression!

Professionally Check the Home Mechanical systems. Make sure Heat and A/C systems are serviced cleaned and in great working order. Home inspectors will check your home out thoroughly so let’s be prepared.

So, Here are 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale from Bobs Homes !

  1. PAINT THE WALLS A fresh coat of paint is a cost-effective way to make a place feel new again. But stick with neutral tones like grays and whites.
  2. CLEAN UP THE BATHROOM Replacing missing tiles and re-caulking moldy areas are must-dos. Small upgrades, like swapping out an old faucet, can brighten up the space.
  3.  UPGRADE THE KITCHEN  It is possible to transform a dated space without a complete overhaul. A fresh coat of paint and new hardware will help refresh old cabinets. Peel-and-stick wall tiles, which can be found at home improvement stores for as little as $8 a square foot, make adding a back splash easy on the budget.
  4. CLEAR THE CLUTTER!. “A good rule of thumb is to get rid of 35-40 percent of your stuff.” This includes books, furniture and the clothes hanging in your closets, and it has the added effect of making small spaces seem bigger. Coffee tables, kitchen counters, windowsills and other surfaces should be cleared of family photos, plants and be sure to put away any personal effects — razors, hair dryers, shampoo bottles, toothbrushes — before showings.
  5. DO A DEEP CLEANING Wash the windows inside and out and vacuum all floors and dust collecting areas. Kitchen Clean up inside the cabinets, oven and refrigerator too!
  6. LIGHT IT UP  Every room should have at least three points of light. That means a table lamp, a floor lamp and a task light,  or an overhead fixture and a couple of table lamps

These are 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale from Bobs Homes to make your home SHINES for the buying public in 2018!

Call for your free Market analysis to find what your home may be worth!

Happy Selling Season!

Bob Idakaar GRI

973-713-2377

Bob@BobsHomes.net

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What the 2018 housing market will bring

What the 2018 housing market will bring ~

Because the tax bill was passed after the real estate entities put out their 2018 forecasts, their projections below don’t include what impact, if any, several provisions in the bill — such as the caps on the mortgage interest and property tax deductions — will have on the market. Some experts are anticipating prices won’t rise nearly as fast because of the new law. Others say it will help first-time home buyers enter the market.

Here is a brief roundup of their forecasts and what they expect the major trends to be in the coming year:

National Association of Realtors  predicts home prices will rise about 5 percent in 2018. “Low supply is pushing prices higher. The Good news is Home prices are predicted to continue to improve.

The biggest impediment to sales is the shortage of supply in relation to overall demand. The lagging pace of new-home construction in recent years is further creating a logjam in housing turnover. “The lack of inventory has pushed up home prices by 48 percent from the low point in 2011, while wage growth over the same period has been only 15 percent.

The National Association of Realtors anticipate that mortgage rates will gradually climb with the 30-year fixed-rate average reaching 4.5 percent by the end of 2018.

Entry-level homes will continue to see price gains because of the large number of buyers and limited number of homes for sale. With few houses on the market, homes will sell faster than ever.

Home prices will continue to rise but at a more modest pace. Zillow company surveyed 100 economists and housing experts who projected prices to increase 4.1 percent in 2018.

Mortgage Bankers Association predicts mortgage rates will slightly increase in the coming year “As far as rates are concerned, 10-year Treasury yields are forecast to increase in 2018, The MBA estimate that mortgage rates will reach the 5.0 percent level by the middle of 2018, but rising only slightly beyond that to average 5.3 percent in 2020.”

Mortgage applications will be fueled by purchases rather than refinances in the coming years.

“Our forecast for 2018 is that we will see continued growth in the Housing Market.

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A few Real Estate thoughts from Bob Idakaar@www.BobsHomes.net

Winter is here in New Jersey; a month late… snow, bad roads, and a new Governor….So what does that have to do with Housing, Real Estate and the Spring Market?

The Real Estate forecast seems to teeter totter on events going on in the local news, weather, politics and of course national and world events.

The reason why just may be that consumer confidence is still shaky.

We all seem to need to point our fingers at something to blame for circumstance.

Well the simple truth is; We all still need a place to live.

Home ownership is still an ideal of the American Dream.

So as the economy slowly improves and interest rates stay stable

I see the Housing Market in New Jersey Improving.

Seems like from Morris County and East all the way to NYC will have the best uptick in sales and activity.

Time to move? Curious about what it takes to get a mortgage?

Wondering what your current home is worth ?

I also believe that Prices will improve and certainly stay strong all year.

Maybe it is time to relocate and find that right Realtor.

There are plenty of realtors out there ranging from no experience to competent experience.

I think it is a combination of both Experience, but they must have passion for their jobs and not do it for just making the dollar.

I am proud to say I serve my client and do my job as a service not just because

of a paycheck.

I am always just a call or email away.

I take the no pressure approach and ultimately help you make the best choice for YOU>

Please reach out via email BobIdakaar@att.net

or contact me through BobsHomes.net

Wishing you a healthy and wonderful blessed 2018!