No Pets or People Please

I've seen a lot of homes in a short period of time. Since I'm fresh from the hunt, I thought I'd share two very important tips from a buyer's perspective. Sellers...listen up here! Lesson 1: People Please don't be home when I come to see your house. Sure, you're polite enough to say hello, step outside and offer to answer any questions after I tour the home. But once I see or meet you, it's YOUR home to me. I immediately feel awkward and want to get though YOUR home as quickly as possible. … [Read more...]

Forgettable Homes

Yesterday we viewed 18 homes. Some were drive-by's, and the rest we toured. A few bubbled up to the top. They unofficially became the benchmark by which we compared the rest. There were a few that were promptly crossed off the list for one reason or another. The rest were acceptable, but forgettable. Not because they weren't nice, but because there was nothing unique about them.  Some had too many knick  knacks, too much furniture or too much owner personalization that we couldn't see … [Read more...]

The Lockbox

Our house was officially listed today. It looked so nice in the MLS that I felt a twinge of sadness about moving. Then came time to put a lockbox on the door. I was so proud of myself for being able to find the key to the front door since we (like many others) never use that door. There's something symbolic about a lockbox being placed on your front door. And it didn't hit me until I actually saw it. But now that it's out there, that means strangers will now have access to my home. My … [Read more...]

Schools, schools, schools!

We're going on a house hunting trip to NJ soon. Right now it seems rather fuzzy. We're set up with a recommended agent, and moving to a somewhat familiar area. But until you get out there and start looking (beyond the Internet) it feels more conceptual than actual. This week I'm focusing on researching the schools in the area, which is not a simple task as the budgets have been politically shook up in reaction to rather high property taxes state-wide. I can make any house work for me … [Read more...]

Can a Stager Self-Stage?

It's official...we're moving to NJ. You'd think that I'd have a handle on preparing my own home, but it sure is tougher when you're close to it! Objectivity is Queen! Here's a tip...take a picture of your room, then flip it horizontally. Or, likewise, use a hand mirror to view your room in reverse. You'll notice things that just blended in to you before. I've been cleaning 1/3 out of every closet, editing out furniture, touching up paint, and have magically transformed the "mud room" into … [Read more...]