Tag Archives: Home Buying

Great Home Air Quality Improves Real Estate Value

15 Dec

Great Home Air Quality Improves Real Estate Value

When you are selling a house, one of the things you should consider is the quality of air inside the house. This isn’t always something that immediately comes to a seller’s mind, but it is important because smell is a powerful sensory factor tied to emotion, and potential buyers are looking for a place that feels clean and homey, not  dirty and potentially threatening to their health.

First and foremost, assess the home’s indoor air quality, so you know which areas are most important to address first. There are companies that offer services that can determine the sources of poor air quality, such as dirty air filters, furniture, and carpet, so you can address them.

One way to improve the air quality in a home is to remove any dirty old carpet since that could be harboring odors, allergens, and air contaminants. Generally, floors that have hard and smooth surfaces are easier to clean, and they don’t retain as much dirt. They are also advantageous from an aesthetic perspective because they offer a nice glossy finish to a space.  since they make the house look better and more appealing especially when there’s that gloss from the floor.

Also be sure to have your air checked for traces of gasses, particularly carbon monoxide, which is a toxic, odorless  gas that cannot be detected without proper testing equipment. Carbon monoxide is released from  gas stoves and gas pipes. In small, normal amounts, it is okay, but if there are any leaks or malfunctions that cause it to be constantly present or in larger amounts than are normal, it can be detrimental to a person’s health and even cause death in serious cases. By being able to assure buyers that the house has been tested for carbon monoxide, they will feel much safer in your home.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

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First Things First When Flipping Homes

8 Dec

First Things First When Flipping Homes

Home flipping can be a great business that provides a fantastic return on investment when done well. Although the idea of remodeling a home and turning it around quickly for a profit is exciting, there are a lot of details that go into making it a successful venture. A lot of planning and prioritizing must occur in order to ensure that you make the best decisions for increasing your profits – not necessarily just what you “want” to do.

Time and money are key when it comes to home flipping, so you must have an organized strategy in place. Things like building a home extension, constructing a sun room, or adding a pool are very tempting to jump into, especially when you have a perfect vision of them in your mind.  But, before you pursue those types of projects, you must ask yourself: are those the most important things to work on, or are there much more pressing, profit-producing matters to address?  What good is a beautiful sun room when the plumbing in the house is horrible? Who is going to buy a house with a pool once they find out about the faulty foundation? You can lose money quickly if you don’t  prioritize your projects in order of importance and greatest return on investment, so sit down and lay out a solid game plan before you begin.

Before starting on beautification and making upgrades, makes sure that everything else in the house is structurally sound and working well. Start with the basics. Check your major heat & air, plumbing, and electrical  systems. The home’s foundation should be strong. The roof should be without holes or cracks. Paint should be finished off, not cracked and chipping.  The list could go on and on, but  just make sure that you address any fundamental repairs and replacements first before you move on to “exciting” things. Building a solid foundation from which to work is the most important thing. That is what buyers are looking for when they choose a house. Most of them don’t want to take on major projects – they just want to move into a new home. This will also help you avoid any problems with home inspections once the house is under contract.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Use the Holidays to Sell Homes Quickly

1 Dec

Use the Holidays to Sell Homes Quickly

The holiday season is upon us – take advantage of it as a time to sell homes! Oftentimes the holidays are seen as a season in which it is difficult to sell homes due to the cold, wet, dreary weather that affects the motivation of the home buyers. Nobody wants to go looking for homes under such conditions! However, don’t be discouraged by this traditional mindset because you can actually turn the tables and transform the holidays into a season for home selling!

Take a look at the positive side, and one of the first things you’ll realize is that there will be less competition from other real estate agencies this time of year. As a result, it will be easier for you to capture the attention of potential customers. Despite less competition, however, you will still need to  implement strategies to sell the home quickly, and what more obvious way to go about that than to play off the fact that it’s the holidays.

Spruce up the home’s exterior and make it inviting.  Since it’s Christmas time, add tasteful decorations, such as a wreath on the front door or red ribbons on the light posts. Try displaying a large vase on your front porch filled with holiday elements, such as tree branches, dried fruits and nuts, and even hints of shimmer. The holidays remind people of family and good times, so by adding visual holiday elements like this, buyers will immediately associate a certain level of hominess with your house, which is important because people buy based on whether or not they can envision themselves living in a home.

As always, however, remember that it is important to always showcase the features of your home first and foremost. The key to adding a holiday touch is to keep it minimal. Don’t use too many decorations, or you will cover the home’s features. By adding too many decorations, you also run the risk of making the home look crowded and less spacious. Make sure that the colors of the Christmas decorations do not clash with the colors of the home’s design. Utilize lighting that creates a warm and golden glow in your rooms.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

OKC Dentists Fight to Reduce Candy Consumption this Halloween

28 Oct

OKC Dentists Fight to Reduce Candy Consumption this Halloween

It may be toys during Christmas that makes kids scream with excitement, but for Halloween, its all about candy! Halloweens trick-or-treat is a tradition that everyone loves, most especially childrenHowever, right after all the house-hopping fun, its toothaches and stomachaches for these little ones. Eating all the candy you can put your hands on is not practical or healthy, especially given that children can easily empty their goodie bags in one night.

If you want your kids to only eat a reasonable amount of candy,but not totally dispose the remaining sweets in the garbage, then you can simply sell them to local dentists and orthodontists in Oklahoma City who may be buying them.

Select dentists and orthodontists are creating an effort to help parents reduce their kids candy consumption while also benefiting the American troops abroad. By buying the candies sold to them by kids and their parents, they can send the candies to the heroes fighting for the country oversees.

The effort put on by the local dentists is part of a national campaign aiming to reduce candy consumption and promote health. Several dentists will be buying candy from trick-or-treaters for $1 per 1 pound of candy. Then these candies will be repacked and sent to troops located outside the country through Operation Gratitude in California.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

 

A Cozy Home Does theTrick in Real Estate

20 Oct

In the real estate world, home staging is crucial to selling a home. Home staging is a very particular type of decorating that includes the right balance between cleanliness and marketability of the home. One important factor is to be sure you do not give off a vibe that is too perfect because then it comes off as untouchable and may make it difficult for a potential home buyer to visualize themselves there. Many buyers admit that they do get intimidated by model homes that appear to be so fancy that they become unrelatable to their daily living.

Therefore, the key to attracting more potential buyers is to stage your home into a comfortable and cozy environment, where they can visualize their families living. When staging, keep things as neutral as possible, so you home will appeal to any client type, regardless of their decorating style. Do careful experimentation with the arrangement of colors and shapes. For example, homes with a modern design often have a colder and sleeker feel, but they can be made cozy by adding some bright colored pillows, a cozy coffee table, and a vintage table lamp.

A perfect way to create a cozier home is to add natural elements. Add real wooden furniture, such as mahogany, rattan, and bamboo. Add fresh flowers in vases to tables throughout the rooms to make things happy and inviting. Even place small potted succulents in your kitchen window sill.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Increasing Real Estate Value: Additional Bathrooms

16 Oct

Increasing Real Estate Value Additional Bathrooms

In the realm of real estate, heavy competition is common. Home improvement is an excellent tool for attracting more potential buyers. One of the most common home improvement ideas that will immediately enhance the attractiveness of your home is having an additional bathroom installed. While the kitchen is widely considered the focal point of the average home buyer, bathrooms are becoming more important in that additions add serious value to a home; this is according to the NAHB of the National Association of Home Builders.

Based on home valuation estimations, half bath adds up to 10.5% on the home’s value, while full bathrooms add 20%!There are many cost valuations to consider when building an additional bathroom into your home. One of the things to consider is the region or location your home is in. According to Remodeling magazine, if you plan to have a new bathroom installed in your home on the West Coast, prepare for a cost of almost $50,000. Don’t be immediately discouraged by what you have to pay. The monetary gain will be reaped in the sale of the house.

For those with very tight budgets, don’t be discouraged if you aren’t able to afford an additional bathroom. If you can’t add a new one, remodel your existing bathrooms. This still increases the value of your home. Add new bathroom fixtures, re-paint, and install new bathroom flooring.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Increase Your Real Estate Success with Home Staging

13 Oct

Increase Your Real Estate Success with Home Staging

Home staging is a powerful tool for attracting potential buyers and selling your home quickly. Since home staging usually requires a financial investment, it is wise to research lower-cost alternatives for achieving high-end results.

Cleaning is the first priority when it comes to home staging. A perfectly clean home increases the value in people’s eyes because no one wants to buy a dirty house. Start with cleaning all the windows inside and out. Dust furniture, door frames, ceiling fans, light fixtures, and blinds. Throw away anything that cannot be cleaned or that is beyond repair.

Staging also requires depersonalizing your home. Pack away any items that are significant to you, but that do not necessarily add to the interior design of the home or that are so specific that they draw buyers’ attention away from the house and onto your things. You want people to focus on the house, not the details of your life. However, if you plan to market your home to families, it is smart to leave a great photo of your family on display, as it creates a warm, family-friendly environment and allows potential buyers to better visualize their family in the home.

Start packing your belongings. This is important for showing that you really are selling the house and no longer have any attachment to it. This is important for buyers because they want to be guaranteed that this house is officially on the market and that the seller isn’t tempted to change their mind.

Curb appeal is one of the biggest things that attracts the attention of buyers, so focus on improving your outdoor areas. Manicure hedges, clear away brush, cut back tree limbs that hang too low, and plant some flowers that add to the beauty of the home without overtaking it.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031