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The Worst Things You Can Do When Selling Your Home

If you’re putting your home on the market, do your best not to make these common mistakes:

Declutter Your Belongings

Your action figure collection is super impressive, but it might not win over would-be buyers. As hard as it may be, you should strip your home of any personalization that may not connect with prospects. That means neutral paint on the walls, minimal family photos, and no clutter.

Tip: Consider hiring a real estate stager to get your home in tip-top shape.

Not Investing in Photography

Photos taken by phone have come a long way, but they still aren’t professional grade. Invest in professional photography for your home listing. An experienced photographer will know how to present your home in the best light, using their techniques and equipment, to get the most attractive photos.

Tip: Ask your real estate agent for referrals for professional photographers who have worked with listings similar to yours.

Hanging Around During Showings

If you’re hanging around the home, potential buyers may feel uncomfortable and not stay as long. Plus you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to interpret every mannerism, so do yourself a favor and head out about ten minutes before your agent is scheduled to appear.

Tip: Having pets around may cause more problems in the long run. Take your dog for a walk during brief showings or board them for the day if you’re hosting an open house.

I would love the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss buying or selling your Smith Mountain Lake home. Contact me directly to set up a consultation.


Source: The Simple Dollar, What Not to Do When Selling Your Home


3 Tips to Help Cool Your Home This Summer

You’ve got the AC blasting while sipping on ice cold water, but you still can’t seem to shake off this intense summer heat. Before you have every fan on Amazon drop-shipped to your front door, check out these easy tips to help stay cool:

Close Doors to Unused Rooms

Leaving all of your doors open during the day will cause your air-conditioning to work extra hard to fill up all of that space. Close off the doors to rooms that you aren’t going to be in and stop sharing all of that precious cold air with empty rooms.

Switch to Cotton Sheets

Cotton stays way cooler than flannel sheets or blankets. Besides, who doesn’t love the thought of crawling into a bed with fresh, crisp linens?

Get Chilly from the Inside

It’s hard to believe that there was a time before air-conditioning, but your ancestors had to get creative if they wanted to cool down. Hop in the shower and lower your body temperature by skimping on the hot water. Keep a cool towel on your head. Some even swear by placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan so that the cold, misty air sprinkles your skin as you sleep.

If all else fails, get your HVAC checked by a certified HVAC professional.

-Source: Huffington Post, 15 Brilliant Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning

Smith Mountain Lake Market Report

The market at Smith Mountain Lake continues to improve in the waterfront home sector.  More buyers are coming into the market and the average sold price is just slightly higher.  The strongest part of the season is just getting started so if you are thinking about buying, now’s the time.  Inventory has stayed high as sellers who have been waiting are steadily coming on the market, so it’s still technically still a “buyers market”, but be ready to act as new, appropriately priced homes don’t stay on the market long.  If you are thinking about selling, don’t miss getting out there during this busy time of year.  Off water homes and condos & townhouses are still challenging for sellers, and the sales of water front lots is still the weakest part of the market with high inventory and continued price pressure.  Call me for complete details!