What to Repair Before You List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real

eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

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Achieve Morning Person Status

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!

  1. Create a morning schedule. Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each. Then stick with it. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do.
  2. Let the light in. Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light.
  3. Prep and eat breakfast. Although there are many of us who choose to skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. Try prepping protein-focused meals the night before or grab a yogurt or some fruit and try to consume it right after you wake.
  4. Get your body moving. Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30 am spin class, getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction.
  5. Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favourite book, catching up on the news, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions.

5 Harmful Homeowner Habits to Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:

  1. Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer.
  2. Incremental negotiations: Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities.
  3. “Take it or leave it”: Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it.
  4. Nitpicking after inspection: Obviously if inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate.
  5. Asking for more, more, more: Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to build up resentment and think that you’re being greedy.

Top Tips for Staging Your Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A recent survey revealed that 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home makes it easier for potential buyers to visual it as their own. That’s why we believe staging is not to be overlooked! Here are our top tips.

  1. Dress up your yard. First impressions count, and the first one your home gives comes from the exterior. Mow the lawn, clean up shrubbery, rake any leaves, clean the walkway and driveway, plant in-season flowers, and pull up any unsightly weeds.
  2. Reduce personal items. Make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves making your house their home by removing personal photos and knick-knacks from shelves, walls, and counters. Instead replace them with clean, simple décor, such as abstract paintings, nature images, vases, plants, and more.
  3. Organize your storage areas. Storage is a huge selling point. Tidy up and clear out the accessible closets and cupboards in the home and make sure to point them out during an open house or showing.
  4. Appeal to the senses. Consider ways you can appeal to potential homebuyers’ other senses. During a viewing or open house, bake some fresh cookies or burn delicious smelling candles and play light, relaxing music in the background.
  5. Consider turning to an expert. With their knowledge of current trends and great eye for design, professionally certified stagers can transform a home in a variety of ways and have a keen sense of what homebuyers want and expect in a home. Investing in hiring a pro may pay off in dividends.

Perth’s median house price increased in October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perth’s median house price lifted one per cent to $510,000 in October, according to reiwa.com’s latest monthly data.

REIWA President Damian Collins said prices in Perth had started to strengthen after softening in winter following some particularly wet weather.

“In a city renowned for its sunshine, the Perth market tends to slow during the cold wintery months. Thankfully, we’re well into spring now which has translated into renewed enthusiasm in the market with more sellers listing their property for sale and prices improving,” Mr Collins said.

Of the properties that did sell, the top performing suburbs for median house price growth during the month of October were Roleystone, South Perth, Como, Atwell and Doubleview.

“Spearwood, Gosnells, Secret Harbour, Karrinyup and Forrestfield also performed well,” Mr Collins said. reiwa.com data also shows Perth sellers returned to the market in October, with 7.8 per cent more listing stock available for sale than in September.

‘“This is a seasonal trend that we’ve observed for a number of years now, even during the boom, with listings typically increasing in October and November as vendors become more motivated to sell in the lead up to Christmas,” Mr Collins said.

The 10 suburbs with the biggest growth in listing stock (percentage wise) in October were Kensington, Cottesloe, Glen Forrest, Greenwood, Shenton Park, Mount Hawthorn, East Fremantle, Nedlands, Brentwood and South Fremantle.

“All but two of the suburbs on this list have median house prices above the Perth Metro median, and seven of these suburbs have medians that sit above $800,000. This year we’ve seen activity increase in the luxury end of the Perth market, with home owners in the area clearly recognising there is good opportunity to secure a quick sale at a competitive price in these higher-end suburbs where there is good buyer demand,” Mr Collins said.

Perth rental market

Perth’s rental market continued the strong form displayed in the September 2018 quarter, with reiwa.com data showing leasing activity increased 10 per cent during October.

The 10 suburbs to experience the biggest improvement in leasing activity (percentage wise) were West Leederville, Cannington, Southern River, Bertram, Nedlands, Palmyra, Craigie, Madeley, Secret Harbour and Morley.

Mr Collins said Perth’s median rent price remained at $350 per week, while listings for rent had declined five per cent to now sit below 7,000 for the first time since March 2015.

“The improvement in the rental market is very encouraging. Prices have stabilised and are no longer declining, which is good news for landlords. Now would be a good time for tenants to think about securing a longer-term lease before rents inevitably rise again.

“With Perth’s rental market gaining momentum, this bodes well for the overall market as historically the sales market follows behind the rental market during a recovery,” Mr Collins said.

Information Supplied by REIWA.COM.AU

Dealing with Scratched Hardwood Floors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes.

Hiding scratches: If you’ve got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don’t worry if it’s a little off. If the color is close, once the scratch is filled, it’ll look like a variation in the wood grain.

Polishing floors: You can make a polish solution for your floors from household ingredients. Mix olive oil and vinegar in equal parts, pour it directly into scratches, and then wipe it off after 24 hours. It may take several applications, but this homemade polish will fill and cover most scratches.

Clever decor: It’s not a long-term solution, but sometimes the most painless way to fix scratches in your floors is to cover them with a rug or furniture arrangement.

Spot sanding: For deeper scratches, you’ll need to spot sand with fine steel wool or sandpaper, use wood filler, and stain and seal the repaired area.

Finding The Right Mattress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep.

  1. Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it comes to durability and comfort customization. When it comes to having good back health – don’t cut corners! No bed will last forever, but when you invest in one that is made of high quality materials and can offer you the back support you need, you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth.
  2. Firmness: Mattress firmness plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep. Mattresses that are too firm or too soft can cause aches and pains, so it‘s recommended that you test several mattresses for 10- to 15 minutes in store before making a purchase.  Lie down in your preferred sleeping position and rest for 10 minutes. This will give a good guide to the comfort and support the mattress gives you.
  3. Sleeping position: Your mattress should match your sleeping style (side, back, face-down, etc.). You want a mattress that keeps your spine in proper alignment. For example, some mattresses are better for side sleepers, while others are better for back sleepers. A good mattress will gently support your whole body and keep your spine in a neutral position – no matter if you’re lying on your back, front or side. Pay attention to your pressure points when choosing a new bed (these will be the heaviest parts of your body).
  4. Size: It’s not quite as simple as choosing between a king and a queen mattress. You should also consider your height, as some mattresses are a better fit for shorter people while tall people will want a longer mattress so their limbs aren’t hanging over the edge of the bed.
  5. Stability: For couples, you should consider how the mattress reacts when one person moves, so the other person’s sleep isn’t disturbed in the middle of the night. No matter how similar we are to another person, our sleeping patterns will never be exactly the same. Interrupted sleep from a partner’s movements is the biggest problem for couples who share a bed. Find a mattress and bed foundation that minimises partner disturbanceA good mattress is crucial in achieving good back health. Finding the right mattress that will give you a great night’s sleep involves getting both the right support as well as the right comfort level.

    There are many factors that affect back pain and how you sleep, but a good mattress is proven to make a positive difference – and if you have the wrong mattress for you (or your once-suitable mattress is now old and tired) – you may be aggravating your pain.