Coldwell Banker The Most Recognized Brand in Tahoe’s Real Estate Market

If you are looking to sell your Tahoe home.. It’s important that you associated your property with a brand that is recognized and respected.  Coldwell Banker provides more marketing power than any other Real Estate company in the Tahoe Region. If you want your home seen by more buyers… Call me to discuss what I can do for you.

Getting Ready To Sell This Year?

Late spring through summer is a busy time for home buyers in Tahoe. That means if you’re planning to sell your home, now is a great time to start sprucing it up for potential buyers.Realtor.com had a fantastic article about making your home buyer-ready. I’ve added the highlights of the article below.

1. Start Packing. Packing today will save you time and energy come moving time. Packing away items that you don’t use regularly or seasonal items that you won’t be taking out before you sell can help make your home look more spacious. Now is also a good time to go through clothing and other items that you may want to donate. There’s no sense in moving items that you know you won’t use again.

2. De-Clutter. A pile of shoes by the front door or a line of family photos on your dresser may be the type of thing that makes your house a home, but some perspective home buyers just see that as clutter. Organize, pack away, donate, recycle or throw away items that may be seen as clutter such as old newspapers and magazines, excessive family photos or children’s toys, and kitchen clutter (vitamins, medications, knick-knacks, etc.).

Cabin Interior Ideas 1 - Copy3. Home Improvements. You may be surprised with how big a difference some fresh paint, caulking and other small improvements can make to your home. Replacing the screen on your front door and adding new mulch or plants to the front walk can change the look of your entry and the first impression people may have of the home. Do walls need to be touched up with some fresh paint or rugs updated with a pattern that’s a bit more stylish? Walk into and through your home and try to see it as you would if this were the first time you walked through your home. Or, contact me to do a walk through with you. We can discuss options that might freshen the look of the home to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

4. Interview Agents. There is a quite a bit of work that goes in to listing a home. Start researching Realtors now to see who may be the best fit for your goals and timeline. Be sure to ask about their marketing plans, their experience listing homes in your neighborhood and always check out their references. I have a marketing book that highlights all of my marketing techniques for a listing. If you’re planning on selling in the near future, give me call at 530-386-0302 and we can discuss your plans and options.

5. Research. Do you have an idea of the value of your home? Have you been following sold homes in your neighborhood? What are potential buyers looking for in your area? If you’re just starting the research process, an experienced agent can help provide you with the relevant comparable sales and local market trends.

Home Owners Fixes before you List

MHome Improvement Arrowany folks know that a few small upgrades go a long way with curb appeal and making your home desirable.   If you’re looking to list soon and don’t mind spending a little now to make more later, here’s a few things to consider…

  • Storage – Most new home are well designed with lost of storage, however most of the homes in North Lake Tahoe don’t necessarily fall into that category.  Many homes were built as cabins and lack the much needed storage space.  The cost is low compared to the benefits of expanding storage space.  Whether you have to build new spaces or re-design the spaces you already have there are stores out there that specialize designing storage solutions.
  • Kitchen Upgrades – You don’t have to spend a fortune to upgrade an outdated kitchen.  Having a carpenter add molding to existing cabinets, or a new paint job and cabinet pulls can vastly improve your kitchen space.  Light paint colors make spaces seem more roomy and new curtains can pull a look together.  Vinyl or linoleum flooring can be easily replaced with relatively inexpensive laminate flooring as well as new sink and lighting fixtures.  If you can’t replace these items yourself, then a handyman or carpenter is well equipped.  Ask me about some of my favorite vendors I recommend for repairs and upgrades.
  • The Entry – The front of your house makes the first impression.  Upgrading your front door, house numbers or entry door handle can impact a first impression.
  • Painting suppliesDecks – Many Tahoe houses come equipped with a outdoor deck of some sort.  If you have a wood deck that hasn’t been refinished in a few years and you’re planning on listing now’s the time.  I suggest letting the pro’s handle this as it’s usually a quick turnaround for great results when your wood goes from a worn fading color to bright and inviting.
  • The small upgrades – Small amenities can make a big impact.  Adding a security system, or steam shower can those small added luxuries appealing to buyers.   It always helps in older home to add the appearance of modern amenities when not all of the home has necessarily been updated.

Why it’s still a good time to sell in North Lake Tahoe

You may think that  December is a bad time to list your Tahoe property, however it is actually one of the best times to Tahoe Home for sale in winterlist.

The last 2 weeks of December are the busiest times of the year for Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  There are more people coming to Tahoe than at any other time of the year.  The inventory of homes is also at it’s lowest during December.

Many of the Tahoe and Truckee properties that were on the market earlier in the fall have either sold or been taken off the market to do a ski lease , or the seller’s have decided to winterize the home and not pay for snow removal. This leaves a great opportunity to list you home with very little competition which equates to getting a higher price then when there is more homes on the market and there for more competition.

Call Sasha to do to get a free market evaluation of your home and what you could sell it for.

Selling Your Home? 5 Tips to Make Your House Move-In Ready

TSIERRA20122649FSelling your home is a big step. Before you put your home on the market there are some things to consider. In Tahoe, summer is our selling season and buyers are looking for a deal. Make sure your home stands out from the rest by following some of these tips.

1. Pre-Listing Party. Have a friend who has an eye for design? How about a neighbor with a green thumb. In addition to having your Realtor check out your space and offer ideas to make the home more appealing for buyers, enlist a few trusted friends or family members to give you their opinions on how to make the home more “sell-able”.

2. Work with a Great Agent. There are a lot of good agents in Tahoe. I work with many of them regularly. Take a look at the recommendations from my amazing clients. I value all of my clients and always keep their best interest in mind. I’d love to chat with you about any of your real estate needs. Give me a call at 530-386-0302.

3. Go Neutral. A red bathroom and peacock teal dining room might speak to your tastes, but for the average home buyer, vibrant colors are too much. To make sure potential buyers are overwhelmed with the neighborhood amenities, floor plan and architectural design rather than the color of your walls, keep things neutral. Add pops of color with accessories.

4. Detailed Cleaning. Discolored grout, discolored paint and scratched up hardwood floors can make a big difference to the final sale price and the ability for the home to sell. Contact a professional if you’re not comfortable restoring your floors or resealing the grout in the bathroom.

5. De-Clutter. If your closets are jammed full of stuff, de-cluttering will do wonders for making it feel more spacious. Have stacks of books or magazines littering your office? Pack them up. Anything you can do to make your home feel cleaner and more open will improve it’s chances of selling.

If you’re planning to sell this summer, give me a call. I’d love to talk to you about your options and timeline.

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