5 Tips To Make Your House Feel Like Home To Buyers

When listing your home for sale, your top goals should be to get your house sold quickly and for top dollar.

Follow these 5 tips to get you started on the right path to getting your home sold!

Clean & Unclutter
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. A clean and decluttered home allows for buyers to not be distracted by messes and instead focus on the parts of your house that they love. Depersonalizing your home has many great benefits, the top one being that it allows potential buyers to picture themselves living in the home.

Tip: Put any furniture/decorations that don’t serve a purpose in storage.

Rooms With Purpose
Giving rooms their own identities will help buyers picture themselves enjoying that room’s functionality. Remember, Don’t overcrowd a room with furniture that is too large for the space; it will only make the room appear small and cramped. If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home.

Let The Light In
Bright rooms feel warm and inviting. Consider getting rid of any drapes or curtains on your windows that prevent sunlight from reaching the rooms of your home.

For more tips on how to add more light to a room read this -> Tips To Increase Your Homes Natural Light

Stage Your Kitchen To Sell
Store away any non-essential appliances and clean all surfaces.
A successfully staged kitchen looks, feels and smells clean and fresh. Don’t neglect the inside of your cupboards and drawers. If they’re full of stuff you’re sending a message to potential buyers that you don’t have enough storage space.

Fix The Small Stuff
Fix and finish all of your homes small or much-needed improvements. Even small fixes like damaged door handles can devalue your home in the eyes of potential buyers. Enhance your home’s appearance and boost its value.

Small and easy fixes that increase value perception:

→ Fix any squeaks on house or closet doors
→ Replace your light bulb with new ones
→ Make sure all of your light switches work
→ Replace outdated drawer, closet, door knobs
→ Add new light switch plates
→ Upgrade your bathrooms shower nozzles
→ Update all your bathroom fixtures
→ Add a new coat of paint to the interior of your home

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 4:58 am
Jill Judy | Category: Home Sale, Home Staging Tips | Tagged , ,

Retiring? Empty Nester? The Time Has Come To Tap Into Your Home Equity

Are you close to retirement but not ready to move yet? Are you living in a home that is too big in size and maintenance needs? When you retire would you like to stay in your home or does downsizing and vacation destinations sound like a better option?

The answer for many empty nesters and retirees lies directly in their home equity.

According to the newest Equity Report from CoreLogic, the average homeowner in the United States has seen an estimated $14,000 gain in their home equity in just the last year alone. On the West Coast, where the Real Estate Market is thriving due to the tech industry, homeowners have gained twice that amount, some even more than that!

If you’re unaware or unsure of how much equity your home has earned in recent years, please feel free to take my Free Home Estimate.

In this Seller’s Market, homeowners have the advantage. Especially in Seattle, where supply has yet to catch up to the demand, Homeowners can quickly sell their current house and use the profits from that sale to downsize, relocate, or even enjoy vacations that were once financially impossible.

Bottom Line
The sale of your home can allow you to take full advantage of today’s seller’s market, enable you to cash in on the equity your home has built throughout the years, and live a lifestyle relieved of the everyday tasks that come with homeownership.

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 4:56 am
Jill Judy | Category: Home Sale, Home Staging Tips, Real Estate, Selling A Home | Tagged , ,

Great Tips On How To Increase Your Home’s Natural Light

Use mirrors. Mirrors reflect light, so the more mirrors you have in a room, the more light will bounce from wall to wall! Hang your mirrors opposite of windows or glass doors to maximize the natural light in your room. Tip: Buy furniture with glass panels or mirrored accents.

Paint with light colors. Light colors reflect sunlight better than dark ones, so a wall painted in cool tones (like gray, cream or eggshell blue) will boost the natural light in the room.

Move furniture. Unless you have some clear plastic theme going on, your furniture is blocking natural light! Move furniture at least a few feet away from any windows or glass doors so you can let the light shine into your home’s rooms.

Ditch the heavy fabric curtains. It’s important to have drapes and curtains to maintain your privacy and block out unwanted sunlight, however, stay away from heavier fabrics like velvet or brocade (which will cause the room feel darker and smaller) and instead opt for lighter materials such as linen or cotton!

Change the door. If you have a solid, exterior door in your dark room, replace it with a door that has a window. If you’re worried about burglary, you can find glass doors at your local hardware store that have high-security glass.

Choose the right shades. Some shades, like Roman shades, block sunlight even when they’re open! Unless you’re trying to keep glare off of a TV, this isn’t an excellent choice for darker rooms. Instead, opt for blinds that let you better control the amount of light that comes in.

Add a skylight. This is a pricey option up-front, but because a skylight can help naturally heat a room, could end up you boatloads on your electricity bill over time! If you’re ready to take the plunge and add a skylight to a room, do yourself and your home a favor and hire a contractor for the job – don’t try this one yourself!


Source: BrightNest

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 4:55 am
Jill Judy | Category: Home Staging Tips, Interior Design | Tagged , ,

5 Reasons To Use A Realtor

Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream home or if they should first try to do it on their own.

In today’s market: you need an experienced professional!

The field of real estate is filled with landmines; you need a true expert to guide you through the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Finding a home that is priced appropriately and is ready for you to move into can be tricky. An agent listens to your wants and needs, and can sift through the homes that do not fit within the parameters of your “dream home.”

Here are five reasons why you still need a Realtor:


They are well versed and experienced in the real estate market, home purchase process, and the best home sale methods.


Real estate is a heavily regulated profession, filled with many contracts, agreements, and duties. A missed deadline could potentially mean losing the home of your dreams. Don’t leave your future up to chance, choose a professional.


Negotiating a home purchase or sale can be a stressful and challenging process. Having someone on your side that not only understands the disclosures necessary but the best negotiation approaches can be priceless.

Market Knowledge

Understanding the current real estate market conditions could potentially guide you purchase in the best possible home for you or help you sell your home fast in a struggling market.


Setting a competitive price for your home starts with knowing what comparable homes are selling for. Pricing a home too low or too high could essentially hurt your home sale timeline and profits. The same can be said about bidding price for a home, don’t lose what could’ve been the home of your dreams because of your lack of market knowledge.


Bottom Line

Famous sayings become famous because they are true. You get what you pay for. Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good agent will save you money…not cost you money.




Posted on January 12, 2018 at 4:34 am
Jill Judy | Category: Buying A Home, Estate Sale, Home Sale, Home Staging Tips, Real Estate, Selling A Home | Tagged , , ,