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Five Easy Ways to Stage Your Home for a Sale

If you’re planning to sell your home, a few easy tricks can make it more appealing to prospective buyers. Luckily, you can get a fresh look for your home on a budget if you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are five quick decorating tricks for your home.

1. Hang Artwork at Eye Level
If your ceiling is high, you might be tempted to hang paintings high up. Art galleries hang their artwork at eye level, and that’s what you should do, too.  The average human eye level is about 57 inches. So your paintings should be 57-60 inches above the floor.  If you are hanging multiple pieces, keep the center of the arrangement at eye level. If you are hanging the artwork above a piece of furniture, leave 5-9 inches between the artwork and furniture.

2. Hang  Mirrors
Many people underestimate the value of mirrors. Mirrors reflect light and make the room brighter. Some designers recommend hanging at least one mirror in each room. When you hang your mirrors, think of what they’ll reflect. You want it to reflect a great scene. That could be a chandelier or your room’s focal point.  Hang the mirrors on walls perpendicular to the windows and not across them. You don’t want to reflect the light back outside.

3. Follow The Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a familiar concept in photography. When grouping showpieces, antiques, candles, or other objects, create harmony by arranging them in odd numbers. Objects that are arranged in odd numbers are more memorable and appealing. For an even better look, group objects that have different heights or shapes yet still have a similar property.

4. Find The Room’s Focal Point
The focal point is where everyone’s eyes fall as soon as they walk into the room. Some focal points are built-in, like a fireplace or a large window. If a room doesn’t have one, you can create your own.  You can get a large piece of furniture and make that your focal point. Or you could paint one wall a different color and decorate it with artwork and shelves. Everything else in the room should complement the focal point and be secondary to it. Having too many attention-grabbing items in the room can create unwanted visual noise.

5. Layer your Sofa Pillows
One pair of pillows on your sofa looks skimpy. Instead, pile two or more pairs with contrasting colors, textures, and patterns.  Choose small pillows that look like they came with the furniture.
These are easy and inexpensive tricks that will give your home an expensive designer look if you are selling through traditional means.

No Time to Decorate?
If you’ve decided staging is not for you, or that you don’t want to endure open houses as part of the selling process, there is a new way to sell your home that’s quick and easy.  Contact Seller’s Advantage online or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

7 Tips to Make Sure You Shine During Your Open House

Open houses are a double-edged sword. While they are one of the most lucrative methods of drumming up interest in your property, an open house can spell disaster if you aren’t prepared. If you are planning on hosting an open house, then here are seven tips that will help you and your property make it thru your special day in one piece.

Cleaning
Hide the clutter and make sure your house is spotless. Dirty houses net lower bids. Make sure to clean light and plumbing fixtures and have someone else go through your home to point out dirt you aren’t seeing, like on door jambs, cupboard doors, ceilings, and walls.

Repairs
Buyers attending open houses tend to focus on the negatives. If your house is in need of repairs make sure they have been completed prior to the showing. Painting, shampooing carpets and cleaning air defusers are all part of regular household maintenance. Make sure to shore up the wear and tear before you open your doors.

Stay Out
You will need to be out from underfoot during your showing. Arrange for daycare, pet sitting and meals so you don’t need to “stop in” during this time. Because you aren’t there it is important to secure all of your valuables. As a precaution, it is also best to empty your medicine cabinet and lock up any personal papers that may be accessible by unscrupulous “buyers”.

Odor
Every home has a smell. If you are currently residing in the home you are selling make sure that food, garbage, and pet odors are well-managed. Do not cook strong-smelling foods and consider having your pets stay elsewhere for several days prior to the date of your open house.

Pests
Pests are never on any buyer’s “must have” list. If you’ve got them (and most houses have some!), make sure you have an exterminator visit in advance. Nothing will scare off a buyer faster than signs of an infestation.

Know Your Limits
If your house is not in good repair, is in need of serious remodeling or has major cosmetic flaws, holding an open house can really hurt you. If an open house isn’t going to highlight what makes your home a great buy it will likely end up highlighting what makes it a bad choice instead.

Chin Up
Holding an open house can be a lot of work, but your investment will pay off. The more time and money you put into making your house look its best the more likely your prospective buyers will take notice. Keep in mind that even when you’ve done everything right there is no guaranteed sale. Be prepared to hold several open houses – and treat each one like it will be your last. Keeping a positive attitude is key to getting through the process of selling your home.

For some homeowners, an open house just isn’t something they are prepared to deal with. The amount of time, effort, and money that can go into making your house look and feel great is more of an investment then they can afford to make. If you believe that finding the time, money and attitude needed to succeed is just too much, Contact Seller’s Advantage online or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

4 Common Home Repairs That Will Cost You Thousands

If you own your own home you already know how expensive maintenance can be. If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid paying out for any major home repairs yet, cross your fingers. Major home repairs can cost tens of thousands of dollars – easily, and sometimes there is nothing you can do about them until it’s too late. Take a look at these 4 costly home repairs that can put your 5-year plan back a decade.

Foundation Damage
Foundation problems are common issues in homes with basements. Poured or block, finished or not – the chances that you will face paying for some amount of foundation repair during your time as a homeowner are high. If any of the following sound familiar keep your checkbook handy – you may be in for a costly surprise.

  • Cracks in the walls of your house
  • Water seeping into your basement
  • Large gaps or cracks in the block or poured slab & walls of your basement
  • Warping of walls, ceilings, and floors

Mold Remediation
Mold looks harmless at first. A bit of bleach and some elbow grease, right? Mold colonies can grow to enormous size inside your home without you knowing. A bit of black dust in the corner of your bathroom can be a sign of much larger problems elsewhere. Infestations that aren’t properly contained and removed can spread like wildfire.

Inside walls, heating ducts, even underneath wallpaper – mold can, and will, live on almost anything. If you’re unlucky enough to host a thriving, but hidden, infestation your best-case scenario is paying for an expensive specialist and doing all the heavy lifting yourself. Properly treating your house for mold requires special equipment to test for and remove spores in the air and colonies hidden behind your walls. Even small amounts of mold left behind will grow, feasting on your expensive new sheet rock.

Roofing
Roofs have a finite life – they can only withstand so much water, wind, and sun before they begin to fail. Shingle roofs, the most common form of roofing materials, have a general lifespan of between 10 and 30 years, depending on where you live and the materials used. Failing shingles can let water and pests into your home – compounding the cost of replacing the roof. When it’s all said and done, your old roof can set you back thousands of dollars.

HVAC
A failing HVAC system can be extremely expensive. Depending on what is going on you may need to replace your heater, air conditioner or even the ductwork sealed away inside your walls. No matter what the repair, you will need to hire a licensed HVAC contractor – who is also going to cost you a pretty penny.

Home repairs can really cost you. When you have a major system failure or are looking at extensive repairs you can’t afford or don’t want to make, selling your home may be your best bet. Unfortunately, selling a home in need of major repairs is difficult and the time it takes to find a buyer will only make the situation worse.

​Contact Seller’s Advantage or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

Selling Your Home Before the Holidays Makes Sense

Selling a home takes time and effort at any time of year, but the holiday season presents even more challenges. If you are selling via traditional selling methods it will seem that every step of the process is hampered by a realtor, escrow agent, inspector or even the prospective buyer being on vacation. Then there are the more emotional aspects of selling a home, emotional aspects that affect both you and the buyer.

It’s true that there’s no place like home for the holidays.  A new buyer will be motivated by a listing that actually provides them the time to enjoy and celebrate. You, on the other hand, are either looking at a new home yourself or you want to see a speedy sale so that you can have the money you need to get on with your life.

Also consider the fact that there are typically fewer homes listings for sale. There will be less competition if you list your home before the holiday season, long enough before it that you have a chance of closing the deal promptly. Not only is fall one of the most beautiful times of the year, it is during September and October when families begin to start thinking about the tax benefits of owning a home.

When consumers are focusing on holiday parties, shopping and gift-giving,  few  want to be house hunting. Instead, they want to be tight and cozy in their existing home visiting with  Aunt Sally and the rest of the relatives that are dropping by. There is the turkey that has to be cooked, Christmas shopping to be done, and the urge to lay back and take a break from our normal fast-paced lives. Those that are looking for new homes would likely have been looking much more vigilantly before the holidays ever started.

There’s still time to sell your home before the holiday season begins. Seller’s Advantage can make you a cash offer in as little as 24-hours and you can avoid walk-through’s, repairs and delays.   Give us a call today to learn more about how to sell your home in a whole new way. Visit us online at www.sellersadvantage.com or call us at 800-208-3243.


Four Things to Do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

So, you have decided to sell you home, but you have no idea where to begin.  Here are four tips to make your home more attractive to buyers that will not break your bank (or your back).

1. Declutter
The first order of business, is to tidy up!  You have built a life over many years in your home, but the buyer is wanting something fresh. It is hard to picture yourself living somewhere that is already tailored to another. The goal is to stage your home so that it looks lived-in, but not overly personal.  As hard as letting go is, you will have far better luck if you throw away those old magazines that live on your coffee table and box up your hutch of collectibles before you attempt to show your home.

2. Create a Neutral Atmosphere
As much as you loved your avocado-toned walls when you painted them in 1976, homeowners these days are looking for something that they can see themselves moving into.  A fresh coat of egg-shell or beige paint will do wonders for making your home one that buyers can envision their own furniture living in.

3. Curb Appeal
We all know what they say about first impressions.  If your home is somewhat lacking in that department, take a little time to love your exterior. Having a teenage neighbor trim the hedges, edge the garden, and even throw a fresh coat of paint on the front door can work wonders, for a small price.  These little touches could very well be the ones that move your home from the “nothing special” category and into “noteworthy.”

4. Minor Updates
There are countless little projects that could elevate the ranking of your home for buyers.  In a world where every listed home has countless photos online, little touches can make a remarkable difference in how many offers you receive.  The updates that you could range from switching out your brass door-knobs for a more modern brushed nickel or even having some electro-static painting done on that bubble-gum pink tub from 1954.  The possibilities are endless!

If this list seems effortless to you, you’re in a position to get your home market ready in a short period of time, But, if you are like a growing number of people who don’t have time for renovations and repairs, let us help. We can provide a cash offer on your home in as little as 24 hours.  Visit us online at www.sellersadvantage.com or call us at 800-208-3243.

Horror Stories of Home Sales Gone Wrong: The Flaky Buyer


Robyn needed to sell her family’s home. She was delighted when the realtor she hired set up a meeting with the seemingly perfect buyer. The buyer said she wanted to move into the home in 3 weeks and would pay the full asking price. As Robyn had never sold a home before, she relied on her realtor’s endorsement of the buyer and verbally agreed on the spot.

Excited about the impending sale, Robyn and her husband took down their For Sale sign, began negotiations on a new home they wanted to buy in a different city, and made changes to their property that had been requested by the prospective buyer. They packed all their belongings, expecting to quickly finalize the sale and move on to the new chapter in their lives. They even sent their children to live with family in the new city so the adjustment wouldn’t be too rough on them.

The buyer was scheduled to come to the property on a Sunday to take a final look and complete the home sale paperwork. Robyn got the house ready to show and eagerly awaited the buyer’s arrival. She waited… and waited… and waited… but the buyer never showed. The realtor tried in vain to reach her and explained to Robyn (far too late) that the buyer could be described as “a bit strange.”

As Sunday came to an end with no sign of the potential buyer, Robyn and her husband had to accept that the deal they had been hoping for was too good to be true. They felt misled and let down by their realtor, who had given every indication that the sale would go through as planned. They had no choice but to begin the whole selling process anew, delaying their carefully laid plans.

Let’s face it – sometimes buyers are flaky.  It can be a huge headache, and realtors can’t always anticipate bad buyer behavior. When you need to sell your home quickly to a qualified buyer, contact Seller’s Advantage. We can give you a cash offer in 24 hours, saving you money, time, and hassle. It just makes sense!

How to Make Selling Your Home Less Overwhelming

Even the thought of selling your home is stressful. The process of just getting it ready to list is daunting. There are so many things to do: repairs, touch-ups, deep clean, find a realtor, fix up the yard. Then what if you go to all that trouble only to have people walk through your home, make offers, and then change their minds? It’s easy to conclude that it’s just not worth it. After spending all that money, how much are you going to make anyway? Here are some tips to make selling your home less overwhelming.

Take it one step at a time. Don’t try to do it all at once. Don’t even think about it all at once. Finish a task before going back to your list.

Be realistic. There is no need to fix everything. No one is expecting a brand new home. Fixing everything will not bring a significant enough return to justify the time and cost.

Declutter. It will look cleaner simply by removing as much clutter as possible. Even people who aren’t minimalist like to think of themselves as such. Get rid of anything non-essential. Put it in storage if you have to, but clear it out! This includes family photos – people want to imagine their own families in the home, not yours.

Outsouce. If you’re really busy, hire someone else to do a few crucial repairs and a deep clean. A maid service and a repair person work faster than you can, so if cost isn’t a factor, that’s a good route for making your life easier. Follow the same path for yard cleaning and beautification.

If you don’t have the time, energy, or money to mess with any of it, we can help you just be done with the whole ordeal quickly. No fixing, no cleaning, no hassle, and you have your money in as little as seven days!

Contact us today for more information on how to get a cash offer on your home in “as-is” condition.  And if you still decide after hearing our offer you’d prefer to go the traditional route, we can connect you with a realtor in your area.  We’re here to help you make the best decision possible.

Get a quote on the value of your home by calling 800-208-3243 or contacting us here

Thinking of Selling Your Home to Pay Off Debt?

Our homes are often the biggest investment we will ever make. Unlike our other purchases over our lifetimes, our homes typically increase in value over time. That brand new car you bought last year is now worth only a fraction of what you paid for it. Your electronics are practically obsolete the minute you walk out of the store with them. Your home, however, is your King on life’s chess board. Even in Chess, however, there comes a time when your most valuable asset is in checkmate. It may be just that time if you are over your head in debt.

We all know the story. You started receiving your first pre-approved credit cards when you were still in college. You racked up enormous student loan debt and, even after you got out of school and started working, it seemed that every day left you more in the hole than in the clear. You managed to buy a house and hang onto it all of these years. It proved invaluable when it came to tax benefits and, eventually, the mortgage payment was less than you would have been paying in rent. All the time, however, you were racking up more and more high-interest debt. You might want to ask yourself, is it time to sell the house and use the proceeds to be debt free? One of the greatest advantages of selling your primary home is that the profit is tax-free under IRS rules.

Selling your home could be the answer you are looking for to end all of the worry and headaches you have just trying to keep yourself afloat. If you sell now you can always downsize or even consider renting. There is a lot to be said for being foot-loose and fancy-free when it comes to being free of overwhelming debt. The proceeds from your home would likely give you enough money to pay off all of your debts and start anew. It may be your one ticket to a worry-free life, a life where debt collectors aren’t continuously calling and a life where you can afford to breathe.

If you’re ready to sell your home, Seller’s Advantage can help.  We can make a cash offer on your home in as little as 24 hours, and purchase it as-is, with no need for repairs, open-houses or delays associated with traditional real estate sales.  For more information, give us a call at 1-800-208-3243 or visit us online at www.sellersadvantage.com

Embracing Minimalism: Is it Time to Downsize Your Living Space?

Everything is bigger in America. Our cities, our lakes, our food portions, and even our houses. However, more and more people are choosing to forego the big house, trading it in for a smaller, simpler living arrangements. Or a minimalist lifestyle, as some folks call it.

Minimalism is Rising in Popularity

As The Times Leader points out, minimalist living appeals to an ever-growing segment of the population. From simple designs and simple furniture, to smaller, more efficient spaces, people are learning to let go of both status symbols, and of unnecessary expenses, in order to live in ways that use fewer resources, and which provide them with all the comforts they need.  Why embrace minimalism? Well…

  • It’s Cheaper: Smaller houses mean smaller bills, and no wasted space.
  • It Uses Fewer Resources: From heating to house paint, the less space you occupy, the smaller your footprint on the environment is.
  • It’s Less Work: Whether it’s cleaning, repairs, or just general upkeep, minimalist houses take minimal work.

For those who want to adopt this lifestyle, though, they have to downsize their possessions. That often means unloading clothing, bulky furniture, and scaling back on everything from movies to DVDs. People often go digital, using mobile devices to read ebooks, and streaming services to watch TV and movies. It also means that if they have a house that’s bigger than they need, they’ll put it on the market. Most often they’ll purchase smaller homes, like ranches or bungalows, or get an apartment or condo. In some extreme cases, someone might choose to move into a tiny house, which is a hyper compact living space that’s often built into a trailer, but which still offers everything from sleeping space, to a bathroom, to a miniature kitchen.

​Which solution is best for you depends on what level of minimalism you’re comfortable with. But if you have a home that’s too big for your needs, why pay more than you have to?  If you prefer a minimalist approach to home selling, without the hassles of walk-through’s, agents, repairs and negotiations, Seller’s Advantage can help.  We can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours and purchase homes in AS-IS condition.  For more information, give us a call at 1-800-208-3243.

Four Reasons to Sell Your Home Before School Starts

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you might be wondering if you should do it before or after the beginning of the school year.

If you do it before the start of school, you’ve got several elements working in your favor. Home buyers with children want minimal disruption of their child’s schooling and social activities. They also want them in the best school zone possible. Typically, this is a time when the market is going strong. There are many buyers out there looking for new homes.

According to your area and the specifics of your home, there may be such a buying frenzy that you could get multiple offers, some even over your listing price. Consider some of the reasons why this time of year is perfect for selling your home:

1.  Spring and summer are typically the most beautiful times of the entire year. Your home will have more curb appeal than during the winter months when the flowers are gone and the trees bare of leaves.

2.  If a new family moves into their new house before school starts they will have more time to become familiar with the area and make new friends.

3.  It gives the buyer time to “test drive” the house before things start getting hectic again. Maybe the electrical outlet for little Jimmy’s computer isn’t working. Maybe there is a plumbing problem in the second bathroom. It would be unpleasant to discover either of these flaws on the first day of school as everyone is getting ready to get started with an increase in their activities and commitments.

4.  Buying before school starts gives everyone the time they need to “nest.” The children will have the time to get their possessions moved into their room and in order. That means this burden won’t fall completely on Mom and Dad.

Selling a home can be a chore. Think out your strategy carefully before placing your home on the market. Timing is one of the most important aspects of that strategy.

Since the first day of school is just around the corner, Seller’s Advantage can help you complete a sale quickly by offering a cash offer within 24 hours. At Seller’s Advantage, we help home owners avoid the high costs of repairs and other costs when selling their home by purchasing homes in “as is” condition and making an offer within as little as 24 hours. Fore more information call 1.800-208-3243 or contact us here for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.