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Thursday, June 28 2018
Staging your home: Tips!

Staging your home: TIPS!

With these tips, your house will feel like home to those buyers in no time!

GREENBRIER REAL ESTATE SERVICE

Maybe you’re thinking of selling your home, and maybe you’ve heard of “staging” your home and you’ve probably wondered if it’s really necessary.

It is necessary! Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in the home, and for some people a blank space or a space with all of your things makes it very hard to do just that. But, don’t just take our word for it…

A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:

  • 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it — and so you and your agent can make the sale.
  • 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner.
  • 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket

Put into action these few tips that will help those potential buyers start falling in love with your home!

Budget accordingly

Ask your agent if they can help with staging or know someone who can. This could affect the price of what it might cost you stage the home. Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging. If your house is empty because you’ve already moved, you might also have additional expenses for renting furniture and other homey decorations to make it look lived-in.

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Staging the living area can help potential buyers vision how to fill the space.                                                           Pictured: 529 Court St. Lewisburg, WV

Declutter!

It’s probably a given, but really– no one wants to walk into a messy home. So, take time to clean and declutter your home. Organize everyday household items into crates and keep them out of sight. Stow away seasonal decorations. Make time for — or invest in — a whole-house cleaning, including carpet shampooing. Change lightbulbs, finally make those minor repairs, and add a fresh coat of paint to any room that needs it. Clean out those closets! (Consider renting a storage unit if needed)

Also worth considering? Removing personal items from view, such as family photos, artwork, or religious keepsakes. The concern is not that home buyers will be offended by you or your lifestyle. The goal is to neutralize the space and help home buyers imagine themselves living there. (But don’t go overboard. You don’t want rooms to feel sterile, either,

Focus on the Rooms that Count the most!

Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the Living Room, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen. Keep in mind that you’re not going for an HGTV-worthy overhaul: Even small touches, like putting fluffy towels in the bathroom or replacing shabby throw pillows in the family room, can make your home that much more attractive.

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Pictured: 225 Tommy Ln. Lewisburg, WV

Stage your yard too!

Your house has to look its best — inside and outside. After all, buyers form their first impression when they pull up in front of your home. It’s no surprise, then, that curb appeal — how your home looks from the exterior — can increase your home’s sales value up to 17%, a Texas Tech University study found.

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Clean flower beds, well trimmed shrubs will make a difference in a buyer’s eyes!                                                     Pictured: 597 Dwyer Ln. Lewisburg, WV

Professional landscaping, however, can cost a lot. If budget is a concern, start with these DIY improvements:

  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery. Even if it’s winter, you can add colorful winter blooms and seasonal touches such as garland or lights.
  • Mow the grass.
  • Reseed bare patches of lawn and add fresh sod, as needed.

Then move on to these easy upgrades to your home’s exterior:

  • Wash the front windows.
  • Power wash siding and walkways.
  • Repaint or stain porches and stairs, as needed.
  • Make sure house numbers are easy to see, visible, and pretty.
  • Make sure important outdoor features such as the front door, porch, and sidewalks and paths are well lit. (If not, install new fixtures or lighting.)

Even basic upgrades — like laying fresh mulch, changing porch lights, or installing a new mailbox — can help a buyer fall in love at first sight.

Just wait ’til they come inside and see what else you’ve done with the place!

Article Adapted from HouseLogic.com

Staging a home can and will make a difference when it comes to selling your home!
Greenbrier Real Estate Service is ready to help you sell your home, contact us for more tips and assistance during the process!


For all your real estate needs, contact us!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304.645.2255

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Monday, June 18 2018
10 ways create a Backyard Getaway

10 Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway

We recently held a Father’s Day giveaway on our Greenbrier Real Estate Service Facebook page! The winner won ribeye steaks and shrimp, grill tool set, and a GRES ball cap. Be sure to find us on social media to stay up to date on all of our promotions as well as New Listings!, SOLD! properties, Price Updates!, and local information!

Since it’s almost Summer we thought that we would share some great ways to spruce up your backyard for all those summer time BBQs and evenings enjoying the warm summer air!

Let’s take a look at some great tips on creating the perfect getaway in your backyard!

1. Dress Up Your Deck

Make your deck a destination by defining different activity zones within the space. Multiple levels carve out spaces for dining and relaxing on this deck.

A pergola covered with luxurious vines and an abundance of plants in containers bring the surrounding garden up onto the deck and help blend the structure into the landscape.

Beautiful Backyards

2. Create a Picture-Perfect Patio

A patio can be a hot slab of concrete baking in the sun–or it can be a welcoming extension of the house, calling you outdoors to enjoy cool breezes and fresh air. With a little planning, you can make your patio a comfortable seasonal room.

Patios are usually surfaced with brick or stone. If you opt for concrete, consider adding texture and color to imitate stone for a more natural look. Design the patio to be an extension of your home’s architecture, and use planting beds, container gardens, and weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor space.

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3. Add an Outdoor Kitchen

If you grill at least twice a week from spring through fall and if you love eating outdoors, you need an outdoor kitchen.

You don’t need a fancy grill, but a counter top for food prep and conveniences such as closed storage and a separate side burner will greatly enhance your outdoor cooking experience. Add a refrigerator and sink to make preparation and cleanup even easier.

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4. Ensure Privacy

Your outdoor room will feel more like an oasis if it has a sense of enclosure. Fences and garden walls ensure privacy for patios, but you can also use lattice, pergolas, and landscaping to define outdoor spaces and screen views of neighboring houses.

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5. Create Shady Spots

Even sun worshippers welcome a little shade. You’ll enjoy your deck or patio more if you can provide relief from the sun. Choices for providing shade include mature trees, umbrellas, retractable awnings, or even pergolas and arbors planted with vines.

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6. Furnish for Comfort and Durabililty

You have more choices than ever when it comes to furnishing your outdoor rooms. Wrought iron and cast iron, wrought or cast aluminum, and traditional wood are classic options. New synthetic, weatherproof patio furniture and fabrics are also now available, offering the same style and comfort as anything you would have inside your home.

There are even weatherproof floor lamps and table lamps that match their indoor cousins for stylish good looks.

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7. Define Spaces with Outdoor Structures

A gazebo adds another level of luxury to your outdoor oasis. Whether attached to the deck, set near a pool, or planted in the landscape, a gazebo is an outdoor room in its own right and offers a protected spot for dining, cooking, or relaxing.

Pergolas, trellises, and arbors can also be used to define activity zones in your backyard paradise. Use them to create focal points, separate areas according to function, or provide transitions from one area to another.

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8. Add a Hot Tub or Spa

For long, relaxing soaks at the end of the day, a hot tub or spa out on the deck is a must-have luxury. To determine the best location for the spa, consider privacy, access to the house, and whether you want the tub in sunshine or shade.

A typical round hot tub is 6 feet in diameter and takes up about 30 square feet. A rectangular tub requires about 48 square feet. You’ll also need additional room for sitting and walking around the tub.

Bear in mind that a hot tub full of water may weigh 2 tons, so it will need a foundation independent of the deck’s foundation.

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9. Plan Outdoor Lighting

To enjoy your backyard getaway after the sun sets, include outdoor lighting. At its most basic, this consists of porch lights that illuminate access to the house and provide ambient lighting.

For outdoor kitchens, you’ll need good task lighting over the grill and work areas. For the dining and conversation areas, candlelight, wallmount downlights, or dimmable electric lamps create a relaxed mood. Steps and walkways should be illuminated for safety.

You can also use solar-powered accent lights or low-voltage lights to add drama and interest to the landscape and to highlight paths. Combine a mix of lighting sources to make your backyard getaway a magical place after dark.

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10. Layer on the Amenities

Fountains, fireplaces, and fire pits enhance the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor rooms.

Fountains add the soothing sound of trickling water and can serve as the focal point of an outdoor space.

Fireplaces make a natural focal point and can help define space and provide privacy for an outdoor room. They’re also a starting point for an outdoor kitchen.

Fire pits, whether built-in or moveable, also serve to draw people together and can extend the usefulness of an outdoor living room into cooler weather.

Finally, accessorize your outdoor rooms with garden statuary, weatherproof art (such as plates, garden plaques, or decorative wrought iron), and pillows covered in weatherproof fabrics. These touches will turn an ordinary patio or deck into a welcoming, personal space for outdoor living.

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Article Credit to Better Homes & Garden website.


For all your real estate needs, contact us!

We would love to have our team of dedicated professionals work for you!

Located in Lewisburg, WV serving the Greenbrier Valley and surrounding areas!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

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