A great Real Estate Photo is a difference maker!

Get Great Photographs

The average buyer spends less than a minute looking at listings online before deciding whether to see a home in person. With such a tight time frame, it’s imperative that your home be represented at its best through great photos. While your agent will probably have a process for this, there are a few things you can do to make the task a little easier.

First, clean your home. Dust particles and other microscopic materials can show up on photographs and distract viewers. You can minimize that risk by giving the rooms in your home a good scrub-down beforehand. Then, right before the photographs are taken, walk through the rooms to put away any clutter.

 

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Absolutely stunning home will impress from the minute you pull up. The turrets and spires on the roof make it look like a castle. Huge covered front porch, speak easy front door and stained concrete make it stand out from the start. Rich wood floors, rounded windows in the study/play room, and the stone fireplace is a focal point. Open concept with elegant lighting, upscale appliances, large pantry and granite countertops. Master boasts Jacuzzi tub, large walk-in closet, separate shower and double sinks. Incredible utility room complete with granite counters, spacious cabinetry and a sink. Additional mud room just inside garage door. Upstairs bonus room can also be a second master due to the closet, bar with sink & mini refrigerator and full bath. Large lot, wrought iron fencing and privacy fence are inviting yet sufficient to keep the dogs in! Make this home yours today!

Curb appeal done quickly and inexpensively!

Does your listing need a more inviting first impression from the outside? Stager Cora Sue Anthony with Antony Staging in Oakland, Calif., says you don’t have to break the bank to get an instant lift to a home’s curb appeal. In fact, in a short video she highlights how spending just $106 on some paint and a new light fixture could instantly amp up a home’s curb appeal.

Here are four steps that can entice buyers:

1. Paint the front door. Try out a bold color – such as red – to get buyers’ attention focused on the door.

2. Paint the mailbox. Try either red or black. Anthony says since she painted the home’s door red in the video example, she painted the mailbox the opposite color – black.

3. Paint the railings. Use black to add depth.

4. Change out the light fixture. Make sure the new light fixture matches the aesthetics of the home’s exterior, but this can dress up the outside while also brightening the space.

A new player arrives in the Luxury appliance market!

Luxury Appliance Suites Get Richer

It’s not every year that a major new appliance brand debuts at the show, but 2016 saw the launch of Signature Kitchen Suite, a line of “super-premium” home appliances that includes refrigerators ($5,000-$10,000), cooktops ($1,500), ranges ($5,000), dishwashers ($1,300), and more. Though the brand was developed by LG, it’s being marketed separately by the South Korean manufacturer, much the way Lexus stands apart from its parent company Toyota.

The Signature Kitchen Suite will compete with luxury brands like Viking, Jenn-Air, and Thermador. The appliances have many high-end accents, including sleek finishes and hefty controls. The big value proposition for consumers is that, in addition to the sleek design, the appliances are loaded with smart innovations, including Wi-Fi operation and a “Kitchen Concierge” service that notifies you if something goes awry with one of the units.

Bertazzoni, the Italian manufacturer known for its gleaming pro-style ranges, also unveiled a new suite of appliances at the show. But whereas LG aimed higher with its Signature suite, Bertazzoni is targeting a more middle-market consumer with the suite. The cabinet-depth refrigerator, for example, sells for $3,000, while the dishwasher starts at $900. The suites are available in three styles—master, professional, and heritage—to coordinate with Bertazzoni’s various ranges. The question is: will these freestanding appliances look the part next to an uber-luxe Bertazzoni range?

Pro tips that will up your cleaning game!

#1 Efficiently remove soap scum.

That soap scum that’s such a pain to remove? Scrape it off with a plastic putty knife. It will take half the time it would take to rub it off with a sponge. To prevent future build up, switch to synthetic liquid or gel soaps, which are less likely to form scum than bar soaps. It will save you from future scum-scraping — and you’ll still come out squeaky clean after a shower.

#2 Quickly dust.
Cloths remove dust okay, but you can save a lot of time with a feather duster. These dusters are really efficient — especially for cleaning blinds, pictures and hard to reach areas. They’re also great for routine dusting or to quickly clean a room before company comes. If you have heavy dust buildup, you may need to use a cloth or vacuum; otherwise, it’s a quick, effective approach to get that light film off of surfaces.

#3 Get shiny stainless steel.

While stainless steel is beautiful, efficient and stain-resistant, it’s also quick to show smudges and fingerprints. One way to clean and maintain it is by pouring mineral oil on a cloth and wiping it across your countertops, sinks and other surfaces. Mineral oil repels water and increases resistance — preventing sticky materials from attaching to the steel and cutting down on your future cleaning time.

#4 Remove smells from the disposal.

To quickly clean a smelly disposal, drop lemon or orange peels down the drain. Run the disposal for fifteen seconds with the water going at half-pressure, then drop some ice cubes in the disposal and turn it on again. Turn off the disposal, put the stopper over it and fill up your sink until it’s about half-full. Pull out the stopper and let the water flush out the disposal for a fresh scent.

#5 Streak-proof your windows.

A paper towel and window cleaner doesn’t always cut it. If your windows are small, use newspaper to clean the glass and avoid streaks. If your windows are particularly large, the best approach is to use a squeegee. This cuts down on time and helps you reach the edges where a lot of dust can build up.

#6 Vacuum in half the time.

To cover the most amount of carpeting in the least amount of time, utilize the central outlet in your home. By plugging your vacuum cleaner into the central outlet, you save time on re-plugging it — time you can spend continuing to vacuum. If your vacuum has a particularly short cord, add an extension cord and hold it as you vacuum to avoid sucking it up.

#7 Make use of magic erasers!
Magic erasers are considered “magical” because they can clean almost any surface, from floor to ceiling. Magic erasers can be used on laminate, tile and wood — and they can get rid of everything from stains to grime to crayon marks. Using magic erasers can sometimes slash your cleaning time in half, if not more.