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June
27

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it is definitely a journey that brings exciting challenges. Although one may feel it is not necessary to hire a real estate agent with the internet at our fingertips, a professional guide will help guide you on the path towards your ultimate goal. The award winning realtors at Choice Properties make it their mission to go beyond your expectations, making the home selling process a stress-free experience. We have listed 5 reasons to hire a real estate agent to sell your home, eliminating unwanted stress and worry.

Correctly Price Your Home

Experienced agents know every little detail of your local home-selling market, allowing them to correctly price the home. Pricing your home too high adds a risk of no bids meaning your home will sit on the market for a long period of time, whereas pricing too low puts you at risk for losing money. An experienced Indian Lake real estate agent will assure your home is priced accordingly for the Logan County market, helping you sell in a faster time frame.

Negotiating the Final Steps

Negotiations can be stressful and you do not want to go blindfolded into a market you don't fully understand. Selling your home is a huge business transaction and should be handled by a professional seller. The selling process has three negotiations: the initial offer, the counter offer, and the post-offer with inspection. Being unfamiliar with how to negotiate these steps may potentially cause you to lose the offer, having to start over with a new buyer. At Choice Properties, we want to see you sell your home in the most profitable way, so we ensure the negotiation is handled properly.

Home Exposure and Marketing

Not only does a realtor put your house up for sale, they also handle all the marketing involved. You want your home to gain maximum exposure to the greatest number of potential buyers, which is part of your realtor's duties. A devoted realtor will go above and beyond, marketing your house the best way possible. This goes with posting online listings, hosting open houses, and networking with other agents who have similar buyers.

The Buyer's Agents Prefer to Work With a Seller Agent

Most home buyers are represented by a local agent, who prefer to work with a seller agent during the home buying process, rather than with the seller directly. If you are a For Sale By Owner listing, that can push away agents who are seeking to work with another real estate professional. Avoid losing potential buyers by working with an expert realtor.

Stay on Track

Licensed realtors know each step involved in the home-selling process, making it easy to stay on track. They have the experience needed to work through the sales process efficiently, know when there are financial issues, and are knowledgeable on how to deal with negotiating.

If you are ready to list your home, it's important to remember the benefits an expert realtor can offer. Going through the process alone can feel overwhelming, not knowing which step is next or how to handle little details. At Choice Properties, our award-winning agents are eager to assist your home selling journey.





Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

November
24

When staging your home to sell, there are a couple of key points you want to keep in mind. First, is that first impressions really do mean everything. Second, less is more. A potential buyer wants to walk into an aesthetically pleasing space which they can easily imagine themselves living in, not some place that is cluttered or decorated with bold bright colors or other personal touches.

Any professional stager will tell you it's all about selecting great décor pieces which utilize the existing space. The ultimate goal is a positive impact on potential buyers.

 

Here are five staging suggestion tips to turn a home listing into a sold home;

Spend some time with your realtor and get to know your potential audience. Remember, you aren't selling to yourself but to a broad market. Trust your realtor to help you stage to the buyer demographic most likely to be viewing your home.  

 

We can't stress enough that you want to remove your personal touches when putting your home on the market. First thing you should do is pack up the family photos. Empty walls are much easier for a potential buyer to see as a canvas of possibilities should they decide to purchase the house.

 

Design trends do tend to have a short lifespan; however, a well-staged and marketed home should have a short list time as well. Taking a gamble on a current fad, like airy aqua or bright Mediterranean blue accents, could give you the leg up with a 'fresh' feel to the property, so don't be afraid of trends.

 

While you want a space to overall be neutral—a blank space for the buyer to visualize with—adding a splash of color can go a long way to making a property memorable. Think subtle, but striking. A room with the main walls painted a beige tone with an accent wall in teal can then be finished with teal and cream accent items throughout the room. The result will be a chic, trendy space where the buyer has room to add their own personal touches, but can see the potential the space has because of the decorating start.

 

Continuing the idea of showing the buyer a space's potential, you'll want to stage a space with as many functional pieces as possible. Avoid overcrowding. Simple, practical, and functional furniture pieces will demonstrate how livable the space is.

 

For more tips on how to stage your home with the buyer in mind.

Contact one of our agents for special advice.

 

November
6

As time marches on we tend to collect, some might even say hoard, so many "things." They might be personal mementos such as letters or various and sundry memorabilia from our school years, they might be "fangirl" collections from a book series, shot glasses from every state in the country, or baseball cards. Regardless of what is collected, humans like to gather.  It's in our nature.

Effects of a Cluttered Living Space

The problem with this is that eventually all this gathering leads to clutter, and clutter can lead to mental unease or distress. We're all very sensitive to our surroundings and the state of our living space often has a dramatic impact on our own emotional and mental state.  Cluttered closets and messy houses make for a lot of pent up anxiety and emotional baggage.  It might not seem obvious but the subtle effects of your surroundings have been studied and observed in cultures around the world for centuries, from Asian Feng Shui to modern Western Architectural Design principles. However, it's not always easy to part with our treasured collections of stuff.

 

Some of the most common reasons people refuse to get rid of these "things" are:

1. This is a family heirloom, so it would be wrong to let it go.

2. But it was a gift.

3. What if I need it someday?

4. I paid a lot of money for it.

 

Chances are, if you find yourself having to make excuses to yourself to keep the item(s), then you probably don't need them in your life or home. It's perfectly okay to have special mementos, but you don't need to hold onto every last thing you encounter in your life. Nor do you have to just throw away those relics.

Choose a few key pieces and create a shadowbox or a scrapbook. Consider donating your great-grandparents clothes to a local theatre organization where they can be used and appreciated by helping to bring the past to life . . . on stage. Perhaps you have some valuable china or crystal, or even art pieces, but they don't fit the style of your home and you never really liked the piece anyway . . . check with museum curators. You might have something that would be perfect for one of their displays (and this way you can go visit the stuff anytime you feel the urge to lay eyes on it again). Schools are always happy to take donations of gently loved books, toys, and clothes.

Minimizing, and thereby decluttering, your home will make you feel better. Don't keep things out of guilt or feelings of obligation. This is YOUR home, YOUR life, so make it a sanctuary. A happy place to be. You'll thank yourself for it.

 

Get more advice on ways to declutter your home and life.

Contact one of our agents today.

October
7

Selling a home rarely happens overnight, yet sellers can find it frustrating if it seems that too much time is passing without closing the deal. On average, a home shouldn't take more than six weeks to sell—if the market is strong and the property is priced appropriately. If it sits much longer, buyers can become wary, so let's look at some ways to generate interest if your home isn't selling as fast as you'd like.

 

Location, Price, and Condition

While you can't just move your home to a different part of town if traffic is low, you can reassess the price you're asking, and whether it's comparable to other homes in the area in addition to what the property itself offers.

If you've got some time, and have received consistent feedback over issues with the house, then you may want to go ahead and take the house off the market for a short time to address those issues. There are low-budget fixes you can do to make a house more desirable. Sometimes it's as simple as decluttering, slapping on a coat of a fresh paint, and putting out fresh flowers. In other instances, it could take a little more . . . maybe updating the kitchen and/or baths will be what it takes.

If you are unable to spare the time or money for a remodel, or the location is out of your hands no matter how nice the house actually is, another option is to go ahead and reduce the asking price.

 

Do You and Your Realtor Have the Same Goal?

As large an investment as a home is, you want to be sure that your Logan County real estate agent has your back. Be honest with your expectations from the first meeting with them. Also, be open to their suggestions and recommendations. Remember, they do this for a living and it's their job to know the market you're trying to crack. A good agent won't let you undersell or overprice, and will be willing to pursue offers by following up with any potential buyers who've shown interest.

 

If you are having trouble selling your home, let us help!

October
7

Fall is in the air and the days are getting cooler. Time to pack up summer, then pull out the winter gear. This is also the perfect time to give your closets a good tidying. Here are some suggestions from professional organizers for organizing your closet space.

 

Sort 

The chief design officer for California Closets, Ginny Snook Scott, suggests the first step you need to take on is pulling everything out of your closets and then sorting the stuff into four distinct piles.

  • Now Pile—often used and worn

  • Someday Pile—special occasion clothes that still fit

  • Never Pile—face it, you're never going to put these items on again (Geralin Thomas, who is the president of Metropolitan Organizing in Raleigh, North Carolina, recommends that any "trophy garments," those that do not fit or you're keeping only because you paid a small fortune for it but are honestly never going to wear again, need to go. The money isn't coming back and all these items are doing are cluttering your space.)

  • Seasonal Pile—self-explanatory

Ms. Scott recommends going through your Someday Pile once again, see how much you can move to the Never Pile.

 

Sort Again

The first step is always the easiest, but now comes the hard part. Eliminating. For real.

Most people find that their Never Pile is often much larger than they anticipated it would be—up to 40% or more of the closet content. With this discovery usually comes motivation to keep going, to do more. Use this mindset to revisit the Now Pile; see just how much of it you can shift to the Someday and Never Piles.

 

Keep Up Your Resolve

Get that Never Pile boxed and bagged, ready for repurposing by either donating them to a goodwill store, passing them on to friends or family who can and will use them, or setting aside for a garage sale. DO NOT STORE these bags where you will be tempted to sift through or have 'one last peek'.

 

Organize the Seasonal Pile

  • Wash (or have dry cleaned) anything that is getting packed up. You don't want any lingering toiletry products on the clothes as this will draw insects. **Make sure all items are completely dry before they get stored. Unpacking your clothes to discover them threaded with mildew is nobody's idea of fun.

  • Use air tight, clear plastic containers which have been clearly labeled with what is inside.

  • Store the bins out of sight, but in an easily accessible place.

 

"Never store clothes in plastic bags like those from dry cleaners. Store them in cotton zip-up bags. No mothballs. No exceptions."  ~ Geralin Thomas

 

You're Almost Done!

 

Take advantage of the fact that the closets are empty by getting in there with the vacuum. You want to suck up all those lingering dust mites which destroy fabric and play havoc with people's allergies.

This is also a good time to evaluate your hangers. Wire hangers should go back to the dry cleaners or get recycled; these are meant for temporary use, using them long-term will stretch and ruin the shape of your clothes.

As you return the Now Pile items to your freshly cleaned closet, professional organizers suggest you "group" like items, i.e. shirts, dresses, pants, et cetera. If you want to go all out, you can do each group by color or style.

 

Enjoy the fruits of your labor. It's okay to go treat yourself to one or two new items, just don't go too crazy.

 

Get more advice on organization in any space.

Contact one of our agents today.

 

October
5

 

Plants are essential to the human way of life. We produce carbon dioxide, a poisonous gas which the plants take and convert into the oxygen that we need to breathe. Pretty important.  And they're beautiful, so why not decorate your Logan County home with a splash of life.

 

Strategically Place Plants to Maximize their Aesthetic Functionality

Kitchen. Herb gardens are functional while cooking, as well as pleasing to the eye—and perfect for apartment living where space is limited and major decorating may not be allowed. Also consider low-maintenance plants which are vine-like or create long tails as beautiful additions to upper alcoves (if you're willing to climb up and water them once a week).

Use tall, open-styled bookshelves as plant stands—they are decorative and practical. Avoid bookcases for clustering as any plants you put toward the back will not get the light and ventilation they need.

Create an oxygen-rich lush atmosphere in your dining room with a few well-placed large potted plants. If you like the 'jungle' look, you can also cluster smaller pots on windowsills or side-credenzas. Consider hanging one or two from the ceiling with macramé plant holders for a bohemian feel.

If continually changing out floral arrangements isn't your thing, consider a planted centerpiece. Wheatgrass, cat grass, and herbs are good options for the dining table, though any small, low-lying potted plant will work (you want to see the person across the table from you). Protect the table from drips with saucers underneath the plants to collect water.

Are you fortunate enough to a sun room or greenhouse? Load that bad boy up, and even have a go at something exotic or tropical. These rooms are often humid and full of direct sunlight.

Fresh greenery in your bedroom will help clean the air, refreshing the atmosphere while you sleep.

 

Not Everyone Has a Green Thumb (and even those who do, don't have it all the time)

At one time or another we've all killed a plant, it happens. Don't get discouraged. Go ahead and give it another try with these growing tips:

  • Look for healthy plants at a reputable nursery (knowledgeable staff will help you choose the right plant for your situation)

  • If you're bad about watering, use the alarm feature on your smart phone to set TIME TO WATER reminders

  • Fussy plants (like ferns) love to take a bath … or at least be in the warm "tropical" atmosphere created by steamy bathrooms.

  • If you don't trust yourself to spread the plants out, cluster them up. You'll have one place to stop and water, plus this allows the plants to create their own little ecosystem and micro-climate (good for preventing water loss).

July
22

Has the time arrived for you to put your home on the market? Buying or selling a home in Bellefontaine and Greater Logan County is considered one of the most stressful events you can experience in your lifetime. Here are a few tips to reduce the stress and help you stage your home to sell in Central Ohio.

 

Tip 1: Invite a Pro In

Getting a realtor or interior designer to check out the property is the best way to make plans which will work with your home. Most realtors are happy to do this as a courtesy, but if you seek out an interior designer, then plan on paying a consultation fee (check around, average rates should be about $100/hour, and an hour is all you should need with them at this stage). What you're looking for are suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, which can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.

 

Tip 2: Get a Home Inspection

While it would be nice to think that a little elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint will make your house buyer friendly, not every homeimprovement is cosmetic. If you don't know something with your structure is damaged (like deteriorating roofs, possible termite infestations, plumping issues, or outdated electrical systems) then you can't fix it. An inspector will come in and check out the areas that you don't think about or normally see.

 

 

Tip 3: Now It's Time to Paint

You've met with the professionals and have a game plan; you're first step will probably be paint—one of the simplest, most cost-

effective improvements. Freshly painted rooms give a clean updated feel, which says value to buyers. Keep in mind that neutral tonesappeal to the greatest number of people when choosing your colors. You can bring in a professional or save a few bucks and do it yourself, or even plan a block paint party!

 

Tip 4: Inspiration is All Around

A professional designer not in your budget? Have no fear, you can always browse design-themed magazines, books, TV shows, and websites. When you find an idea you like, tear it out or write it down and start your own shopping list. Keep it simple when remodeling or fixing up on a tight budget.

 

Tip 5: Cleanliness Counts

First impressions are priceless. Don't ruin yours by not having the house clean and show ready when your Choice Properties Realtor begins scheduling viewings. If it's in your budget, consider bringing in a cleaning service to give the house a thorough top to bottom scrub to make it shine.

 

Tip 6: Increase Square Footage Visually

While you can't physically increase your home's square footage without building on, there are some things you can do to give the appearance of a bigger space. Replace weighted draperies with vertical blinds or shutters to let light in. A sunny room feels larger and more open. Mirrors are a great accessory to double the optical space; strategically placed, they can give the impression a room is twice as big as it actually is. Lastly, get rid of the clutter and knick-knacks to diminish the cramped feel an abundance of these items can leave behind.

 

Tip 7: Make the Bathrooms a Priority

Bathroom remodels or updates are always a good idea. Even if you can't afford a full overhaul, tiny changes like addressing old wallpaper or faux finish treatments, replacing light fixtures, or bringing in new linens will make the space welcoming. We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, so buyers are extra picky about these rooms.

 

Tip 8: You Can't Go Wrong With Energy-Efficient Fixtures

How modern are your light and other ceiling fixtures? Is your thermometer digital? Besides upgrading these to be aesthetically pleasing, by replacing outdated fixtures with energy-efficient ones you'll lower the overall cost of running the household and be helping the planet.

 
July
17

 

Your home is an investment, and protecting your asset—whether it's a short term or long one—should always be a consideration. Maintenance and regular upkeep of your home and landscaping will save many headaches down the road. Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of your investment while enjoying your Logan County home.

 

INSIDE:

  • Check with your utility company about having a free energy audit done. They can make improvement suggestions for maximizing the energy efficiency of your home. Not only will keeping your house updated put more pennies in your pocket now, it'll make the property appealing to future buyers.

  • Want a bit luxury without spending a lot? Install a water filtration system in your kitchen. These systems purify your water, they'll lower your grocery bills if you're a bottled water consumer, and once again, are appealing to potential buyers.

  • Are your ceilings outdated? "Popcorn" is no longer a desired design element. REMEMBER! Older ceilings could contain asbestos, so if there is any uncertainty in yours before taking on this project, get it tested by professionals. Tackling popcorn DIY style? Click HERE for a how-to.

  • There's nothing worse than bad air quality—which can have many culprits from outside seasonal allergens to hidden filth in your home. Older carpets might be harboring contaminants and allergens, especially if you have pets. You can hire a professional company to test the indoor air quality. If the results call for replacement, choose natural products like tile or laminate floors that are friendly on the environment. BONUS: Non-carpeted floors are easier to clean and will give your home an updated look.

 

OUTSIDE:

Curb appeal is everything, even if you aren't in the immediate market to sell. A satisfied Home Owner's Association along with happy neighbors translates to a quality way of life for you as an Indian Lake homeowner.

  • Short term: If it's in your budget, hire a lawn care company to be responsible for weekly grooming on your lawn and any shrubbery. If it's not in your budget, then do it yourself. Or put your teenager to work. Keep your lawn watered, trimmed, and free of insect infestation.

  • Long term: Landscaping. Mature shade trees provide curb appeal, reduced cooling costs when strategically located, and help the environment by providing habitat for wildlife, something that is dwindling the more we develop lands. Another thing to consider for enhancing curb appeal are shrubs and colorful flowers. Purchase plants that are found in 'your neck of the woods' for best results. If possible, look at drought-tolerant varieties as well to help your water bill. Here are some suggestions from Better Homes and Gardens for native plants.

May
12

 

A beautiful home in Logan County is only partly about the house itself. A great deal of the value of a real estate property is the level to which you maintain and care for the lawn and landscaping. With summer getting here and the grass starting to grow again, now is the time to get some control over your landscaping in order to present the best possible homes on the market in Logan County. In order to help you prepare for lawn mowing season, we've prepared a few general tips and best practices to help you get in the spirit of summer.

 

Mow Your Lawn Weekly

Grass grows at a steady rate in Ohio and most healthy lawns require mowing every week or at least every other week. A good three inch height for grass is healthy and allows it to continue to stay green and lush.  Anything shorter runs the risk of cutting it too close to the roots and it will lose its color and health. The hotter and drier the weather, the slower your lawn will grow so you may not have to cut the grass as often when things get really hot.

 

Water Your Lawn for Health

Brown grass is as bad as no grass at all so when it's hot and dry, it's important to keep the lawn watered.  A well-watered lawn will grow fuller and greener which always looks better when someone pulls up to look at the property. Watering the lawn can make your grass stand out from the neighbors if they aren't giving the grass a good shower every few days. If you use automatic sprinkler systems, set them to go off every other day rather than daily, to conserve the local water table.

 

Fertilizer and Weed Killer

A healthy lawn benefits from organic and natural fertilizer products to provide extra nutrients to the soil that help grass to grow green and healthy. You can always tell the difference in yards that use some sort of fertilizer and those that don't. If your yard has a problem with weeds and dandelions, try a post-emergent herbicide designed to kill broadleaf weeds without destroying the turf grasses.  These are safest on the lawn but should only be applied when temperatures are below 85 degrees.

 

Remember that when home buyers are shopping for houses for sale in Logan County they want to see a well-manicured healthy lawn surrounding your house.  Keep it trimmed and pristine and you'll have better luck selling a house in Logan County.

 

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