Category: Homeowner Tips (117)

Are you considering selling your home? If you’re keeping up with the local market, you know it’s crazy. The pace of the market is very fast. For sellers, this is great news! You may be in a prime position to get top dollar for you home right now and still take advantage of low interest rates on the buy side.

Selling Your Home in Five Steps
  1.  We Need to Talk:  To make a move as simple as possible for you, we need to understand your goals and priorities. From there, we’ll work with you to establish a timeline for your sale and possibly purchase as well. We’ll also review the financial piece together to ensure a smooth transition between homes. A quick tour of your current home will allow us to evaluate how it compares to the market for an accurate pricing strategy.
  2. Focus on the House:  Once we have a plan in place, it’s time to turn attention to the home to sell. What needs to be done to present the property its best? We’ll provide you with a list of to-dos to make sure you hit the market with the best first impression! If we need to bring our stager in early for more extensive work, we’ll do that, too. Need vendors to help? We’ll share our list of favorites!
  3. Develop Your Marketing Plan:  You won’t find a team that markets more effectively for your home. We are strategic and create individual marketing plans for each of our listings. Every home is different, and that demands a different approach. We go outside the box to reach our target areas. We’re social and traditional. You’ll get a full package you’ll be proud to share to help extend the reach of your listing!
  4. Leave the Details to Us:  Buying and selling a home involves LOTS of moving parts. It’s OUR job to manage the entire process for you!! This starts pre-listing and goes all the way to the closing table, and often beyond. You’ll receive a consistent, hands-on experience working with us. Of course we need your participation, but you’ll be able to shoulder the bulk of the work with us.
  5. Bring it All Together:  Managing a transaction involves many details and paperwork (electronic!!). It also involves MANY people. We’re easy to work with and will keep your transaction on track. This means nudging others when needed and taking the lead on the file. It takes extra effort when you have back-to-back transactions, but we know how to put a timeline in place that’s realistic to get everyone and everything (including funds!!) where they need to be on time.

You can count on us to do everything we can to make your next move easier, and hopefully more FUN!! Learn more about our agents here or call 913.402.2599 to be matched with someone in your market right away!!

Holidays are the perfect time of year to welcome friends and family into your home! Whether you’ll have company staying with you, or you’re on to host a holiday party, we’ve pulled together a few quick holiday entertaining tips to help!

holiday entertaining tipsOvernight Guests

It’s a busy season, and having overnight guests can add to your to-do list. But, keeping things simple can help manage the stress. Have a few ideas in your back pocket to keep everyone entertained – these ideas are great for a group to go out and do or as suggestions for your guests to explore our great city on their own!

As for preparing your home, it’s nice to provide fresh linens and have toiletries available for use. And, if you have time to clear a drawer or add some extra hangers, that’s great, too! Show your guests around when they arrive – if they feel comfortable to help themselves, that’s even easier for you!

Quick Meals

We all spend extra time in the kitchen this time of year, but every meal doesn’t need to be a fancy spread! Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests by planning ahead for a few easy meals. Think of food that feeds a crowd – lasagna/bread/salad, chili/toppings/cornbread, soups/sandwiches or a taco bar! Meals like these often provide leftovers that make for quick lunches, too. A win-win!

If you want to keep it REALLY simple, carry in! You can place orders ahead with restaurants like Olive Garden, your favorite Chinese restaurants and more. This is a good option if guests want to contribute to a meal as well. Everyone can chip in and have a yummy meal with little effort!

Fun Apps & Drinks

Appetizers are also perfect for holiday entertaining! In fact, you can make a meal out of a few apps, salad/soup and a sweet for your guests. For those of you hosting holiday parties or attending events and need to bring an app, check out these quick snacks – from hot appetizer options to nacho recipes, you’ll find something that catches your eye!

And don’t forget about drinks! Have a variety available to guests, including mixers and fun non-alcohol options. If you’re feeling extra festive, here are some signature holiday drinks to consider! We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

prepare your home to sellWe’re already taking listing appointments for spring. You read that right! The demand for inventory across the Kansas City market provides a great opportunity for people thinking about moving. Many of our clients have experienced the benefit of a sellers’ market throughout 2017 where homes are selling quickly and at good prices. And, quite of few of these sellers received multiple offers and/or sold over list price! With similar market conditions expected in 2018, we’re already taking calls and making appointments with clients who want to get a jump on the spring market.

Typically by this time in November, we’re seeing market activity taper off. But signs of holiday decline aren’t showing as early this year. In fact, homes are still coming on the market, even with Thanksgiving just two weeks away! This in and of itself is an indicator of the need for more listings. The buyer demand is there and it’s strong. Winter is a smart time to take advantage of time indoors to get your home ready to be ahead of spring competition!

Prepare Your Home to Sell Now and Be First to Market!

Our listing appointments generally take about an hour, and there is no prep work required on your part. There is also no commitment required from you. We will bring recent market data from your surrounding area to discuss pricing nearby to so you can determine if a move in 2018 makes good financial sense for you. We will also ask for a tour of your home so you can share any special features or updates you have made to the property. This is important for two reasons. One, it helps us determine where you home ranks in value compared to your neighbors for strategic pricing. Two, it lays the foundation for a pre-listing checklist of items that need to be addressed before your home is staged and photographed to market.

We have a solid grasp on what area buyers are looking for and can use that insight to ensure your home is in top condition to list. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and it’s our job to make sure that impression is the very best it can be!

If you have a particular agent on our team you’d like to invite to your home for a listing appointment, you can find individual contact information here. Otherwise, you can reach us anytime at 913.402.2599 or info@bgsellskc.com and we’ll assign your appointment to an agent who is very familiar with your neighborhood and surrounding area. We are excited for what’s to come in 2018!

We love fall in KC! The weather is mild, there is gorgeous color around town and it’s the perfect time to get cozy at home before the holidays. Here are a few of our recent favorites to incorporate the feeling of fall inside your home!

FallCincinnati Recipe Chili Mix:  There’s no better meal for a cool evening than chili. Take a twist on this traditional favorite and give Cincinnati try! You can order a 6-pack of the spice mix on Amazon and it couldn’t be easier to make. You just add the mix, water, tomato paste and uncooked ground beef to a pot and let time do the rest. Serve it over spaghetti with shredded cheese for Three-Way or make Coneys!

Essential Oils:  If you don’t have your pumpkin spice candle burning already, we bet you will soon! Essential oils are another way to provide seasonal aroma to your home in a safe way that can also promote wellness. Right now, we’re loving On Guard from doTERRA. That name might not sound like fall, but we promise it has a nice scent with hints of orange peel, clove bud and cinnamon! The smell is great, but even better, the oil provides a natural alternative for immune support. Hello, flu season! You can diffuse it or even use it diluted as a surface cleaner or hand cleanser. Ask our friend and client, Lynn Salzman, to learn more about how the oil can help protect your family this season.

Halloween Pillows for Your Porch:  Add some whimsy to your outdoor space with this fun Halloween design. At $8 a pillow, this is an expensive way to bring a bit of Halloween home. Simple and classic this design can be used year after year, even as you adjust your Halloween décor. The pillows can be used indoors as well! Other designs are available at the link.

Louisburg Cider Donuts & More:  Love cider donuts, pumpkin butter and cider spices? Cozy, cozy, COZY! If you can’t make it out to Louisburg Cider Mill this year, no worries. You can order the flavors of the season to be delivered to your door! They even sell a donut pan to make their popular donuts at home. You’ll find fun holiday gift ideas online, too!

Outdoor Throw:  Fall evenings can turn crisp fast. Here’s a good-looking outdoor throw from Target to keep you warm around the fire pit! The black and white pattern will compliment most décor and adds a pop of style. And it’s 60-in. by 50 in. – plenty of room to snuggle up in!

fire pitThe first day of fall is less than a month away, which means cooler nights around the fire pit aren’t far behind! In recent years, we have noticed more homes across KC investing in outdoor living spaces. We see people expanding decks, adding stamped concrete patios and incorporating kitchen and fire pit designs to their hardscapes. Having or adding an outdoor living space expands your usable living space at home. And, it’s a fun way to have an extra area to entertain from during mild seasons!

This trend of investing in outdoor living does not appear to be slowing down. From our perspective, this serves as an indicator that our local market appreciates outdoor living additions. While the ROI on an outdoor project might not be 100%, these types of features can bring value to a home listing. And, you don’t need to make a huge investment to add a bit of outdoor ambiance to your home! A fire pit is a good place to start to enhance your outdoor space. It’s generally a smaller expense, and can retain value relatively well.

On top of that, NAR reports “not only can outdoor remodeling projects add value to a home on resale, but they can also bring advantages to homeowners planning to stay in their homes in the form of increased happiness.” So, even if you don’t get your money back dollar for dollar with a fire pit installation, there is also value for YOU while you enjoy nights with family and friends outdoors at home.

FIRE PIT INSTALLATION

We understand taking on a new home project can seem overwhelming. Often the best place to start is browsing ideas online. There are so many unique fire pit designs out there that run from sleek and sophisticated, to quant and rustic. You’re sure to find a style that suits your taste and budget! Have a look at some of our favorite outdoor entertaining designs on Pinterest, like these inexpensive DIY plans. A DIY job could be great if you want to try a small scale pit to see if it meets your needs before making a larger investment. This video from realtor.com also walks you through a DIY in just five steps!

For those of you looking for a more custom footprint as part of a larger design, we have some great folks to recommend to you! Always check our list of Trusted Vendors for most anything you need across KC. If you don’t find what you’re looking for or want additional names, just reach out to us and we’ll get you hooked up. One of us is always available at 913.402.2599.

Cheers to a cozy, fun fall!

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