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Missing Jasper

Missing Jasper

Clarence and Myrtle have long since been retired, and the frigid weather of Wisconsin has seeped into their aching bones for far too long. With three adult kids living in Florida they decided it was time to put the house up for sale and head to the ocean. Today was...

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting ready to put your home on the market?  De-cluttered and clean is a must.  But what else can you do to make your home really shine?  There are easy fixes that aren’t big WOW’s, but will make your home show better.   Woodwork with scratches, nicks and...

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Okay we all know that you can not downsize in just 10 minutes!  However, I think we often say I ONLY have 10 minutes so I will wait until I have more time.  The word ONLY is stopping you from starting. ONLY is a very powerful word.  It can be used to...

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time to Get Out of The Snow and Cold? Have you ever considered moving out of the Midwest?  Where would you move?  Would you go permanently or still spend part of the year here? A survey by Bankrate shows that half of people ages 50 to...

No Joanna Not Everything Needs ShipLap!

No Joanna Not Everything Needs ShipLap!

As a Realtor I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HGTV.  LOVE the ideas, HATE the pressure it puts on home owners trying to sell. Move this wall, paint everything white and add shiplap!!  If you have heard this or have wanted to do this I know you have...

Annette’s Packing Plan

Annette’s Packing Plan

I have created this system to keep me organized and to make packing/unpacking as stress free as possible. Determine a number sequence for each room or area of your house. (ie: kitchen 100’s, family room 200’s, guest bathroom 300’s…) As you pack each room, record the...

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

The first step is to understand what the value of your home is in the current marketplace. Typically, I will set up an initial appointment so I can see your home in person. Fill out this form to calculate the value of your home. Make a list of all the updates you have...

Missing Jasper

Missing Jasper

Clarence and Myrtle have long since been retired, and the frigid weather of Wisconsin has seeped into their aching bones for far too long. With three adult kids living in Florida they decided it was time to put the house up for sale and head to the ocean. Today was...

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting ready to put your home on the market?  De-cluttered and clean is a must.  But what else can you do to make your home really shine?  There are easy fixes that aren’t big WOW’s, but will make your home show better.   Woodwork with scratches, nicks and...

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Okay we all know that you can not downsize in just 10 minutes!  However, I think we often say I ONLY have 10 minutes so I will wait until I have more time.  The word ONLY is stopping you from starting. ONLY is a very powerful word.  It can be used to...

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time to Get Out of The Snow and Cold? Have you ever considered moving out of the Midwest?  Where would you move?  Would you go permanently or still spend part of the year here? A survey by Bankrate shows that half of people ages 50 to...

No Joanna Not Everything Needs ShipLap!

No Joanna Not Everything Needs ShipLap!

As a Realtor I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HGTV.  LOVE the ideas, HATE the pressure it puts on home owners trying to sell. Move this wall, paint everything white and add shiplap!!  If you have heard this or have wanted to do this I know you have...

Annette’s Packing Plan

Annette’s Packing Plan

I have created this system to keep me organized and to make packing/unpacking as stress free as possible. Determine a number sequence for each room or area of your house. (ie: kitchen 100’s, family room 200’s, guest bathroom 300’s…) As you pack each room, record the...

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

The first step is to understand what the value of your home is in the current marketplace. Typically, I will set up an initial appointment so I can see your home in person. Fill out this form to calculate the value of your home. Make a list of all the updates you have...

Buying A Home

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

According to a heat map study shown in “Minimalism, A Documentary About Important Things” (Find at: minimalismfilm.com) Americans only use about 40% of our living spaces regularly.   The map shows most of the activity in the kitchen/ dining area, then the family room...

The First Time is Special

The First Time is Special

Buying a house for the first time is very exciting.  I remember feeling like I had finally reached “real” adulthood.  I also remember feeling overwhelmed, confused and slightly freaked out! At the time my husband was working in the corporate world.  We were being...

Buying a House?  Writing the Offer

Buying a House? Writing the Offer

Thinking about buying a home? Click here for a some additional information.  (Thinking About Buying A Home?  ) You have found the one?  Now it is time to write the offer!   Are you a first time home buyer?  Maybe this  is not your first rodeo.  Whichever the case this...

Thinking About Buying A Home?

Thinking About Buying A Home?

So you want to buy a home? Here is what you need to do! Meet with a Lender to determine how much house you can afford. If you don’t have a lender I can give you suggestions of trustworthy lenders.   Think about what you need/want in your new home.  I.E. Price range,...

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

According to a heat map study shown in “Minimalism, A Documentary About Important Things” (Find at: minimalismfilm.com) Americans only use about 40% of our living spaces regularly.   The map shows most of the activity in the kitchen/ dining area, then the family room...

The First Time is Special

The First Time is Special

Buying a house for the first time is very exciting.  I remember feeling like I had finally reached “real” adulthood.  I also remember feeling overwhelmed, confused and slightly freaked out! At the time my husband was working in the corporate world.  We were being...

Buying a House?  Writing the Offer

Buying a House? Writing the Offer

Thinking about buying a home? Click here for a some additional information.  (Thinking About Buying A Home?  ) You have found the one?  Now it is time to write the offer!   Are you a first time home buyer?  Maybe this  is not your first rodeo.  Whichever the case this...

Thinking About Buying A Home?

Thinking About Buying A Home?

So you want to buy a home? Here is what you need to do! Meet with a Lender to determine how much house you can afford. If you don’t have a lender I can give you suggestions of trustworthy lenders.   Think about what you need/want in your new home.  I.E. Price range,...

Senior Real Estate Specialist

What is an SRES®?

What is an SRES®?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help...

What is an SRES®?

What is an SRES®?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help...

Interesting Information

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Furnace Duct Sealing Dave Stoinski of Best Informed Home Inspections, LLC shared the following tips. Sealing up your furnace ducts is a simple task that can save you money on your utility bill and make your house more comfortable. You don’t have to take my word for...

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Furnace Duct Sealing Dave Stoinski of Best Informed Home Inspections, LLC shared the following tips. Sealing up your furnace ducts is a simple task that can save you money on your utility bill and make your house more comfortable. You don’t have to take my word for...

Your Home’s Value

To receive a free market analysis estimating your home’s value, just fill in the form below. I will analyze the data you provide and get back to you with comparable sale information for your neighborhood and a range of approximate values for your home. If you need a more precise valuation estimate, I will arrange to tour the property with you. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

 

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Get Ready to Sell Your House

It is important to remember that how you live in a home and how you sell a home is typically very different. Having your home in good showing condition generally will net you more money in a shorter amount of time. Try to look at your home as if you are seeing it for the first time, just like the potential buyers will be. As you walk through your home think about de-cluttering and depersonalizing.

 

Consider the CORE basics to ger your home Market Ready!

 

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Clean

Deep Clean- corners, ceilings, closets, floors, walls A clean home gives the impression that it has been well cared for

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Organize

A Place for Everything and Everything in it’s place! Buyers have difficulty looking beyond the “stuff” if a home appears cluttered.

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Repair

 Repair/replace anything not working properly; patch & paint ceilings & walls Fixing minor issues upfront can reduce buyer’s concerns

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Extras

Touches that will help make the buyer feel “at Home” Remember your home is competing with others; you want yours to stand out

CURB APPEAL

Clean

  • Wash Windows
  • Power wash siding, patios, & sidewalks if needed
  • Clean up landscaped areas- remove weeds, add mulch if needed
  • Mow the Lawn, trim trees and shrubs away from the house
  • In Fall – rake leaves, remove dead plants
  • In Winter- keep everything shoveled & de-iced

Organize

  • Store Tools and other equipment neatly in garage
  • Remove any trash/junk from sides/back of garage or house
  • Remove excess yard decor

Repair

  • Repair any broken windows or doors
  • Repair major cracks in the sidewalk/driveway
  • Repair roof shingles, shutters, gutters, siding, fencing

Extras

  • Purchase A New Welcome Mat for Front Door
  • Add a potted plant and/or wreath
  • Add New House Numbers
INTERIOR

Clean

  • Make sure all lights are working
  • Clean light switch & outlet covers
  • Sweep and mop all floors
  • Deodorize & clean all carpets
  • Wash Windows inside and out
  • Wash all window treatments
  • Get rid of all pet odors

Organize

  • Start to de-clutter, donate and pack up items you won’t be using while your home is listed

Repair

  • Touch up nicks/scratches on stained wood with Old English Scratch Cover or Howard Restor-A-Finish. Make sure to match your wood color
  • Repair/replace light switch & outlet covers as necessary

Extras

  • Fresh cookies or a bowl of chocolate
  • Soft music playing
KITCHEN

Clean

  • Deep Clean cabinets/counters & polish sinks/faucets
  • Clean all appliances, inside and out

Organize

  • Find homes for most items on kitchen counter so they can be tucked away during showings
  • Remove all notes, pictures & magnets from the refrigerator
  • Clear away any papers, mail or newspaper that may have accumulated on countertops
  • Remove all dishes, pots & pan from counters and sinks
  • Pack up unused items from cupboards (refer to Packing Plan)

Repair

  • Repair any leaks in faucet/sink
  • Repair/replace any broken appliances
  • Repair any non-working cabinets/drawers

Extras

  • Replacing Handles, light fixtures & faucets can be an inexpensive face lift
  • Add a bouquet of fresh flowers
  • Purchase New Dish Towels and rugs if needed
  • Emphasize your windows. Many people are attracted to kitchens with large windows. If you need to replace your blinds or curtains, do so now.
BATHROOMS

Clean

  • Deep Clean sinks, toilets, bathtubs/showers
  • Polish Mirrors & faucets

Organize

  • Remove any unnecessary items from the counters
  • Organize linen closets, medicine cabinets, etc.

Repair

  • Repair any faucet, sink and/or toilet leaks
  • Caulk around sinks, tubs, showers
  • Grout tile if necessary

Extras

  • Replacing Handles, light fixtures & faucets can be an inexpensive face lift
  • Purchase new hand towels, rug & shower curtain
LIVING AREAS

Clean

  • Dust Furniture
  • Have upholstered furniture cleaned if necessary

Organize

  • Straighten Bookshelves & knick-knack/collection shelves or pack up if it will give the room a more open feel
  • Remove piles of papers/magazines from tables & floors
  • Rearrange furniture if needed to showcase the room
  • Store extra pieces of furniture to make room appear larger
  • Remove family photos

Repair

  • Repair ceiling fans /lights as necessary

Extras

  • Cover older/outdated furniture with slip-covers
  • Purchase new throw pillows for a punch of color
BEDROOMS

Clean

  • Wash your comforter and dust ruffle
  • Dust all furniture & ceiling fans

Organize

  • Remove extra furniture & rearrange to define area
  • Make closets more appealing by storing seasonal clothes/shoes elsewhere

Repair

  • Make sure all closet doors function smoothly

Extras

  • Add Decorative pillows to the beds
  • Add a Plant
BASEMENT & GARAGE

Clean

  • Sweep & clean floors
  • Remove cobwebs from walls, window and ceilings

Organize

  • Using matching boxes/totes pack up items & stack or place on shelving units to give area a more organized look
  • Remove unnecessary tools or toys, and put them into storage.
  • Increase the space by organizing everything. Organize all areas- workshop, garden equipment & garage

Repair

  • Have furnace & a/c serviced, filters cleaned or replaced
  • Make sure hot water heater is in good condition

Extras

  • Label light switches and electrical panel
  • Hang curtains to cover storage areas or areas that are not as organized
  • Remove all cars from the garage before each showing. A garage without cars always looks bigger.
  • Garages tend to be one of the most poorly lit areas of any home. Add more lighting so it appears more spacious.
Laundry Room

Clean

  • If your laundry room is in a dark part of your house, spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint.
  • Make sure your washer and dryer are absolutely spotless and sparkling clean.

Organize

  • Make your buyer feel like there’s a lot of space in your laundry room.  Clear away any unnecessary items and dirty clothes
  • Keep all of your storage areas organized

Repair

  • Replace broken or missing receptacle and outlet covers. 
  • Consult an electrician about GFCI outlets. 

Extras

  • If your laundry room has a cement floor cover it up with a nice decorative rug. 

When you put your home on the market, it needs to be immaculate. It needs to have all of the positive aspects that attract buyers. The market is full of people who spend every weekend looking at new homes. They have seen a lot, and the more they see, the more your home needs to stand out from the crowd. These days, it simply isn’t enough to just take care of basic repairs and cleaning. Your home needs to be presented in a light that gets buyers to imagine all the possibilities. You need to make them dream.

Contact me today!

I look forward to helping you open new doors!

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 2215 S Oneida St Appleton, WI 54915