Your Home Newsletter Nov/Dec 2019 – Residential Real Estate Council

November/December 2019 issue of Your Home newsletter. Tips and trends for homeowners, buyers, and sellers. This issue includes:

  • Saving $ on a new bathroom
  • 5 steps to tidy your garage
  • Finishing your basement

Brought to you by Jean Hedren, Your NW Wisconsin Realtor and member of the Residential Real Estate Council If this is your year to buy or sell real estate, call Jean Hedren at 218-590-6634. Or, email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com

Your Home Newsletter Sept/Oct 2019 – Residential Real Estate Council

September/October 2019 issue of Your Home newsletter. Tips and trends for homeowners, buyers, and sellers. This issue includes:

  • Fall home selling appeal
  • Targeted staging
  • Cold weather home prep

Brought to you by Jean Hedren, Your NW Wisconsin Realtor and member of the Residential Real Estate Council If this is your year to buy or sell real estate, call Jean Hedren at 218-590-6634. Or, email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com

Time to close up the cabin?

Time to close up the cabin for the season? Here is a handy reminder checklist.

Selling your home with a small kitchen

While you may think that selling your home with a small kitchen is a negative, there are several ways that you can make it stand out and appeal to potential buyers:

Light it up. Darkness can often make smaller rooms feel even more cramped. Open the room up to more light by removing all curtains from windows and install recessed blinds. You still get the privacy factor, while also allowing your kitchen to have a brighter feel.

Keep the counters tidy. Messy or cluttered kitchen counters and cabinets add to the small space felling. Keeping your countertops clear of all items, including photos, papers and even appliances, can make it seem like the room is larger than it truly is.

Brighten the walls. Consider painting the wall color to brighter or white tones. Lighter colors tend to open up a room. They are also much more inviting, enticing potential buyers.

Mounted appliances. Mounting appliances on the wall or under the cabinets to create more countertop space, give the kitchen the appearance of being more spacious. The distinctive and interesting design look could attract more interest during a walkthrough or tour.

This article is brought to you by Jean Hedren, a Certified Residential Specialist

These 9 easy home improvements add value to your home

1. Improve energy efficiency Boosting the attic insulation from R11 to R49 can lower heating and cooling costs up to $600 per year (according to Houselogic.com). If the existing insulation comes up just to the tops of the joists, then you may need to add insulation. If you can’t see the joists and the insulation is well above the tops of the joists, you’re probably okay.

2. Spruce up the exterior  You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Projects that enhance curb appeal can offer the best bang for the buck. Basic efforts like power washing the home’s exterior, painting the front door, or adding landscaping improvements can be small investments that enhance curb appeal when selling a home. 

3. Low-maintenance lawn care: Overgrown lawns and bushes will cause your home to stand out—in a bad way. For a few hundred dollars, hire a landscaping service to tidy up. Adding plants and trees native to your region will also help boost the home’s curb appeal.

4. Budget-friendly kitchen remodelsIf your budget allows only one room renovation, go for the kitchen. Most studies have shown as many as 80% of homebuyers list the kitchen as their favorite room. Buyers may be more forgiving of other outdated areas with a newly updated kitchen. A minor kitchen face-lift could include painting cabinets or getting new cabinet doors, new appliances, upgrading countertops, or new cabinet hardware. 

5. Bathroom remodelUpdating bathrooms can make a big impact. Studies have shown a minor bathroom remodel can provide a 102% return on investment, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make big upgrades. Re-grouting tile, replace caulk around the shower, tub, and toilet areas, replace the toilet, mirrors and fixtures can go a long way to improve the look of the bathroom.

6. Deep house cleaning: Make sure your home says “clean” to potential buyers when they walk in the door. Even if you clean your home regularly, hire a cleaning service for a thorough top-to-bottom scrubbing.

7. A coat of paint Painting the home interior is one of the most inexpensive updates you can make. New paint lightens rooms, hides visual defects, and simply makes a room feel fresh and clean.

8. Fix the flooring New flooring can instantly brighten up the home, and makes a huge difference in how your house is perceived by buyers.

9. Make your home feel bigger. You can’t change the square-footage of your home, but you can make each room in your house feel larger. A sunny room feels more open—replace heavy drapes with vertical blinds or shutters. Also, clear the clutter. Add shelving or storage space to help organize.

Thinking of selling? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, 218-590-6634 for a free comprehensive market analysis of your property. 

Ready to sell? This pre-listing checklist can help.

List every repair and improvement you made, no matter how small.Walk through your house and write down everything you can think of. Did you buy a new fridge? Install a new hot water heater? Rebuild your deck? Replace the roof? You also want to list any problems you have addressed, and then talk to a professional about what and how to disclose.

Note the obvious flaws. Maybe there’s a ding in the wall from moving a piece of furniture. Or perhaps your landscaping needs a major refresh. Note the obvious, fixable problems that could affect the sale of your home in order to have an idea of what you’ll need to do to get it market-ready. This information will also be helpful when speaking with a qualified REALTOR®.

Is this your year to sell in NW Wisconsin? I would be very pleased to help. Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, 218-590-6634.

This article is brought to you by Jean Hedren, a Certified Residential Specialist

We will help you sell your home with great photos that get your property noticed

I was delighted to help my clients sell their home on northwest Wisconsin’s Matthews Lake; it just closed last week. This lovely Scandinavian-style cabin has a great location on this clear lake in Trego, WI.  But what really got buyers’ attention were the spectacular photos, both interiors and exteriors, that truly captured the home’s beauty and its wooded, waterfront setting.  My clients were excited about the photos; they knew it was a difference that would make their home stand out from the crowd.

For those great interiors and exteriors, I’d like to thank my husband and in-house photographer Al Cambronne.   To see more examples from this listing, just scroll on down.

Then, if you’d like to see big, beautiful, full-resolution versions of these and other photos from recent projects, check out Al’s website over at AlCambronnePhoto.com.

6 ways to make a great first home selling impression

You won’t have a second chance to make a good first impression. When everything in the front of the house is in perfect repair, buyers will think your house is obviously well cared for. 

  • Your front door can be your home’s focal point. Replace an old door with peeling paint or dated hardware with a new steel door. Or, salvage the door with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. Satin nickel, black, and bronze are the trends.
  • Wash windows inside and out and remove screens for added sparkle.
  • A garage can make a big impact. Replace or paint the door.
  • Don’t overlook the front porch. It’s an iconic symbol of American living. Stage a rocking chair or outdoor table and chairs.
  • Driveway. Repair cracks and clean up oil stains. If budget allows resurface the driveway.
  • After dark. Portable outdoor lights aimed at the house or a beautiful tree offers a low-cost, high-impact effect.

Selling a home in NW Wisconsin? Send me an email or give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, email me: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com. I’ll be happy to provide a current price analysis to give you an idea of what your home will sell for in the current market.

Examples of green home features to help sell your home

The U.S. Department of Energy lists several key features of an energy efficient home. Home sellers, be sure to highlight these features to attract buyers. The infographic at the left (courtesy of National Association of Realtors) shows how buyers rate the importance of green and energy efficient homes.

  1. Appliances and electronics – shop for appliances with the Energy Star logo. Energy Star brand offers a higher energy efficiency rating than the government standard.

2. Insulation and heating/cooling temperature control. The Department of Energy has determined that 56% of home energy costs go to heating and cooling. Improving the insulation in your home and installing a programmable thermostat can be an energy cost saving.

3. Water heater. Keeping the water heater in good working order, or replacing  with an energy efficient model can have a positive impact on your utility bills.

4. Lighting. By switching all lighting to LED or CFL lights, you can use half the energy of incandescent bulbs for 10 times the life.

Selling a home in NW Wisconsin? Send me an email or give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, email me: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com. I’ll be happy to provide a current price analysis to give you an idea of what your home will sell for in the current market.

NW WI Market Update: It’s Been a Long, Hot Winter (In Real Estate)

It’s been a long, cold winter, and spring is finally here.  But never mind the weather; this winter our local lake home and cabin market never did freeze up the way it sometimes can.  In fact, it’s been a long, hot winter.

During the past couple months, I’ve sold nearly my entire inventory of lake homes and cabins.  I need more quality listings now.

If you or anyone you know might be interesting in selling this year, please give me a call. Meanwhile, to learn more about what’s been selling, check out the gallery below.