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Seller's Cleaning Guide - JYB Realty

Congratulations, you've found the ideal buyers, the ink has dried on the paperwork, and our real estate agents are helping you finalize the process. Essentially, it's a clean break! All you have to do is hand over the house keys to the new owners, walk away, and celebrate, right?

Well, not just yet! While it's tempting to skip out on the last few cleaning chores, not observing seller's etiquette could actually compromise the sale of your home.

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Listing Photos - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

Times have changed. From birthday presents to a new pair of shoes, shoppers seek the items they desire online, avoiding brick-and-mortar stores. The same holds true of home sales, shifting the focus from driving through the neighborhood to looking at houses online. Our real estate agents will assure you that if you want to sell your home quickly and easily, you'll invest in a series of listing photographs that will show your house to its greatest advantage. Here are a few things to keep in mind before your house is photographed.

  • Make it sparkle!
    The camera lens is far more critical than the human eye, allowing viewers to enlarge a photo with the swipe of a finger. And you can be assured that they will do exactly that. Every streak on the baseboards will stand out. Smart sellers won't just clean the house the best they can. They will hire a service to deep clean all of the places they didn't think about. Make sure all windows are cleaned and drapes pulled open to show off both the view and the natural light.

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Decluttering Like the Pros - Sellers - JYB Realty

Estimates indicate that a whopping 80 percent of items in a household sit unused. Our real estate agents find that a home with less clutter appears larger and more appealing to potential better.

If you're ready to tame your home's clutter, make sure to determine how you want to declutter. Many homeowners forgo decluttering simply because it feels too overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you find your decluttering preferences. 

Decluttering Methods That Suits Your Goals

There are a slew of decluttering methods that will help you decide what things to keep. The best alternative will depend on your goals for decluttering and what you're hoping to accomplish.

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Carpet or Hardwood - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

Which is better, carpet or hardwood? This is a common question many homeowners have when trying to find the best flooring choice for their homes. The "right" decision for you will depend on your situation, budget, and taste. If you're planning to put your home on the market, you'll also need to consider the preferences and traditions in your neighborhood. Our real estate agents take a look at the difference between carpet floors and hardwood floors.

  • Care and Cleaning
    Of the two materials, hardwood flooring is easier to clean and maintain. The floor can be swept, vacuumed, or damp mopped to remove loose dirt, dust, surface stains, and other debris. Also, it's easier to spot dust and dirt on a hardwood floor.

    Keeping the carpet clean typically involves simple but frequent vacuuming. However, some people feel that keeping the carpet fully clean is a little tougher because stains soak in and settle permanently. Also, dust, pollen, micro-bacteria, and other allergens are easily trapped in the fibers. Carpet is a hard choice in high traffic areas and for people with pets or those who suffer from allergies.

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Kitchen Lighting - Homeownership - JYB Realty

To see, or not to see — 'tis not the philosophical question anyone wants to grapple with while cooking their favorite meal. If you ask our real estate agents the one ingredient that can make a beautiful kitchen seem dull and drab, the top answer will almost always be the lighting. In particular, task lighting makes it much easier to achieve culinary perfection. Whether you are building a new home or renovating your kitchen, pay close attention to the illumination you put into the plans.

  • Under-Cabinet Lights are Worth Their Weight in Golden Saffron
    Under-cabinet lights banish shadows from your countertops. They make it easier to fill the coffee pot, roll the dough, or chop the carrots. They also make these tasks safer and less likely to spill all over the floor when you miss your mark. These lights are simple and inexpensive to install. You can choose DIY plug-in puck lights and mounted strip lights for fast and inexpensive installation. However, the best option which will add significant value to the kitchen is professionally mounted hard-wired lights.  

    Because these lighting options fit snugly beneath the cabinets, they are an unobtrusive feature that won't eat up valuable storage space. They can be controlled by switches or operated via smart home systems. Connecting your under-cabinet lights to your smart home offers a considerable advantage: you won't have to wash your hands to turn the lights on or adjust the lighting. This can make cooking a little faster and easier.

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Prepare for Home Inspection - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

So you've listed your home, found a buyer, and accepted an offer. Congratulations! You're almost closing the sale, but you still have to make it through the home inspection before you start packing. The home inspection process can be nerve-racking for a seller. You don't want the deal to fall through, be stuck with the cost of major repairs, or lower the price to account for repairs. With that in mind, it's important to show your home in the best possible light and have the inspection go as smoothly as possible. Our real estate agents provide tips for how you can get ready for a home inspection.

  • Work With Your Real Estate Agent
    Depending on how many houses you've sold before, you may have little to no experience with home inspection preparations and negotiations. Now is the time to trust your agent to help you navigate the process. Your real estate agent can explain how the home inspection works, help you understand the types of home maintenance problems that are common in your area, develop a plan for repair requests, determine whether you're in a seller's or buyer's market, and help you with negotiations based on the findings.

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Wall Improvements - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents know that sellers are always looking for ways to impress buyers and make them notice all their home has to offer. Getting ready to sell always means completing a few projects around the house. When you're redoing a room, deciding on a look for the walls is a must. The walls are usually the largest surface and most noticeable part of a room. So it's a good opportunity to really catch a buyer's attention.

  1. Repair and patch. This is a big must when you're selling and it's the first step in any wall-related project.  Life happens, and your walls may have dents, cracks, gouges, or nail holes to prove it. They may seem small, but buyers will notice, and repairing them will make a dramatic difference.  For nail holes and other small blemishes, spackle and a putty knife will do the trick. For large holes mesh patches or a piece of drywall and some joint compound will be necessary. Sand afterward to blend the repairs into the rest of the wall.

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Re-Siding Tips for Homeowners - JYB Realty

Maybe you're concerned that the exterior of your home looks a little drab and worn down. Or, perhaps you want a different style for your home's siding. Rejuvenate your home by re-siding it.

Re-siding is an excellent way to prepare your home to put on the market before you call our real estate agents. When re-siding your home, here are a few things you should consider. 

  1. Whether Your Siding Actually Requires Replacement
    If you like the look of your home, but know your siding has quite a few holes and tears, it's important to determine if re-siding is your best option. While new siding will overhaul the entire look of your home, it's also a large investment.

    An alternative might be repairing or replacing the damaged portions of your home. Whether repairing is a viable solution depends on the age and condition of your siding and how many areas have damage.

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Landscaping Trends - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents are on top of the hottest landscaping trends for the Empire City of the South in 2020. Word is some of the most popular trends are tracking from previous years—they're just too good to let go. But we're also watching some newer outdoor styles, making their way from coast to coast and evolving to fit Atlanta's unique Southern landscaping scene. 

Still Trending in 2020

  1. Indoor Living Moves Outdoors. This concept has been around for a while, but it's still going strong. In Atlanta, it's come to mean finding new ways to enjoy the outdoors longer—through the chill of winter and the hottest days of summer.

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Online Listings - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents understand that your real estate plans can change in an instant. Whether you've been planning on selling your home for months or have recently encountered a situation that requires you to list it as soon as possible, the current world events have certainly disrupted our collective sense of normalcy. However, as long as the world keeps spinning, we must try to move forward with our plans as safely and intelligently as possible — including continuing to help buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals.

Now more than ever, online listings are vital resources that will impact a seller's success. Although most sellers are aware that the quality of a virtual listing has a significant impact on the buyer's perception of a home, they may not realize just how important their online presence is in our ever-changing world. When it comes to listing Atlanta homes for sale, every seller needs to understand that first-impressions matter more than they may know.

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Color of the Year - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

It's a new year — a time to embrace change, leap into new experiences, and say yes to amazing opportunities. Whether you're hoping to upgrade your space to one of our new Atlanta homes for sale or if you're planning on relocating to the city of your dreams, our real estate agents encourage you to help sell your home with Pantone's Color of the Year — Classic Blue!

2020 Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue

What defines a classic? It's a hallmark of a yesterday that we don't want to let go. It's a memory, a feeling that we love to immerse ourselves in. If there's one color that will let us swim in such serenity, it's Pantone's Color of the Year — Classic Blue. This rich, stable color instills a sense of calm as we venture into a new decade. The peace and tranquility it lends our spirit allows us to focus our minds and prepare to take on the year with resilience.

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Closet Organization for Sellers - JYB Realty

As you prepare your home to put it on the market, it's easy to focus on the more obvious rooms and neglect your closets. In fact, as you clean other rooms, you may have ended up storing some additional items in your closets. Overstuffed, dark, and disorganized closets are a turn-off to prospective buyers. They want to see stylish, roomy areas in Atlanta homes for sale so they'll enough space to store what they need and not dread going into their closets.

Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to make your closets appeal to prospective buyers:

  • Give your closets a thorough cleaning
    Make sure to clean your closets when you're getting your home ready to sell. Empty each closet and clean it with a damp rag and extendable duster from top to bottom. Clean the floor with a vacuum if it's carpeted and with a dust mop or Swiffer Wet Jet if it has hardwood floors. After you clean, leave the doors open and let your closet dry out before replacing any items.

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Neutral Home Decor - Josey Young & Brady Realty

It's not unusual to want or need to do some updates when getting ready to sell your home. And with so many amazing home makeovers all over TV, it can be tempting to want to incorporate every up-to-the-second trend into your Atlanta home for sale remodeling project. But don't get too excited just yet.

Our real estate agents know what makes your home appealing to as many potential buyers as possible. Neutral paint, décor, and finishes that look modern, but not overly trendy, and design that doesn't look too personalized offer the kind of wide appeal that can sell your home faster. So if you're selling soon, here are a few home remodeling trends you'd be better off avoiding. 

  • Farmhouse chic. After years of over-saturation, this design trend is finally running out of steam. This includes elements like shiplap walls, farmhouse sinks, and distressed furniture. It's also a pretty specific style, so if you're selling you'll run the risk of turning off buyers that would prefer a different look.

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Storage Unit Solutions for Sellers - JY&B Realty

Are you planning on selling your home and moving on to a new one in the near future? If so, you should know that making good use of a storage unit can help. As our real estate agents often advise home sellers, clearing out at least a third of what is now in your home can make it more appealing to buyers, helping you sell faster and possibly at a better price.

So how exactly should you use a storage unit to help you make your best sale on your home? Here are five ways storage units can help you make your home stand out from the crowd of Atlanta homes for sale:

  1. Use it to store personal items
    Personal items, like family pictures, trophies, toys, knick-knacks, and books, are the things that make a house your home. While this is a good thing in everyday life, a homey look can make selling your home more difficult. Getting such items out of the house and into a storage unit helps depersonalize the home, giving potential buyers the opportunity to picture it as their new home.

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Exterior Home Improvements-JYB Realty

It's every seller's dream for buyers to come see their home and instantly fall in love. But how do you know what buyers are really looking for? Our real estate agents have lots of experience with Atlanta homes for sale and there are just some things that buyers want to see again and again. If you're lucky enough to have these features already in your home, make sure buyers know about them. If you're looking to make some improvements before you sell, these exterior features are sure to get a buyer's attention.

  1. Exterior lighting. Exterior lights serve two purposes, so if you don't have any, adding some offers a lot of value for your home improvement dollar. Aesthetics and safety are top considerations for homeowners, and exterior lighting provides both. Lights can be part of the security system with motion sensors, they can highlight areas of the property, or provide illumination by entrances or along pathways or stairs for extra safety.

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Paint to Sell-Josey Young & Brady Realty

Spring has sprung, and our real estate agents are busy helping clients with Atlanta homes for sale prepare for the most active selling season of the year. One of their top tips is to use paint to get your home in buyer-ready condition. So grab your paintbrush, roller and drop cloth and read on to learn how you can make your home more appealing with a few coats of paint.

  • Give the Exterior of Your Home Some Love
    There's no denying that creating curb appeal is vital—first impressions are everything with it comes to selling your home. If the exterior of your home is falling flat, consider giving it a makeover with paint. Many potential buyers drive by before looking at a home. If they're faced with a messy exterior or peeling paint, they may not come back. Ask around and get a few estimates from professional painters—they have the skill and tools to do the job safely and make it stand out from the crowd. Its best to choose a neutral or earthy tone for the exterior of your home, but make sure to pick a different color for trim—the contrast will be more eye-catching than using a single color.

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Spring Home Maintenance-Josey Young & Brady Realty

Our real estate agents often get asked for advice about getting a home ready for sale. Completing maintenance projects is on the top of the list. Spring is the busiest home buying season, so Atlanta homes for sale need to be ready for all the action!

You'll want your home to make a good impression on potential buyers, so getting all those home maintenance tasks completed is a must. Better weather, pleasant temperatures, and extra money from tax refunds make spring the perfect time to complete those projects. And fixing small problems before they become bigger ones will help keep your home in top condition all year long.

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Staging Tips - Josey Young & Brady Realty

If you're preparing to put your home on the market soon, you probably want to accomplish two things: Sell your home as quickly as you can and get as much for it as possible. To do that, you need your home to look its best.

Over the years, our real estate agents have learned a lot about staging a home to sell. Staging allows you to present your home in the best light and makes it possible for prospective buyers to envision themselves living there. Here's how to do it right. 

  • Eliminate Clutter
    Getting rid of clutter is one of the most important steps to getting your home ready for the market. That means eliminating anything unnecessary, from old magazines and extra knick-knacks to unwanted clothes and furniture. And don't just pack everything into closets; you want those to be clutter-free when potential buyers look around. Donate, recycle and give away what you can, and consider having a yard sale to help purge unnecessary belongings.

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