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May
19

No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged it before they walk inside. You only get one chance to make the best first impression. You want to make your home inviting and welcoming. Making inexpensive cosmetic improvements to the outside of your home can have a tremendous impact.

Consider what buyers see when they drive by your home. It's what we call "curb appeal." How your home looks from the outside will determine whether potential buyers even get out of their cars to look inside.

You're never going to know "exactly" what a buyer wants, so in most cases, you should avoid an expensive kitchen or bathroom remodel, but you should enhance the curb appeal as well as the aesthetics of the interior of your home. Here are some ideas, for the exterior and interior, that won't cost you anything but can help you get a better price for your house.

  • Sweep the front walkway
  • Remove clutter such as toys, bikes, and extra cars
  • Trim the shrubs
  • Consider applying a fresh coat of paint
  • Clean windows, roof, and gutters
  • Mow the lawn and plant flowers
  • Declutter all surfaces
  • Minimize amount of furniture in each room
  • Open the curtains and blinds during photos and showings
  • Add a coat of fresh paint in a neutral color
  • Clean the interior from top to bottom - including flooring and windows
  • Clean up after pets
  • Remove family photographs and other personal items
  • Fix squeaky doors
  • Remove pet odors and toys

Another way to get some additional ideas is to drive by the other homes for sale in your area. These are your competition. What improvements might be necessary to make your home as attractive, or even more attractive, in comparison to the other homes on the market?

Keep in mind that how a home is marketed is completely different from how someone might live there. Potential buyers need to see themselves living in the home, so create an environment where buyers feel they can "move-in" now. 

Minor things matter, so try to get an outsider's perspective, such as your Realtor®, to help you identify problem areas you might have overlooked. Consider getting a second opinion before you do any major renovations or improvements.

A good Realtor® or home stager can help you decide which improvements are most likely to add to your home's sales price and which may cost more money than you can get back. Pro Tip: Staging a home makes it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home and also increases the sum buyers are willing to spend for a property. 

For help making a terrific first impression and understanding what improvements will help your home get sold for higher prices and less time on the market, email us at manager@fivestarlakeshore.com or call us at (616) 355-3737

May
4

It's that time of the year again! Mother's Day is approaching and what better way to show your mom how much you care than by treating her to a delicious brunch with all her favorite dishes? Here are some of our favorite spots in Holland for mom this Mother's Day (in no particular order).

1. Deboer Bakkerij

616-396-2253 

2. The Biscuit

616-396-1005

3. Windmill Restaurant

616-392-2726

4. Anna's House

616-294-1692

5. Jackie's Place

616-392-6775

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