Easy Home Improvements that Pay

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on July 31, 2017

All sellers want to get the most from their sale. In a fast-paced market like we have today, it is easy to think any home, in any condition will sell for top dollar. The reality is that nearly all homes need some preparation to get the most the market will give.  The trick is to pick the right enhancements that actually pay for the trouble of getting them done.

Here are a few easy tips that we routinely see return the biggest bang for the seller’s buck.

Outside

Curb appeal – Sprucing up the front of your home is your first, and sometimes only chance to wow a prospective buyer. This time of year, clearing debris, tiding up flower beds, and putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door will make a great impression.

Exterior – Take the time to start to clean the interior and exterior of your gutters, wash windows and touch up exterior paint. These small maintenance items are sure to make your home sparkle. Replace worn light fixtures and hardware, even completely replacing the front door, is a small investment that generally brings a nice return. Left undone, buyers start to form an entirely different impression, and one that might not even be true.

Interior maintenance

Once inside the home, a number of small things can be done to ensure a buyer is drawn to positive aspects, and not given any reason to dwell on what might otherwise be negative.

Paint – Painting the walls in your home with a neutral color is an inexpensive way to freshen up the interior. Choosing a neutral color (beige or grey) is your best bet.  There is a reason home builders use this color palate – it has the broadest appeal.

Updates – Replacing old light fixtures and faucets are relatively inexpensive and easy DIY projects. Adding a tile backsplash in your kitchen and bathrooms is another easy update that pays. Also, replacing old knobs and pulls in kitchens and baths makes a big difference with very little investment. While those knobs are off, check the condition of the cabinets. Dated looking cabinets can be refreshed with a coat of paint or new stain. This job is usually best left to the pros, but the cost generally pays off.  Finally, countertops can make a big difference. They have a huge impact on the buyers.

Flooring Replacement –  Worn out carpets, vinyl or hardwoods generally leaves buyers questioning value.  Replacing the flooring, or reconditioning it, generally is a cost that gives a nice return when it comes time to sell.

Staging – After enhancing the home, it is important to now ensure it looks as good as the effort you put into it.  Staging is an important final step to ensure your investment really pays off.  Minimize as much as you can. Sellers too often forget they are moving, so why not start packing or even take the time now to have that great garage sale. Start removing most personal objects. While these are the things we love to live with, they could present as clutter to buyers. Ensure your buyer focuses on what they are buying – the space – and not the ‘things’ they aren’t.

There are many other tips that help sellers achieve the great results.  The best one is to work with a full-time Realtor early in the planning process. Be sure to contact one of our real estate professionals to collaborate together on a stress-free plan!  Every house requires a different plan.  We are here to help tailor just the right solution for you to achieve your best outcome.

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Coldwell Banker’s Homes for Dogs

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on July 28, 2017

The difference between a house and a home can be many things, but for most the difference  lies in the love and memories held in the four walls. Some of our best memories are accompanied with thoughts of our smallest family members – our fury pets. Animal lovers know that nothing beats the greeting of your loyal friend after a long day.

This sentiment is why Coldwell Banker founded the Homes for Dogs Project, a partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com aimed at helping adoptable dogs find loving homes. Together, the two have helped more than 20,000 dogs find homes across the country.

“We share Coldwell Banker’s view that nothing turns a house into a home more quickly than the addition of a loving pet,” said Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com. “And we are so inspired by the desire of Coldwell Banker to launch this amazing program.”

We kicked off our Homes for Dogs campaign this year with a great video titled Somebody to Love.  This commercial perfectly captures the bond shared between a dog and its newfound loving owner. This one is sure to pull at your heartstrings, so grab a tissue and check it out here:

This fall Coldwell Banker’s across the country are continuing to further this amazing campaign. To take part in helping more amazing dogs find a perfect home, be sure to visit our local Thurston County Animal Shelter at: http://jointanimalservices.org as well as searching for reputable dog rescue locations through our local Adopt-A-Pet at: www.adoptapet.com.

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Summer Fun at the Hands on Children’s Museum

July 27, 2017

We love to support things that make this a great place to call home! One of several fun places we enjoy supporting is our local Hands On Children’s Museum. This summer we are sponsoring this darling vintage camper replica that children and adults alike have had loads of fun painting. The camper has morphed from […]

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A Housing Market Riddle

June 23, 2017

We love riddles. A favorite is an ancient one that goes like this. There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it? Before answering, here is another about our local housing market. How are there record high home sales with record low homes on the market? Today’s real estate […]

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2017 Inspirational Educator Award Winner

June 12, 2017

We are thrilled to announce our third Inspirational Educator Award winner, Marianne Lang. Marianne is an English teacher at Olympia High School and was nominated for the award by our 2017 first place scholarship winner Sarah Gindy. We surprised Mrs. Lang during one of her classes and had Sarah share the inspiration for her nomination. […]

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First Place Scholarship Winner – Sarah Gindy

June 3, 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Gindy, our first place winner in our 7th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Sarah wrote a very moving essay about a trip she took to New Orleans to help rebuild this community. For the first time in our contests history, we had a unanimous decision from our judging panel on […]

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Second Place Scholarship Winner – Tiffany Townley

June 1, 2017

Congratulations to Tiffany Townley, our second place winner in our 7th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Tiffany wrote a touching essay about the emotions surrounding packing up your childhood home to move with her family to Oregon – to begin anew. Her creatively titled essay, The Remains of a Childhood Home, […]

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Third Place Scholarship Winner – McKenna Hooper

May 30, 2017

Congratulations to McKenna Hooper, our third place winner in our 7th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. McKenna wrote a wonderfully written essay about her upcoming move away from her childhood home to her new dorm room in Texas. Her cleverly titled essay, 2,190 Miles, tells a great story of how leaving home for college […]

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Congratulations 2017 Scholarship Contest Winners!

May 26, 2017

The panel of community judges have announced the winners of our 2017 What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Congratulations to the following students, from Left to Right, Second Place Winner, Tiffany Townley, Homeschooled, First Place Winner, Sarah Gindy from Olympia High School and Third Place Winner, McKenna Hooper from Olympia High School.

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A Seller’s Market Buyers Can Love

May 15, 2017

We are in a unique place in today’s housing market. Amidst the strongest seller’s market on record, there is great news for buyers, too. Purchasing a home is much more than just the investment, but we all would like to know we are also making a smart financial move. Even with a great many homes […]

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