Selling Your Home

Sellers: Watch out for These 8 Easy-To-Make Listing Mistakes

Sellers: Did you know that there are eight simple things you can do to sabotage your home sale? During a recent Facebook Live interview, I shared a countdown of things so that you don’t fall for these easy-to-make mistakes. There are actually many more ways you can compromise your listing success, but today we’ll be examining just a few of the most common pitfalls. For convenience’s sake, I’ve provided timestamps below so you can skip around to the sections in the video above that interest you most:

2:01 - Mistake No. 8: Ego.

3:55 - Mistake No. 7: Ignoring maintenance issues.

5:18 - Mistake No. 6: Ignoring the backyard.

5:43 - Mistake No. 5: Neglecting to declutter.

6:25 - Mistake No. 4: Refusing to make obvious repairs.

6:59 - Mistake No. 3: Using lousy photos.

7:45 - Mistake No. 2: Pricing incorrectly.

8:35 - Mistake No. 1: Selling "For Sale By Owner" (FSBO).

11:25 - The best first step if you’re thinking of listing, and how to contact our team.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Tips To Save Energy And Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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