How to Keep Your Home Show Ready 24/7

To maximize your sale price, you need to make sure your house is available to buyers. Even when they want to visit at an inconvenient time with little notice.

Keeping your home show-ready around the clock can be stressful, but we have a few easy tips and tricks to make sure your house always shows its best (even on short notice).

Take care of the Deep Clean before the house hits the market

Before officially listing your house for sale, invest in a deep clean. Taking the time to thoroughly scrub the house before it hits the market will make it much easier to maintain day-to-day throughout the listing period.

And this deep clean goes beyond cleaning. Yes, you want every visible surface to shine, but there are a few more steps to take at this stage to make the house truly show-ready.  

Like decluttering and depersonalizing. Removing all the clutter helps the house to appear larger and more inviting. And removing personal items like family photos and unique collections will help potential buyers to feel more at home in the space. And the more at home they feel, the more likely they are to make an offer!

Squeeze in a quick straightening every morning

To maintain the show-readiness of your house, you just need to spend a little time straightening up each morning.

Stylish storage bins are the perfect tool to make this process quick and painless. Daily life clutter like toiletries, mail, and kids’ toys can be tossed in a bin and instantly hidden from sight.

After that, just run through the house quickly to make sure that:  

  1. Dishes and laundry are put away
  2. The beds are made
  3. Curtains and blinds are open to let in the light
  4. The house smells fresh
  5. Everything is generally in its place

Plan to be away from the house during showings

Buyers generally aren’t able to feel at home when the sellers are present. Give your potential buyers the freedom to relax in the house and imagine themselves living there by staying away from the house during showings.

This includes pets. Many people are afraid of animals. And many others have pet allergies. Even if your potential buyers love animals, your pets may actually hurt your prospects by distracting the buyers when they should be focusing on the house.

Create a plan to get everyone out of the house with little notice. Make a little “go bag” with everything you‘ll need to keep yourself, your kids and your pets away from home for a bit. Maybe do some shopping or enjoy some time at the park while the house is being shown.  

If you work away from home, you might want to make workday arrangements for kids and pets. Perhaps they could stay with family or go to daycare so you won’t have to leave work to round them up if there’s a short-notice showing.

Keeping your house show-ready 24/7 may require a little extra time and effort. But these tips will minimize the inconvenience and maximize selling potential. Plus any hassle will be worth it when your house fetches top dollar because it shows well!

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. This post was written by Michelle Clardie. Michelle is a professional real estate blogger, specializing in ghostwriting Realtor® blogs. Her engaging content helps real estate agents become more visible online, generate more qualified leads, and increase their revenues. You can learn more at www.michelleclardie.com.

Realty Executives Premiere Celebrates 25 Years

Realty Executives Premiere of Wheaton, IL recently celebrated its 25th anniversary as a prominent brokerage in the northern Illinois community. Throughout years of dedication and trust, Realty Executives Premiere has continually proven its strength and commitment. At the helm of this brokerage is Pat Callan, Broker/Owner since Realty Executives Premiere opened its doors in 1993.

Callan has been instrumental in the success and growth of Realty Executives Premiere throughout the greater Chicago area. Since the opening, the brokerage has grown over 1000 percent, starting from two to now over 30 real estate professionals with locations in Wheaton and Aurora. Callan has served the real estate community through local and national organizations, and together with Office Manager Jenny Holloway, Callan continues to lead and live by the company’s “people-first” precept, putting the needs of Realty Executives agents – and in-turn Chicagoland area homebuyers and sellers – first.

“Realty Executives Premiere is a prime example of the strength and loyalty posed by the Realty Executives brand. We celebrate the company’s longevity, tremendous per-agent productivity, industry leadership and plans for the years ahead,” said Vice President, Alysia Heun.

“It’s been a pleasure serving the buyers, sellers and real estate investors of west suburban Chicagoland for the last 25 years. We have tried to maintain the highest standards while assisting our clients in reaching their goals. The high productivity of our real estate professionals proves that we have been able to achieve that standard. We have been here in the same location in Wheaton for the past 25 years and we intend to go for 25 more,” Callan said.

Realty Executives Premiere is committed to its agents and brokers to be the best professionals in the real estate industry and are excited to grow their presence and continue their dedication to being a top brokerage in Chicagoland. Realty Executives International congratulates this exceptional team and all of their success.

 

5 Clever Features to Include in Your Next Home Renovation

Home renovations offer the perfect opportunity to upgrade the functionality of your home, in addition to modernizing the design and feel of your space.

Here are five clever features you should consider including in your next renovation to elevate your home’s functionality.

1. Smart Systems

Today’s homes are smart. They incorporate technology to make our lives safer, easier, more energy efficient, and more enjoyable.

If you’re renovating, you’d be wise to include a smart system that can handle these tasks for you:

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Realty Executives Premiere Raises Over $30,000 for Eureka Police Officers Support Fund

As part of an ongoing commitment to the community, Realty Executives Premiere of Eureka, MO recently raised over $30,000 dollars for the Eureka Police Officers Support Fund (EPOSF) during its Third Annual “Big Dawg Poker Bash and Silent Auction.” Over 150 community members attended the annual Realty Executives Premiere Big Dawg Poker Bash to support the local police department. The event made history, with the most money raised yet in the event’s history.

EPOSF was founded in 2016 and created to champion community support, partnership and outreach for the professional men and women who serve Eureka Police Department. EPOSF exists to help support the financial needs of the Eureka Police Department, Eureka officers and their families during times of crisis or disaster.

Realty Executives Premiere is operated by Brokers Chuck and Kim Maher, serving the St. Louis, Franklin and Jefferson counties. Throughout the years, Realty Executives Premiere has been focused on giving back to the local communities and being active in fundraising events and charitable organizations.

“We are very passionate about this fundraiser that benefits our own Eureka Police Officers. We love supporting our community and are excited to break the record again next year,” Broker Kim Maher said.

Along with the EPOSF, the brokerage has worked with Byrnes Mill police department “shop with a cop” program, and has bolstered the USMC Toys for Tots program, the Marine Focus group and more.

What to Look for in a Real Estate Agent

Hiring a real estate agent is one of the smartest decisions you can make when you’re looking to buy or sell a home. But not all real estate agents are the same, and not every agent has your best interest in mind.

As a reminder, you should always interview multiple real estate agents when you are looking to hire someone to help with your buying or selling process. Don’t go with the first person you find or someone who seems convenient to hire. Chat with multiple agents to get a feel for their differences and hire the person who is right for you. Here are some of the best tips for what to look for in a real estate agent and how to find the perfect agent for you.

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Is There a Perfect Time to Sell Your Home?

Selling your home is a big decision that you don’t want to take lightly. When it comes to putting your home on the market, you don’t want to make a mistake that will end up costing you much more than you anticipated. And once you decide you want to sell your home, there are many things to think about before listing it, including the time of year (and time in your life) you choose to sell. Here’s what you should consider before selling your home, and whether or not there is a perfect time to do so.

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A Tale of Two States: Phoenix a Hot Market for Nebraskans

 

When Fremont native Bart Mruz settled down in Phoenix, Arizona, he didn’t expect that so many of his fellow Nebraskans would follow.

Mruz is a real estate agent in Phoenix for the brokerage Realty Executives. As part of his job, he specializes in helping people from his home state to buy and sell property in his adopted state.

And the market is hot, Mruz said. On average, he sees 20 to 25 purchases per month from the eastern Nebraska area. He knows about 30 people from Fremont that have purchased property there.

“I call it a tale of two states,” he said. “You’d be shocked, especially on Cornhusker game days, how many people are down here at the bars. There’s a huge presence.”

 

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Realty Executives of Cape County Broker Associate Recently Awarded Good Neighbor Award

 

Congrats to Raelenna Ferguson, Broker Associate at Realty Executives of Cape Country, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri who was recently awarded the Good Neighbor Award from the the Missouri Association of Realtors.

The Good Neighbor Award recognizes and rewards REALTORS® across the state of Missouri for their dedication to local communities and volunteer service. The winner of the annual Missouri Good Neighbor Award receives $2,500 for his or her charity, as well as statewide recognition.

Ferguson was honored for her local non-profit One City, an organization that works to better racial reconciliation and socio-economic divides. Its mission is to create space and opportunities that unite the community through community gatherings and development, job training and employment, and child enrichment opportunities.

Beyond One City, Ferguson and her family have a passion for international mission work, traveling to Haiti and Africa. Ferguson strives to enhance One City and spread the message of unity throughout Missouri and internationally.

Along with her charitable work Ferguson continues to build her real estate business and real estate team concept. Ferguson received her real estate license in 2004 and developed her own team in 2015. Her hope is to continue to provide exceptional service and build a team that is truly excited and thankful to be in the real estate industry.