Selling Your Home

12 Tips For Preparing Your House For Sale

In Louisville and considering selling your home? Here is a list of things to do that may make it much easier...

1.Have a moving sale

2. Give a bunch of stuff to Goodwill

3. Move a bunch of stuff to storage

4. Minor drywall repair

5. Minor paint touchups throughout the house

6. Wash all windows

7. Have a crapet cleaning company clean the carpets. For what its worth, you can find exceptional ideas on buying, repairing, restoring, or maintaining carpets online and save money that usually falls underfoot. Cleaners, installers, and professionals offering other flooring options are offering special pricing now in the distressed economy.

8. Repair any minor electrical issues

9. Re-paint your mailbox and lamp post

10. Replace exterior light fixtures on house and garage

11. Fertilize the lawn about two weeks before putting it on the market

12. Re-do the mulch beds with fresh pine straw

While this may take a few days to a week to get done, you may be surprised at how smooth it will make the sales process. Plus, you may make enough at the moving sale to cover the expense of actually moving!

And, when your ready to look at putting your house on the market, the professionals Real Estate 3000 will be happy to answer all of your questions!

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Showing Your Home to Sell in Louisville

It's been your Louisville home for years. It was your first home, maybe you raised your kids there, and the memories are in every corner of the house. But now it's time to sell it and move on to your next home. How do you do it?

The first thing to remember is that the first impression a buyer has of your home is the most important. So, you'll want to make sure that the house is prepped:

  • Make sure the front entrance is clean
  • Is the front door faded? Maybe it needs painted...or replaced.
  • Clean and paint any trim or shutters that may need refreshing

Take a look at your home from the buyer's point of view...

  • Are the windows and floor clean?
  • Replace any faded wallpaper
  • Repair worn woodwork
  • Steam clean the carpet
  • Repair loose knobs, latches, broken light switches, and other minor repairs
  • How does the caulking look in the bathroom and kitchen?

Find out more tips for selling your home HERE

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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 Flourescent (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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