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4 Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Home

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Your home is likely going to be one of the biggest investments in your lifetime, which means every decision you make around it has to be considered carefully. One of those decisions is how long you’ll plan to stay for. If you’ve been going back and forth about whether you should stay in your current home or if it’s time to move on to the next chapter, here are 4 signs that might help with your decision:

1 – You’re running out of space.

Your home should always be able to meet your needs in terms of space and functionality. As you add children (and maybe some pets!) to the mix, there’s always the chance that you’ll find your current home no longer has the space it once did to accommodate everyone. Or, maybe your career has taken a new path and you’ll need space to be able to work from home. If you feel like things are starting to pile up or that there isn’t enough room for everyone to live comfortably, it may be time to consider new living arrangements.

2 – You have too much space.

Opposite from sign #1, having too much space might also indicate it’s time to look for something new. For example, maybe you purchased a larger home years ago to accommodate your growing family, but now all of the kids are out of the house and you’re an empty nester. If your home is requiring a lot of upkeep – especially in rooms that aren’t being used – it may be time to look for something smaller that’s more suitable for your new lifestyle.

3 – The home needs a lot of work.

Some home improvement projects are certainly worth the investment as they can help boost resale value, but if you’re dealing with repairs that aren’t favorable to resale or are just too overwhelming, finding something new may be the best for you. While some may make the argument that it can be difficult to sell a home that needs a lot of work, we’re here to let you know that we buy homes in ANY condition and will give you a fair offer for it!

4 – The market is in a good place.

If you’re ready to sell but don’t have a strict timeline to do so, keeping an eye on the market may help you make a decision about when really is the best time. When you notice that neighbors are successfully selling for desirable prices and interest rates are low, for example, it may be a good time to speak with a realtor and see where your home stands.

Of course, the right time to sell will be different for everyone, but keeping reasons like these in mind may help make your decision a little easier if you’re having trouble pulling the plug.

Once you have made the decision to sell your home, the next decision will be who to work with. If you’re located in northern or southern California, we’d love to help! Our process of buying homes is simple, fair and fast, and it’s 100% FREE. We’ll make you a cash offer on your home, and if accepted, you can have the money in your hands in as few as 7 days.

For more information, contact us at 661-618-6622 or fill out our online contact form.

4 Easy Ways to Increase Resale Value

Gray house.When you first buy a home, chances are you’re thinking about things like location, size, and functionality. But when you really think about it, a lot of these are short-term factors (after all, 10 years from now you may have a different job in a different part of town, need more or less space, you get where we’re going with this). However, the one thing that really sticks with you long-term is the price you pay and how much the home will be valued at in the future. After all, your home is one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – investments you’ll make, so it’s only natural to want to find ways to make your home that much more valuable.

We’re sure you’ve heard that bathroom and kitchen remodels are two of the best ways to raise your value, but when you have a budget to stick to (and maybe not all that much time, either), we know that can be tough to do. So, here are 4 easy ways you can start to work on resale value.

1. Update the landscaping.

Not only does curb appeal play a role in whether or not a buyer will walk through the door, but it could also play a role in how much someone is willing to pay. A home that has healthy trees/shrubs/flowers and a well-maintained lawn makes your home more attractive, plus having strategically placed trees and shrubs can help reduce energy costs – all things a buyer will be thinking about!

2. Make it safe.

Your home doesn’t have to be the “smartest” home on the block in terms of technology, but it should have some important safety features – and updated ones at that. A good place to start is by installing a solid safety system – think cameras, locks, lighting, and alarms.

3. Add square footage.

This one might sound intimidating, but we’re not talking about adding rooms out of nowhere (though sure, you can add on to your home). Instead, we’re talking about working with space that already exists. Take a basement or attic, for example. If you have one (or both!) that are unfinished, you can finish the rooms to add more living space to your home.

4. Think about efficiency.

Utility costs can be some of the biggest expenses for homeowners, so any way you can help with that is a win. Maybe you can’t renovate your entire kitchen, but what about upgrading to energy efficient appliances? Same goes for the rest of your home – maybe you can’t remodel your bathroom, but you do have room to upgrade the bathroom windows. Even small changes like upgrading your home’s lighting can make a big difference!

If you’re reading this and still thinking “I don’t have the time or resources for these, either,” you’ve landed in the right place. We will buy your home regardless of its condition and will make you a fair, all-cash offer for it based on our knowledge of the market – no upgrades necessary!

To learn more about our process and how much your home could be worth, give us a call or fill out our online form.

4 Mistakes First Time Sellers Make

“Firsts” are always tricky – first time riding a bike, first time driving, first job, you name it. There is always a lot to learn, and while you might hate to admit it, your first time doing anything may result in a few slip ups. And while it’s only natural to make mistakes, one “first” that you should really aim to get right is selling your home. Simply put, that’s because a mistake could cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the long run.

If you’re getting ready to sell your home for the first time, here are 4 mistakes to avoid.

Couple talking with real estate agent.

1. Listing for the wrong price.

The condition of the home and location all matter to a buyer, but at the end of the day one of the biggest factors a buyer considers is the price. If you price your home at an unrealistically high price, you’ll likely see less interest from buyers and ultimately waste time while you wait for something to bite. On the other hand, if you list your home too low thinking it will attract buyers quickly, you could short yourself a lot of money! Before you officially list your home, you should consult with a real estate professional to determine a fair asking price.

2. Trying to hide damage.

Another big no-no: skimping out on completing repairs and thinking that a buyer won’t notice damage. You should expect that your buyer will have a home inspection done after you accept their offer, and if it uncovers something you weren’t upfront about (or didn’t have fixed), it may delay the process OR they could back out all together. Your best bet here is to either complete repairs before listing your home or be totally transparent with potential buyers about work that needs to be done.

3. Using bad photos in your listing.

While you may get some people who find your home simply because they drove by, it’s likely that most of your potential buyers are doing their research. Which means — they’ve seen your listing online. Your goal should be to make a lasting first impression with your online listing, and one way to do that is to feature excellent photos that really showcase all the positive qualities of your house. If your photos are too small, low quality or don’t paint a good picture of your home, buyers may not even take the time to come to a showing.

4. Trying to sell the house alone.

It’s no secret that it costs money to make money. Aside from home inspections, repairs, and other miscellaneous tasks you might choose to do before listing your home, there are also expenses such as agent commissions. Knowing how expensive it can be, some sellers will try to do all the leg work themselves to save a couple of bucks. But here’s the thing: selling your house by yourself could result in you losing out on money that could have been yours.

Now for some good news: when you sell your home to us, not only are you working with experts who know the market and all the ins and outs of buying and selling, but you’re also NOT subjected to any of those fees we just mentioned! It’s the best of both worlds – you get to work with a team of professionals AND you don’t have to pay any real estate agent fees or any of those other fees that are typically associated with selling a home.

If you own property in California and are looking for a fast, yet fair, sale, we want to hear from you. Give us a call at 661-618-6622 so we can get the process started!

5 Things to Consider Before You Sell Your Home

We all make a lot of decisions in our lifetime, and some of the biggest that we’ll make have to do with our homes. If you’re in a position where you need to sell your home, chances are you’re starting to think about a lot of important decisions – how much to list it for, when you need to close, what repairs (if any) need to be made. With so many things to think about, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the process quickly and overlook some of the most important to-dos. To help, we’ve put together this list of 5 items to consider before you stick that for sale sign in the ground.

Outside of a blue house.

1. Curb Appeal

Regardless of how great the inside of your home looks, if it doesn’t make a good first impression (and by first impression, we really mean curb appeal) it’s likely that buyers will pass you by. This isn’t to say that you have to spend hundreds (if not more) to make your home really shine. Improving your home’s curb appeal can be as simple as cleaning up the landscaping and making small changes like a freshly painted front door.

2. Interior Walls

Once you’re done with the outside, you can move onto the inside. Again, this isn’t something that needs to break the bank, but it does make a difference. Take your walls for example. While you might prefer bright colors or unique wallpaper, you want your home to cater to the masses. Your best bet here is to update your walls with neutral tones that are more likely to appeal to anyone.

3. Decor

Over the years it’s only natural that you’ve decorated your home to include items that are really personal to you. But, half the battle of selling your home is making a buyer feel like they could see themselves living there. That can be pretty hard to do if your personal items are all over! Before you open your home to the public, think about ways that you can rearrange or remove certain items so that buyers can start to visualize themselves in the space.

4. Fixtures

Are your cabinet handles starting to come loose? Have a few lightbulbs that no longer work? Although minor, broken and/or non-functioning fixtures may cause a buyer to wonder what else in the home isn’t in tip-top shape. An easy way to prevent this is to do a quick sweep of your home and tighten up anything that looks like it could raise eyebrows – door knobs, handles, lightbulbs, faucets, etc.

5. Odors

After living in a space for so long, chances are you don’t even recognize certain smells anymore. But, someone coming in for the first time will! A good rule of thumb is to ask a third party (maybe a neighbor or friend who doesn’t come inside often) to come over and see if they notice any unpleasant odors. If they do, it may call for a deep clean! For example, some homeowners with pets find that their carpets need a deep cleaning to remove any lingering scents.

Last but not least, you’ll want to carefully consider who you work with to sell your home. After all, it is one of your most prized possessions, so it’s important that you know it’s in good hands.

If your property is located in California, we can make things simple for you. Forget appraisals, real estate fees, contingencies – we will buy your home from you for CASH and it won’t cost you a dime! Not to mention, we’ll buy your home regardless of its condition, which saves you from all those expensive repairs you may have been planning.

To start the process, give us a call at 661-618-6622 or send us some basic information about your property online.