Get Ready for Grandma – and Listing Your Home

Its a Wonderful Life

It really is A Wonderful Life, isn’t it? Christmas is in the air, and your impending house guests are finalizing travel plans to be with you to celebrate. Visions of sugarplums are dancing in your head… Or maybe it’s your lengthy to-do list and visions of peeling wallpaper in the guest room?

If you’ve been planning to list your home in the New Year, you can conquer your listing to-do list at the same time you ready your home for holiday guests, and you’ve still got time to pull off a Miracle on 34th Street – or wherever you happen to live.

1. Declutter before Uncle Buck arrives on your doorstep. Imagine all the lovely gifts you’ll be receiving in a few days, and let that give you the courage to Let it Go! Ask everyone in the family to tackle their own space and trash/donate/find a home for the stuff filling your space.

2. Paint the Town Red… Well – maybe a nice neutral, anyway! If your son’s room is still the shade of Dinosaur Green he loved in Kindergarten (and he left for college last year), it’s time to crack open a can of paint and neutralize those walls. Painting is relatively easy, and one of the most affordable changes you can make to your home. Neutralize bold colors, and freshen up dingy paint in kitchens and bathrooms.

3. Freshen up the front yard. If you left the detritus of last summer’s blooms in your front yard, or you’ve got piles of dirty snow scattered about, now is the time to tame your curb appeal. Make sure exterior lighting is up to date and all bulbs are functioning. Update door hardware if need be. Cut back rowdy bushes or trees. While this time of year may not offer ideal whether for pruning, curb appeal matters all year long.

4. Spring for those fresh window treatments or that bedding you’ve been eyeing. And update the towels while you’re at it. If you are considering investing in a bit of interior staging, why not show off your new towels and sheets to the guests you’re expecting? They’ll still be fresh and new in a month or so when your house goes on the market.

5. Clean the carpets and the appliances – and keep ’em that way.

If you are considering listing your home now, or any time next year – give me a jingle. I’m happy to help you sort through the details of preparing your home for sale.

Cheers,

Jack Meyers
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate 

Yuletide Safety Tips for your Home

This year, as always, I am wishing you and yours a happy and SAFE Christmas and Hanukkah. I’ve compiled a few tips on holiday home safety for you, because nothing spoils the festivities like the smell of burnt pine needles!

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CANDLES. This is a good tip to remember year round. If you light something on fire, always put it out before you go to sleep. You don’t leave lights on around your house at bedtime, and they’re unlikely to burn the place down. Do yourself a favor and snuff out any candles before going to bed as well.

CLIMB LADDERS SAFELY. More than 164,000 people a year visit the Emergency Room for ladder-related injuries. Don’t be that person! If you are climbing high to hang a wreath, top your tree or hang lights, follow manufacturer’s instructions and keep at least three points of contact with the ladder at all times. If you want to do a swan dive, save it for the pool! Taking a dive off your ladder is probably not part of your holiday planning.

BE PREPARED FOR KITCHEN FIRES. Keeping a personal fire extinguisher handy in a location everyone is aware of is a good step, but it is also worthwhile to educate everyone in the family on how to stop a grease fire from spreading. Baking soda and flour will both stop a grease fire in its tracks, water will not. When every appliance is in use and company is helping out in the kitchen, the risk of fire or other kitchen accidents increases. If you are hosting guests overnight or dinner party or other holiday event, you may want to purchase or corral a list of common First Aid Kit items just in case.

BE SMART WITH YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS. You may envision holiday light accidents as swinging arms atop a ladder, but there is just as much risk of fire and injury from frayed or damaged wiring amid your twinkle lights. Before installing lights on your home, tree or mantel, carefully examine the entire length of each string of lights. If in doubt – throw it out. Reasonably priced Christmas lights can be purchased from most major retailers, and a few dollars is worth the peace of mind you’ll get knowing your lighting is not an immediate fire hazard.

DON’T INVITE CRIMINALS OVER FOR CHRISTMAS. If you’ll be away for the holidays, consider keeping that information to yourself on Facebook and other social media outlets until your return. Broadcasting your vacant house can be an invitation to would-be thieves to make themselves at home. Discuss your plans with immediate neighbors and ask them to keep an eye on the place and pick up your newspaper. Leave exterior lights on, and possibly an interior light or two.

I’m wishing you a safe, happy, blessed holiday season surrounded by friends & family!

Cheers,

Jack Meyers
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate 

Why Work With a Real Estate Agent?

I Love My Job

Confession Time: 

I might be biased in my opinion that you (and anyone you know buying or selling a home, for that matter) should never enter into a real estate transaction without the aid of an experienced real estate professional. Kind of like a surgeon thinks you should work with a pro to, say – remove your gallbladder – I am of the mind that when large sums of your hard earned money are on the line, you should work with someone with the knowledge and experience you need to succeed in the deal.

So why work with a licensed real estate agent?

  • Ignorance is Bliss
    • And why shouldn’t it be? In a real estate transaction, what you don’t know can hurt you. The good news is, you don’t really have to know much when you have a great real estate agent on your team.
  • Insider Info on Market Conditions Rules
    • Have you ever played the slots or hit the card tables in Vegas? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a peek at the dealer’s hand, or somehow tip the scales in your favor? Of course, that wouldn’t be legal, strictly speaking. The good news is, hiring a Realtor with in-depth knowledge about your community, subdivision, neighborhood or even the street where you live is not only great business sense – gaining the edge in this way is perfectly legal!
  • Paperwork – Are you a Fan?
    • Do you keep meticulous files on all of your bills? Do you start doing your own taxes on January 1, just for fun? Wow – that’s so… Good for you! If you are not that way, you’ll be relieved to know that when you hire a real estate agent, they’ll take care of all of those details and the piles of paperwork involved on your behalf. Isn’t that nice?
  • Pricing it Right
    • If you’ve ever had a garage sale, you know how tough it can be to decide how much your Hello Kitty toaster, your nostalgic (but dusty) box of sports memorabilia, or the roller skates your daughter grew out of last year are worth. Imagine how much tougher it is to determine a fair and viable selling price for your home – or to determine the right offer on an investment property, or your next dream home. Pricing a home right is a combination of unique software based tools, specific market factors, and experience. Pricing a property for sale is both science and art – so much more than going with your gut or a lucky guess.
  • Negotiation Skills Don’t Matter – Until They Do
    • Everything is going along swimmingly with the sale of your home – which is great, because you have a big move planned and your family needs everything to work out for the best. The sign is in the yard, showings are happening, and BAM! You’ve got an offer. This is an exciting time! And what?!? Now you’ve got another offer! What to do, what to do… This is an amazing situation to be in for any seller, but if you lack the skills and experience to best negotiate this situation – or any offer – to your advantage, then the benefits will be lost on you. A good real estate agent is worth his or weight in gold, because he (or she) will be cool as a cucumber during this type of exercise. For me, this is what I live for! This is what I do, and I can emotionally extricate myself from the situation, keeping your best interests, my training and past experience in mind, to act in your best interests with a goal of top dollar for you in first and foremost in mind. The same is true of the buying experience. Falling in love with a house is a very real thing. If you’ve never done it, you should try it! The danger comes in when you are so head-over-heels enamored of the house you want to buy that you lack business clarity, and may be willing to overpay or lose out on opportunities the deal has to offer because you MUST. HAVE. THAT. HOUSE. I can help a smitten buyer keep their eyes on the prize in the midst of purchase negotiations.

 

If you are ready to make a move on our current marketplace – or move out of your current digs – give me a ring. I’ve got the experience and local knowledge to help you achieve your real estate dreams and goals, and I’d be happy to help you move from Point A)partment to Point H)ouse, or help you sell your Denver-area home for a move across town or out of state.

Jack Meyers
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate