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Holiday Home Decorations

Are you dreaming of selling your home this holiday season? Selling your home during the holidays is a great idea since there are fewer homes on the market and therefore less competition. However, you'll need to stage your home so that it looks subtle and tasteful, with just the right amount of holiday touches. Finding that balance can be tricky! 

Luckily, our team has helped many families sell and stage their homes, and that includes during the holidays! Our real estate agents have prepared the following tips to help you this holiday season.

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Spring Home

Springtime is right around the corner, and that means it's almost peak home-buying season. If you've been thinking about adding your house to the inventory of Chattanooga homes for sale, it's a great time to do it. 

Our real estate agents have been talking to many local homeowners who are ready to take advantage of the spring market. We're anticipating a hectic season, which means you'll need to put some effort into making sure your home stands out from the crowd. Luckily, it's easy to do! These four tips will help put you at an advantage when springtime buyers come to call. 

  1. Start with Spring Cleaning
    Before you start showing your home, go out of your way to make sure it's pristine. A top-to-bottom deep cleaning will ensure that your home makes an excellent first impression. In addition to basic cleaning, you'll want to do things like:

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Sell Your Home in the Winter

Our real estate agents have experience helping sellers during every season in Chattanooga. Sure, the market slows down a bit when the temperature drops, but that doesn't mean you can't sell your home! Our team compiled the following pointers on how to sell your home during the chilly winter months.

  • Spruce up Your Landscaping
    You won't be able to have the beauty and impact of spring flowers, but there are still things you can do to spruce up your landscaping. Keep bushes neatly trimmed, edge your garden beds, and make sure your flower beds have fresh mulch. You can also add some color to your winter home by putting some evergreens in pots on your porch.

  • Make Your Home Warm and Cozy
    During cold weather, you may be tempted to save some money by not running your heater. But the last thing you want to create is an atmosphere in which uncomfortable prospective buyers are eager to leave your home. Instead, make sure your home is warm and cozy, so buyers are comfortable and assured that your heater – a high-cost item – is in working order.

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Staging Your Home

Kids can add a hurdle to your home staging and selling goals. They naturally want to play with their toys and can easily make a mess, so you may struggle to keep your home ready to show to prospective buyers at a moment's notice. 

Our real estate agents suggest the following tips for staging and selling your home when you have kids.

  1. Depersonalize
    You'll want prospective buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, but that may not be possible if your kids' photos, drawings, and school papers are displayed throughout the house. Put the majority of these items away so that a buyer – especially one who doesn't have kids – can picture your home as their own.

  2. Prioritize Your Kids' Toys
    If your kids have every toy they own available to them, you'll fight a daily battle to have them put away. Go through their collection and throw out the ones that are broken and donate toys that they've outgrown. Take out just a few favorite toys for your kids to play with and put away the rest. If you need to, rotate them occasionally, but don't have too many out at once.

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Hold a Garage Sale to Declutter Before Listing

Clear Clutter and Make Some Cash with a Garage Sale

Our REALTORS® always recommend doing a good decluttering before putting your home up for sale. If you've been putting it off, now's the time! National Garage Sale Day is the second Saturday in August, and it's a wonderful excuse to declutter your home and get it ready to be one of the next Chattanooga homes for sale.

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things to Stop the Sale of Your Chattanooga Home
If your home is not selling as quickly as you imagined, it could be because it has problems that are causing buyers to run in the opposite direction.  Our real estate agents are here with seven things to consider when you're trying to sell your home.

  1. Water/Mold Damage.
    These will show up during a home inspection, and buyers don't want to purchase a property that has leaky roofs or moldy walls. Whether the damage is in the basement, attic, laundry room, you should fix the problem and repair the damage before listing the property.

  2. Radon.
    Radon seeps through the slab. It is invisible and can cause serious health problems. Most homeowners don't realize they could have basements filled with radon. Installing a mitigation system and preventing the intrusion of this radioactive gas is an inexpensive and wise investment.

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Sell Vacant Home
When selling a home, the preferred procedure is timing the sale so you can move right into your new home without overlap. But sometimes life throws you a curve and job transfers, property inheritance or other situations require you to move before the sale of your home is complete.

Does this sound like you? No need to panic. Our REALTORS® share their best tips and tricks for selling a vacant home quickly and at a top price. 

  1. Spruce Up the Exterior
    Your home may not be occupied, but you don't want it to look abandoned. Make sure the exterior of your home, including the garage and grounds, is in impeccable shape. Have a friend, relative or professional service mow the lawn as needed and remove debris. Piled-up mail and newspapers scream "no one's home," so don't forget to stop or redirect delivery.

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Sell Your Home Curb Appeal
Selling your home is quite a milestone. While most homeowners devote plenty of time and energy to repainting, remodeling, and making sure the inside is clean and cozy, some sellers overlook one of the most important areas of the home: the exterior.

Before a potential buyer sets foot in the entranceway, they'll already base their first impression of your entire home on how the exterior looks. When it comes to successfully selling your home, curb appeal is key. Our REALTORS® understand how important the appearance and condition of your lawn, driveway, and exterior are to potential buyers and have created this quick list of ways you can use spring curb appeal to sell your home.  

  1. Grow your garden or get rid of it.
    Once winter has passed; make sure that your flower garden is awakening with the spring. Remove plants that will not bloom again and replace them with fresh flowers or shrubs. If you're unable to regularly keep up with the garden's maintenance as you're selling your home, either pay a professional service to care for it or remove it. You can also opt for container gardens instead. These potted plants can be easily purchased and placed around your home and removed when necessary.

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Garage Sale to Declutter5 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

Do you have too much stuff? You're not alone. Studies suggest most Americans have over 300,000 individual items in their homes!

When you are planning to list your home for sale, you become aware of how many excess items you own. After you've contacted one of our REALTORS® to discuss your listing, it's time to start the decluttering process.

Organizing a garage sale is an excellent way to help your items find a new home and make a few dollars along the way. These five tips will help ensure your sale runs smoothly.

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What to Leave When You Sell Your Home
There are lots of important decisions to be made when selling your home.

Our REALTORS® can help you with almost all of them, but some come down to your tastes and goals. For example: What should you leave behind and what should you take along when you move?

The less you drag along, the more convenient moving is. On the other hand, buyers don't necessarily expect you to leave much, but some things are traditionally left behind as a courtesy.

Let's look at the unwritten rules.

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