Julianne Krutka
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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 1/11/2018

A bathroom renovation represents a major decision, especially for those who plan to sell their homes in the near future.

Ultimately, there are many questions to consider before you embark on a bathroom renovation, including:

1. When do I plan to list my home?

Consider your home selling timeline – you'll be glad you did. If you understand when you'd like to list your residence, you can plan home improvement projects accordingly.

If you intend to list your home in the next few months, there is plenty of time to overhaul your bathroom if necessary. Or, if you want to sell your home as soon as possible, a bathroom renovation may slow you down.

2. Is a bathroom renovation necessary?

Although your bathroom may seem small and messy at times, only minor bathroom upgrades may be needed to transform your ordinary bathroom into an exceptional one.

Performing an extensive bathroom cleaning will enable you to eliminate shower scum, wipe down a bathroom countertop and enhance the bathroom floor. Plus, cleaning a bathroom often represents a fast, easy and cost-effective alternative to a major bathroom overhaul.

Furthermore, a home appraisal may help you better understand your house's strengths and weaknesses. After this appraisal is finished, you can identify problem areas in your home and determine whether a bathroom renovation is a priority.

3. How much will a bathroom renovation cost?

The cost of a bathroom renovation may range from hundreds to thousands of dollars based on the size of your bathroom, the renovations that are needed and other factors. As such, you'll want to evaluate the cost of a bathroom renovation to determine how the project may impact your property's value.

Meet with several bathroom renovation experts. That way, you can receive multiple bathroom renovation estimates to see what it will cost to enhance your bathroom's appearance.

Also, you may want to consider do-it-yourself (DIY) bathroom improvements. A DIY bathroom renovation can be rewarding because it will enable you to learn new skills and revamp your bathroom's appearance on your own. At the same time, you'll want to ensure that any bathroom upgrades you complete are done safely and effectively.

Still unsure about whether you should perform a bathroom renovation? Discuss your concerns and questions with a real estate agent, and you may be able to gain unparalleled insights into whether a bathroom renovation is worth your time.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market. He or she can help you assess the pros and cons of a bathroom renovation. As a result, you can make informed decisions about a bathroom renovation and other home improvement projects.

In addition, a real estate agent can serve as an expert guide along the home selling journey. This housing market professional can help you get your home ready and ensure it will generate plenty of interest from property buyers as soon as it becomes available.

Take the guesswork out of a bathroom renovation – consider the aforementioned questions, and you can decide whether a bathroom renovation is right for you.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 12/21/2017

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, there’s probably a lot of things going through your mind. You’ll want to get the most return on your investment. You hope to sell in a timely manner. You are probably also busy making plans for where you’re moving next. Below, you’ll find some things to think about before you even put a “For Sale” sign out front: 


Research Agents’ Marketing Strategies 


Most homebuyers start their home search online. If people don’t like what they see on a screen, they certainly aren’t going to waste their time going to the property in person. This means that your home is going to need pictures to help it sell. Some agents even create short videos of properties and neighborhoods to help buyers get a better feel for the area. You can work with your agent to make sure that these things are done. Be a proactive seller! You might even be able to make a video of your home on your own.  


Post Your Listing On Social Media


Pretty much everyone is on social media and checks the sites frequently. Even if none of your first degree connections are searching for a home, someone may have a prospect for you who would be the perfect candidate to purchase your home. Sharing is definitely  caring in this case! 


Your neighbors are probably some of your social media connections as well. It’s nice for the people who live in the neighborhood to know that you’re moving so that they can “choose” a new neighbor in the event that they know someone who is looking to buy a home.


Part With Some Of Your Stuff


Buyers will be more attracted to your home if they get some benefits with it. Consider leaving some of your things behind when you’re selling a house. Any item including your washer and dryer to your plasma TV to your kitchen table can make a difference in how well your home sells.  


Focus On Staging


You should stage both the interior and the exterior of your home to give a great first impression for home showings. The exterior of your home should present immaculate landscaping. If any paint touch-ups can be made quickly, you should do that as well. Show potential buyers the way that your home presents the maximum amount of enjoyment. If you’re able keep the furniture displayed inside of the home, show potential buyers your best set up. People will get a better idea of things like where the couch will go, and how their own kitchen table will fit in the dining area when the home is well staged. 


Price The Home Reasonably


It’s important that you and your agent work together to know the market. Your home should be priced competitively along with others in the neighborhood. You don’t want to give the home away, but one of the worst things that you can do when selling your home is to out-price yourself. Research is key when it comes to pricing your home appropriately.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 12/14/2017

When a house is sold, it’s generally expected that the seller will take all of their personal belongings along with them. This includes furniture, pictures, cleaning supplies, and appliances that weren’t included on the deal. This is all in the expectation that the buyer will have a clean property to move into. 

If a seller does leave personal property behind, what are the rights of the buyer? Buyers may wonder if they can move in and actually take possession of the home if belongings have been left behind. There are a few reasons that buyers may leave property behind including:

  • The item is actually a fixture and not considered personal property
  • The item could belong to a tenant (or former tenant)

In these circumstances, each state determines different rights and procedures that must happen in order for the property to be secured without hassle by the buying party.


What If There’s So Much Stuff It Impedes On Moving In?


In the case that a seller has left so many things that a buyer cannot even comfortably move into the property, the contract may be refused. If there’s an inordinate amount of furniture, trash, and personal belongings, you certainly have a good argument to not sign the final contract for the property. Your rights as a buyer do, however, depend on what exactly was written into the purchase contract for the home you’re buying. 

Hidden Items

If an item has been deemed hidden or buried, the buyers have a different circumstance on their hands. Many times, a buyer is obligated to hang onto these items for the seller. The items were not technically abandoned by the seller to the buyer. The buyer becomes what is called a “bailor,” or a keeper of the property, who needs to be an agent in the change of possession of the items.  

Possession Unknown

If the ownership of an item is unknown, the terms of the contract are held up. Standard contracts generally state that any items left behind by the seller have been forfeited to the buyer. If the contract says nothing about personal property, the buyer generally takes on the role of “bailor” again in this instance.

If The Property Owner Has Died Or The Property Has Been Abandoned


If a property has been abandoned due to foreclosure or bankruptcy, or the property owner has died, any personal property that is left behind is a bit more of a risk for both parties. These circumstances generally state that a buyer will be taking on a property “as is” and essentially anything left is the buyer’s problem. 


If a property owner has died, the executors generally take on the responsibility of removing items from the property to be distributed to the rightful beneficiaries. Occasionally, this process doesn’t work out due to family quarrels. In this case, personal property of the seller goes into the category of forfeiture. 

Personal property is just one reason why you need to understand your legal rights when you’re buying a home.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 9/14/2017

Selling a home may seem impossible at times, especially if you enter a negotiation with a homebuyer. And if you're not careful, you might even lose your cool during a negotiation – something that could put a potential deal with a homebuyer in jeopardy.

Don't let stress get the best of you during a home selling negotiation. Instead, use the following tips to avoid stress as you start negotiations with a homebuyer:

1. Understand the Housing Market

Your home has its pros and cons, and understanding what sets your house apart from others ensures that you can generate plenty of interest in your property when it reaches the real estate market. Meanwhile, assessing the housing market may help you determine whether to accept, decline or counter a homebuyer's offer on your residence as well.

Evaluate the real estate market closely. Take a look at the prices of comparable houses in your area to better understand how your home stacks up against similar properties.

Housing market data can help you make an informed decision about a homebuyer's offer. For example, if a homebuyer submits a competitive offer that meets or exceeds your expectations based on real estate market data, you can accept the proposal and avoid stressful negotiations. Or, if a homebuyer submits a proposal that falls below your expectations based on housing market data, you can politely decline the offer.

2. Maintain a Positive Outlook

There is no need to feel frustrated or mad if a homebuyer submits a "lowball" proposal on your house. Conversely, try to maintain a positive outlook throughout home selling negotiations, and you can avoid the risk of letting stress get the best of you.

Remember, stress can make a difficult negotiation even more challenging. But those who understand how to handle stress can boost their chances of maintaining a positive outlook and getting the best results possible from a home selling negotiation.

If you feel anxious at any point in a negotiation, feel free to take a break. Even spending a few minutes performing deep breathing exercises can help you feel calm, cool and collected. Plus, after you complete a stress-relieving activity, you may be better equipped to maintain a positive outlook throughout the remainder of a home selling negotiation.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents are available nationwide and understand how to handle tough home selling negotiations. Therefore, employing an experienced real estate agent may make it easy for you to avoid stress throughout the entire home selling journey.

Your real estate agent will negotiate on your behalf and work directly with a homebuyer. This real estate professional also will keep you informed about home selling negotiations and offer tips and suggestions to ensure you can get the best price for your house.

Ultimately, hiring a real estate agent is a must for home sellers who want to avoid stressful negotiations. With a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble accelerating negotiations with a homebuyer and optimizing the value of your residence.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 7/20/2017

If you intend to sell your house, you'll need to put together an engaging home listing. By doing so, you can increase the likelihood that homebuyers will want to check out your residence in-person – something that eventually may lead to a home sale.

It is important to do everything possible to differentiate your home listing from others. This will boost your chances of a fast home sale, along with raise the possibility of receiving a home offer that matches or exceeds your initial expectations.

Ultimately, there are several things that separate an ordinary home listing from an exceptional one, and these include:

1. Home Location

All home listings include details about a home's address. However, only the best home listings highlight information about where a residence is located relative to popular landmarks and attractions.

For example, if your house is located near some of the state's top schools, you may want to include information in your home listing about your home's proximity to these high-quality schools. With this information, your home listing may stand out to parents.

On the other hand, if your residence is just minutes from an amusement park, gym or other popular local attractions, you should include this information in your listing as well.

2. Home Upgrades

If you upgraded your house's heating system or installed new windows only a few years ago, it may be worthwhile to incorporate this information into your home listing.

Remember, as a home seller, you'll want to provide homebuyers with as much information about your residence as you can. And if you include details about assorted home upgrades, you can show homebuyers that you've allocated significant time and resources to improve your residence.

3. Home Photographs

When it comes to home photographs, there is no need to settle for "basic" pictures. Instead, a home seller should look carefully at home photographs and incorporate only those that showcase the true beauty of a residence into a home listing.

In many instances, a homebuyer will examine home photographs before he or she decides whether to continue to read a home listing. If a homebuyer is turned off by home photos that make a residence look small or cramped, he or she may move on to other home listings.

For home sellers, it is paramount to clean and declutter a house before you take photos of it. This will ensure your residence looks pristine both inside and out and guarantees that your home photos can make a distinct impression on homebuyers who view your home listing.

Lastly, if you need help preparing a home listing, a real estate agent can provide expert assistance. This housing market professional can collaborate with you as you put together a home listing and offer plenty of tips and recommendations along the way.

Take the guesswork out of crafting an effective home listing – consider the aforementioned home listing items, and you can create a home listing that helps you stir up significant interest in your residence.




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