Tips for Showing a House

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Are you a massive real estate mogul with a staff to show all your houses for you while you rake in millions upon millions of dollars?

No? Then you probably need to get as much bang out of every single showing that you can! And I know the feeling.

I was in your shoes. I used to be doing all the leg work for myself, showing houses as much as was humanly possible. I was winning some, and I was losing some. But, like with any profession, eventually, I figured out a great system to make my showings worth their weight in gold.

Efficiency is ESSENTIAL

Because here’s the thing: if you can do your job more efficiently, you’ll end up making a whole heck of a lot more money than you otherwise would.

For me, if I’m showing a house, I want to leave that night with several different offers, so I can get that house out of my portfolio and the commission into my pocket. You know what I’m saying?

So, I eventually came up with a few tips to increase my conversion rate every time I showed my house. In the end, the lesson was pretty obvious, and I’m not sure why I hadn’t figured it out before: the little stuff matters! All the little details, from your attitude to food – it all matters. Here are some details.

Bake some cookies!

As ridiculous as it sounds, nothing feels more like home than the smell of a dozen freshly made chocolate chip cookies. You don’t even need to make them yourself. You can just buy a roll of Tollhouse cookies and toss them in the oven.

Keep yourself presentable.

Make sure you have a good wardrobe and are well groomed. And fix those little issue that may be specific to you. For example, I have dark spots, so I got the best dark spot corrector I could find. Also, after reading some derma wand reviews, I spent some money and got my skin looking great. My sales went through the roof.

Furnished homes sell a lot better than unfurnished homes.

This can be kind of tricky, and it could require a bit of an investment, but it really, really works. Basically, you want to make sure that when you show the home, it has furniture and a few design elements in it. That could just mean a few chairs, or it could mean a house that is totally designed top to bottom. Personally, I just keep a small storage unit with a bunch of stuff that would look good

Make it look busy.

Homes look best when there are people in them and having fun. So, on the day of the showing, do whatever you can to get half a dozen or so people there. It’ll make the house look really lively from the get-go, and it serves as a kind of social proof.

Welp, that’s it for me! Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be selling houses left and right!

A Swimming Pool as an Investment

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swiming poolAre you considering building a swimming pool? There are many factors to consider when making this momentous decision; including local rules and regulations, the upkeep and maintenance, and even the return on the investment if you should choose to sell your home in the future.

Expert: Angie Hicks

Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie’s List, says, “In the heat of the summer a pool might sound like a fantastic idea, but the reality is unless you are the only house in your neighborhood that doesn’t have a pool you should skip it. Pools tend to scare off potential buyers of your house and you usually only get about 50 cents on the dollar return on the investment”.

Angie asked some of the most highly rated pool builders on Angie’s List what homeowners should consider before adding a swimming pool in this informative article, Is a Swimming Pool Right For You?

In Ground or Above Ground

One thing a homeowner needs to consider when they are thinking of adding a pool to their property is whether they are going to have an in ground pool built, or add in an above ground pool. When you choose to go with an above ground pool, you then must decide if you’re going to build a deck around the pool; and if so, how much money you’re willing to spend on it.

Considering the value of your home, adding a pool isn’t really going to make much of a difference. You’re better off making improvements to the actual home itself, such as a kitchen remodel or painting the outside of the home.

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Added Value? Maybe…

In some instances, not having a pool added to your backyard can lower the value of your property. Though these are rare they can include; if you live in a higher end neighborhood and your house is the only one without a pool or if you live in a warm climate such as California or Florida.

Other things to consider before building a pool is the overall cost; not just initially, but over time. Think about the upkeep and maintenance of the pool, the amount of work and money you’re going to invest over time might be enough to make you decide it’s just not worth it.

You’ve also got to put thought into many other factors that come with being the owner of a pool. Will you need to have a safety fence around the pool? What are the taxes and insurance going to cost you annually? What are the rules and regulations of your town as far as having a pool on your property?

chico-real-estate-cDreaded Regulations

Every city or town is going to have its own regulations concerning building and maintaining a pool on your property. California is big on regulations – watering restrictions during droughts, best gun safe laws for preventing people from getting guns – so swimming pools are no different. Some cities require you to have a permit or a license before you begin the build, other towns insist upon having blue prints drawn up and submitted before you can begin the work. In some cases you must also provide pictures, measurements and plans for the drainage of the pool to the City Council. Be sure to look up your local ordinances for the rules and regulations of building a swimming pool.

Building a pool on your property is a huge decision and a costly investment. Make sure to do your research and weigh the pros and cons before you make your final decision.

Home Security Cameras

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While there are many benefits to installing a home camera security system, there are also some downsides. A camera set up for security on your home can serve as a deterrent to would be burglars and provide footage of the goings on in and around your property.

securityBefore you invest your time and money into a security system you’ll want to think about the costs and weigh the benefits against the cons of having such a system. You might discover the disadvantages outweigh potential benefits and save yourself the money; or the opposite might be true and you can move forward with installing a security system for your home.

Advantages of Home Security Cameras

The biggest, and most obvious, advantage of having home security cameras installed is the deterrent it creates to criminals. With that in mind, we’ll look over some other benefits that you can factor into your decision.

EVIDENCE

While the presence of security cameras will typically act as a deterrent to would be criminals, in the event the cameras go undetected and your home is broken into, you will have video footage of the crime and the intruder. This can be useful evidence the police can use to locate and convict the burglar.

PORTABLE

Cameras can be placed around your home anywhere they have access to a power supply. Some cameras are so small they can be hidden around your property in shrubbery or behind walls; allowing them to go undetected.

COST

The cost of a security system for your home is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Sometimes a simple fake camera with the red flashing LED light can give the appearance of a security camera and can be enough to deter would be burglars. With very little cost, you can have the appearance of a home security system.

Disadvantages of Home Security Camerassecurity-chico-real-estate

As with anything, having a home security system will come with its disadvantages. After you’ve considered both sides of the coin, and weighed the pros against the cons, you might decide to scrap the entire idea of installing cameras on your property.

COST

Depending on the quality and number of cameras you install, and the quality of the monitoring system, a home security system can cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. Having the system professionally installed will add to the cost. While this can be a DIY project, you’re still shelling out the bucks for the equipment, and you need to have some basic knowledge of wiring.

UPKEEP

The batteries in your cameras will need checked on a regular basis and replaced when needed. You’ll need to have a substantial hard drive for your home security system to store all of the data from the video that has been recorded. This not only adds to the cost, but to the amount of space you’ll need to dedicate to the equipment.

Before you make the big decision to have a home security system installed; consider all the pros and cons. You may find that having cameras installed on your property is exactly what you need to protect your home against potential intrusion and allow you peace of mind and security. On the other side of the coin, you might decide a security system would be an enormous waste of your time and money.