Selling Your Home In 2018

Dated: November 2 2017

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Although the Lowcountry real estate market is slowing a little this Fall, buyers are always on the prowl and looking for just the right house at the right price. Maybe you are thinking of downsizing or upgrading your home in 2018. Many of our clients are starting to think about their New Year goals and what they need to do to get ahead of the competition come January. If you have thought about selling your home in the Charleston area, we'd love to help. We are a full service team that helps you prepare for the market, get it listed, and get it sold for top dollar.


Featured Guest Blogger

Today we have a guest blogger, Shannon Hawkins with Refresh Your NestLocal to the Charleston area, and after being in the medical field for 13 years, she decided to tap into her lifelong love for design and make a career change.  Starting Refresh Your Nest, a home staging service, was a no brainer for her.  She still gets to help others, just in a different capacity and she absolutely loves what she does.  “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life” is really the best way to describe how she feels about the opportunity to serve homeowners in the Lowcountry in such a fun way. Whether you are local to our area or in another part of the state or country, Shannon's practical tips below on how you can improve your home for the market are the same!


Tips To Improve Your Home

Getting your home ready to go on the market, should be exciting time for you.  You’ve loved your home, raised your family there, had dinner parties, holiday celebrations, and now it’s time for a new chapter or adventure.  Here are a few ideas on things you can do to get your home ready to hit the market!


  • Curb Appeal - Why bother with curb appeal when the leaves are falling?

If a buyer isn’t “wowed” from the road, they may never make it inside.  Cleaning up the yard by freshening up the mulch or pine straw, trimming trees and adding some color to the beds will make your home stand out from the road.  Think about the first time you saw your house and the feeling that you got!  Help create that same feeling for its new owner.


  • Creating Warmth - The weather is cold, and so is your home.

When Summer ends and the chill creeps in, make sure that your home feels warm and inviting.  Consider a fresh coat of neutral paint color to liven up the interior and cover up any old nicks or scuff marks. If you don’t have a budget for new paint, add some new throw pillows and a blanket draped over the arm of a side chair to create a very pleasant space. Don’t be afraid to bring the temperature up a couple of degrees to make buyers feel cozier. You can even burn candles with comforting scents like fresh baked cookies, or use wall plug-ins to give off a "homey" vibe.


  •  Hire A Home Stager

Staged homes sell on average of 35% faster than non-staged homes.  By decluttering and making your home as open and inviting as possible, a buyer can see past you living there, and are better able to see themselves in the home.  Most stagers can think like a buyer and for the cost of a consultation can give you a wide variety of suggestions on how to make your home stand out from the competition. Shannon does an average of 10-20 occupied staging consultations per week and works with all kinds of homes, big or small!



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If you'd like us to help “Refresh Your Nest” and get you on the right track in the 2018 market, please contact us at info@charlestonrealestate.properties today. We'll put you in touch with Shannon and help with any of your needs to prepare your home for selling!

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Dan Lorentz

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