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Making Your Home Stand Out

Potential homebuyers are browsing online listings to help them with their house hunting. With so many online listings at their fingertips, how do you make sure your home stands out from the rest? 

Follow these tips to make your home a showstopper. 

  1. Remove Clutter
    Don't let clutter show up in your listing photos or video! If you've stayed in your current home for a while you likely have accumulated quite a bit of stuff. Nothing is as unappealing to potential buyers as a messy house. The presence of clutter in your home can decrease your chances of selling. Go through every room of your home and box up items you don't want or need anymore. Before you get your camera out, make sure you declutter first!
  2. Enhance the Curb Appeal
    In the real estate scene, first impressions do matter. If your curb appeal and landscaping are impressive, you are more likely to attract potential homebuyers. Enhancing your curb appeal can make the difference in creating a lasting impression on house hunters.
  3. Complete Thorough Repairs
    Pre-inspection repairs are important before selling your home. After all, no one will want to look at a house that has leaking pipes, broken windows, faulty wires, squeaking doors, and burst sewers. It's best to address these home improvement tasks earlier on instead of having a deal fall through near the finish line. Plus, getting these done early will give potential buyers peace of mind.
  4. Clean and Polish the Floors
    Cleaning the interiors and exteriors is a tough job that you have to do if you want to make your home stand out. This includes vacuuming the hallways, entrances, and staircases and polishing the floors and finishes. Making these areas shine will make your online listing photos and videos shine as well! 
  5. Depersonalize
    Potential homebuyers are not looking forward to buying your stuff, but your home. They want to picture their furniture, appliances, and other items in their potential new home. With this in mind, you should depersonalize your home by removing your collections and personal effects. Plus, removing your items will make the house seem bigger and increase your chances of making a sale.
  6. Set the Right Price
    Setting prices can be a tough call given that a high price might scare away buyers, while low prices may question the true value of your property. However, the ideal way to go about it is to compare the prices of similar properties in your area. Doing so will give you an idea of how high or low you can go in terms of pricing.
  7. Enlist a Real Estate Agent
    Real estate agents have vast experience in finding buyers and selling homes. Our real estate agents can help you with listing and effectively marketing your home.

Looking for more tips on getting your Brighton home to stand out on the market? Contact us today! 


Dog Friendly Neighborhood

We sure do love our pets! More than 85 million American families own dogs, and many communities are tailored to our furry friends. If you're looking for a neighborhood that will easily accommodate your pup, our REALTORS® have pieced together these tips to make your search easier.

  1. Sidewalks
    For many homeowners, a sidewalk is considered a "nice to have" feature. However, if you own a dog, pin this at the top of your must-have list. Consider neighborhoods with wide, well-paved, and brightly lit sidewalks to ensure that you'll enjoy walks around the area with your furry friend. In addition to sidewalks, consider neighborhoods with trails to explore. It's a bonus if the neighborhood provides dog-accessible water bowls and waste bags.
  2. Garbage Cans
    Public garbage cans allow you and your pooch to enjoy more pleasurable walks without having to take poop bags home for disposal. If you find a fully-decked-out doggy station with a garbage pail and disposal bags, you know you've hit the jackpot. Other than garbage cans, look out for cookies and water bowls. If your neighborhood is dog-friendly, you'll spot bowls filled with clean, fresh water outside business parks and shops. You may also find artisan dog cookies at various cash registers. Parks might feature multi-tiered fountains, with a special spout just for pets closer to the ground.

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Dream home in Brighton

Searching for your dream home is exciting, but it can be a burdensome task as well, especially if you've looked at a lot of houses and still haven't found "the one." One of the most rewarding parts of showing Brighton homes for sale is helping house-hunters realize their dreams and find a home they love. Trusting your gut while being practical can be challenging. Our real estate agents provide some tips for how to know when you've found what you're looking for.  

  1. It Feels Like Home
    Sometimes when you walk in the door of a house, you immediately feel comfortable. Even if the current homeowners' furniture and personal belongings are in the home, you feel happy and can envision your own stuff there. 
  2. It Meets Your Requirements
    Before you start house hunting, it's critical to sit down and make a list of must-haves for your new home. If you can check off most of the boxes on your list for a specific home, it may just be the one that's found you! While it's true that you may have to compromise on some things, think about what's important to you. For example, if a fenced yard for your dog is a must, but you love a home with a great yard but no fence, remember that you can always install one after you move in.

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Historical Landmarks Livingston County

If you've been exploring homes in Livingston County, you may be interested to know that the area has a long and exciting history. When our real estate agents show new homeowners around the area, they love pointing out some of our most famous historical landmarks.

 Here are a few of our favorites. 

  1. Frank J. Hecox House
    Also known as "The House of the Seven Gables," the Frank J. Hecox House is a single-family farmhouse located on 76-acres. It was constructed in 1887 and transferred ownership several times before being purchased and restored by the current owners. The Second-Empire-style home with a pressed-tin-shingle mansard roof is a popular example of historical architecture. 

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