Men, Women Lust Over Homes Differently

Sixty-nine percent of consumers recently admitting to having a “home crush”—a property they liked so much they were drawn back to looking at it more than once online or in person, according to a new realtor.com® survey of 1,000 consumers. But men and women respond quite differently to these crushes, according to the survey.

For example, the survey found that women are more likely than men to have a crush on a home that was out of their financial league. Forty-one percent of women revealed their home crush is out of their price range, compared to only 30 percent of men.

Men were more likely than women to move from one home crush to another. Thirty-six percent of men surveyed say they find a new house crush weekly, compared to 29 percent of women.

But when it comes to true love, the sexes agreed on one thing that makes them most fall in love with a home: outdoor living space. Both men and women identified this feature as the top attribute in a home.  Women’s hearts tended to be set a-flutter by open floor plans, great curb appeal, and appliances and fixtures, while men said they swooned over good garage space, curb appeal, and open floor plans.

Source: “Realtor.com Survey: Men, Women Dig on Digs Differently,” realtor.com® (Feb. 6, 2014)

Do-It-Yourself “Home Staging” Tips

Is your home dressed to sell?

Staging the interior.

Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house. Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items. In general, a sparsely decorated home helps the buyer mentally ‘move in’ with their own things.

Rearrange or remove some of the furniture in your home, if necessary. Many times home owners have too much furniture in a room. When it comes to selling your home, thin out overcrowded rooms to make the rooms appear larger.

 Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. If it hasn’t been used for three months…put it away! Clear refrigerator fronts of messages, magnets, pictures, etc.

 In the bathroom, remove any unnecessary items from the countertops, tub, shower stall and commode top. Keep only the most necessary cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc., in one small group on the counter. Coordinate towels in one or two colors only.

 Take down, reduce, or rearrange pictures and objects on walls. Patch and paint all walls, if necessary.

 Review the house interior, room by room, and:

1. Paint any room needing paint.

2. Clean carpet and draperies that need it.

3. Clean windows.

 If you need room to store extra possessions use the garage or rent a storage unit.

 Leave on certain lights during the day (your agent will show you which ones). During showings turn on ALL lights and lamps.

Staging the exterior.

Go around the perimeter of the house and move all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building materials, etc., to the garage or, if applicable, take them to the dump.

Check gutters and roof for dry rot and moss. Make sure they are swept & cleaned.

 Look at all plants. Plants are like children…they grow so fast. Prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows: “You can’t sell a house if you can’t see it!”

 Remove any dead plants, weed all planting areas and put down fresh mulching material.

 Keep your lawn freshly cut, edged and fertilized during the growing season.

 Clear patios or decks of all small items, such as little planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbeques, toys, etc.

 Check the condition of the paint on your home, especially the trim and the front door. The first

impression, or ‘curb appeal,’ is very important.

Try to look at your house “through a buyer’s eyes,” as though you’ve never seen it before. This exercise will help you see what needs to be done. Any time and money invested on these items will usually bring you the return of more money and a quicker sale.  For additional staging ideas or if you are in the market for a professional home stager, give us a call, we would be glad  to help.