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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/25/2017

Believe it or not, your home's bathroom may make or break your open house.

If you allocate the necessary time and resources to enhance your bathroom's appearance before your open house, you may be able to boost your home's chances of making a positive first impression on property buyers.

On the other hand, a dirty, messy bathroom is unlikely to do you any favors, particularly in a competitive real estate market.

Transforming an ordinary bathroom into an attractive space may seem difficult. Lucky for you, we're here to help you simplify the process of cleaning your bathroom from top to bottom.

Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to improve your bathroom's appearance before your open house.

1. Remove Shower Scum

Soap scum may accumulate in your shower over an extended period of time. However, it is quick and easy to eliminate this problem.

To remove shower scum, use a mixture of dish soap and vinegar. Then, scrub the scum with a dish wand, and you can make your shower sparkle.

2. Clean the Toilet

When was the last time you cleaned your bathroom toilet? If you don't know the answer, it probably means your toilet is overdue for a comprehensive cleaning.

A bathroom scrub brush can help you eliminate grime inside your toilet. You also may want to use white vinegar, as this all-natural cleaning solution has been shown to eliminate bacteria, germs and mold.

In addition, don't forget to wipe down your toilet's exterior. Dust and debris on the toilet surface are simple to eliminate in just seconds.

3. Take a Look at the Mirror

A bathroom mirror may appear streaky and blotchy. But for those who want their bathrooms to impress homebuyers, it is essential to clean a bathroom mirror extensively.

Cotton pads and rubbing alcohol may prove to be exceedingly valuable. Together, these products will enable you to clean your bathroom mirror and avoid streaks altogether.

Or, if you're searching for an alternative to rubbing alcohol or traditional glass cleaner, you may want to use vinegar and water. The combination of vinegar, water and a microfiber cloth offers proven results, especially for those who need a quick, easy solution to clean a bathroom mirror before an open house.

If you need extra help cleaning your bathroom, don't hesitate to reach out to cleaning professionals for expert support. These professionals can streamline the process of getting your bathroom ready for your open house.

Moreover, if you're uncertain about how to prepare for your open house, your real estate agent will be happy to assist you. This housing market expert will describe how the open house will work and what to expect from it. Plus, after the open house ends, your real estate agent can provide homebuyer feedback and insights.

Don't wait until the last minute to clean your bathroom. Instead, use the aforementioned bathroom cleaning tips, and you should have no trouble prepping your bathroom for your open house.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 3/19/2017

Closet space can serve as a key differentiator for home sellers, particularly in a highly competitive real estate market. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to revamp your closets, and ultimately, make them appear much larger. Here are five tips to help you transform ordinary closets into spacious ones instantly:

  1. Install a pegboard. Hang your belts, sunglasses and other accessories in your bedroom closet thanks to a pegboard.
With a high-quality pegboard in place, you'll be able to organize many items and access them without delay. After you list your home and begin showcasing it to prospective buyers, your self-installed pegboard is sure to make your bedroom closet stand out during any home tour.
  1. Take advantage of shoe shelves.
For those who want to organize their footwear, there may be no better option than shoe shelves. When it comes to selling your home, you'll want to do everything possible to make a distinct impression on prospective homebuyers. Thanks to shoe shelves, you'll be able to show interested parties exactly how much closet storage space they can enjoy if they purchase your home.
  1. Set up a mirror.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Setting up a stunning mirror in your walk-in closet enables you to maximize your storage space and make a bold décor statement as well. Any fashionista is sure to appreciate a walk-in closet mirror. And for those who want to set their home apart from others, installing a mirror in a walk-in closet may make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers.
  1. Use shelf dividers.
Keep your blankets, clothing and other closet items organized thanks to top-of-the-line shelf dividers. Using shelf dividers ensures that every item in your closet has its own home and can be organized accordingly. Furthermore, these dividers guarantee you won't have to sacrifice closet space and can optimize the amount of storage space at your disposal consistently. Shelf dividers serve as great options to show others exactly what they can do with all of the closet space that is available in your home. As a result, shelf dividers may help you differentiate your home from others on the real estate market.
  1. Get rid of clutter.
Clutter is a major problem for homeowners across the country, but those who gain control over their clutter can eliminate this problem. Try to clean out your closets every few months. This enables you to reduce the risk of clutter accumulating over an extended period of time. Also, focus on dividing your closet items into things you need and things you want. By doing so, you can put yourself in a better position to get rid of non-essential items regularly. By devoting the necessary time to maximize your closet space, you may be able to accelerate the process of selling your home. Remember, even minor features can help your residence stand out in a competitive real estate market, and those who are committed to distinguishing their home from others should evaluate the closet space available throughout their house.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 1/8/2017

Want to boost your home's value? Completing home improvement projects enables you to do just that, as you can perform these tasks regularly to maximize the value of your residence. So which home improvement projects should you prioritize? Here's a closer look at three important home improvement tasks that every home seller should consider: 1. Painting the walls. Picking up a can of paint and various paint supplies ensures you can revitalize the walls in any room of your home instantly. Over an extended period of time, the paint on your home's walls may start to chip or peel. However, adding a fresh coat or paint (or two) to your residence's walls serves as an inexpensive way to transform bland, unattractive walls into visually appealing ones. Devoting even a few hours to paint the walls of your home can help you boost your home's value. And ultimately, your new paint job may allow you to receive multiple offers at or above your asking price, too. 2. Installing a water filtration system. Does your kitchen have a water filtration system? If not, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to increase your residence's value. A water filtration system offers multiple benefits, as it ensures a homebuyer won't necessarily have to worry about buying bottled water if he or she purchases your residence. Plus, this system is one of many features that may help differentiate your home from others in a highly competitive real estate market, thus making your residence that much more appealing to homebuyers. Installing a water filtration usually is fast and easy as well. Furthermore, you won't have to worry about breaking your home improvement budget to complete this project. 3. Cleaning up the front lawn. High grass and weeds will damage your home's curb appeal and may significantly reduce your chances of a quick sale. On the other hand, spending some time mowing the lawn, raking leaves and performing other essential front lawn care tasks can deliver long-lasting benefits. A clean front lawn likely is one of the first things a homebuyer will notice about your home. And home sellers who are committed to maintaining a pristine front lawn can improve their home's value and their chances of a quick sale. Also, maintaining your front lawn can be easy if you spend even an hour per day performing yard work. Or for those who want to avoid lawn work altogether, professional landscapers typically are available that can keep your front lawn in great shape until your home sells. As a home seller, you'll want to take the necessary steps to up your home's value before you add your home to the real estate market. And with any of the aforementioned home improvement projects, you'll be better equipped to boost the value of your home quickly and efficiently. Stay focused on increasing your home's value consistently and keeping your residence in excellent shape. By doing so, you'll be able to keep your eyes on the prize – maximizing your home's value and selling your residence to the highest bidder.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 12/25/2016

For home sellers, accepting a homebuyer's offer represents one of many steps you'll need to complete to finalize your home sale. In fact, accepting a homebuyer's proposal provides no guarantees, and a homebuyer likely will conduct a home inspection that may determine whether he or she moves forward with a home purchase.

Ultimately, a home inspection may make or break your home sale. But if you spend some time preparing for a home inspection, you can improve your chances of accelerating the home selling process.

Here are three tips to help home sellers get ready for a home inspection.

1. Clean Up Your Home's Interior and Exterior

A home inspector will investigate every nook and cranny of your house. As such, you'll want to ensure your residence dazzles when a home inspector visits, as any flaw could damage your chances of finalizing your home sale.

Conduct an extensive clean-up of your house's interior and exterior – you'll be happy you did. With a neat, tidy home, you'll be able to improve your chances of making a positive impression on a home inspector.

Plus, evaluating your residence before a home inspection ensures you can identify and address any minor flaws before the evaluation. That way, you'll be able to eliminate any problems and improve your chances of a fast, seamless home inspection that won't jeopardize your home sale.

2. Ensure All Areas of Your Home Are Easily Accessible

A home inspector will want to examine your hot water heater, your home's siding and more, so you'll want to make every area of your home easily accessible to a home inspector to guarantee he or she can perform the assessment properly.

Although a home inspector may uncover a variety of problems with your residence, the assessment represents a valuable learning opportunity for both you and the homebuyer. Thus, if all areas of your home are easily accessible, you may be able to make the most of this opportunity, learn about hidden problems with your residence and work to resolve these issues accordingly.

3. Consult with Your Real Estate Agent

Let's face it – a home inspection can be stressful, particularly for home sellers who want to finalize a home sale as soon as possible. Luckily, your real estate agent can help you minimize stress and ensure you know exactly what to expect before, during and after a home inspection.

Your real estate agent can answer any of your home inspection questions and ensure you are fully prepared for the assessment. In addition, your real estate agent will collaborate with you and the homebuyer. And if problems are discovered during a home inspection, your real estate agent will help you determine the best course of action.

When it comes to a home inspection, there is no need to worry. If you use the aforementioned tips to prepare for a home inspection, you'll be able to improve your chances of speeding up the home selling process.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/31/2016

Your home's driveway represents more than just an open space where you park your car day after day. In fact, your driveway could become a major selling point for your residence, one that could put your home over the top in the eyes of prospective homebuyers. So what does it take to enhance the quality of your home's driveway quickly and efficiently? Here are three factors that you should consider before you dedicate time and money to complete driveway renovations: 1. The Quality of Your Home A driveway improvement project should be considered in relation to other home improvement tasks throughout your residence. For example, is revamping your driveway more important than replacing your residence's hot water heater? This rarely, if ever, is the case, which means you may be better off dedicating your resources to other home improvement tasks before you commit time and money to enhance your driveway. Remember, your driveway is important but should not take precedence over various homebuyer must-haves. And for home sellers who are on the fence about driveway repairs, considering a homebuyer's perspective may help these sellers determine which home improvement projects should become top priorities. 2. Return on Investment (ROI) Ideally, you'll want to improve your home's driveway to enhance your residence's curb appeal and value as well as boost your chances of a quick home sale. To accomplish these feats, you'll need to ensure that the time and money you commit to driveway renovations delivers a significant return on investment (ROI); in other words, you'll want to guarantee that you'll get back what you put in to your driveway modifications. Consulting with a real estate agent can help you find the best way to maximize the ROI of driveway improvements, along with any other home repair tasks. This real estate professional is happy to provide tips to empower you with the skills and insights you need to bolster the quality of your home and optimize your residence's value. 3. The Real Estate Market Does your driveway already sparkle? If so, you may be able to use your driveway as a selling point to differentiate your residence from others on the real estate market. On the other hand, a subpar driveway that is loaded with cracks and holes may need to be repaired to the point where it won't detract from your home's curb appeal and value. When it comes to driveway improvements, it is important to note that major overhauls aren't always necessary. Instead, you may be able to fill in various cracks and holes to ensure your home's driveway offers plenty of parking and serves its purpose consistently. Take a look at some of the rival homes in your area to see the quality and condition of their driveways. By doing so, you'll be able to get a better idea about how your residence's driveway appears to homebuyers and act accordingly. Examine your driveway as you prepare to list your home on the real estate market, and you'll be ready to make any necessary improvements to help your residence generate interest from homebuyers.