We LOVE checklists…

Here is a helpful checklist for all you buyers who found the perfect house in a very heavy market thanks to Old Republic Title and Pinterest! Hope it helps! Have a Sunshine day!!

-The Sunshine Team

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Keep your home clean & your mind at ease!

Good morning St. Louis!

Did you know that a poorly maintained home can cause up to a $20,000 decrease in value and selling price on said home? It is VERY important to make sure you keep your home fresh and in shape in order to sell your home at top dollar value. Some even say that you should keep a separate maintenance fund for your home ranging from 1%-3% of homes value. Here are a few tips of how to maintain your home that may sound obvious, but many people do not know or think of:

A. Caulk around windows, tubs, doors & sinks to make sure there is no air or water leaking through as necessary.

B. If listing, freshly paint and touch up around your home to help it appear clean and new.

C. Wipe down any baseboards and crown molding as necessary as that is an area that can layer up dust which will make your home appear dirty. Nobody wants that!

D. Replace HVAC filters as needed, usually once a month.

E. Wipe down cabinets, appliances & doors. This is an area common for gathering dirty fingerprints and spots. Simply cleaning these areas at least once a week will help your home stay clean!

F. Update or add kitchen hardware and/or backsplash. These cheaper fixes and add ons can add value to your home by making one of the most important rooms more appealing to the eye.

G. Power wash the exterior of your home. This is the first things buyers see when they pull up to your home. Don’t let them cringe at the first appearance! Power washing once or twice a year will keep your exterior fresh and appealing!

These are just a FEW tips to help you maintain the appearance of your home. They are simple fixes and just need to be done a few times a year. Make time to sell your home for more! Don’t wait until it’s time to list. These simple twice a year projects will save you a HUGE headache one you list rather than procrastinating until that time. We hope this helps brighten your day just a little bit more today :). Have a good one!

-The Sunshine Team : Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

 

 

Work with Brokerage/Agents you can TRUST!

Throughout our many years of real estate and our 3 years having Sunshine Realty open, we have come across MANY issues with clients coming to us with problems they had with other agencies. The number one quality that a home buyer and/or seller should look for in a realtor and their company should be TRUST. Same as any relationship you want to be in, you need to be able to trust the agent representing you during your home search and/or sale. Click the link shown to see an article posted in the Washington Post about how a real estate agent in Los Angeles kept information from their client. Unfortunately, this is more common than none in our business just to close a sale. Here at Sunshine Realty, we do EVERYTHING we can to help OUR CLIENTS, not ourselves. You’re selling? We cut our commission in the back end so that selling your home doesn’t put you in the dumps and it is an easier and more affordable process. Buying? We ABSOLUTELY DO NOT charge a buyer’s fee like a lot of other local real estate companies in St. Louis/St. Charles County areas. We are here to help you!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/trust-in-your-real-estate-broker-is-the-foundation-of-home-buying-selling/2013/11/27/9f12593e-3dbc-11e3-b7ba-503fb5822c3e_story.html#!

Call us today to find out how at 636-265-2801 and reference this blog post. We know it’s the holidays, so no pressure, but we are always here for more information and to make you more comfortable with whatever home process you need!

We’ll catch you soon!! 😉