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A Homebuyer’s Guide to Choosing the Right Neighborhood

by Melissa Thompson


When you are searching for a new home, location is one of the most important factors to consider.  You might love a house, but if it’s not in the right neighborhood, it may not be the right house regardless of how much it appeals to you.  So, before you start scrolling through home listings online, it’s smart to have an idea of WHERE you want to live.  Here are some things to consider when searching for the right neighborhood:

  • You may have heard this saying before: “It’s better to have the worst house in the best neighborhood than the best house in the worst neighborhood”. While nobody really wants to live in the “worst” house anywhere, there is some good logic behind this statement.  If you ever plan to sell your home, it’s value will be impacted by the surrounding homes in the neighborhood.  For that reason, you will have better resale value if you’re surrounded by homes that are similar to yours.  So, it is a good idea to research home values in the neighborhoods that appeal to you.  How to Buy the Worst House on the Best Block
     
  • How important is convenience to you?  Some people prefer living in more rural areas, but others desire close proximity to things like major interstates, shopping areas, medical facilities, and schools.  Before you start your home search it’s important to decide how much convenience matters to you.  In addition, you may want to think about the fact that having a home that is convenient to highways and such can have a positive impact on your resale value.
     
  • Are home values rising or falling in the neighborhood? If a neighborhood has home values that are climbing, that’s a positive indication that it’s a good place to buy.  However, if a neighborhood has stagnant or falling home values, it might not be the best place to look for a home.  Many things can have an impact on home values; for example, if an area is growing with new businesses, the career opportunities involved can lead to rising home values in the area. Memphis Home Prices & Values
     
  • Does the neighborhood have an HOA? (Home Owners Association)?  Some people love an HOA.  They appreciate how it protects home values by establishing rules for maintaining the appearance of the homes and neighborhood. They also enjoy perks such as a neighborhood pool and clubhouse, parks, and walking trails.  However, for other people, an HOA is a deal breaker. They don’t care for the rules and regulations (and payments) that come with it.  HOA regulations and costs vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, so it’s important to research them before you decide to live in a community with an HOA.
     
  • How are the schools rated?  Whether you have children or not, the school system is an important factor when choosing where to live. If you plan to send your children to public school, you will definitely want to live where schools are highly rated.  You may think that if you don’t have kids in school, that it doesn’t matter how the school system is rated. But that thinking is a mistake. The truth is that the rating of a school system can have a huge impact on your resale value; positive or negative. Memphis TN Public School Ratings
     
  • How safe is the neighborhood?  Safety is important to everyone. Nobody wants to live in a neighborhood that isn’t safe.  You can research crime statistics for neighborhoods online.  If you are relocating to a new state and you’re not familiar with the area, an experienced local Realtor is a great resource to help you determine what areas are safe for you and your family.

There are so many factors involved in the home buying process, but determining the right location is a decision that requires thought and research.  Once you have found the right place, then you can start searching for the right house!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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A Guide to Keeping the Flu Out of Your Home

by Melissa Thompson


Most people have a favorite season. But there is one season that everyone can agree is the absolute worst. Flu season.  It’s that time of year again and chances are if one member of your household gets the flu, everyone will get it.  Germs can start spreading even before any symptoms appear, meaning your family can be infected up to a week before anyone starts actually feeling sick.  However, there are some things you can do to help keep the flu from spreading:

  • First things first. GET VACCINATED.  According to health experts, getting a flu vaccine is the single most important thing you can do to prevent flu.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends flu vaccines for everyone 6 months and older who hasn’t had a previous bad reaction or isn’t allergic to egg or mercury. Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When
     
  • Cover your mouth and nose.  It is believed that flu germs via droplets from the nose and mouth.  When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth.  Be sure to throw away the tissue right away and wash your hands immediately.  If you don’t have a tissue available, use the crook of your elbow to cover your mouth and nose. 
     
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Per the CDC, flu germs can live for two to eight hours on hard surfaces. That means that it’s easy to pick up flu germs just by touching something that has been touched by someone who is infected. So, keeping your hands away from your face is vital!
     
  • Wash, wash, wash your hands!!  Not only do you need to wash your hands, you need to wash them properly.  When and How to Wash Your Hands
     
  • Stay away from other sick people.  I know it can be easier said than done, but if you know someone is sick with the flu, try to steer clear.  If you are the one who is sick, STAY HOME!  Don’t try to push through at work or school, not only because you need rest, but because you will infect others.  Avoid sharing personal items with the infected person such as washcloths, towels, dishes, toys, and utensils.
     
  • Clean your house. Now is the time to break out the disinfectants!  Since the flu germs can live on hard surfaces, it’s more important than ever for you to keep them super clean.  Take special care with germ hot spots such as kitchen sponges, dish cloths, sinks, toilets, and cutting boards. 
     
  • Live a healthy lifestyle.  By living a healthy lifestyle you are better equipped to fight off germs.  Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, and manage your stress.

Follow these tips and keep you and your family healthy this flu season!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Starting a Home Search? Answer These Questions First!

by Melissa Thompson


The decision to purchase your first home is not one that should be made lightly.  It is an important, life-changing decision that should be given serious consideration.  So, before you take the plunge into searching for the perfect home, here are some questions you should ask yourself to make sure that you are ready:

  • Can I afford a home?  The first step is to determine if you can afford to buy a home based on your current financial situation. Using a home-affordability calculator will help you figure out how much you can afford by plugging in your income, debt and the amount of a down payment you will be able to make.   You will now have a number for the highest amount you can afford and what the monthly payment will be. How Much House Can I Afford?
     
  • Is it better for me to rent or buy?  The answer to this question depends upon what kind of market you are in because inventory can make a huge difference. Using a rent vs. buy calculator will allow you to crunch the numbers. You can enter the current amount of rent you’re paying (or how much you would be able to pay) and the zip code where you want to live. The calculator will provide a comparison of the cost of buying a home versus renting in that area.  You will also be able to see which option is more cost effective over time. Rent vs. Buy Calculator
     
  • How long will I live here?  If you plan to stay in a home for a long time, it is generally better to buy versus rent. If you’re going to be living somewhere for a short term, renting might be the better option.  The reason is that when you buy a home you will likely have to pay closing costs which can total in the thousands of dollars.  In addition, most of your early mortgage payments go toward interest rather than paying down the principal, which is the actual amount you owe on the home.  A good rule of thumb is that home buyers should stay put for at least five years.  Otherwise, renting is the better option.
     
  • Are you saving for retirement?  Retirement may seem a long way off to young home-buyers, but it is important to start saving early.  It’s not a good idea to neglect your retirement accounts in order to “save” money to put down on a house.   Consider meeting with a financial counselor who can help you find a balance in saving for retirement and saving for your first home at the same time.
     
  • Am I ready for the responsibility?  Owning a home is a huge responsibility.  With rentals, you can call your landlord to fix things that aren’t working in the home, but as an owner, it all comes down to you.  You need to be sure that you have the time, willingness and resources to keep up with home and yard maintenance.

If you are ready to start your home search in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Tips for Selling a House Quickly

by Melissa Thompson


Nobody wants to be in a situation where a house must be sold quickly, but sometimes circumstances beyond our control occur and suddenly there is a mad rush to get a house on the market and sold pronto.  If you find yourself in that situation, don’t despair!  I am here to tell you that you CAN sell a house quickly and for the best possible price.  The following tips will help you get your house ready inexpensively, and before you know it you will receive an offer and be on the move!

  1. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL REALTOR: Seriously. You will be so glad you did. Find a Realtor with a track record of sales that lets you know that he/she can sell a house quickly.  One way to be sure you find the right Realtor is to check TESTIMONIALS. If a Realtor has a lot of happy clients, there is a good chance you will be happy too!  Now is not the time to hire someone because she’s the friend of a friend, or he went to the same college as you.  Do your research and find someone who will truly make this process as stress free as possible for you while successfully marketing and selling your home.
     
  2. RENT A STORAGE UNIT: You don’t have a lot of time to declutter your home, so you need to be smart about it.  Shoving extraneous items in your closets is not a solution because potential buyers walking through your home will be looking in said closets.  A better option is a storage unit that can house anything that you need to get out of the house while it is on the market.  The best rule of thumb is that if you don’t use something daily, store it. Keep in mind that if you rent a portable storage unit, you can have your things transported to your new home once you have moved. Portable Storage Units in Memphis TN
     
  3. USE A PROFESSIONAL STAGER AND PHOTOGRAPHER:  It’s always important that potential buyers get a stellar first impression of your home, but even more vital when you are in a hurry to sell.  Experienced home stagers are able to look at your house and see it from a buyer’s perspective.  They know how to emphasize the positive and down play the negative.  Equally important are your listing photos.  The more photos you have, the more likely your property will be viewed online.  If hiring a professional photographer is not in the budget, then do your homework and be sure to take the best photos possible. Top 33 Real Estate Photography Tips & Mistakes to Avoid
     
  4. TAKE THE “YOU” OUT OF YOUR HOME: Potential buyers want to look at a home and imagine it as their own. It’s hard to do that if they are surrounded by your family photos and personal treasures.  Let’s face it, your little one’s art project may be a “Mona Lisa” to you, but might just be distracting to a buyer.  Keep it simple with the art…you want them to see the house and how it could be their home.
     
  5. BRING ON THE LIGHT: A poorly lit home comes across drab and dreary.  Who wants that?  Brighten things up with both natural and artificial light. When your house is going to be shown, make sure window coverings are open and turn on lights in all part of the house.  Consider new paint if any of your rooms are dark colors.  A fresh coat of a light, neutral shade will not only make a room feel brighter, but bigger as well.
     
  6. MAKE SMALL HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Now is not the time to start a major renovation.  Focus on small improvements in rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, where return on investment is most likely to occur.  Small, inexpensive touches such as a new shower curtain or new hand towels can give a room a boost. And if you have old, run down appliances, spending a little money to get shiny new ones will be well worthwhile!
     
  7. SPRUCE UP CURB APPEAL: First impressions matter…A LOT. When a potential buyer pulls up to your house, it is vital that they like what they see on the outside, or they might not ever make it inside. Make sure your yard is tidy by mowing and edging the lawn, trimming up shrubs and putting down new mulch.  Use a pressure washer to clean the exterior of your home along with your driveway and sidewalks.  Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door and create a welcoming aesthetic on your front porch with some pretty flowers. Remember…you can’t sell your house if people don’t see it.  A lovely exterior indicates an equally lovely interior.
     
  8. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE: Take part in promoting your home. Your Realtor will take care of listing it, but you can use your own social media to get the word out too! Don’t be shy. Send your listing to as many people as you can. You never know who might know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone that is looking for a home where you live!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

Home Décor 101

by Melissa Thompson

Whether you are moving into a new home, or you just want a fresh look for your current home, deciding on your home décor style is the first step toward creating a space that brings you joy.  You must ask yourself what style you like and, especially if you’re going to hire a decorator, you need to be able to put a name to that style. Contemporary, shabby chic, industrial, modern…the list goes on and on. With so many different options it is understandable if you are not familiar with the vocabulary used to describe them.  Here is a handy list of 8 popular home interior design styles along with descriptions to help you decide on the perfect one (or combination of styles) for your home:

  1. BOHEMIAN 

    This popular home and fashion design style reflects a happy-go-lucky lifestyle with the goal of simply following your heart. A bohemian home is often multi-cultural in that it contains globally inspired furniture, art, textiles, and rugs.It’s also common to find vintage pieces from furniture to displays of collections in a bohemian home.It’s an eclectic style that can incorporate items from various other styles. The key to creating a bohemian home is fill it with things you love!

     
  2. CONTEMPORARY

    Contemporary design often gets confused with modern, but they are different. Modern refers to furniture and design that is from an era that has passed. Contemporary is all about the here and now and even looks to the future. Another difference between the two is thatcontemporary design is more fluid than modern.For example, it can include curving lines while modern does not. If you like state-of-the-art materials, glass, and metals, contemporary is the way to go!

     
  3. FRENCH COUNTRY
    This style utilizes warm, earthy colors and worn wooden furnishings with farmhouse inspiration. Natural materials like stone and brick along with rich colors of red and yellow combine to create a French Country space.French Country design often also includes collections of colorful porcelain dishes and luxurious linens and bed coverings. 19 French Country-Style Rooms That Will Take Your Breath Away

     
  4. INDUSTRIAL

    This style draws inspiration from, well, industrial spaces; like a warehouse or an urban loft.It’s common to see things like exposedbrick, concrete, ductwork, and wood in and industrial space. In fact, many homes with industrial design arefound in former industrial buildings. Sparse furniture, high ceilings, metal light fixtures are the markings of a space featuring industrial home décor.

     
  5. MID-CENTURY MODERN
    This style is a throw-back to the styles popular in the mid 1900s; mainly the 1950s and 60s.If you love all things “retro”,you will love mid-century modern design!It also includes elements of minimalism and functionality.Mid-century modern décor creates a neat space utilizing natural shapes and simple fabrics. 30 Mid-Century Modern Living Rooms with a Timeless Appeal

     
  6. MODERN

    The term “modern” is used to describe home design that includes clean lines, basic colors, and materials such as metal, glass, and steel.Simplicity is key in modern décor. The goal is to have a look that is polished and tidy, without a lot of clutter or accessories.

     
  7. SHABBY CHIC

    Inspired by vintage style, shabby chic design incorporates feminine elements that are soft and delicate.  Furnishings in a shabby chic space are distressed or painted/finished to give them an antique-like appearance.  The color palette used for this style includes white, cream and pastels.

     
  8. TRADITIONAL 
    If you like classic details, luxuriant furnishings, and lots of accessories, then traditional design is for you!Dark, finished wood, rich colors, various textures, and curved lines are elements you will find in a home with traditional décor. Most traditional designs include layering of fine fabrics like velvet, silk and brocade, utilizing many patterns and textures. 40 Traditional Designer Rooms

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Open Houses, Sunday September 8, Germantown, Collierville and Piperton TN!

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1562 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $649,900
 
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245 N LAKE RD, Piperton, TN | $659,000
 
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1217 DERBY RUN LN, Collierville, TN | $750,000
 
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A Homeowner’s Guide to Building Wealth Through Home Equity

by Melissa Thompson


When you purchase a home, you are not only choosing where to live, you are making a financial investment as well. Home equity is the percentage of your home value that you own and with each mortgage payment you make you are contributing to your own financial savings.  The goal is to build up as much equity as you can so that when you sell your home, you will make a nice profit!  Here are some tips for building home equity:

  • Take Out a 15-Year Mortgage Loan - It’s common for people to choose a 30-year mortgage because many believe a 15-year mortgage is out of their budget.  However, it can’t hurt to ask your mortgage lender to run the numbers to see if a 15-year mortgage is doable for you.  You might be surprised to discover that the shorter term is within reach.  Sticking to a budget that allows you to pay off your house in half the time will build equity faster and will certainly pay off in the long run! These 4 Easy Steps Will Teach You How to Budget (Finally)
     
  • Pay Down the Principal - Build equity faster by paying down your home loan quicker.  Even if you don’t have the ability to take out a 15-year mortgage, you can still make extra mortgage payments when you have the means to do so and the difference extra mortgage payments can make toward building equity are huge. If you make just one extra payment toward principal each year, you can potentially pay off your home loan seven or eight years ahead of schedule.  There are ways to do this without breaking your budget.  For example, you can use a tax refund or a work bonus.  Another way to do it is to simply add a small amount to your principal payment each month. What is Mortgage Principal?
     
  • Make a Larger Down Payment - Depending on your credit standing, you can qualify for a conventional mortgage loan with a down payment as low as 3%, and an FHA loan with a down payment as low as 3.5%.  While it’s tempting to buy a house with a low down payment so that you have more cash on hand, the pros of making a larger down payment may outweigh the cons. The larger the down payment, the faster you build equity.  The faster you build equity, the more profit you will make should you have to sell your home before paying it off.
     
  • Make Improvements on Your Home - Making home improvements is a good way to add value to your property.  It’s important to educate yourself about what home improvements give you the best ROI (return on investment).  For example, per Chris Terrill, CEO of HomeAdvisor, “a minor kitchen remodel is one of the best investments homeowners can make.”  “Projects including refinishing cabinets, updating the countertops and installing new appliances all provide high return without breaking the bank.”  Other home improvements that add value to your property include replacing garage doors, adding a bedroom, updating a bathroom and installing new windows. And don’t underestimate the value of curb appeal!  A professionally landscaped yard will not only help with a quick sale; it can also add up to 20% to your home’s value!

Owning a home is likely the largest financial investment you will make, and the more equity you acquire, the more options you will have.  You can utilize your equity as a nest egg for the future or it can be used as a cash down payment on your next home.  Use these tips to build equity faster so you can build up your savings an enjoy this wonderful perk of home ownership!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Selling When There Are Pets in the Home

by Melissa Thompson


When selling your house, having pets presents some challenges.  Your fur babies are a beloved part of your family.  But it’s important to realize that not everyone feels comfortable around animals. So, it is vital that you consider the impact a pet may have on the bottom line when selling your home.

Some potential buyers may be perfectly fine with pets in the home, but for others, it might be a deal breaker. They might not ever walk through your front door if they know there are animals inside. Pets make some people very nervous, and others may have a fear of animals.  In addition, keep in mind that your pets are not their pets.  Even if they are pet owners and animal lovers, they don’t know your pets or what you allow them to do.

The best solution for home-sellers with pets is to relocate them while your house is on the market.  It may be upsetting for you to do this, but it is the best option.  At the very least, you should do your best to remove your pets from the house during open houses and when your home is being shown.  That means having a plan for those last-minute home showings. How to Prep Your House for a Last-Minute Home Showing

It’s also a good idea to remove all signs of your pet from the home when it is being shown. You want your home to look and feel as appealing as possible to homebuyers.  Cat litter boxes should be clean and kept out of sight.  If your carpets have pet stains, hire professionals to get rid of them. Replace them if necessary.  And be hyper aware of pet odors. Because you live with them, you likely don’t smell them. Have a neighbor come in and do a sniff test…and tell them to be honest if they smell pet odors.  If eau de doggy (or kitty) is present, try enzyme cleaners such as Simple Solution or Nature’s Miracle to get rid of it.  Put away food and water bowls when not in use and hide pet paraphernalia such as toys, kitty condos, leashes, animal beds etc.  Most importantly, vacuum religiously.  Every day. Sometimes twice a day. How to Get Rid of Pet Smells Fast

Remember that whatever steps you take to “de-pet” your home are temporary.  The sooner your house sells, the sooner you will be reunited with your precious pets and life with them will go back to normal.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Adjusting to School When You’re the New Kid

by Melissa Thompson


Moving to a new town can be tough on kids.  Leaving behind friends and familiar places is hard enough; add in the anxiety of starting at a new school and it’s a lot for any child to handle. But while change is challenging, it can also be positive.  Here are some tips for helping your children blossom at their new school:

  1. Prepare your children.  Make them part of the process of learning about their new school. Go to orientation together or arrange for a tour.  Older children, especially, will appreciate the opportunity to get the lay of the land and figure out where their classes are before the first day.  Show them where the bathrooms, gymnasium, auditorium and nurse’s office are. If possible, have them introduced to their teachers.  They will feel much more confident when they start if they are not feeling lost.
     
  2. Meet friends before school starts.  Tweens and teens may have the opportunity to try out for and/or join sports teams or band during the summer.  This is a fantastic way for them to meet others with common interests.  For younger children, sign them up for day camps either at the school they will be attending (if offered) or at local rec centers.  If your community has a pool or play area, you will likely meet people there that will be attending the same schools.  Joining a community league sports team is also a great way to meet other kids that you’ll likely see at school as well.
     
  3. Replicate or create first day of school traditions.  If there are things you have always done to celebrate the first day of school, stick with them.  That will give your kids a sense of familiarity and make the change of a new school less dramatic.  If you haven’t established any traditions for back to school, now is a good time to start.  Whether you fix a special breakfast, or take them for a treat at the end of the day, that little extra bit of TLC is sure to make them feel better.  21 Back-to-School Traditions to Try This Year
     
  4. Practice driving to school.  This might sound silly, but the last thing your children need on their first day at a new school is to be late.  If you are driving them to school, choose a weekday to take a test run at the same time you will be driving during the school year.  That way you will have a good idea of what time everyone needs to wake up and be ready to go.  Keep in mind that there will likely be more traffic when school starts, so give yourself a little extra time.  Make sure you know where to drop your children off and pick them up and what the procedures are for the car line.  If you are stressed, your children will be too.  If you know what you are doing, they will feel more confident.  If your children are riding the bus to school, be sure to know where the bus stop is and what time you need to be there.
     
  5. Make sure your children get plenty of sleep.  Anxiety can make it difficult to sleep well.  Sleep deprivation in turn creates more anxiety.  While you can’t force your children to fall asleep, you can create an environment to aid them.  Limit screen time and make sure all electronics are put away before bed time. Set a bed-time routine and stick to it.  With all the changes taking place in their lives, children need the consistency of routine. 6 Tips for Getting Back to a School-Year Bedtime Routine
     
  6. Don’t make it a big deal.  Sometimes the bigger a deal you make something, the more nerve-racking it becomes.  School is everyday business.  Talk openly with your kids about it. Acknowledge that it’s normal to be nervous, but emphasize, that you know they will be ok.  Avoid creating such high expectations that anything less than a perfect experience will feel disappointing to them.

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Avoid These Deal-Breakers for Home Buyers

by Melissa Thompson


When trying to sell your house, you want to make the best possible impression on potential buyers.  While some buyers will say that they knew a house was right for them the minute they walked in the door, other buyers will tell you they knew immediately that a house was NOT right for them. Sometimes deal-breakers are personal, but often they apply to many and can damage your chances of a profitable sale (or any sale at all).  Avoid these deal-breakers to get the best deal when you sell:

  1. Pests - It seems obvious that people would be turned off by seeing bugs in a home, right?  But sometimes homeowners get used to having “bug problems” and don’t think about how they might negatively influence buyers.  Seeing one or two bugs, like maybe a fly or random little spider, might not be that big of a deal. But if a roach crawls out while people are looking at your house? Forget it.  They are out of there!  If you have any kind of infestation, you need to nip it in the bud before you start showing your house.  13 Best Pest Control Services in Memphis, TN
     
  2. Pets - Just because you love your pets and consider your home very “pet friendly” does not mean other people feel the same way.  There are a myriad of reasons why having pets can hurt your home sale. Sometimes it’s simply that animals make people nervous.  Taking your pets out of the home during showings can solve that problem.  But other things, such as visible food bowls, kitty litter boxes etc. can turn off people who don’t live with animals.  And any kind of pet odors can do a lot of damage as well.  It is a good idea to make sure your house is free of any pet paraphernalia and pet odors before opening it up to buyers.
     
  3. Small/Outdated Kitchens - Big, open kitchens are one of the most desirable features for homebuyers.  If you have a cramped, closed off kitchen, updating it before you put your home on the market will be well worth it.  Not only will you be able to sell it faster, you will get a better price for it and odds are you will likely recoup the money you spent sprucing it up and then some. Best Home Remodels to Get a Higher Sale Price
     
  4. Cheap Upgrades - Poor quality shows.  While you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a house that you are leaving, you also don’t want to hurt your chances of selling it by making cheap upgrades and repairs that are poorly executed.  Unless someone is looking for a “fixer upper”, they are going to lose interest quickly if they see a lot of shoddy upgrades.
     
  5. The Roof - A roof in bad condition will scare away potential buyers quickly.  The idea of buying a house and immediately having to foot the bill for a new roof is not appealing.  If your roof is old or in need of repair/replacement, take care of it before putting your house on the market.  Otherwise, expect to have to lower your asking price.  A new roof will not only improve resale value, it will also boost the curb appeal of your home, both of which will increase your chances of selling and getting the best price possible!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
Fax: (901) 435-0620