The Importance of Inspections and Disclosure in Real Estate Law

Whether you are buying or selling real estate, it is critical that you have the property inspected and that you disclose any issues that are required by law to disclose. For example, you may be legally required to disclose lead, asbestos or other toxins in the home. Failure to do these things can result in fines or other issues. However, it isn't always easy for real estate buyers and sellers to know what they need to do. Hi, my name is Mary. I have been investing in real estate since the week after I left uni. I love it, and I have learned a lot along the way. I want to help and inform others so I decided to make this blog. I hope you find it useful.

How to Use Home Staging to Increase Your Chance of a Sale

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If you're getting ready to put your home on the market, no doubt you want to use every trick imaginable to entice potential buyers and get full asking price. This can be needed since many areas have more homes for sale than buyers, so you need to ensure your home stands out from the crowd. Home staging, or creating a look for your home specifically to appeal to buyers, can do just that. Note a few tips on how to use this for your home.

1. Paint colors

When a potential buyer sees your home, it's good if the walls are painted in a neutral color such as an off-white, light tan, or soft sage green. This is because it can be difficult for homebuyers to imagine their own choices in paint colors when the walls are a bright, bold color. For example, if they prefer blue for the bedroom, they might more easily imagine that blue if the walls are an off-white than if they were a bold red. Soften the paint colors in your rooms and choose very light, neutral earth tones, even if this isn't your preferred taste. Remember that you want to appeal to buyers, not to your own taste, when your home is on the market.

2. Updated furniture

If your home's furniture is old and worn, it can make the home seem outdated and drab even if it's in good shape itself. A technique some home stagers use is to rent furniture for an open house or showing; you can put your own furniture in storage or the basement while your home is being shown and use rented furniture to give any space an updated, appealing look.

3. Give a room a purpose

It may seem like an empty room is a good thing, as potential homebuyers can imagine it being used for any purpose. However, they may lack the imagination in order to picture certain furniture in an empty room, so that it then just seems cold and impersonal. It's good to give every room a purpose; if you have a home office you never use, rent a desk and chair and add a potted plant to stage the space. If you have a finished basement but it's empty, rent a faux TV front you can hang from the wall and put a couch in front of it. These simple touches will keep those spaces from seeming impersonal and outright wasted.

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28 April 2016