Updating your home? Consider Re-purposing items for a One of a Kind Find

Some of the items I love to use are old bricks, pieces of leather and steel, tools and such from days gone by that can be re-purposed into lighting, artwork, hangers, welcome signs, even furniture! If you think this sounds fun, consider a small start. My first piece was an old dresser that I refinished and made look like new. It might be grabbing an old shovel to add to your garden. Open your eyes to other uses of items that some have long since forgotten about and now they can become your favorite item that everyone likes to ask about when they visit.

I would love to hear some of your favorite items for the home or garden.

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Red Key Realty – An Exciting Change

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Well, its official!  I have just transferred to Red Key Realty.  I am excited to continue working with buyers and sellers of residential real estate.  It won’t be long now before cabin fever hits us all hard and with this comes the thought of purchasing a new home or in some cases to leave this current space and look for that next dream.

Working with an agent who cares about you will be evident from our first conversation.  I believe in educating my clients and guiding them along in the whole real estate process so that in the end we pass the key and you cross the threshold into your new home.

Let’s talk today!  Call me – Kim Woehl – Red Key Realty – 651-214-1459

Natural Kid Zone – Creating a Backyard Nature Area for Kids

IMG_2256The back yard is the best place for children to explore.  set aside some space just for exploration and you will find your kids outdoors playing and wondering about the world, how it works and who lives here.  Sounds like a great idea, but where do you start, how hard will it be to create this oasis?

Take one small area and remove the grasses so that children can dig.  Allow them to dig and play on wet and dry days as this will create a whole new experience.  Don’t worry about the mess so long as children are dressed for mess.

Kids of course are drawn to water.  Add a hose, sprinkler, bucket and scoops, watering cans, plastic pvc pipes of varying lengths.  Oh, and don’t forget to send them out in the rain so long as it isn’t storming.  take in the senses.  What things do they notice when the weather is wet?  Since water can be dangerous, make sure to supervise, but also stay back enough to allow them to explore without our input into the activity.

Consider adding a few large rocks (large enough so that they cannot be picked up and thrown, but small enough that they can be turned over to explore underneath.  Is there a tree in this environment?  I remember playing for hours in an old lilac bush when I was a child.  So much fun moving about its branches.  It could be anything and it was!

Don’t forget to add plants and perhaps allow children to help in the planting.  In my yard I need to make sure to have shade loving plants, but you will need to choose depending on your yards unique lighting.

Lastly, allow for some building materials.  A sheet for a fort, a variety of boards or long sticks can make for some great temporary forts and doesn’t have to cost a lot.  Have a few boards that you can allow to sit for a day or two and then go back to move these to see who has moved in.  I know in my yard we find all sorts of critters and the children just love it!

If you have enjoyed these ideas, please consider sharing one of your favorite back yard ideas.  I just love adding to our back yard fun and I bet you do too!

Kim Woehl is a licensed real estate agent and early childhood educator.  Please feel free to contact her at 651-214-1459 for information.

 

So Why Isn’t my Home Selling?

Kim Woehl - Keller Williams Premier Realty 651-214-1459 or on the web at kwoehl.kwrealty.com

Let me sell your home!

As a real estate professional I like to sit down with future clients and spend some time educating them on the local market.  I share what has sold in the area that is similar to their home.  I ask what they feel their home is valued at and then I show them some homes in that price range that have recently sold.  If we can agree that their home will likely sell for $_______ and the home owner is willing to list their home for $_________ then likely their home will sell quickly and they can begin searching for their new home.

The bottom line when listing your home is to know what it likely will sell for.  If you are over the market your home will sit and while you may get people in to look at your home, they likely will want to get the most for their dollar and will choose the home down the block that is just a bit more reasonable.

So what other problems might be keeping those offers from coming in?  Do you quickly approve showings?  You want to have your home available for showings day or evening and be as accommodating as possible so that potential buyers can see your home on their schedule.

Remove as many personal items as possible and tidy up as much as possible.  Be prepared to leave in about a 30 minute notice and you will never have to be concerned about a showing.

When that offer does come in make sure you have decided before hand what offer you will likely accept and which offer you would reject.  If you are looking to buy or sell you want to work with an agent that is on your team working for you.  If you are looking for a professional to walk you through the process please give me a call.  Kim Woehl- Keller Williams Premier Realty  651-214-1459

That Stinks! Marketing with Fragrance – Home Selling

29108_basic_apple_pie_620As a real estate professional I hear it often.  What is that smell?  There are of course good smells and bad smells and sometimes this is up to your own personal preference.  No one wants to smell garbage, dirty laundry, pet odors, urine, mold or mildew or that wet stagnant smell.  Potential buyers need to feel comfortable and be able to think about how they might arrange their furniture or hang photos.  They do not need to be wondering how they can remove the “stink”.

We need to be careful to not mask these smells but rather eliminate them.  Once eliminated then you might find it appealing to add a bit of “good smell” to your home.  Research says that certain smells attach to our emotional self.  smells or fragrances from our past that were pleasant experiences bring back positive memories.

Have you been to the local mall lately?  Stores are using fragrances to get you to take out your card.  Its working.  Does this marketing work for home selling?  Research says yes!

My personal favorite is apple cinnamon.  It reminds me of my Grandma’s pies, piping hot coming out of the oven.  I especially love this around the holidays.  Lavender is another common fragrance that is said to be calming.  Do you want your potential buyers to feel relaxed as they tour your home?  The rage this time of year is pumpkin.  We find it in everything from candles to coffee, ice cream to snack cakes.

Now that we have covered “what stinks”, we also need to listen to this huge bit of advice.  Invite in a few friends that can be honest with you.  Ask them if they smell any smells in your home.  We grow accustomed to our own environment and often times can no longer recognize or notice an odor, but your friends will.

Kim Woehl is a real estate professional with Keller Williams Premier Realty.  Before you list your home with someone else, consider giving me a call.  It might make scents!  651-214-1459

Moving Truck Tips

TruckYou finally found that perfect place to call home.  It was no easy task and frankly stressed you out getting from beginning to end, but today is the day – moving day!

Before the truck arrives you need to plan and prepare for the move.  The following is  list of tips that should make your move a successful one.

1.  Name someone the Truck Supervisor.  Fitting your whole house into one truck means space is tight.  In order to utilize each small space it is a good idea to have someone plan out where and how everything will go in the truck.  Once you have a plan call a quick meeting to share the general plan and then be very available as the moving begins.

2.  Have a plan.  How big is that couch?  Can the mirrors travel between the mattresses?  Do we have plenty of blankets and sheets to keep furniture from rubbing against each other?  Do you have boxes all pre loaded and labeled?  Are there enough volunteers on hand to make the job doable in one day?

3.  Have you ever played that game where you have to fit the different shaped boxes into each row so that each little space is filled?  Loading the truck will be much like playing this game.  You will want to fill all spaces with something.  In fact your Truck Supervisor will be a huge asset at this time to make sure space is used wisely.

4.  Tying down the load is important.  Remember that as you fill it will become tougher to get into the depth of the truck.  Heavy items should be toward the bottom and try to fill all space so things cannot shift as you drive.  Plan for the roughest trip so that your belongings will make it to your new home still in one piece.

While moving can be a stressful time, it can also be one of the most exciting times for families.  With a game plan for a successful move you will find it isn’t so bad and that soon you can put your feet up at your new home.

Housing is Rebounding – Multiple Offers Attest!

The market continues to improve.  I don’t need data to know this.  The last month’s offers have left me with only one offer that was not part of a multiple offer deal.  Listing agents have reported back to me on a few of these and stated that we were one of 8 other offers on the same property.

People are buying and what they have to select from is limited and when a nice one comes around, it is likely gone before the day is out unless they are holding out for the best offer via multiple offers.

As a buyer you will find you will make an offer only to have your agent get back to you asking for your highest and best.  They need this as you are part of a multiple offer deal and the seller wants to make the most money and the buyer has to decide just how much they really want the property.  Often times someone else has a bit more money to spend, has a good qualification letter or is totally preapproved.

When you are ready to buy a home I highly suggest being pre approved and keep this letter updated so that it is always a good letter.  Once you have your letter in hand you are ready to talk to your licensed real estate expert.  We will help you to find the home that fits your budget and location criteria.  Choose an agent who will ask what you need and then will listen and show you what you really wish to see.  Use free MLS search sites like mine  🙂 to search on your own and then go see it for yourself.

Are you ready to make that move?  Let’s talk!

Kim Woehl is a licensed Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty.  She is looking forward to working with you whether you are buying or selling your home.

Call now!  651-214-1459