Category Archives: Selling a Home in San Luis Obispo

Showcase the Best of What Your Home Has to Offer this Winter in SLO

Showcase the Best of What Your Home Has to Offer this Winter in SLO

Many people make the mistake of waiting for spring or summer to put their home on the market.

Why not showcase how comfortable and cozy your home is during the colder months?

There are also less homes on the market in winter, so your home has less competition – another great reason to put your home on the market during this time.

Open fireplaces and heating

If you’ve got an open fireplace than use it as a major feature during open inspections.

There is nothing more tempting than being cajoled by open flames or hearing the steady sound of wood burning.

Accent this with warm rugs and furnishings, and who wouldn’t want to curl up with a good book on a chilly winter’s day?

Showcase the Best of What Your Home Has to Offer this Winter in SLO

Showcase the Best of What Your Home Has to Offer this Winter in SLO

Rich, amber lights

While natural sunlight might be hard to take advantage of during winter, you can use rich, warm lighting to really set your home’s features off.

Change bright white globes in lamps with soft, yellow tones and cleverly add darker colors to any room.

Embrace the Wonders of Winter

Not everyone loves the sunshine so why not show potential buyers how nice your home is in winter?

Let the heating and cozy ambience reveal just how livable your home is.

Just because winter is considered to be a down period in real estate, it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of it and sell your home.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

Many people think that spring or summer is a great time to sell their home.

Sure, there’s the sunshine and warm weather which gets people out and about, and homes do look brighter.

But as the colder months approach why not consider putting your home on the market this winter?

There are many advantages you might not have considered.

Here are just three:

1. Less Competition

There are less homes on the market in winter, which means your home will be seen by more people.

The cooler months means your home will get better exposure by realtors, too.

It won’t be completing with so many other homes on their listings.

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

2. Compelling Motivation to Sell

Most people move home in the warmer months because it’s easier, however, there are some people who are forced to move because they are changing jobs, or they need to move closer to an ailing parent, for example.

These potential buyers have a greater motivation to move sooner rather than later, and your house might just be the right one for them.

3. Professionals are Less in Demand

Realtors, furniture removalists and house inspectors are less in demand during the colder months.

This means you’ll not only get all their attention, but you can bargain for a better service too.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

8 Things You Can Do to Remove the Signs of Pets in Your Home Before Selling It

8 Things You Can Do to Remove the Signs of Pets in Your Home Before Selling It

No one will deny that pets are great company for all of us.

However, their presence in your home may put off potential buyers.

Not all people like animals or understand the joy and companionship they bring.

Also, other pet lovers know fully well how much damage a pet can do to your home and yard.

8 Things You Can Do to Remove the Signs of Pets in Your Home Before Selling It

8 Things You Can Do to Remove the Signs of Pets in Your Home Before Selling It

Before an Open Inspection

After you’ve organized for your pets to be away during open inspections, go through this list and make sure that your home looks and smells its best for open inspection days.

1. Remove all pet beds and carriers

2. Put toys and chews away out of sight

3. Vacuum every day to remove hair and fluff

4. Keep food and water bowls out of sight, and keep them clean and empty to stop odors

5. Pack up cat scratching poles or any sign of pet furniture

6. Remove doggie doors and have the glass replaced

7. Take down all photographs of your pets from mantels and cupboards. Also, remove any pictures on places like your refrigerator

8. Remove any recent posts from your social media accounts that contain information or images of your pets

Make sure your home is in tip-top shape during the sales process.

This will result in it being sold quicker and you getting a fairer price.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Why Don't Potential Buyers of Your Home Like Your Pets?

Why Don’t Potential Buyers of Your Home Like Your Pets?

Pets make some people nervous as not everyone grew up around them.

As well, no one knows how much damage a dog or cat can do to your home than another pet owner.

They have lived with animals and seen how much stress scratching, digging and even the presence of a pet can have on a house.

While having a pet is beneficial for many people’s wellbeing, they can have a negative impact on the sale of your home.

Not only may your home take longer to sell, but you may be presented with offers which are significantly less than what you were hoping for just because you have a dog, for example.

Why Don’t Home Buyers Like Pets?

Some people feel uncomfortable if a dog or cat is present because they are not sure what the animal might do.

Now, you may not see this as an issue because you know your pet very well, but for some people there is a level of unpredictability which animals have, and which they don’t like.

As well, others may be allergic to pet hair, especially cats. This would make living in a home that had cats near impossible.

Why Don't Potential Buyers of Your Home Like Your Pets?

Why Don’t Potential Buyers of Your Home Like Your Pets?

Some pets are just too friendly!

You might not mind if your dog jumps on you or your cat winds itself around your legs, but others do.

Dogs can have sharp claws and the damage they do to skin and material is annoying.

This behavior might be misconstrued as aggression and you don’t want your dog upsetting a potential buyer.

Avoid any unpleasantness and make sure that your home sells quickly by removing your pets at open inspections, and fixing any damage it might have done before you home goes up for sale.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Why Don't Potential Buyers of Your Home Like Your Pets?

3 Things You Can Do to Sell Your Home with Pets

Selling your home with pets is never easy.

Even if a potential buyer is an animal lover he or she may be put off making an offer on your home if there are signs of damage caused by a cat or a dog.

Here are 3 things you can do to ensure your home looks its best during open inspection.

1. Cover Up the Smell

No one likes the smell dogs can leave in your home, even other pet lovers.

Mask the smell by lighting candles or by placing damp bread in the oven before an open inspection.

Also take out dog beds and blankets daily, and hang them in the sun. This will freshen them up and kill any odor-causing bacteria.

3 Things You Can Do to Sell Your Home with Pets

3 Things You Can Do to Sell Your Home with Pets

2. Chewing to Furniture or Walls

Dogs love to chew, it’s the only way they can exercise their teeth and for some, it’s a way to de-stress.

Fix any areas that have been damaged by chewing in your home or cover them up with table cloths.

Your dog may have only damaged one area, but seeing it may lead potential buyers to wonder how much more damage has been done that they can’t see.

3. Remove Stains

If your floors or drapes have been damaged call in a professional cleaner and have them cleaned. This will also help remove unwanted odors.

Freshen up your home as best you can to make it more attractive to buyers by removing your pets and removing any damage they may have caused to your home.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

8 Things You Can Do to Remove the Signs of Pets in Your Home Before Selling It

3 Things Which Put Off Home Buyers When You Have Pets

As much as you love your pet and don’t find its activities a nuisance this cannot be said for a potential home buyer.

Pets are great to have around, but their presence during an open inspection can really put some people off.

They may not appreciate those extra cuddles kitty wants to give them, or smoochie kisses from your dog!

Some people feel uncomfortable around pets and other feel real anxiety.

So, if you love your pet and you want to sell your home here are 3 things you should do help sell your home quicker when you’ve got pets:

1. Remove Pet Odors

All pets smell, and it can linger in your home even when you are not aware.

Have your carpets and furnishings professionally cleaned and remove pet beds each day.

3 Things Which Put Off Home Buyers When You Have Pets

3 Things Which Put Off Home Buyers When You Have Pets

2. Stains on Carpet and Floors

Again, a professional cleaner may be able to remove stains caused by pets.

If they can’t you may have to look at removing the carpet or floor covering and replace it with a new one.

3. Remove Litter Boxes

Always make sure that cat litter boxes are removed from your home completely.

Even if they are clean, potential buyers will be put off by their presence and not want to purchase your home.

They may even offer significantly less than you want due to the fact that pets have been kept in your home.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Why Don't Potential Buyers of Your Home Like Your Pets?

Does Owning a Pet Reduce the Value of Your Home?

The short answer to this question, is ‘yes’.

Even people who love animals may be put off purchasing your home if there is significant damage done to it by a dog or a cat.

While many people accept that pets cause a certain amount of damage, they may make an offer for your home which is considerably less if they feel the damage has lessened the value of your home.

What Sort of Damage Will A Potential Buyer Look For?

Holes in the yard and damage done to the garden are often the first signs of a destructive dog.

Scratches at the doors and windows are another.

Then there’s that ‘smell’ that some homes have, and damage to furniture caused by chewing.

Does Owning a Pet Reduce the Value of Your Home?

Does Owning a Pet Reduce the Value of Your Home?

Does it Really Matter?

According to How Stuff Works damage down by pets can reduce the value of your home by $30,000.

So, it is important that you remove all signs that you have pets during open inspection, and fix any damage done before you put your home on the market.

Ask An Expert

If you are not sure what impact pets can have on the resale value of your home, ask an expert.

Our team of experienced realtors will be able to advise you on what to do so your beloved pets don’t impact on the sale of your home.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

2 Ways To Sell Your Home with Pets in SLO

2 Ways To Sell Your Home with Pets in SLO

No one doubts the benefits of having pets.

They are good for our physical and mental wellbeing. They also help children learn compassion and empathy, and they are just good fun to have around.

Selling Your Home with Pets

However, selling your home with pets can be fraught with issues.

Many people visiting your home during open inspections might be put off if your dog or cat are present.

And, even if you remove your pets during inspections, potential buyers might not always like the telltale signs that pets are kept in your home.

Here are 2 quick tips you can do to make your home more appealing if you’ve got pets:

1. Make the Yard Presentable

Dig in any holes dug by dogs or areas where grass has been worn down from excessive running.

Make sure that your yard looks clean and tidy by picking up dog toys and old chewed bones.

2 Ways To Sell Your Home with Pets in SLO

2 Ways To Sell Your Home with Pets in SLO

2. Damage to Doors from Scratching

Many pets will scratch at the door to come in, and who can blame them on cold nights!

Cover up these scratches by repainting.

Also, tape corflute over the area temporarily so doors and glass won’t be damaged again.

Remember to give your dog or cat a treat and take them for a walk to the dog park or safely secure them away when open inspections are booked.

Eliminating any damage they have made will ensure your home sells quicker in this busy and competitive market.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

The Benefits of Using Social Media to Sell Your Home in SLO, CA

There is no doubt that Social Media sites such as Facebook are changing the housing market.

With over 2 billion users you would be mad to ignore its potential to reach as many people as you can.

In recent years, many real estate agents have successful used social media to promote open house inspections and reach a wide range of potential buyers.

Wider reach

When you put your home on social media you are not only reaching more people, but you are also showing your home to people who might not have considered purchasing it in the first place.

When someone is looking to buy a home they go online.

However, you can pique someone’s interest about purchasing your home by just showing up on their newsfeed or timeline.

The Benefits of Using Social Media to Sell Your Home in SLO, CA

The Benefits of Using Social Media to Sell Your Home in SLO, CA

Friends and family can share your property’s post

When your home appears in a post, get your family and friends to share it.

This means that you are reaching a lot more people than you might by just listing it on a realtor’s page.

The Rising Popularity of Social Media

With the decline of newspapers and print advertising nearly everything is listed online.

More and more people use the internet to research and purchase all manner of items, including cars and homes.

With the rising popularity of social media you can showcase your home to a much wider audience in a short time and for little or no expense.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Utilize Photos to Sell Your Home Faster with These Great Tips

Utilize Photos to Sell Your Home Faster with These Great Tips

Many real estate agents either take photos themselves or they hire a professional.

However, it is a good idea to make sure that the photos taken present your property, as well as, they can.

Here are some things to watch out for.

Camera Angle

The angle from which the photos are taken can affect the way someone perceives the size of the room and its features.

Some photographers use a wide angle lens to make rooms look bigger or to fit more features in.

This helps potential buyers to see the room in one viewing.

However, if taken from high up, photos of low hanging light fittings can appear to be sitting on a counter or a desk.

Lighting and Shadows

Cameras tend to see things slightly differently from how we do.

Check that the photos of your home don’t have any dark shadows.

These will make the room look smaller and more cluttered.

Instead, ensure that each room is presented at its best by opening up curtains and leaving the lights on.

Utilize Photos to Sell Your Home Faster with These Great Tips

Utilize Photos to Sell Your Home Faster with These Great Tips

You Can’t Have Too Many Photos

Now, that uploading images is easy and quick make sure that there are lots of photos of your home.

In fact, you can’t have too many photos.

Take wide images of rooms from different angles, as well as, outside areas.

Take close up of special features like door handles or garden water features.

It is true that one picture says a thousand words, and now more than ever we expect to see images which tell us a story when we are searching online.

Your potential buyer is the same so show them how wonderful your property really is with the great images, and lots of them.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell