HOME & GARDEN FALL EDITION 2017
SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
Fall can be a great time to sell your house By LESLIE KELLY
If you plan to sell your home this fall or winter, don’t let anyone tell you it’s the wrong season to sell. According to Bonnie Chandler, broker at Windermere Real Estate, Kitsap County, transactions continue to take place, especially in the hot markets like here in Kitsap County. “Last December, I closed five transactions,” Chandler said. “All these deals started in the fall through November.” She has some hints for sellers that can make the difference in whether you get your home sold. “I would suggest that the change of seasons requires some changes in your home’s atmosphere,” she said. “Fall flowers on your porch and patio, wreathes depicting fall and Christmas seasons, light candles for your showings.” Decorate lightly for Thanksgiving and Christmas except for outdoor lights, she said. “Also, it’s important to keep the home comfortable, so when there is a showing we want the heat on,” Chandler said. “If you’ve gone on a holiday and turned the heat
down, it would be good to set the heat on a timer that will come on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to keep things comfortable.” Another tip is to make sure there is plenty of outdoor lighting around home. Chandler thinks a great advantage to
selling your home after the kids go back to school, is that “it will be easier for home upkeep with them in the classroom.” “Also, the kids can tell their friends and, who knows, they may bring you a buyer,” she said. Buyers can come from anywhere. “Many folks are traveling to our area to visit adult kids and grandkids,” she said. “They may want to buy to be closer to family in the Northwest.” Getting your house ready may mean clearing out some items. “This is a great time to pack away anything you won’t be needing before you move,” Chandler said. “We want the house to have a ‘vacation home’ look. Just lightly furnished with all personal items packed away.” As an experienced broker, Chandler said to expect showings during the holidays. “And leave your home well-lit in all rooms during showings,” she added. As a Realtor for 27 years, Chandler continues to do open houses for her listings during the fall and winter months. “If the Seahawks are playing I have the game going on mute,” she said. “I encourage homeowners to make cookies and have
cider available for open houses.” The housing market in Kitsap County is strong, she said. “Our market continues to thrive and we are seeing Baby Boomers from all areas, especially Seattle, coming over to explore opportunities to get out of the congestion of Seattle, looking for a more peaceful environment,” Chandler said. “Millennials are taking advantage of low interest rates which make for some attractive home-buying options. Many folks are looking in our area because of the new fast foot ferries from Kingston and Bremerton to Seattle as they are being priced out of the King County market.” Interest rates are holding at under 5 percent, she said, and the lack of inventory is causing buyers to be completely lender-qualified to compete in the market. “So any offer we get will probably be a good one,” she added. Chandler said sellers and buyers should enjoy the change of seasons and “you can bet that this listing agent will be working right up to Christmas Day!” To contact Chandler, call 360-509-4949, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online at www.bonniechandler.com.
Ways to add curb appeal and color to your home Want to give your home a dash of curb appeal? Focus on color, experts say. “The home exterior is an open palette, and there’s so much opportunity to add curb appeal with colorful accents,” says color expert Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color. Here are ways to give your house a colorful facelift. • No matter what style your home is, the roof is a major aspect of its curb appeal -- sometimes as much as 40 percent of the view. So think about it first. Use free online resources like the new Top Down Color visualizer from DaVinci Roofsapes to quickly visualize how different colors and products will look on your home. • Make landscaping decisions with color top-of-mind. Either go for a vibrant and natural look, or create a stylized look with patterns and designs. • Replace the numbers on your house or clean the old ones. Brass will certainly stand out on most housing materials; however, you may prefer to use large colorful accent
numbers to contrast with your home exterior. • Forget about your bland, boring garage door. Use free online resources like HaasCreate, an online visualizer, to select one with color and distinction. Available at haascreate.com, the tool allows you to upload a photo of your home then select different garage door styles. • Give your mail carrier a warmer welcome. Spruce up your mailbox with a fresh coat of paint. Or, if it’s rusty or splintered, replace it. There are many styles available, so consider selecting something with character. • Add decorative glass windows for a distinctive accent to your home exterior. An assortment of square, geometric and oval shaped options are available in both fixed and operable styles from such brands as Hy-Lite. Certain windows feature black, satin or brass caming to offset beveled glass pieces and other privacy textured glass, while other windows boast silkscreened designs.
• Soft touches, such as adding new colorful pillows to a front porch swing, laying out a new welcome mat or hanging a flag, can give your home cozy, colorful curb appeal. • Add color to shutters, door and window surrounds, and other trim pieces. Start with low maintenance polyurethane pieces that are moisture-, insect- and rot-resistant. Through the Classic Color Program available at Nu-Wood, you can have pieces pre-painted in any of 9,000 Sherwin-Williams paint colors and ready to install out of the box. • For natural hues that accent and add contrast to siding, consider applying mortarless stone veneer as full accent walls on your home’s exterior or as a half wall/wainscot application. Check out easy-to-install products, available at manufacturers like ClipStone. Colors of their Ledgestone and ProStack styles. • Pressure wash and repaint where necessary to restore your home to its original colorful splendor.
Using color strategically, you can make your home more valuable to potential buyers or just more personalized for your own tastes. Source: State Point
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September 29, 2017 edition of the Bainbridge Island Review