Wednesday, July 30, 2014

10 Ways to Make Your House Show Like a Model (for under $200)

If you are trying to sell your home, it

really pays off to make the extra

effort to impress your buyers.


There have been studies that show it takes

buyers only seven seconds to decide whether

or not they are going to buy a home once they

set foot in a house. That it is why it so crucial

to make a good impression and also why

“staging” a home for sale is such a fine art.


However not all of us have the cash on hand,

or the time and energy, to do things that are

really going to flip your home over to the

next buyer quickly. For instance, not everybody

has the cash on hand to install a brand

new flashy Jacuzzi complete with freestanding

brass towel warmers and new stone tile

floors. However you might have the money

on hand to install designer faucets, paint the

walls and replace the old iron door handles

with trendy new crystal knobs.


Here are some quick and easy ways to make

your home show like a model home for

under $200. These are easy-to-do tips and

the type of thing an interior decorator would

advise you to do to help “stage" a property so

it is more attractive to buyers. The goal of

this top ten list: is to give you hints on how to

make your home show better than your

competitor’s home on the real estate market!


1. Clear All Clutter

You can get rid of all of the junk in your

home for free. Simply get rid of anything

you don’t need and haul it away in your car

to the nearest dump or Goodwill. This means

getting rid of “stuff” in the front yard, back

yard, hallway and basement. Studies have

shown that people perceive clutter as being

indicative of a property that is decrepit or not

worth much money. They also associate it

with decay and the presence of vermin or



One thing in particular you need to get rid of

is ashtrays. People consider houses that have

been smoked in to be less desirable and also



You should also get rid of all junk in your

yard. This includes things like broken garden


hoses, old equipment and bicycles.


Even things you are actively using should be

tucked out of sight before a house showing.

This means clearing your kitchen counter of

appliances like George Forman Grills or

blenders or anything else that takes up counter



Outside you should make sure that your

garden hoses are coiled up, your birdbath is

clean of leaves and that you do not have

sports equipment or bikes laying around

your front porch.


2. Get Rid of Evidence of Pets

If you have a dog or cat send them away for

the day. Hide the litter box and any evidence

of it’s aroma. Make sure there is no dog feces

in the front yard. These types of things,

along with their smells can convince a buyer

that there are allergens, mites and pet urea in

the house. Houses with more pets are also


considered to be less desirable than ones

with no pets at all.


3. Get Rid of Evidence of Kids

Get rid of strollers on the porch, inflatable

kiddie pools in the back yard and any toys

that may be lying around in the hallway. Get

rid of baby gates and make sure there are no

handprints or crayon drawings on the wall.

Studies have also shown that homes that

have kid’s stuff strewn about are considered

to be less hygienic or valuable than those

that don’t.


4. Clean Up the Front Yard and Porches

The front yard and porch are very important

as that is what your buyer will first see when

they approach the home. Make sure that the

grass is cut and that the garden is nicely



If you have to, reseed the lawn and plant a

few decorative bushes. It also does not hurt



to spruce up the front door with a coat of

paint and replace the house number plates

and the door knocker with new versions.


It also helps a lot to get rid of dead trees or

bushes that may be on the property. Many

people associate that with bad luck or a lack

of caring for the property.


5. Get Rid of Sunken Paving Stones

The path to your front door and the driveway

are also very important. Sunken paving

stones or missing rocks make your home

look ratty and cheap. It is quite easy to buy

new stones, level them and redo these

pathways. Curved path ways look more

contemporary than ones that are at right



6. Paint Rooms That Need It

If you have a wall that looks scratched up,

beaten or damaged you are well advised to

paint it. This can go a long way towards

making a home look less shabby. You

should also make an attempt to plaster any

holes or crumbled parts of walls in your

home as well. If paint is out of the question

then you certainly could make a better

impression by covering up flawed walls with

wall paper.



7. Replace Some Fixtures

If your chandelier or light fixtures look

dated, then go to some trouble to replace

them. You can also make a home look more

contemporary and like it is worth more

money simply by making a few cosmetic

changes like changing the light switch plates

or electrical plates to designer versions.


8. Change the Faucets and Spouts

Sometimes you can make a kitchen or

bathroom look really glamorous simply by

changing out your old faucets and spouts for

glamorous new ones. There are lots of different

styles on the market that can instantly

transform a sink into a contemporary silver

masterpiece of design and many of these

fixtures also cost less than $200. Furthermore

it can be quite easy to install these

fixtures all by yourself.


A tall spigot on a kitchen sink can make it

look suddenly very European and modern.

Replacing the shower head in the bathroom

with something quite snaky, long and silver

with several water flow options can also help

it seem more luxurious and expensive.


9. Provide Flowers and Greenery

If you have cleared all the clutter, then you

should have a home that looks more simple

and kind of Zen in nature. One way to

augment this air of designer sophistication is

to put flowers or vases of tall grasses in

every room.


For instance if you have a dining room table

it is quite a good idea to put a display of fruit

or flowers on the center table to make it seem

more glamorous or traditional. It is also quite

chic to place a small display of flowers or

bamboo in the bathroom. A rose floating in

a bowl of water looks nice reflected in a

dresser mirror in a bedroom.


10. Provide Some Aromatherapy

It’s been proven that if an item for sale

makes some kind of impression on the nose

then people are also more likely to buy it.

That is true for small ticket items but it is

also true of big things like an entire house.


One of the tricks that professional real estate


agents use is to simply bake some cookies in

the oven so the scent of cinnamon and

vanilla fills the air as potential customers

walk in the front door. This gives a place a

more homey effect.


It is also nice to have aromatherapy candles

burning in places like a downstairs bathroom

where things might be a little dark. Soy

candles are especially aromatic.


If you do not want to spend your time baking

you can buy all kinds of professional scents

for you home that help it seem more cozy or

sophisticated. You can even buy vanilla,

cinnamon or apple pie scents that mimic the

smells of baking. Tropical scents such as

pineapple and mango are also used by

professional real estate agents and also the

owners of clothing stores to encourage

people to buy.


Of course if you do have some money to

invest in preparing your home for sale, you

can also hire a professional to stage your

home for you. The benefits of this are

usually a faster sale and more money for

your property. Many of these organizations

can rent you furniture and accessories that

can help make your home look better. A

home stager can also offer you an objective

perspective on what exactly it is that can

make your home look fresh, appealing and

attractive to others.


With an eye for design and just a few

hundred bucks you can usually fix up your

home so that it is more appealing to buyers
all by yourself.

Friday, July 25, 2014

4 Bedrooms with a study or 5 Bedrooms in Flower Mound

Hi Folks, Mike Tobin here this Friday morning and I have a great home for rent here in Flower Mound. My friend Lindy raised her children in this home. When they were grown she kept the home as a rental. The last renter moved out and she called me to lease the home out for her. She has done a ton of work to get it ready for a someone to enjoy this great home. Here is the link to all the details.

Let me know if you know anyone who would like to rent this great home in Flower Mound.

Make it a great day

Monday, July 21, 2014

Great news in Dallas Fort Worth

Good news in Dallas Fort Worth Real Estate
Hi folks Mike Tobin here just letting you know the good news going on around Dallas/Fort Worth and cities between. 
Active Network LLC, a 15-year-old company which provides cloud-based activity management software, announced on July 3, 2014 that it plans to move its corporate headquarters from San Diego to downtown Dallas, bringing about 1,000 jobs with average salaries of $72,000 a year. The move is also expected to bring $13 million in capital investment. Thursday’s relocation announcement is just the latest blow to California’s business community, as another company leaves the state for Texas. Aside from Toyota, other businesses planning to make the move to North Texas include MonkeySports and Ameriflight.

A DART station will open at DFW Airport on August 18, 2014.  In just a few weeks, it will be possible for visitors to fly into DFW, collect their bags and board a train for Dallas.  By 2018, plans say that travelers will also be able to take a train from DFW Airport to downtown Fort Worth.   The Orange Line from Irving’s Belt Line Station to the DFW Station is a roughly 10-minute trip with the train reaching a top speed near 65 mph, whizzing past traffic on nearby Texas 114.  Dallas will join Atlanta and Chicago as the 3rd US city to offer train travel from the airport to the major city center and becomes one of 17 global superhubs where international customers have direct rail service down to the city center.

Keystone Automotive Operations, a distributor and marketer of aftermarket automotive equipment and accessories, has leased 231,000 square feet of space for a new distribution and operations facility in the Lakeside Business District in Flower Mound.  Keystone Automotive said it expects to be in the building by October. It will create 100 jobs.

American Airlines has broken ground on a new Operations Center south of DFW Airport.  The facility, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015, will house more than 1,400 employees, which will include about 600 employees moving from the US Airways operation center in Pittsburgh.  The two-story, 149,000-square-foot building will be adjacent to the carrier’s flight academy and the C.R. Smith Museum, on the west side of Texas 360. The project will cost $88 million.

Bed, Bath & Beyond will open a new Flower Mound location in the fall of 2014.  Bed, Bath & Beyond will occupy the former Ross space near the Super Target.  The store began in 1971 with a single New Jersey location.

The $1.3 trillion Texas economy has completely recovered from the Great Recession and is getting stronger, official and independent economists report.  Texas and New York are the only two states to have restored all of the jobs lost when the recession hit in 2007.  The Texas economy is now larger than those in Michigan, North Carolina and Georgia combined.   Oil and gas production has doubled over the last six years.  Texas unemployment is down to 5.7%, about a point lower than the national average, and the state's average home price has broken $200,000 for the first time ever.  Texas is now home to 52 Fortune 500 companies.

Thanks for reading and make it a great day

Mike Tobin


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hi everybody its Mike Tobin here just letting you know that Team is live. You can come here to find out the value of your home or to just get some good information about real estate. Weather you are buying or selling you now know the best place to come and get accurate up to date information about real estate. If you would like to search for some homes just click on the link to the right to find your dream home. Well that is all the time I have today so I will see you Monday.

Make it a great day

Mike Tobin