Selling Your Home in 2017? Make These Improvements Now

If you’re thinking of selling your home in 2017, think about doing a few improvements to increase your home’s sale price. Buyers prefer to buy homes which need little to no work, so if you do the work for them, you’re ahead of the game.

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Make Sure to Pick the Right Projects

When you decide to remodel, make sure to pick your projects correctly. Don’t waste money on things buyers aren’t interested in.

To get the most bang for your buck, look to things that will boost curb appeal and enhance the buyers’ living experience, like an updated kitchen or bath.

Kitchens

The biggest return on investment comes from an updated, remodeled kitchen. When you plan your kitchen remodel, look to update your plumbing fixtures, appliances, cabinets and countertops. Make sure to prioritize, as updating all of these items can be pricey.

Updating with some affordable cosmetic materials is a great way to make sure the remodel is manageable. Moving plumbing fixtures and appliances can really cost you, and might not pay off in the extra money you make on the home.

Additional Living Space

When you add a bit of living space, you make an excellent investment as more square footage always equals an increase in the home’s value.

There will be costs associated with an addition, no matter the size. Make sure you are adding area that will be used wisely. For example, don’t just add a room for no reason. Extend the master bedroom, increase the size of a bathroom; choose to make additions where a buyer would want them.

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is important. While a buyer shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the cover is the first thing to attract them to your home. This is your home’s first impression on any buyer.

You can simply clean up the yard by getting rid of overgrown brush, add some plantings, and even paint your front door to add a bit of ‘Wow’. These things are inexpensive and will really help improve your home’s look.

Ready to Sell?

When you’re ready to sell, call The Premier Group to get started! Our Keller Williams Realtors are experienced and motivated to help sell your home fast. We are located in Downtown Woodstock and serve the surrounding areas, including Towne Lake, Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta, and more!

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3 Ways to Make Selling Your Home at the Holidays Work For You

Many sellers shy away from putting their home on the market during the holiday season. However, there are many benefits to selling a home during the busy winter months. Here are three ways you can make selling your home at the holidays work for you.

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Enjoy Less Competition

Most sellers don’t want to deal with selling their home during the holiday season. By putting your home on the market at this time of year, you will have less competition to deal with. This makes it easier to attract buyers’ attention, meaning a higher number of interested buyers looking at your home online and in person.

Know Potential Buyers are Motivated

Just like many sellers don’t want to list their home in the winter, a lot of buyers take the holidays off as well. When someone takes the time to look at your house during this busy season, you know they are extremely motivated to purchase. Keep your schedule as flexible as possible so you can offer showing times that will fit into buyers’ busy holiday schedules.

Showcase the Holiday Spirit

When purchasing a home, the buyer’s emotional response is usually a big part of the decision-making process. The holiday season is known for its cozy and happy feelings. That makes it easy to create a warm, welcoming environment by tastefully “decking the halls.” Choose classic, elegant decorations. You should also keep in mind that “less is more.” You don’t want the decorations to make your home look tacky or cluttered, as this will detract from its best features. To learn more, check out 3 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays.

If you’re planning to sell your home this holiday season, call The Premier Group. Our Woodstock Keller Williams team of seller’s agents is here to help with all your real estate needs in Cherokee, East Cobb, and North Fulton counties.

 

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Reasons to Check Out New Construction Homes in Woodstock

If you’re considering buying a home in the north Atlanta area, there are so many great communities to search. From Cherokee County to East Cobb to North Fulton, you’re sure to find plenty of beautiful homes. But if you want to narrow your focus and find the perfect home in one of Georgia’s best-kept-secret communities, come to Woodstock!

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Here at The Premier Group, we’ll admit to being biased. After all, we’re located right here in Downtown Woodstock, and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of this vibrant community. Below are just a couple of the reasons we encourage north Atlanta house hunters to come visit us in Woodstock and see the beautiful new construction homes available for sale. Want to learn more? Give us a call at 678-494-0102 or contact us and we’ll be happy to reach out!

Woodstock is walkable.

If a walkable lifestyle is important to your family, the new construction developments near Downtown Woodstock are a must-see. Consider Highland Park, just a short stroll from Downtown Woodstock with sidewalk connectivity, this community of 22 luxury homes is ideal for families looking for an active lifestyle. A central park with a patio and outdoor fireplace anchors the community, beckoning residents outside to chat with the neighbors while the kids play.

Just minutes away is another community of newly built homes in Woodstock, Mill Park. These 2- and 3-story Craftsman style homes are located less than a mile from the Downtown Woodstock shopping and dining district, with sidewalk connectivity all the way.

New homes to suit your style.

One of the great things about buying a new construction home is that you get to start with a clean slate. The homes of Woodstock’s newest developments feature elegant styling and features that today’s homeowners want, without you having to sink time into costly remodeling projects or put up with the hassle of dealing with contractors. Check out this video tour of Highland Park to see for yourself!

For more information about buying a new home in Woodstock, Georgia, check out our Woodstock New Construction Guide.

Home Seller FAQs: What’s a Pre-Listing Inspection… And Do I Need One?

We’re back with more answers to frequently asked questions from home sellers! Today let’s talk about pre-listing inspections. Do you know what they entail… And should you have one?

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What is a pre-listing inspection?

A pre-listing inspection is conducted before putting a home on the market in order to identify any potential issues with the home, with the end result being a written report stating the condition of the home. Just like a home inspection paid for by the potential buyer, this inspection evaluates the overall state of repair of the home and identifies any problem areas. The National Association of Home Inspectors uses a 1,600 point list, but the main components are:

  • Grounds
  • Structure
  • Roof
  • Exterior
  • Windows, doors, and trim
  • Interior rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical

What are the benefits for the seller of having a pre-listing inspection performed?

You may be wondering why a seller would go to the trouble of having an inspection performed when that usually falls to the potential buyer towards the end of the sales cycle. And there’s your answer! The point of conducting a pre-listing inspection is to identify issues before you and a buyer have gone through the whole sales process, only for them to find something in the home inspection report that kills the deal. A pre-listing inspection can help you address any major issues before your home ever goes on the market, making your property more attractive to buyers, or it can inform your decision-making process when it comes to setting a price. It also shortens the sales process by allowing potential buyers to know up-front what they’re getting into. No one ends up wasting the other’s time and everyone goes into the deal with the necessary facts.

If you’re ready to put your home on the real estate market in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Canton, Marietta, Alpharetta, or elsewhere in the north Atlanta area, get in touch with us at The Premier Group today!

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Holiday Home Safety Tips

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here, and for many families in Woodstock and surrounding communities that means gathering with friends and family at home. It’s an exciting time of year to be sure, but before you fry up the turkey and deck the halls, take a few moments to review some holiday home safety tips that can protect your house and the people in it.

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Be fire safety smart.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 672 people have been injured since 2002 in turkey fryer incidents, and turkey fryers have also been responsible for $8 million in property damage in the same time frame. If you plan to fry a turkey, make sure you set up the fryer at least 10 feet from your house and any other structures (garage, play house, tool shed, etc.), keep a fire extinguisher handy, and make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry.

Other important fire safety tips to remember include, but are not limited to:

  • Never leave your oven or stove on unattended.
  • Never leave candles unattended and make sure to burn them on stable surfaces away from any flammable objects.
  • Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected annually and only burn wood in your fireplace–not wrapping paper, wreaths, or anything else.

Deck the halls with safety in mind.

When decorating your home for the holidays, keep safety in mind, not just appearances. If there will be small children in your home, make sure none of your decorations could be overturned or pulled off their perch and harm a child. Consider placing breakable ornaments out of reach of small children on your Christmas tree, and make sure to keep the tree watered. A dry tree is a fire hazard in waiting.

If you plan to hang lights, use LEDs when possible (they burn cooler than incandescent bulbs) as they generate less heat. No matter what type of lights you use, follow electrical safety protocol; don’t overload power strips, don’t stretch extension cords across walkways, and turn off all lights when you leave your home or go to sleep.

 

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Looking for a Woodstock Realtor? Get to Know TPG.

If you’re looking for a Realtor in Woodstock or anywhere in Cherokee, Cobb, or north Fulton, The Premier Group is at your service! With over 50 years of collective experience, our Keller Williams Realty team is here to help you with buying or selling residential real estate, whether you’re looking for your first starter home or considering investment properties.

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Check out our real estate services below, and give us a call to speak with one of our friendly team members today.

  • We can help you find your ideal home. With a team of locals and years of experience, we know how to find the home you’ll love in your budget.
  • We will sell your home quickly and at the right price. From marketing and advertising your home to showing it to prospective buyers, negotiating contracts to arranging financing, and everything in between, we handle it all and make the whole process as smooth and easy as possible for you.
  • We also offer staging and consulting services to help you get top dollar for your home. From suggesting improvements and modifications to staging the details and getting creative with marketing strategy, our team of experienced Keller Williams Realtors knows how to put your home’s best foot forward and get the right potential buyers in the door.

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Shopping for a New Home? It’s as Easy as Sending a Text!

When you’re looking for a new home, finding ones that fits your needs can be time-consuming. The Premier Group makes it easier to learn more about available homes for sale in the Woodstock area. With a simple text, you can find out which homes are for sale based on your current location.

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Our texting feature only requires you to text TPGHomes and put in the code 59559 in order to discover available properties near you. When you enter the code, you’ll be asked if you’re looking for homes in your current location or if you want a specific address for more information. If you use your current location, our texting feature will provide you with First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) information for homes in the area that are on the market. Keep in mind that this includes available homes in the surrounding communities, such as Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, Acworth and Canton. Instead of having to spend a lot of time doing searches for homes for sale in Woodstock or a nearby community, you’ll have the information you need right away. This feature is very useful if you’re driving around and find a street or neighborhood that catches your interest. You can pull up immediate results on homes to see if there are any that match your needs in terms of square footage and price.

When you come across homes that you want to see, our team of Keller Williams Realtors can arrange to show you these properties. We are one of the top performing Keller Williams Realty teams in the area, with many years of experience with residential real estate. We can help you find your ideal new home in Woodstock, Towne Lake, and beyond! If you would like more information on available homes in the Woodstock area, please contact TPG today.

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Home Buyer FAQs: Should I Buy a Home Before or After Selling My Current Home?

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One of the most frequent questions from homeowners planning a move is whether or not they should go ahead and buy a new home before selling their current home, or wait to buy until their home is sold. Both options have their own benefits and pitfalls, so it’s important to consider all aspects of your own circumstances before making a decision.

Selling your home before buying a new home

One of the main reasons homeowners choose this option is because of the uncertainty of how long it will take to sell their home. No one wants to get stuck paying two mortgages for an extended period of time, so this is an important concern. However, there is the obvious question of where you will live once your home is sold!

Buying a new home before selling your old home

If you are able to buy a new home before selling your old one, it can make the moving process much simpler and less stressful. However, if your purchase offer is contingent upon the sale of your existing home, you may end up losing out to a non-contingent buyer.

At The Premier Group, we can help you find your new dream home and sell your current home quickly, whatever order you choose. Contact us for all of your real estate needs in Woodstock and throughout Cherokee County, East Cobb, and other North Atlanta communities!

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Fall 2016 Home Maintenance Guide

That crisp fall feeling has finally arrived here in the north Atlanta suburbs, a welcome change from those high summer temperatures that seem to last forever. The nip in the air calls for sweaters, cozy cups of cocoa, and… home maintenance. That’s right, it’s that time of year again! Read on for a fall home maintenance checklist from your friendly local Realtors here at The Premier Group.

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Fall home checklist

  • Replace your furnace filter.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if necessary.
  • Do an inspection lap around the outside of your home looking for any areas of weather stripping that need to be replaced or wood that needs to be painted, stained, or repaired.
  • Clean the gutters.
  • Inspect your foundation and driveway for cracks.
  • Winterize your yard equipment like lawn mowers and chainsaws.
  • Drain garden hoses and store inside to prevent damage from freezing. For outdoor water faucets, turn the valves off and make sure pipes are empty of water so that they do not burst when freezing temperatures arrive.

Considering selling your home? The Premier Group can help. Give us a call or contact us online today to discuss your real estate goals with our Keller Williams real estate agents.

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Home Seller FAQs: What Documents Will I Need?

At The Premier Group, we have been helping homeowners in Woodstock and surrounding communities sell their homes quickly and for a great price for years now. Whether you are planning to upgrade, downsize, or relocate, we are here to help with a team of the area’s best Keller Williams Realtors.

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One common question from home sellers is what information they need to have available. Read on for a checklist with some of the most important items you should gather prior to putting your home on the market.

  • Mortgage balance (if applicable)
  • Instrument survey (a survey of the plot of land which shows things like boundary lines and additional structures that may have been altered from the original plot)
  • Home warranty papers (if applicable)
  • Dates of major home improvements (kitchen or bath renovations, hardwood floor installation, upgraded windows, etc.)
  • Roof age
  • Furnace age and manual
  • Air conditioner age and manual
  • Hot water heater age and manual
  • Ages and manuals of other major appliances included with the home

Gathering all of this information will help your Realtor better market your home and give potential buyers the information they need. The best course of action is to gather as much of this information as possible before you have an offer, so that you are ready to move when a potential buyer expresses interest.

For some more information about preparing to sell your home, check out our tips for sellers.

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