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What Gets Homebuyers to Write an Offer


Want your home to sell faster? Today we’ve got three tips that can help you make this happen.

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Staging Tips to Engage the Senses and More


 Today we want to go over three things you can do to get your home ready for sale, which are: declutter, depersonalize, and “de-clean.”

Let’s start with decluttering. As a rule of thumb, the best way to declutter your home is by removing one third of the content from every room. In the kitchen, clear off counter spaces and remove magnets and other items from the front of the refrigerator.

Next, it’s time to depersonalize. Doing this will allow potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home. Belongings that are near and dear to your heart, like a bobblehead collection for example, may not be so appealing to buyers with different interests from your own. Here are a few tips on how to make your home feel like a clean slate for potential buyers:

  • Make all beds every day.
  • Keep all toilet seats down.
  • Make sure towels are hung properly.
  • Make sure all crumbs are cleaned from counter tops after meals.
  • Don't leave dirty clothes on the floor and put all your belongings away.

It could be difficult for some buyers to see past niche items or highly personal design choices. Repainting your home with neutral colors is another great way to make your property look more like a clean slate for buyers.
Following these three tips will engage your buyers’ senses.
Lastly, remember to “de-clean.” We recommend making use of professional cleaners. Here's a list of cleaning recommendations:
  • Carpets professionally cleaned the first week it is on the market.
  • Home professionally cleaned every two weeks on Fridays.
  • Hire yard crew for cleanup.
  • Hire professional window cleaners to clean all windows.
  • Hire someone to cut and bag grass each week, as well as pull weeds and trim.
  • Empower children to get involved in keeping the house clean. Get them excited about their new room, or the new yard. Perhaps let them buy items for their new room now, and decorate their room to be what they want in their new room.
  • Children are like adults. When it is new and they like it, they are more likely to take care of it. Buy a new basketball hoop and tell them that it will go up at the new home.
Following these three tips will engage your buyers’ senses and make for a much more attractive home. This will make your home sell much faster. You can also check out our more comprehensive list of staging tips here.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity with Jim Murphy

Our featured guest in this episode of the Team Lally Radio show is Jim Murphy, the Executive Director of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.  Jim talks about making the move from Chicago to Hawaii with his wife and his background in healthcare.

He goes on to tell the story of making the move from Corporate America to a non-profit organization like Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. We discuss the their mission to build homes for families in need on the island and some of their ongoing projects.  We also talk about the importance of home-ownership, how people can join the programs and how volunteers can help in building the homes. 

Also in this episode: Quotes of the day, Tips of the week, special events, this week's Open houses and Coming soon listings.
 

Who is Jim Murphy? 

Jim Murphy is a Senior level strategic and organizational professional, with extensive leadership experience in strategic business development, real estate, finance and operations.

He is originally from Chicago and earned his MBA for Non-Profit, Public and Organizational Management from North Park University. He is currently the Executive Director of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.
 

To reach Jim you may contact him in the following ways: 

Phone: (808) 538-7070 / (808) 538-7373
Email: donate@honoluluhabitat.org OR jmurphy@honoluluhabitat.org;
Website: http://www.honoluluhabitat.org/staff-board/

Body Language Boss with RB Kelly

Joining Team Lally in this episode is RB Kelly of Body Language Boss.  RB tells the story of being born and raised in Utah, how she met her husband and what brought them to Hawaii.  She goes on to tell us the importance of our body language and how to read and understand these cues.

She talks about the process involved in patterns to look for when reading someone's body language.  We also discuss some of Body Language Boss's programs, where RB talks about how you can use these skills to build genuine rapport with people, using science-based principles will help you earn the respect, recognition, and business.

Also in this episode: Quotes of the day, Tips of the week, special events, this week's Open houses and Coming soon listings.
 

Who is RB Kelly?

RB Kelly is a Corporate trainer, Keynote Speaker & Personal Coach from Body Language Boss. At Body Language Boss, they believe that changing your body language using science-based principles will help you earn the respect, recognition, and business that you deserve and give you the competitive advantage you need in Hawaii to thrive and take care of your ohana.
 

To reach RB you may contact her in the following ways:

Email: rb@bodylanguageboss.com
Website: https://www.bodylanguageboss.com/