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What Buyers Notice During a Home Tour - Park Sterling Realty

Staging your home for viewing is an art unto itself. You want your home to feel like a home, but in a way that makes it possible for other people to view it as their home. Presenting your home for sale means that you have to view your home how a potential buyer might see it. Our REALTORS® are experienced in the art of pairing homes and buyers, but knowing what potential buyers notice first about your home will make your home-selling process much smoother. 

  1. The Great Outdoors 
    Before potential home buyers can enter your home, they see the exterior first. A lawn that needs mowing gives a poor first impression. A professional landscaper could be a good choice for bigger lawns, but most homes would benefit from basic clean up. If you have trees that need pruning, please consult an arborist for the safest approach.

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Staging Suggestions - Sell a Home - Park Sterling

Most homeowners know what to do to make their homes sell at an optimum price. You need to declutter, depersonalize, repaint, fix your appliances, etc. But you're still living in that house and as such, you're bound to slip into panic mode when you receive a short notice call from a prospective buyer, even if it's a virtual tour only. Fortunately for you, our REALTORS® have shared seven last-minute staging suggestions to help you set up your property for sale and avoid the panic.

  1. Clean Your Home
    Cleaning your home is imperative to the successful sale of your property. For a last-minute staging, try to figure out the parts of your house that often accumulate dirt and clean them. Potential buyers will want a detailed look at the bedrooms and bathrooms, so pay attention to these areas and make sure that they are spotless during the staging.

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Features Homebuyers Want - Park Sterling Realty

The coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives in many ways, but the most obvious is that it has contained us in our homes for months. A calamity of this scale means lasting changes in the way we live and work. If you're planning on selling your home, our REALTORS® recommend adding the following in-demand features.

  1. Home Office
    As the work-from-home population grows, our REALTORS® predict that a home office will become one of the most sought-after amenities for the long term. Many people are working from their kitchen table, dining room, or sofa, which are not ideal for productivity. What appears to be a challenge today may become the norm tomorrow. If you're selling a home, you need to meet the growing demand for home offices.  A quiet, private, and comfortable workspace with built-in bookshelves and large windows will make your house more desirable to buyers than you think.

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Online Listing Importance - Park Sterling Realty

Our REALTORS® have been hard at work making sure Westchester County homeowners have access to the resources they need for selling success. At a time like this, that especially means their homes need to be empowered with a great online listing.

Online house listings have been growing in importance over the last few years. However, they have never been more critical than they are now. As old-fashioned home marketing methods are falling by the wayside, the online listing makes or breaks your sale.

Let's take a closer look at what makes a listing work.

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Color of the Year - Sell Your Home - Park Sterling Realty

The Pantone Color of The Year 2020 is Classic Blue; a timeless, calm, and soothing hue that takes its cue from the sky at dusk. Blue is plenty comfortable being a favorite of many people. Classic blue is not only trending, but it has stood the test of time. Some studies show that it's the world's most popular color. In the real estate world, Classic Blue is appearing everywhere from guest baths to kitchen islands to living room walls. So, if you're looking to sell your home in 2020, you may want to embrace the year's cool blue hue to set a relaxing tone and attract more buyers. Our REALTORS® have suggestions for how you can add classic touches to your home.

  • Front Door
    The front door is the first thing that will house hunters will see and notice about your home. Classic blue for your front door creates a sense of calm and channels peace. It looks good on a white exterior and is also an ideal shade if you live in a coastal area. The color promises an instant smile from curious buyers.

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Winter Home Sale Hints - Park Sterling Realty

There's a lot of home-selling advice out there, and unfortunately, many sellers feel like they can only be successful if they sell during spring or summer. But the truth is, houses can and do sell at any time of year. And if you get your home ready for buyers, our REALTORS® can work with you to get your house sold. Decluttering, cleaning, and making repairs should always be your first steps, no matter when you sell. Then add these winter home sale tips to impress buyers.

  • Pay attention to the price. This is probably even more important during the winter. With fewer buyers, an overpriced property will sit on the market even longer.

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Fall Curb Appeal - Park Sterling Realty

The colorful fall foliage can create a picturesque backdrop on your property, but you'll want to include more than nature's beauty in your curb appeal efforts. Improving curb appeal will get the attention of buyers for Bronxville homes for sale and make them want to see all your home has to offer. Our REALTORS® have some suggestions for how you can make a big impact with buyers.

  • Clean up the landscape. You'll need to do more than just mow the lawn. Edge the lawn, take care of any brown spots, and trim back dead areas on bushes and trees. Replace summer plants and flowers that are dying or dormant with fall ones so there's still color in the landscape. While fall leaves can provide beautiful color, you don't want the first thought a buyer has to be about all the leaves they'll have to rake. Make sure you keep them raked up so buyers can see the yard and safely access the entrance of your home.

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Add On or Move On - Park Sterling Realty

Families grow and change over time. The house that once met your needs may longer have enough space. When you've outgrown your home, you have two options: build on to your existing house or look at Bronxville homes for sale. Each option gives your family more living space, but which one is best? Here are a few things you should consider when you're deciding whether to add on or move on.

Reasons to Add On to Your House

  • You love your home.
    If needing additional space is the only problem with your home, then you're better off adding on to your existing home. Finding another home that checks off everything on your wishlist can be challenging. Why compromise on the location or layout when you already have exactly what you want? Adding on to your home allows you to improve upon everything you already love.

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Energy Efficiency - Park Sterling

Utility bills are a top concern for home buyers as they decide which Bronxville homes for sale are best suited for their needs. Moreover, the rising tide of eco-consciousness throughout New York means that home buyers are interested in more than just how much an energy-efficient home can save them each month. Home sellers in Westchester County whose home features eco-friendly design and features have an appeal to buyers that gives them an advantage when the "For Sale" sign goes up in the front yard. 

  • Fixtures and Faucets, and Low-Water Landscaping
    While electric and gas usage used to get the most attention from eco-conscious home buyers, an increasing number of buyers are paying considerable attention to how much water a home requires. Installing low-flow fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchens is an inexpensive addition to your home before you place it on the market. In many cases, it takes just a few hours to replace all the fixtures in the house. 

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Exterior Home Features-Park Sterling Realty

Staying on top of real estate trends can help you reap real rewards when you decide to put your home on the market. Incorporating technology, a modern color palette, and up-to-date design features on the exterior of your home creates an irresistible curb appeal. This helps your home stand out among the many fantastic Bronxville homes for saleTo help your home rise to the top of home buyers' lists, the following are exterior features that prospective home buyers are willing to pay top dollar to have around their home.

  • Exterior Lighting
    Exterior illumination creates an inviting ambiance and friendly atmosphere for evening gatherings. It also creates a strong sense of security. Exterior lighting can be positioned to highlight architectural features, improve visibility on sidewalks and stairs, and illuminate outdoor living areas. At the same time, exterior lights can be used to shed light on windows and doors, thus protecting the home against potential intruders.

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Painting to Sell-Park Sterling Realty


If you're planning on selling your home this year, you're probably already thinking about what you'll do to get ready for buyers. Everyone wants to make the best impression possible, and our REALTORS® often get asked for suggestions. One of the things that always tops everyone's list is paint. Some fresh paint indoors and out can go a long way toward getting your home sold at the price you want.

What Paint Can Do for Your Home

Painting is a necessary first step in staging your home. It lets buyers know you've been taking care of the property and keeping up with maintenance. It's also inexpensive compared to other updates and noticed immediately when you walk into a room. So painting provides a lot of value for your maintenance dollar.

There are some situations where you really have to paint. If you've patched walls, have a mural or themed room, or if there's any writing or residue on the walls, you'll need to make painting a top priority.

Probably the most important reason to paint is that buyers expect it. Other Bronxville homes for sale are going to have fresh paint. If yours doesn't, your home stands out, but not in a good way.

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Professional Photography-Park Sterling Realty

Did you know that almost every home buyer begins their journey by researching homes online? With so much information available on the internet, it's no surprise that buyers spend plenty of time browsing homes for sale, checking out potential neighborhoods, and looking up details about homes that have caught their eye. If you're listing your home for sale in 2019, it's extremely likely that your buyer will have seen your listing online before visiting your home in person.

With so many beautiful Bronxville homes for sale, how do you make sure yours stands out from the crowd? Hiring a professional photographer to take stunning images of your home is the key to attracting serious buyers. Here's why.

  1. First Impressions are Everything
    You only get one chance to make a first impression. When it comes to internet searches, that impression depends almost entirely on the quality of your photos. No matter how amazing your home might be, if the photos don't catch the buyer's eye, they're likely to keep scrolling. A listing with poor-quality photos will get far less foot traffic, causing you to miss the opportunity to show potential buyers how wonderful your home really is. On the other hand, great photos can create an emotional reaction in potential buyers, giving them positive feelings about your home before they even see it in person.

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Prepare for Open House - Park Sterling Realty

An open house puts your home on center stage for buyers to see it in all of its glory and to visualize their new life in your old home. For that to happen, though, there is some prep work to make the house feel more like a home to buyers. Our REALTORS® have put together this list of 7 tips to prepare your Yonkers home for an open house.

  1. Create Curb Appeal
    No matter the season, make sure your home is looking its absolute best from the street. This doesn't necessarily mean breaking your back to get work done in time for your open house, but make sure that the yard is trimmed, walkways are cleared and cleaned, and seasonal landscaping is planted or placed to invite visitors in.

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