Continuing our ‘Home Staging 101’ course

Continuing our ‘Home Staging 101’ course

NEW OLEAR BANNERToday we’ll continue our recent series on home staging tips to help sell your house as quickly as possible! The original and lengthy article we spotted was found on FoxNews.com, but we’re condensing it down to bring you just the main points.

Open your closets! Closets are a big selling point, so make sure your closets are free of clutter and well organized. Aim for approximately 25 percent open space within the closet to give an illusion of spaciousness.

Stop playing around and clean up the toys! House hunters want a fresh start, and toys equal clutter. Even if the potential buyers have kids, show that it’s possible to have clean and organized rooms. They’ll appreciate the effort!

An extra room can help or hinder … help if presented as usable space or hinder if it’s a dumping ground for old furniture and unopened boxes. What makes the best sense when showing the house? An extra bedroom? An office?

Add bathroom space. If you have a small bathroom, you don’t have to knock out a wall to gain space. For example, consider swapping our a cabinet-style sink or a simple pedestal version.

Pay big attention to small details. In other words, anything that’s visible to potential buyers should have a purpose! Look at every detail from the visitor’s perspective, right down to the bar of soap in the shower to spotless towels and empty garbage cans.

Reminder: Free seminar will examine many issues facing older adults

Reminder: Free seminar will examine many issues facing older adults

NEW Olear cover photoReal estate expert Michael Olear of The Olear Team/MJ Peterson, will be among the speakers at a seminar titled “Planning Ahead for Your Future” scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight and again on Oct. 4.

Presented by Elderwood, the events will take place at Elderwood at Amherst, 4459 Bailey Ave., Amherst. A variety of issues facing older adults will be discussed, including:

• “How to Maximize Value and Reduce Stress When Selling Your Home,” presented by Michael Olear, licensed associate real estate broker, Olear Team/MJ Peterson.

• “Protecting Your Most Important Asset: Your Family,” presented by long-term care specialist Richard Lash, CLTC, LUTCF.

• “The Importance of Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney,” presented by Elder Law Attorney Lisa J. Allen. Learn what Medicare and Medicaid provide toward long-term care needs. 

For more information and reservations, please contact Mike Ford at 835-2543 or [email protected].

Continuing our ‘Home Staging 101’ course

Hiring an estate liquidator should begin with a list of questions

NEW OLEAR BANNERYou’ve been named an executor for a loved one and now you’re faced with liquidating that person’s belongings. That alone can be a difficult task, but it becomes even more daunting when a specific timeline is added to the equation.

Hiring an experienced estate liquidation company can certainly provide some much needed relief and assistance, but you should first interview several companies to ensure you’ve selected the right company to meet your needs and the requirements of the estate. Here are some questions to ask before signing a contract:

• How long have you been in business, and are you licensed and insured? The answers should tell you if you’re dealing with an experienced and well-established business that knows its way around an estate and follows established industry rules.

• How long will the liquidation process take, and what are your sales methods? This is not a good time for surprises, so have an agreed upon timeline when entering the process with an estate liquidator. Is an estate sale their one and only sales method, or are eBay, auctions and consignment shops also part of the plan?

• How does your firm account for inventory and sales, and how long will it be before I receive a check? Reputable companies will keep an accurate record of each item sold and will provide a complete detailing of activity. Be sure to ask about the payment timeline in advance, and while you’re at it you should also ask for a list of customer references.

Hiring a professional and respected estate sales company will lessen your burden and provide peace of mind. Just be prepared with questions and be proactive in your search!

Continuing our ‘Home Staging 101’ course

Staging your home for a quick sale – Part II

NEW OLEAR BANNERLast week we condensed and shared some home staging tips from a recent article published on FoxNews.com. Today we continue with some additional tips that should help you sell your home in a timely manner.

• A dining room can be a dead zone between meals, so infuse some style by adding a series of vessels to the center of the table. Avoid the bare look as well as oversized arrangements.

• How do your floors look? At the very least, give all floors a good cleaning and steam clean any carpets.

• Think about rearranging your furniture to create an inviting conversation area. A quick look through some home interior magazines should provide plenty of interesting ideas.

• Choose neutral colors to create a more sophisticated look. Avoid using too much white or shockingly bright colors.

• Your master bedroom should appeal to all who enter, so remove personal items and add touches such as new linens and tasteful artwork.

There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

Free seminar will examine many issues facing older adults

Free seminar will examine many issues facing older adults

Michael Olear

Michael Olear

Real estate expert Michael Olear of The Olear Team/MJ Peterson, will be among the speakers at a seminar titled “Planning Ahead for Your Future” scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 and again on Oct. 4.

Presented by Elderwood, the events will take place at Elderwood at Amherst, 4459 Bailey Ave., Amherst. A variety of issues facing older adults will be discussed, including:

• “How to Maximize Value and Reduce Stress When Selling Your Home,” presented by Michael Olear, licensed associate real estate broker, Olear Team/MJ Peterson.

• “Protecting Your Most Important Asset: Your Family,” presented by long-term care specialist Richard Lash, CLTC, LUTCF.

• “The Importance of Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney,” presented by Elder Law Attorney Lisa J. Allen. Learn what Medicare and Medicaid provide toward long-term care needs. 

For more information and reservations, please contact Mike Ford at 835-2543 or [email protected].