Not long ago, there was a posted tutorial outline for removing the popcorn from a ceiling. After all, ceiling popcorn is about the most useless (not to mention ugliest) decoration ever. As effective as that tutorial is, some of you might not want to get messy scraping off the old and repainting the new. Or if your house was built in the 1950’s, scraping off popcorn means dealing with asbestos. Not fun.
Well, I have some great news! Imgur user, makesomething, chose a different way to handle the ceiling popcorn in a room in his 1950 home. Here’s the thing, they didn’t even bother removing the popcorn at all!
Their ceiling popcorn had been painted over three times beforehand, so they decided to handle things differently.
Removing all those layers would be too much of a hassle.
They bought some wooden planks from Lowes, spending about 9 dollars per six pack.
They also bought 2 inch brand nails, which they used to nail some planks to the joists in the ceiling.
True or false…
When you’re selling a house, you should bake cookies before a showing or an open house.
I guess you could say the answer is a hard and fast “true” because, after all, it can’t hurt. Who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked cookies? But it’s also kind of false… It isn’t like you can Betty Crocker your way to a sale, let alone at the highest price possible. Your entire house still needs to be appealing. A batch of cookies isn’t going to hide bad odors enough or divert people’s attention from a messy house that needs repairs.
If only it were that simple...
Picture (and smell) this — a buyer shows up to a house and the homeowner has:
- Two dogs laying on the sofa (wet from being in the rain).
- Five cats roaming around. They share one unclean litter box and use every piece of furniture as scratching posts.
- A well-used ashtray in each room.
- A teenage son who has a pile of gym clothes under his bed.
- A freshly-baked batch of cookies on the table with a sign that says “Enjoy a warm cookie while enjoying our house!”
Think the buyer’s gonna want to grab a cookie, let alone buy the house? Nope. There’s more of a chance their son will figure out how to do his own laundry. You’d think that’s far-fetched, but we real estate agents and our buyers actually walk into houses not too far from this reality.
The one smell that does sell...
Cookies won’t cut it. Nor will a cookie-scented candle. (Or any other candle scent for that matter.)
Whether you’ve lived in your home for a few months or a few decades, you probably think you know it best. But that doesn’t mean you’re the most qualified person for the job when the time comes to sell it.
Many folks are tempted to take the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) route believing they’ll save a bundle by not paying an agent’s commission. They may imagine it’s a simple as sticking a sign in the ground and watching a qualified buyer magically appear. While that may happen occasionally, the vast majority of that time it doesn’t work like that. At all.
Below are some questions most FSBOs think they can answer with a resounding “YES!”… which is rarely the case. More often than not, they end up listing with an agent instead.
1.Do you know how to price it accurately?
Coming up with the right asking price requires doing your due diligence. Researching what comparable homes in the area recently sold for is key. You may also want to hire an appraiser to be sure you’re not over-pricing or under-pricing your property, as both will end up costing you. Also, beware: Those who’ve gone the FSBO route note that very often buyers are hoping for a deep discount knowing sellers aren’t paying anyone a commission. So even if you’ve listed it for a fair price, be prepared to negotiate.
2. Are you a marketing maven?
Let’s be clear on one thing: by nature, real estate agents are not fragile beings. We’ve heard it all. And for the most part, we have a great sense of humor about things. In other words, you can tell us virtually anything — in fact, you should if it’s pertinent to buying or selling your home.
It’s just that there’s a handful of things clients say that can rub us the wrong way. These things aren’t offensive, per se’, and you probably mean no harm when saying them. But we need to discuss these things. Thus, this list. Let’s file it under “edutainment” — important enough to warrant a dialogue, but light enough for you to realize it’s not the end of the world if you’ve said these things to an agent in the past.
Here they are.
1. “I want to buy a home, but I don’t want to commit to one agent.”
Loyalty is a two-way street. If you want an agent’s help, understand that he or she will spend a considerable amount of time, money, and effort shuttling you from house to house, scheduling home viewings, and previewing listings on your behalf. The tradeoff for this hard work is to sign a buyer’s agency agreement, allowing them to formally represent you as a client (versus merely a customer). There are major differences between the two. Learn more about agency relationships here.
2. “Don’t show my home unless I’m available.”
Look down. See a hole in your shoe? That’s because you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Real estate agents are busy. Therefore, if you want to maximize your home’s exposure, you’re gonna...