Spring Cleaning Helps Sell Your House

Spring is here, and your mind turns to spring cleaning. If you’re planning to sell your home in the next few months, spring cleaning is more important than ever.

Begin by clearing out the clutter. Throw out old magazines, newspapers and junk mail that may have become stacked up in a corner. After you’ve accomplished decluttering, look around to see if your home looks appealing to a potential buyer. Remember, your collections of glassware, dolls or stuffed animals are taking up space, and space is what everyone is looking for. Prospective buyers want to see how their things will fit into your house.

Do you have too much furniture? Can you see the walls and the floor? If not, consider moving some pieces out to a storage unit.

Don’t forget to check out your closets. If they’re filled with clothes and shoes you no longer need or wear, donate to a charity that can use them.

When these tasks have been accomplished, clean, clean, clean. You want your place to sparkle and catch the eye of a buyer right away. Think how happy you’ll be when your house has sold for the right price, and you can move on to your next location.

Contact Navarre Real Estate Source when you’re ready to sell. If you need more information on how to get your house ready to sell, one of the company’s Realtors can help you with additional tips.

Tips for Listing and Selling

Tips for listing and selling
If you’re thinking about selling your home, start getting it ready early. Everything takes longer than you think it will when it comes to decluttering and cleaning. Life gets in the way sometimes, but your home must look attractive to prospective buyers if you want a quick sale.

Begin with decluttering. Remove family photos, collectibles, excess pieces of furniture, bath rugs and even area rugs, no matter how pretty. Prospective buyers want to imagine their things in your space, and they want to see the amount of space you have.

Check to see if anything is broken or needs to be replaced. Do all your light bulbs shine brightly? Are cabinet door knobs tight? Do your closet doors open and close properly? Do any faucets drip? All these items and more are things a prospective buyer will notice.

When you’ve accomplished all those tasks, clean from top to bottom. Have carpets professionally cleaned if necessary. Make sure there are no pet odors or stains.

Don’t neglect the outdoors. Mow the lawn, use the weedeater, sweep the porch, and put out baskets of flowers.
Now the hard work is done and your home is ready to list, so let your Realtor know that the day has arrived. He or she will put a For Sale sign in the yard, and you can sit back and wait for the sale.

Tips for Selling Quickly

Clean up, fix up and spruce up are the three best things you can do to sell your home quickly. Selling quickly is all about putting your home’s best foot forward. It’s really pretty simple.
First on the agenda is to declutter your home. No one wants to walk in and see stacks of magazines, books, junk mail or videos covering every available surface. Also, if you have numerous collections of teacups, glass figurines, thimbles or other collectibles, carefully pack those away and store them off premises, if possible.

The same goes if you have large pieces of furniture lining every wall, especially if a piece has been loved to the point that the upholstery is ragged. A potential buyer wants to see how spacious the home is and imagine their furniture in the space.

Next, look around to see if anything is broken or needs replacing. Make sure all light bulbs are in good working order. How about toilet seats? Cabinet door knobs? Do your closet doors open properly? Little things add up and can make a big difference to buyers, so don’t overlook minor repairs.

After you’ve decluttered and repaired, clean everything from top to bottom. Dust, vacuum, mop, scrub the bathrooms and kitchen. Make everything sparkle and smell fresh.

Once the inside is clean and fresh, head outdoors. Mow the grass, trim the hedges and pull the weeds. Flowers on the porch are inviting and dress up the entrance. Just remember to keep them watered and looking good.

Many homes are on the market now, so it’s very important for yours to look the best. Selling quickly is the goal, so get to work now. You’ll be glad you did when that SOLD sign goes in the front yard.

Landscaping Tips for Sellers

Your landscape, at least the front yard, is the first thing a prospective buyer will see. That gives you one chance to make the best first impression and increase the value of your property at the same time. If you want to improve the chances of selling your home then properly maintaining the landscape is a must. These days the exterior of your home has become just as important as the interior, as potential buyers value an appealing outdoor living area. Here are five ways to improve the landscape and boost the property value.

Your lawn should come first on your to-do list. If your lawn is full of weeds or lacks green, it could change the opinion of prospective buyers negatively. It may even lead prospective buyers to the conclusion that the whole house is un-maintained. To keep your lawn as much green as possible, make sure you manicure and water the lawn on a regular schedule. Consider hiring professional landscapers if your yard is beyond repair.
A balanced exterior
The outside of your home should have a balanced look. The changes you make need to complement the design of your home. When using different landscaping techniques, its suggested that you use the exterior color of the home as inspiration.
Flowers, shrubs and other garden elements should emphasize the color and appeal of your house. Every element you introduce should fit the general style of your home.
Irrigation System
We advise a conservative watering approach, however increasing the run time of your irrigation system is a quick way to green up your Navarre lawn. A little watering goes a long way and will help you stand out and look greener than your neighbors.
Edge all Hardscapes
To make your home look its best, maintain the edges of your property. Your lawn is like framing a piece of artwork. It looks ok on its own, but much better when its properly framed. Take time to edge along garden beds, walkways, etc., when trying to sell your home.
Garden path
You can design your own garden path using gravel, bricks, stepping stones and other materials. This can be a simple and affordable task, yet it can give your exterior flair. Line the path with illuminating lights and flowers to further accentuate it.

If you are preparing your property for the market let Navarre Real Estate Source help you unlock your home’s hidden potential and increase its market value. We have a number of services designed to prepare your home for the market such as staging, professional photography and editing, customized marketing strategy and more. You can contact us online directly or by phone at 850.987.HOME(4663) and we’ll get right back to you!

What You Need to Know About the 2021 Market

2020 was a tough year for everyone. We found more and more people wanting to sell their homes and purchase homes with additional space. The market was booming, homes sold quickly and interest rates decreased. So, what can you expect in 2021?

  • Selling Quickly: Homes will continue to be listed and sold within days or just a few short weeks. What does this mean for you? Well, if you find a home you love, it will be time to move forward with your offer quickly. You may have to sacrifice wants over must-haves. Expanding your search radius will open up more options for you and your family. Be sure to get pre-approved prior to your search as it will help when it comes to making an offer and getting it accepted.As a seller, what does quick sales mean to you? Expect quick offers and multiple offers to come rolling in. Prepare for a fast-selling home; declutter and begin packing items you do not use daily shortly after listing your home.
  • Rising Prices: Rising real estate costs means multiple things. Homes within your budget may be limited, which means you may have to increase your budget or search radius to find the perfect home for you and your family. Needs, must-haves and wants will have to be prioritized.
    • Commit no more than 25% of your monthly income to your mortgage payments.
    • Save for a down payment. More of a down payment lowers your monthly payments and interest rates.
    • Use a mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments with an interest percentage and cost of a home.
    • Plan for unexpected cost additions. A home inspection may bring up unnoticed fixes you will want done prior to moving in. This may be an out of pocket cost.

    As a seller, what do the increased prices mean for you? First, a Navarre Real Estate agent will help you price your home to fit with the competition. You can lose out on money by under pricing your home or can have your home sitting on the market for longer than you’d prefer.

  • Interest Rates Remain Low: 2020 interest rates had lowered to an all-time low in recent time. This will help with lower monthly payments for home buyers.

If one of your 2021 goals is to buy or sell a home, look no further than Navarre Real Estate Source. Our team is knowledgeable and experienced in home-buying and selling. Call or text us today to begin your real estate journey, 850.987.HOME(4663).

2021’s Colors of the Year

2020’s color of the year was Classic Blue, which represented protection, stability, peace and confidence. As the New Year approaches, you may want to freshen the walls of your living space with the colors of 2021!

As many are working or teaching their children at home, creating a space that is calm and inviting. 2021’s colors of the year include beautiful nudes, soulful navy and green hues.

colors of the year

Behr’s Colors of the Year

  • Euphoric Magenta is creative, gracious and bold.
  • Royal Orchard is a deep green that is comfortable and relaxing.
  • Kalahari Sunset is a rich and expressive burnt orange that will make a statement in any home.
  • Seaside Villa is perfect for any home office, as it is a classic peach/nude that is subtle and elegant.

See more of Behr’s colors of the year.

When purchasing a home, you can’t get distracted by the cosmetic aspects, such as paint color. It is important to discuss with your agent your important NEEDS/WANTS and the items a home absolutely must not include. Painting your home’s interior can create a beautiful space for you and your family in 2021!

Is your home ready to sell? Get more bang for your buck when you choose to list your home with Navarre Real Estate Source. Bring in the largest ROI when you sell your home with our rapid equity consulting. Give us a call directly to discuss your buying, selling or property investment needs.

12 Tips for Selling Your Property

Before you put your property on the market, ask your Real Estate agent for guidance on improving your properties presentation. Your agent can fill you in on what buyers expect in your particular market and at your home’s price point. The following 12 tips are a way to get a head start on preparing to sell your property.

Increase your curb appeal
To make sure buyers want to see the inside of your home, make sure the outside is well kept, inviting and tidy. It’s important to touch-up or completely repaint trim, edge along sidewalks and paths, keep the grass cut, maintain flowers and shrubs and keep the yard tidy. You never know when curious buyers will drive by.

Get rid of clutter
You want to try and maximize the space in your home, the more clutter, the more uncomfortable things will feel. A cluttered home can make your home feel a lot smaller than it is. Go through all of your stuff and clear out the non-essential items. Even if you don’t want to go through all of your stuff now, make sure you at least put things away in places where the buyers won’t be looking. Rent a storage place if needed.

Paint interior
If your going to paint the interior, stick with neutral colors. Neutrals don’t distract and they allow potential buyers to imagine their things in your home. Maybe go with off white and light creamy colors.

Make sure you take good photos
The pictures you use on your listing could make or break your sale. They’re the first thing anyone sees. If you’re not a photographer, consider hiring a professional. Good listing photos can make the difference when it comes to getting buyers over to your house.

Make repairs
Before you put your home on the market, make any minor repairs that could give buyers second thoughts about the home. Making small repairs throughout the home can give buyers the impression that the home is well-maintained.

Do a thorough clean of your home. Start at the top, the attic or second-story rooms, and work your way down. Clean the ceiling light fixtures first, scrub woodwork and walls and finish with floors. As you work your way down, ensure that each room is completely clean before moving on to the next. Try not to drag dirt from one area back into the place you just cleaned.

Take advantage of good lighting.
A bright home is more inviting to buyers. Let the sunlight in if possible. If your home is dim, add some better lighting. Even buying brighter light bulbs can help. When you have a scheduled showing, make sure all of your curtains are drawn and lights remain on.

Consider a professional cleaning.
Make sure your kitchen and baths are spotless. Buyers will pay closer attention to these areas. In addition, make sure your carpets are as clean as possible. If need be consider having your carpets professionally cleaned. Spending a couple hundred could save you thousands by preventing the buyer from thinking they need to replace the carpets immediately.

Address all odors.
Smell is powerful, and can easily drive someone away from buying your home. In some cases you may not even realize there is a smell. Ask a friend or your Realtor if there are any unpleasant odors, like pet or cooking odors and address them before you show.

Make your kitchen appealing.
According to HGTV, the kitchen can make or break a buyer’s impression of the property’s interior. Even inexpensive updates such as paint and hardware can help spruce up an otherwise outdated space.

Don’t forget the backyard
Keep your backyard looking spacious and functional. Plant or pot colorful flowers and keep the landscaping trimmed and neat. Consistently pick up after your pets so buyers feel comfortable touring the yard.

Take your pets somewhere for showings.
It’s hard to imagine, but some people just don’t like animals. Take the pets somewhere safe and comfortable, like a friend’s home. Having evidence of your pet, including their odors can be a real turn off to some people.

Sell your home quickly with Navarre Real Estate Source. Contact us today!

Why You Should List With Navarre Real Estate Source

Navarre Real Estate Source (NRES) is a full service, customer oriented, and results driven business. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations within the home selling process. Selling your home can potentially be a very stressful time, and we will utilize every resource at our disposal to make the process as pleasant for you as possible. (Maybe even fun!) All NRES Agents are comprehensively trained utilizing Shannon Mills’ 15 years Real Estate experience, along with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. Whether your goal is to sell your home fast, for top dollar, or mix of both; we have the knowledge and tools to make that happen. Your goals are our priority!


The NRES difference…

In Depth Comparative Market Analysis:
Your dedicated NRES agent will do more than simply average the comparable homes in your area. Our in-depth market analysis includes an actual preview of your home, along with comprehensive adjustments adding value for the features that make your home unique! We work hard to find the extra value in your home, we want you to sell for the most profit possible!

Free Staging Consultation:
From decluttering, to moving furniture and décor, our agents know what helps sell a home fast and for top dollar! If you’re overwhelmed deciding what should stay and what should go in order to be show ready, don’t worry, your expert NRES agent is here to help. We will guide you step by step through each room and even outside!

Is your property is vacant and requires a little more décor? We can help guide you to the best professional stagers, and sometimes are able to provide a few key pieces ourselves!

Professional Photography and Editing:
Quality is key! This is our solemn vow to our customers:


We will showcase your home in its best possible light. NRES photographers are professionally trained with high grade equipment and editing software. We plan everything with the seller from making sure the home is photo ready, to timing the weather, home orientation vs. best lighting, natural/artificial lighting mixtures, and much more…
We believe that photos not only tell the story of your home, but they are also the most impactful selling tool. With the average buyer attention span being less than a minute, the quality of your photos and how they are arranged are paramount in gaining interest and getting buyers in the door.

Lifetime Access to Navarre Real Estate Source’s Exclusive Concierge Service:
One of the ways we set ourselves apart is by offering our customers Lifetime Access to NRES Exclusive Concierge Service. NRES has curated a list of vetted vendors, the best of the best in everything from handy men to roofers. Our dedicated team is only one call or text away from resolving any maintenance issues you may face when it comes to your home.

Navarre Real Estate Source is dedicated to becoming your lifetime consultant for all things home. We strive to go beyond the typical Real Estate transaction. NRES Exclusive Concierge Service was created to help clients have less stress before, during, and after closing on their home. Forget Angie, no need to Google, call your local experts at NRES and we will make sure you are properly taken care of.

Rapid Equity Consultation:
Also known as our “Bang for the buck” consultation. We often find sellers who want make some repairs or upgrades to their home prior to listing, but aren’t quite sure what will have the best “bang for the buck.” We even help advise sellers out of unnecessary upgrades! We don’t want you to spend money if you don’t have to. If you have a set budget to apply to your home, we can show you which upgrades will have the biggest impact. Your local NRES Real Estate Agent is a market expert who knows what brings in the buyers and the offers!

Customized Marketing Strategy:
Navarre Real Estate Source creates Customized Marketing Strategies focused around your home selling priorities. Sell quick, sell high, maybe a mixture of both? We have you covered. We will help you showcase your home’s positive features while helping you fix/minimize the negatives. NRES utilizes the best and most current technology to create your marketing strategy, including all social media platforms, internet syndication, and reverse prospecting.

Complete Internet Syndication to Zillow.com; Realtor.com; Trulia.com, etc…
When you list with NRES, your home will be listed on all the top Real Estate sites and apps available. Increased visibility increases your homes ability to sell fast and for maximum profit.

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Call us today to see the NRES difference for yourself!


9 Home Staging Tips

If you’re looking to sell your home, properly staging it can make all the difference. Your home staging efforts should be designed to appeal to the widest possible range of buyers.

According to a 2017 National Association of Realtors study – 77% of buyers’ agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as a future home, and one-third said that staging a home increased the dollar value between 1 – 5% compared to other similar homes on the market that are not staged. The study also found that the most important rooms to stage are the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and dining room.

Here are 9 tips for staging your home that will have a positive impact on its price and appeal:

1. Highlight the home’s best features

Show what sets your home apart from the rest. For example, if your home has a fireplace, arrange the furniture to make it a focal point. If your home has a pool or spa, stage the area with neutral patio furniture, so you don’t detract from the water feature.

2. Lighting

Take advantage of your home’s natural light. Open all curtains and blinds when showing your home. Add supplemental lighting where necessary. Outdated or broken light fixtures can be cheaply and easily replaced. If you think your existing fixtures are fine, make sure to dust them, clean off any grime and empty out the dead bugs. Replace any blown bulbs.

3. Remove family photos and other sentimental items

Before you invite buyers into your home, it’s important to remove personal collections, sports memorabilia, family photos, and other personal items. Doing so helps potential home buyers envision themselves in the space.

4. Declutter and remove any trash

Make sure your trash cans are empty, and toilet lids are down. Ensure your closets aren’t overflowing with belongings. Remove all clutter from living areas and consider using air fresheners throughout your home, especially near pet areas and bathrooms. If you have cats clean the litter-box daily. If you have dogs make sure they smell clean and you wash the linens they lay on are cleaned often.

5. Consider the curb appeal

The lawn should be mowed, and leaves raked. Consider a hanging or potted plant for the entrance. Sweep the porch, walkways, deck, and ensure the garbage and recycling are tucked neatly away from the front of the house. You could also scrub the front door, porch, steps and outside railings.

6. Furniture

Ensure the furniture is the right size for the room, and try not to clutter a room with too much of it. Furniture that’s too big will make a room look small, while too little or too small furniture can make a space feel cold.

7. Neutralize

Something as simple as a paint job or carpeting can be a deterrent for potential buyers. Taupes and grays are ideal for creating a neutral color palette. Tans, whites & creams are also popular.

8. Walls and Ceilings

Cracks in the walls or ceiling are red flags to buyers as they may indicate foundation problems. If your home does have foundation problems, you will need to either fix them or alert potential buyers to them.

9. Finishing Touches

Add any last-minute touches that will make the home seem warm and inviting. This could include fresh flowers, letting fresh air into the house for at least ten minutes beforehand or putting new, plush, nicely folded towels in the bathrooms.

Staging your home when selling will allow prospective buyers to see themselves living in the property. Sell your home quickly with Navarre Real Estate Source. Contact us today!