Spring and Summer are the busiest home buying seasons in our market of Lawton, Cache, Elgin and surrounding communities. If you are considering putting your home on the market, here are tried and true tips to help your home look its best…which will make it more appealing to buyers and help it sell quickly!
Create Curb Appeal. The exterior of your home creates the buyers' first impression. Buyers often drive-by your home before scheduling an appointment to see the inside. They can make a snap decision to rule out a property based on how well maintained and attractive a home is on the exterior, assuming if it's not well maintained on the outside, the inside will be the same. First impressions truly do make a difference.
Draw buyers to your home with these simple exterior improvements:
Your House should be Sparking Clean. Every surface of your home should sparkle. Clean the floors, windows, counters and grout. Steam clean carpets. This is the best way to help your home show at its best. You may want to hire a professional to help with the heavy-duty cleaning. It will definitely be worth the expense.
Clear Away All Clutter. Consider renting an offsite storage unit temporarily to get all clutter out of sight. Clear surfaces, such as countertops and floors, give the impression of more space to buyers. Sparsely filled cupboards and closets give the illusion of ample storage. Purge anything unsightly or unnecessary. Save your collections and personal style for your next home, as they may be a turn off to potential buyers. A few neutral items like vases of cut flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen can add a nice touch.
Rearrange your Furniture. In the living room, symmetrical arrangements are pleasing. Pull your furniture away from the walls and use pairs of sofas, chairs and lamps to create an inviting conversation area.
Choose Neutral Colors. Neutral colors eliminate the risk of buyers thinking their color schemes won't work in your home. You don't need to choose stark white, but instead select neutrals like taupes or grays. Your Realtor or local paint store can steer you toward popular colors that are appealing to buyers.
Remove Family Photos and Personal Items. Buyers want to envision themselves in your home, and that can be difficult when it is filled with your family's photos and personal items. Create a neutral environment that allows buyers to see your house as the next home for their own family.
Create a Gender-Neutral Master Bedroom. Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored master bedroom, free of personal items and clutter. You can't go wrong with clean, crisp linens, tasteful artwork and an attractive blanket folded at the foot of the bed.
Open your Closets! Open-house visitors will peek inside your closets. Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers. Help your closets appear more spacious by removing excess items. Aim to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.
Clean Up Toys. The clutter of toys strewn everywhere can be a real distraction to buyers, even if they have kids! When people are house hunting, they are imagining a fresh start. A beautifully organized kids room just might sway them. Box up extra toys and store them offsite, and leave a few favorite toys for your kids for this short time period.
Use "Extra" Rooms Wisely. If you have a spare bedroom that serves as a dumping ground for odd pieces of furniture and boxes of junk, it's time to clean up your act. Each room should have a clearly defined purpose, so think about what potential buyers might like to see here. An office? A guest room? Another kids' room? Whether you buy inexpensive furnishings, rent them, or borrow some from friends, making a real room out of a junk room will have a big payoff.
Try a Pedestal Sink to Maximize Space. If you have a small bathroom but a huge cabinet-style sink, consider swapping it out for a simple pedestal version. Your bathroom will appear instantly larger and updated.
Use only Perfect Personal Accents. Especially in the bathroom, it is important that anything left out for visitors to see is pristine. If you have a beautiful, clean, fluffy white bathrobe, hanging it on a decorative hook on the door can be an attractive accent —but if your robe is nubby and worn, you might want to hide it away. Look at every detail with a visitor's eye — bars of soap should be fresh and clean, towels spotless, the garbage always emptied (you get the idea).
Entice People to Explore the Whole House. By placing something that draws the eye at the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners, you can pique curiosity and keep potential buyers interested throughout a whole home tour. A piece of artwork, a painted accent wall, a window seat, a vase of flowers, a hanging light or even a small, colorful rug can all work to draw the eye.
Show how you can use Awkward Areas. If you have any room beneath the stairs, or a nook or alcove, anywhere in your home, try to find a unique way to show it off. By setting up a small work station, or built-in shelving, your awkward spot becomes another selling point.
Beware Pet Odors. Really, this can be a big one! When you live with a pet you often become immune to their odors, but buyers are not. If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Consider cleaning upholstered furniture, as it can hold odors. Also be sure to keep any extra-loved pet toys and doggie bones hidden when tours are scheduled.
Create an Appealing Lifestyle. Help buyers imagine how they might enjoy your home. For example, hang a hammock in your backyard and a place a bench swing on your porch for the perfect touch.
Stage the Outdoors too. Even if your home has only a very small patio, play it up with a cute café table and chairs, a cheerful tablecloth and even a little tray of dishes or a vase of flowers. When people look at this scene, they won't be thinking "small," they will be thinking, "What a charming spot to have breakfast!"
Think Seasonally. Make sure your garden is in beautiful shape in the summer, and that any extra features you have, like a pool or a fire pit, are cleaned and ready to go. Take advantage of the cozy vibe of the season in autumn and winter, by building a fire in the fireplace and simmering hot apple cider on the stove.
Parks Jones Realty celebrates 52 years of serving Lawton, Fort Sill, Elgin, Cache and the surrounding areas this year! The longevity of our company and our outstanding reputation are based on the standards established by our owner, John S. Jones. The values of integrity, excellence, professionalism and education are ingrained in our Realtors and staff, allowing us to offer the very best service to our customers.
Parks Jones Realty was opened in 1966 by founding Broker, John Jones. A native of Virginia, John graduated from Virginia Tech and military service brought him to Fort Sill, where he met and married the former Helen Parks in 1959. John entered the Real Estate profession as a Sales Associate in 1961 and opened Parks Jones Realty in 1966.
Parks Jones Realty initially offered the services of listing and selling properties, as well as property management. Homebuilding was added two years later, which resulted in the building of approximately 500 homes in the Lawton area. Land development was the next step, which included MacArthur Park and Eisenhower Village Additions. These two additions had Lawton's first Homeowners Associations, and these continue to be strong assets for homeowners in these areas today.
Because education has always been important to John, he established a comprehensive training program at Parks Jones Realty, and this tradition continues today. As a result, the Realtors of Parks Jones Realty are recognized throughout the community for the highest level of expertise and professionalism.
John has been an active leader in the real estate profession. He has served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors and as a Director for the National Association of Realtors. John was honored to be selected as Oklahoma's Realtor of the Year in 2003.
Locally, John has served as Chairman of the Lawton Board of Realtors, Chairman of the Lawton Multiple Listing Service and Chairman of the Lawton Home Builders Association. John has been selected twice as Lawton's Realtor of the Year, in 1979 and 1998, and was honored to be recognized as the first recipient of the Eddie McKesson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. The Realtors of Parks Jones Realty follow John's example and are actively involved in leadership roles in the real estate industry.
Throughout John's busy career, he has given tirelessly to the Lawton-Fort Sill Community. He has served as Chairman of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Fires Patriots (formerly the Cannon Cockers) since its inception. This organization helps provide critical legislative support to Fort Sill.
The Salvation Army has always been important to John, and he has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board since the mid-70s, having also served as Chairman of this Board and a bell-ringer each year. John Jones has made a practice of serving the community, and the Realtors of Parks Jones Realty follow his lead and actively give of their time and resources to serve Lawton, Fort Sill and the surrounding communities.
John is currently a member of the Lawton City Planning Commission and has served there more than twelve years.
John and his wife, Helen, have been married 57 years and have raised three children. They now enjoy their five grandchildren, and still relish working everyday with no plans to slow down.
For years, Parks Jones Realty has used the slogan Home is Where the Heart Is. John Jones' and Parks Jones Realty's commitment to excellence are embedded in this slogan. The foundation of relationships begins with the heart, whether within the family or workplace. Parks Jones Realty continually strives to be caring, and we want our customers to know that after fifty-two years of service, Our Heart is Always in the Right Place.
Whether you are looking to purchase the home of your dreams, sell your house, buy investment properties, relocate, or build a new home, Parks Jones Realty can help with all your real estate needs. Located at 4301 NW Cache Road, across from Lowe's and next door to the Olive Garden... you can't miss us! Come by our office to receive a royal welcome... we'll be waiting on you.