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List Your Home This April!

by The Domis Team

If you are planning on selling your Whittier Area home, the time to list is right now! That's right! April is the best month to list your home!

 

Just check out this data collected by the team over at Realtor.Com!

  • On average, homes sell 9% or 6 days faster at the beginning of April than other times of the year.
  • Homes are viewed 14% more online.
  • There is 5% less competition from other sellers.
  • Home prices are 6% higher -- that's around $17,000 more on average!
  • Price reductions are 1% less likely.

 

April truly came in at the top for the best time to list your home throughout the year:

 

 

‚Äč‚ÄčThose findings are incredible! Get your home on the market before it becomes flooded with competition! Buyers are eager to take advantage of the current low interest rates (below 4.5%) and get settled into their new home before the start of summer! You can sell your Whittier Area home for top price and less time by listing today!

 

Give The Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/ to get started!

Freshen Up Your Front Porch With These Design Features!

by The Domis Team

Take advantage of the stunning Southern California weather by creating a comfortable outdoor living area on your front porch! Freshening up this area of your Whittier Area home adds another spot for you and your family to gather and creates a welcoming first impression to all of your guests. Consider these design features to give your front porch a fresh update this spring.

 

Greenery: There are numerous ways to use plants as a great design element for your front porch. First, draw the eye up to the front porch through the placement of colorful plants throughout your landscaping. Second, add potted plants to the porch itself. For these pots, choose plants that will last throughout most of the year. Finally, add window boxes or a vase or two of seasonal plants that you can change throughout the year for added interest.

Doormat: Add a great patterned and/or textured doormat to the front door for guests to wipe their feet and to tie all the design elements of the porch together.

Seating: Create the perfect, intimate conversation area on the porch by adding two chairs or an old-fashioned porch swing.

Small Table: While you and your family enjoy time on your front porch in your new seating area, you will need somewhere to place your drinks or books. Place a small table alongside the chairs or use an outdoor coffee table.

Curtains: For an added sense of privacy and to keep that California sun from constantly beating down on you, hang up some fade-resistant outdoor curtains that you can pull open and close as you desire.

Fan: Beat the heat by installing a ceiling fan (hire an electrician!) or adding a tabletop fan.

Lighting: Make sure the space is always well lit. This will allow you to utilize the space regardless of the time of day and will add a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests as they arrive.

Color: For all of these design features, consider your color palate. Make sure to coordinate it with either your front door or your home's trim to tie it all together. All design features that you add should be color coordinated.

 

 


Freshening up your front porch is also a great way to update your curb appeal when Selling your home! Contact The Domis Team today by calling (562) 884-5373 or visiting http://www.whittierhomes.com/ to help you sell your Whittier area home!

Home Renovations That Pay Off!

by The Domis Team

Renovations of your home can help you sell your home for top dollar. But, not all renovations are created equal. When making improvements on your home before selling, you want to make sure that the project has a Return on Investment (ROI) that will benefit you! Luckily, we have the inside scope on which home renovations are the best. The Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) analyzes the costs for some of the most popular renovation projects and finds out what the value of those projects are when the home sells. Here are the top 5 home renovations that pay off for your Whittier Area home!

 

Garage Door Replacement: Upscale renovation that replaces your current garage door with a 4 section steel door.

Job Cost = $3,785 | ROI = 123.8%

 

Manufactured Stone Veneer: Mid-range renovation that adds stone to the bottom half and entry way exterior of your home.

 

Job Cost = $9,507 | ROI = 110.4%

 

Wood Deck Addition: Mid-range renovation that adds wooden deck to back exterior of home.

 

Job Cost = $16,511 | ROI = 87.8%

 

Minor Kitchen Remodel: Mid-range renovation to kitchen with energy efficient appliances, new flooring, new countertops, refinished cabinetry, and other cosmetic changes.

 

Job Cost = $24,950 | ROI = 87.1%

 

Fiberglass Grand Entrance: Upscale renovation that replaces front door with fiberglass door with dual sidelights.

 

Job Cost = $9,568 | ROI = 85.1%

 

When you are ready to sell your home, give the Domis Team a call today at (562) 884-5373 or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

Enhance Your Curb Appeal By Styling Your Front Door!

by The Domis Team

Looking to sell your Whittier area home? Help it stand out from the competition with some incredible curb appeal. Keep your lawn nicely manicured, add pops of color throughout your landscaping, wash and repair the exterior of your home, and make those windows sparkle.

However, most home sellers on the market are going to do these same things to their curb appeal. Break away from the crowd by utilizing another great curb appeal trick.....front door styling! This simple update makes your front door a major focal point. 

Here are some great styling tips that are sure to have buyers eager to see what else your home has to offer!

 

1. Paint your door a fantastic color that complements the exterior of your home.

2. Be creative with your home address numbers.

3. Make it bright with large, bold exterior lights.

4. Create a cozy and clean seating area on your front porch.

5. Accentuate the entryway with well placed accents, such as potted plants!

 

Visit our Website and follow-us on our Facebook page for more great curb appeal tips to help you sell your home!

Make Your Home Look More Expensive With These Elegant Touches!

by The Domis Team

Add some beautiful elegant touches to your Southern California home before listing it on the market! Making your home appear more expensive can help peak buyers' interests and drive your offer prices up! Here are 7 areas where added elegance will help make your home appear more expensive!

 

1. Paint Color. Whenever you want to sell your home, you should always apply fresh paint to the walls to help clean it up. Choose a neutral color with a slight sheen. This will add a subtle touch of elegance to the walls while still appealing to a wide array of buyers!

 

2. Declutter. Remove all unnecessary items and furniture from your home. You want your buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the space and get a good understanding of the home's functionality without any distractions. Once you have cleaned up, find a single focal point in each room to highlight the architectural features of the home.

 

3. Kitchen Appliances. Kitchens are often a major selling point for buyers. Help yours stand out by upgrading the appliances to stainless steel or brightly colored finishes; both of which are often found in high end homes.

 

4. Fixtures. Although small, fixtures can quickly date your home. Replace outdated hardware, lighting, and plumbing for some modern elegance.

 

5. Crown Molding. Create classic elegance by adding crown molding to the living and dining rooms.

 

6. Window Treatments. Update your window treatments with drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades. Keep it elegant by avoiding patterns. Create a bright, airy atmosphere by getting curtains that let in the outdoor light.

 

7. Garage Door. The outside of your house is the first thing buyers will see. With the garage door taking up a large quantity of your exterior, you should consider updating it. Make your home appear more expensive by replacing it with a wood door with carriage home details. This upgrade, although more costly, will get you a high return on investment once you sell.

 

 

 

Interested in Selling your Whittier area home? Give the Domis Team a call today or visit our website at www.whittierhomes.com!

Take Professional Looking Photos of Your Listing Without A Pro!

by The Domis Team

Home buyers today are tech savvy and almost always begin their home searches online. This means that online listings are vitally important to garner interest in your home. If you are looking to sell your Whittier Area home, make it look its very best on the screen. There are some easy tips to follow to make your photographs look professional.

 

Equipment: Your photos will only be as good as your equipment. While smartphones do have better camera capabilities these days, they are still unable to capture images the way that an actual camera can. Shoot with a DSLR camera to ensure your images look their very best. Use a tripod for every photo. Hands invariably shake which can lead to blur in your image. Tripods make sure there is no camera shake and help keep your images straight. A crooked photo makes the image look amateur.

 

Lighting: Lighting is the most important aspect of your image. Your photo must be well-lit in order to look its best. When taking images of the exterior of your home, always pay attention to the position of the sun. Find out what time of day the sun is shining directly on the front exterior of your home. This will ensure that it is fully lit and devoid of any shadows. When shooting indoors, keep all of the room's lights on and the curtains open to let natural light in. Although all of this might seem like adequate lighting, you should still use an exterior flash, in addition, to keep the image fully lit.

 

Framing: Where you position yourself and what lenses you use help you capture the best aspects of your home. Although an image is flat, you need to convey a sense of the size of your home. Use angles that make the space appear larger. Shoot your images from the side of furniture to avoid making the room feel cramped. Keep three walls of the room within the frame. This trick makes rooms larger and provides balance to the image. When you take these photos, use a wide-angle lens to capture as much of the space as possible. For photo's of your home's exterior, shoot from an elevated position straight on so that you can capture all of the home as well as some of the landscaping.

 

Content: Consider what buyers need to see in your photos in order to want to see more of your home. Take a lot of photos outside and inside of your home so that you have more to choose from. Make sure the best features of your home are highlighted. This also includes what you see from your windows. When you take interior photos, use a deep depth of field so everything in the fore-, middle-, and back-ground are in focus.

The photographs of your home are just the beginning! When you are ready to sell your home, give the Domis Team a call today at (562) 884-5373 or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

Enjoy A Great Return On Your Home's Investment With Landscaping!

by The Domis Team

Looking for an easy way to increase your home's value? Look no further than outside! Landscaping is one of the most valuable home improvements you can make. It can even raise your property value by at least 5 to 11 percent! Enjoy a great return on investment on your Whittier Area home by updating your landscaping before the spring!

 

Be smart with your design! Your landscaping should match your home's style. Think about the architectural style of your home. The landscape should blend in. Cottage or country style landscaping goes great with old fashioned architecture while clean lines and natural looking landscaping is perfect for modern, industrial architecture.

 

Always have a strategy! Great landscaping requires a great plan. Map out your landscaping first. This will allow you to make sure there is a good balance throughout your entire yard. A good rule of thumb is to add good foundation plantings and a few points of interest throughout the yard. Make sure that there is a wide variety in your plantings while still maintaining some uniformity.

 

Make it interesting all year round! You want your yard to look great no matter the time of year. Although we do not experience all the seasonal changes in southern California, you should still think about the seasons. This will ensure balance and interest throughout the year.

 

Keep it shady! Trees are a great asset for your home. People are more attracted to properties with trees. They can help keep your and your home cool during those hot California days that are right around the corner. As an added bonus, they help the environment and add visual interest to your yard.

 

Have edging on your lawn! Your yard should always look well maintained. An easy way to ensure that is through edging around your flower beds, walkways, and driveways. They will keep weeds away and show you take pride in the upkeep of your home.

 

For more landscaping and home owner tips, visit our Website and follow-us on our Facebook page.

 

Attract Buyers With These Staging Tips!

by The Domis Team

Before the spring housing market heats up, the winter time is the perfect time to plan for putting your home on the market. Make your Whittier Area home stand apart from the crowd by staging your home. By following these simple staging tips, you can increase your chances of attracting buyers, and as a result, sell your home more quickly and at a higher price.

 

De-clutter and Clean

The first step for staging your home is removing all unnecessary clutter. This helps eliminate distractions, opens up the space, and has your home looking pristine. Put the clutter away in storage or sell/donate it. After de-clutter, it is time to deep clean your home. Repaint the walls, steam clean the flooring, and remove gunk and buildup from every nook and cranny. This initial step allows you to stage your home from a blank canvas.

 

Make A Great First Impression

The front exterior of your home is the very first thing homebuyers will see. You want to ensure that they are rushing to get in to see the rest of the home and not running for the hills. This means it is time to update your curb appeal. Add some potted plants, paint your front door, maintain your landscaping, and any other little touches you can make to have the face of your home looking its very best.

 

Look At Your Home With Fresh Eyes

Living in our homes becomes so routine that we often don't take a hard look at the space. Do a walk-through of your entire home and try to look at it with fresh eyes. From the doorway of each room, look for ways that you can make the space more inviting and appear larger. Think about simple changes you can make throughout the house that will help highlight its features.

 

Start At The Front

The foyer is the first stop inside that buyers will take. Make it inviting and sophisticated. Remove all clutter, add a fresh coat of paint, make the closet appear more spacious, update lighting and hardware, and place a simple flower arrangement in the space to keep it smelling fresh.

 

Make it Versatile

How you utilized the space is not necessarily how the buyer would do it. Try to appeal to the largest amount of people by upping your home's versatility. Paint over gender-specific colors. Remove personal items. Turn spaces into more general use rooms, such as an office or guest bedroom. This allows buyers to visualize themselves in the space.

 

Create Visual Space

You want all the rooms to appear as large as they possibly can. Use light, neutral paint colors. Place furniture away from walls and into groupings that people can easily move around. Make sure that focal points are not blocked by large furniture.

 

Use Odd Numbered Groupings

Interior decorators have found that odd numbered groupings are most affective. Although your want to keep accessories to a minimum (hence the de-cluttering), you also want to show off some in the best possible way. Chose your best items and place them in groups of three throughout the space.

 

Keep It Bright

A brightly lit home is one of the easiest staging tricks a seller can do. Buyers do not want a dark home. Wash all windows and add light, gauzy window treatments so the most amount of natural light can fill the space. Make sure there is plenty of artificial light as well. Make sure you have overhead lights as well as floor and task lighting. Update any lighting hardware that could use sprucing up.

 

Final Touches

When everything else is done, add some final touches to ensure your home is looking its very best. Make sure your cupboards and fridge are clean and organized. Hide cleaning materials and keep garbages emptied. Lay out fresh towels and add liquid soap dispensers to all the bathrooms. Clean off your doormats and sweep your front porch and walkways.

 

For more home selling tips, visit our website and follow-us on our Facebook page.

 

Avoid These Home Seller Mistakes!

by The Domis Team

Making mistakes when trying to sell your home can cost you the deal! But, help is here! Avoid these costly mistakes that will hinder your home sale and decrease the price you get for your home.....and enjoy home selling success!

 

Mistake #1: Trying to sell on your own. 

Many times homeowners feel they are best equipped to sell their home, after all, they know all the great reasons why this home is best.  Wrong!  Choosing to go at the home selling process alone is not only costly, but filled with pitfalls if you don't know how to navigate the process and players involved.  Partnering with the best local real estate team affords you their expertise of the market, knowledge of the process and players and a strong negotiation team.

Mistake #2: Putting your home on the market before it is ready. 

While it's always important to be one of the first to market in such a competitive environment, it is also foolish to showcase your home if it isn't in tip top shape!  Always consult with your experienced agent for tips on updates and minor repairs before going to market.  This will not only make your home look its best, but help you get the best price available for your home.

Mistake #3: Overpricing your home from the start. 

Your experienced real estate agent knows the local market, your neighborhood and your homes best selling qualities.  From this they are able to price your home at the best point to gain you top dollar, but also sell in a timely fashion.  Overpricing at the start usually results in a price reduction and sometimes buyer hesitation.

Mistake #4: Unwilling to Negotiate.  

Selling your home is no different that many other sales in that negotiation is a key selling point.  Discuss this with your agent prior to listing your home.  Know what you are willing to give and what is an absolute NO.

Mistake #5: Delaying repairs. 

This can result in a blown sale very quickly and is also why it is important to take all reasonable steps to make these repairs before your home goes to market.  Requests for repairs is very common in the offer and negotiation process.

 

For more home selling tips visit our website and follow-us on our Facebook page.

Take Action Against Radon This January!

by The Domis Team

January is National Radon Action Month! Radon is danger often overlooked by homeowners so this month offers a good reminder to test our Whittier Area homes.

 

During this month, California residents can receive a FREE Radon Testing Kit through Alpha Energy! Order yours online HERE or call them toll-free at 1 (800) 324-5928 (Option 6).

 

Also, be sure to check out all the helpful resources and information provided through the California Department of Public Health's Indoor Radon Program!

 

Follow us on Facebook or check out our Website throughout the year for more home safety and improvement tips!

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