20 Quick Tips For Selling Your Home

May 22nd, 2015

20 Tips For Preparing Your House For Sale

Selling your home can be a difficult process if you are unaware of all of the steps that need to be taken. When I list a home, I always walk through the house with my clients and go over what needs to be done to get ready for a fast and easy sell.

Here are the tips that I give my own clients . If you take my advice, you will be ahead of most sellers (your competition) already on the market in the way your home shows.

First Impressions are Lasting Ones

An inviting exterior ensures inspection of the interior:

1. Keep the lawn trimmed.

2. Fix up the flower beds.

3. Make sure the yard is clear of debris.

4. Park cars in the garage and put the doors down.

5. Check gutters and/or roof for dry rot.

6. Clear patios or decks of all small items, such as small planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbecues, toys, etc.

7. Check paint condition of the house- especially front door and trim.

Now For The Inside…

8. Decorate your home: This is a sure step towards a sale. Faded walls and woodwork reduce the desire of the purchaser. A nice coat of paint and touching up woodwork will result in a quicker sale at a higher price.

9.  Clear all unnecessary objects on the floor throughout the house.

10. Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items.

11. Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. If it has not been used for three months put it away.

12. Clear refrigerator fronts free of messages, pictures, etc. A sparse kitchen helps the buyers mentally move their own things into the kitchen

13. Bathrooms- remove any unnecessary items from the countertops, tubs, shower stalls and toilet tops. Keep only your most needed cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc. in one small group on the counter. Coordinate towels to one or two colors only.

14. Rearrange or remove some of the furniture in a room. This is wonderful for our personal enjoyment, but when it comes to selling, we need to thin out as much as possible to make the rooms seem larger.

15. Fix That Faucet: Dripping water discolors surfaces and calls attention to faulty plumbing.

16. A Day With The Carpenter: Loose doorknobs, sticking drawers, warped cabinet doors, etc. are noticed by a buyer. It is a good idea to have them repaired.

17. Closet Illusions: Clothes properly hung: shoes, hats, and other articles neatly placed will make your closet appear      adequate. Less is more and will make the closet look bigger.

18. Dear To The Heart:Is the kitchen. Colorful curtains in harmony with the floor and counter tops add appeal for the buyer. That said, please make sure all curtains and shades are open.

19. Can You See The Light? Illumination is the “Welcome Sign” for after dark showings; turn on the lights throughout the house day or night. A buyer will feel a “glowing warmth” otherwise impossible to attain.

20. Soft Music: Leave the stereo/TV on for showings.

In General: Try to look at your home through the buyers eyes as though you’ve never seen it or been there before. Any time or money spent on necessary items will bring you back more money, and hopefully a faster sale.

2015 Steve Stefani Dance Marathon – Springfield, PA

April 10th, 2015

A great event will be held at Springfield High School next week: The Steve Stefani Dance Marathon.

Modeled after Penn State’s infamous THON, the Steve Stefani Dance Marathon was founded in 2002 in order to raise money for pediatric cancer patients and their families of The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The marathon began thirteen years ago in honor of Mr. Steve Stefani, one of Springfield High School’s former social studies teachers.

The marathon will begin Friday, April 17th at 6pm and run until 9am Saturday morning in Springfield High School’s Blue Gymnasium. Volunteers are still needed, so if you have nothing going on it would be a great chance to give back to the community. Or, if you can’t volunteer, donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, please feel free to contact John Gildea, my brother-in-law, at ssdm.advisor@gmail.com or check out their website at ssdm2015.com. Of course, you can always shoot me an email as well, at pat@patgildea.com.

St. Patty’s Day Delaware County Happenings

March 13th, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY!

After this long winter, it is finally March and FINALLY we have some beautiful weather. Just in time, too, for a fun holiday just a few days away: St. Patty’s Day! Whether you are looking for a family outing with the kids, or to bring out your inner Irish and just have a few drinks, you don’t have to go to the city to do so; there are plenty of events going on right here in Delaware County! Here are just a few to help you celebrate:

Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For those of you who don’t know yet, this Saturday, March 14 is the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade right in my hometown of Springfield. The parade begins at 12 noon, but my suggestion is to get there early to secure a good spot. For the most up to date information or possible rain delay, visit the parades Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSpringfieldParade.

The Event in the Tent III

After the parade, head on over to the Ridley Marina for the Event in the Tent with live music from Blackthorn! This event will run from 3pm-8pm, and will feature a train ride, moon bounce, and various vendors, so be sure to bring the kids! Tickets can be purchased at Blackthorn or Tom ‘n Jerry’s Pub in Ridley.

Crosswind Irish Music

If we’re still going with the theme of live Irish music, head on over to the Chadds Ford Tavern Restaurant, where Irish folk band Crosswind will be playing all of your favorite Irish songs from 4pm-10pm! Stop in, have a drink, and enjoy some great music.

Trad Musicians at Sligo in Media

Trad (traditional Irish music) musicians are welcome to come and play at Sligo on State Street in Media during an open mic session this Monday, March 16 from 7pm-9pm. If you’re not a musician, come out for a drink and listen to some Irish music to get you in the spirit!

McHugh School Irish Dancers

If it’s Irish dance that you’re into, go to Barnaby’s in Ridley on Tuesday, March 17, and check out a performance by the dancers of the McHugh School of Irish Dance! The dancers will be performing from 3-3:30pm, but if that’s too early for you, they will also be at Barnaby’s in Havertown from 5-5:30pm, and then again at Duffer’s on Route 352 from 6-6:30pm. And if that still doesn’t work for you, check them out at Duffer’s on Route 1 from 7-7:30pm. Plenty of options to see some great Irish dancers and a great way to celebrate on St. Patty’s Day!

Jack McShea’s Traditional Irish Music

Jack McShea’s in Ardmore is hosting a Traditional Irish Music open mic on Tuesday, March 17 from 7pm-9:35pm. The session is mainly for instrumental songs, but they will make room for singers!

Karen Boyce & The Lads at Maggie O’Neill’s

Maggie O’Neill’s in Drexel Hill will host Irish folk band Karen Boyce & The Lads on St. Patty’s Day, this Tuesday, March 17 from 7pm-10pm! Go in and enjoy some great Irish tunes!

As you can see, there is plenty to do this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday only comes around once a year and we’ve got so many options to take advantage of! Most importantly, have fun and be safe!

-Pat