10 Things to Do to Prep Your Home for the Market

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  1. Minimize Things – Buyers are looking for places to store their own belongings. If your home looks cluttered and the closets are overflowing, it will give the buyer the impression the house is too small.
  2. Maximize Light – Remove heavy drapes to allow natural light to flow in freely. Change lampshades and replace bulbs with ones of higher wattage.
  3. Depersonalize – Buyers need to imagine themselves living there. Remove family photos, memorabilia, and keepsakes (this will also help achieve #1).
  4. Paint – A neutral hue can open up a space and is typically more appealing to the majority of buyers than dark or flamboyant colors.
  5. Update your Kitchen – Most buyers look at how functional the kitchen will be for them. No need to invest thousands of dollars, but modernizing a dated space will only benefit your goal of selling.
  6. Curb Appeal is Vital – Buyers will undoubtedly judge homes by the exterior; don’t let your home be overlooked based on first impressions only. Do some landscaping by planting inexpensive shrubs or trimming existing foliage, replace the front door, reseal the driveway, etc.
  7. Clean Everything – Don’t let decades of dust and grime make the space look dingy. Take a couple weekends to do an intensive cleaning (floors, windows, appliances, insides of cabinets and closets, steam the carpets, organize workbenches, etc).
  8. Relocate Fido & Felix – Strangers won’t love your pets as much as you do. Plus you don’t know what allergies potential buyers have.  If you can’t take your pets with you during every open house or showing, ask a friend or family to pet sit. Don’t forget to remove feeding dishes and litterboxes.
  9. Tame the Toys – You don’t have to evict the kids, but cut down the toys by half, when possible. This goes along with #1. Start packing toys early (donate ones they’ve outgrown) and organize bedrooms or play areas so they look kept not unruly.
  10. Do Minor Repairs – Don’t let potential buyers think there are problems with your home.  Make a list of all the little repairs you’ve been avoiding and get things in tip top shape.  That leaky faucet in the bathroom? Time to stop ignoring it!

These tips are a great starting point, but for definite ways to set your home apart from the competition, ask a professional. If you do not have a Realtor, contact us and we’d be happy to match you with someone who can offer recommendations on how to bring your home to the next level for a quicker sale.

6 Things To Do When Moving into a New House

As any new home owner knows, there are more than 6 things to do when moving in to a new home.  But here is a list of 6 things that might slip you’re mind when compared to other more prominent ‘to do” tasks.  If you need assistant from professional contractors, let our Home Services Department recommend trusted, local on our list!

1. Change the lockBoxes-colors!

Think about all the people who you have given keys to your apartment or former house.  Truth is, you don’t really know how many people have keys to that home you just bought.  The best way to ensure the safety of yourself and your family is to change all the locks.  You can do this yourself or call a locksmith.

If you need a locksmith, call Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

2. Steam clean those carpets

Do this before you even think about moving in your furniture.  Once your furniture has been set up this will be a trickier task.  Cleaning the carpets is like giving them a clean slate and your home a fresh new start.  It’s the best way to eliminate dirt, stains, and allergens that have accumulated in the fabric of the carpet.  If you don’t have access to a steam cleaner, hire a professional.

If you need a carpet cleaning service, call Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

3. Wipe out all cabinets and closets

Now that you’ve cleaned those carpets and moved in your furniture, it’s time to unpack those boxes.  But before you organize your kitchen ware, arrange your clothes in the closet, or stock the bathrooms, you’ll want to give all the surfaces a thorough cleaning using a non-toxic cleaner; also, consider replacing contact paper if applicable.

If you need a residential cleaning, call Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

4. Acquaint yourself with the circuit breaker

Take the time to figure out which fuses control what parts of your home so that you’re not caught unawares if the power goes out.  Make sure to label them accordingly – enlist the help of a family member or friend to confirm the locations powered by each switch.

5. Verify your safety devices work

Check the batteries in all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Verify the devices are correctly installed, at least one per floor.

6. Exterminate the vermin

No one likes a freeloader! If your new home came with ‘pets’ you didn’t foresee, evict those pests that aren’t paying rent.  For DIY methods, you can buy poison packets, traps, and bait specifically targeted for the vermin you’re trying to remove.  However, if you have small children or pets, be extremely careful with where you place those devices.

If you need a professional to assist with pest extermination, call Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

Find Out which Home Improvement Projects Recoup the Most of the Cost Invested for Rochester and Buffalo

“Remodeling” Magazine recently released their annual “Cost vs Value Report,” which helps homeowners know what a certain improvement project costs and how much of the value you can recoup later.  Find out what projects are best for Rochester and Buffalo New York.

HomeImprovementsBUFFALOSurprisingly, remodel projects for the Buffalo area tend to produce high resale values.  The top 5 home improvement projects in Buffalo all recoup over 80% of the job’s cost; whereas, the top 5 projects in Rochester yield over 46%.  Advice?  Buffalo – start remodeling…it’s worth it!

Buffalo’s highest return on investment (ROI) project has impressive stats!  Want to recoup nearly all your money on one project?  Then replacing vinyl siding is Buffalo’s home improvement project of choice; it typically yields an average return of 98.1%!  Rochester residents, however, will typically recoup only 46.2% for the same project, making it Rochester’s fifth highest return project to Buffalo’s number one.  Alternatively, Rochester’s highest return project is replacing the garage door with the project recouping 51.7% of the costs.  Replacing the garage door instantly boosts curb appeal… and with the winter we have been having, what buyers wouldn’t want a nice new garage door to protect their car from the cruel elements?

Scoring the second highest for both the Rochester and Buffalo market is the Attic Bedroom Remodel.  The attic bedroom adds extra space to your home—serving as a guest room, teenage loft, or master suite—without the extra expense of a full addition to the home.  The roof and floor are already existing structures for this project.  The cost to convert an unfinished attic to a 15-foot-by-15-foot bedroom with a 5-foot-by-7-foot bathroom with shower (taking HVAC, windows, insulation, etc into account) for both cities is approximately $53,000.  On average, homeowners in Buffalo will recoup 86.5% of the cost while Rochester homeowners will get 51.1%.

The third highest project for Rochester is a minor kitchen remodel scoring a 50.3% on return.  Kitchens tend to be HomeImprovementsROCHESTERa focal point of many buyers so this type of project could be extremely beneficial, especially if the current one is dated.  Focus on minor cosmetic changes; such as, replacing the fronts of cabinets and switching the hardware on them, switching to an energy-efficient oven, and installing a new sink with faucet.  This project costs about $19,000 and adds just under $10,000 of resale value (just under $15,000 in Buffalo for the same cost).  You might think a major kitchen remodel with have a higher ROI but, actually, it falls significantly below many other projects with a 42.0% in Rochester.  The minor kitchen remodel just misses Buffalo’s top 5 list at spot 6; instead, garage door replacement recouping 85.4% captures its third spot.

Want a Rochester project that recoups nearly the same amount of value as the kitchen remodel, but costs significantly less?  Although for Rochester it is only the fourth highest, no other single project provided more of a ROI nationwide–101.8% in fact!–than installing a replacement steel front door!  Rochester residents can expect to recoup 49.1% on the average cost of $1,234; while in Buffalo, for the same cost, those residents can expect 83.9%.

Snagging Buffalo’s fourth spot, and just missing Rochester’s top 5 by 1.1%, is the stone veneer accent, which has a projected recoup value in Buffalo of 85.1%.  Overall, the top projects for both cities which have the highest ROI are predominately those that increase curb appeal. In the info-graphic below are some projects that just missed the cut.

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Interested in any of these Home Improvement projects but need help? Call our Home Services Department at 1.866.295.MOVE for recommendations of local, trusted, and reputable contractors!

Interested in some more tips and ideas on how to improve your kitchen without too much cost? Check out our previous blog: Thrifty Ways to Give your Kitchen a Facelift…without Breaking the Bank.

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Nothnagle REALTORS Collects Over 200 Prom Dresses for Local Organization

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Nothnagle REALTORS Collects Over 200 Prom Dresses for Local Organization

Rochester, NY – Nothnagle REALTORS® held a fundraiser and networking event on Thursday, February 26 at its Corporate Headquarters located at 217 West Main Street.  Over 50 agents and employees attended the function aimed at collected prom dresses for the local organization, Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester (FGGR).

Over 200 dresses will be donated to the local Fairy Godmother chapter, headed by Rene Spallina and Cynthia Jackson out of Pittsford NY.  FGGR is part of a network of not-for-profit chapters which collect dresses for high school girls whose financial situation might otherwise prevent their ability to attend prom.

“I am always impressed at how big our agents’ and employee’s hearts are,” said Armand D’Alfonso, President & CEO of Nothnagle.  “Last night’s fundraiser was just a small peek into their incredible generosity.  I’m proud to be the head of a company made up of so many people who are eager to give back to their community – it’s very inspiring.”

For more information on how to get involved with FGGR visit: http://www.fairygodmothersrochester.com/

 

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About Nothnagle Realtors®

Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors is a full-service real estate company offering 32 convenient locations in upstate New York.  In 2014, Nothnagle agents facilitated nearly 10,000 transaction sides valued at over $1.4 billion.  In the most recent REALTrends 500 survey, Nothnagle Realtors is ranked 37th in the nation (based on brokerage transaction sides).  In addition to traditional brokerage services, Nothnagle offers a full range of services including insurance, home warranty, mortgage, property management and home maintenance and repair.  For more information, visit www.Nothnagle.com.

Teresi Presents at Global Event Focused on Real Estate Marketing and Technology

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Teresi Presents at Global Event Focused on Real Estate Marketing and Technology

Rochester, NY –Jay Teresi, Vice President of Sales for Nothnagle REALTORS® presented at the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®MarTech event, which took place February 11-13 at Wynn Las Vegas. The event was part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Conference Week, which attracted a prestigious audience of over 2,000 real estate professionals from more than 20 countries.

The program presented advanced sessions addressing the ways technology and marketing play a critical role in the success of today’s real estate firms. The event was open only to marketing and technology specialists who are affiliated with LeadingRE companies.

Topics ranged from the next wave of brokerage innovations to advertising in the digital age to the use of drones in real estate. Teresi presented information on The Pros Cons of Syndication, sharing insights on Nothnagle’s expansive digital strategies which create exposure for sellers to get the most traffic through their properties.

Teresi was among a distinguished line-up of speakers, which included keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani, celebrated by many as “Mayor of the World,” whose motivational presentation focused on “Principled Leadership in the Face of Change and Crisis.” Other featured speakers included Peter Sheahan, a best-selling author known for inspiring innovative business thinking and creating lasting behavior change; social media expert Alexandra Samuel; and real estate analyst Stefan Swanepoel.

“We are fortunate to have some of the industry’s brightest marketing and technology minds in our network, and the success of the MarTech event is due in large part to the willingness of our members to share insights and strategies with fellow members,” said Pam O’Connor, president/CEO of LeadingRE. “We are thankful for their contributions to the program and to our network as a whole.”

Nothnagle is Rochester’s representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com), the largest network of premier locally-branded firms in more than 50 countries producing over one million annual home sale transactions. LeadingRE provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services, which include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.

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About Nothnagle Realtors®

Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors is a full-service real estate company offering 33 convenient locations in upstate New York.  In 2014, Nothnagle agents facilitated nearly 10,000 transaction sides valued at over $1.4 billion.  As a result, Nothnagle Realtors is ranked 37th in the nation on the 2013 REALTrends 500 survey (based on brokerage transaction sides).  In addition to traditional brokerage services, Nothnagle offers a full range of services including insurance, home warranty, mortgage, property management and home maintenance and repair.  For more information, visit www.Nothnagle.com.

Nothnagle REALTORS Recognized for Outstanding Participation at Global Real Estate Conference

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Nothnagle REALTORS Recognized for Outstanding Participation at Global Real Estate Conference

Rochester, NY – Nothnagle REALTORS® received two prestigious Program Awards from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of more than 500 top real estate firms. The awards were presented at the network’s Annual Awards Gala on February 12, 2015, at the Wynn in Las Vegas during the LeadingRE Conference Week, an event that attracted more than 2,000 top real estate professionals from over 20 countries.

Nothnagle received the Award of Excellence for Incoming Conversion Rate. This award is presented to the member firm with the highest incoming conversion rate for their company-size category, based on closed transactions resulting from client referrals received from other LeadingRE affiliated brokers.

The second award received at the Gala was the Relo Partner Service Excellence Award. The award was given for outstanding service on closed corporate referrals. Award winners were evaluated based on client surveys of their experience with the broker.

Nothnagle also earned the Website Quality Certification (WQC) for their website, Nothnagle.com.  This LeadingRE program recognizes member websites that combine high standards for design, technology, and service. To qualify, websites must receive excellent marks on a range of measurements, including usability and performance, content, interactivity, customer service and Internet lead management, search engine optimization and mobile.

Nothnagle is the Western New York representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com), the largest network of premiere locally-branded firms in more than 50 countries producing over one million annual home sale transactions. LeadingRE provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services, which include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.

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About Nothnagle Realtors®

Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors is a full-service real estate company offering 32 convenient locations in upstate New York.  In 2014, Nothnagle agents facilitated nearly 10,000 transaction sides valued at over $1.4 billion.  In the most recent REALTrends 500 survey, Nothnagle Realtors is ranked 37th in the nation (based on brokerage transaction sides).  In addition to traditional brokerage services, Nothnagle offers a full range of services including insurance, home warranty, mortgage, property management and home maintenance and repair.  For more information, visit www.Nothnagle.com.

JUST ADDED: 8 New Contractors to the Home Services Program!

Nothnagle is pleased to announce 8 new local contractors have been added to our Home Services Program!  These local businesses will help you with services you need for your home.  Our contractors are LOCAL and REPUTABLE: don’t spend money to get a list of contractors—call our Home Services Department for FREE and SAVE yourself some time.

 

Lawn & Landscaping

 

Flint Landscaping, serving Penfield, Fairport, East Rochester, and parts of Webster areas

  • One time snow plow service
  • Design & Build Services, Installation, Sales/Design, Repairs
  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Mowing service

NOTHNAGLE SAVINGS: $100 credit toward mulch installation or new garden installation with signed, season long mowing contract.

 

Twin Oaks Lawn & Landscape, serving Greater Rochester & Finger Lakes Area since 1985

  • Design & Build Services
  • Landscape Maintenance

NOTHNAGLE SAVINGS:

  • Design & Build Services – 1 free upgrade to polymeric joint sand and planting projects over 2k Free plant up to $200 value.
  • Landscape Maintenance – Free Fertilization or free pre-emergent weed control on mulched beds.

 

Perennial Lawn & Landscape, serving Ontario, Wayne, Monroe, & Yates Counties

  • Design & Build Services; Installation, Sales/Design, Repairs
  • Landscape Maintenance & Lawn Care
  • Plowing (Ontario County only)
  • Mowing Service (Ontario County only)

 

Thomas Landscaping, serving Webster, Penfield, Irondequoit, parts of Greece and Ontario

  • Design & Build Services
  • Landscape Maintenance & Lawn Care
  • Installation, Sales/Design, Repairs
  • Plowing Service (Webster only)
  • Mowing Service

 

Summit Tree & Landscape, serving Monroe and Livingston Counties

  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Tree Removal
  • Design & Build Services.

 

Evergreen, serving Scottsville, Chili, Brighton, Pittsford areas

  • Landscape Maintenance & Lawn Care
  • Design & Build Services
  • Tree Removal
  • Mowing Service

 

Household/Estate Sales, Home Staging/Organization & Senior Solutions

 

Caring Transitions

  • Online Auctions & Estate Sales
  • Interior/Exterior Junk Removal
  • Home Staging/Organization/De-cluttering
  • Packing, Unpacking & Resettling
  • Comprehensive Move Coordination
  • Senior Move Management

NOTHNAGLE SAVINGS: $50 off any service

 

General Construction

 

Timothy Newton Enterprises, serving the Rochester AND Buffalo areas

  • Remodeling
  • Handyman Work
  • Smaller Masonry Needs
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Landscaping; including:
    • Lawn Maintenance
    • Mowing Service
    • Design & Build Services
    • Plowing Service

 

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