Buying Outdoor Furniture

Bistro setConfused about what material suits your needs? You’ll find outdoor furniture in a wide variety of materials. Plastics are affordable, but lasts only a few seasons as colours tend to fade and the materials become brittle and break.  You might consider metal furniture.  There are two types of metal outdoor furniture available. Lightweight, rustproof, and low-cost aluminum is easy to transport. I just purchased this 3 piece bistro set in this material but because it is light I placed it in an area that is sheltered. Check it out, it even has a wine bucket! Some of the cast aluminum pieces feature powder-coated and long-lasting finishes. Wrought-iron is a better choice over the aluminum if the furniture is exposed to high winds. It will likely need to be repainted to deter rust.

Another option to consider is wood furniture. There are numerous weather-resistant woods you can choose, including teak and cedar. Leave wood furniture untreated to weather to a grey finish or plan to lightly sand the surface and seal the wood now and then to retain its colour. Wood furnishings tend to be heavy so they’re not pieces that you will want to reposition.

You will find that weather-resistant patio furniture is all the rage these days. They are popular because they are lightweight and can stand up to the elements. For those that want to bring the indoors out, yes I said indoors out. You can use your real wicker chairs on the patio, but only in a protected area as they do not like rain.

Cushions and decorative pillows will complete the look. I prefer Sunbrella cushions and pillows as they come in weather-hardy fabrics treated to resist fading and moisture. ( I recommend storing cushions and pillows whenever they’re not in use so they last longer.

June is the best time to buy outdoor furniture. You can find sales of up to 40% off in some stores.   There is still enough stock on the floor in June, but after July 1st the stock has been picked over.  Happy shopping!


Staging in a Hot Market

The market is hot and regardless of the market “Professionally Staged Homes Sell Oakridge Drive 3970 Medium-4Faster and for More Money!” You need to stage a home in order to drive buyer traffic. They show better in person, and they also photograph better. Buyers start their search online so staging will draw a potential buyer in. Staged homes connect a buyer on an emotional level. Not all staging companies are created equal be sure to select one that has quality photos on their website. Like in any business you get what you pay for. Professional staging companies know how to WOW a potential buyer. If it doesn’t WOW it just isn’t good staging. Staging will not slow the process of getting the home to the market because staging companies usually can have it staged within one week. If you invest in staging , it could add more value to the asking price, resulting in multiple offers. Staging is marketing and without a good marketing plan you could be leaving money on the table.

10 Reasons Why Vacant Homes Don’t Sell

10 Reasons Why Empty Homes Don’t Sell Easily

Reason 1: Empty homes don’t sell easily because they lack that emotional connection

An empty house doesn’t have any imagination nor feeling, which normally turns a house into a home! With only 10% of the buyers able to actually visualize the house’s potential, an empty house is likely setting itself up for disappointment for 90% of buyers.

Without any existing furniture to initiate the buyer’s imagination and feelings, it gets quite tough to get emotional about the empty home. After all, an empty property is nothing more than a series of rooms, consisting of four walls and a ceiling, put together under one roof, while a furnished property immediately becomes somebody’s home.

Reason 2: Empty homes don’t sell easily as buyers have no point of reference

Buyers struggle to picture how their furniture would be set up when walking into an empty room. Contrary to popular belief, empty rooms don’t look bigger but actually smaller. A furnished room will give the buyer a measurement scale to compare things to.

Reason 3: Empty homes don’t sell easily as buyers tend to focus on the negatives

If there’s nothing in the room, one tends to focus on the negative elements. Why would any buyer in his right mind get excited about the negative aspects of a home? Unless of course they’re looking for a bargain, in which case the level of their offer will reflect that thinking.

Reason 4: Empty homes don’t sell easily as curb appeal will most likely be lacking

Going up someone’s driveway or pathway, one cannot but notice the colorful mail box, welcoming door mat, warm porch lights or the nicely tucked away window curtains with a faint reading light behind them. There are so many elements one can add to a house to turn it into a home.

Reason 5: Empty homes don’t sell easily as people first try to sell the home vacant

Doesn’t the old adage say, “You only have one chance to make a first impression?” It takes a person on average 5-10 seconds to have made up their minds and walking into an empty home isn’t that inducive to getting them excited about the property!

Reason 6: Empty homes don’t sell easily as price seems to be the only marketing strategy

We know that location is a given factor, which cannot be changed. That kind of leaves us with the price as the only marketing strategy. With no clear emotional elements available to influence the buyer’s decision, any adjustment in price seems unlikely to happen to the upside, if anything it’ll be to the downside.

Reason 7: Empty homes don’t sell easily when staging is considered a cost

How many homeowners are aware of the upside potential of staging? How many agents are convinced that staging adds dollars to the net bottom line for the seller? The complaints about layout and use of space are very well known. Yet, most agents are more likely to suggest a price reduction a couple of weeks into the marketing of the property than initially going for the staging option (with the former costing a multiple of the latter)?Is one erring on the side of caution by referring to staging as a cost or has it become an investment?

Reason 8: Empty homes don’t sell easily as they’re hard to differentiate from the competition

Let’s start the home buying process: you’ve decided to look what a particular housing market has to offer. Just like the other 94% of home buyers, you open up the laptop and go online to one of the popular property listing portals. Within minutes, you’ve found a few interesting listings, displaying a series of pictures and attractive descriptions.

One little problem for those selling empty homes: your interested buyer has now 3 other listings open with exactly the same-looking empty living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms et? Unless your empty home has a particular feature, why ought any interested buyer prefer your empty home over the other 3?

First impressions come back into play with a vengeance. The abovementioned process might literally take seconds and guess how quickly a decision has been made not to click further on your property pictures and expansive description? How many interested home buyers might do exactly the same and skip your empty home listing for something else that drew their attention?

Reason 9: Empty homes don’t sell easily due to less buyer traffic

Having an open house at an empty home isn’t ideal either. As mentioned above, there are a number of reasons why there would be less buyer traffic coming to listings of empty homes. Open houses would definitely not be attracting too much buyer traffic.

Reason 10: Empty homes don’t sell easily as there’s perception of desperation

As they enter an empty home, interested buyers must be wondering why that particular house is empty. At some point, the thought of there being more room for negotiation enters their minds.

Unfortunately, many such homeowners are genuine sellers, looking for a fair-market price for their property and didn’t think much about the fact that selling their empty home might actually affect their final sales price negatively. Whenever possible, make the extra effort in keeping as much of the home furnished as possible, or at least involve a stager in helping out getting the property marketing ready! At this point, it ought to be clear to both estate agent and homeowner that home staging does have a positive effect on the entire home selling experience. A staged home won’t leave the buyers doubtful about the use of space, but will allow them to visualize the rooms with their own furniture and envisioning spending family time there.

Bottom line: empty homes don’t sell as easily as occupied homes.





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