Here are some things that prospective homebuyers should watch out for 😛 TAGEND
When walking into a staged home, you will often ascertain a lifestyle illustrated: wine glass set on the bistro table for the purposes of the bougainvillea trellis with the Cuban rhythms of Buena Vista Social Club playing in the background.
It can be seductive to envisage yourself in that scene — that’s the phase — but stop swaying to the thump long enough to ask the agent to turn the music off. Why? Music is frequently used to mask traffic noise, and there is no easy fixing for the music of trucks rolling by at 2 a.m.
Simply planting trees or thick bushes won’t be enough. Some people flower bamboo because the swishing voices it stimulates can help disguise the noise. Others supplant age-old windows with new ones that block voice better, which works fine until you open them. But pretty much nothing short of a solid, 8-foot masonry wall will make much of a difference.
An entire industry has evolved around trying to quiet traffic noise. It can be diminished — at a cost — but it is unlikely to ever be fully eradicated. So before buying a home on a noisy street or near a highway, it’s best be seen whether that’s something you can tolerate.
HowLoud.com can help home hunters check out just how noisy a property is. Put in an address, and the website spits out a rating based on roadways, air traffic and other factors.
You should also know that traffic noise generally devalues a property and makes it harder to sell. But if the index price reflects that — entailing you can buy it for less than comparable homes in the area — it still might work for you. Just remember that when you go to sell the members of this house down the road, you will likely be dusting off those Buena Vista Social Club CDs.
There are many frequently used staging techniques that make a small chamber show larger. The simplest one is to supplant the sofa for three with a love seat for two. It may appear the same to its implementation of chamber intend and style, but you will absolutely notice certain differences when you try to move in your couch.
Ask for room measurements, and know the size of your furniture. You may even want to come back for a second look armed with a tape measure.
Staging a home for sale has increasingly become part of the marketing bundle. According to the National Association of Realtors, 38 percent of sellers’ agents said they stage every home before listing it. More than half reported that staged homes fetched sale prices “thats been” between 1 and 25 percentage higher, so it’s understandable why a dealer said he wished to stage a home. But customers need to pay attention and not be misled by the tricks of the trade.