Will Hygge Sell Your Loft?

22 Dec 2017 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Will Hygge Sell Your Home?

Have you heard about hygge? It’s the Danish concept of creating warmth and enjoying everyday life, and it’s been a huge trend in Loft design this year. It’s especially popular during the cold, winter months where a little extra coziness is in order. In fact, incorporating a little hygge into your Loft could be just the thing you need to help sell it this winter. Here are our favorite ways to bring this Scandinavian tradition into your space.

Give buyers a warm welcome

The first place that potential buyers will feel a sense of hygge is at your front door, so amp up that warm and welcoming feeling. Be sure the sidewalk and front porch are clean and free of snow or debris. Even though winter brings darkness, you can still highlight your Loft’s exterior features with some soft outdoor lighting. Keep the lights in the Loft on so a warm glow emanates outside and beckons people in.

Bring the outdoors in

Let the season work for you instead of against you by embracing it. Bring some seasonal sights and smells inside. This can include cinnamon-scented candles or simple arrangements made from holly and evergreen. When decorating, use hues that mimic the feeling of the season, including warm reds, earthy greens and rustic browns.

Create warmth – literally

We know that energy bills can get expensive during colder months, but now isn’t the time to skimp. Make sure your thermostat is set to a comfortable level, keeping in mind that your front door may be opening and closing several times. Check that the heating vents in every room are open so they are all warm.

Light it up

A great way to create a sense of hygge in your Loft is with lighting. You want your Loft to be well lit without being harsh. Turn off overhead lights and opt instead for floor and table lamps. Take advantage of those dimmer switches to create a warm ambience. Scatter some battery-operated candles throughout your Loft. We all know that candlelight makes everything look so much nicer.

Decorate with inviting textures

Create a space that makes buyers want to linger. You want them to be able to imagine snuggling up on the couch on a cold winter’s day. Drape soft blankets on couches and add comfortable cushions and pillows to chairs. Use textures like wool, velvet, chenille, and even faux fur.

Offer warm drinks and snacks

Isn’t it nice to sip on a cup of tea or hot chocolate on a cold day? Think about keeping a pot of mulled cider simmering on the stove. It tastes and smells delicious. Set out a plate of warm cookies or even roasted chestnuts. Choose snacks and drinks that feel like a special treat.

Don’t forget the soundscape

Lastly, don’t forget to add warm sounds to your Loft. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, there’s nothing like the sound of a crackling fire. Play soft acoustic music in the background – a little jazz or classical music can make people feel relaxed and right at Loft.

 




Face Your Loft Selling Fears

8 Dec 2017 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Face Your Home Selling Fears

We understand – selling a Loft is tough! It’s one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll ever complete in your lifetime. That can be scary. But don’t let it keep you from putting your Loft on the market. Here are some common fears that you might experience when selling your Loft, and tips on how to face them.

You’ll be overwhelmed

Getting your Loft ready for the market can be a big job. Cleaning, organizing, repairing and painting can take time. You may feel like your to-do list is going to be a mile long, and that you’ll never finish it. While it does take effort to get your Loft ready for showings, you can help yourself by starting early. Tackle your list one item at a time. Don’t feel like you have to complete everything in one weekend. Talk to your agent about which items to prioritize, and let them help you organize your tasks.

Your Loft won’t sell

This is a common fear for most sellers. It’s easy to worry that once you list your Loft, it will languish on the market for weeks or even months. Your fear can be compounded if you know you’ll need that money in order to secure a new place. The best way to face this fear is to get an early start. Work with an experienced agent who understands your local market. Your agent can make sure your Loft is priced right for the current market conditions.

Your agent will underprice your Loft

Another fear that sellers may face is that their agent will want to price their Loft too low. The best way to deal with this is to compare your Loft’s listing price with similar Lofts listed in your area. Are they around the same? If you feel this is a trust issue with your agent, interview other agents. You’ll either discover that your agent’s assessment is on par, or that it’s way off base. The bottom line is – you don’t have to list your Loft with an agent you don’t feel comfortable with.

You’ll feel exposed

Your Loft is your sanctuary. It’s where the most personal moments of your life take place. It’s totally normal to feel uneasy about suddenly opening your Loft to strangers. Especially when those strangers will be making judgments about it. If you are worried that you’ll feel too exposed, take time to remove all your personal belongings from the Loft before potential buyers walk through. Paint rooms in neutral colors. By de-personalizing your Loft, you’ll be able to treat it more like a business transaction.

You’ll be too emotional

Lastly, we know it can be tough to let go of your Loft. You’ve made memories there, and sometimes it’s difficult to move on. You can counteract this by daydreaming about the new chapter of your life that is coming up. Find reasons to be excited about it. It is easier to let go if you have something else to look forward to.




Get Ready to Buy in 2018

6 Dec 2017 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Get Ready to Buy in 2018Is 2018 the year you’ll finally realize your dream of buying a Loft? If you’d like to make that dream a reality, start planning now so you’ll be ready in the New Year. Here’s what you need to do to set yourself up for your 2018 Loft purchase.

Request your credit report

The first, and most important, thing you should do as you prepare to buy a Loft in the coming year is to check your credit. Your credit affects your ability to qualify for a loan and the kind of interest rate you’ll get. The better your credit, the more favorable your loan conditions will be. Even if you think you have excellent credit, you need to request your report. Many credit reports contain errors, and you’ll need time to address them and have them removed. And if your credit isn’t great, you can start putting measures in place to repair it.

Ask for money

When Santa asks you what you want for Christmas this year, tell him you want cold hard cash. All kidding aside, though, consider how much cash you’ll need for closing. Not only do you need money for the down payment – up to 20 percent of the purchase price – but you’ll also need to save for moving expenses, repairs and other unexpected costs. If you are expecting to receive gifts for the holiday, ask for financial contributions toward your Loft purchase.

Determine how much you can spend

Before you begin looking at Lofts in earnest, you need to determine your price range. Use an online calculator to plug in your details and find out how much Loft you can afford. And remember while it’s always fun to fantasize about your dream Loft, you’ll want to be realistic about how much you can comfortably spend each month. Committing to expensive mortgage payments that you have to stretch to make each month is stressful. You’ll enjoy your new Loft more if you aren’t worried about staying current on your loan.

Start looking at neighborhoods

The fun part of looking for a new Loft is researching neighbors and getting a feel for where you want to live. If you live close to the area where you want to move, drive around some neighborhoods, and see them at different times of day. If you don’t live nearby, take a virtual tour with Google Earth and scour the web for information. Start making a list of what you’re looking for in a community, and see which ones fit the bill.

Get pre-approval for a loan

If you’re happy with your credit score and you’re ready to begin your search, then it’s time to get preapproved for a loan. Take time to research lenders and find the best rates and terms. Getting preapproved for a mortgage shows sellers that you are serious about buying a Loft. It’s essential that you get a preapproval letter once you’ve determined you’re ready to start putting offers on Lofts that fit your needs.