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June 30, 2020

How To Make Sure Your Property Stands Out Online

If you want to sell your property relatively quickly, you need to have a presence online. The COVID-19 crisis just increased the importance of having online listings since fewer people can conduct in-person showings. Just having an online listing in and of itself isn’t enough. You need to make sure that you are having professional photos, be detailed about your listing, and use social media effectively. Here is how you can make sure that your property gets the online recognition that you deserve. Let’s get started:

Make Sure You Have Professional Photos

When you are selling your property online, you need to make sure that you have clear, professional photos. These have to be attractive photos that intrigue potential buyers. Make sure that you have good lighting in each of the rooms, or that there is enough natural light to make things work. You also want to make sure that the rooms aren’t empty. Having furniture in the shot makes the home look more friendly. Having dimly lit photos, or photos from an inferior camera, can make it that much harder to sell your property. 

Use Social Media Effectively 

Today, millennials are the biggest new entrant into the real estate market. And this demographic is increasingly finding information about what they want to buy on social media. Everything from clothes, vacation packages, and yes, real estate. You need to make sure that you are using social media effectively so that you are getting your property in front of the eyes of prospective buyers. You may want to work with a social media marketing firm who has experience in this arena. 

Be Detailed

If someone is interested in your property, they’ll want to get more details in the listing. Even if you have great looking photos, if you don’t have detailed copy, then people may lose interest. Take the time to tell interested parties about when the home was built. Highlight its strengths, like a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Highlight the strengths of the community, such as the schools or the local entertainment. 

There are some homeowners who don’t want to go through the hassle of completing an online listing or writing up a detailed description for their property. If you fall into that camp, you can still sell your home. Just give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. At 4 Brothers Buy Houses, we’ll purchase your property cash. We can provide you with a free, no obligation quote. That way, you can sell your property on your own timeline. No need to rush. No need to hire a real estate agent. And no need to create an online listing. Contact us today, we’re looking forward to helping you sell your home on your own terms.

June 29, 2020

Common Home Repair Mistakes To Avoid

Everybody makes mistakes. When it comes to your home repair project, you are going to make some mistakes too. But the key is making sure that you don’t make the kind of major, costly mistakes that can really set you back over the long-term. It is important that you stay engaged in the project, be realistic about the costs and potential setbacks, and that you don’t try to do things on your own that you aren’t qualified for. Here are some of the most common big home repair mistakes that you want to avoid:

 

  • Failing To Stay Engaged In The Project

 

When you don’t stay engaged or involved in the project, things are more likely to go wrong. Even if you feel like you don’t have the time, you need to make sure that you are doing some supervising of the project when you hire contractors. When you don’t stay engaged, projects are more likely to go over budget and you are more likely to run into other problems.

 

  • Believing There Won’t Be Any Setbacks Or Interruptions

 

There are always going to be some setbacks or interruptions. No project goes 100% smoothly. You don’t want to make the mistake of thinking everything will go smoothly and then get frustrated when they don’t. Leave yourself some leeway in case some small things go wrong. 

 

  • Trying To Handle Repairs Yourself That You Aren’t Qualified For

 

If you aren’t an electrician or a plumber, you shouldn’t be making those repairs in your own home. Trying to do so can be dangerous to yourself. In some cases, you can make things worse and cost yourself even more money. 

 

  • Forgetting To Check If Your Contractor Is Licensed

 

This is a big one. Over 30 states require all home repair contractors to be licensed, but many states still do not. If your contractor isn’t licensed, they may not know what they are doing. This could cause you significant damage to your property. You want to avoid this at all costs. That is why it is important to do your research and make sure that the contractor that you hire is licensed. 

Working on home repairs can get old fast. Repairs can get expensive and you may not have the time or patience to stay engaged over the weeks that a repair might take. The good news is that you can still sell your property without the need to go through expensive repairs. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We will provide you with a free, no obligation quote on your property. You can sell at a time that works for you, instead of rushing through repairs and a showcase process, you can sell at a time that works for you. Contact 4 Brothers Buy Houses today.

June 26, 2020

Which Season Is Best For Your Home Remodel?

Finding the right season for your remodel, renovation, or repair can be difficult. Especially if you are looking to optimize your costs. If you are getting your project done in the same season that everyone else is, you are going to pay more for labor, component parts, and get slower service. But when you get your project completed during a season when things are less busy, you end up paying less and getting service done quicker. Here are some tips for finding the right season for your next remodeling project. 

You May Want To Add Heating During The Summer Months

When it is warm outside, most homeowners are not thinking about their property’s heating. But it is often the best time to add or repair a furnace or a fireplace. If you wait until the fall or winter months, then everyone is going to be trying to get their heating done at the same time. That means you are going to be paying more for labor and for parts. By getting this done early in the summer, you can rest easier in the winter knowing you won’t have to wait to make sure your home is comfortable.

Fall Is A Great Season For Exterior Painting And A/C Units

The fall months are great for exterior painting and A/C units. Painting because the weather is relatively mild and A/C units because most people aren’t using their air when it is getting cooler outside. If you wait until the summer months to get your A/C fixed, you are going to have to sit in a hot and humid home while contractors work through all of the properties they already have lined up. Get your A/C fixed and property painted before the heat of the summer months.

Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations May Be Cheapest In The Winter

Remodels and renovations often take place during the summer, especially for bathrooms and kitchens. If you don’t want to pay the most expensive prices for contractors, labor, and parts, then you may want to consider handling this during the winter months instead of the summer. Want to change the flooring, add in new tile, or put in new appliances? Don’t wait until the summer months when everyone else wants to do the same thing. 

Aren’t interested in figuring out what the best season for a remodel is? Don’t want to handle a remodeling at all? That’s no problem. You can still sell your home for the type of value that you want. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We’ll pay cash for your property, without the need for you to do any repairs or remodeling. We’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote. Sell your property the way you want to.

June 24, 2020

What To Expect From The Real Estate Market For The Rest Of 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way that people buy homes. But it hasn’t changed the level of demand for properties. Because demand has remained high, housing prices have remained steady or even risen in some places. Many forecasters expect housing prices to drop during the fall or winter months if the pandemic has another spike and unemployment doesn’t improve. But the reopening hasn’t led to any major national issues thus far, and most analysts remain confident in the near term strength of the real estate market. There is some market uncertainty in the future, because the generous unemployment benefits from the federal government stimulus bill are set to run out at the end of the summer. 

Prices Are Expected To Rise In The Summer Months

During the summer months, most analysts believe that home prices are going to rise. That is in part because the country’s re-opening hasn’t hit many hiccups. The federal government’s stimulus plan put more money in Americans’ hands, especially with unemployment benefits giving those laid off due to COVID-19 up to $600 per week. The added stimulus and federal reserve actions have helped to boost the stock market as well. 

If COVID-19 Spikes During The Fall or Winter, Prices Could Drop

The problem is that if COVID-19 does spike during the fall or winter months, markets could face serious issues. Federal unemployment benefits run out at the end of the summer, and mortgage and rent deferrals passed by a number of states run out later in the fall. If unemployment doesn’t improve, and another stimulus bill isn’t passed, the stock market and the housing market could be in trouble. It is difficult to know if COVID-19 will spike in the winter months. But with more Americans indoors, and with the traditional flu season running concurrently, it is a possibility. 

We Still Don’t Know How High Unemployment Impacts The Future Numbers

At the end of the day, a lot of the real estate market’s success depends on employment numbers. If high unemployment persists over the next several years, then we would expect the real estate market to eventually run into trouble. But if employment numbers improve over the rest of this year and into the future, then the real estate market shouldn’t face many problems at all. 

Trying to find the right time to sell can be difficult. Timing the market is hard enough as it is, and adding in a pandemic to the equation just adds another level of complexity to the problem. If you want to sell your home without worrying about these issues, give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We’ll come evaluate your property and give you a free, no obligation quote. You can sell your property on your own schedule, on a timeline that is comfortable for you.

June 22, 2020

How To Sell Your Home During The COVID-19 Pandemic

There was some speculation that COVID-19 would make selling a home impossible. That hasn’t been the case. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped buyers and sellers from taking part in the real estate market. But the way homes are sold has changed. If you are looking to sell your property, you have to be aware of these changes and how they will affect you. If you aren’t prepared to sell your property in the manner that today’s buyers expect, you could find your property lingering on the market for longer than you’d like. Here is how you can navigate the selling process during the pandemic: 

Invest In Virtual Tours

In today’s environment, it is harder to have in-person showings and group showcases. That is why it is important for sellers to invest in virtual tours. Virtual tours can be interactive, or they can be static videos. You can film a virtual tour video yourself, or you can hire a professional company to do the process for you. Figuring out your virtual tour strategy early is important for keeping buyers engaged at a time when they may not be able to visit in person.

Don’t Overprice Your Property

In these uncertain times, there is still demand for properties; however, you don’t want to push it. This probably isn’t the time to ask for far more than you know your home is worth. Overpricing your property could leave your home languishing on the market for much longer than you’d like. And the longer your property sits on the market, the more likely buyers are to think there is a problem with your home.

Make Sure All Your Inspections Are Done

When you are selling during a pandemic, it is absolutely critical to make sure that you have all of your inspections done. You don’t want to get a buyer lined up and then have to wait weeks or months to get an inspection done. Inspections can take much longer to complete during this process, and waiting too long to get one done can be the difference between a sale being finalized or falling through. That is why it is important that you get your inspections done beforehand. That way, you don’t have to worry about if a contractor can make it on time. 

If you aren’t interested in going through all of the precautions that other homeowners are working through during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still sell your home. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your property for cash. You don’t have to hire a real estate agent or handle repairs during this time. We can visit your property and give you a quote–or we can handle the entire process online after viewing high resolution images of your property. Forget the stress of trying to go through a showcase during the COVID-19 pandemic. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call and sell at your own pace.

April 28, 2020

Selling Your Property Without Having An In-Person Showing

This is the story of Willie Roberson, who sold his property to 4 Brothers Buy Houses without having even one single in-person showing. Willie had a property that he had lived in or rented out for 30 years. The property wasn’t in great shape, but Willie wasn’t interested in having more repairs or expensive renovations. He was either going to sell the property or keep renting it out. 4 Brothers Buy Houses provided Willie with the perfect opportunity to sell his property without having to deal with real estate agents or showcasing the property to dozens of prospective buyers. Here is his story. 

Willie Owned His Property For 30 Years

Willie had owned his Bouie property on Congressional Court for three decades. For the first 20 years, Willie lived in the property. After moving out, he decided to rent it out, and had been doing so for the past 10 years. The property started off in good condition, but it wore down over the years. Willie didn’t want to invest in costly repairs and renovations. That was fine for renting the property out, but he knew that if he wanted to do a traditional home sale, those would probably be a requirement to get buyer interest.

After Seeing An Ad On TV, Willie Decided To Reach Out

After his latest tenants moved out, Willie decided he wanted to sell if possible. He saw an ad on TV for 4 Brothers Buy Houses, and decided to make the call. Willie called on January 14th and talked to the 4 Brothers Buy Houses team. He got all of his questions about the sale answered via email and was ready to move forward with the sale.

Willie Was Able To Sell His Property Without An In-Person Showing

After the initial call on January 14th, it only took 10 more days for the sale agreement to be finalized. Both parties signed the agreement on January 24th, and title work went smoothly after that. Closing was finished on February 11th, less than a month after Willie’s initial call to 4 Brothers Buy Houses. Willie never had to have an in-person showing–he sent 4 Brothers Buy Houses photos of the property and that was all they needed.

Want to sell your property without going through an in-person showing just like Willie did? When you work with 4 Brothers Buy Houses, you can sell your property on your terms. Whether you have a rental property, an older property that hasn’t been renovated, or just don’t want to work with a real estate agent, you can feel confident knowing that 4 Brothers Buy Houses is here for you. Give us a call today and we’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote on your property. This is your opportunity to sell without going through the frustrations of the traditional sales process. Give us a call today.

April 22, 2020

Want To Paint Your Home? Here’s What You Need To Think About

Looking to paint your home? Maybe you just want to improve your property’s aesthetic. Maybe you want to improve your curb appeal for prospective buyers. Maybe the paint in your property is getting old and peeling. Either way, there are some things that you need to think about before you get started on the paint job. You need to consider whether you can paint the property on your own, how the current paint is holding up, and whether you’ll be doing the painting on the interior or the exterior. Here is a closer look at what you need to be thinking about.

Can You Paint The Property By Yourself?

This all comes down to the size and scale of the job. If you are painting a single room, or even just a few rooms in your property, you may be able to complete the entire project on your own. But if you want to paint the entire inside of your house, it may be better to call a professional painting company to work with you. The same goes for if you want to paint the exterior of your home. Exteriors tend to be more complicated because of the sheer size and because being outside exposes the paint to the elements. Going it alone may be cheaper, but if the job is large, it can cost you in the long run.

How Is The Current Paint Job Holding Up?

If your current paint is peeling, you may need to do significant prep work in order to get the surfaces ready. This may also require professional help if you don’t have the right tools, since you don’t want to damage the walls or have an uneven paint job. But if you are working on a new property where the paint is smooth and the surfaces are even, then you may be able to go it alone and handle painting by yourself.

Interior vs. Exterior Painting

When you are painting on the interior of your home, you don’t have to worry about the elements. That means no worrying about rain or wind or debris. When you are painting on the exterior of your home, those are all things that you need to be aware of. That is why exterior painting jobs often require professional help. Most times, individuals don’t have the knowledge or resources to keep their exterior paint safe from the elements. It is much easier for individuals to handle painting the interior of their properties.

Painting your property can be strenuous work. Especially in the summer months when the outside heat can take a toll on your body. If you don’t want to put in the work to paint your property, that doesn’t mean you can’t sell your home. You don’t have to hire a costly painting company either. You can sell your property to 4 Brothers Buy Houses for cash. Contact us today and we’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote. You can sell at the time that works for you and your family. Give us a call and talk to our team to get started.

April 17, 2020

Why You May Want To Consider Having A Garden In Your Yard

Gardening can actually be a really great way to spend the spring and summer months. You get to be in the sun and get some exercise in while creating a beautiful landscape. There’s a wide range of personal benefits to starting a garden, but there are financial benefits as well. Homes with attractive gardens have higher curb appeal, and owners find that more prospective buyers are interested in their properties. Starting a garden isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great way to merge a hobby with the goal of selling your property at a higher valuation.

Gardens Can Improve Curb Appeal And Increase Interest In Your Property

Curb appeal is crucial when it comes to selling your property. If your home isn’t attractive from the curb, prospective buyers will keep driving. Since so much of the homebuying process is done online these days, you’ll need to make sure that you have attractive outdoor shots of your property. Having a beautiful garden in those shots can make your property that much more attractive to prospective buyers. You could work with a landscaping company, but you could also handle the gardening yourself and save some money.

Gardening Can Be A Great Hobby In The Spring And Summer Months

One of the reasons you may want to take up gardening may not even be about the financial reward of selling your home. You may just want to start a new hobby during the spring and summer months. Gardening is great for families because they get to plant something and see it grow over time. It also takes hard work–pulling out weeds and making sure that the mulch is replaced when need be. You may find yourself even growing fruits and vegetables to eat for later in the year.

You Can Establish An Outdoor Leisure Area

Gardens can be scenic for your outdoor leisure area. Make sure that your garden is visible from your patio, so that you can enjoy the view during the warm summer months. You may want to think about investing in some outdoor furniture so that you can drink some lemonade and read a book while the day goes by. The good thing is that outdoor leisure living spaces are increasingly popular with homebuyers as well.

Interested in selling your property but don’t want to go through all of the work to improve your curb appeal? If you aren’t interested in gardening to get your property ready for sale, don’t worry about it. You can still sell your property without learning how to plant new flowers outside. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your property cash. We’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote. You won’t have to work with a real estate agent or deal with showcasing your property to prospective buyers who may or may not be interested. Call us today and get started selling your property on your terms.

April 14, 2020

Here’s How You Can Get Your Home Ready For The Summer Months

The summer is almost here, and that means that if you are interested in selling your property you’ll need to start getting prepared. Summer is one of the busiest seasons for home sales because of the great weather, and because it is when most people take off from work. Selling in the summer months comes with a lot of competition from other sellers, so you’ll need to get your property ready to stand out from the crowd. Here is how you can do just that.

Think About Doing Maintenance In The Summer

During the summer months, you can get a wide range of deals and discounts on maintenance. That is because most maintenance is done during the winter months. Think about things like having your HVAC system, your plumbing, cleaning carpets, and even your gutters.

Keep Your AC Units Running Smoothly

Your air conditioner is key to staying cool during the summer months. If you are getting ready to sell, the last thing you need is your home to be extra hot during an open house with prospective buyers. Invest in a new AC system or repair your current one during the summer.

Start Thinking About Pest Control

Pests–especially insects–can really be a nuisance during the summer when it is warm. If you are worried about pests, you may want to think about spraying the outside of your home or making sure that windows and doors are sealed. If the problem is serious, you may need to call an exterminator to make sure that you don’t get an infestation that gets out of hand.

Keep The Grass And Shrubs Trimmed

Making sure that your grass and shrubs are trimmed is the best way to make sure that your property’s curb appeal stays where it needs to be. When the grass doesn’t get cut, prospective buyers are much less likely to stop and take a look. Make sure that you don’t let your yard grow out of control. That means either regularly doing the trimming yourself or hiring a landscaping company to do the work for you.

Getting your property ready for the summer months can take weeks. And handling any of the necessary repairs can get expensive rather quickly. These are all things that real estate agents will push you to do if you are looking to sell. If you aren’t interested in working on your yard or getting your air conditioner back up to speed, then you may want to think about selling your property to 4 Brothers Buy Houses. With 4 Brothers Buy Houses, you can sell your property without going through the frustration of the traditional sales process. We’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote so that you can sell on your own timeline. Contact us today and we can get to work.

April 8, 2020

5 Spring Cleaning And Maintenance Tips

We’re in the middle of the spring, and that means focusing on spring cleaning and maintenance. This is especially key for those families who are looking to sell their properties in the coming months. You want to make sure that your property is looking top notch, and that starts with how you spruce up your home after the snow and sleet of the winter. Spring is the season for renewal, so here is how you can get your home back to feeling like it is full of vibrance and life: 

Keep Both Sides Of The Windows Washed

Keeping your windows free of marks and smudges can actually go a long way towards improving your home’s appeal. Luckily, cleaning your windows is easy. You can make a solution with just water and vinegar. You can apply the solution to the interior and exterior of your windows and then rub it down with a sponge or cloth. 

Consider Having The Carpets Deep Cleaned

Vacuuming is nice, but it doesn’t get all of the debris out of your carpet. Doing a deep cleaning once a year is great to make sure all of the spills, debris, and dust are fully removed from your carpet. You can either work with a carpet cleaning company or rent a carpet cleaner locally to get the clean your carpet deserves.

Check The Roof For Potential Damage From The Winter

Roof damage can get very expensive very fast. And it is most likely to occur during the winter months. Make sure that your roof doesn’t have any issues after the winter by getting a ladder and during a visual inspection. If you can’t do that safely, you may want to call a roofing company to do an inspection for you.

Brush Off Your Outdoor Furniture

This is the time to get your outdoor furniture ready to be used again. The winter months are over and the snow is gone. Getting your front porch and patio ready to be living spaces again is key for not only your own leisure during the spring and summer months, but also for increasing your property’s value for prospective buyers. Potential buyers want to see if your property has spaces that they can enjoy during the warm months, and patios can really attract buyers.

Not looking forward to handling spring cleaning this year? Don’t want to work on maintenance after those long winter months? Still want to sell your property without going through all of the hard work and expense? You are in luck. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your property for cash. You don’t need to hire a real estate agent or go through a lengthy showcasing process. We’ll come by your property and provide you with a free, no obligation quote. You can take the entire sales process at your own pace. Forget spring cleaning and costly repairs. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call today.