You spend years making your house a home. As you settle in and the seasons change year after year, you add appliances, landscaping, fixtures, and other features that personalize the home and enhance your comfort. Our real estate agents know how you feel, and we understand that it's natural to want to take some of your old home with you when you go. However, it's important to remember that you can't take everything, and in fact, if you do, you could be creating problems that could land you in hot water. The following are six simple rules you should know when it comes to understanding what you can take and what you should leave behind.
Homeowners are often faced with decisions about which investments they should make in their homes, particularly if they're considering putting them on the market. If you've been watching the prices of Wichita homes for sale, you may be tempted to sell "as is." But what if some relatively inexpensive upgrades can increase the sale price dramatically? Our real estate agents will be happy to consult with you before you make a final decision. Here are a few appliances to consider replacing.
Once you've sold your home and found a new house among Wichita homes for sale, you don't want to move things you no longer want or need. Before you toss it all or donate it all, hosting a garage sale is a great way to make a fast buck. But, it's not an easy buck, and you'll have to put in some effort to make your garage sale successful. Our real estate agents recommend the following tried and true methods to make that happen.
When you put your home on the market, our real estate agents may suggest some upgrades to help compete with other Wichita homes for sale. At the top of the list, offering the greatest ROI, is painting. After painting the walls, consider the kitchen. Nothing revives an older kitchen like new cabinets. Why replace when you can simply paint? Here are some important steps to ensure the best results.
The two possible methods have dramatic differences in cost, energy, and result. The choice of professionals is spray painting, while most homeowners choose the brush method. Spraying means a smoother finish, quicker drying times, and more durable results. Lacquers applied with a gun dry quickly, decreasing work time, and stand up to cleaning much longer than brush-on paints. Lacquers require application by spray gun and a compressor. It's necessary to protect everything from overspray. Adequate ventilation is vital. Brush-on paints are generally less expensive and require normal masking and drop cloths without clouds of overspray. Drying time between coats averages 24 hours, and they require more sanding for a smooth finish.
If you want a guaranteed ROI on your home, consider updating your kitchen and bathroom. At J.P. Weigand & Sons, our real estate agents consistently hear from buyers that upgraded kitchens and bathrooms are at the top of their priority list when looking for a new home.
Kitchen and bathroom renovations and upgrades provide strong incentives for buyers and increased profits for sellers. Since these utilitarian spaces serve a special purpose for essential daily living, kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important rooms in the home.
Like most homeowners, you likely spend a lot of time in your kitchen, especially if you love to cook or have a large family. The kitchen serves as the heart of your home where you spend a lot of time chopping, blending, cooking, and cleaning. Anything that makes these daily kitchen tasks and chores easier, faster, and more convenient is a welcome relief.
Wallpaper is a 2021 trend that's not likely to disappear any time soon. Homeowners are updating style with traditional florals, contemporary geometrics, and bold, colorful animal prints and tropical patterns. At J.P. Weigand and Sons, our real estate agents are seeing homes filled with beautiful wallpapers that create show-stopping appeal.
Wallpaper adds visual interest to any room, but it may also add colors and patterns that do not appeal to everyone. While some buyers may appreciate your sense of style, others may lose interest in the house. Before putting your home on the market, it's a good idea to consider the pros and cons of wallpaper in your rooms and how it may impact your sale.
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters' annual For Kids' Sake Campaign has been a tradition for over thirty years and accounts for about one-third of the KSBBBS overall revenue budget. Weigand became directly involved as an organization in 2019, forming fundraising teams and raising $8,200 in its first year to support the youth served by KSBBBS. When the pandemic hit, it was apparent that the 2020 fundraising efforts and bowling parties would have to be canceled, resulting in a significant loss of funds for the organization.
As a result, Johnathan Weigand and Josh Turner stepped into action with other ways to help. Weigand employees came together and collected food items for the grocery care packages that were distributed to the KSBBS youth and their families. Then, the idea was formed to host a golf tournament in the fall to provide additional financial support.
On Friday, October 9, 2020, the 1st Annual J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. Charity Golf Classic was held at Terradyne Country Club. Twenty-one sponsors and teams raised more than $15k to support the nearly 800 Big/Little matches in Sedgwick County.
"Weigand is proud to partner with Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters to support our local youth," said Johnathan Weigand, BBBS Community Leadership Council member. We were pleased to be able to provide assistance to their well-deserving program when it was much needed, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future."
Recruiting volunteers for youth waiting for a Big Brother or Sister is an ever-present need. And, during these times, our youth need us more than ever. You are encouraged to join the thousands of mentors across Kansas who are making a difference, including Weigand's very own Big Sister, Kelly Watkins. Inquire today by clicking this link to learn more at no obligation.
2019 Weigand For Kids' Sake celebration party
Our real estate agents are familiar with staging tips to help every buyer fall in love with any Wichita home for sale. According to a 2019 National Association of REALTORS® study, 83 percent of buyers' agents report that staging a home makes it easier for buyers to visualize the possibilities. Staging a home for buyers is about presenting the best possible blank canvas that enchants buyers with possibilities.
Think of a room, any room, in your home. Did the dining room come to mind? Probably not. Some households still use their dining rooms for family dinners and breakfasts, but for other homeowners, the dining rooms is an area that is either underutilized or used for other purposes. Our real estate agents believe that every square foot of your home should be used to its fullest potential. After all, you are paying by the square-foot, why should you let an entire room collect dust? Whether you're staging to sell or just trying to maximize your current space, here are five great ways to utilize a dining room.