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Posted by Kelly Todd on March 9, 2011  |   No Comments »

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Chores

Posted by Kelly Todd on March 8, 2011  |   No Comments »

Having your home on the market can be a big, fat pain in the you-know-what. Knowing that strangers will be opening your closets, cabinets and drawers can be unsettling and somewhat intimidating for the average homeowner. Likewise, receiving a last minute showing request can send some into a tailspin to hide the dishes, make the bed, fluff the sofa, sweep the floor, fold that heap of laundry. For those of you that have sold a home, you may know this frantic feeling all too well.

On the flip side, I recently visited a property with a buyer that was filthy and just plain messy. To be fair, the home was clearly lived in by a family with young children and they may have had one of those mornings where getting out of the house is challenge enough…straightening up may not have been an option that day. That being said, the dishes in the sink and the toys scattered on the family room floor made it difficult for my client to concentrate on the great features of the home. They ruled it out after five minutes of stepping over the owners’ belongings.

So, as a seller, how do you balance the chaos of everyday living with the necessity of having a tidy, show-ready home for every potential buyer that walks through your front door? We’ve put together a brief checklist of things to keep in mind that will surely make your life a bit easier and will help to put your home at the top of its game.

  1. Before listing, rent a storage unit and put away 50 to 75 percent of your things. Trust me, you will be able to survive without the snow globe collection you so lovingly display on your living room mantle. Remember that buyers need and want to see the great features of your home and you don’t want them falling in love with your snow globes…those clearly are not for sale.
  2. Give your kitchen sink a good scrub. A clean sink helps the whole kitchen shine.
  3. Keep small kitchen accessories (coffee maker, Panini press, etc.) in the pantry or in cabinets. Show off the great counter space!
  4. Take time once a week to wipe down the kitchen appliances, the inside of the microwave and surfaces.
  5. In the bathrooms, purchase a couple of baskets for easy storage of hair dryers, tools, make-up and accessories. Again, show off the great counter space and be sure everything is stored under the sink or in a linen closet.
  6. Make all beds and fluff all pillows.
  7. In the living spaces, toss toys, books, magazines and remote controls into baskets for easy organizing.
  8. Regularly vacuum floors, so that you are not caught off guard with a last minute showing request while a week’s worth of dust bunnies set up shop in the corner.
  9. Turn on table lamps and floor lamps…overhead lighting is great, but accessory lighting adds warmth to a space (even during the day).
  10. Be sure all toilets are flushed and the seats are down. Disgusting? Yes. Often forgotten? Yes.

If you are considering selling your home, Allison and Kelly would love the opportunity to chat with you about additional tasks that help put your home at its highest potential. We would love to hear from you, so give us a ring or shoot us a message!

 

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by Kelly Todd on March 2, 2011  |   No Comments »

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Show Us How You Live, Scott and Jessica

Posted by Kelly Todd on February 25, 2011  |   No Comments »

 

Just over a year ago, Scott and Jessica sold their first family house and bought their second house together. Fast forward to today, they have a fantastic home in Washington Township with plenty of space for their one and a half year old daughter to grow and more than enough space to entertain their family and friends.

When we heard that they finished an incredible patio renovation, we were immediately excited about the prospect of being invited over to enjoy the hardscape fire pit. Since the outdoor entertaining will have to wait, let’s check out how Scott and Jessica live.

 

 

How long have you lived in your home?

One Year.

Who lives in your house with you (including pets, imaginary friends, etc.)?

My wife, Jessica; our daughter, Emory and our cat, Chloe.

What made you buy this house?

Location, space, floor plan, condition, price.

What is your favorite thing about your home?

Our family and friends whose presence makes this a home.

What room is used the most?

The kitchen.

What room is used the least?

The guest bedrooms.

What room is your favorite and why?

The living room, because of the light, comfort, location and size.

Also a favorite...the beautiful master bathroom.

If you could change one thing about your home, what would it be?

Adding an office upstairs.

Do you have a junk drawer? If so, what is the most random thing in the junk drawer? If not, how do you stay so organized?

Yes. The most random thing in the junk drawer is a smoke detector cover for painting purposes.

Do you ask that people remove their shoes before coming into your home?

Only on slushy days.

What is your best memory at your home?

Our first Christmas in our new home.

Where do you eat most meals?

At the kitchen table.

What is one thing that you always have in your refrigerator?

Sippy cups.

When you have visitors, where does everyone naturally congregate?

The kitchen.

If your house had a name, what would it be?

Long Lake Manor or The Crib…whatever sticks!

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by Kelly Todd on February 23, 2011  |   No Comments »

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Playtime.

Posted by Kelly Todd on February 17, 2011  |   No Comments »

Has anyone else been suffering from a major case of Spring Fever over the past few days? This warmer weather has certainly inspired us to take a few extra minutes outside…and we may or may not have been driving around town with the sunroof open. Spring is in the air and we can’t wait for consistently sunny days…after all, showing houses in sunshine is way more fun than showing houses in the ice and snow.

In honor of the 60 degree weather, here is a brief list of Allison and Kelly’s favorite things to do in Indianapolis during the Spring:

• Walk, jog or cycle on the Monon…a great place to run into friends and work off those winter blues.

• Visit the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, which opens in May.

• Enjoy an afternoon on the farm at Trader’s Point Creamery in Zionsville.

• Break out the flip flops (but only with a proper pedicure) and stroll around Carmel’s Arts and Design District.

• Al fresco dining…if there’s a restaurant with a patio, we’re there.

What are your favorite things to do in Indianapolis once Spring weather arrives?

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by Kelly Todd on February 16, 2011  |   No Comments »

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Show Us How You Live, Jess and Graham

Posted by Kelly Todd on February 11, 2011  |   5 Comments »

About a year ago, Jess and Graham contacted us to talk about buying a home in the Meridian Kessler area. We visited big homes; we visited small homes. We visited homes with hideous paint jobs; we visited homes with amazing kitchens…until we found “the one.” This perfect little Meridian Kessler property was “it” from the first step inside the front door.

As with any older house, there were a few things that needed to be spruced up…but with Jess’ fantastic style and Graham’s ambition, they have turned an amazing 1940’s cape cod style home into the perfect newlywed nest. KTG is not known for being shy, so we went ahead and invited ourselves over to give our readers an inside look at how Jess and Graham live.

How long have you lived in your home?

We’ve lived in our home for about 8 months now.

Who lives in your house with you (including pets, imaginary friends, etc.)?

Our cat, Louise, who we spoil more than we would like to admit!  She’s a stray that we took in about 3 years ago, and she may just be the coolest cat in Indiana.

Jess, Graham and Louise.

What made you buy this house?

We absolutely loved the area. All of the houses have such charm and character. Our house, in particular, had been redone, so it was nice to know that we wouldn’t have to make too many updates.

What is your favorite thing about your home?

We’re going to have to play the “character” card again! We love the arched walkways, the hardwood floors, the built-in shelves, and the brick façade. These qualities immediately made this house feel like a “home” to us.

What room is used the most?

We probably spend most of our time in the kitchen, actually! First of all, it’s our favorite room – we love the bright turquoise walls, the breakfast bar, and the open layout.  Secondly, we are newlyweds who are really enjoying the process of learning how to cook and trying new recipes!

What room is used the least?

Our basement, I guess. We use it for storage but it’s unfinished, so we don’t spend a lot of time down there. Nevertheless, we definitely appreciate that space because we were living in a condo prior to moving into this house, and had minimal storage space.

What room is your favorite and why?

I guess we kind of already answered this one. We love the kitchen – good food, good company, and a great layout!

If you could change one thing about your home, what would it be?

I think we’d like to add another bedroom! It’s only a two bedroom house, which is perfect for us at the moment, but we’d love to have the option to stay here once we start a family.

Do you have a junk drawer? If so, what is the most random thing in the junk drawer? If not, how do you stay so organized?

Our whole desk is full of junk drawers! The most random thing in our desk is probably my husband’s harry potter notebook! He got it as a gag gift and I think it’s been sitting in our drawer ever since.

Do you ask that people remove their shoes before coming into your home?

Definitely not. We have a shoe-on or off policy in our home! As a shoe lover myself, I would never want to ask someone else to take theirs off. It’s also nice that we don’t have any carpet in our house. It’s entirely hardwood flooring, so it’s not incredibly hard to clean up.

What is your best memory at your home?

Re-doing our patio in the backyard. When we moved in, it was definitely the area that needed the most love and care, but we aren’t exactly landscaping experts. We spent a lot of time researching, shopping for materials, and laboring in the backyard, but it certainly paid off! Upon completion, we had a house-warming party where we congregated on the patio most of the evening. We really are proud of that project!

Pre-makeover patio.

Post-makeover party patio.

Where do you eat most meals?

At our breakfast bar.

What is one thing that you always have in your refrigerator?

Milk – we’re both obsessed with cereal and eat it at breakfast and as a snack.

When you have visitors, where does everyone naturally congregate?

The living room – we just bought new couches and like to use them as much as we can!

If your house had a name, what would it be?

“The Cape”. One of the things we love about this house is that it is a cape-cod style home.

Show Us How You Live

Posted by Kelly Todd on February 10, 2011  |   No Comments »

We have some of the coolest clients in the city of Indianapolis. They just so happen to live in some of the coolest neighborhoods, have cool ideas and effortlessly cool homes.  Because we want everyone to know just how cool living in Indianapolis is (literally and figuratively, due to today’s weather), be on the lookout for a new bi-weekly KTG blog feature that showcases how some of our favorite people live.

Our first feature will be posted tomorrow and includes an inside look into the lives of two DePauw newlyweds living in Meridian Kessler. Stay tuned!

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by Kelly Todd on February 9, 2011  |   1 Comment »

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