Patricia Finn | St. Petersburg Real Estate, Clearwater Real Estate, Dunedin Real Estate


More often than not, you are interested in selling your home as quickly as possible. However, it will take some work on your part to make that possible. Let’s take a look at what it takes to get your home sold— and sold quickly. Small Updates: Small updates will go a long way when selling your home. It’s easy to make a semi-outdated home look much more up-to-date with small updates. Changing out hardware and lighting in a bathroom, removing wallpaper and updating paint, updating lighting in bedrooms and hallways, and painting kitchen cabinets are all ways of increasing the likelihood of your home selling quicker than if you left them in an outdated state. Clean & Organize: It is very important to clean and organize your home before open houses and photos are taken. A clean home gives the buyers an opportunity to see the home for what it is, and not all of your stuff and clutter. It will give them the opportunity to visualize themselves in the home and how they would set up each room. Clutter makes it difficult to do this as it makes rooms look smaller and covers up the true potential. Remove Personality: It’s best to remove your personality from your home when selling. Things like pictures and picture frames, your children’s drawings on the refrigerator, the obsessive amount of purple in your bedroom, and so on. Removing your personality and creating a neutral home will better allow homebuyers to visualize themselves living there and making it their own. Social Media: Utilizing social media is the best way to get the word out about your home being on the market. Realtors and agents are already using it, but you should also be taking advantage of it. Sharing or creating posts of your online listing and asking your friends to share will only benefit you. The more eyes on your home the more likely that you will sell— and quickly. Photos & Video: Since online research is often the first step one takes in the home buying process, the photos and video of your home will be the first impression that a buyer has. And you want to make that the best first impression possible. Make sure to tidy your home (as mentioned above) when taking the photos. And also make sure to take the best photos possible, whether you do it yourself or hire someone to take them. Ensure that there is plenty of natural light and choose the angles that create the most appealing space. The photos you place online could make or break a homebuyer's interest and desire to see more. Taking the appropriate steps to make your home welcoming and stand out from its comparables will only help get it sold faster. It’s not just your realtor that has responsibility for selling your home. And with implementing the tips above, your house will be on its way to being sold in no time.


This listing recently sold for $272,000.

1125 60TH ST S, GULFPORT, FL 33707  

Residential
$272,000
Price
$272,000
Sale Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with Ceramic title throughout. Granite counter tops. Completely remodeled kitchen with breakfast bar. Gas stove. Nice open floor plan with bonus room that overlooks the backyard. Plenty of storage. Master Bedroom has walk-in closet. Huge privacy fence backyard with 14 x 8 covered porch. One car carport. There is always something to celebrate in Gulfport with Tuesday morning market and monthly Art Walk. Plenty of shopping and restaurants close by. A short drive to Gulfport's Waterfront District as well as Gulfport Marina and Clam Bayou Preserve. This will not last! Go see it today.


87 16TH ST S, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33705  

Residential
$299,999
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Unique Townhome! Great Location - Walking distance to Tropicana Field, Downtown District, Shops and Restaurants! Very spacious layout with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2 car garage. Open floor plan - kitchen has an island and stainless steel appliances. Walk-in closets - lots of storage. Living, Dining, Kitchen, Master Bedroom and full bath on 2nd level. 2nd Bedroom (open - also great space for office/bonus room) and full bath on ground level. Great Investment Property!


If you have watched any home search show or any home renovation show on television, you probably know that granite countertops are the hottest thing, right? Maybe, but there’s so many different kinds of materials that make for fantastic countertops. You need to choose the types of countertops that will fit your budget and your lifestyle. There’s a new countertop material that’s taking over.  


Quartz


Quartz refers to engineered stone. This is a manmade surface. This shouldn’t be confused with quartzite, which is the solid stone alternative to granite. Manufactured quartz is actually now the leading countertop material according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.


Granite Is Out Quartz Is In 


Quartz has many different advantages over granite. This material won’t let stains pass through and can stand strong when faced with acidic foods. Quartz also doesn't require the need to be sealed. As a bonus, quartz is more scratch and chip resistant than granite and many other popular countertop materials.  


Environmentally Friendly


Quartz is also considered a greener choice when it comes to choosing a countertop. This material doesn’t need to be mined or shipped long distances. Both marble and granite require these carbon intensive processes. Using quartz for your countertops is really good for the environment and your wallet at the same time. 


The Downside: Patterns Look Uniform


The downside to quartz is that the patterns look kind of uniform and bland. Quartz manufacturers have actually come up with a way to create patterns in the fabrication process. This is the end of boring quartz in the kitchen. 


The Newest themes in home design are all about functionality and low maintenance. Many kitchen showrooms are adjusting accordingly, using marble sparingly in their displays and featuring granite. Every aspect of home design from furniture to tile is now being made with low maintenance materials so that homeowners have it easier time keeping up with their homes. 


Other Materials For Countertops


  • Marble
  • Solid surface
  • Concrete
  • Butcher block
  • Other kinds of stone
  • Other woods
  • Stone
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass
  • Tile


As you can see there’s many choices out there as to what to have your countertops made of. There’s a good reason why Quartz has become the number one material for kitchens everywhere.


You could be tempted to choose a countertop based on looks alone, however there’s much more to consider. You’ll need to look at your habits and lifestyle, then consider what you want out of a material. Each type of countertop material provides different benefits to maintenance, durability and cost. If you have kids, for example, white marble may not be the most economical choice for you. You’ll be pretty upset the first time some peanut butter is spilled on the countertop or some finger paints end up there. Knowing how you live will help you to make a countertop choice that you won’t regret.


87 16TH ST S, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33705  

Rental
$2,100
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Great Townhome! Great Location! Wonderful open floor plan in living/kitchen areas. Lots of cabinets and pantry in the kitchen..... Refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, range. Home has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Master bedroom and full bath located on 2nd level. Extra bedroom (open) and full bath on the 1st level. Great for a bonus room or office. Attached 2 car garage. Washer and Dryer. Walk-in closets, more storage under the stairs. 2 pets allowed - Owner must approve! No amenities - no utilities included. Located across from Tropicana Field - great location for all the restaurants, shops, museums - everything that downtown St. Petersburg has to offer. All measurements are approximate.




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