What To Do When You Sell

Are you retiring and looking for a smaller, more efficient home? Expanding your family and need more room? Or are you just looking for a new location? No matter the reason, moving not only requires looking for new homes but fixing up your current home so you’re ready to sell. Whether you’re moving in the next few months or next few years, these home tips will help you be more prepared to sell when the time comes.

– Landscape: When selling your home, you not only want to have the exterior and interior to look its best, but you want it to be aesthetically pleasing when potential buyers first lay eyes on it. First impressions are very important and if your home and lawn look beautiful buyers are more likely to remember it and keep it as a top choice. So, plant some new flowers, make sure the lawn is cut and maintained on a regular basis and walkways are cleared and in great condition.

– Clean and organize: To make your home more appealing, make sure everything is cleaned and put away before potential buyers arrive. Take a few extra minutes to make sure the kitchen, bathrooms and carpets look clean and inviting. Even the little things should be organized like cabinets, closets and drawers. Also, be sure the gutters and exteriors are clean as well, a power wash might be in order too. When a potential buyer see’s the outside is clean and well kept, they assume the whole house is in the same condition.

– Repair: Potential buyers are looking closely at walls, roofs and siding to make sure everything is in tact. A cracked window or leaky roof should be taken care of before putting your house on the market. Not only will sharp potential buyers be looking at your home, but handy workers and insurance professionals are walking through the home as well, double-checking the house is in great condition. While repairing leaks and cracks, try putting a fresh coat of pain on the exterior and even some old interior rooms, to spice up the deal.

– Stay Neutral: When selling your home, it’s best to keep colors neutral. Not everyone likes hot pink homes or neon green shutters. Not only should the outside look kept and neutral interior rooms should stay neutral as well. Maybe that big Barbie portrait in your daughters room needs to be painted over, or a new coat of paint is needed over your sons drastic black room. Stay in the soft color arena when fixing up your home, anything too bright or too dark can turn off a potential buyer.

These tips are the first step to selling your home. Be sure to research what potential buyers are looking for in your area, what the selling points would be in your home and how to make them stand out. If you’re selling or buying in Center County, PA be sure to contact Susan Rupert for over 18 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry. Good luck on your move!


Things To Do In State College Pennsylvania – March 2014

Things To Do In State College Pennsylvania – March 2014 –There is a plethora of things going on in State College, Pennsylvania, this month. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night out or a fun event for the whole family, you will find it in the area. Here are five events going on near you this month.


The French Connection

When: March 2

Admission: $4 – $12

Make your way out to Eisenhower Auditorium as Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, Glee Club, and Oriana Singers perform Gloria.


Sesame Street Live

When: March 11

Admission: $17 – $57

Bring the kids out to Bryce Jordan Theatre for the fun filled and thrilling event of Sesame Street Live.


The Original Harlem Globetrotters – 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour

When: March 5, 7:00 pm

Admission: Varies

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will be at the Bryce Jordan Center so get your tickets to join the fun.


Moscow Festival Ballet Swan Lake

When: March 20

Admission: $15 – $38

Make your way out to the Eisenhower Auditorium for a perfect date night consisting of the world-famous Moscow Festival Ballet Swan Lake.


“Canvas Unconscious” Exhibit, New Paintings by Art Margaux

When: All month long

Admission: Free

Make your way out to Commonplace to witness the images of nature, life and love on raw, un-stretched canvas, without borders or limitations.

5 Apps To Help You Choose The Perfect Paint Color

5 Apps To Help You Choose The Perfect Paint Color – Yes, there is an app for pretty much anything these days. There are apps that can help you choose the perfect paint color! Can you believe it? Here are just a few to check out…

Glidden on the Go: This free app is available for iphone and ipad

  • Browse the Glidden paint library
  • Expert design color themes
  • Select a color in a photograph and find the closet Glidden color
  • Every Glidden color will recommend two coordinating colors
  • A series of questions will help you decide the type of paint to choose as well as how much paint to purchase.

Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Studio: This free app is available for iphone, ipad and ipod touch.

  • Take color inspiration from your own photo and chose matching colors
  • Search for specific colors or browse the paint library
  • Create a custom palette
  • Use the color adjuster to find the perfect lightness, saturation and hue
  • Find a Sherwin-Williams store

Valspar Connect: This is a free app available for iphone, ipad and ipod touch.

  • Connect to a trained Valspar Color Consultant—FREE
  • Connect by live video by selecting an appointment time and connect by the camera on your iphone or ipad
  • Live Audio and Photo: a consultant will provide consultation via audio after submitting a room photo
  • Submit a photo and a consultant will give advice via email within 3 days
  • Able to explore color, watch how-to videos, paint calculator and locate a Valspar retailer

Paint Tester: This is a free app available iphone, ipad and ipod touch.

  • Take a picture of your room and then use the paint bucket to apply colors you want to paint the room.
  • Try out accent walls

Wall Painter: This app is $0.99 and available for iphone and ipad.

  • Single touch to paint walls
  • Use pictures to find color inspiration
  • Post images to Facebook