Choosing the right agent:
Getting your property sold for the most money possible is a huge job that could affect you for years to come. With that in mind, choosing a realtor because they are a friend-of-a-friend could be a very bad idea. It is also a mistake to hire an agent just because he/she promises to sell your home for more money than other agents—it’s a common strategy for some agents to overinflate the projected selling price just to get your listing. That leaves your house on the market for longer than it should have been and you end up dropping the price to what it should have been form the beginning.
It is best to choose an agents who consistently monitors the MLS, knows what properties are going to be listed, and that have a good working knowledge of the comps in the area. A tech savvy agent has many tools to get your property sold!
Don’t over upgrade:
Quick fixes before selling always payoff. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar—get a fresh coat of paint on the walls, replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on the tracks, clean the grout out of tiles and fix any leaky faucets.
Take the home out of your house:
One of the most important things to do is de-personalize it. The more personal stuff is in your house, the less the potential buyer will be able to imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff—put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia, collections, and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager, or learning some staging tricks on your own for proper placement of furniture to optimize the appeal of the room/house.
The first impression is the only impression:
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they ever walk in the door. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome, and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s interior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100% return on your money you put into curb appeal. Entry ways are important—a small bench, a vase of fresh cut flowers, or even cookies can go a long way!
Price to sell!
It would be nice if you could price your home based on what you will need to buy your next home, pay your moving expenses, and maybe even have a little leftover, but it doesn’t always work out that way. You can control the asking price, but you cannot control the selling price—the market does. And if you price too high, it will cost you more in the long run. Overpriced homes sit on the market and tend to end up selling for less than the homes that were priced at market value from the beginning.
The Inland Empire is home to some of the best activities, shopping, and restaurant experiences in the Southern California area. The Inland Empire covers a wide range of cities located across the mountains and valley. Here you can find a variety of activities and entertainment found nowhere else but the IE. Check out these lists for the best and most popular locations from each category.
Inland Empire Activities
The Inland Empire rings true to the California spirit and has a large variety of indoor and outdoor activities. For great Inland Empire activities, you can find beautiful nature hiking trails, the most decadent wine tasting tours, and comedic entertainment. Each neighborhood has its own unique set of activities, here are the top five best-rated activities found in the IE:
Ice House Canyon Trail
Ontario Mills Improv
Upland Lemon Festival
Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards
Pines Modern Steakhouse & Nightclub
Inland Empire Restaurants
The area is home to a variety of marvelous restaurants. The Inland Empire restaurants list features a wonderful mix cultures. Visit these restaurants if you want to take a trip around the world guided by cuisine. You will find cuisine ranging from Japanese, Irish, Indian, English, and even Egyptian. There is something for everyone to try out in the IE and each restaurant provides a unique experience. Here are the top five restaurants in the IE:
Samurai Fish & Grill in Hemet
Mission Inn Restaurant
Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar
Market Broiler in Riverside
Chicago Pasta House
Inland Empire Shopping
The shopping experience in the IE is unique, high quality, and aesthetically stunning. Many malls and shopping centers have been remodeled for bigger and better shopping. Inland Empire shopping and businesses take their customer service seriously and have been rated the highest quality in Southern California. You can find a variety of shops, businesses, and services ranging from children's toys, antiques, spa products, tattoos, and even high-end clothing. There is an endless list of great businesses and services found in the IE, and here is a list of the top five shopping experiences available in the IE:
Ontario Mills Outlet Mall
Kelly’s Spa at The Mission Inn
Granny’s Attic in Temecula
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