Preparing Your House for The Holidays And The Market

Preparing for friend and family holiday gatherings is a lot of work.  Most of us host one or more events at our homes in November or December.  What you do now to prepare for the upcoming holidays can actually help set you up for success if you need to sell your home in early 2015!

Here are a few suggestions to help you maximize your efforts:

Declutter!  Schedule a few hours to clean out closets and donate clothes that you have not worn in the last year.  Clean out and organize your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  Less is more!  It’s liberating to have less!  Buyers love an organized home that is free of clutter!

Clean!  Make your home sparkle!  Living in a home is different that showing a home.  Wipe down your kitchen cabinets.  Wash your windows.  Dust the woodwork.  Look at your home as if you were a buyer.  If you don’t have time to clean, hire someone.  It’s worth it!  Buyers want a move in ready, clean home!

Depersonalize!  We all have too many things sitting out.  Pack up your knick knacks, photo frames and DVDs.  Buyers need to visualize themselves and not you and your family in the home!  Start the packing process now! You’ll be glad you did when it is moving week!

Decluttering, cleaning and depersonalizing will get you ready for the holidays AND a successful home sale in 2015!

Call me for more expert advice to help you sell your home fast!

Jennifer McLean

317-518-2626


Posted on November 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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Curb Appeal Contest – First Impressions Matter

It’s time to do a quick check up on the curb appeal of your home!

First impressions matter.  Here are some easy ways to instantly improve your curb appeal:

  • Buy a new door mat
  • Update your front door hardware
  • Update your lighting fixtures
  • Paint your front door
  • Trim your bushes
  • Set out planters with flowers or mums
  • Hang an American flag
  • Sweep your sidewalk and driveway
  • Keep your lawn mowed and free of weeds
  • Replace your old mailbox
  • Purchase new house numbers

Email me a before and after picture of your one day curb appeal check up results at jmclean@c21scheetz.com by August 31st.

Winner will receive a $25 gift card to Lowes!


Posted on August 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm
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Carmel Home Sales – June 2014 Market Update

I am happy to report that the home sales in Carmel, IN show an overall positive momentum. Listings in June 2014 were up 2% vs. June 2013 and up 11% vs. May 2014.  The median list price in June was $339.9k.  The average days on the market decreased by 18% – signaling a positive trend.

To learn more watch the June Carmel Market Update on my website:

http://associates.10974791.eco.century21.com/conte…

CALL ME TODAY at 317-518-2626 if you are thinking of buying or selling (or know someone who is) and I can help you get started.

My best,

Jennifer McLean


Posted on July 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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The Village of West Clay Ice Cream Social

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 13, 2014 as The Village of West Clay will be hosting their Ice Cream Social including the annual VOWC Croquet Tournament!

Thinking of moving to The Village of West Clay?

Call Jennifer McLean, Your Village of West Clay Family Real Estate Advisor at 317-518-2626!

Village of West Clay Calendar


Posted on June 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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Got Movers?

Are you planning a move this summer?  Whether you are moving in town or coast to coast, start organizing your move now.  Now through Labor Day is moving season and there are a few actions you can take now to make your move as smooth as possible.

First, take a look online at some moving resources – BBB.org, ProtectYourMove.gov, and AngiesList.com.

Second, interview movers.  Do a thorough check on moving companies and if you decide to move it yourself, be sure you and your crew are physically up to the challenge.  If you hire a mover, schedule the move in advance and remember, you can always negotiate moving quotes.

Third, take a look at how much stuff you need to move…now is the perfect time to have a yard sale, donate unwanted items or give away possessions if you are not going to use them in your new home and you’ll pay the movers less if they move less.

Last, remember to arrange for friends or relatives to help you begin the packing process and also assist you on moving day.

Check out this moving checklist from Real Simple:

Real Simple Moving Checklist

Here’s to a low stress move to your new home!

Call Jennifer McLean if you need to sell your home FAST!  317-518-2626


Posted on June 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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How can I make my home “Green”?

Learn about how Green Homes (new or remodeled) can save you money and save the planet.   Whether you are building or remodeling, some of the most popular ways to make your home green are to install Low-E and Argon gas windows, programmable thermostats and ENERGY STAR appliances. Ceiling fans and high performance insulation are additional options to consider in order to reduce costs and increase energy efficiency.

Green Building For Homeowners


Posted on June 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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Carmel Farmer’s Market

Don’t miss this amazing Farmer’s Market in Carmel, Indiana every Saturday!  I’m going to buy fresh, local produce for our dinner on Saturday!  Join me!

Carmel Farmer’s Market


Posted on June 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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Clay Terrace Summer Concert – Living Proof

Living Proof

You won’t want to miss Living Proof at Clay Terrace Thursday, June 19th at 7pm – Clay Terrace Summer Concert Series sponsored by Century 21 Scheetz!


Posted on June 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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Carmel, Indiana – April 2014 Market Update

Did you know that in April, the number of active listings in Carmel, Indiana was up 2% year over year and up 15% from March?  The median listing price was just under $430,000 and the median sale price was $290,000.


Posted on May 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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Now is the time to sell!

Did you know that Indianapolis metro home inventory is at a 10 year low, while prices are at a 10 year high!  If you are thinking about selling your home, now is the time to sell!


Posted on April 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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