Give Each Room a Purpose When Selling Your Home

When selling your home, most buyers are interested in being able to move right in, changing out the current homeowners decor for their own.  In order to help give your home an edge over the competition, make sure each and every room has a clearly defined purpose, along with an attention to detail that won’t go unnoticed.  Because open floor plans have become a trend found in many homes built in the last five to eight years, it can sometimes be difficult to determine how to create an individualized purpose and flow from space to space.

Start With the Ceiling
Decorative ceiling details are a minimal expense that can dramatically change the look and feel of a space.  Ceiling tiles, planks, or even a faux treatment with paint textures and stencils will add interest and definition, while in some cases actually causing the space to appear larger.  A homeowner can add intimacy to a room by installing a coffered ceiling and using a contrasting paint color will help your great idea really stand out!

Flooring Can Define a Space
It can be quite easy to define certain spaces, like a social area from a dining area with the use of the initial flooring, then adding area rugs.  In many new homes, builders have used hardwood angled in different directions to denote different living spaces.  Inlaid borders and designs in the wood will also help to separate an open floor plan.  Combined with the placement of your furniture, area rugs will help to anchor a space by clearly defining it.

Focus on Lighting
How you add lighting to a room can greatly help, or hurt, the way a home will show to potential buyers.  For example, the third bedroom may be set up to show as a home office, but without the proper lighting, the function is less important.  While creating a flow from space to space, keep these tips in mind: Subdued lighting creates an intimate reading area, while bright lights can highlight a hub of activity at the kitchen island.  Dimmer switches can be a perfect addition to your lighting efforts, as they allow you to guide people to one area and away from another.

Create Spaces Within Spaces
Room dividers, pocket doors, and decorative screens are simple and low-cost ways to create spaces within spaces.  A modern take on a simple room divider are contemporary panels that can be hung anywhere in the home by a simple cable system.  Another way to separate a space from the open feeling of “what would I do with this space” is to add open shelving.  These are great because you are not actually closing off an area, or making it smaller, you are simply adding a defined purpose to a certain area.  Multidimensional wall decor items are also a great way to draw attention to a certain area, while adding a focal point to the room.

Paying attention to even the smallest of details will help give you a leg up on the competition.  Making sure each space in your home has a clear purpose and function will help your home appeal the largest number of potential buyers, as they will be able to picture their own belongings in place of your own, making the transition that much easier for the new homeowners.


Home Seller Tip: Preparing to List Your Savannah Home For Sale

Living in Savannah is appealing to people partly due to its overall charm, atmosphere, and southern lifestyle.  Today’s real estate market presents some very unique opportunities for the many newly qualified buyers out there, with interest rates near record lows and affordability near record highs.  As an agent who has helped hundreds of families make their dreams of homeownership come true in Savannah, I would like to provide home sellers with these tips – things you will want to take into consideration before you list your home for sale.

Curb Appeal is the First Impression
Potential buyers will make their very first decision about your home as soon as they drive up in front of it.  This is your opportunity to grab their attention and portray a nicely landscaped, well-maintained exterior, which will naturally invite them to come inside.  If your home could use a fresh coat of paint, now is the time.  Other ideas you may consider are updating the color of the front door, replacing the mailbox, or adding flowers to the porch.  It will only help you as the home seller to go the extra mile to make that first impression a good one.

Check for and Make Repairs
The last thing you want to happen is for a cabinet door to fall off during a showing.  It is really important to check all around the home for anything that may need some TLC or repairs.  I’m not saying have the roof replaced because a shingle blew off, but things like leaky faucets, burnt out light bulbs, and loose cabinet doors should be in top working condition.  If the home is remembered as well maintained, potential buyers will feel more at ease when it comes time to make an offer.

Prepare Your Home for Showings
Once you’ve given the exterior of your home the touch of charm it needed, you’ll want to move inside and get your home ready for potential buyers to envision them living their lives here.  Each room should be cleaned top to bottom, including the windows and the baseboards!  Remove any furniture that is crowding the room, and make sure each room has its own function.  For example, a three bedroom home will appeal to the largest number of buyers if all three rooms are shown as bedrooms, as opposed to one being a room for storage.  Once you’ve gone through your home and packed up some things to present it in its best possible light, you’ll be on your way to attracting an offer.

If you are getting ready to put your home up for sale and would like more information about where to start, please contact me, as I’m here to help!

What other tips do you have for Savannah home sellers?

Contact Helen Miltiades for any and all of your Savannah, Ga Real Estate or vacation needs and questions.  You can also connect with me on my Facebook Page for events and happenings in the Savannah area, as well as home ownership tips, real estate market updates, and so much more!

Blogging About All Things Savannah, Ga

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3 Top Golf Courses Near Savannah, Ga

Whether you are one of the many happy residents of Savannah, Ga or one of the many who make it their annual vacation spot, part of the sought after lifestyle includes golfing at any of the premier courses that were designed specifically with golfers needs in mind.  If your desire is to relax in golfing luxury while improving your game and maybe making some new friends, you won’t be disappointed with any of these courses.

Sterling Links Golf Course

Nestled in the heart of historic Richmond Hill, just 22 miles from Savannah, Sterling Links was designed to be the premier golf course on Georgia’s golden coast.  Created to entertain and challenge both experts and novices’ alike, the course offers breathtaking views and rolling fairways.  Sterling Links provides a unique way to get to know some new golfers with their weekly Blitzes, as well as competitive pricing and frequent tee times.

Ford Plantation Golf Course

The Ford Plantation has devoted 250 of their 1800 acres to golfing, and is known as one of America’s finest private golf clubs.  Featuring a premier Pete Dye-designed championship course with two distinct nine-hole challenges, Mr. Dye calls his Ford course “arguably my finest southern design.”

One of the unique features of the Ford Plantation Golf Course is that you don’t have to schedule a tee time, you have the opportunity to golf whenever you wish!


This semi-private, 18 hole golf course is located along the winding Jerico River where you can enjoy the quite serene atmosphere and marshes of coastal Georgia.  Complete with numerous amenities to enhance your golf experience, a fully equipped grill and bar, and a card room, Waterford Landing is a must see golfers paradise.

Each of these places to golf near Savannah provides golfers with the finest of amenities, a fun and relaxing environment, and views that will take your breath away.


Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Savannah, Ga

The holidays are a great time of year to plan a trip to Savannah, GA.  If you already live here, then you know that Savannah has several tours specifically themed for the holiday season and family events to enhance your holiday cheer.  You can start off your Christmas holiday on December 3rd by enjoying a fabulous fireworks display and Christmas Parade.

Being one of the largest fireworks displays, it will take place in nearby Richmond Hill at the Ft. McAllister Marina.  The boat parade begins at the state park pier and ends at the last house on the point.  Live music, food and beverages will be available for your enjoyment.  The Christmas Parade begins at 10:00am and is free to all who want to attend.  The parade will start at Richmond Hill Primary and Carver Elementary School and end in J.F. Gregory Park, a 335-acre recreation facility.

In Savannah, GA, there are several additional activities to keep you busy during the holiday season.  Luckily for Georgians, the weather this time of year is comfortable, so being able to enjoy cruises is something to take advantage of if you are visiting.  There is one-hour scenic Santa Cruise available on one of the newly remodeled riverboats.  This narrated cruise will provide cruise-goers with a comprehensive holiday-themed history of Savannah.  Cruises are available for reservations on Friday and Saturday through mid-December.

For a true southern Christmas experience, there’s also a two hour Christmas Gospel Dinner Cruise with a southern-style buffet and live Gospel music.  Fun for the whole family can be found on multiple days throughout December by turning out for the Christmas Tradition Show featuring performances of Christmas standards, comedy and audience participation for a lively show bringing out the best in your Christmas spirit.

To check out the city itself, a two day tour is available which includes a trolley tour, lunch and dinner, and tour of historic homes in Savannah.  It’s a great way to sample southern food while surrounded by cultural touchstones in the city.

The historic district of Savannah becomes filled with activities around the Christmas holiday.  The gentle southern charm, cool weather and incredible flavors are just some of the reasons for you and your family to take advantage of all this area has to offer.