UNDER CONTRACT: 146 Kennedy St, Marion

Freshly updated home in the convenient comfortable town of Marion! Lots of attention to detail! Look at the pictures of the custom kitchen! Large 2 car garage and separate laundry room. New pecs plumbing and new wiring; fully insulated; 12 mil Laminate flooring; mature trees provide partially shaded back yard. You don't want to miss this one... $169,900

  • Very close to the brand new Marion Elementary School & Interstate 81
  • Mature Trees
  • All new Electric & Plumbing
  • Fully Insulated
  • Large Master bedroom
  • Custom Closets

2 W 2nd St, Newburg, PA

Comfortable four bedroom Cape Code in the borough of Newburg with tons of curb appeal! Home was renovated in 2006 including roof, windows and dual-zone heat pumps. Propane stove in living room. Large bathrooms and master suite on first floor! You're going to want to see this one! Affordable home with all the amenities. Separate laundry leads to large deck for great outside entertainment!  $169,900

  • 4 Bedroom
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 1968 sqft

2327 Heidi Circle, Chambersburg

Live in luxury! Custom newly built home with stunning views! You can't help but notice the attention to detail and design... Custom cabinetry in kitchen with beautiful farm sink. Large windows let in plenty of morning light. Hardwood flooring throughout. Large master bedroom with walk in closet and amazing bath. Open basement with 11ft ceilings walks out to private concrete patio. Dual heat pumps.  $409,900

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Quality in every room
  • 11 foot basement ceilings
  • 2600 sqft

SOLD! 163 Farm Ln, Chambersburg, PA

This is what a well maintained home looks like! Buyers can have confidence in the quality of the upgrades! Windows, roof and gas boiler have been replaced within the last 10 years; kitchen remodeled within last 3 years; bedroom carpet and exterior siding replaced in last 2 years! Convenient location with huge fenced in backyard. Walk to Guilford Simming Pool. Heated garage and lots of storage!

SOLD! 13602 Karper Road, Mercersburg PA

All brick Rancher with country charm. If you're looking for a move in ready starter home away from it all, look no further! Remodeled 2014, basement finished in 2016! Close to an acre lot, partially wooded. Mechanics Garage: Morton building with oil changing pit! JB School District.

  • 3 Bedroom
  • Newly finished basement
  • Morton 4 Car Garage with Oil Changing pit
  • Almost 1 acre lot
  • Partially wooded

UNDER CONTRACT! 3888 Lisbon Drive, Chambersburg

All brick raised ranch with beautiful country views from the back deck. New roof within 5 yrs; new high efficiency windows last year; 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, wood fireplace insert. Located in Chambersburg but the school district is Tuscarora.  $169,900

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bath
  • 1900 Square Feet
  • All brick, New Roof, New Windows
  • Tuscarora school district

8124 Cromwell Church Rd, Hustontown

The quality offered with this custom built home on 20 acres is second to none! Watch the sun set over the mountains from your dining room window or sun porch!  PA natural granite stone exterior walls. Brazilian Cherry Hardwood floors with hydronic radiant floor heat. Wood burning fireplaces with LP gas inserts. 22x13 Master Bath with soaking tub and custom shower! Wool carpet; Corian countertops.  Large Three car garage with additional work space. 65x40 renovated Bank Barn. Call for your personal tour of this unbelievable property. See Virtual Walkthrough Tour.  $837,000

  • 3675 Square Feet
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sunroom
  • Mature landscaping
  • Custom Ethan Allen Curtains
  • 2 Mason Fireplaces with LP Gas Inserts
  • 10 Minutes from the turnpike
  • 65x40 restored Bank barn from the 19th Century

SOLD! 210 Minnich Road, Chambersburg

Very comfortable townhome with fantastic outdoor living spaces! Recessed Lighting; Ceiling Fans; Open Kitchen & Dining Area; Plentiful Cabinetry; Covered Patio; Walk-in Closets in All Bedrooms; Built-in Closet Organizers; Private Master BA; Upper Level Laundry; Family Room in the Lower Level; Lots of Storage Space; Shelving; Andersen Windows; Large Common Area on Conococheague! $149,900

  • 3 Bedroom
  • 2.5 bath
  • Over 2000 sqft living space
  • Backyard dream

SOLD! 303 S Sixth Street, Chambersburg PA

Stately colonial in the borough of Chambersburg! This home has it all! Plenty of space! Completely restored and ready for a new owner! New roof, heating and AC, and much more! Plenty of room for outdoor entertainment on the covered rear porch and deck. Fenced in yard. Owner is PA Licensed Real Estate Agent. $208,500

  • 4 Bedroom
  • 2.5 Bathroom
  • New Metal Roof & Heat/Cool System
  • 2550 sqft

UNDER CONTRACT: 2336 Heidi Circle, Chambersburg PA

Your dream home has arrived! Exquisite one story ranch home on a hill with a view. New construction, built with quality and style in mind! Come see this beautiful one-of-a-kind master bath and kitchen! Open floor plan and conveniently located covered porch and patio allow for easy entertaining. 9ft ceilings and strategically placed windows provide lots of light. Separate laundry room and utility/mud room!  Priced at $282,000

Favorite Features:

  • 3 Bedroom
  • 2 Full Bath, 1 Half Bath
  • Open Floor plan
  • Custom Cabinets
  • Professionally landscaped

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SOLD! 1101 Progress Road, Chambersburg PA

Comfortable freshly upgraded townhome in Mill Creek Acres! End unit with lots of light! Affordable borough utilities. Brand new flooring and more! Fantastic outdoor entertainment area with fire pit and new landscaping.  This motivated seller is ready to make a deal!  Price: $135,900

Favorite Features:

  • Modern updates
  • Affordable Borough utilites!
  • Fantastic outdoor entertainment area
  • Conveniently located

SOLD! 414 Scott Drive, Shippensburg PA

Fantastic and well cared for colonial in the borough of Shippensburg! First floor recently updated. Don't miss this one! Hardwood foyer entrance and plenty of space inside. Deck and wavered patio provide of room for outdoor entertainment. Efficient natural gas heat! Fantastic location in quiet Hollar Heights neighborhood; walking distance from schools!  Priced at $230,000

Favorite Features!

  • 4 Bedroom
  • 2.5 Bath
  • Partially Finished basement
  • Conveniently located quiet neighborhood in the borough! 

6052 Fairway Dr West, Fayetteville PA

They don't build them like this anymore!! All brick ranch home on fairway of Hole #10 on Penn National Golf Course! Updated and ready for a new owner! Custom built in 1970 by Glen Shively, and completely remodeled in 2016.

All hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, brand new extra large custom kitchen, separate laundry room and plenty of outdoor space for entertaining with a view! Must see!  Priced at $339,000

Favorite Features:

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Full Baths
  • Custom Kitchen Cabinets
  • Penn National Golf Course, Hole #10
  • This is a golfers dream come true!

3D Walk-through!

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SOLD! 353 Martina Drive, Chambersburg

Must See! Fantastic home close to everything in Chambersburg! Borough utilities! Spacious and roomy, with comfortable gas fireplace to ward off the chill as the months get colder. Hardwood flooring in dining room and new granite countertops. Plenty of room to expand into the finished basement!  Priced to move at $249,900!

Highlights:

 
  • Borough utilities
  • 4 Bedrooms & 2.5 Baths
  • Finished basement
  • Fully remodeled
  • Granite counters in kitchen
  • Professionally landscaped

3D Walk-through available!  

601 Highland Avenue, Chambersburg

UNDER CONTRACT

Beautiful brick cape cod conveniently located in the borough of Chambersburg! Close to schools and parks! Efficient triple pane windows and wood insert makes it easy to heat! Some new appliances, jetted tub, hardwood floors, security system. Large laundry room in basement with plenty of storage! Don't miss this one, motivated seller!

New Price:  $142,000

SOLD! 125 5th Avenue Chambersburg

Historic charm and warm atmosphere greets you in this spacious victorian house. You have to see in person to appreciate it's charm and all it has to offer! 4000 sqft of living space OR the option of a two bedroom in-law suite. Beautiful Hardwood floors, stain glass windows, antique light fixtures and built-in cabinets are just a few of the charming attributes of this conveniently located house.

KEY FACTS: Listed at $235,000, Built in 1892 with an addition built in 1980's. Elementary School is Andrew Buchanan.  This house has 7 BEDROOMS! Large finished basement room with endless potential!  Parking for 3 behind the house.  

How to Get Your House Ready to Sell

Looking for a new house can be a fun and exciting experience. Less fun and exciting is selling your existing home. It’s a series of show and tell, and while your realtor will take care of the telling part, it’s largely on you to make sure your home is going to show well to potential buyers. You want the people who come tromping through your open house to be duly impressed and enchanted, and for someone to make an offer as soon as possible.

For this reason, getting your house ready to sell is a lesson in perfectionism. Every detail needs to be just right. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, time, and possibly, money. But the effort and money you spend on getting your house ready for sale will come back to you. Even just overall cleanliness can be the difference between a quick sale at asking price or your home sitting on the market for weeks and weeks with no offers.

My wife and I recently sold our first home, and are moving to the ‘burbs in a couple weeks. Using the tips below, which I learned from our realtor and stager, helped our house sell during its first weekend on the market. Success! There were obviously other factors at play (location, decorating/paint colors, etc.), but there are some things that every homeowner can do to increase their odds of selling fast and for what you’re asking.

The Exterior

The exterior matters. A lot. The first impression makes a huge difference. You want your house to look great from the second a potential buyer pulls up to the curb.

Landscaping

How your landscaping looks goes a long way towards giving a good first impression. It’s going to be what people first see, after all. Keep the lawn mowed and manicured (and do your darndest to keep it green), remove all dead plants, get the trees trimmed if necessary, etc. If you have landscape lighting, be sure it all works and that bulbs are fresh.

In the winter, or early spring/late fall, this becomes easier because things are naturally dying. If everyone’s yard and landscaping looks brown, including yours, there’s just nothing you can do about it. Snow is even better because it covers everything up and makes it all look nice and purty.

Exterior Cleanliness

While the exterior of your home will obviously be a little dirty and grimey, do your best to clean it up. Get rid of bird’s nests, clean dirt clumps off the exterior, nail down any loose boards (if you have wood siding), ensure the gutters are free and clear of debris, and keep the walkways/patios freshly swept.

If it’s snowy season when your house is for sale, be sure that you shovel/snow blow any exterior concrete surface: driveway, patio, porch, sidewalk, etc. You don’t want a prospective buyer slipping and falling on the ice. That’ll seem like a bad omen.

The Entry   

Give your door a good scrub down, and possibly a fresh coat of paint. Replace the hardware if it’s beat up. Also get new mats for both outside and inside the door if yours are worn.

Windows

Here’s a pro tip: take the screens off all your windows. It makes them appear much cleaner from both outside and inside the house.

After you’ve done that, give the windows a good scrubbing, both inside and out. Of course you can always hire this job out if you’d rather not do it yourself.

Also be sure to clean out window wells if you have a basement. They’re often home to excess leaves/weeds and cobwebs. Clean them out as best you can.

Garage

I’m including the garage in this exterior section because it functions basically as such. There’s no decorating or painting in the garage so you don’t have to worry about how it looks from a design standpoint. Just be sure your tools, Christmas boxes, and other garage knickknacks are organized. That could mean DIY shelving and pegboard, or simply ensuring your piles are nice and neat. Also keep the floor freshly swept.

If it’s a 2- or 3-car garage, but one stall is used as storage, get that stuff out of there and into a storage unit. Buyers need to see the full capability of your garage.

Inside the Home

De-clutter. Big time.

This is task numero uno for home sellers. When you live in a house, especially for many years, it accumulates a certain amount of clutter. You want your house to feel warm and inviting, but that doesn’t take nearly as much stuff as you might think.

The key to de-cluttering is by pre-packing, often with the help of a short-term storage rental. Below are the areas you should focus on:

Closets. Take at least half the stuff out of all your closets, and give everything in clothing closets unified hangers (white plastic or nice wooden ones are good options). You’ll be amazed at how much better it looks. Put anything on a closet shelf into a basket (more on that later). And don’t leave anything on closet floors; no matter how organized it is, it will seem cluttered.

Kitchen counters. Get almost everything off the kitchen counters. Except for nice appliances (espresso machine, KitchenAid Stand Mixer), pack it away. You obviously use some things every day, but find places in cupboards for them while your house is showing, or live without them. This includes paper towels, toasters, coffee makers, dish clothes, etc.

Cupboards. A similar principle applies to cupboards as it did to closets. Take out any dishes that make it seem cluttered. Give the cupboards some floor space; that is, if every square inch of shelving has stuff on it, something needs to go. Pack up a couple mugs, glasses, plates, etc. You want the cupboards to feel big enough to hold anything and everything a potential buyer might have, so they need to not be filled.

Shelving. Decorations and knickknacks and manly mementos need to be extensively pared down. Your mantle should have 1-3 objects on it, not 10. The buffet in the dining room shouldn’t have anything on it. Dresser tops should be bare essentials only. People want to walk into basically a model home, not something that’s been clearly lived in, even if it’s an illusion.

Decorating/Organizing

Hire a stager. Many realtors will pay for a stager to come into your home (after all, the higher the house goes for, the more they make!), but if yours doesn’t, hire one out of your own pocket. They’re professional designers, and they can look at your home with objective eyes. They’ll walk in and see what potential buyers see, and figure out how to arrange furniture and spaces in ways that maximize what your home has to offer.

It can be a little stressful, as you have someone coming in and judging your space. The first thing our stager said when she walked in was, “I’m going to make comments on your decorating and furniture, but it’s not personal.” You can take or leave what they suggest, of course, but it’s in your best interest to follow their lead as much as possible.

Get rid of all personal touches. When people walk into a home that’s for sale, they want to be able to picture themselves in it, not the previous owners. Store any family photos that are displayed, as well as anything religious in nature. It will feel stale to you, but will go towards the model home look that’s appealing to buyers.

Containerize. One of the biggest tips our stager gave was to containerize everything. She said, “People like to think they live in a really organized way. They never do, but they want to think they will if they move into this house. It’s a fantasy for them.” So if you containerize your space, people will be able to see themselves living that neatly in the home, even if they never will. Buy baskets, under-bed containers, shoe organizers, etc. Nothing in your house should be free-floating; it should all have a home in a container. Get one for your living room for remotes and phone/computer charges. Get one in the nursery for diaper changing supplies instead of just having them on the changing table. Rather than clothes on shelves in your closet, get baskets. You get the idea.

Prepare for snoopers. Potential buyers will peek in all the cabinets, refrigerator, etc. If they’re buying the place, those things will be theirs after all (and people are just curious about how others live!). So tidy up your cabinets, your junk drawers, your bathroom vanities, etc. The safe places — those which can house all the junk you want — are things that clearly aren’t staying with the house: desks, dressers, curio cabinets, etc.

Freshening Your Home

Part of what can set your home apart from other is how fresh it feels to potential buyers. Are there dust bunnies in the corner? Are there scuffs on walls? Are things worn or faded? The following tips will ensure your home feels as fresh as Martha Stewart’s.

Make small repairs that you’ve been putting off. That loose doorknob on the closet? Tighten it up and get some new screws if needed. Small hole in the wall? Plaster it and paint it. Cracks in caulking? Buy a tube and get to it. Light bulb that’s been burnt out for a year? Now’s the time for a fresh one. For bigger issues, call a handyman. This is certainly an instance where you’d rather have it done right and in a timely manner versus you tinkering and doing something out of your league.

Touch up the paint all around the house. There are sure to be spots on walls where furniture has rubbed against it, where kids have gotten rambunctious, or some other ding has chipped or scuffed the color. Get the paint out of your closet (you saved any leftover from when you painted, right?), and fix any small spots that don’t perfectly align with the rest of the wall(s). Here’s a tip: for smaller spots, you can use the sample cans you bought when you originally painted (if you saved them, of course).

If you don’t have the paint — you either used every last drop, or you haven’t painted and the previous owner didn’t leave leftovers — your choice is to either let it be and know your house won’t be perfect, or re-paint. If you have time, I’d recommend opting for the latter.

Also in the paint category, re-paint all your baseboards and doorways if needed. Cleaning will help, but a fresh coat of paint (if they’re painted rather than just stained), really makes the house feel clean and fresh.

Hire professional cleaners. While you certainly have the ability to deep clean your house, it takes a lot of time and elbow grease which might be better spent on other projects, especially if you’re on a deadline. Hire professional cleaners to do a one-time deep clean a few days before your house goes on the market. It will really make everything shine. In my experience, the folks who are paid to do it will make your house much cleaner than is even possible on your own. They have some sort of wizardry in those mops and vacuums. While you’re at it, get your carpets professionally cleaned as well. It makes a world of difference.

Install new outlet covers. This is another small thing that makes a big difference in freshness. If your covers are stainless, just give them a good wipe down. If they’re white, and have yellowed or stained over time, replace them. They’re cheap and easy to replace!

Get Ready for Showings

Once your house goes on the market, be prepared for showings right away. Have a plan for stashing your dirty clothes hamper (ours went in the back of the SUV), make sure all dishes are out of the sink and put away, keep all shoes put away in closets or baskets near the entry door. It has to be spotless when people see it. Right before you leave the house for a showing, walk through each room for a quick inspection, and leave all the lights on as you leave, even in the daytime.

With a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck, your house will sell in just a few weeks or even days and you won’t have to deal with the annoyance of having your home on the real estate market!

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