Dear Realtors –

Let Monarch Home Designs help you creatively market your next listing! For a limited time, we are offering a complementary consultation for first time agents! This is an incredible service to provide to your sellers!

Contact us today to take advantage of this incredible opportunity!!!

“I want to sell my home, do you recommend that I update EVERYTHING?!”

I would say this is the #1 question I get when I meet with sellers and my answer, as shocking as it may seem is…..no. Why? Well, I personally believe in getting you the biggest bang for your buck!  When I walk through your home, if I see a mostly updated home with one or two areas that are out of date and you have the budget to update them, than absolutely, please do. However, if your home is mostly out of date and your furniture and decor match it, we would need to spend some big dollars to modernize it.

So what if your home is mostly up to date and you have the budget to do some additional updates? In general, I would recommend the following: Paint, Flooring, Small things that may be broken or not functioning throughout the home. If you are thinking of remodeling, than Kitchen and Master bathrooms are the two biggest areas that you should focus on. However, please do not do the big items and leave out the little things mentioned above.  And the biggest shocker of all…. your furniture. I think furniture plays a huge role in the home, not only the pieces, but the placement. I preach this to my sellers at every consultation, a good flow is as good as gold!

If you need help with this, I would love to come out and do a consultation and show you what I mean. I think you will be very surprised!!

It is time to start preparing for the Spring Market now!

I know it doesn’t seem possible that we should be preparing for spring, at least where I am at! It is a frozen tundra around here, but did you know you should start preparing your home NOW if you plan to sell this Spring? Well it’s true, the sooner the better, especially if you have not started to form a plan to get your home ready!

I would love an opportunity to meet with you to discuss where you are at and where you want to be this spring. Together we can form a step-by-step plan to make sure you are ready and do not miss out on the best market of the year. Remember the old saying “The early bird gets the worm”! 😉

 

A little about me…

img_20140919_102605-1Hi! I am Jennifer Ballinger, owner of Monarch Home Designs. I am married and mother of two girls (ages 5 and 10). When I am not designing homes, I am running around with the girls, taking them to their events (hence why this photo was taken in the car).

My oldest is in competitive figure skating so she is at the rink about 6 hours a week and my youngest is in the learn to skate program as well. In my spare time, I lead my youngest daughters Girl Scout troop and sit on the board of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP) for the MN chapter. On top of that my hubby is a successful real estate professional. He was actually just voted in MN Monthly as the Best Real Estate Professionals in 2016.

Needless to say, we are a very busy family and most times it is a juggling act, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

I would love to hear more about you and your family! If nothing else, please leave me a comment below to let me know you stopped by!! 🙂