Date Archives: February 2021

February
22

5 Ways to Get Ready to List Your Home

List a Home in Austin

You've done your market research. You've made your plans. Now, in the last few months before listing your home, it's time to put in some elbow grease. Prospective buyers want a place that is ready to move in. Get your home ready to list and attract potential buyers with these tips from our real estate agents. 

  1. Make necessary repairs 
    Prospective buyers turn away from broken pavers, cracked windows, and leaky plumbing. Every home shows wear and tear, but homeowners don't always notice. Ask your real estate agent to point out any issues they see so that you don't miss anything. Pay attention to little details like burned-out light bulbs and unfilled nail holes in the walls. Take care of warped or leaky gutters and deteriorating fascia. 

  2. Eliminate clutter 
    This doesn't mean disposing of your treasured keepsakes, but it does mean putting them away. Consider renting a storage unit to house personal items such as photographs, trophies, and collections. Make the living space look open and inviting, with plenty of room for the buyer's personal possessions. By packing these things away, you will also be one step closer to moving yourself. Get rid of the things you don't wish to move by donating or tossing. Don't ignore outdoor clutter like lawn tools, bicycles, or free-standing basketball hoops. If you don't have an appropriate place to store them, you may want to consider adding a storage building on the property. 

  3. Paint the interior 
    That accent wall may set off your new couch perfectly, but it may not match the buyer's taste. Beware of trendy decorating ideas that may not be pleasing to more traditional buyers. Light, neutral shades brighten rooms and help the buyer imagine how their own furniture will look. If you take care of this task about a month before listing, the walls will still look fresh, but the paint odor will have dissipated.

  4. Improve curb appeal 
    There are dozens of ways to make the exterior of your home more appealing from the street that cost less than a hundred dollars. The entryway is most welcoming when it is well-lit and clean. A new door, updated light fixtures, outdoor furniture all invite visitors to knock on the door. Planters on either side of the door and bright flowers in the garden make cheerful greetings to a buyer's eyes. A lush green lawn is far more attractive than a brown one. But some fertilizers can create a potent odor that will last for some time. It's a good idea to engage or at least consult with a landscape professional before taking action if you are unsure of your knowledge. Take a look at some Round Rock homes for sale for inspiration.

  5. Deep clean everything 
    Once you have packed away everything you can live without, clean everything carefully. Don't ignore windows and baseboards. Pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, disinfecting and polishing as you go. Hire professionals to deep clean carpets or any other tasks for which you feel you need help. Appliances should sparkle, and so should floors. Keep in mind that all of these things will need to be done regularly to keep the home ready to show if you are going to stay there during the selling process. 

Contact us early for assistance with getting your home ready for sale, and let us show you some Georgetown homes for sale when you are ready to buy. 

February
8

Date Night in Austin: 5 Places Your Valentine Will Love

Austin Date Night

When it comes to Valentine's Day, our real estate agents love coming up with more imaginative ideas than the usual flowers and candy. Plan a romantic date night to remember at these exciting locations near Austin homes for sale.

  1. Tony & Luigi's - 1201 S. Church St., Georgetown, TX 78626
    Even Lady and the Tramp found romance over a plate of pasta. Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine at Tony & Luigi's. Since 2008, couples around Georgetown homes for sale have been heading to Tony & Luigi's for great food, wine, and ambiance. Along with a wide range of classic pasta dishes, the menu features equally delicious meat and seafood entrées. End the dinner with one of the luscious desserts that are almost too pretty to eat. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 10 p.m.

  2. Inner Space Cavern - 4200 S. I-35 Frontage Rd., Georgetown, TX 78626
    Exploring underground caves is a perfect date for adventure lovers! Inner Space Cavern offers a fascinating journey through tight spaces and large, cathedral-like "rooms." Along the way, you may even spot some prehistoric animal bones. Dress appropriately, as the humidity is high year-round. Choose from two different tours, or take both and receive a $4 discount. Inner Space Cavern is open seven days a week. Visit the website to purchase tickets.

  3. Bent Oak Winery - 2000 Windy Terrace, Bldg. 2-B, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Wine tasting carries an air of sophistication perfect for Valentine's Day. The tasting room at Bent Oak Winery pours a carefully chosen selection of wines made from grapes grown just minutes from Cedar Park homes for sale. Weekly food and wine pairings include dishes such as housemade green chile corn chowder. Seatings are held Wednesday through Sunday by reservation only. Check the website for schedule and availability.

  4. Zilker Botanical Garden - 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78746
    Why bother with a single bouquet when you can give acres of flowers? You'll feel miles away from the urban bustle of Austin with a visit to the lush grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden. Take in spectacular views of downtown as you stroll among the gardens and groves, passing streams and koi ponds along the way. Admission is only $6 for residents of Austin and $8 for non-residents. Reservations are required and tickets must be purchased on the website. Zilker Botanical Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  5. Gigi's Cupcakes - 3944 Ranch Rd. 620 S #130, Bee Cave, TX 78738
    Yes, cupcakes make an excellent Valentine's Day gift. Just ask Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin, standout football players for the Tennessee Titans and UT Austin. For their first business venture, the men opened Gigi's Cupcakes. The pair have even been featured on ESPN demonstrating their cupcake-making prowess. In addition to mouthwatering flavors such as Chocolate Salted Caramel and Red Velvet Cheesecake, Gigi's offers gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. Order online for convenient carryout at their location near Bee Cave homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Fall in love with everything the Austin area has to offer. Contact us at RE/MAX Capital City for cheerful and experienced assistance from our knowledgeable real estate agents.

February
1

National Pizza Day: Where to Celebrate Near Austin

Austin Pizza Shops

Between the crust, cheese, sauce, and toppings, pizza more or less covers the major food groups, so our real estate agents can rationalize that they're eating healthy! More importantly, pizza just tastes really good. Celebrate National Pizza Day on Tuesday, February 9 with the pie of your choice from these top restaurants around Austin homes for sale

  1. Brooklyn Pie Co. - 2711 La Frontera Blvd., Suite 330, Round Rock, TX 78681 
    The Big Apple may be more known for pizza than Italy is. Brooklyn Pie Co. brings those iconic foldable slices to the community near Round Rock homes for sale. The dough and Old World tomato sauce are made from scratch, using family recipes passed down since the 1940s. Fast-food lovers will go for the White Castle Cheeseburger, topped with hamburger, red onions, bacon, and Cheddar cheese, while purists will appreciate the classic simplicity of the Margherita. For more NYC flavor, try the Carnegie Deli cheesecake. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. seven days a week.

  2. Yaghi's New York Pizzeria - 1552 FM 685, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    When it comes to the freshness of their pies, Yaghi's New York Pizzeria goes the extra mile. In addition to their dough and sauce, Yaghi's makes all their sausage, meatballs, hamburger, chicken, and steak toppings in-house. All meat is 100 percent natural, with no added preservatives or artificial flavors. Vegans and vegetarians will appreciate the number of meat-free specialty pies and calzones available. Call ahead or order online for pickup after a day of viewing Pflugerville homes for sale. Yaghi's is open daily from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. except for Friday and Saturday when hours are extended until 10 p.m. 

  3. East Side Pies - 1401 Rosewood Ave., Austin, TX 78702
    By its nature, pizza offers a pleasing range of variety to diners. East Side Pies goes one better by providing a number of different sauces to go with the large selection of toppings. Choose from the traditional red sauce, ricotta, black bean, chimichurri, pesto, or extra virgin olive oil. Take your pie up to the gourmet level with toppings such as organic brown eggs, avocado, roasted cremini mushrooms, smoked salmon, and sweet potatoes. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  4. Sabino's Pizza Pub - 2082 US Hwy. 183, Suite 110, Leander, TX 78641
    Do you prefer pizza crust you can really sink your teeth into? Sabino's Pizza Pub features the double-crust stuffed Chicago style, made famous in America's other pizza capital. Thin crust is also on the menu, so everyone can have their favorite. Are you up to the challenge of El Diablo? This spicy crossover pizza is topped with pepperoni, poblanos, serranos, jalapeños, habaneros, and pepperoncini. Sabino's is just minutes from Leander homes for sale for quick carryout. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  5. Guy Tano's Kitchen - 901 Crystal Falls Pkwy, Suite 101, Leander, TX 78641
    The name of Guy Tano's Kitchen is a loving tribute to owner Ambrogio Buraglia's dad. Gaetano Buraglia had his own Italian restaurant in California and shared his culinary secrets with his son, hoping Ambrogio would follow in his father's footsteps. No matter what type of pizza you order, Guy Tano's devoted customers say your meal isn't complete without an order of the signature garlic knots, dusted with Parmesan cheese and served with marinara dipping sauce. Guy Tano's is open noon - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

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