Testimonials

Will, great Job!  I got the dream property I wanted. Aneta Black
Will is not only a great agent, he is intelligent and always looking out for his clients best interest! Thanks Will!Heather Hilliard
Will is integrity all the way.Tara Rokstad
Will consummately blends his extensive market knowledge and attention to detail with keeping things simple and in a lay-person’s terms. His skill, confidence and familiarity with all aspects of the process ensured that my home purchase as convenient and effortless as possible. I will no doubt use his expertise again and I unequivocally recommend others do the same.Tom Peirce
Lisa, my son Joe was spot on when he recommended the Rahill Real Estate Group. It was comforting to have a person who could understand the emotional problems in having to give up my dads cabin. Thank you for being so sweet.Lois Lillibridge
Will is the best realtor in Big Bear!Angela Priola Naylor
Lisa Seifert was such a blast to work with. She patiently showed us cabin after cabin until we found our dream getaway. All along the way we learned so much about Big Bear & all the special places to go & have fun with our family & friends. She helped us through each step & was always there to answer any questions quickly. We feel blessed to have our family getaway so enjoyed what would have otherwise been a stressful process, thanks to Lisa …Sean & Elizabeth Stephens
I would like to take a moment to say thanks to your agency so very much for helping us find our perfect home in Big Bear. We love it, and your website was perfect for searching the Big Bear Valley Area for the one special place. Our realtor, Lisa Seifert was amazing. She is very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and very patient. She always seemed to have time to answer our questions, no matter how small, and would even respond late at night. It felt …Scott & Elaine Hudson
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rahill Team, especially Rick & Lisa Seifert. At first the sale of our cabin seemed like a daunting task. Rick & his wife dug in and helped us prioritize what needed to be done.  They were constructive….never pushy. We were amazed at the difference de-cluttering made.  Rick patiently helped us through each step of the process.  The last time we entered an escrow was in 1992. The computer made it easier in so many ways …Dan & Delayne Stotts
I’ve known Will for 18 years from snow skiing, investing in stocks, and buying and selling homes! You’ve got a great guy working for you!Bryan Dilbeck
Thank you for the great service you and your team provided.Karim
My husband and I couldn’t be happier about the service we received from Will Rahill and his team.  His knowledge of the market and unique strategies for listing our higher-end home were unimpeachable. The process was efficient and resolved much more quickly than we’d ever imagined possible. He was also extremely responsive, encouraging, and persistent in getting us through it all without undo stress. We wouldn’t hesitate to use him again or recommend him to friends. Thanks for the opportunity to let us share …Lorraine Wolfe, Ph.D.
I have known Will for over 15 years. We met while working for an organization that teaches people with disabilities to ski. I agree with the previous testimonials that are singing his praises, and I would add loyal and conscientious. He truly cares about treating people right and standing by friends.Jason Schetter
Very attentive, Will will help you find what you’re looking for.Karen Scholl
Will helped us find the perfect home in Big Bear. During our hunt he showed us many homes, fine-tuned the search as we gave him feedback, and did not high pressure us for a sale. Will is very knowledgeable about the properties in Big Bear and readily available to answer questions. We appreciated his honesty and patience. Thank you, WillOlivia Kennedy
Our experience with Team Rahill was very positive at all times. We worked with Tarl Wood over several months. Tarl provided advice & important knowledge of the area which helped us make decisions. As a result, we made a purchase we are very happy with.Max & Julie Perdue
Brad was an incredible resource for us. We had originally been referred to a different realtor who was slow and very disinterested, so we put our a request for a local realtor and Brad immediately responded to us and gave us the local lay down and was very willing and enthusiastic to answer questions, promptly. Also, Brad was extremely willing to help us with vendors and other procedures outside of the closing process. We couldn’t have been happier to have such a knowledgeable, professional, …Josh Golden
Lisa was wonderful to work with. We had dealt with several realtors on the mountain and had noticed a lack of professionalism until Lisa.   She made us feel as though we were really important.  Not just another buyer, she cared about making sure we were happy and well taken care of the entire process.  Jeff & Noel Donahue
Will Rahill’s team have proven to be professional & efficient. I am thankful to Will for his accurate suggestions to upgrade the property and to Rick Seifert for his caring & availability. The combination made the sale immediate & smooth. Excellent team! Highly recommendable!!!!Fariba Rofougaran
We had been looking for a property for about 3 years and in our search, we met Tarl Wood. He was very accommodating. He showed us properties when we came to town and also sent us some to view online. He would always make himself available and gave us some insight on rentals and regulations. The process was very smooth with no problems or issues. We would definitely recommend to future buyers.Mike & Cathy Butkus
I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make this whole process go smoothly. I couldn’t have done it without you Lisa.Cheryl Soave
Lisa was really fantastic from the initial contact, through closing and beyond. Friendly, professional, and clearly an expertTzvi Haber
Both my wife & I were very happy with all the work Lisa Seifert did to find our Big Bear property. Lisa worked hard for 6 months to find the property where we can build a cabin in Big Bear. She stayed in touch and kept us aware along the way. We are both very pleased.   Thank you!    Dave & Jeanne Jensen
Will, we had heard your real estate team was great, but now I can say firsthand I know why your company is considered the top real estate group in Big Bear.  I am someone who owns a service business, and did specialized studies in service delivery in graduate school. I really value great service. I am serious when I say that Tarl Wood is the best service provider I have worked with this year (and possibly ever, but I’d have to go way back …Colin & Cathy Walker
Lisa & Rick were absolutely fabulous!! We were referred to them by a friend from down the hill, called and scheduled to meet, and the same day found a house we loved. The best part is that we came up with a long list of homes we wanted to see, but Rick & Lisa also brought us to a few houses not on our list and came up with a home that we instantly fell in love with. Lisa was available at all hours, …Todd & Yorley Blacher
Will is talented, hard working and professional. I highly recommend him!Mary Scott
If you’re looking for a professional, intelligent and personable Realtor who knows Big Bear, Will Rahill is the guy for you.Megan Blaney
Tarl Wood was our agent that helped us with the purchase of our house. He did a fantastic job. He went above & beyond in helping us with the process of buying a home in Big Bear. It was a pleasure working with him every step of the purchase. Top notch!!!  Ken & Cindy Epema
Will is an amazing Real Estate agent with a wonderful team that is always on top of what is going on in Big Bear. He is an honest and trustworthy person who will help you with your real estate deals and questions.Nicole Lathrop
Mario is an amazing professional who goes beyond his job duties. He takes the time to understand your goals and makes sure he deliveries a service that helps you to achieve those goals. He is very service oriented and takes the time to explain everything. Gina LondonoGina Londono
Will, You were great during the whole process of selling our cabin in Big Bear. Very professional, honest, firm and trustworthy. You did whatever you promised you would and did it in the best way. Thank you!Hashemi's
Will is the type of real estate consultant that everyone needs: honest, extremely bright, thorough and just a fantastic person. He is passionate about helping people and finding the right fit for his clients. Procuring real estate is a huge financial investment and often times an emotional one. He takes great care in his work and takes the prudent approach to conducting ethical business. I highly recommend him.Sue Schroeder
I would like to recognize Tarl for providing the best experience possible as our agent. Tarl met all my expectations as a professional and my expectations are high!  Thank you!Maritza Makemson
Tarl did an amazing job finding the right house & connecting me with others that made the process quick & easy. I closed in less than 21 days & was very happy. I can’t say enough about Tarl’s service & I would recommend him to anyone looking for a place in Big Bear. I thank Tarl again for everything.Cyndi Dart
Brian Atkins was the realtor I used for buying my Big Bear Lake Cabin. He was AMAZING! I actually researched Big Bear Realtors and chose him. Brian met all of my expectations. He had so much knowledge of the area. Brian was very good at returning all of my emails and texts. He was so friendly and made me a priority when I was available to look at cabins. I would recommend Brian to any one. Thank you, Brian! Aubrey KingAubrey King
We have used Will on several properties and have found him & his staff to be very knowledgeable & courteous to me and our staff. Closings go smoothly which we like very much and Will & Nicki follow up with escrow to make sure there are no loose ends. We are happy, satisfied clients!Portia Frost
Thank you for all of your hard work in making this happen! My house was the last of about 5 properties to go on the market on our street and I think the first to sell.   Donna Gurule
I was tasked with finding a realtor in Big Bear Lake 2 days before Thanksgiving. We were located 500 miles north of Big Bear in the SF Bay Area. After reading the positive reviews about Rahill Realty, I took a chance and gave them a call. We were lucky to have Brad King answer the phone (even though a lot of people were not working that week – Brad was!) I explained we were planning to purchase a company cabin in the Big Bear …Lori Brown
Very happy we chose Will Rahill to sell our property. He gave us great advise, very communicative, down to earth person. If you are looking for a Realtor who is smart, well connected and will market your property the right way…hire Will.Patrick Beneventi
Superior local knowledge and a true dedication to both his personal and professional lives are what set Will apart from the masses. Will’s integrity in his craft is unsurpassed. You could not choose a finer practitioner.Kevin Dougherty
Rick was great! House was priced right, sold quickly, smooth transaction and short escrow. Thanks you!Sudie Smartt
When I was looking for a Realtor, I looked on the computer and there were many people to choose from. I chose Brian Atkins because he had many reviews and they were all positive. Now I know why. Brian is not only a Great Realtor, he is a very sincere person. He is very professional, down to earth, easy going and he makes you very comfortable while looking at many houses. Brian was always available to us by phone or texts. He always promptly …Vicki Wheeler Whitley-Earnest
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Tarl Wood.  He was engaging, quick to respond and professional. We were regularly updated as to time frames, condo repairs & paperwork. Thank you, Tarl.Don & Elizabeth Harris
When my wife & I started getting interested in purchasing a vacation home in Big Bear, we really didn’t know for sure what we wanted & weren’t entirely sure with the area, so I started searching the web to find a real estate agent to help answer our questions. The first real estate agency I emailed replied a couple days later and then I didn’t hear back from them for over a week. Therefore, I decided to try a different agency. However, I never …Brad Gilpin
Will was a pleasure to work with!Travis Martinez
Lisa was professional and yet friendly and caring. She was not just interested in making a sale, but she made sure that I would be happy & comfortable in whatever home I chose. Lisa always used the utmost integrity. She will be my first choice for a Realtor in the future.    Adrienne Schubert
This was our first home purchase since we retired 2 years ago. During my 35 year career, we were moved 7 times domestically and 6 times internationally. The property purchase in your area was, by far, the easiest one we have experienced. We were guided through the process by our agent, Lisa Seifert. Lisa was patient with our ever changing goals, as we viewed dozens of properties and learned more about the area. She provided concise guidance, communicated with us on a daily basis, …Mike & Roseanne Mollere
Team Rahill was great, but the credit really goes to Mario Bulnes. He was our agent. We started this process in early March when we contacted Mario. We were referred to him by our loan broker. We coordinated a visit, and he had lined up 7+ properties for us to see that met our criteria. We made an offer the first day we toured properties, and on April 15 we closed escrow. Mario was knowledgeable, and we always felt he was looking for our …Wendy Patrick
Lisa is the most amazing person I ever met. It is a good thing we have no plans to move again, because I can’t imagine going through another transaction without her. Every person I spoke with while going through the rigors of selling a home have only had the highest praise for her. She was on time for every meeting, she was available every time I needed her, she worked well with all the people involved in this sale including the contractor, buyers, other …Donna Cooper
Lori & I are very pleased with your service. Team Rahill is very lucky to have Tarl as your agent. Tarl is very special in all his skills and is an asset to your firm. I have sold life insurance for 30 years and know a gem when I meet them. Thanks for all your services!Frank & Lori Garcia
How lucky we were to have been introduced to Brad King at Keller Williams.  It was our daughter and son-in-law that was originally looking for some property.  The more we looked at properties with Brad, the more we grew to like him and trust him. As it ended up, we were shown 10-12 properties for us, but in the end we decided to purchase a lot and build what we were looking for.  Our daughter and son-in-law are still working with Brad to find …Norbert & Judy Goulart
Will is honest, trustworthy, and an all-around great person! He is very intelligent and a hard worker (and a lot of fun too!). I trust him with my real estate needs!Chris Nagel
Excellent Agent! Will did a great job for me!Fred Liebel
Will has the professional integrity that it takes to ensure complete customer satisfaction. He has my stamp of approval.David Owings
Will was very good to work with.  He was knowledgeable, about the market, candid about the process, reliable in his communication.  I recommend him.Rob Drew
Tarl Wood was a true professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. We are out of state buyers and he made us feel as though we were next door during the entire transaction. His follow up was great and he over delivered on everything we needed. Thank you Tarl for a great buying experience as it rare to experience such a seamless transaction, you are an asset to your team and I look forward to seeing you when we are up there!   …Robert Dubel
Tarl Wood was awesome and I had a great experience with The Rahill Real Estate Group and the progress. Thank you!Rick Pathi
Seldom does one receive customer service as satisfying as was provided by our agent, Tarl Wood. He was professional & personable and made a process that might otherwise have been stressful, progress smoothly & efficiently. His warm and friendly personality made him a pleasure to work with and I would whole-heartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a competent agent. Thank you Lisa Seifert for referring us to one of your best.Sandy Smith
Lisa & Rahill exceeded our expectations.  I feel Lisa is just as interested in making friendships as she is in selling real estate. She showed us 19 properties in one afternoon. That must be some kind of record. Talk about organized & multi-tasking all at once. Very impressive. I wish she worked for me at my firm.Mark & Diane Frank
Having worked side by side with Will when I lived in Big Bear, he’s my go-to agent for every referral I have. I trust sending my LA based clients to him, because I know they’ll get the same great service from Will that they do when they work with my own team locally.Deanna Wallo-Whipp
Best experience I’ve ever had! From day 1 through escrow closing & beyond, Rick of Rahill Real Estate was there for “me”……….Sheila Pitts
I’m writing this letter to let you know how pleased we were about Tarl’s caring attitude. Tarl exceeded our expectations. He took time to find out our needs & knew which homes we’d like to see. He gave us his personal knowledge of the area including restaurants, activities & winterization. We feel Tarl is a great person and cares for people’s needs. Thank you!Juan & Irma Orozco
I was very pleased with the service I had from Will Rahill. I found him to be very professional yet very nice to deal with & very informative. I have bought & sold many homes over the past years and can honestly say that working with Will & Nicki was the easiest & most pleasant.Jane Alexander
This truly was a 5-star experience that we had with Jonathan Vasquez and his team. We were selling our cabin in Big Bear and Jonathan could not have done a finer job. He knows the area so well and advised us on how to get the cabin ready to sell, as well as the yard….little things that we probably would have overlooked to guiding us through the selling, after an offer we liked came in. We could not be happier. Thanks Jonathan for all …Victoria Collins Bufler
Loved working with “real” real estate professionals. You & your team provided us with on time performance with regards to paperwork requirements & deadlines.  Your Docusign made everything easy, hassle free and on time.  Thank you for making this real estate experience painless & successful.Roland B Scott
It is always great working with Will. He is very trustworthy as well as kind. I would highly recommend Will to anyone interested in real estate. He genuinely enjoys helping people.Sara Gordon
This letter is intended to give thanks for an excellent job done by Jonathan Vasquez, part of Team Rahill, Keller Williams Realty. I first met Jonathan on May twentieth after seeing various properties to get an idea of what I was looking for. He managed to locate the house next door to my brother’s cabin which was exactly what I was looking for. We put a bid on the house which was immediately accepted. The process went very smoothly thanks to Jonathan and his …Oscar Menendez
I’ve known Will for 25 years, and there is nobody I would trust or recommend more highly.Mark Spurlock
What a grand experience I had working with Rick & Nicki. You have a very professional, efficient crew at your office. I felt as if I was kept informed on my listing, progress of sale, and the negotiation process. Rick guided me through it all with clarity and patience. I appreciated the constant communication that I had from/with Rick & Nicki, along with the MLS emails. I look forward to spreading the word about the exceptional service that I received from the Rahill Real …Karin Powell
Dear Mr. Rahill, I wish to commend you for having Jonathan Vasquez on your “Team”.  He was impressive right from the start and he never let up the pace.  He totally guided me through the process of listing our family cabin and he (and your office) marketed it skillfully so that we ended up selling it for the full listed price. But mostly I want to commend him for his kindness and patience and the respect with which he treated this old (and very …Joyce Kucera
I was very happy with my agent, Tarl Wood. He was very responsive, professional, and dependable. He took more than sufficient time to keep us up to speed & meet our needs. His service was top rate, exceptional!Ryan Miller
Will knows Big Bear. He is a man of integrity and understands what you are looking for. If you are reading this recommendation then you are looking for someone to trust. Trust Will.Julie L Appel
Lisa, you have been such a breath of fresh air in this process. When we began working with you, you really helped put our minds at ease. Thank you for your guidance and support it has made all the difference.Javier & Cassandra
Tarl did an excellent job. He was professional, honest, on time & worked extra hard even though it was a small commission. Thanks Tarl and Rahill Real Estate Team.Kevin McKee
I have known Will for over 20 years. You will not find a real estate professional with more integrity, honesty and knowledge of the Big Bear area than Will. He is the first person I call when I need investment advice and/or have questions about real estate.Paul Skip Sjoberg
Will is a very helpful and knowledgeable realtor!Jessica Stack Yeoman
Mr. Rahill, thank you for the informational disc and your interest in my experience. In short, “the best experience of my life”. Jonathan is an asset to your business and a delight to work with. The time flew by and I’m very happy with my purchase. I look forward to meeting you on the mountain soon.Rick Negrette
Lisa did a great job helping with our close. Thanks!Frank & Maryann Horak
Will was a real treat to work with…professional, experienced and he sold our home the first weekend it was on the market. We had a difficult buyer and if it wasn’t for Will “talking me off the ledge” a number of times, I’m sure I would have blown the sale. He’s calm and cool under pressure and made selling our home easy. Thanks Will.Christie Walker
Lisa is a great agent who worked very hard to keep us informed of every step of the house sale. Her knowledge of the industry and her honesty are well appreciated by us all in a very stressful time. She made it a lot easier. She always kept us informed almost on a daily basis.  David & Judy Behrens
Over the years I have purchased & sold many properties including commercial & rentals. During this time I have been involved with numerous realtors and Tarl is one of the best. After I purchased this home, Tarl did not disappear (as most agents do) but continued to be very responsive to my needs & is still helping me get settled. I have no doubt Tarl will be even more successful going forward as I will go out of my way to recommend him to …Pete Buenzli
You are the best! Thanks so much for making it as effortless as possible during the process of buying. We’re grateful for your attention, warmth, knowledge and enthusiasm. We think of you as a friend in Big Bear and hope to see you soon. And thanks for offering to answer any further questions regarding improvements and maintenance. Chal Pivik
I’ve known Will for well over 20 years and has my highest recommendation as a professional who pays attention to detail while looking out for the best interests of his clients.Sean E Stall
Lisa, John & I have bought and sold over ten properties with eight different real estate people. You by far exceed them all in every way. You simply are the best and a wonderful person.  John & Karen Schofield
I decided to sell my house in Big Bear, so I contacted a few realtors.  After looking at Will’s marketing plan to sell my house and his realistic evaluation of the market value of my house, I decided to list my house with Will’s team.  Other realtors gave me decent evaluations, but no one had such a strong marketing plan as Will’s team.   Within a week after it hit the multiples, I received a strong offer.  After brief counter offers the property was put into escrow.  …James Evans
As both a homeowner and a real estate investor in California and out of the U.S.A. over the past forty years,  I’ve worked with many realtors.  I truly think you are one of the best. You helped our family sell our wonderful but quite dated Big Bear vacation rental home by tactfully suggesting reasonable improvement ideas and recommending trustworthy contractors, and by realistically pricing it and steadfastly showing it during a very bad sellers’ market.  Furthermore, you exuded confidence that you would sell it, and …Shirley Kedes
My wife and I listed and sold our home in Big Bear Lake with Tarl Wood of The Rahill Team. We cannot say enough about the excellent level of professionalism that was present during each aspect of our relationship with this group! Starting with Tarl Wood who was absolutely the most helpful, knowledgeable, hard working, and positive Realtor we have ever worked with! We received weekly updates on our listing and really appreciated the assistance we got from the Rahill Team. We highly recommend …Ed Lineberry
I live in San Diego and wanted to find a local realtor in the Big Bear area who could help us find a property that would be great for personal use – but most importantly for vacation rental purposes. I actually came to Yelp and contacted Rahill through Yelp messages and Brad King reached out to me in minutes. Brad was great from the beginning – he had great knowledge of the area and most importantly knew what we needed to find to make …Alyssa R.
We had a very nice experience dealing with Rahill Real Estate. In particular, our agent, Lisa Seifert!! She was patient, informative, and made herself very available to any and all questions and requests we had for her. Her knowledge of the area and understanding of what we were looking for in a family cabin helped the process be as efficient and easy as possible. We feel very fortunate she answered the phone when I called inquiring about the property that caught our eye.  Thank …Ron & Carol DePompa
Thank you very much! We had a wonderful experience of buying land with Tarl Wood. He provided excellent services and he was always prompt, helpful and informative. I would not hesitate to recommend Tarl’s services to anyone we know. We also loved the easiness & convenience of signing all documents online.Glenn & Vera Savage
Will was always prompt, knowledgeable, courteous, & helpful throughout the entire home-buying process.Bill LaGrosso
Brad King is very personable, thorough, and efficient.His number one concern is looking out for his clients and will take the extra time needed to make you feel comfortable and minimize the stress. I would definitely use and recommend Brad and the Rahill Team. They did a great job. Linda FerrisLinda Ferris
We appreciated all of Rick’s efforts & professionalism. It made the sales transaction easy & straight forward.Rich Roche
Will did an exceptional job selling our cabin. Always honest & upfront. Always kept us informed of what was happening.  Thank you!Bill & Pam Hartley
My wife and I bought a house in Big Bear Lake from Will Rahill in 2008. We love our home here.  Will, made the experience wonderful.  He is very knowledgeable and he knows how to do his job in a quick and efficient manner.   Will also gave us a lot of pointers on the town and people here and he gave my son his first set of skis and boots. We would highly recommend him.Paul & Andrea Columbis
Relying on an agent to represent you in a real estate transaction is all about trust. The profession sometimes draws “salespeople” that are more interested in their wallets than your needs. There isn’t anyone I would trust more than Will to be my advocate buying real estate, both from a technical perspective in understanding the angles of the “deal” and more importantly, knowing that integrity and helping people are more important to Will than what’s in his wallet.Wade Griffis
I would like to say how great my agent Lisa Seifert at the Rahill Real Estate was in helping me find my new home in Big Bear Lake. She has to be the best agent that I have ever had in all the years that I been buying homes. She took the time to show me all the homes that were in the Big Bear Lake area and never gave up the hunt to find me my home.  She is a supper person and …Jim Bullard
Our experience with your office was great from the moment we walked in and fortunate enough to connect with Tarl Wood. Tarl listened to our concerns, needs and budget and went over and above our expectations to find us the cabin we wanted. Tarl understood that we lived far from Big Bear so when we made the drive up he maximized our time & showed us every available property. Tarl also kept in close contact through email & phone conversations to let us know of “new” …Perry & Colette Gustafson
Will was great to work with. He showed me several homes that were within the parameters of my price point, and only homes with the size and amenities I was looking for. The foreclosure purchase I made went very smoothly, and Will kept me updated throughout the process. Will is extremely knowledgeable about all facets of the Big Bear area, and is very involved in the community. I highly recommend Will for your real estate needs.Manuel Gutierrez
Lisa Seifert was an excellent representative of your agency. She was always available, knowledgeable and got us all the answers to all of our questions. She has a great positive attitude, and is very friendly. I chose Rahill Real Estate because of your affiliation with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, and I’m glad I did. Not having any experience with working with a realtor before, I was a little apprehensive. The experience was perfect.Susan Pearson

What’s Up In Big Bear?

Events in Big Bear Lake, CA

Skiing & Shredding
Date: Open Daily – All Winter
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bear Mountain’s Location: 43101 Goldmine Dr.
Snow Summit’s Location: 880 Summit Blvd.
Lift Ticket: $67+

Whether it’s flying through Bear’s top-rated terrain parks or enjoying the lake views from Snow Summit, one ticket lets you shred both mountains in one day. From our terrain based learning area to our Skillbuilder Parks, you can ski and ride everyday of the season.

Free: Movies In The Meadow
Movie at Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake, CA Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 5:00 P.M.
Cost: Free
Location: Snow Summit
880 Summit Blvd.

Grab your camp chairs, bring warm blankets and join us under the starts for Movies in the Meadow at Snow Summit. “Elf” will be the featured film this weekend in the Snow Summit base area. Concessions available for purchase at Bighome Smokehouse. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.

Santa Comes To Summit

Santa Claus at Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake, CA
Date: Saturday, December 16th.
Hours: 12 p.m – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Snow Summit (880 Summit Blvd.)
42900 Big Bear BLVD.

Head to Snow Summit and get your photo taken with Jolly St. Nick. Just bring your friends, family, and holiday cheer – we’ll bring the big guy in the red suit.

Which One’s Pink? A Tribute To Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd cover band in Big Bear
Date: Friday, December 16th.
Doors Open: 6:30 P.M.
Concert: 7:30 P.M.
Ticket Prices: $20 – $30
Location: The Cave
40789 Village Dr.

The world’s pre-eminent Pink Floyd tribute band has been performing together since 1997. Tonight’s show will include classic Pink Floyd songs and from several of their greatest albums! Last time they came they rocked the house. Don’t miss out on a chance to see them live!

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in The Village

Big Bear Lake's Santa grant entrance and tree lightingDate: December 16th and 17th.
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Cost: Free
Location: The Village
Pine Knot Ave and Village Drive.

Grab a hot chocolate and stroll over to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Christmas Tree corner. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. On the corner of Pine Knot Ave. & Village Dr.

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Common Distractions That Can Keep Your House from Selling!

Cabin for sale in Big Bear Lake, CA

Are you about to put your home on the Big Bear real estate market? If you are, this list will help you to sell your house! Emotions play a huge part in the Big Bear home buying process. A sale relies on how the buyer and seller both feel.

For sellers, they want to make sure that the buyers will feel comfortable and happy when they are in their home. A knowledgeable Big Bear real estate agent can help you go through this list of distractions to see if any of them are an issue for your property.

To do that, a couple of negative distractions need to be avoided. When a Big Bear home buyer is visiting a property that they may want to buy, the feeling they receive from the house can influence their decisions. A little thing could be the reason why they don’t buy your home!

List of Distractions
Smell:

The scent of your home is one of the first things that people will notice. Make sure that they remember a relaxing and fresh scent that will motivate them to love the house even more! The tricky part is to know if there is an odor that you’re accustomed to and may have forgotten about.

Pets are one of the top causes for unpleasant smells in a house. We can get so used to how our dogs or cats smell that we don’t notice it until someone else walks inside.

Have a friend or family member walk through your house to see if there is a smell that you didn’t catch. If there is a smell, you could steam clean the carpets! That is a great way to work out pet odor. Open up your windows to let in fresh air to help air out your house or consider painting a room that your pets were in most of the time.

Use essential oils to help your Big Bear home smell wonderfulExperienced Realtors know the trick to creating a pleasant atmosphere by adding a certain scent. Candles are wonderful, but then you have to be extra cautious that they don’t start a fire. The easiest way to introduce a nice aroma is by using essential oils (a diffuser makes this an easy route) or by baking a batch of cookies before the viewers stop by.

Clutter:

Clutter is a huge distraction! Don’t let buyers be more interested in the items in your house rather than in the house itself. Having a clean and organized home helps buyers to feel more comfortable; it gives them the peace of mind on how the house was taken care of before. When there are objects scattered around the room, it takes them out of the buying mindset and into a negative one, making them want to leave and not purchase.

Don’t stop there! Deep clean the house before you put it on the market. Sellers want the buyers to feel relaxed and at ease while visiting; if you have ever been in a dirty house, you know what a challenge that is. Either hire a cleaning company to make the house sparkle or break out those cleaning products yourself. Your Big Bear Realtor can refer a cleaning service that they trust to do the job properly!

Personal Belongings:

Buyers want to be able to see themselves as the owners when they view the house. An empty wall might not look appealing to you, but as a buyer, they can envision their family portrait, a shelf that holds their personal mementos, or the perfect place to track how fast their children grow. When sellers distract potential buyers with their personal belongings placed around the house, they take the buyer out of the mindset that that house could be theirs.

Subconsciously, buyers are not as likely to take the house into account as a possible purchase if they see family photos of the current owners. They won’t associate the house as their own but as someone else’s. Photos can make it hard for them to see it as their home. Our emotions fuel our choices more than you may think! When a buyer can see their children growing up, taking their first steps in the living room, or enjoying a family vacation, then they are more motivated to buy.

Many buyers are searching for a house to put on the rental market. Personal belongings can negatively affect those buyers as well. Generally, a vacation renter in Big Bear searches for a home that embraces the cabin experience; where they wake up and can practically smell the clean mountain air. With that in mind, a buyer views the home and tries to see how they could decorate it to fit that image but can become easily distracted with your belongings to be able to do so.

Darkness / Lack of Natural Light:

Sun shining through the window of a Big Bear home for saleBig Bear Lake is a very open and beautiful town, perfect to let the sunshine in to improve your mood. Natural light helps brighten up a person’s attitude!

According to U.S. News, “Experts now believe that sunlight has widespread mood-elevating effects, possibly because the “happy” hormone serotonin increases when nights are short and days are long. In fact, psychiatrists often recommend that depressed individuals go outside in the sun for 30 minutes a day.”

Open the blinds and let that light shine in. The happier the buyers are, the more likely they are to buy. It’s a tip that doesn’t cost anything for the seller but does go a long way.

Animals:

Our pets can be like our children, but they can also be the reason why a buyer doesn’t purchase a house. We can get used to our pets and not notice when the house has been affected by them. Before putting your house on the market, it’s important that a seller moves out of the house, especially if they have a pet. A dog can bark and cause the buyers to feel uncomfortable while looking around because they don’t know the animal.

Unfamiliar pets can put buyers on edge. If an owner still lives in the house with their animals, it can remind the buyer that there could be some possible damage. It’s easy for a dog to rip up carpeting, chew up furniture, or accidentally wet the carpet. Don’t let their thoughts focus on the negative aspects of having an animal. Rather than try to have them concentrate on the positive, take that aspect out altogether. Don’t let them see anything that is related to an animal or pet.

The backyard can be your animal’s haven. Yet, before a seller invites any buyers over, double check the condition of the backyard. Did your dog dig up multiple holes, tear out a part of the fence, or leave toys littered on the ground? Clean and fix any issues before anyone else sees them. A tiny tear in the fence may leave the buyers worried about what else will be ruined or need fixing.

Tenants/Occupants:

A bad idea for a Big Bear homeowner is to put their home on the market while trying to still live in the property. Stay clear of this situation because it brings too much chaos into the equation of selling your house. For homes that are unoccupied, Realtors are able to preview and show the house at any time.

This is a huge advantage because it gives buyers more time to see the home. Real estate agents can access the lockbox with the key located inside. When there is a tenant inside, Realtors have to schedule appointments to show their house, making it impossible for last minute showings to happen.

There is also the negative part of all your personal belongings being around the house. It’s a pain for the owner to have to box everything up and move it out of the way before buyers come. An owner could be doing that multiple times a day. Also, buyers don’t like the idea that someone else is in the house and is listening to their conversations. They’re not as comfortable as they could be without anyone there but them and their Realtor.

Buyers want to be able to speak to their spouse, family member, or friend about their likes and dislikes without thinking they will upset the owner. Save yourself the time and hassle by moving out of your house before putting it on the market.

Street Appeal / Exterior Appeal:

Gorgeous wooden home for sale in Big Bear LakeIt’s all about the curb appeal! Before putting your house on the market, think about how you would feel walking up to your house as a home buyer.

Is there something that needs to be fixed or cleaned up? It’s better to fix the curb appeal before you have buyers coming to your house. An experience local Big Bear Realtor would be able to help you by suggesting what he or she believes would benefit you by fixing.

Photographs, video tours, and in person viewings regularly include the view of the front of the house. A buyer is less likely to purchase your property if they don’t find the exterior’s appearance to be appealing. They might walk into your home with a negative mindset of the house before they enter or if they even enter at all. There is a chance that a buyer won’t go inside if they don’t like what they see on the outside.

Temperature:

Big Bear either has lovely summer or spring weather or the chilly air of winter. A crucial part of having a buyer be interested in your property is to meet all of their needs, including the temperature. Typically, being too hot or cold causes a person to focus entirely on how uncomfortable they are. Being distracted takes the buyer out of the mindset of buying a home. A buyer can’t see their family playing chess on the dining room table while searching for the heater.

Keep the temperature at a comfortable level to stop potential homeowners from disliking your house. A good cozy atmosphere will make them want to come back. When they leave the house, you want them to wonder the next time they will see “their” home. Being happy and comfortable is the key to doing that!

Keys and Locks working Properly:
Convenience is a major motivator for buyers. When they come to see a property, they want to go inside and leave without any problems. There have been times where the keys and locks wouldn’t work properly. Some locks and doors are hard to open; where the Realtor has to put pressure in a certain way while pushing the door to open. If the buyer sees this, they could start off the showing with a negative mindset.

The inconvenience is a small issue, but the repercussions might be the reason why your house doesn’t sell! This is especially true during the winter because of the cold. Buyers don’t want to stand outside in the snow, waiting for the door to open. The experience becomes negative; thus, your house has an unfavorable feeling attached to it.

Political or Religious Statements:

Politics and religion are not only two topics you avoid around your family but also around buyers. Each person may have another opinion and belief when it comes to these two topics. It’s easy to offend another person without even meaning to by the way your house is decorated. Make sure to take down any religious or political statements you may have in your home.

Remove all political belongings before selling your Big Bear HomeFor example, if you supported Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and a person with an opposite viewpoint came to view your home, they might be put off from buying. Owners could have a sign up in their front yard, showing whom they voted for. When a buyer sees the sign, they might associate the negative feelings they have for that politician onto the house because they know the seller supports them.

When people feel passionate about a subject, topic, or belief, it’s important that sellers take those feelings into account. Don’t miss out on selling your house in Big Bear because you didn’t take down a sign outside. Trinkets of religious statements can also be a problem for individual buyers. Religion is a topic that not everyone sees eye to eye on. Take down any religious decorations to not alienate anyone from another belief.

Before you put a property on the Big Bear real estate market, check off this list of distractions to stop them from negatively affecting the sale of your Big Bear home. Each subject listed can be easy to miss, but now that you know what to watch out for, they shouldn’t be a problem for you! Ask your local experienced Big Bear Realtor for advice on other aspects of selling your house that may be a hindrance in the process.

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Key Benefits of Viewing a Big Bear Home in Person and Online

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Big Bear home buyers have started to rely more and more on the internet when searching for their dream home! The reason for this is that the internet is convenient. Whenever you have a free moment, you are able to jump online or on your phone to search through photos of homes for sale.

For people who live chaotic and busy lives, searching online is the easiest route! Even so, I recommend not solely relying on the web to purchase a Big Bear home. The best idea is to use the internet as a step in the overall process.

Big Bear Realtors use Tour Factory and their personal websites to upload photos of the homes that are for sale. Detailed descriptions and listed amenities help viewers get an overview of the house.

Typically, a general overview is not enough for a home buyer to know if they would like to buy or not. Buying a house is a huge decision and not one to be taken lightly. That is why a buyer should always visit the property before signing the real estate contract to become the new owner.

Size of the Big Bear home:
Photographers are able to use lighting and staging to make the home appear larger than it may be. Wide angle lens can also enhance the photos to have the same effect. A buyer may be led to believe that a bedroom is double the size than it truly is.

Even with good intentions behind the pictures, confusion and assumptions made by a buyer could cause them to have the wrong information. Going to the property lets the possible buyer see the size in person, taking out any miscommunications from the equation.

Square footage gives the buyer a wonderful estimate of how big the property is but not exactly the size of the rooms. If you have hired a great Realtor, they may go over to the house and measure it for you!

If there is no possible way for a buyer to visit Big Bear but wishes to purchase a property for an investment, a virtual home tour and an experienced local Realtor would be able to guide them through the process.

Another option would be to have your Realtor walk through the home while on live video with you. That way you’re able to see the home in real time and ask any questions that may come up as you virtually walk through it.

Quality of the Big Bear home:
Once again, photos can enhance the appearance of a home. Simple knowledge in lighting, positioning, and staging create quality photographs. Of course, a photographer cannot make a home that is older and worn down appear like a beautiful mansion, but they may be able to have it look charming and rustic.

Photos are a great starting point. If you don’t like how the house looks online, then there is a good chance you may not love it in person. Consider viewing the home online to get an understanding of what you are going to see and to find out if it’s worth your time to go to the property.

Gorgeous wood style Big Bear home for sale The internet can show how the house looks inside and out, but it won’t tell the viewer how it smells. An unpleasant scent can deter home buyers, but if they are buying online, they wouldn’t be able to know about the scent. Even if a buyer states that a specific home they’ve seen online is the house for them, it is critical that they know everything that needs to be upgraded, fixed, and replaced before signing a contract.

Home buyers could ask for items to be fixed during negotiations. In California, sellers are not obligated to go along with your contingencies, but if the seller is motivated to sell the home, you may have a good chance of having them agree to some or all of your contingencies.

Convenience:
The biggest benefit to using the internet is the convenience factor. A buyer doesn’t have to drive to Big Bear Lake, California to see every home that they’ve heard about. Big Bear Realtors can send buyers a list of possible properties that the buyer would love, after having a conversation with the buyer to figure out what they are looking for.

Bear searching for homes for sale in Big BearLife can be busier than we may like and whenever we are able to make our daily activities easier, we jump at the chance. When you combine searching online, and in person with a well-informed Realtor, the task is quicker and goes a lot smoother. Before you choose a house you want to visit in person, you can scroll through the homes for sale and the list that your Realtor has sent over to you.

Once you have agreed on a list of homes, you can then set an appointment with your local Realtor to show you the homes. This is convenient for you, the seller, and the Realtor because it helps everyone to be on the same page. When home buyers don’t make appointments, it can lower the chance of seeing the home they wanted. The property could be rented out to vacationers or still have the current homeowner living inside.

Get a feel for the neighborhood:
When you are looking online, it becomes a challenge to find out how the neighborhood is. You can find statistics or try to Google photos, but that can only take you so far. One of the most important questions a homeowner should ask is how the neighborhood is.

This is why speaking to a local Realtor who lives nearby is a huge benefit! They are able to show you key locations and help explain the general feeling of an area.

Luckily, Big Bear Lake is generally a safe town, but each neighborhood can have positive and negative aspects, depending on the reason why you are buying the house. Some communities are close to the ski and snowboarding resorts, making those areas perfect for vacation rentals. Those areas can become very busy during the winter seasons because of all the travelers. If the crowds aren’t an issue for you and you want to be able to walk to the slopes, then these areas are perfect!

There are also neighborhoods better suited for full-time residents and wouldn’t make as much of a profit as a Big Bear vacation rental home near the slopes would. When you hire a local Realtor, they are able to guide you through the different types of neighborhoods and explain what they are best suited for.

Are you making this mistake?
One common mistake that buyers can make while searching online is becoming too attached to a house before they are able to see it. Don’t let this happen! Wait until you visit the property to know your actual opinion. Emotions can easily get caught up in the real estate process. It’s only natural because our minds can wander to the potential memories we could create with our families in that house.

Being able to place yourself in the home is a good sign though! A soon to be mother envisioning her child taking their first steps down the hallway proves that she receives a good feeling from the house. A buyer wants to walk into a property and feel at home. That is a lot harder when a Big Bear home buyer is searching online only.

Use the internet to your advantage by scrolling through different photos of homes for sale in Big Bear to figure out the type of home that will suit you and your family.

Viewing Homes:
When you are viewing homes, it’s helpful to know what you are looking for. Do you want the bedrooms to be close to the master bedroom? Does it have to be on the lake or have a mountain view? Are you firm on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you would like? What type of look are you searching for?

Breathtaking kitchen of a home for sale in Big Bear LakeIt’s important to know the answers to those questions before searching for your dream home. A local Realtor would be able to narrow down the search of homes that fall into the categories you are looking for.

Once you have found a full-time local Realtor, the entire process will be a lot easier! Wait until you have found that right Big Bear Realtor before buying a home. It pays to be patient and stopping yourself from any impulsive buying.

You may have found a home online that you like but a Realtor might be able to find one that you love. They know what homes are coming up for sale, giving you an advantage over those who solely trust the internet for their information.

Don’t choose one or the other. Use both the internet and in person viewing to find the Big Bear home of your dreams!

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8 Projects to Update Your Kitchen Without Renovating

Beautiful wood style kitchen in a Big Bear home for sale

Homeowners are often trying to find new ways to improve their Big Bear home without a pricey remodel. There are many different routes that you can take when updating your house, but one room that is frequently forgotten about is the kitchen! Funnily enough, kitchens are one of the most used rooms too.

Vacationers in Big Bear will ask about the kitchen, especially when they are renting during the holidays. They want to know that the appliances can accommodate the number of people that are staying and are up to date.

As a vacation rental property, there are key elements that a kitchen needs to help sell the house more to tourists. An open floor plan and granite countertops are a couple of these factors!

For Big Bear home buyers, hiring a skilled Big Bear Realtor can make a world of difference when trying to find a kitchen that fits their needs. When it comes to those who already own their houses, these tips will help to improve their kitchen without having the mental and financial stress of renovating!

1. Repaint or stain your cabinets.
An easy update is to paint or stain your cabinets! A fresh coat of paint or stain can bring your cabinets back to life. It’s a lot cheaper than having to buy new cabinets altogether and could look just as new! If a Big Bear homeowner is trying to lighten up their kitchen, they can repaint the kitchen and the cabinets.

A new coat of white or off-white paint can draw in a lot more natural light and brighten up your home. When the surface of the cabinet isn’t smooth, you will have to use sandpaper or a sander to sand it to a flat surface before applying a primer. Primer is a lifesaver when it comes to covering vivid colors, especially if the paint is lighter than the old color.

A more budget-friendly option would be to refinish your cabinets instead of buying new ones. You can have them professionally done or do it yourself. For anyone who loves do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, this one would be for you! There are many articles online that show detailed step by step instructions with photos on how to refinish your cabinets.

Quick How-to Guide on Refinishing Cabinets:

refinishA quick rundown to know what you’re getting into starts off with removing the cabinets doors off with a drill or screwdriver. Don’t lose the screws! Clean the cabinets very well. If there is any dirt left on the cabinets, then it will show up when you paint over the surface.

Wait until they are completely dry after cleaning to start the next step. Buy sandpaper to sand down the cabinets and then it’s time to clean up the dust once again. Repeat the cleaning process and waiting till it’s dry to move on.

Mask off any of the surfaces around the cabinets to keep paint or primer from getting on them that includes the floor. Paint can be messy! The first coat will be a white primer to cover over the existing color of the cabinets.

You can ask the paint store to tint the primer to match the paint you are buying. Sometimes, you may need two or three coats of primer to cover completely. Once that is dry, it’s time to paint! Paint and then let them dry overnight.

Depending on how the cabinets look, you might need to lightly sand what you painted, wipe off the surface, and do a second coat of paint. If this sounds like too much work, hire a professional!

Your local Big Bear real estate agent would be able to recommend a professional that they trust, giving you the peace of mind that you are hiring the right person for the job.

If you want to save on time and labor, gel-staining might be the way to go. With a gel stain, all you need to do is give it a light sand, and it will cover most colors within two coats. Gel stain has become a popular choice because of the time it saves and how great it looks!

2. New countertops.
Changing out your old countertops for new ones makes a huge difference to the look of your kitchen. There are many different types of countertops: laminate, stone, granite, wood, stone, and glass are only a couple of suggestions. Granite countertops are most sought after.

If a seller is trying to upgrade their kitchen before putting their house on the market, installing granite countertops is a great idea to draw in more buyers. Before you buy any countertops, make sure they will match your house or the other updates you will be making in the house!

3. Add a backsplash.Inspiring backsplash for a Big Bear homeowner
A backsplash can add a splash of texture or completely change the theme to your kitchen without much effort. To make this piece of decoration pop out more, don’t use the same material that you used for your countertop. It will blend in, to the point that it won’t add anything to your kitchen.

Not only is it a neat design trick to brighten up your kitchen but backsplashes help to protect the wall from getting stained to the point that you would have to paint over them. It’s too easy for grease to pop out of the pan and splash across the wall behind your oven but a backsplash can make cleaning process simple.

Be careful when you are picking the type of backsplash that you want! Keep in mind a good material that will be quick and easy to clean.

Backsplashes protect the wall and cabinets from water too. You don’t have to hire a contractor to install a backsplash, as long as you’re creative and good with DIY projects. Patience is key with this project! If you don’t have the time or patience, then ask for a free estimate on how much a contractor would charge you.

4. Update your faucets.
An easy change will be to buy new faucets! This will be a small addition that goes along well with updating your countertops. Faucets are easy to overlook until they break completely.

When a homeowner decides it’s time to update their kitchen, they should sit down and match out each different addition or change. Keep in mind what cabinets, tile, etc., you are putting in to keep the same flow in the kitchen.

Big Bear homeowners can overlook the hardware in their kitchen. It’s easy to do! The handles on the cabinets are included. They can get scratched, rusted, old or outdated. A small upgrade can bring huge results.

5. Install a floating island.
Wooden floating island in a Big Bear home for saleA new set of cabinets might not be in the budget, but a ready-made floating cabinet adds more space without the considerable expense. An island does add a pop to your kitchen, but it’s very practical too; it creates counter space, extra storage, and shelves.

They can range from 100 dollars and go up into the 1,000s, but they average around $300. Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, and Bed Bath & Beyond are a couple of stores that sell these.

Having a contractor come in and build an island in the middle of your kitchen would be renovating. Luckily, the islands on wheels are easy and don’t fall into the category of a remodel.

They add the extra space you need and come in many designs to match the look of the room. It’s an easy addition when your kitchen doesn’t have enough space to accommodate your family.

6. Add or update the lighting.
Lighting can lift a room up or bring it crashing down. There is a reason why actors and actresses always have the best lighting!

Everything looks better in the right lighting. A small kitchen has a different set of needs to help create the feeling of a bigger room. Natural lighting is the best way to add dimension.

Focus on expanding the natural light in your kitchen. A mirror hung on the wall opposite a window will reflect the light into the room more. Strategically placed mirrors also give off the impression of more space.

If your kitchen doesn’t have large windows, place your lights higher up on the wall or use dangling lights. When lights are placed high up, they draw attention upward, creating the effect of a larger room.

Another angle would be the appearance of the light. Modern lights look clean and sleek, but a lot of Big Bear homeowners focus on the cabin feel. Many lights incorporate wood, nature, or even bears. A rustic cabin wouldn’t have contemporary lightning.

Homeowners need to take into consideration the theme and what would match their house. This is especially true for owners who are renting out their cabin. Vacationers want to feel that they are a part of the Big Bear atmosphere; take that into account when purchasing new lighting.

7. Buy new décor.Big Bear Cabin for sale
The same décor can become old very fast. Why not change the theme of your kitchen to bring it back to life? Even though Big Bear’s style is very woodsy, your kitchen doesn’t have to be.

Kitchens should match the overall look of the house, but it doesn’t have to be exact. For example, if your house embraced the wood style look, the kitchen could stay with the same color profile or material but be a bit more modern.

Sellers don’t have to worry about updating the theme of their kitchens. Unless their kitchens are so worn down that they have to fix a couple of issues. Buyers are the ones who want to think about how they would decorate a house, including the kitchen.

When a buyer steps into a house, they should start to imagine how the house would look like with their personal items. Sometimes buyers will want to purchase everything new, including the décor of the home.

Ross, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods are great places on a budget to buy new pieces of décor to update your kitchen. Get rid of the old and bring in the new!

8. Organization is key!
How neat is your kitchen? If you can’t call it organized, it might be time to think about re-organizing your kitchen. The best-case scenario is that this is the only update you will need.

Sometimes it’s the clutter that is taking away from the atmosphere of the room. There are shelf units available to buy that creates more space and aren’t too expensive.

A popular trend are chalk labels, allowing you to erase and relabel at your convenience. These labels are great for your flour and sugar canisters. Little organization tips and changes will add up in the long run. You don’t have to break the bank to tidy and straighten up a room.

kitchenRenovating your Big Bear home might not be the direction you want to go in, but luckily, there are always ways to update your kitchen without remodeling!

Big Bear home buyers are always looking for their dream home, giving potential sellers the motivation to put their home on the market. Upgrading your house will make your home stand out!

As long as you don’t mind putting a little effort and time into your house, the reward you will get back will be worth it! If you are considering selling your home in Big Bear, call a local Big Bear Realtor to help you. They can give you suggestions on what would be an excellent improvement to help sell your home.

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Ways to Improve Your Home on a Budget!

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Being on a budget doesn’t mean that a seller can’t spruce up their Big Bear home! There are many budget-friendly ways to upgrade your house that won’t break the bank. Sellers often try to fix up their house before it goes on the market to help improve the chances of selling quicker.

Yet, these tips are also great for new homeowners who are looking to make their newly purchased house feel like home. The owner might want to put their spin on the place. Big Bear Lake is a beautiful mountain town that has different needs than other places in California. What may be a vast improvement on a home off the hill may not be for homes in Big Bear.

For example, a homeowner wouldn’t want to plant flowers to make their garden come to life until after the winter. Unless, they have a lot of knowledge of what types of plants will grow in the snowy weather or at least, stay alive until the cold season has ended. That wouldn’t be the same off the mountain because of the sunny weather that lasts almost all year.

Local Realtors in Big Bear can give sellers suggestions about what upgrades will help to sell their home quicker!

Curb Appeal: Spruce up how your home looks from the street.

It’s all about the curb appeal! For sellers, it’s easier to find buyers when the outside of the house is in good shape. When buyers are driving around the mountain or searching online through photos looking for homes to buy, their first impression is the outside of a property. If they don’t like what they see, there is a very low chance that they will even consider your house.

  • Add a fresh coat of paint!

A lot of sellers will add a fresh coat of paint. You will be surprised the impact a new coat paint can make! What may have looked old and dirty will look new to potential buyers! As it was noted before, you don’t want to plant flowers that will wither away in the winter months, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus on the landscaping of the front yard. Before you place your house on the market, get rid of the weeds in your yard to give off the appearance of being clean and kept.

  • Pressure wash the house.

Big Bear home for sale Pressure wash your driveway and porch, clean up any pine needles, and consider painting your front door! During the summer or springtime, flowers will be a wonderful addition to your front yard. Just make sure to ask what type of flowers live the longest in the mountains! Any flower or gardening shop should be able to help you. If you’re a Big Bear homeowner that doesn’t live up here, a good idea is to hire someone who will take care of your landscaping for you.

The exterior of the home triggers the first emotion the buyer feels as they pull into the driveway. A complete paint job on the outside of your house might be in your budget but if it isn’t, you could consider pressure washing your home. Dirt and grime can deter buyers from purchasing your house.

There is a huge difference when it comes to the curb appeal of your home after pressure washing it. Take a step back and look at your house to see if it’s an option for you. You will most likely see a return on that investment when you sell the property.

For new homeowners, these tips are great to bring life and color to your new house. You won’t have to worry as much about the outside appearance of your house because of all the snow we receive in Big Bear. A great tip is to buy a snow blower to blow snow out of your driveway and walkway. It beats having to shovel the snow by being quicker and easier.

Kitchen and Bathrooms: The little things.

Home buyers won’t notice the little things unless they are really old or dirty.

  • Caulking

For example, how is the caulk in your bathroom or kitchen? Caulk is a silicon stripping that protects bathtubs, sinks, or other appliances from water. It’s a pure white strip of silicon and after a couple of years, can become dirty, yellow, and even break off in certain areas. The great thing about having to replace caulk is the price! Depending on where you go, it can cost $5.00 dollars up to $12.00 dollars.

When you replace the old caulk with a new white stripe, it will brighten up the appearance of the bathtub, sinks, and wherever area you update. It’s a simple but effective way to add an improvement without breaking the bank! New homeowners may want to check this as well. Thankfully, replacing the caulk isn’t a big chore or expense. You will be able to update your bathroom and make it look newer for the price of a cup of coffee.

  • Faucets

Realtors in Big Bear home for saleCheck how your faucet looks. Are you able to shine or clean it back to looking almost new? If not, a new faucet for your sink or shower could be a great idea! They’re not too expensive at around $30, but you can get the higher end ones that range up into the hundreds. That isn’t recommended for a seller but for a new home buyer? If you don’t mind spending the cash, then it could add a unique touch to your bathroom or kitchen.

How about the handles on your cabinets? These are not that important when it comes to selling or buying a home, but that can be dependent on how the handles look. If they are not on properly or broken, then you will want to buy new ones. Buyers don’t want to come in and see broken items or appliances. It can be a turn-off to them because they begin to worry about what else they will need to fix if they buy your house.

Deep Cleaning: How clean is the house?

Most sellers are surprised by how much of a difference it makes when they deep clean their home for potential buyers to come view or before the photographs are taken. A little elbow grease can make all the difference for buyers! They will immediately have a negative emotion or feeling towards your house if it is dirty. It takes them out of the idea that this could be their house. They want to walk in and not be distracted by bad scents but be able to see a spot on the wall that would be perfect for their family photos.

  • Check the carpets

For all the pet lovers out there, how are the carpets? You may not be able to smell the dog or cat odor coming from them but others might. Don’t let the value of your house decrease because of the cleanliness of it. If your carpets look dirty, it’s time to get them clean!carpets in wooden style Big Bear home for sale

Hire a carpet service to come out and shampoo your carpets. They will be able to advise you if the smell will come out or not. Sometimes, pet odors will stay in carpets. It depends on the length of their time at the house. Don’t worry, you have an option if that is the case. You could buy new carpeting but it is less expensive to simply have your carpets shampoo.

  • Ask for some advice. 

Ask your Realtor if they believe you need to buy new carpet. They will be truthful and advise you on the best upgrades to do for your house as a seller. If you’re a buyer, purchasing new carpet is up to you! You can also have them shampoo the carpets before moving in.

It will be easier that way because you won’t have to move everything off of the carpets for them to clean them. Another way to go about this is buying new rugs. Many great discount stores have reasonably priced rugs. Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, and Ross are three examples.

Improving a Big Bear home doesn’t have to be a huge expense!

realestategroupUse these tips to upgrade your house before putting it on the market. If you’re unsure able which upgrades would suit your home the best, ask your local real estate agent in Big Bear. They understand the market, what increases the chances of selling a house in Big Bear, and know the town well.

Sometimes owners live far away because their homes were actually vacation rental homes but don’t worry, Realtors in Big Bear can advise you on who to use and give you reasons as to why they trust their work.

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