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As you can imagine…I have seen a lot of properties since I started selling real estate in 2002! Nothing really surprises me anymore. This is not a blog about the wild and crazy events during my real estate career! We will have to do business together for you to be privileged to those stories! Let’s chat about the do’s and don’ts of selling a house these days! There are 5 guidelines for selling homes.
1. Price – Let’s be real clear about this, real estate is a price war and a beauty contest! Real estate is just like most things in life, if you are priced right and you look good, you’re gonna go places! The market will always tell you where your home will need to be priced according to a number of showings you have or do not have. It will always come back to price and condition, one of the two will need to be adjusted!
2. Repairs – We typically don’t see the repairs needed in our own home. Yes, there is the doorknob that is sticky that drives us crazy, but we tend to forget about the brown leak stain on the ceiling from the roof leak 3 years ago after the roof was replaced! When a buyer comes into your home, their eyes are extremely critical. Every repair a buyer sees turns into $$$$$. The more objections you eliminate, the higher an offer a buyer will write! A seasoned agent will have a list of vendors to make these repairs at a minimal cost prior to listing your home.
3. Smells – This is a rather sensitive topic, so hang with me! Do you ever notice how each of us have our own scent? Have you ever walked into someone’s home and it brought back a memory? Our sense of smell is one of our most sensitive senses! The goal is to have the property appeal to the masses at all times! Unfortunately, having your home on the market is wrenching! It is my job to help the process be a little more bearable and ease your fears along the way. Our pets are no different. It is wrenching for them during this time as well! Pet odors can be difficult at times and should be addressed. If you are a smoker, this must be done outside the property in order for the masses to not subtract $$$$ from the list price of your home! Also, if you have a boy over the age of 12, you may need to invest in a lot of baking soda… Or, you may need to rehome them while your house is on the market. Whatever works best for you family. Again, the goal is to earn you the maximum dollar on your investment!
4. Landscaping – First impressions are very important! If you are not someone who is capable of keeping things or persons alive, then do not go buy and plant flowers! All shrubs should be trimmed, flower beds weeded, fresh mulch in place, and all grass freshly cut.
5. Organize – Prepping the interior of the house is where everyone gets overwhelmed. If you keep the mindset of “staged new construction”, then everything will be golden! Organized clutter is better than regular clutter! There are a few questions to continually ask yourself while prepping….Do I want to move this? Do I want to pack this? Have I used this in the past 6 months? Have I used this in the past year? If the answer to any of these questions is “No”, then you need to donate it or throw it away! Anything else, call me!
Of course, there are always other questions and items that come up, because no two properties are the same! Oh, and this just helps get your house READY to sell, it doesn’t market, negotiate or close your transaction! I can not wait for your questions! Let me know how I can help! Contact us here!