1. Less is Worth More
Get rid of clutter and anything that takes up counter space. If you don’t need it
Banish the bright colors to throw pillows and accent pieces. Opt for white, light tan or light grey (or a nice greige gets me every time). Simply White remains one of the top selling paint colors for a reason.
Despite the name dust bunnies are not adorable! Everyone likes a clean house. Make sure those areas (baseboards, fan blades, ac filter covers) that collect dust and dirt are sparkling clean.
5. Take a whiff
Pet smells and other odors are an instant turn off. Open windows to air out the house if possible and light a scented candle to freshen up the room. If you are not sure if your home smells, ask a good friend to come over and do a quick sniff test for you.
6. Fix up fixtures
Get rid of old dated fixtures. Most home improvement stores have a wide variety of stylish fixtures to choose from. You can use an electrician or with some simple instructions do it yourself (just remember to turn off the breaker!!)
If your sofa is falling apart or your table is missing a leg consider replacing it. Most likely you want some new furniture for the new place anyway. Buy it just a little earlier and it may help sell your home.
8. Let your light shine
Or at least open up curtains, shutters and blinds to brighten up the room. Darker rooms tend to feel smaller and dirty.
9. Whatever you do . . . Look Down!
Dirty or worn carpets or tile need to be taken care of. Try professional cleaning first, and if that doesn’t cut it you may want to replace it.
10. Have fun
You may just find yourself falling in love again with your freshly staged house.
Some homeowners consider personally selling their home believing they can save money by doing it themselves.
However, it is crucial to evaluate if you have the skills to sell your home alone or if you should hire a professional.
By selling yourself a lack of negotiating skills, pricing errors and missed market exposure could cost more than a commission.
FSBO on average sell for significantly lower than realtor sold properties. Much lower prices than the average commission rate.
Agents know selling is an emotional process
What is the value of your home in today’s market?
A common mistake is to overprice leaving it to languish on the market.
Are you willing to work with a buyers agent?
Are you able to handle showings?
Do you know how to deal with items found on an inspection?
Are you able to handle the closing?
Before deciding to sell FSBO interview a few trusted agents in the area. Consider hiring someone who is experienced and knows the local area and market well. Your agent needs to be someone who is organized and easy to work with and who has your best interest.
If you are thinking about buying a home the 1st thing you need to do
You can talk to a bank, and bank do mortgages, but they also do a lot of other things and have a lot of customers. To get one on one help (any many times better rates) talk to a trusted local lender.
If you are not sure who to call. Talk to your real estate agent or give me a call.
We work with lenders all the time and can give you the names of some of the ones that we know will take good care of you.
If you talk to a lender first and get pre approved you will get a pre-approval letter that you will need to submit with your offer when you find your dream home.
Yesterday I met with my broker and she gave me the challenge to set up and go on 100 appointments before the end of the year! This is a huge challenge, and I need your help to reach my goal.
Recently I had a friend ask why I chose to be a realtor and why I chose to do this profession full time, and the answer to that question is actually 2 very different answers.
The reason that I chose to be a realtor is honestly for kind of selfish reasons. I love homes. My husband has been building homes all of our marriage. I love looking at homes, and blueprints and home design and I was excited to be able to look at all the pretty homes with my clients.
But . . .the reason that I chose to become a realtor full time and not just do real estate part time as I had done for years was very different. Finding and looking at pretty homes is such a small part of what I do.
I love helping my clients. I love the buyers that I get to help find their dream home and help work through the buying process and educate them be able to purchase that home. I love helping a seller maximize their home’s potential to get the best possible price and work through the inspections and selling process.
For me closing day is always bitter sweet. I am so happy for my clients and we have worked so hard together to achieve their goals, but on the other hand I am sad to not have that daily communication with someone that I grown to love. I am grateful for the lifelong friendships that I have with my clients, but I always miss working with them each day.
So if you are thinking of selling your home soon, or in a year or 5 years from now and would like me to come by and give home improvement and staging advice before you make changes to your home give me a call . . .that is an appointment
If you are wanting to look at a home that just came on the market, give me a call . . .that is an appointment
I you know anyone a friend, coworker, family member that I could help please share.
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