"I'm thinking about selling
"I don't want a lockbox."
Ready To Sell?
1) Ready to sell? Planning to buy
another home using a loan? Before doing anything, check with a good lender
to verify that you will be able to get the loan you need to proceed
2) Has anyone ever accused you of
being a packrat? If so, it's time to clear away the clutter. Have a garage
sale, rent a storage space and get yourself down to the bare minimum.
3) Once your home is free of all
excess stuff, take a look at the walls and flooring. Are there
fingerprints, stains, marks, etc.? If so, fresh paint in a neutral color is
one of the most cost effective ways to get top dollar, followed by
flooring/carpeting. Of course, some touch up paint and carpet cleaning
might be all that's necessary.
4) Look at your house as you walk
up to the front door pretending that you never saw it and are considering it
as your future home. How is the lawn, landscaping, paint, trim...
Stand by the front door for a
couple of minutes (like buyers with an agent opening a lockbox may do) and
look around. Is it inviting, fresh and well taken care of or is there
chipping paint, weeds & bare dirt in the "flower bed" ? All of these
details go into potential buyers minds either consciously or unconsciously
and play a major part in their decision about which home is the best value.
5) Clean everything until it
sparkles; especially kitchen, bathrooms and windows.
6) Call me. I'll prepare a market
analysis that will show the value of your home using all of the same market
activity and sale "comps" that are used by appraisers. I'll preview
your home, go over the entire sales process and we'll review the market
analysis to help you determine the best asking price for your home and what
you can expect to receive.
This will give us the opportunity
to meet, get all of your questions answered and see if we're a good fit to
partner in completing one of the biggest transactions that you may
There is no cost or obligation for
10 Mistakes Sellers Make
Selling Your Home
Is it better to change the
carpet and paint now
or offer an allowance for the
buyers to do it?
Although the buyers may
have a different idea of what they want, when the first impression is of
fresh paint and carpeting, this is a
first impression of a
home taken care of. That makes it seem more valuable than a home
that has an undetermined number of repairs necessary right from the
To you, that means that
by investing some inconvenience and a minimal investment in paint and
carpet (if needed), you'll avoid thousands of dollars in price
reductions and weeks or months of extra marketing time waiting for those
special buyers who can "look past" the necessary repairs.
Many sellers as well as
agents are truly surprised to find out how many buyers do not
have the ability to see past a dirty wall, stained carpet or stray
clothes, paper or clutter.
What about those
companies that advertise
to put the house on the MLS
for a small fee?