We usually cannot move a home! To coin the favorite
phrase of appraisers "Location, Location, Location".
The upkeep and presentation of your property are
crucial to obtain the highest value for your home
in any given market at any given time. The pricing
of your property must reflect its condition. I will be more
than happy to walk through your house and make suggestions
that will make your house show at it's best.
Price is the #1 factor in the
sale of your home. A property is really only worth what
one person is willing to pay another to gain ownership of
it. Price must be in direct relationship to the
other 3 ingredients and it is the most important of all.
- THE MARKET. i.e. Interest rates, Competition,
and the Economy all make up and influence the state of the
market when you sell your home. The pricing of your property
must reflect the current status of the market.
- Research the market extensively to determine
the highest value of your home.
- Enter listing in Multiple Listing Service where 1000 agents
will check to see if they have a customer.
- Place lock box on property.
- Notify other brokers of this new listing.
- Place Bosshardt Realty For Sale sign in front of Home.
- Place Hot New listing ad in newspaper that includes a
picture of the home.
- Place listing with a picture in Homes and Land magazine
- Place listing in Real Estate Showcase and the Real Estate
Guide which are both monthly.
- Full color eye-catching property flyers for sign outside
to generate interest and brochures for inside as great memory
joggers and promote features not readily observable.
- Extensive Internet advertising including Realtor.com,
GACAR.com, BosshardtRealty.com, and SusanBaird.com.
- Just listed cards to surrounding area.
- Hold Open House with an ad in the newspaper that includes
a picture of the home.
- Announce and promote new listing at weekly sales meeting
and include in tour so 60+ agents can preview. This gives
excellent exposure and feedback from other seasoned agents.
- Follow-up with Realtors that show the house for feedback
and clarification of information.
- Constant communication with you.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE THE MOST
LASTING. Remember that when a prospect comes
to look at your home - the first impression (curb appeal)
is vital. Your front lawn and other landscaping should
be neatly trimmed and mowed. Make certain that your yard
is clean of refuse and leaves. The walk should be swept.
The front door must be clean and fresh looking, the doorbell
in working order.
DECORATING FOR QUICKER SALE
Faded walls and worn woodwork will reduce the appeal of
your house. Why describe how your house could look...when
you can show how it looks with just a reasonable amount
of redecoration. A minor investment in paint and wallpaper
will pay bigger dividends to you in the form of a better
price and quicker sale. Go to www.stagedhomes.com
for more great ideas.
LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT.
Loose door knobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors and
drawers, wobbly hinges, stuck windows — all are
negative factors. Fix leaky faucets; dripping water suggests
faulty or worn-out plumbing (major repair bills); discolored,
rust-stained sinks are also warning signs, so should be
properly cleaned or replaced.
DE-CLUTTER. Every room
will look bigger and better with less in it. You are going
to move soon, so you might as well start packing.
Make bathrooms sparkle. Clean stained
sinks and bowls, repair any damaged or discolored caulking
around bathtubs and showers, be sure towels and area rugs
are bright and sparkly, make certain all light fixtures
and bulbs work.
TURN UP THE SHELTER.
If it's hot, cool it; if it's cold, light a crackling
BRIGHTEN UP THE HOUSE.
Illumination in your home can be the "welcome sign"
for every prospect. Turn on all of the exterior and interior
lights — including the accent and picture lights
- when showing your home at night. Open the drapes and
curtains. Clean the windows so that a prospect can see
how bright and cheerful your house is. Dark and dreary
rooms do not appeal to most home-buying prospects.
LET THE FRESH AIR IN.
Get rid of odors that may unfamiliar or unpleasant. People
are most often offended by odors from tobacco, pets, cooking
and musty or sour laundry. Fresh flowers and potpourri
can be used to your advantage. Other smells that attract
positive attention include fresh baked bread and cinnamon.
- LET THE BUYERS ENJOY YOUR HOME. Go for
a walk or do your errands, and take the dog and kids. Turn
on soft music to create a warmer feeling.
Moving is never easy, but sometimes it is necessary. If you think you may be on the cusp of a move, take a look at these telltale signs it's time to put your home on the market and move to a new home!
- LACK OF SPACE
Have you outgrown your home? Are you tired of constantly bumping into family members trying to make it to the bathroom or sharing an office with a newborn? One of the top reasons people sell their homes is because of lack of space to accommodate a growing family. As your children grow up, they will want more space of their own and sometimes this requires making a move into a larger and more spacious home. If your mother-in-law is moving in, you may want to start searching for a home with a guest house or mother-in-law suite!
- TOO MUCH SPACE
Do you have rooms that are empty in your home? If your children have left you an empty nest, then it may be time to downsize and move into a home that is more appropriate for your smaller family.
Last summer you may have taken a vow to never endure the hot Texas heat again. You may have even been searching online for homes in a cooler location. After weathering the dry heat for years, you may decide to sell your home and move to a colder climate. Moving to a better location is another top reason why many people sell their homes.
- FINANCIAL REASONS
Do you have high utility bills or a hefty mortgage? It may be time to move from that expensive area to a more affordable community to bring you peace of mind and less financial stress.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS CHANGE
If you have gotten married, it may be time to find your first house together to begin your marriage. That small apartment or bungalow may have worked for just you, but when your significant other moves in, having only one sink or bathroom may not be ideal to start your marriage.
If you have retired, you now have time to golf, play tennis, go on vacations and hang out with grandchildren. If your current home is too much maintenance for you to handle after retirement, it may be time to move on to a home that better suits your needs.
- WANTING A SHORTER COMMUTE
Driving to and from work in traffic isn't anyone's idea of a good time. Moving closer to your office is a big factor when it comes to selling a home. If the longevity of your career looks promising, living closer to work is a great reason to put your home on the market.
Thinking about making a change? I'd love to help. Contact me today to learn more about your options.
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