Saturday, August 29, 2009

For the Real Estate Professional

All the Right Moves
How do you sell a nearly condemned, vacant, condo fast and for top dollar? It all begins with the agent…

Here are the steps one successful seller took to quickly obtain their price.

  • Consulted with her real estate agent months before the contract was signed.
  • Made the necessary upgrades and fixes suggested by the agent. This included a full kitchen remodel, bathroom upgrades, hard wood floors and fresh paint throughout.
  • Hired AtWell Staged Home to decorate the vacant home to sell - as advised by the agent. Furniture rental came to just $500 per month. A one-time purchase of accessories – including bedding – came to an economical $275.
  • Took their agent’s advice, and priced it right, from the start.

The seller, working with their agent from the very beginning, made all the right moves. The home sold in just 4 days at a price close to asking.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Home Seller Tips

An Inconvenient Truth

Truth is few things are more inconvenient than having your home on the market.

Part 2 of 2 – Click here to view Part 1

To reduce the amount of time that you will be inconvenienced – and you will be inconvenienced – focus on the following:

Be prepared. The hardest part of living in a home that is on the market is constantly being prepared to show your home. But you must be ready at a moment’s notice. You never know when your perfect buyer will walk through the door. This is not a good time to entertain or have guests.

Clean sells. It’s surprising how dirty even a vacant home can get. Dust on surfaces, cobwebs in corners, stains in stagnant toilets, finger prints on windows and appliances - all of these areas need to be inspected and cleaned regularly. Consider hiring a cleaning service during this period.

Pack it up. Pack up and store anything you won’t need while your home is on the market. Packing sooner, rather than later, will make the transition easier. Many moving companies offer storage options for those staging their homes to sell.

Stick to the essentials. Too much or no furniture can make a home feel small. Cluttered homes are distracting, while vacant homes are cold. Either way, buyers will have trouble picturing their furniture in these spaces. Define each space to have a single purpose using just essential pieces, minimize clutter, and make sure there is plenty of light.

Showcasing or staging your home will minimize the stress and inconvenience that comes with selling. Being inconvenienced for the short term will pay off.