Friday, February 29, 2008
Removing personal items is a very important step in painting a picture for potential buyers. This might seem strange since it means removing things like family pictures, sports trophies and collectible items. It really is best to pack them up and put them in storage.
EVERYTHING that is not regularly used needs to go into storage. This can be a difficult thing for you to realize since clutter does not necessarily mean junk, but years of everyday living. Clutter does collect on shelves, counter tops, drawers, closets, garages, basements and attics. Your goal is to showcase your home and emphasize spaces and designs. ALL areas need to be clutter free. Don’t forget knick knacks!
Fixtures and Plumbing - Plumbing and fixtures throughout your house should be shiny and work properly.
Painting and Wall/Ceiling Repairs - Painting can be your best investment when selling a home. It’s not too expensive and often can be done yourself. White and off-white appeal to the widest number of buyers, while expanding spaces. In many cases, it’s better to remove drapes and let the light come in!
Carpets and Flooring - Have carpets professionally cleaned and all stains removed. Repair or replace broken tiles and hardwood floor cracks.
If you smoke, anyone entering your home will know immediately. If you follow our suggestions on painting, carpet cleaning and a professional service for a one time clean, then the majority of smoke odor has been removed. Pets also create odors that you have become used to, but are very noticeable. Keep the kitty litter box clean and sprinkle carpet freshener on rugs.
A more traditional way of determining value is to ask your realtor to perform a Competitive Market Analysis (CMA). Have two to three Realtors perform a CMA and give you a presentation on how they will market your home.
This is extremely important for several reasons:
· A home priced right sells quickly
· It generally gives you the highest net dollars
· Relieves you of the stress of selling
· Frees up your time to purchase your new home
A Certified Independent Appraisal Company performs a full appraisal of your home to indicate its market value. This is the same type of appraisal done for banks and mortgage companies. This report will substantiate current market conditions and home value, saving you a great deal of time on the market place in finding a buyer.
Choosing a realtor is perhaps the most important decision you can make when selling your home. A few tips :
· When interviewing potential Realtors, ask each the same set of questions so that you can compare their answers
· Better to not choose a friend or family member to market your home
· Check referrals and others in your neighborhood who have used the Realtors’ services
· Do not tell the Realtor what you think your home is worth - rather ask them to tell you what they think its worth
· Have all marketing plans for selling your home put in writing
· Always use a Realtor that is a member of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
A licensed home inspector will inspect your home thoroughly in much the same way that any potential buyer will do. Identifying and fixing problem areas can make your home more attractive and prevent possible pitfalls in the negotiation process.
For those of you building your fox collections at Foxfield, check out Horse and Hound. I particularly like the following, all from Horse and Hound, a needlepoint pillow, letter holder, stained glass artwork and coktail napkins.
Finally, I couldn't resist sharing this Jeff Gordon doggy wear for all of you race fans living at Champions' Club!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
To learn more about Champions' Club, click here.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
With a blog, our customers can learn more about The McKee Group and stay conected before, during and after their home's construction. For the most part you will hear from me, Jennifer McKee, Director of Communications. I will routinely ask others from the company to guest blog.
For now, I intend to blog about a large variety of topics. We could cover everything from selling your house and downsizing to decorating a room for grandchildren and the newest restaurant opening in Garnet Valley. I will ask some of our construction professionals to guest blog as well so that our readers can learn more about the building of a McKee home.
Thanks for reading!