Saw this in a foreclosure this week. Very interesting . . . Cheap and easy fix. Have you ever seen anything like this before?
Buyers can be very particular and no detail is too small for some. While you are preparing all the standard things of decluttering, painting and cleaning, consider cleaning up that refrigerator, especially if you plan to included it with the sale of the home. Often times if you have an updated modern refrigerator a lot of buyers will want it to stay (whether you have it included in the listing or not).
Is your refrigerator over-stocked, have grungy shelves or anything growing, eeek? Well keep in mind even the condition of your refrigerator can say a lot about you as a home owner. You don’t want to leave a bad impression for the buyer.
Start with cleaning up the inside of your refrigerator and freezer by cleaning, removing expireds and decluttering your food. Then some fresh bright colored food such as apples, strawberries, or oranges would look great on the shelves. Make sure all stronger smelling items are sealed up. Also pop a new box of baking soda in the back. Clean up the jars and bottles on the doors.
Be smart presentation is everything and yes, the buyer will probably look in the refrigerator.
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In most cases, you would think that the holiday time is a bad time to sell a home. “Sixty percent of real estate professionals advise their sellers to list a home during the holidays because it’s a good time to sell, according to a new survey conducted by Realtor.com.” – Daily Real Estate News, December 5, 2011.
According to Daily Real Estate News, Almost 80 percent of agents who were survey said that buyer who are out during the holidays are more serious. Over 60 percent of agents said that because there are less homes on the market that there is not as much competition for the seller since less homes are generally for sale during that time. Interestingly enough, almost 20 percent of agents said that the homes felt more cozy due to the cold weather.
During the winter season photographs the the property are even more important for the sale of the home according to the interview by Realtor.com. Sellers don’t tend to offer open houses as much during the holidays, therefore relying more on the photos and videos. This also helps the buyer bypass listings that do don’t interest them.
Helpful Tip: Find an agent that takes good photographs. I am a photographer on the side and I have had many people remark on the photos and how the photos got them to look at the property.
Photo Copyright 2006 Amy S Myers
The real estate market is still very competitive for sellers. Sellers are in stiff competition more than ever with their home on the inside and out. A few home improvement projects will impact buyers. Sellers going to have to spend a little time (and cash) but it will be well worth it.
- Painting – take the opportunity to brighten up rooms and get rid of those scratches and finger prints and smudges. Use neutral tones. Your buyer is most likely not going to like that red wall (or even the wall paper) . Wall paper is an instant repair list item and instant work. I recently removed a wall paper border in a small bathroom and it was a thorn in my side. Freshen up paint on the outside and especially the front door. It is the first thing the buyers see. I have had buyers that pull up to a house and refuse to go in because the front is not appealing.
- Landscaping – trim the grass, get rid of any weeds, keep the shrubs under control. Low maintenance will be easier on you and the buyers eyes.
- De-clutter – Clean and de-clutter your home. By doing this, of course, makes it neat but also low stress and makes the home seem cleaner. Get rid of personal photos. Some buyers have a hard time envisioning the homes as theirs with personal photographs around the house. Remove furniture and items that take up a lot of space. Rent a storage unit if you have to. Remember buyers are evaluating the space. This week I showed a home that was from another era. Oh, maybe 20-25 years ago. There was stuff in every nook and cranny, plants, knick knacks, etc. . . The whole thing was rather chaotic. The buyer had no interest in the home, even though it was a good bones home. He could not get passed all the personal items and taste specific décor. The house really needed a make-over.
- Minor repairs – Buyers see the details and they can tell when you have a very clean house and all details are taken care of that the other working parts are most like taken care of the same way. Fix the handle on the drawer or that missing little piece of molding, or that stain spot.
- Staging – talk to your agent about staging. A job well done in this area can set you apart from all the other homes in your neighborhood.
“Pennsylvania has just become the 28th state to ban private transfer fees. Gov. Tom Corbett today signed HB 442 into law, becoming Act 8 of 2011.
Private transfer fees are part of a covenant attached to a property deed that forces the seller to pay 1 percent of the purchase price to a private third-party entity every time the property sells over the next 99 years. These fees cost unsuspecting homeowners thousands of dollars in additional closing costs.”