When you view properties listed on the market, you will see them as they look today. Yet, once you purchase a new home, you’ll likely plan on living there for years to come. Since homes and neighborhoods change over time, it’s a good idea to imagine what the property and the surrounding area will be like over the years you plan to be there.
How do you do that?
To begin, take a close look at potential maintenance issues that may be coming up. Will the roof shingles need to be replaced in a couple of years? Is the furnace more than 15 years old? Will the bathrooms need to be renovated in four or five years?
Then, take a look around the neighborhood. Find out what construction projects, road improvements, and other improvements are underway or will be happening soon. Are there plans for a new school nearby? Is there a major shopping center due to be built down the street?
Also try to get a sense of the trends in the neighborhood. Does it seem like it will be a nice place to live over the next few years? Do the homeowners take good care of their properties?
There is an old adage in marketing and sales: Before trying to sell something, you need to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. When it’s time to sell your home, you’ll need to do the same thing. Imagine that you’re the potential buyer and then view your property from that perspective.
Start with what a buyer sees first, the outside of your property from the curb. Does your home look inviting and attractive? Are there ways you can improve the look of your home from this vantage point?
It may be as simple as trimming the hedges.
Then, walk into your home through the main entrance. What is your first impression? Does your home look clean, uncluttered, and appealing from the foyer? Is there anything you can do to improve the look?
Even a small change, such as moving a coat rack that is cluttering the space, can be a significant improvement.
Finally, tour the rest of your home. Most buyers viewing homes will visit the kitchen, the living room, and other rooms on the main floor and then check out the upstairs bedrooms. As you are pretending to be a potential buyer and looking around, what impression are you getting? What features do you especially like? What don’t you like? Are there any issues that concern you?
Don’t forget to view your garage and backyard too.
By doing this simple exercise, you’ll be able to see what changes and improvements will make your home show better.
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A potential buyer comes to view your home. She explores each room with interest. Then she opens the closet door in the master bedroom. Will she be impressed with the space and imagine her clothes adorning the racks and shelves?
That likely depends on how you use and manage that storage space.
Of course, her first reaction will be based on size. Short of doing a major renovation, there’s not much you can do about that.
However, there is plenty you can do to make the space seem bright and roomy. Your first step is to remove as much of the clutter as possible. If the closet doubles as storage for boxes and other items, for example, move those items elsewhere. (It might make sense for you to temporarily rent space at a local self-storage.)
Next, make sure the space isn’t over-filled. You don’t have to remove all your clothes, but consider removing enough to fully accentuate the roominess of the space and make it look neat and organized.
Finally, don’t forget about lighting. It also plays a key role. A dimly lit closet will make the space look unappealing. Use enough wattage to create a pleasant glow throughout the area.
Don’t forget to do the same things for all your other storage spaces too.
Shopping for a home is a little like shopping for a car. Unless you know what to look for, you risk being swayed by first impressions and buying something that does not truly meet your needs.
For example, you might fall in love with the recreation room — complete with a bar and a dartboard — and unconsciously overlook the fact that the home doesn’t have enough bedrooms to accommodate your growing family.
So when you’re viewing a potential new home, or checking out a property during a weekend “open house”, make sure the home meets your needs.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
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If you put your home on the market, chances are you want it to sell quickly. However, there are certain circumstances in which sellers don’t just want their home to sell quickly, they actually need it to sell super fast. This may be due to a sudden relocation, the purchase of a new home with a tight closing date, or any number of other reasons.
Obviously, this can be a stressful situation. However, there are some practical things you can do to help your home sell super fast:
You’re shopping for a new home. You visit a property that looks great from the outside, but when you go inside to explore the rooms, you’re disappointed. The kitchen is cluttered and “feels” small. The living room seems too wide. The master bedroom doesn’t look comfortable at all.
Should you strike this home off your list of possibilities?
Maybe. Maybe not. You see, there may be any number of reasons why a room doesn’t look appealing. Some of those reasons may have little to do with the size and configuration of the space.
For example, a bedroom might look tight and uncomfortable because there are two over-sized dressers taking up most of the space, making the room feel cluttered. Without them the room could be ideal.
The kitchen might seem small because the toaster, coffeemaker, spice rack and numerous other items are using up all the counter space. If you can imagine those gone, you might see how roomy the kitchen could feel.
You take pride in your home. So, when you put it up for sale, you want to show potential buyers all the great features that make your property so appealing. But is playing host and guiding buyers through your home a good idea? Usually not.
When a potential buyer sees your property – either during a viewing or an open house – the buyer wants to feel free to look around, ponder each room, look at things with a critical eye, and ask candid questions of the Realtor. If you’re there, the buyer may not feel comfortable doing any of that. In addition, buyers want to envision themselves living in the house, but if you host the tour they are constantly reminded that it is your home. Consequently, they might not develop an interest in buying your property!
So playing host, no matter how good your intentions, will likely result in more lost selling opportunities than you will gain.
If possible, always make sure you’re out of the house during a showing. You can run an errand or take your family to the park.
You may want to know the value of your home just because you’re curious, or because you need to know the financial value of this important investment, or even because you’re thinking of making a move in the near future.
These are all good reasons. So how do you find out?
Well, a lot of homeowners simply guess. You might have heard a friend or neighbor say, “We bought this property for such and such five years ago. So I bet we could get such and such if we sold it today!”
Unfortunately, a guess is just a guess. It’s often wrong.
Other homeowners might find out what the “house around the corner” sold for last month, and base their estimate on that. While that’s actually a more accurate predictor of what your home is worth, you can still be off by tens of thousands of dollars.
The best way to find out what your home would sell for in today’s market is to calculate its Current Market Value. This is done by reviewing what similar homes in your area have sold for recently – usually within the last six months – and then, based on that data, and the unique characteristics of your home, determining the value of your property today.
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While you may not be seriously considering selling your home or looking for a new one, you might still be interested in what’s going on in the marketplace. After all, it’s nice to see “what’s out there” and find out more about some of the homes that are currently listed on the market.
There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s a good idea.
Keeping up with what’s going on in the local market, will help you make better decisions about your own home, especially if you anticipate selling within the next year or so.
Many people do this by reviewing listings online, ads in the real estate section of the local paper or dropping in on open houses. While these techniques are helpful, they don’t always give you the best picture of what’s really going on.
A better strategy is to talk to me. I will give you the best information about properties available and where the local market is headed.
As your REALTOR®, I can also satisfy your curiosity about how much particular homes have sold for in the area – which will give you a clearer idea of what your own home might get if it was listed today.
Speaking of price, I can provide you with a free assessment of your home’s current market value, which will give you an even clearer idea of what you’re likely to get.
Clearly, by working with me, you’ll have a source of advice and information that will help you make the best decision when the time comes to consider making a move.
Even if you live in a beautiful home in a great neighborhood, a dispute with a neighbor can make living there a miserable experience. That’s why it makes sense to settle such disputes quickly and amicably.
How do you do that? Here are some tips: