Sellers : Preparing Your Home for the Market
Complete Home Staging Consultations
Staging is the process of depersonalizing a space and creating an image of an inviting lifestyle in which a potential buyer can imagine themselves living. While the scope of the staging services varies depending on the home itself and the marketplace, the ultimate objective of staging a home is to achieve a quick sale for the highest price possible. The process of staging improves the impression of the home and encourages prospective homeowners to imagine the possibilities of how a room is set up and to help them envision what living in the home would be like. Stagers consult on such issues as furniture layout, de-cluttering, cosmetic touch-ups and lighting, and work towards increasing your homes’ appeal among potential buyers by enhancing the positive features. The end result is a “model home” effect that outshines comparable properties and offers Buyers a glimpse of your home’s possibility. As part of my complimentary services to you, I offer the opportunity to have a certified professional stager visit your home for a full assessment, providing you with a comprehensive report detailing a room-by-room plan to create that model home look by using your existing furniture, or bringing in additional pieces/ accessories where necessary. How much you chose to do is up to you, but I am pleased to provide this consultation to you at no cost.
Pre-Listing Home Inspections
A pre-listing home inspection is a powerful tool that helps your home sell more quickly and with more ease, and is an appropriate marketing tool for many listings today. Essentially, this is a process by which the Realtor has the home inspected prior to listing it for sale so that prospective buyers can confidently make an offer, with less of a need (if any) for an inspection to be done after the terms are negotiated. Often, this is to the Seller’s benefit as everyone knows the condition of the home ahead of time and removes the possibility of any eleventh hour surprises. No home is perfect and a good inspection report will provide that perspective, but if there are issues that need a second opinion or further evaluation, that can happen before the house is listed, rather than in the middle of a high stress negotiation. Additionally, in competitive offer situations prospective buyers may not make an offer because they are not able to get an inspection, or the odds are high that the money spent on an inspection will be wasted; a seller’s inspection may allow more potential buyers to make an offer. As part of my listing services to you I am pleased to offer this pre-listing inspection service by a reputable and certified inspector at no cost, in cases where it would be to the seller’s advantage to provide one.
Referrals To Trusted Trades
Small details can sometimes make a big difference in the overall presentation of your home. Buyers, especially first-timers, will often overestimate the cost and effort required to remedy even simple issues, and there is a common misconception that if minor problems have been ignored so to have the larger ones; it is for these reasons that it is important for your home to show as well-cared for. With my many years of real estate experience, I have worked with and compiled a list of reliable tradespeople and service providers who can work together with you to find simple solutions to most problems, minimizing the expense to you while ensuring that your home is as functional and appealing to buyers as possible. As always, all referrals are based entirely on my past experience; rest assured I receive no referral fee whatsoever.
Personal & Professional Walk-Through
For most people their home is their most valuable asset and often constructive criticism is the most valuable advice you will receive from a Realtor when discussing the successful disposition of that asset. As part of the evaluation of your home, you should expect your Realtor to do a thorough personal walk through of the space to note not only the features and updates, but also any obstacles and areas of deficiency that your home may have. Beware of the Sales Rep who tells you your home is perfect in an effort not to offend you and secure the listing; with your best interest at heart and a trained eye, I can offer you a professional opinion ahead of time of what a potential buyer is likely to notice so that you have the opportunity to fix it. An upfront, straight-forward assessment of any problem areas that can be changed will give you the chance to remedy the problem before it is identified by a buyer during the sale. Once the house is ready for sale, the final step is doing an unbiased final walk though of the house to identify any last minute touch ups or details that may have been overlooked.