How important is curb appeal – do I really have to clean up my home’s exterior?

Did you know how fast first impressions can be formed? Really fast. When was the last time you were shopping and you noticed a lovely shop and adored what was in the window, thinking I want to see more?! The same holds true with a home for sale.

A prospective home Buyer will pull up to your home and can immediately get a feel for how the rest of the home may appear. Don’t give them the chance to skip your home when the interior looks so amazing due to all your effort you focused on inside. At least, give them a hint that there may be more that they like inside. It can be as simple as a good trim, cleaning and freshly potted flowers by the front door.

I bought the nicest home in a neighborhood, was that a mistake?

While I’m sure you probably love your home, the fact that you now own the nicest home in the neighborhood will potentially harm your resale value when it comes time to sell your home. Because you planted yourself into the nicest home in the neighborhood, your home’s value is at the top of your neighborhood’s price range. This means, that to get into your neighborhood, a home Buyer can pay a lesser amount for a smaller, less upgraded home; one that’s not the King of the Castle. Plus, if a home Buyer is qualified to buy your home at it’s higher price, then they just might as well go in search of another neighborhood, where they will be surrounded by nicer homes; they can be the little guy in a sea of mansions, which will ultimately help their resale value. Next time, think twice about buying the best home in a neighborhood.

My heart aches just understanding where you’re going with this question, as I too love dogs! Our doggies can be our best of friends, always accepting of us no matter what and are just pure joy! However, (yes,….I’ve got to put out the “however”) a dog can make our jobs more difficult when trying to get a home sold.

Selling a home when you have a dogPerhaps the most prevalent concern is that of your dog’s smell that can fill your home with unwanted odor when it’s time to sell your home. From their toys, bedding and an occasional mistake when duty calls, the odor can indeed penetrate your home, when quite often you’ve grown accustomed to the odor. Unfortunately, a visiting, prospective Buyer will certainly catch the first whiff upon entering your home. Unless they’re willing to perform a deep clean or love dogs too, it may just be a deal breaker or a reason to ask for a lowball offer.

Your option will be to remove all the doggie stuff from your home, perform a deep clean yourself, which may include replacing any carpets or you can price your home below market value to compensate for the dog effect.

Ask your Real Estate Questions 

It’s time to sell your home and you have a few questions that you need to clear up, as they’ve been weighing on your mind; some more heavily than others. You won’t be the first to ask such a question and that you’ve been afraid to ask a Realtor. Please understand that your question(s) have likely been asked before by home Sellers. Ask the question. Clarity is essential for peace of mind. Without peace of mind, how could you ever begin to prepare for selling a home.

Can I ask a Realtor to reduce their commission?

Sure you can ask a Realtor to reduce their commission, in fact, it’s recommended. It’s recommended by me, you wonder? Why? How a Realtor will answer this question will tell you a lot about their ability to negotiate on your behalf. You’re now scratching your head wondering what the heck am I talking about. Let me explain.

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So what happens when you venture out and ask a Realtor to reduce their commission? Their answer will enlighten you a great deal on a must have skill set for any Realtor you chose to hire. If you ask the Realtor to sell your home for less than the typical going rate and they easily give in to your request for them to earn less money, how easy will it be for them to reduce your home’s sales price when a Buyer and their Agent want to buy your home for less money? Easily sacrificing their own income will make it easier to forfeit your income. You can ask, but carefully watch how they respond.

Can I exclude something from my home sale?

If you absolutely must exclude something from your home sale, it must be made known upfront for any prospective Buyers. For example, if that one of kind, hanging chandelier over your dining room table is a light you fell in love with years ago when you first purchased it and you just have to keep it, then sure, you can exclude it. It must be made known to home Buyers, and it’s best to make sure it’s noted directly to your home’s MLS listing. But, my recommendation would be to have it removed before you even list your home for sale. Considering home selling recommendations will get you well on your way to selling your home.

Can I exclude my light fixture from home sale?

Don’t let the Buyer use what you want to exclude, as a negotiating tool, to get you to give up your prized possession. Instead, replace the light fixture with a fixture that complements your home’s dining room and nobody needs to know about your favorite chandelier; avoiding potential drama and heartache.