One service that I believe is extremely important is helping my listing clients to objectively evaluate their homes for marketability. Some brokerages do a once–over to get the information to put into the various information fields in the listing . However, I go much more into the detail of the features, characteristics and condition of your home.
I will want to postpone some photos until I’ve worked with you to do a thorough inspection of your home with a whole lot of details in mind. Every buyer who sees your home will be comparing your home with the competition in your area and in your price range. How your home compares is critical to how soon you sell and at what price. I'm going to work with you in several areas of concern:
- Interior features & characteristics – While the number of bedrooms and baths are not something you’ll likely to be changing to compete better with other homes, you do need to objectively compare them in order to end up with a listing price that will get your property sold at the highest possible price as quickly as possible. Some things we should agree on would be improvements, others I just need to know how your home compares to any other homes in the area that buyers will be seeing. Other features to review will include:
- Floor plan
- Built date and obsolescence
- Floors & walls condition, paint, etc.
- Kitchen features
- Room sizes
- Lighting, skylights, windows
- Exterior – That “curb appeal” thing really does mean something. When a prospective buyer sees the entire front of the house online and then makes them want to drive up in front of your home, they’re going to get first impressions that are very important. I help you to look at things like landscaping, exterior paint and condition. Here is an area in which small expenditures can yield big results. It’s a fact that some buyers will want to leave without ever stepping across the threshold if they get a bad first impression.
- Condition – Certain minor repairs can also make a major difference. Many buyers assume that a need for minor repairs indicates a general lack of fundamental maintenance over time. They’ll discount their offer, if they make one, thinking they’ll have a lot of work to do to restore the home to good condition. So I'm honest with you about things I see and that buyers will see and consider in their evaluation. From cracked window panes to scarred walls or doors, I’ll let you know what I believe is important and make suggestions.