Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.
Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.
Leonard Fields is a seasoned real estate professional with more than Twenty Five Years in Real Estate. He has assisted clients in selling and buying bank owned-properties, short sales and standard sales. His background includes residential construction & remodeling, construction inspection, valuation and financing residential real estate. He specialize in funding fix & flip projects, in-fill development projects and small commercial project with private money.
As a broker/consultant/ private money lender with past experience in appraising and lending, Leonard has been involved in hundreds of real estate transactions and knows how to close real estate transactions. Additionally, He is uniquely knowledgeable in FHA 203K financing; a loan program which provides funds for buyers to purchase a property and make improvements with one loan…thus reducing the out of pocket cash for buyers.
Leonard is Certified GREEN by the National Association of Realtors and a member of Build It Green. His team advise clients on how to make their home more energy efficient and utilize solar in homes.Houses that incorporate all of the above elements of energy efficiency have many advantages. They feel more comfortable because the additional insulation keeps the interior wall at a more comfortable and stable temperature. The indoor humidity is also better controlled, and drafts are reduced. A tightly sealed air/vapor retarder reduces the likelihood of moisture and air seeping through the walls. They are also very quiet because the extra insulation and tight construction helps to keep exterior noise out better. In the end, your energy-efficient house will provide you with superior comfort and lower operating costs, not to mention a higher real estate market value.
We have developed a Green Home Improvement Program to assist homeowners make these Green or solar improvements economically with a high level of satisfaction.
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