Getting your home ready for market – “Move-in Ready” is Key

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Real Estate Agent with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors License #142914

Getting your home ready for market – “Move-in Ready” is Key - Unless absolutely impossible, it is my preference to prepare my listings to be “move-in ready” BEFORE they go on the market.

Because our inventory of homes is high and Buyers have much from which to choose, YOUR home needs to have the WOW factor.Fresh paint helps sell homes!

When the Buyer walks through your door, they need to say, “I can LIVE here. In fact, I could move in TODAY!”

If they walk into a home with stained carpet, dirty walls and obnoxious paint colors, they’re going to turn around and walk out. It won’t matter if your home’s electric & plumbing is updated or that you have good insulation and low utility bills. Buying is an emotional decision, and if the Buyers can’t envision themselves living in your home, you will lose their interest.

The most inexpensive improvements you can make – from which you are sure to receive a return on your investment – are to the walls and flooring. Fresh paint is the least expensive improvement and new carpet is next in line.

Of course, you want to de-clutter also. If a Buyer sees your walk-in closet crammed with clothing, they will think that there is no possible way their clothes will fit. If they see your closets 50% full, they will delight in the amount of storage available.

I include a consultation with a home-stager in my listing services, because I believe it’s a great investment on my part. Staged homes sell almost 50% faster and for 6-9% higher than average. I would rather spend money on a home stager in trade for fewer days on market.New Carpet sells homes!

Yes, it’s more money out of pocket up front for the Seller, but having your home staged by a professional will likely speed up the selling process and net you more at the closing table.

Getting your home ready for market – “Move-in Ready” is Key

The combination of home improvements, de-cluttering and home staging will help you avoid costly price reductions. If you can’t afford some of these expenses, ask your Realtor about vendors who may wait until closing to be paid.

Your home will sell if it is in top condition, priced correctly and marketed aggressively. Choose the Listing Realtor that understands this selling strategy.

Preparing your home for sale requires some sweat equity and a humble attitude – but your participation in getting your home ready for market is truly “priceless.”

Please visit my site today to learn more about my listing services and definitely peruse my Preferred Vendor list!

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Please visit my web site if you are shopping for Tulsa homes for sale or call 918-852-5036 for more information about Midtown Tulsa Real Estate. In addition to my advanced grasp of the internet to market your Tulsa home for sale, I include a home staging consultation with every listing AND professional photography - at no aditional cost to you!

Lori is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors serving the greater Tulsa area and specializing in downtown Tulsa and midtown Tulsa real estate.

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  1. Donna Schoby 08/17/2009 05:13 PM
  2. Wendy Timmons 08/19/2009 04:33 PM
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Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal

Lori, very well stated and of course I could agree more! Most sellers I've dealt with are very enthusiastic and take well to the advice I've given them. It helps so much when the Realtor is on board with staging the home before those photos hit the Internet.

August 17, 2009 09:17 AM #1
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Lori Cain
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Cynthia - I have a listing right now that has been on the market two weeks. The home stager I use couldn't make it out there before I had a professional photographer take pictures. After stager's and two Realtor's feedback, we painted another room and I had to re-take photos. HUGE hassle to ammend the virtual tour and replace photos on web sites. I won't make that mistake again. But, what's funny is that once the Sellers SAW the photos, that's when they agreed that the purple room needed to be painted!

August 17, 2009 09:23 AM #2
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Lori, love this blog post.  When I published an article about today's buyers wanting "move-in ready" homes, I got pooh-poohs from local agents.  I guess that they think that our area is different but I don't think so.  It's so good to hear from an agent that does! 

August 17, 2009 10:44 AM #3
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M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County FL Real Estate

Hi Lori, Great post on getting a home market ready. So, much goes into selling a home.  However, it must be "show" ready BEFORE it goes on the market. otherwise it will just get lost in the sea of homes currently for sale.  Thanks for the reminder.

August 17, 2009 11:46 AM #4
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Lori Cain
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Ginger, feel free to re-blog. If you can't convince the Realtors in your area, perhaps you can speak directly to the Sellers.

Sandy - glad you agree. I think Realtors that don't require/encourage their Sellers to get their home in great condition are doing a dis-service to their clients!

August 17, 2009 12:55 PM #5
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Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Great post Lori, I re-blogged for my local area. Thanks!

August 17, 2009 05:16 PM #6
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Lori Cain
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Thank you, Donna! Hope you can convince some Realtors. I rave about my home stager!

August 17, 2009 05:39 PM #7
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Joe Pryor
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Lori, I am finding that decluttering is what we are doing the most. The last time I moved and this was earlier in the year, Craig's List became my go to site. Not only did a declutter, I also made enough for a great vacation for Charlene and me.  Italy here we come! Total bonus.

August 18, 2009 08:45 AM #8
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Christine McInerney
The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

This is very true.  A lot of sellers think that allowances will make a buyer forget about how bad the  home looks when they are seeing it.

August 19, 2009 04:44 PM #9
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Lori Cain
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Allowances are a thing of the past. In order to compete with today's inventory, good first impressions are a must!

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