Sweat the Small Stuff When Selling Your Winnetka Home

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Real Estate Broker with Baird & Warner Real Estate

Sweat the Small Stuff When Selling Your Winnetka Home


I know that not all sellers want to to do an all-out staging of their home - they feel their homes are in good shape, show well, and are updated.  So they go ahead and list their homes for sale but overlook the "small stuff."  Those things that take little time or money to fix but are glaringly obvious to the potential buyer.

Here's what I mean.  These photos were taken during a Tuesday morning broker's tour of homes in the area.  In otherwise nice homes, these flaws are out in the open yet cheap to fix - buyers will discount for them because they show a lack of attention to detail.  So they start wondering. "what else might be wrong with the house?"

 

Dirty stairs

 

Cracked bricks


Just a little paint, a little mortar and these issues can be cleared up in one weekend.  Don't put your Winnetka house on the market without attending to these small things.Call me when you're ready to put your house on the market - I'll advise you on all the stages involved in selling your home - and I'll even sweat the small stuff for you.

 

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Margaret Goss - Winnetka & North Shore Real Estate Broker
Specializing in homes for sale in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Northbrook & Evanston.

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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Margaret:

Sellers need to take a close look at their house with a magnifying glass.  The small stuff can have a huge impact for buyers who want a perfect, move in ready home.  They don't want scuffed paint or broken mortar.

March 02, 2011 12:54 AM
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Leslie Ebersole
REALTOR - Chicagonulls Western Suburbs
Baird&Warner Fox Valley

Great advice in your to-the-point post. How could someone list with such marked up stair treads...soap is cheap and water is free!

Congrats on feature.

March 02, 2011 01:17 AM
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Barb Van Stensel

Excellent points.  I use photos like these to illustrate in my listing presentations of a staged home (before and after) and ask the seller's which one would they prefer the most?  Same holds true with the "Honey, to do list".  Simple fixes will stop the potential buyer from being distracted from what would/could be an awesome home for them.

Congrats on the featured.  Well deserved.

March 02, 2011 08:35 AM
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Steve Smither
One Mortgage INC.

So so true especially in a nicer neighborhood like Winnetka.

March 02, 2011 04:33 PM
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Margaret Goss
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
Baird & Warner Real Estate

To all who commented:

I just realized today (3/4) that my post had been featured or that I had received any comments!  So sorry for not responding sooner - I never received even one email notication.  Must be an AR glitch.

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