GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL: FAQ Part 4 PROPERTY CONDITION

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services

When it comes to selling your house whether in the Manchester NH area or anywhere, the one thing Sellers are demanding these days is Service. Whether selling Owner Occupied homes, a Short Sale, an investment property or through an estate sale you need a professional experienced in that type of sale. Once you LIST YOUR HOME it is time to make sure your property is READY TO SELL. As a Leading Listing Agent here in the New Hampshire area, I strive to make the Selling process a wonderful experience for my clients by working with them through ALL steps of the Selling process. Last week we started this new series with GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL: FAQ Part 1.

The 4th STEP is to MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS IN WORKING ORDER AND FREE OF DAMAGE. You worked hard to get the exterior mowed and trimmed. You have cleaned the interior to make your home inviting and welcoming but what will the buyer think of the condition of your home.

a. WALLS: Your walls should be free of holes and marks. Fresh painted walls that are a neutral color are always welcoming. 

b. FLOORING/CARPETING: Your flooring should be secured, no loose carpeting, no tears or pulls. Carpeting should be steam cleaned and vinyl or hardwood floors swept and shined.

c. PLUMBING/FAUCETS/TOILET: Your plumbing should be operational. Your toilet should not run all the time and your faucets should not be dripping. If so, repairs should be done prior to showings.  

d. WINDOWS AND DOORS: All windows and doors should be operational, they should open and close easily. Windows whould not be broken or cracked and should contain screens.

e. FURNACE: Your furnace should be operational. It should have been cleaned/serviced within the last year.

f. TRASH: Remove all trash from your house. Empty the trash cans in the bath or kitchen. Avoid bad odors

g. LITTER BOX OR PET TOYS: Remove litter boxes and put pet toys away. You do not want a bad odor or trip hazzards.


In conclusion the more work your home needs the lower the amount of interested buyers and the lower the sale price you will get. Make your home move in ready to get the highest possible sales price. Selling your home can be a wonderful process. Avoiding agents who do not work with you through each step of the selling process is a good start. Most home owners whose homes do not sell during the first 3 months of the listing term do not sell because of price or a lack of attention from your agent. By having a Local agent who works full time, offers full service and knows yoru market, you can get the advanatge of being properly priced, properly marketed and with me, in most cases sold quickly and the best obtainable price.

 

This is step 4 of our 5 step "How to get your home ready to sell SERIES". Please come back each day for more tips and advice.

It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. it takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.

 

If you need to sell your home and you owe more than your house is worth, i may be able to help. I specialize in working with home owners to get your home sold. There are many options such as a short sale whcih may be able to help you.

Please try and avoid out of state or out of town agents and companies that make "out of this world promises". We are local agents with experience who never charge any up front fees. WE GET RESULTS!!!

 

We stand by you through every step in selling your home.

 


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If you are Looking for a Real Estate Agent you have come to the right place. Scott Godzyk is a Full Time and Local agent ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs through each step of the buying or selling process. We are proud to be locally owned and operated.

If you owe more than your house is worth, If you are behind in your payments, I may be able to help. Call me to find out how you may be able to sell your home at no additional cost to you.

Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of The Godzyk Real Estate Services located in Manchester NH. With 25 years of Real Estate experience Scott specializes in Listing and Selling Bank Owned Homes, Short Ssles, Residential Properties, Condominiums, New Construction and Investment Properties. Scott services the counties of Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Belknap. To contact Scott Godzyk please call 603-661-2121 or email sctprop@aol.com. his website is www.ScottSellsNH.com.

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Good morning Scott -

Indeed so many home owners don't MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS IN WORKING ORDER AND FREE OF DAMAGE before listing their home.  I always tell my home sellers that you're going to have to fix X, Y and Z when the inspector finds it anyway so why not go ahead and save a headache later on down the real estate road.  

Have a great day!

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June 06, 2012 09:44 AM #1
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Hi Scott - Another excellent FAQ post. For condition items, we have found that buyers always overstimate the probable costs of repair when thinking about how much to offer on the home. Any work that can be done ahead of time to remove those issues will more than pay for themselves.

June 06, 2012 09:52 AM #2
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Scott- I so agree.  Get it fixed, cleaned or removed!  Buyers will, as Dick said, always overestimate.  And many don't want to deal with it. 

June 06, 2012 10:22 AM #3
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More very good information for home sellers.

Have an outstanding week!

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Removing litter boxes all together can be bad news.  Best to scoop them on a daily basis.  Don't want kitty getting upset and going somewhere that leaves a more permanent smell.

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Thanks for the comment John, great points

June 06, 2012 02:09 PM #6
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Well said Dick, I have heard buyers quote some wild number swhen trying to figure out the cost to repair something. if it is already done, then that problem is solved

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thanks for the comment Kathy, you are so right, the homes that are selling are move in ready or if they need work, they sell for much much less

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Thank you for the comment Roy, very nice picture as always

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Chris Ann i think you make a great point for those dreaded litter boxes, being clean is a must and may be better than removing if the cats are still home during showings

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