Is your home ready to sell?

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Real Estate Agent with Sound Realty

I believe a good seller's agent is often better equipped to address getting a property ready for market than a stager. 

An agent is much better able to prevent future problems before they arise, if we are involved during the early stages of getting a home ready for market. 

The above office sunroom looks very cheerful in light yellow, and given it is the office of a REALTOR (me) the pictures of homes and staged rooms is appropriate and attractive. 

One might think that these things can stay until the home is sold.  THINK AGAIN! 

When getting your home ready for market, remove everything off of the walls and only put back those items that you will be using to stage the home!

Why?

  

Because after the property is in escrow, and you have so many other things to do like hire movers and pack, etc, that is not a good time to find out there is a lot of work to do,  Here I have to peel off the hot glue dots on the wall and address the difference in the wall color behind everything that is hanging on the walls.  Not a big deal when you have plenty of time BEFORE the property goes on market. 

BUYERS DO NOT LIKE TO SEE A LOT OF THINGS HANGING ON THE WALLS, as they see the holes that need to be spackled or the wall color differences that may need to be addressed, even before you take those things down.  They imagine them even if they are not there.  So show your walls clean and fresh and free of everything except a few accent pieces.

Carefully placed accents can be put back on the walls when you stage the property.  But begin the process of getting your home ready for market by first removing everything.  And I DO mean EVERYTHING! 

The last thing you want is a lot of work waiting for you the day you are trying to pack and move out.

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Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty

Carole,

I have a weird habit of pulling out nails and picture hangers in vacant properties while I'm showing them.  I put them in the kitchen drawer.  LOL  It's a pet peeve of mine I guess to see those nails and picture hangers everywhere.  Better to have a little hole.

February 04, 2008 10:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Gail Robinson
REALTOR, GRI, e-PRO, Fairfield County, CT
William Raveis Real Estate
I felt really bad today.  I had a listing presentation at the home of an artist and collector.  She was so upset by my suggestion to take down her paintings and put away her collectibles that I felt really bad.  She kept saying, but they look good don't they?  No matter how many times I explained the concept behind depersonalizing the environment, I know it still felt like an insult to her.
February 04, 2008 11:19 PM
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty

Gail,

That's a tough one.  Last year I came in after the first REALTOR and did the opposite.  I took down the agent's stuff and put the owner's art back up.  It sold.

February 05, 2008 10:33 AM
Rainmaker
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
President and Owner
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.
Ardell-Great advice and a wise seller will follow that information.  I did a listing presentation a few weeks ago for a husband and wife that are artists and have their studio in their home.  Unlike Gail Robinsons sellers above, the couple that I dealt with said "We know we need to get rid of all of this stuff, give us 1 month and the house will be ready".  I sure wish they were all that easy!  Aloha and nice boots in your other post :)
February 06, 2008 12:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Ross Quintana
Spokane Washington Real Estate - 509-362-1966
TQ Real Estate Coaching

It's funny Ardell, we think along the same lines on many things. I think Realtors should be staging experts, if they want to hire someone as far as the work side of it goes, then OK. But, just for the ideas, this should be a service of the person marketing the property.

Ross Quintana - Spokane Real Estate Expert 

February 06, 2008 01:23 PM
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