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Know Your Numbers!

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

When your property is on the market, it is in your best interest to know your numbers. By this I mean you should know the dates and ages of various upgrades and/or replacements.  They are important to most buyers and can be used as great marketing features when advertising your home.

Here’s the top ten most inquired about –

  1. The age of your roof
  2. The dates when you replaced major appliances including refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and oven
  3. The number of AC/Heating units you have
  4.  The age of your AC/Heating units
  5. The year you did electrical upgrades
  6. When the last time your house was painted, inside or exterior
  7. The year you did your addition/remodel
  8. The dates of when you resurfaced or replaced parts of your pool or spa
  9. The year your house was replumbed
  10. The dates when your septic tank, well or oil tank was last serviced

10 Things to Cover for Your Walk Through Checklist

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Before you sign for that beautiful home you are about to purchase, make sure you do a walk through of the property. This is typically done either the day before or the day of closing. Here are 10 things to cover

  1. Make sure all repair items have been addressed.  Receipts would be great!
  2. If the seller is there, it is good to ask as many questions about the mechanics of the house – how does the sprinkler work, where are the landscape light timers, etc.
  3. Water Check – Turn on faucets/tubs/showers; Check drains underneath the cabinets; Flush toilets
  4. Make sure the AC/Heat works – Find out how to replace the air filter too!
  5. Check the appliances – Turn on the oven/range; Open the refrigerator (it should be empty and clean); Run the disposal
  6. Open cabinets/drawers/doors
  7. Test lights
  8. Completely walk inside and outside the property to make sure all is good – Items to convey have not been removed; Miscellaneous debris has been cleaned up/cleared out (the garage and the attic are notorious for remaining items); No interior or exterior issues
  9. Check the shed or any other detached buildings to make sure all is good there too
  10. Confirm the current services for the property. For some, it’s just a phone call to transfer to your name.  But others, like a termite bond, may include a fee to transfer.

Last note, remember everyone’s idea of clean is a little different, but it should look like the seller made the effort.

The Vacant House Necessities

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

If you are putting a vacant house on the market and you won’t be living close enough to take care of it, you need to leave some house necessities for your agent.  Here are the best things I recommend to have on hand:

  1. Toilet Paper – This is the No.1 necessity. People will use the bathroom.
  2. Paper Towels – And these are a close 2nd.  You never know when you will have a spill.
  3. Hand Soap – This is needed in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  4. Trash Cans. Have at least 1 or 2 small ones in the house and one outside.
  5. Floor Coverings. Door mats at your entrances or runners down hallways will  protect your floors from track marks.
  6. Air Filters – Buy the one that last for 3 months and make it easier for you and your agent.
  7. Couple of Boxes of Light Bulbs – This is so important. No one likes walking into a dark house.
  8. Broom – This great utensil can take care of so much!
  9. Cleaning Wipes – They make it easy to clean on the spot.
  10. Air Fresheners – Stand alone or plug-in – both work great!

Good to Have on Hand

Monday, September 28th, 2015

When your home is on the market, ask your agent what documents are good to have on hand.  Here is a list of a good few:

  1. Homeowners or Condo Association Documents
  2. Survey
  3. Floor Plan
  4. Seller’s Disclosure
  5. Budget Statements
  6. Contacts for the management company, homeowners or board members in change
  7. Utilities
  8. Service companies taking care of the property
  9. Receipts for work done or items purchased
  10. Warranties that are still in effect

The Negotiables!

Friday, July 17th, 2015

When you’re in a real estate transaction, there are a few common items that people tend to get upset about because no one made it clear whether they are staying with the house or going with you. So before you have any showings decide which are going and which are staying.

  1. Washer (Note if it stays.)
  2. Dryer (Ditto.)
  3. Movie Theatre Equipment ( List what you are doing with all the parts including the screen, the projector, the sound equipment, etc.)
  4. Shelving (I tell my sellers to tell me which ones go because they typically stay with the house.)
  5. Cabinets (If attached or built-in, it stays. But unattached, clarify which way it goes.)
  6. Draperies (If you have a set that matches your comforter, make sure you say it goes with you and the comforter!)
  7. Stereo Equipment (Again, list all the parts and what’s happening with them.)
  8. Speakers (List the ones that are going, otherwise people think they stay.)
  9. Lawn Accessories (Don’t be surprised if the buyer asks for your garden statutes, planted pots and Adirondack chairs.)
  10. Fixtures (Whether it be lights, bathroom mirrors or anything else you are partial to, these are better if you replace them before you show your home. Buyers tend to like the picture they see in front of them.)

Picture Imperfect!

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

When getting pictures taken of your home, make sure you are aware of the things that can distract a buyer. Photos are so important!  Many potential buyers make a decision whether to see a property based on how inviting the pictures look. So here’s my top 10 of things to be aware of!

  1. Open Doors and Drawers  – Close them all
  2. Closed Blinds or Curtains – Open Please
  3. Knick Knacks  – Less is so much more
  4. Clothes and Shoes – Put them all away
  5. Time of Day – Ask the photographer when is best
  6. People and Animals – No one will look any anything else but them
  7. Dead Plants – Remove them
  8. Brightly Colored Walls or Busy Wallpaper- Both appear even more so online
  9. Stained Carpet – Cleaner or removal are the best choices
  10. Non-professional Photos – Professionally done are noticeably better