Moving.... a new adventure for the next life chapter

By
Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

     moversThere are lots of ways to approach every phase of life...positively works best...looking at the next phase of life as an adventure rather than the end of a chapter and on to the unknown.  The way we approach moves as realtors with our clients can result in a more positive experience for our sellers as well.  The end result is that it is a better transaction for everyone....and the fringe benefit to you may well be referrals to that client's family and friends.
       The days of a realtor who takes the listing, snaps a picture, gets the sign in the yard and the listing on mls and waits for an offer should be gone....unless you are a limited service agent an that, by your contract is the service you have agreed with the seller.
       As a full service realtor, you should have a "reference library of resources" to make the moving transition as  smooth as possible. Here are some suggestions for the resources we find are used most often.
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  • Landscaper or outdoor "ground crew"....decluttering is not just on the inside...it means trimming the bushing, weeding the flower beds, keeping the grass cut and trimmed. This can be professionals who need to cut down trees, demolish stumps or as simple as the teenager looking to earn more money...you may want some of both kinds of resources available for a variety of jobs.
  • Handyman - a few minor repairs, replacements can make a huge difference in how a home is perceived by buyers
  • Painter - A lighter, brighter interior is a good thing....and peeling paint on trim, windows, etc. is not only not attractive it may well be a problem for some kinds of financing and is best addressed when the listing is taken.
  • Roofer - curls are wonderful...but not when they are on shingles...have a professional who offers a warranty address this area if necessary
  • Plumber for jobs that require permits and must be performed by a licensed plumber, this contractor is a valuable assetplumber
  • Electrician may be necessary when the service is not up to code...not a job for an amateur who could have a shocking experience !
  • Foundation Specialist this is a requirement here where walls can be out of plumb, drain tile can become blocked, there may be a need for more than one of this kind of contractor depending upon their capabilities and the needs of your sellers
  • Carpeting and Flooring - when the shag won't cut it, the tile is chipped and the floorboards creak...know a source for all things under foot
  • Cleaning Service -This makes a HUGE difference from dusting the baseboards to washing the windows...squeaky clean sells ! Carpet cleaners and housecleaners need to be a part of this valuable listcleaning lady
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Specialists -Being able to say that the furnace and A/C have been recently "tuned up" and filters replaced is a great comfort to new buyers and speaks loudly to the kind of care the seller has taken to maintain the house


          Depending on where you live, you may find other services a necessary part of your library...pest control in warmer climates ...Some markets find pre-inspections a common practice for reassurance to the buyer.

     Be a good scout...be prepared. Realtors...be the best you can be....Sellers...use your realtor as a resource, ask for recommendations for reliable contractors and service providers based upon their experience.
      If you want Prompt Professional Service and Proven Results for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin...call the Hansons, your realtors for a lifetime.



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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS


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Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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Great suggestions Sally and David............when I was in the multi-family industry, every property had a list of businesses in the area that they handed out to new reisdents............most of what you list was provided by the management company, but ours were a lot of helpful things in the area.

Sep 21, 2010 11:16 PM #1
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It's ironic that you should post this. I was broached by an agent who asked me if I knew someone who could... I thought that they should have someone in their files who could do...

Sep 21, 2010 11:22 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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You just have to be a librarian as a part of the whole "wear many hats" thing...and be ready to reference the many kinds of service providers that may be of need in your location.

Sep 21, 2010 11:34 PM #3
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Don Spera
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Sally and David, I could not agree with you more.  My only biggest concern is that if that particular suggestion that we give does not do the job properly and they want to come back on us or give us a bad rap.

Sep 22, 2010 01:43 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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  We only recommend sources we have used or trusted other people have used...we strongly encourage this rather than letting your fingers do the walking .

Sep 22, 2010 01:54 AM #5
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Terrific info and post!  It is always nice to be able to go to a trusty short list of qualified and dependable contractors...we see the good the bad and the ugly for sure in this business, dont we?

Sep 22, 2010 03:25 AM #6
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Debbie Gartner
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This is great.  I think I'm going to reblog later.  Ironically, this has some similarities to the post I just posted a few mins ago about BNI and having people to refer to my customers.  Super job.

Sep 22, 2010 03:59 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Thanks Deb.....the butcher, baker or candlestick maker...whatever anyone needs...we're happy to help !

Sep 22, 2010 04:30 AM #8
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Laura Giannotta
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Lists like these make you a more valuable REALTOR!

Sep 22, 2010 09:10 AM #9
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Condition means a great deal more than it did five years ago....worth having an outsider (even if it's a coworker or neighbor) walk through the home and let you know what they might ask about from a buyer's perspective.

Sep 22, 2010 01:29 PM #10
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Good thought Penny...the realtor need not be the only "Villain"....:)

Sep 22, 2010 03:33 PM #11
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That's a great list!  Sounds common sensical to me.  And it's always good to be a good Scout.

Sep 23, 2010 12:58 AM #12
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