Have you noticed that there is an increase in the number of trust and sometimes probate sales in Palo Alto and the surrounding areas? Here is a logical explanation for this. The World War 2 generation is unfortunately dying off. Many people in this generation lived in their homes for many years, and did not keep up with the latest interior design styles even if they were good at maintaining their homes. Some people spent too long living without help the homes may have smells, stains, or deferred maintenance.
If you are an executor or personal representative for one of these homes it may be your responsibility to sell a home and you are faced with some big decisions. Most estate attorneys will tell you need to sell the home "As-Is" and not to do any structural repairs. But what about cosmetics? These homes are often cosmetically challenged and could use a little lipstick.
If you speak with a realtor you may be advised to clean up and stage the home. Listen to that advice. A home that is clean, painted, staged, and de-odorized will sell much faster than a home left in a sad looking state. If there was a death on the property there is an even bigger challenge in selling the home, so you will want to make the house look better and be priced aggressively to overcome the negative of the death on the property.
A few thousand dollars can go a long way in getting a home from last century looking like it is ready for living in this century. I provide free staging and co-ordinate some cosmetic upgrades for my probate and trust sales in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and those homes generally sell quickly and for good prices.
If you have any questions or need any help selling your home please feel free to contact me.
Keller Williams Realty