Get Out There And Do It!!

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Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker, Momentum Realty
This is the time of year that Realtors begin getting calls about listing homes for the Spring market. Often, the listing is delayed while we send the homeowner back to get  contractors in to deal with deferred maintenance.  Because everyone is trying to get their house fixed up for Spring (whether or not they are selling), and also because the weather does not always cooperate, it is often difficult to get these appointments scheduled.
 
If you are planning to sell your home this Spring, you should be getting it fixed up now.  All of those items that youChecklist planned to 'deal with later?'  Later is now! And yes, it will make a difference in your sales price...buyers do not want to have to deal with the things that you did not take care of as the homeowner. The price will be discounted accordingly.
 
If you are not planning to sell your home this Spring, it is a great opportunity to look around and see what items need 'freshening.' It might be time to get the house painted, the roof might need some repair, maybe the gutters are lose or the trees around the house need trimming. It is easier, as well as more affordable, to take on these projects as you go along. I mentioned specific outside projects, but the same goes for the indoor projects (as well as your receipts and paperwork). It is much easier to tackle one small project at at time than it is to have to take on everything.
 
By taking on one project at a time, you will be in a great position when you go to sell your home.
 
If you are hoping to sell your Northern Virginia home this Spring, you really need to get busy. Give me a call and we can do a walk through, create a plan and help you get moving toward your real estate goals.
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Comments (8)

Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Just listed a home that has some issues. Spoke to the owner and created a list. All things the owner knew about. Will see how they do.

Jan 07, 2013 10:50 PM
Randy Bocook
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Richmond Hill, GA
Selling Coastal Georgia

Great post, I tell my clients in the spring and summer to go ahead and take some Green Grass pictures or videos that we can use in the winter time. Not many sellers, or Realtors think that far ahead

Randy

Jan 07, 2013 10:50 PM
Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Excellent post and recommendations! Better to tackle those projects a little at a time.  Their house will be ready to sell before the hot spring market and they will thank you for it!

Jan 07, 2013 11:08 PM
Wika Hutchinson
Eugene, OR
Broker, CRIS, SFR, CDPE
Great post and recommendation Holly. It is important to get the house ready and looks its best if the seller wants to get the top $$$.
Jan 07, 2013 11:18 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Good advice Holly! Too often sellers wait and don't plan.  Now is the time to get the work done to be ready for the Spring market! <suggested>

Jan 08, 2013 04:57 AM
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Great reminders Holly.  It may be a professional hazard but I'm always looking at things around my own house & noticing what buyers would not like and making a mental list of what needs to be done....and we have no intention on moving at any point in the near future!

Jan 08, 2013 11:42 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

I break it down to one project a month and that is about all I want to do.

Jan 09, 2013 09:56 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Great post and a wonderful ideal to break each task down in small items much easier to manage. Have a blessed day

Jan 11, 2013 09:08 AM