Should You, or Should You Not?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Dagny's Real Estate

Should You, or Should You Not?

When listing a home for sale, the questions always arise .....   What should we do before we list?

Should we paint the front door?

Should we paint the whole house?

Should we fix the septic?

Should we refinish the floors, or just do a glossy "quick job?"

How much can we do outside when it is winter?  

 

Almost all of these questions should be answered with a yes - unless there is financial struggles going on...  

The most important thing to remember is the first impression.   As the agent fumbles with the FOB or ekey to open the door for the client, the client is looking around and drawing their own conclusions.   Cobwebs by the front door?    Get rid of it!    unkempt bushes or lawn?   broken walk or steps?    Does the key turn easily in a NEW doorlatch?     All of these things should look better than they ever have ever before.   

Once inside the door, it is important to have CLEAN kitchen and baths.    There is no quicker turn off for a buyer than a dirty kitchen or bathroom.   Scrub those spots super clean!!!!  

If you can help your homeowner improve the look of their home to be more of a WOW FACTOR for the buyers walking in, you have done a VERY good job.   It should not mean costing a lot of money.    

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Dagny, these are all great questions, and the BEST answer is yes to have the optimum results!   GREAT post.

Mar 16, 2013 11:45 AM #1
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Dagny Eason
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Thanks Joan.
Mar 16, 2013 11:51 AM #2
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Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
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Folks should freshen and fix everything they can reasonably do before listing a home. We usually start at the curb with yellow pad in hand and give them a list of projects we recommend they do to make their home more attractive.
Mar 16, 2013 11:53 AM #3
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Dagny Eason
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Jeanne and Ralph - That's the best idea. A comprehensive list to work off of. Fabulous!
Mar 16, 2013 11:55 AM #4
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Dagny, excellent advice.  It is the simple things that tend to have the biggest impact.  That WOW factor tends to have a WOW return.

Mar 16, 2013 01:19 PM #5
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Joe Petrowsky
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Whenever we flip a house the answer to each of your questions is yes. We also have an appraisal and home inspection done, both have proved, priceless.

Mar 16, 2013 09:26 PM #6
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Dagny Eason
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George - if you don't like it on the way in, you probably won't like it inside Joe- I recommend that also.
Mar 16, 2013 09:42 PM #7
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Debbie Gartner
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Dagny - yes, all of these things can make a big difference' on how fast (or sometimes whether) a house sells and at what price.  By the way, a customer should NEVER do a "glossy 'quick job'" on the floor.  glossy is out and make the place look cheap.  An alternative (if the color is good) is to do a screen and recoat w/ a satin finish. 

Mar 16, 2013 09:43 PM #8
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Dagny Eason
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Thanks Debbie for those extra hints. I will add that to my list.

Mar 16, 2013 10:15 PM #9
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Hi Dagny. Good advice. Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day and hope you're having a good weekend.

Mar 17, 2013 02:10 AM #10
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Debb - Thanks!  I hope you also had a great and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mar 17, 2013 11:43 AM #11
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