Time to prep the new listing

Real Estate Agent with Gold Key Real Estate

I have a great new listing in Meridian, Idaho coming up.  The house itself needs work but....

My friend has wonderful knick knacks, antiques and pictures crowding the home.  The beautiful 1800 sq fto home looks crowded.  Her stuff is nice but work will be required.   She understands and she will be down on Thursday.  I told her she could load the 3 car garage with things.  

Another problem is a pet problem.  She had some ornate wallpaper with a border.  It is dated but would have worked if not for the cat.  Apparently the cat took objection tot he flowers on the border and she attacked it in several places.    It is time to take off the 60 ft of border and repaint.

There is a few minor  repairs and then this beautiful home will hit the market at $209,900.

Now some might ask why do the repairs?  Why empty and stage with her own furnature? 

When I walk in with a buyer I want my buyer to be able to think of their possessions in the home.... I don't want them thinking they have a fixer for a beautiful home when a few repairs and a little paint will jazz it up.   I don't want to do repairs while the house is on the market. 

The first two weeks is the most important time for a sale.  If I get the offers then I am likley to get multiple offers.... People will bid higher on a new listing....

So on Thursday I meet with my client and we start emptying the home.   The home fits her to a tee but I want it to fit everyone!

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  Debbie Holmes

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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Prep 70% of success in this business I think. :) Love and light, , Laura
Apr 07, 2014 12:58 PM #14
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Preparation is the key to a successful sale in the shortest time.

Apr 07, 2014 01:02 PM #15
Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX

Congratulations on your new listing! I agree that repairs need to be made BEFORE the home hits the market.  Any little distraction will make it harder for a buyer to become emotionally attached to the house. I wouldn't use the garage as a storage room while the home is being listed since it is an important feature of the home as well. Buyers want to envision the spaciousness of the garage to accomodate their cars and yardwork equipment....especially in Texas, where we have no basements.  Awesome post Debbie!!

Apr 07, 2014 01:10 PM #16
Rod Pierson
Results Real Estate Inc - Redding, CA
Northern California
Congrats on the listing, remember she is selling which will eventually require packing, tell your client now is a good time to carefully pack up all those personal items and prepare to move. If she has to have work done now is the time to put things away and not have to hurry. Good luck with your listing, take your client to other properties you previewed to show how to declutter.
Apr 07, 2014 01:31 PM #17
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

Someone said when you put your house on the market it is no longer your house.  What Rod said about packing is right on!

Apr 07, 2014 10:13 PM #19
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Great advice and necessary to present her home in its best light.  She has mere seconds to make that great first and lasting impression. Good luck to you both.

Apr 07, 2014 10:42 PM #20
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Great post and delighted to see so many people realize the value of staging.  No one goes to a job interview in their pajamas and expects to get the job.  Why would anyone not prepare their house for sale!  

Apr 07, 2014 10:54 PM #21
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie, this is very good advice. Potential buyers want to see the home as their home not the owner's. Good luck with your new listing.

Apr 07, 2014 10:55 PM #22
Debbie Holmes
Gold Key Real Estate - Boise, ID
Gets the job done!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments!  

Apr 07, 2014 11:04 PM #23
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

It really makes such a difference when a home is properly prepared for sale.  

Apr 07, 2014 11:08 PM #24
Keith Strawn
www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty) - Beaufort, SC

Sound advise, indeed!!

Apr 07, 2014 11:43 PM #25
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

That sounds like good advice, Debbie. Hopefully, your seller will follow your advice and sell quickly. Good luck!

Apr 07, 2014 11:48 PM #26
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its like dressing up to go out to a special event...A additional effort is made to look good and adds to the overall experience...good posting

Apr 07, 2014 11:56 PM #27
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

Really great advice!  When you are ready to move on, it is so important to make you home more "neutral" to allow the rest of the world to envision themselves there.  Over powering wallpaper or paint colors can instantly cause a buyer to think "too much work"!

Apr 08, 2014 12:13 AM #28
Jill Saddler
Draper, UT
Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+!

Great advice - this is so true - first impressions!!!!

Apr 08, 2014 03:24 AM #29
Laurie Satushek
The Laurie Satushek Team - Bellingham, WA
Realtor & Team Founder, Educate - Empower - Enrich

Pets are so wonderful to have but hard to sell a house with! ;)

Apr 08, 2014 03:29 AM #30
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Hi Debbie,

Sounds like you are on the right track with this one. Best wishes and have a great day!

Apr 08, 2014 04:55 AM #31
Jennifer Green
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Gilbert, AZ

Good ideas.  It is sometimes hard for a person to give up their clutter to sell their home. 

Apr 08, 2014 11:37 AM #32
Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
Your Brevard County Property Management Expert

Sounds like you have some good advice for the seller. Good luck with the listing. 

Apr 08, 2014 11:50 AM #33
Brian Olsen
Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes - Lake Oswego, OR
Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams

Well done Debbie...YES pets can be a problem. Great BLOG and have a wonderful week.

thankyou, BCO

Apr 08, 2014 12:04 PM #34
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