Behind Closed Doors

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

 

 

 

Besides location, price, wants and needs, there's something else to consider when buying a new house. 

 

INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS

 

Light fixtures don't have to be expensive but if it's the same light fixtures since the year the house was built a decade or more ago, it's easy to think the house needs to be updated. A Seller is closing the door behind. A Buyer is opening up a new door! Let there be light. Make it interesting. New lights are a cost-effective way to update rooms.

 

Hardware are the jewels on wooden cabinetry. Where there is water, there is likely to be worn out cabinets. When it comes to finishes the eyeballs are like magnets - flaws show up big and seem to stare back at Buyers.

 

Sinks and faucets - let them shine without dishes, small appliances, and distractions.

 

Fresh, clean, harmonious floor designs that flow tends to do better than rooms that are choppy. Very dark or very bright colors can turn buyers away.

 

Window treatments are subjective but Buyers approve glass they can see through. Once the buyer gets behind the closed door, they are curious about what's outside.  

 

EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS

 

A door makes or breaks a good first impression. A door should complement the exterior of the home. A door that one has to struggle with to open or close may cause a Buyer to lose interest quickly. Exterior home maintenance typically is not something a new Buyer wants or feels it's their responsibility. 

 

Every Seller should ask themselves truthfully, what makes your house so special and how can I make the exterior pass the test so that a Buyer is willing to walk in the front door and pay what you're asking to buy your home? 

 

I have been helping Buyers and Sellers buy residential properties for more than 17 years. There's a lot to take into consideration when a Seller decides to put their home on the market. Before the Buyer chooses. Before the Appraiser puts a value on your property. How much do you, the Sellers value your home enough to secure a good sale knowing you did everything you could by demonstrating how much you valued your home enough to sell it for the price you and the Buyers agreed? As they say, one door opens; another door closes.

 

Patricia Feager - looking to buy or sell in North Texas? Contact me for more information. 

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Rainmaker
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
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All good points, esp the front door, entryway. As the agent is getting the key out of the box and opening the home, buyers are looking around at the front of the house! A freshly painted door with clean windows is a great first impression.

Sep 22, 2020 09:01 AM #67
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Patricia, I love the way you analogized aspects of a home, such as hardware being the jewelry of cabintry. I have a feeling if departing homeowners would think of it like that, they might be more willing to make changes to make it more attractive. 

Sep 22, 2020 09:20 AM #68
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - Thanks for your support. The front door is absolutely something owners should address when listing their home and fix any problems that can deter a buyer away. So many agents have issues with doors when showing properties. It really should be the owners responsibility. 

Sep 22, 2020 10:19 AM #69
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Mike Cooper, GRI - thank you for the nice compliment! I appreciate it very much. I do my best to be reasonable and rational when working with Home Owners and listen carefully. I appreciate your support. Thanks again. 

Sep 22, 2020 10:21 AM #70
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Patricia.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Sep 23, 2020 05:36 AM #71
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - Good morning to you too! We have another cloudy day with showers. However, it's nothing like what's happening in Corpus Christi and the cities closer to the Gulf. 

May you be blessed.

Sep 23, 2020 05:55 AM #72
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

An AWESOME Home Staging themed post, Patricia!

Yes, Yes to all the suggestions.

Perception is key to buyers...what you show them is what creates their perceived value of the home.

Sep 23, 2020 09:04 AM #73
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Sharon Tara - Coming from you, I'm glad you approve! Your comment was appreciated very much!!!

Sep 23, 2020 09:36 AM #74
Rainmaker
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Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols
ReeceNichols Real Estate - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

All very good points. A home that needs overall tweaks does not mean a complete overahaul. Small projects can add up to make a big difference though. 

Sep 24, 2020 05:40 AM #75
Rainmaker
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

The words of Jim Morrison definitely transcends time, when I heard 🎶 "The West is the Best"🎶...I knew what I had to do.

Sep 24, 2020 07:35 PM #76
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols - Yes! You're right. Once people get motivated and their house is clean and decluttered there is usually more fuel and energy stored to do more. A complete overhaul is rarely needed unless you plan to stay forever. 

Thanks for your comment! I hope you have a nice day. 

Sep 25, 2020 05:19 AM #77
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Pete Xavier - I like what you had to say! There is poetry and inspiration in musical lyrics. That's why I named my daughter Carrie Ann! Like you said, "I knew what I had to do!"

Enjoy your day!

Sep 25, 2020 05:22 AM #78
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your quote!  My daughter painted her front door royal blue before she sold it. Talk about a change in appearance!  Now she's a successful realtor in Huntsville, AL.  She knew those design tricks and I'm so proud of her!   Great post Patricia!

Oct 05, 2020 06:57 PM #79
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thank you, Jan Green! Congratulations to your daughter's career move! I love that she is following in your footsteps while being on her own in another state. I wish her the best and you too! 

Your new profile looks gorgeous!

Oct 05, 2020 07:21 PM #80
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Patricia!  You're such a doll!  That was at my daughter's last month in Frisco.  Very short weekend or I'd have called!  My cousin and her daughter and family are also in fRisco.  Just met them for the first time.  My realtor daughter came with me to Dallas.  Would love to catch up with you sometime!

Oct 06, 2020 04:08 PM #81
Rainmaker
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Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate

Great post for some Monday reading. Thank you!

Oct 19, 2020 11:05 AM #82
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jan Green - I completely understand. Family is everything! Respectfully, you did the right thing. When traveling, there really isn't enough time to do all the things we'd like to do. I do have to say, isn't it wonderful when our children become adults and we can share adult time with them and really have fun! 

If we do have an opportunity to visit someday, I know it would be very enjoyable. Take care and enjoy all the opportunities you get, especially when family is involved!

Oct 20, 2020 08:48 PM #83
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thanks, Shannon Jones! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the laughter!

Cheers to the good times!

Oct 20, 2020 08:49 PM #84
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP !  See you sometime in the very near future!

Oct 20, 2020 09:45 PM #85
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Jan Green - I like your positive attitude! I look forward to the day we meet!!!

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