What does “Pride in Ownership” Really Mean?

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Home Stager with Simply Staging

What exactly does the term really say to us when we see it describe a house that's currently on the market and being sold?  Well, to me, it means that the individuals living there had been proud to have been home owners and once you see the house, you'll realize how proud they really were. 

So, when someone says that a house shows with "pride in ownership", we know that the homeowner has taken great care to maintain their house. Such as making sure that things are fixed as soon as they break, as opposed to years later when everything has begun to fall apart.  Making sure that the inside and outside are clean and tidy on a regular basis so that they look as good or even better than when the house was originally attained, as opposed to not doing anything and letting things get really dirty and bad. 

"Pride in ownership" isn't necessarily measured by how much money you throw at a home either.  It would be extremely helpful if there were buckets of money for home improvement projects, but if you don't have a lot of money, you can still show how proud you are to live in a house.  All you have to do is invest some time and effort, like good old fashioned weekend work that results in making a home look its very best.  Cleaning-up the gutters, or sweeping the front porch, or hammering back in the nail that fell out of the wood trim, etc... doesn't cost any money.  General up-keep is usually the least expensive, but the most time consuming work that there is around our homes. 

Being proud means we've placed our home at the top of our priority list, the better we take care of them, the longer they will last.  Knowing that a home owner has done their very best to make a home look as good as they possibly can is what we think when we hear that someone has taken "Pride in Ownership". 

Dead LawnWhen the time comes to sell your home, take the extra time to clean-up the fan that you've been meaning to get to, fix the broken screen that has been on your "to do" list for a year, fix the garage door so that it finally works, fix the broken sprinkler head so that your lawn isn't half dead, etc...  Show the prospective buyer that you care about the house that you are about to sell to them and they too will care. As a prospective buyer, a well kept home translates into one that is in the best condition that it can possibly be.  Why wouldn't they want to live in a house that's been well cared for? 

So when using the term "Pride in Ownership", it is expected that the house will look its very best.  If it doesn't, then the prospective buyer will walk away disappointed, knowing that someone didn't really care and it shows. 

Proud Lawn

Simply Staging has been offering Home Staging Solutions for both the "Vacant" and the "Not So Vacant" homes in El Dorado County and The Greater Sacramento area for more than 4 years.  For your free proposal, give us a call at (530) 417-1337 and see what it takes to get your home "Sell Ready".

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Emma Vargas, ASP

Simply Staging has been offering Home Staging Solutions for both the "Vacant" and the "Not So Vacant" homes in El Dorado County and The Greater Sacramento area for more than 4 years.  For your proposal, give us a call at (530) 417-1337 and see what it takes to get your home "Sell Ready".

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Rainmaker
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Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
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You're so right, Emma.  My husband is great at keeping things repaired, but when we recently put our house on the market, it was amazing how many little things needed to be done.  It's easy to get used to seeing them and not thinking about them.

 

Feb 24, 2009 05:16 PM #1
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Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

Emma, very true.  A house that shows the owner's pride does not have broken details or half finished trim.  Sellers who take the time to walk through their home with someone who is not so intimately familar with every detail will suddenly realize that the little things they have grown to ignore can be glaringly obvious to potential buyers.

Feb 25, 2009 08:43 AM #2
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Cindy Bryant
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I have clients that are perfectionist right down to the most intricate detail. I love that!

Feb 27, 2009 03:59 PM #3
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Emma Vargas
Simply Staging - Cameron Park, CA
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Sorry Ladies for the late responses to your comments, but I've been away for a while.  It really is all in the details when you sell a house, they can not be ignored.  Buyers will notice and wonder 'What else is wrong with this house?'

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