Increase Your Home’s Appeal

  • Keep your lawn manicured.  Trim all shrubs and remove or replace any dead or dying bushes and trees.  First impression is extremely important.
  • Give the front door a fresh coat of paint.
  • Replace or repair broken windows, screens and missing roof tiles or shingles.  Clear all gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Touch up all baseboards and paint or clean the walls to give a fresh appearance.  Small cosmetic touches will increase your home’s value.
  • Remove all the clutter, hold a yard sale or donate to charity.  Box up all toys and personal items, especially family pictures. Buyers need to visualize themselves in the space.  Less is more when it comes to staging your home.  Rent a storage unit if you need storage space.
  • Put away everything on your kitchen counters including small appliances. Your kitchen will look much larger if the counters are clean.
  • Keep your appliances spotlessly clean inside and out.  Clear everything off your refrigerator, remove all pictures and magnets.
  • Always have fresh towels in the bathrooms and replace old shower curtains.
  • Keep your home at a comfortable temperature, a house that is too hot or too cold is uninviting.
  • Fresh flowers are always a wonderful first impression on buyers.
  • Freshly baked cookies or coffee brewing will bring back wonderful memories to buyers viewing your home for the first time.


Seller Expenses

  • In order to get top dollar for your home, you may consider a few remodeling projects that will increase your home’s value.  Keep the remodel and paint neutral, clean and classic.  Make a list of repairs and projects you will need to complete in order to get your home in top selling condition. Decide what projects you can afford before moving forward.
  • Expect to pay about 7 to 10 percent of the home’s sales price in closing costs, including real estate agent commissions, transfer taxes and prorated property taxes.
  • You may be subject to a mortgage payoff penalty, negotiate with your lender to get it reduced.
  • Buyers will usually ask the seller to pay for repairs or ask for concessions on inspection report items.  If you leave a little cushion for yourself to protect against the inevitable, you will feel better about the deal.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Ginny for her professionalism, knowledge, patience and support through the buying process.  There were a few stressful moments but it was calming to know that we were being guided by a true real estate professional who had our best interest at heart.  Her attention to detail is impeccable and she always communicates in a timely fashion.  There is no doubt that we will work with Ginny again with our future real estate investments. 

- Kathy and Daniel Torres

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