Monday, August 27, 2007

Preparing to Sell A Home

With the market as it is today, Sellers must do the extras necessary to make their house standout. Buyers have a choice, and as noted in the news today, and is armed with knowledge that prices are flat in most markets.

So what can a Seller do to maximize their home's value?

The first and most important task is to take careful stock of the house's present condition.
Using a form such as that shown here can help!

Home Preparation Checklist

First impressions are often lasting ones. It is absolutely vital that prospective buyers form a good opinion of your home from the moment they drive up. Homes that convey pride of ownership often sell more quickly and frequently receive the best offers.

Landscaping
Lawn _______________________________________________
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Hedges / Flowerbed _______________________________________________
Fences / Gates _______________________________________________
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Walks / Driveway _______________________________________________
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Exterior
Paint _______________________________________________
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Porches / Decks _______________________________________________
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Siding _______________________________________________
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Front
Door _______________________________________________
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Roof / Gutters _______________________________________________
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Entry, Living Room, Dining Room
Floors / Carpeting _______________________________________________
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Walls / Ceilings _______________________________________________
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Fireplace _______________________________________________
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Window
Coverings __________________________________________
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Furniture
Arrangement _____________________________________________
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Kitchen
Flooring _______________________________________________
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Walls / Ceiling _______________________________________________
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Cabinets _______________________________________________
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Countertops ______________________________________________
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Appliances _______________________________________________
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Sink / Faucet _______________________________________________
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Bathroom(s)
Floor / Carpeting _______________________________________________
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Walls / Ceiling _______________________________________________
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Window Coverings _______________________________________________
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Closets _______________________________________________
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Furniture Arrangement _______________________________________________
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Basement
Stairway / Handrails _____________________________________________
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Floors _______________________________________________
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Storage Areas ___________________________________________
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Finished Areas _____________________________________________
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Garage
Door / Opener _____________________________________________
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Storage _______________________________________________
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Floor _______________________________________________
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General
Windows _______________________________________________
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Doors _______________________________________________
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Lights _______________________________________________
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Cleanliness _______________________________________________
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Odors _______________________________________________
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Access _______________________________________________
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After conducting this exhaustive survey of the house, the home owners are ready to determine what work they can do and that which they will need to seek a professional's assistance with.
Frequently, at this juncture, homeowners contact their Realtor to attain his/her expert advice on the most necessary items to address.

Upon determining what they can do and what to pay for, the homeowners must get a strong reference from a trusted individual or get a minimum of three estimates. IF a homeowner is referred to a contractor, the homeowner must ask the following:

1. The frequency that the referring party has used the services of the contractor
2. The complaints lodged or short comings noted in past work
3. What assurance of "best price" for "best quality" can be provided
4. Is the contractor licensed and insured
5. What is contractor's familiarity with said repairs/work to be completed.

If you find any unsatisfactory answer to these questions, be sure to get multiple estimates and get the estimates in WRITING!!!!
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