Welcome to my Blog page!! For my first few inaugural posts I am going to be re-posting or providing links to posts by my team, or personal contacts who have written some great posts of their own that, frankly, I couldn’t have said any better myself! The first one below is an excerpt from Laurel Bledsoe of Laurel Bledsoe Design. Laurel and I have been working together on projects for over 15 years doing everything from prepping a home to sell to improving or renovating homes for our clients. The post below deals with issues that come up all the time when I am working with a client to get their home ready to sell. So often I hear things like “I don’t like the paint color you chose” or “I don’t like where you placed my furniture”, but what people seem to forget is that the paint colors, furniture placement, or any other suggestions that we are making are ones to meet one objective and one objective only – to appeal to the broadest market possible to get your house sold! So sit back, relax and leave the details to us!
When A House Is Not A Home…
The minute you consider placing your home on the market is when it needs to become a house again. It was just a house when you purchased or built it. It was a business transaction, and a very important one in your life. After the purchase is when this mere piece of architecture became your home, filled to the brim with your memories and your personalities. When you decide to pass this house onto someone else, you must look at it as a business transaction, a very large one that you want to be successful. You are not selling your memories. They get to go with you.
Smart business people are pros at choosing and hiring the best associates to assure the transaction is successful. When selling a home, the right real estate professional is essential. Most realtors have a pretty standard list of the basic things that need to be done to ready your property for sale. The best agents have complete teams to access and implement strategies to make your property rise to the top of the current offerings. Designers are a big part of this team. Experienced designers have seen properties that move quickly and some that linger.
Curb Appeal-This is not a time to assume beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Please don’t ignore the suggestions to update overgrown landscape, apply fresh paint, and insure roofing and gutters are in pristine order. Create a welcoming entrance with seasonal plantings that you keep in top condition. We have to get the buyers to come into the house. Which house is more inviting to you?
Decor and Maintenance- You may be hoping that an agent is going to come in and tell you that you don’t have to make repairs or updates. If you are serious about selling your home, then you have the wrong agent. It can be obvious that updating is needed or you can be unsure. This is the time to trust the professionals you are working with.
Is your decor too personal in taste? This can be true even when things are done to perfection. Remember the goal is to appeal to as many tastes as possible. We’ve had buyers walk away in despair because they don’t think a house will work with the level of decor and furnishings it has now. A few changes can make this room resonate with buyers.
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