Welcome back to the real world of Fall with school, night classes, clubs & activities all starting up for another active year. As the lazy, hazy days of summer turn into an evening nip in the air, couples, singles and families all turn their thoughts to their real estate aspirations, whatever they are. Holidays supply that stress free time, when our minds clear and we can talk to each other about "what next?" That's where we come in! And we are already having those conversations with many of you about the next move. These are an important part of the overall plan - looking ahead and knowing what is required.
I recently read in an article from the American National Association of Realtors that staging is about condition, not just decor. So true - buyers will deduct the perceived cost of deferred maintenance from any offer. Even worse, deferred maintenance could cause your home to sit on the market in one of the most active markets we have experienced. Our team supplies staging services to our clients as a matter of course, including choice of paint color, selection of replacement counter tops etc. However, we need to start long before that with a thorough walk through your home and a discussion on the merits of certain maintenance items and improvements. We are working with buyers all the time and are constantly in professional building inspections, so we are able to give you the reality checks necessary to maximise your investment and lessen "on market stress".
Curb appeal is essential to best price - most potential buyers drive by first. Don't overlook your landscaping - attractive gardens, front doors and porches sell. Outside space has never been as popular as now, so even the lovelier, more family friendly backyards (however small) add to the magic "wow" mix which persuades buyers to compromise on other features. Remember - no home is perfect!
Happy to answer your questions about the market and your home. Whatever the season, we have you covered. Happy Fall. Sheila, Michelle, Shane and Terry.