Why Christie’s International?
Over 900 offices, in 48 countries & representing 14,000 luxury listings
I PLEDGE TO YOU
When selling your home with me I can assure you that I will make sure you understand all the steps involved before they happen,
I will always return your call if I ever miss it, in addition to this,
I will be your connection to my network of services to make sure we only use qualified professionals along the way.
Keeping you informed of any changes or activity is a priority to me to make sure that you are always in the loop for what goes on during the selling of your home.
And of course, I will always listen to you and will simplify the experience to the best of my ability.
Some tips to get your home sold:
Top 10 ways to increase your home value:
1. Siding and Exterior Paint
The fastest way to make a great first impression with buyers is to paint the exterior of your home or replace the siding. A fresh exterior will look cleaner and more modern. Be sure to use colors that will appeal to the largest number of buyers. (For example orange is probably not a good choice).
2. Windows and Doors
If your home is a little more “mature” than others on the market, consider replacing old windows and doors with stylish and efficient alternatives. This may attract buyers who might otherwise pass on your home without even seeing it.
3. Landscaping and Lighting
Turn a tired-looking front yard into an inviting space literally overnight by installing new landscaping. It’s a wonder what sod, mulch, plants, and trees can do.
In addition, turn your attention to the way your home looks after dark when many buyers are still cruising the streets. Installing new lighting fixtures can both enhance the home’s ambiance at night and modernize the exterior during the daylight hours.
Your home’s floors need to be clean, modern, and stylish. They should tie the home together and flow seamlessly from one room to the next. Be sure to steam-clean carpets, wash or wax laminate, hardwood or linoleum floors, and clean the grout on tile floors. If you have a hole or permanent stain in the carpet, consider removing it and recarpeting that room- ask your local flooring vendor about large remnants (leftover materials from large jobs that may fit a single room).
5. The Kitchen
If your kitchen needs a facelift, consider updating the cabinets and countertops as well as the plumbing fixtures. However, keep in mind that your home only has to be comparable to your neighbors’ homes — it doesn’t necessarily have to surpass them. For instance, new granite counters may not impress value shoppers — and may actually turn them off if they believe the higher-priced materials will cause them to have to pay more for the home.
Let’s face it, we all spend a lot of time in the bathroom. So it’s no wonder buyers want the bathrooms in their new homes to be user-friendly. It might not be necessary to invest in new toilets, tubs, and cabinetry — you can make old bathrooms sparkle by taking on smaller projects like cleaning or replacing tile grout, re-caulking, cleaning exhaust fans, and repainting. Pay special attention to details like chipped sinks and tubs, and dated light fixtures — these might be worth replacing or repairing.
If swag lamps are still hanging in your living room, it may be time to update your home’s lighting scheme. A well-lit home can accent the best features of each room and provide buyers with a classic case of the warm and fuzzies. For instance, under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen can show off the counters, while recessed lighting in the living room can highlight the decor and design elements that might be missed otherwise.
8. Interior Painting
Look inside almost any model home, and you will quickly find that white is out and color is in. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should grab the nearest color wheel and paintbrush and go to town. Colors still need to match each other and blend in with the decor of the home. Consider creating the accent walls to punch up the impact of your colors, and visit local design centers for more ideas.
9. Roof and Foundation Systems
To ensure that you receive top dollar for your home and avoid a deal-breaking inspection report, now may be the best time to get these areas of your home in order. Lenders often want to know that a roof will last for at least another 3 to 5 years and that the foundation is keeping the entire home off the ground without any apparent failures.
10. Deep Cleaning
The least expensive thing any seller can do before marketing their home is to perform a deep cleaning of every surface in the home. A bucket, some soap and water, and a few rags can transform nearly any home into a show-ready model home. But don’t skimp. You need to dig in and get dirty — and yes, that means you have to clean under the stove and refrigerator.
11 Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling:
You overvalued your property
If your house is overpriced, it's simply not going to sell. Compare your property to similar properties that recently sold within your area to get a better idea of its true value. An experienced real estate agent can give you an accurate value of your home. Additionally, don't make the mistake of tacking on the cost of any renovations you made. You can't just assume that the cost of a renovation translates to added value.
Your listing is poor.
If the listing of your home includes a poorly written description without any images, a lot of buyers are going to skip over it. Make sure you and your REALTOR® put an effort into creating a listing that attracts the attention of buyers. Make sure to add high quality photographs of both the interior and exterior of your home. Don't forget to highlight unique features as well.
You’re always present at showings
Let your agent handle your showings. Buyers don't want to have the seller lurking over their shoulder during showings, especially during an open house. This puts unwanted pressure on the buyer, which will make them uncomfortable and likely chase them away.
You’re too attached.
If you refuse to negotiate even a penny over your price, then there's a good chance that you've become too attached to your home. If a part of you doesn't want to sell it, or you think your house is the best house in the world, odds are you're going to have a lot of difficulties coming to an agreement with a potential buyer.
You haven't had your home professionally cleaned.
A dirty house is going to leave a bad impression on buyers. Make sure you have a professional clean your carpeting and windows before you begin showing your house.
You haven't staged your home. If you've already moved out, then don't show an empty house. This makes it difficult for buyers to imagine living in it. Stage your house with furniture and decor to give buyers a better idea of how big every room is and how it can be used. You want the buyer to feel at home when they are taking the tour.
You kept up all of your personal décor. Buyers are going to feel uncomfortable touring your house if you keep all of your family portraits up. Take down your personal décor so that buyers can have an easier time imagining themselves living there.
Your home improvements are too personalized. You might think that the comic book mural you painted for your child's room is absolutely incredible, but that doesn't mean potential buyers will agree. If your home improvements are too personalized, it can scare off buyers who don't want to pay for features they don't want.
Your home is too cluttered. Even if your home is clean, clutter can still be an issue. For example, maybe you simply have too much furniture in one of your rooms. This can make the house feel smaller than it is.
Your home is in need of too many repairs. The more repairs that are needed, the less likely a buyer will want your house. Many buyers simply don't want to deal with the cost or effort of doing repair work, even if it's just a bunch of small repairs, such as tightening a handrail or replacing a broken tile.
You chose the wrong real estate agent. In my opinion, choosing the right real estate is simply the most important decision you make in selling your home. A good REALTOR® makes all the difference in selling your home within a reasonable time
Source: RISMedia House Call