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Home Repair Priorities – for selling your home

You consider your home one of your most prized possessions. You have lavishly decorated to individual taste, using paint and wallpaper as expression of your personality. Eyes glued to yet another magazine, you finally found the perfect window treatment. Your furniture reflects the colors and textures that have become important over the years. And don’t forget, you DID spend hour after hour bent over that magnificent garden. However, it will cease to matter once you sign the “For Sale” agreement. The paint, the drapes and the carpeting mean nothing to those outside the family. And that lovely bathroom tile you imported from some exotic land isn’t even mentioned. How could they NOT notice that you spent a great deal of money and months waiting patiently for it to arrive at the shipyards?

The answer is simple… Your potential purchasers are not emotionally involved in your investment. Unlike you, they see the flaws you have come to ignore over the years. They will notice the carpet your cat has used as a scratching post, the tap that drips incessantly, and the ugly stain in the kitchen caused by the leaky roof. To them, it’s nothing but added expense, and probably not worth the effort. After all, there are many, many more properties on the market other than just yours. However, the marketability of your home WILL increase if you take the time and effort to view it through their eyes, and take extra care in ensuring that minor things are attended to.

One sure way of guaranteeing that your potential purchasers can see themselves enjoying life in your home, is to make it as presentable and uncluttered as possible. What is known in the industry as “curb appeal” may become the difference between “Sold” and “continued showings”. The tiny hand print that adorns the front door is cute only to you. To the other side, it’s a combination of filth and downright laziness. Despite the cost of a can of paint, your family room should NOT resemble a mud-room. And remember the sun shining through the windows? A little bit of elbow grease goes a long way!

When the time comes to list your home for sale, take into account that your potential purchasers are searching for new roots. They need to be enticed, enthralled and enchanted at first glance. It needs to feel like THEIR castle, THEIR history, THEIR love story the moment your home comes into view. If expense is a concern, do it yourself. If there’s litter in the front yard or the grass needs cutting, hire the teenager next door. Five dollars REALLY CAN make the difference! If not, there are numerous contractors, painters, decorators, cleaning services, and landscaping firms that your Real Estate Agent can recommend. For the more major repairs including replacing the roof, flooring or structural defects, etcetera, you can opt to invest in the repair, or you can choose to disclose this information in the Listing Contract.

Also pay attention to the “finishing touches” – the serene background music, the tidy bathroom , the made beds, and the bouquet of flowers. Open a few windows, the air will be fresher. A welcome mat at the front door is inviting, and please, no laundry running in the machines while you attempt to catch a few more minutes of lost time! By being ruthlessly honest in your evaluation of your home prior to listing, you will:

  • Position your home at the top of the “Too See” list
  • Guarantee that your own roots will be transplanted sooner rather than later
  • Protect your hard earned investment dollars.

Larracuente & Johnson 5-Star Reviews

I would highly recommend Lucy, she sold my house in no time. She also found me a beautiful apartment in the area I was looking at and in my price range. Lucy is the best!

jennifer hoffmann95

Larracuente and Johnson Realty
5.0
2017-06-03T17:00:53+00:00

jennifer hoffmann95

I would highly recommend Lucy, she sold my house in no time. She also found me a beautiful apartment in the area I was looking at and in my price range. Lucy is the best!
Clients love Lucy! Everyone raves about how thorough she is and how she always gets the job done, no matter the obstacles. She has a pleasant, wonderful personality to go with her excellent real estate expertise. She is the best!!!

maribeth5

Larracuente and Johnson Realty
5.0
2017-06-03T17:04:34+00:00

maribeth5

Clients love Lucy! Everyone raves about how thorough she is and how she always gets the job done, no matter the obstacles. She has a pleasant, wonderful personality to go with her excellent real estate expertise. She is the best!!!
I had a great experience with Lucy Johnson. She is highly motivated and extremely knowledgeable. She gets the job done! Best Realtor by far. 5 stars really isn't enough to rate her. She's awesome!!!!!

yallen999

Larracuente and Johnson Realty
5.0
2017-06-03T17:05:24+00:00

yallen999

I had a great experience with Lucy Johnson. She is highly motivated and extremely knowledgeable. She gets the job done! Best Realtor by far. 5 stars really isn't enough to rate her. She's awesome!!!!!
I have known Lucy Johnson professionally for more than 15 years. She is one of the hardest working Brokers I know and has done all of my real estate transactions, from selling to buying property. Try her, to know her is to love her!

tmayswo

Larracuente and Johnson Realty
5.0
2017-06-03T17:05:51+00:00

tmayswo

I have known Lucy Johnson professionally for more than 15 years. She is one of the hardest working Brokers I know and has done all of my real estate transactions, from selling to buying property. Try her, to know her is to love her!
Lucy immediately sold my duplex house and found another house for me, a one family house with 4 Bdrs and 3 Baths perfect for my family. I can not thank her and her staff enough for all their help and support. With Larracuentes & Johnson Realty your dreams come true..

wiynee

Larracuente and Johnson Realty
5.0
2017-06-03T17:07:04+00:00

wiynee

Lucy immediately sold my duplex house and found another house for me, a one family house with 4 Bdrs and 3 Baths perfect for my family. I can not thank her and her staff enough for all their help and support. With Larracuentes & Johnson Realty your dreams come true..
If you want to be treated in an honest and respectful manner, Lucy is your go to Real Estate Professional....Meeting Lucy this past spring was an answer to prayers....

Izzy and Genny

Larracuente and Johnson Realty
5.0
2017-06-03T17:07:53+00:00

Izzy and Genny

If you want to be treated in an honest and respectful manner, Lucy is your go to Real Estate Professional....Meeting Lucy this past spring was an answer to prayers....
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