Selling a Home? What to Repair Before Listing

If you’re about to sell your home, then you’ll want to make sure it’s ready before you list it. If there are issues, it’s not only going to hurt the property value, but it can turn away potential buyers. Buyers that see an obvious need for repairs will leave with a poor impression of your house.

Even if they can see past smaller repair needs, the idea that they will have to put time and money into repairing problems themselves after buying their “new” house isn’t a purchase incentive. Here are a few things you’ll want to before you list your house for sale:

  • Exterior siding – If your exterior paint is chipping away or starting to fade, repaint it. The siding has a big impact on your curb appeal and if it’s an eyesore, will leave a poor first impression.
  • Fences/railings – Loose or broken fences and railings are easy to fix. Not fixing them can make your property look like an abandoned lot.
  • Lighting – It’s not going to look good if a potential buyer tries to flip on a light switch and nothing happens. Make sure any lighting issues are addressed.
  • Plumbing – Get your plumbing inspected and repair any problems you find with faucets, toilets, showerheads, and drains.
  • Windows – Cracked window panes or worn, cracking window frames do not make your house look good. Plus, they can lose a lot of heat and air conditioning, which raises energy costs.

How Having a Real Estate Agent Protects You as a Seller

There are many reasons why homeowners decide to sell their homes without the help of a real estate agent. They often think too much of their home and assume that there will be tons of interested buyers. They don’t think it will take a lot of work to sell because they think that all they’ll have to do is create an online listing and buyers will come flooding in. The biggest reason is often that they don’t want to pay the agent fee. However, not using an agent can be a mistake. A real estate agent can help protect you as the seller in the following ways:

They can protect you from pricing your home incorrectly

An agent can help you determine what your home’s market value is. Underpricing your home will lose you money while overpricing it will scare away potential buyers. The longer your house is on the market, the less likely it will be to sell. 

They can prevent you from losing a negotiation

Real estate agents understand the art of negotiation and have experience doing it. You’re going to have to negotiate with potential buyers at some point. Many sellers won’t budge because they’re too stubborn, resulting in the loss of a potentially fair sale, while others may budget too much and end up being taken advantage of. 

They can make sure you don’t accidentally do anything illegal

An agent will make sure that everything you do during the sales process is legal. For example, you’re legally required to inform buyers about any issues your house has that you know about. 

They can help you with the paperwork

Selling a house is not as simple as just signing a basic contract. There’s a ton of paperwork involved. If you don’t have the right paperwork or you don’t know what you’re doing, you could accidentally sabotage a sale. A real estate agent will help guide you through the paperwork process.

As you can see, a real estate agent can be extremely helpful when it comes to selling your home. To speak with an agent today, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay.

Selling a Home For the First Time? What You Need to Know…

Selling your first home can be challenging — there’s a good chance that you’ve lived there for some time now and have become emotionally attached as a result of the memories you’ve collected there. In fact, it’s this emotional attachment that can often hinder a homeowner who is looking to sell their home for the first time. Keeping that in mind, the following are a few basic tips that will help you sell your home.

  1. Don’t overprice your home – First-time home sellers often over evaluate how much their home is worth. Just because you’ve invested in a lot of renovations doesn’t necessarily mean you can add the cost of those renovations to the price tag. Overpricing your house is a huge mistake because the longer your property stays on the market, the more difficult it will be to sell.

  2. Use professional photography – Pay a professional photographer to take pictures of your home for your listing. Professional photographs will help make each room look spacious and well lit, thereby drawing more potential buyers to see your home in person.

  3. Use a real estate agent – A real estate agent can help guide you through the entire selling process. They can help you price your home correctly, will know how to market your home effectively, and can use their network to find motivated buyers.

  4. Don’t show up at your open house – An open house is a great way to drum up interest. However, if you’re there, potential buyers may be less inclined to talk about the property or to ask your agent honest questions about it. You may also be tempted to defend your home if you hear anyone talking about what they don’t like, which will only turn buyers off.

Selling your home for the first time can be stressful and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips and the process should be much easier.

3 Easy Updates that Add Value to Your Home

Before you decide to officially put your house up on the market, you’ll want to do everything you can to try and raise the value. Investing in home improvements can be a way to do this; however, larger home improvements are often time-consuming and costly, even if they can result in a bump in value. Fortunately, there are still a few minor updates that you can make that could add value as well. The following are three easy updates that will add value to your property:

  1. Add a fresh coat of paint – A fresh coat of paint can help make a space look brighter and newer. This can be very helpful if you have an older home and your exterior paint job is beginning to fade. You can also add a new coat to your interior walls and even to your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  2. Replace old fixtures and hardware – Fixtures, like your bathroom and kitchen faucets, can have a big impact on the visual look of a space despite their small size. Upgrade to nicer fixtures and consider updating the hardware (doorknobs and drawer handles) throughout your home as well.
  3. Improve your landscape – Your exterior plays a big part in convincing homebuyers to come take a look inside. Make sure that at the very least you hire a landscaper to trim your bushes, cut your grass, and clear your yard. Consider adding flowers to add a punch of color to your landscape that will make it stand out.

These are three easy updates that will improve your home’s value without taking too long or costing an arm and a leg.

4 Tips for Selling Your Home from Another State

Selling a home from out of state can be a challenge; unfortunately, it’s not always a choice. For example, maybe you had to relocate right away for work and haven’t been able to sell your house yet–or maybe you were bequeathed the property of a deceased relative. Whatever the reason might be, the following are four tips to help you sell your home from another state:

  1. Prepare the house – If you were left the property by a relative, then you’ll want to visit the home in person in order to organize and remove belongings, especially those that might have some value. You’ll want to make sure the house isn’t cluttered as well. If you have to, you might want to consider renting a storage unit. If the house was always yours, then you’ll want to make sure it’s staged. Empty houses make a poor impression on sellers.

  2. Price the house properly – If you want to sell your house quickly, make sure it’s priced properly. Overpricing it will make it difficult to sell.

  3. Have a point of contact – Have someone that can check in on your house regularly and that can provide access to the house to potential buyers or to your real estate agent. They can also help prepare the house for sale.

  4. Use a local real estate agent – You’ll want to work with a real estate agent local to the area that can help you price the home properly, prepare it for sale, and attract motivated buyers as well as show the house on your behalf.

These four tips will help make it easier to sell a home out of state. If you’re selling a house from out of state in the Charlotte area, then be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay for professional real estate advice.

Does Installing a Pool Add Value to Your Home?

If you plan on selling your home in the not too distant future, you might be thinking about investing in a few home improvements. Certain home improvements can help increase the overall quality of life in your home as well as increase your home value. However, not all home improvements automatically increase the value of your property. Take the installation of a pool for instance. Installing a pool could help add value to your home, but it could also hurt the value. How it affects your property value is dependent on a variety of factors. It’s why you should consider the pros and cons of installing a pool:

The Benefits of Installing a Pool

If your home is located in a higher end neighborhood and all of the surrounding homes have pools, then adding a pool to your home is likely going to raise the value. Obviously, the climate you live in will have a big impact as well. Fortunately, here in the Charlotte area, summers can get quite hot and a pool will be a nice feature for owners to have.

The Drawbacks of Installing a Pool

First of all, a pool is expensive to install. If you’re looking for projects that will result in a high ROI, there are better home improvement options. Secondly, properties with pools make insurance more expensive due to the liability involved. Last, but not least, a pool can be very expensive to maintain.

Essentially, installing a pool makes sense if you already have an expensive house in a high-end neighborhood. Otherwise, the pool could turn away buyers who don’t want to deal with the expense involved with maintaining a pool and paying for increased insurance premiums. For more home selling tips in the Charlotte area, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

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