Welcome back, Rockstar! Last week, I took you through part one of The 66 Day Listing Challenge. If you didn't read that blog, find it here! In this challenge, we bare it all and reveal our secrets on how we get homes sold faster and higher than other REALTOR®s. In it, I go through the techniques that I teach our Rockstar Agents , at a high level and now we're bringing them direct to consumer! So let's jump back in and begin with Phase 3!
Phase 3. Make Repairs
You may need to make repairs to the property in order to sell it. Once you go under contract, a Buyer will have a home inspection, where a licensed inspector will draw up a report on the home. You want to prepare as much as possible beforehand. Depending on your town, you may also need a CO inspection, which could require repairs.
Be very careful making repairs yourself or with an unlicensed individual. In some instances, you could need to show proof of a repair and if the repair was not made correctly or needs a permit, it could cause a problem. Also, this should go without saying, yet it rarely does: Identify your talents... or should I say... identify your areas for growth. In other words, if you suck at painting, please don't paint. The Buyer won't care if you spent the extra money on premium paint if your paint job is an absolute mess or you choose the worst color on the planet.
In order to maximize your return on investment, we strongly recommend calling us to discuss specific repairs that you intend to make. We will help you distinguish between value and appeal, so that you aren't making unnecessary repairs. Here are a list of some repair you may want/ need to make.
Repair major systems: roof, HVAC, hw heater, plumbing, electrical,
Repair any appliances that are not in working order: range, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc.
Repair any settlement cracks or cracks in foundational walls. (repair appropriately)
Paint where needed- anywhere where the color is dull, dirty, or needs to be freshened.
Improve curb appeal by repairing siding, doors, steps, walkways, sheds, etc.
Phase 4: Stage
Staging is the magic glitter. It is the unspoken thing that lights the buyer up inside. Staging is reimagining a space and arranging furniture and decor in such a way that it electrifies the space. Some home sellers are naturally gifted with staging, but it is a unique talent, that few can do well. It requires expert spatial awareness and aesthetic skill to stage a home in a way that will cause a Buyer to pay the highest dollar value for a home.Above you'll find our top 5 staging tips, but in order to stage your home for ultimate profit, let our real estate team expertly stage your home in person! Give us a call at (609) 246-0214 x 4.
Open blinds, curtains, & drapes
Wreath on front door & potted plants framing door, trendy welcome mat
Move furniture away from the wall
Never leave a table without decor
Use plants in transitional areas
To take the full 66 day challenge, CLICK HERE! You'll receive a downloadable ebook with checklists, trackers, and SO MUCH MORE to held you in your next move!
So there you have it folks. all it takes is 66 days. Now suppose you want to do it in 2 weeks. Is it possible? Absolutely. It certainly will depend on two very important things:
The current condition of your home and how often and well you maintain it
The amount of time, money, and effort you are willing and able to invest
There are no shortcuts. If you want to maximize the value of your home, you must put forth the right effort. These are not instructions to help you get $1-$2k more. They are the steps you can take to make $10k or MORE on your home. That doesn't just happen. It happens with focused effort and proper guidance. Don't leave your biggest investment up to a part time REALTOR®. Trust the experts and let us help you put more money in your pocket. Until next time, Rockstar Community, I'm sending you peace, love, and good vibes from my home to your's!