Friday, August 25, 2017

The Cost of Repairs---To Do or Not to Do?

Hmmm, What does that title mean? When considering how much work to do to prepare your home for sale, do you make every repair before your home is listed? Or is it better to leave some things undone for negotiation later?

Good Questions!

In the eyes of a Buyer, small repairs are usually magnified. They expect those repairs to be much more costly than they actually are.

The Residential Specialist (an industry publication) reports that "For every $1,000 of perceived defect, the buyer will ask for a $3,000 to $5,000 reduction of the asking price...You want to know about the issues now, not when the buyer's inspector shows up."

I think this disparity is especially true with a first time home buyer. They don't have the experience in home repairs to know which items are small items and easy fixes vs ones that require more labor or expense.

So, if you are able to make the repair prior to placing your home on the market, it is a good idea to do so. The home looks well maintained, and its perceived value will be much higher in the eyes of the potential Buyer.

If the cost of a repair is not an option right now, at least get an estimate that can be shared with the Buyer. This written cost will mitigate the inflated price of the repair in the Buyer's mind.

Do you have any questions as you are thinking about selling your home? Feel free to ask! I am here to help.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Where do I sell my Stuff? I am ready to sell my Home

So you are ready to move...but need to sell or donate some of your furnishings. What do you do? This is a frequently asked question when I meet with people who are ready to sell their home. Here is a list of a few suggestions to get you started.

Everything But The House.  Website:
They will photograph and provide descriptions of all of the items that you wish to sell. An auction will be conducted online, and items will either be picked up by the winning bidders or shipped by EBTH. This option works well for collectibles, antiques, art, china.

Sue Wickliff is a property appraiser. Sue can give you the value on jewelry, furniture, collectibles. She has collectors whom she can recommend who purchase particular items.

Complete Relocation Solutions
They do a number of things including organize, sort, and hold sales. (I do not have personal experience with this company, but they look like a viable option.)

Christy's Auction Company--(or a local auction company in the area where you live) This is the easiest of the options. Jack Christy will send a team to pack everything for you. They transport the items you wish to sell to their auction company. They sell them for you and send you a percentage of the total amount sold. They will take almost everything.

Phone: 317-784-0000

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lovely Large One Level Home in Carmel IN--only $259,900

Take a video tour with me of this beautiful ranch home in a golf course community in West Carmel, Indiana. #TwinLakes 

Monday, November 09, 2015

Elegant Gracious Living in East Carmel’s Prairie View
 The Wait is Over! Over 8,000 square feet in an  enviable setting includes large living areas perfect   for entertaining. Two story Great
Room as striking floor to ceiling fireplace. 1st floor Master Suite is ready to pamper. Lovely Library offers custom cabinetry. Warm Hearth

Room opens to Gourmet Kitchen and Breakfast Rm. 5 or 6 Bedrooms, including huge Bonus Room. Finished Basement boasts a full Kitchen with large bar, Home Theater, Exercise Rm, Family Room. Championship Golf Course, Pool, Tennis, Walking Trails. 
  • Over 8,000 Square Feet
  • 5 Bedrooms & 4.5 Bathrooms Plus Enormous Bonus Room
  • 2-Story Entry & Great Room
  • Spacious 1st Floor Master Suite
  • Gourmet Kitchen opens to Warm Hearth & Breakfast Room
  • Finished Basement with Full Kitchen, Billiards Area, Theater, Storage, Exercise & Rec Rooms
  • Over Half an Acre Lot

Your Opportunity for Elegant and Gracious Living!
Check out this virtual tour narrated by Diane for some of the great amenities:
Another video tour of a new listing. Hard to find--spacious one level home in West Carmel for $269,900.
Beautiful one level, ranch home in West Carmel in Golf Course Community (Twin Lakes). Easy access to interstate, schools, shopping and restaurants.…

A Testimonial from a Recent Home Buyer


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