What to Repair When Selling Your House

What to Repair When Selling Your House

  To repair or not to repair. That is the question. Most of us have an ongoing “honey-do” list for our houses. We’ll do it when the weather warms up. We’ll do it when the weather cools off. We’ll do it when the Predators win the Stanley Cup or the Titans win the Super Bowl. What happens when it’s time to sell? The “honey-do” list turns into the “crap-we-have-to-do-this-now” list. But what items should you do? Are their items you can leave undone and still get top dollar? And, what are the risks of not doing certain things?   Roof, gutters, HVAC units, water heaters: REPAIR. Most reputable companies will do a roof tune-up to fix any issues. You certainly don’t want to have any leaks when you are trying to sell your house. If your gutters are full, clean them out. Buyers will think you are a lazy homeowner and may even wonder what else you haven’t done that they can’t see if there are root systems in your gutters or they are overflowing with leaves. If the HVAC is working fine, have the unit cleaned and serviced. If a water heater is older, have it checked by a licensed plumber and any necessary repairs done.   Flooring: This one is tricky. If the majority of the flooring is in good shape, you may not need to repair or replace it. If wood floors are warped or deeply scratched in a large portion of the room(s) you may need to bite the bullet. Depending on the type of wood, you may be able to get boards replaced or have it sanded and re-stained instead of replacing all of it. If carpet is stained and can’t be cleaned, it is best to have it replaced. If carpet is bunching up but is in overall good shape, get it stretched. Warning: If you are replacing carpet, while it’s understandable you wouldn’t want to get the top of the line carpet, I do recommend a good pad underneath. If you replace the carpet with something you can see through, you have just wasted your money. A stray cracked tile is not worth redoing the entire bathroom but make sure the grout is in good shape.   Walls: If your walls have been worn from little hands, suitcases, toys, and vacuums, it’s best to paint them. If you can see what color the wall used to be, it’s best to paint it. If every room is a different color or if a room or wall is very dark, it’s best to paint it. In most cases, it is best to neutralize the colors in your home so it will appeal to the...

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Magic Realtors

Magic Realtors

  OK, I LOVE magicians or as some call themselves, illusionists. I can literally sit and watch them for hours on end. I mean, how can David Blaine make a playing card come from an unopened piece of fruit? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB0wzy-xbwM How can Criss Angel pull a quarter out from under his skin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbvixG-WAfE And how does Xavier Hartsoe do anything that he does? (Not as famous as the other two, but he is AWESOME!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbvixG-WAfE It fascinates me that one minute something is what you think it is, and the next minute, it’s gone.   How does this relate to real estate? Well, if I had a nickel for every time a client asked if I could pick up “this house” and move it to “that lot”, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. I’d be sitting on a beach with an umbrella drink in my hand. So, this brings up two points I’d like to make: Your Realtor is not a magician. Yes, they do amazing things and make things work out that you thought never would. They cover things up that you don’t need to know about and handle it all so you don’t have to stress about it – almost like it disappeared. They also could give off the illusion that everything is just fine when inside, they have no idea how it’s going to work. In the end, if you get to the closing table with seemingly little to no issues, you may certainly think your Realtor has some hidden magical power. If things don’t go exactly the way you would like, remember, they aren’t magicians and that needle in the haystack may just not be out there. Your Realtor is not a fortune teller. Realtors don’t have crystal balls to tell the future. They can’t answer with 100% certainty when you ask what the house you buy today will be worth in 10 years. They definitely should have their finger on the pulse of the market and know good indicators of trends but they aren’t going to be able to predict a tornado coming through your neighborhood and leveling the houses or the biggest industrial plant going out of business and decimating the market in your town. My business coach says that you typically can only get about 80% of what you want in a house. I have had clients build what they say is their dream house and when I check in with them after it is finished, they love it but it still doesn’t have everything they wish it did. So, when you make your checklist of what you’re looking for in a home, put everything on it but you may want to...

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You’re Welcome

You’re Welcome

  I recently was challenged with looking into my past to see what made me unique and find some of the reasons I do what I do in my business. As I reflected on early memories and my forming years, I remembered how painfully shy I was. I wouldn’t speak to anyone I didn’t know well, and if they spoke to me, I would cry. I went to a local children’s television show taping with my sister. I loved being able to see the stars “up close and personal” but not too “up close.” One of the characters was asking the audience questions and he pointed to me. I distinctly remember the heat immediately rise to my face and the tears quickly followed. I buried my head in my sister’s arm and I don’t remember anything else. Fast forward to the 4th grade. I had the pleasure of wearing some sort of orthodontic appliance until my Senior year of high school. For those that are counting, that is almost 9 years! Head gear, neck gear, silver braces that went around each tooth entirely (not just the cool stick-on-the-front kind), retainers, you name it, I had it. In the midst of all that I had perms and acne. I was a real sight to behold. In middle school I was a cheerleader but I realized that though I had the talent, the other girls were in the cool crowd and I was, clearly, not. So, when I went to high school, I decided I didn’t want to deal with those attitudes and I got into drama and was a “flag girl” in the marching band. I hung out with my “own type” but always thought it was weird that just a couple of years earlier, I was cheering with and for people that wouldn’t even speak if they bumped into me in the hallway. I didn’t know what to do when my best friend asked me to try out for the pom line (they danced instead of cheered). I knew the activity would be fun but I was not excited about the personalities I might encounter along with that. Ultimately, I figured if we did it together, it would be fine. Until she didn’t make the team…and I did. I mulled over it and I accepted a position on the team and because of that, lost a BFF. All of a sudden I was getting attention from kids that didn’t know my name before that, though I had gone to school with them for years. Lastly, after a breakup in my early 20’s, I moved 1600 miles away from my home – by myself. My mom later told me that...

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A Day in the Life of a REALTOR®

A Day in the Life of a REALTOR®

  Do you ever get asked what you did all day? Most of the time, I respond with, “the usual” or “I had appointments and wrote an offer.” But when I sat down and really thought about it, I realized that I was downplaying what I do and that good real estate agents should be given more credit than they’re given. Take a look.   5:20AM – GET UP! Wipe your eyes and brush your teeth then head out to the gym. 5:45 -6:45AM Work out. Believe me, you’re going to need it. Stress and mindset is the enemy. If you can start your day off by doing something good for yourself, your day will be better. I promise. 7:00-7:15AM Read something inspirational while you eat breakfast. I have a daily devotional sent to my email. Again, you have to get your mind right to start your day off positively. 7:15-7:30AM Shower off the sweat! 7:30AM – First text message of the day comes in. A client wants to know if you’ve heard back from the builder. 7:30-8:00AM – Finish getting ready for the day. Make sure you look over your schedule and check the weather to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. You may need a raincoat. 8:00-8:30AM – Listen to a business podcast in the car. Gas light pops up but you have a coffee appointment. You can make it. 8:30-9:30AM – Coffee appointment with someone thinking about “getting into real estate.” Answer all their questions and wish them luck in their decision. Check phone in the parking lot before you leave. 9:30-10:00AM – Answer the 2 text messages you received and listen to the 3 voicemails. Scan your email and decide they can wait until you get to the office. Make two phone calls on your way in the office. The gas light is still lit up – oops. 10:00AM – Get to the office. Receive a text that the alarm is going off at your vacant listing. Get back in the car. 10:00-10:15AM — Hope nothing is wrong at the house and think back to who was there last. Take call from a lender wanting to schedule lunch. Still haven’t stopped for gas. 10:15-10:30AM — Realize that the “alarm” is actually the smoke detectors but that someone left the backdoor unlocked last time they were at the house so now you’re in an empty house with the smoke detector blaring in your ears and a little freaked out. Then you remember that the alarm was set when you went in, so, no intruders are in the house. Heart rate returns to normal after you get out of the house and your ears have stopped ringing. Now,...

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