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post Home Selling 101 – To Re-Carpet or not to Re-Carpet

January 13th, 2008

Filed under: Smart Interior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 10:15 pm

O.K. get a pen. Write this down. You’ll never need to ask again. Y-E-S you MUST replace worn carpeting 100% of the time. If you even had to ask the question then you already know the answer. Sellers ask agents this question ALL the time and get mixed answers but only because most real estate agents are too darn scared of telling the seller what they don’t want to hear. But I ASSURE you that the minute that house is not selling the agent is saying to himself “I wish that idiot would change that damn carpet”-yet they STILL won’t have the guts to tell you. Here’s what you need to know when interviewing an agent-If they will not give you every little bit of advice and every tip that has helped even ONE seller to sell their home then you should NOT hire them. Let’s be very real here. If you were sensible enough to be able to buy a house then you certainly are sensible enough to know when it’s time to re-carpet. If you don’t have those kind of marbles between your ears then you’ve got a lot more to worry about then selling a home. I’ve seen $2,000 worth of carpeting net a seller an extra $10,000 or more on a home sale many many many times. Stop asking and just DO it. Watch this video to see how being a REAL cheapskate with a single bedroom can KILL a sale.

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post An often overlooked Shower issue and a Simple $5 Fix that can help sell your home

January 12th, 2008

Filed under: Smart Interior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 10:13 pm

The master bath is one of the top three areas that a buyer will inspect closely when considering your home. Many times the tiny things that we take for granted when we live in a home can be a deal breaker for the new buyer. You have to keep in mind that living in a home and keeping it ready for sale are two different things and you have to take extra care to address the not so obvious issues. There are very few homes that I have listed personally that my wife or I would even consider showering in without first dousing it with a good coat of bleach. Why? Because most sellers seem to think that it is O.K. to ignore the constant cleaning that a shower commands when their home is on the market. It is USED every day and it should be CLEANED every day! . Honestly, most of the showers I see in homes for sale are just plain of gross. If you knew how many homes I have visited with buyers where the sellers have done MAJOR upgrades ($10-$50K) to get them ready for sale only to have the buyer walk right past the new stainless kitchen and look in the master bath and go “yuck…I just can’t shower in there” then you’d rush right out and get a tube of caulk. The video below was shot in a home that was otherwise PERFECT. They had invested serious time and effort in making this home look and feel new but they missed one small detail and I spotted it in about 2 minutes. Yeah it only made this perfect “10″ drop to about a “9.9″ but really in this market anything that makes your home look less than perfect should be taken care of. Watch the video for a quick tip on how to make your shower look fresh and new.

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post How fresh Paint and Carpet can make a home sell for MORE MONEY!

January 8th, 2008

Filed under: Smart Interior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 10:13 pm

There is nothing like walking in to a home for sale that has been freshly painted and carpeted. I’ve said it to you many times before that if you are thinking about selling and you have ANY thought that your carpeting and paint need to be redone then don’t give it a second thought-just DO it! You may think “well it’s easy for this guy to say that but it’s a lot of work and expense” but I am here to tell you that when you’ve sold thousands of homes like I have you KNOW with absolute certainty that this is the right advice. Congruent and light colors can change the entire look and flow of any house and many times the look cancels the need to do other things. For example, before I visited the home below I saw that it had laminate counters and I thought “there’s a big negative” but when I saw how perfectly spotless this home truly was everything in the kitchen just seemed to work-INCLUDING those counters. This agent should be commended for the fine job of coaching her clients.

Take a look at the video below to see how incredibly appealing a house can look with a little new carpet and fresh paint.

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post Linoleum – Is “clean” good enough?

January 7th, 2008

Filed under: Smart Interior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 10:12 pm

I’m often asked if it is “worth it” to replace worn linoleum in a kitchen or bath when putting a home up for sale. Depending on the situation I offer different advice. First of all it is NOT always necessary to upgrade linoleum to tile or hardwood flooring unless your home falls into a price range where these upgrades are expected as “standards” by the home buyer. If you have the ability to clean linoleum SPOTLESSLY and it appears as “new” with no cuts or loose or shrinking edges around the baseboard molding then normally it is more than acceptable to have it remain. Keep in mind however, that replacing linoleum is one of the cheapest upgrades that you can do in a house. If you have dated or otherwise “out of style” patterns or colors then absolutely replace it 100% of the time. Watch the video below to see a house I visited recently. The sellers had spent thousands of dollars on upgrades including a brand new kitchen but they missed a very critical and inexpensive fix that shattered their chance at a favorable first impression.

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post Now THIS is a “GREAT” Room!

January 3rd, 2008

Filed under: Smart Interior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 10:12 pm

The great room is obviously a focal point of almost any home so it’s critical that yours looks as wide open and yet as “comfy” as possible. This also means that it should not look “lived in” so to speak-coffee table polished and organized, magazines and TV remotes hidden from sight, no pillows and blankets laying around or just tossed on the couch. In other words, we don’t want the buyer to feel like they’re invading on your “plop down” spot where the cushions are molded in the perfect outline of your butt! Clean and ORGANIZE your great room or family room as if you had a hot date coming over that you’re looking to impress! Nothing is less responsible than not taking the time to clean and organize a house EVERY DAY when you are trying to sell. You are either SERIOUS about selling or you’re serious about NOT selling. Your success is entirely up to you.

Check out this video of a house that has done it perfectly! Although it is vacant now, the owners have taken meticulous care in making sure that it shows to sell!

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