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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 Ahhh…If you can do these simple things then your house can sell as FAST as this “Dollhouse” did.

January 8th, 2008

Filed under: Smart Exterior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 1:13 pm

Sometimes I spot a house that just makes me drool as a real estate agent. If all of my listings looked like this one I’d go ahead and book a 9 month cruise. ;-) This home immediately caught my eye from a distance as I was driving through a cute little neighborhood this weekend. I knew I spotted a winner. The grass was trimmed, the landscaping looked manicured, the paint was light and bright and fresh and the driveway was so white and clean that I wouldn’t have dared to park on it. These are the simple but critical things that you need to do to the exterior of your home to get buyers inside. Did you know that a recent report revealed 98.3% of home buyers do their shopping on line? Makes sense that the OUTSIDE of your home better look PERFECT or they’ll eliminate you quickly and “click” right on to a home that DOES look great. Oh yeah……when I got a little closer to this home I spotted the “Under Contract” sign in the yard. Coincidence? I doubt it.

Watch the video below to see how these smart sellers sold their house fast in a so-called “tough” market…ha!

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post Avoid these TWO DEADLY PITFALLS that can KILL a home sale – even for a GREAT home!

January 7th, 2008

Filed under: Smart Exterior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 11:59 pm

Having a great home on a wonderful lot is NOT enough to get a home sold today. Because foot traffic is a little slower than in years past many sellers get complacent and frankly just plain lazy about selling their homes. What they don’t realize is that slow foot traffic does not mean that they aren’t getting “lookers”. In fact, today MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER ARE “LOOKING” AT HOMES. They are just looking at them in a different manner. You’d be a fool not to realize that technology has changed our world forever. People no longer see agents as the gatekeepers of information and they just don’t call us first when they want to know more about a house. They simply dial it up on their computer from the privacy of their own home, they look at the pictures and they call us when they want to know more. But imagine what happens when buyers DO drive by your house and cars are parked in the driveway. They drive by quickly hoping to avoid running into an anxious seller who attacks them with questions and insists that they “come have a look”. Bluntly, it scares them to know you’re home. And think about the picture it paints in their minds when they see toys in the driveway or in the yard that aren’t put away neatly-hhhmmmmmm…..”If they didn’t bother to pick up the outside then I can only imagine what the INSIDE must look like.” Look, if you really are serious about selling your home then you need to understand that it’s the silly details that make or break a home sale. Selling a home isn’t brain surgery but it isn’t easy if you’re a slacker either. Get off your butt and pay a little attention to the small things. Check out this video of a home for sale that would actually have a fighting chance of selling if they would just pick up the trike, move that truck (well at least it’s hiding more toys that you can’t see) and put those trash cans out of sight.

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