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.

Visit to learn more or Click Here to list your home with Mike now and…Start Packing!

post How REMOVING landscaping helped to sell my own house for $53K more!

January 4th, 2008

Filed under: Smart Exterior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 3:27 pm

It’s very easy to be arrogant when you are trying to sell your home however your own cockiness can really get in the way of your home selling plans. I recently sold my own home and I had these two very large tall bushes on either side of my front door (I’m no horticulture expert so I don’t know their official name but they were very nice and they looked exactly like the ones in the video below) and a gorgeous mature pear tree in the front yard. I LOVED that pear tree. It was a gorgeous red color, had beautiful blossoms and it always attracted little birds chirping. BUT because of where it sat it made it nearly impossible for buyers to see my house from the street. My wife INSISTED that we cut it down but I kept whining about the “poor little birdies” and besides, I was PROUD of my awesome tree, so I wanted it to stay. But I’m happy to say that it only took my wife reminding me of how frustrated I always got with sellers who refused to do EXACTLY the right things to sell their homes and then whined at me for months when they could have sold and been on their way had they just put in a little bit of effort on their part. Long story short-chainsaw wins, bushes and tree lose and I sell my house for $53K more than I expected to the 1st buyer who looked at it. Guess what? He “loved how the house looked on the lot”-go figure. Don’t be a hard head. You can’t take a bush with you and the birds won’t even remember you. Do the RIGHT things and smile all the way to the bank!

Click the video below to see an example of how eliminating some landscaping can actually make the house show better from the INSIDE also.

Visit to learn more or Click Here to list your home with Mike now and…Start Packing!