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If you’re like most people, you’re excited about the new year ahead. After all, the last couple of years have been challenging for many — to say the least. This month, January, seems like a brand-new beginning!
In that vein, I hope you have a wonderful year. And, I want you to know that I’ll continue to be a resource for you for anything real estate-related.
For example, if you have any questions about the market (which can seem crazy at times), please give me a call. I have the latest data and can provide you with the answers and insights you need. Remember, your local market may be very different than the general real estate news you find online.
I can also help with recommendations.
For example, if you’re getting any work done around the home this year, I may be able to suggest the name of a reputable contractor or other professional.
Just know, I’m here for you whenever you need real estate-related information, advice or help.
|If you’re thinking of selling your home, you may have walked through it and discovered that you’ve been ignoring work that needs to be done to make your home look its best. For example, you may have been living with a cracked floor tile that needs to be fixed, or a damaged closet door that requires replacement.|
|Is it a good idea to get these maintenance issues dealt with before you list? Typically, yes. You want your home to show well. Anything unsightly or concerning will get noticed by buyers.|
Fortunately, investing the time and money to get the work done will pay off. It will help you sell your home faster and for a good price.
However, there may be circumstances in which you need to list before repairs and other improvements are completed. For example, if you need to sell within the next few weeks, you may simply not have enough time. In that case, there are a couple of options. Either you can arrange for the work to be done and let buyers know that it’s been scheduled; or, you can let buyers know about the issues and let them know you’re selling as is.
|Chances are, you know that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year — even if you suspect the batteries are still good.|
|But that isn’t the only fire safety check you should do annually. Here are some other recommended tips to help keep you and your family safe.|
Many local fire departments offer homeowners free tips and even in-home advice and inspections at no cost. Contact your fire department and ask about programs available to you.
|You’ve probably heard the expression, “The early-bird gets the worm.” It refers, of course, to those who get in early and reap the rewards. For example, if you arrive early to a retail store for a big blowout sale, you’re likely to get the deals before the inventory runs out. The stragglers who come later will miss out.|
|Well, this same wisdom can be applied to selling your home. Starting the process early — even if that means simply doing some initial planning — gives you the edge in several ways.|
First of all, you get extra time for preparation. That means you can get your home cleaned, uncluttered and staged without feeling rushed. You also get more time to find out how much your property will likely sell for on today’s market. That’s important information, especially if you’re also looking to finance a new home.
Secondly, there’s less stress. You’ll have more time to make the right decisions. The last thing you want is to be scrambling around, last minute, trying to get your home ready for sale.
Finally, with your initial preparations done, you’ll be able to put your home on the market at a moment’s notice. That’s a huge advantage that’s likely to lead to selling your property more quickly and for the best price. In fact, by getting an early start on the process, you might even find that this is the best time to list — and you’ll be able to do so, with confidence.
Don’t hesitate to reach out with any real estate questions you have.
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