Pros and Cons of FSBO – Once you’ve deciding to sell your home, some choose to work with a real estate professional and some choose to sell “For Sale By Owner” or FSBO. Ultimately, you don’t have to sell your home using a real estate professional but there are definitely pros and cons of selling your home FSBO. Here are a few to help you decide the right path for you…
Pros of Selling a Home FSBO:
- Save Money – You won’t have to pay 2 real estate agents. Instead you will only be in charge of paying the agent of the buyer unless you work with the buyer directly.
- You Are In Control – You can control how your home is staged, marketed, when you show the home, etc.
- It’s Your Home – You know the home better than anyone. You can point out the amenities and items in the home like no one else.
Cons of Selling a Home FSBO:
- No Help – Without an agent, you are in charge of marketing, pricing, showing, staging, negotiating, finding a buyer, doing the paperwork, etc.
- Pricing – This is a touchy subject. Too high and you lose interest. Too low and you lose money. Real estate pros know the strategy and how to negotiate the best price for you and your home.
- Less Visibility – This is what real estate pros do. They have a marketing strategy for your home to get you the most exposure and to target the right buyers. Without the right marketing you have less visibility.
- Contracts – Real estate pros tell you what you need, what it means and handle the leg work for you. When you sell a home FSBO, you can get that info from a title company or an attorney but you will still most likely pay a fee for that information.
There are pros and cons to every situation. It won’t hurt to interview a real estate professional to get your questions answered and to see which route is best for you. It’s important that when you want to hire a real estate agent that it’s the right one. We recommend you interview a few to find the right one for you.
12 Winter Cleaning and Organizing Ideas
The cold weather is keeping you cooped up inside this winter, so why not make the best of it by cleaning and organizing your home. Sometimes half the battle is knowing where to even start. Here are 12 ideas to help you clean and organize your home this winter.
Make a Checklist
Making a checklist of everything you would like to complete will help give you an idea of where to start. It also will give you a feeling of accomplishment when you get it all done!
Divide and Conquer
Divide up the tasks between people in your family to help alleviate some of the time spent. If you’re feeling creative you can even come up with a game for the kids to go along with it.
Install a Storage System
If the majority of the items you have in storage are in boxes or bags, install a new system in your home. Buy some large plastic containers to neatly store your belongings. Then when you need them, you’ll know exactly where to look.
Begin A Monthly Cleaning Schedule
January is the best time to implement a monthly cleaning schedule. Decide what you want to clean, and when, and stick to it month by month. By the end of the year your house will be spotless.
Dust Light Bulbs
Dusting your light bulbs might not be something you do very often, so take the time to do it while you’re stuck inside. It will help brighten up every room.
Your kitchen is one if the main places where you accumulate things you don’t use. Go through your spice and food cabinets to determine what to keep and what to throw out. If you have non-perishables that you won’t use, consider donating them.
When we get busy, we tend to let papers, mail, etc. pile up in our homes. Take this time to declutter your spaces and it will make you feel loads better.
Wax Wooden Furniture
Whether or not your furniture is old, keep it looking new with an annual waxing and buffing.
Winterize Your Entryway
You’d be surprised how dirty your entryway can get in the winter, so consider adding some touches to help with the winter mess. Even something as simple as placing a rough mat outside for guests to wipe off their feet will help minimize the mess.
Go through the closets in your home and determine what you’d like to keep and what you’d like to get rid of. Come springtime, you’ll be thankful you won’t have to do it when the weather is nice out.
Clear Bathroom Clutter
Sometimes the clutter that gathers on your bathroom sink can be a bit much to handle. Invest in some bins or extra shelving units in your bathroom to get the clutter under control and keep a cleaner space.
Organize Your Budget
The winter is a great time to take a look at your overall budget. This will help you stay organized throughout the whole year.
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5 Ways To Keep Your Home Showing Ready in the Winter-Some people think it is almost impossible to sell their homes in the winter because it’s hard to keep a buyer interested when the weather outside is frightful. Fortunately, there are a plethora of things you can do to prepare your home for a showing this season. Even small tasks can make the biggest difference when it comes to keeping your home attractive to buyers. Here are seven ways to keep your home showing-ready this winter.
Shovel the Snow
Make sure the snow in your driveway and walkway leading up to your house is clear and plowed. Nothing will scare potential buyers away more than having to trudge through a foot of slushy snow. It will also help enhance the curb appeal.
Salt the Walkways
On a related note, salting the sidewalks is always a good idea. Eliminate the possibility of a disaster with the potential home buyer and make sure they’re able to get in the house without slipping.
Let There Be Light
Add extra lamps to the rooms in your home to brighten it up. Even in the middle of the day it can appear to be a bit gray outside, so adding lamps will help brighten up the space to make it more inviting to a potential buyer.
Something as simple as a holiday welcome mat on your front porch will do wonders. It makes your home seem not inviting, but also festive and ready for the holiday season.
Crank the Heat
Ok, you don’t necessarily have to make it 80 degrees, but make it warm enough that it will be a relief for the potential buyers to step in from the cold outdoors. If they walk in cold and remain cold the whole time, it may be a turn off.
For more ways to keep you home showing ready this season, visit here.
Preparing Your Home For Holiday Hosting
Preparing Your Home For Holiday Hosting. Whether your home is listed for sale, or you are considering selling or you are expecting Holiday guests these ideas can help.
Preparing Your Home For Holiday Hosting. If your home is the site for this year’s family winter holidays, spreading out your to-do list and tackling a couple projects can give you more time to relax and enjoy your guests later.
How about these three tasks?
1. Declutter your house and garage then hold a yard sale.
You’ll raise some extra holiday cash, give a new home to furniture and household goods you no longer need and have your house looking great for the holidays.
Another option is to donate the items to the local Habitat for Humanity Restore and take the tax deduction.
2. Check your bed and bath linens.
If you need new items, you’ll have time to watch for a good sale before guests arrive.
Need a place to hold extra guest towels? Swap out your towel rack for this Moen 24-Inch towel bar with shelf
In a super-small bathroom, a shelf over the door can hold extra towels for guests.
3. Baby Proof
Are your children or other guests bringing little ones into your not-so-baby-proof home? There are lots of temporary safety devices to help keep toddlers safe so parents relax and enjoy their visit with you.
If you order childproofing items now, you'll have them on hand to install a few days before guests arrive. You can buy a childproofing kit or single items like cabinet latches, outlet plugs or door knob covers.
If you are looking to get your home sold we have many more ideas to share with you. Please call Deborah Laemmerhirt at 203-994-4297. Besides staging and showing plans we are GLOBAL PROPERTY SPECIALISTS. Your home is marketed locally, regionally, nationally and globally in 20+ languages. Don't you deserve the best service?
Selling your Home – Bad Tasting Ice Cubes – Refrigerator Problems?
Selling your Home – Bad Tasting Ice Cubes – Refrigerator Problems? Do you need to replace your refrigerator before selling or will one of these possibilities help address the issue?
Possible cause 1: Dirty water filtration system filter.
Refrigerator water filtration system filters should be replaced at least every six months.
Solution: Check your water filter. Depending on usage, you may need to replace yours. Your refrigerator owner’s manual will have instructions specific to your model.
Possible cause 2: Stale ice cubes.
If you’re not using a lot of ice, your ice may be sitting long enough to absorb odors from the food inside your freezer or refrigerator.
Food gases easily transfer to water and ice. Ice can pick up odors from spoiled food in your refrigerator’s interior compartment.
Solution: Use ice cubes more frequently. Eat or toss food before it spoils.
Possible cause 3: It’s your water.
Impurities, minerals, salt or sulfur in your water can transfer unfavorable tastes and odors to your ice.
Solution: Replace your water filtration system’s filter. Second, test your water for hardness with water test strips.
If you have hard water, you may need a water softening system. If you already have a water softener, it may be using too much salt. Consult your water softening system owner’s manual and adjust your settings accordingly.
Possible cause 4: Improperly sealed or unwrapped food inside of your freezer.
Fresh and old ice cubes absorb food gases.
Solution: Double wrap and bag products with weak packaging (this also helps prevent freezer burn).
Possible cause 5: Food spills or mildew growth inside your freezer or refrigerator compartments.
Solution: Clean up carefully.
Check your refrigerator owner’s manual for specific instructions related to cleaning and mold removal.
Want to go with a gentle homemade cleaner? Try a solution about one tablespoon of baking soda to 1 quart of water.
Don’t use cleansers with harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. They can damage your refrigerator’s interior walls.
If you are looking to sell you NY or CT home in the near future and you are interested in learning how the condition will affect your sale price please give Deborah Laemmerhirt a call at 203-994-4297. We help with staging and your home's overall presentation. We specialize in local, regional, national and global marketing to get your home sold. Call 203-994-4297 to get your home sold.
5 Powerful Questions To Ask A Real Estate Agent Before Selling Your Home – Before selecting your next real estate agent, make sure to read this article. Here are 5 questions you should ask your next agent before you hire them to help you sell your home…
How long have you been selling real estate?
Why is this one important? Experience is key. When hiring a real estate pro to help you sell your home they will be helping you stage, price, market, negotiate terms and more to help you sell your home. This comes with experience and it’s important to know what experience your new agent has before hiring them.
It’s interesting that in the real estate business, someone with many successfully closed transactions usually COSTS THE SAME as someone who is inexperienced. Bringing that experience to bear on your transaction could mean a higher price at the negotiating table, selling in less time, and with the minimum amount of hassles.
What is the percent of Sellers compared to Buyers that you serve?
There are “buyers agents” out there where all they do is focus on helping others purchase a home. This is different thanselling a home. If they mainly work with buyers, they possibly don’t have the experience needed to help you sell. Find out.
Can we cancel the listing if we’re not happy?
Know the terms of the contract you are signing. If you do not like what your agent has done to help you sell your home, can you part ways? What are the terms?
I want to give my home the advantage of the latest marketing strategies. How much time and money do you invest each month in professional training?
89% or more of home buyers start their search online. Is the agent you are hiring going to help you get in front of them? Are they adopting marketing strategies to get your home the most exposure?
Why should I list with you rather than any other REALTOR® who is calling on me?
Great question! Let agents tell you how they work and why they are better than their competition. Every agent works differently and has their own business they run a certain way. This goes for how they market, negotiate, communicate with you (the seller) and more.
It’s likely that you don’t interview people very often. And yet, in order to find the REALTOR® who is right for you, you may interview several. The quality of your home selling experience is dependent upon your skill at selecting the person best qualified.
The world is populated with REALTORS® who are wrong for you. For example, part time agents, new agents, etc. The sale of your home could well be the most important financial transaction you have ever been involved with. The person you select can make it a satisfying and profitable activity, or a terrible experience. It’s your home, and your money. The choice of your REALTOR® is up to you. Make the selection carefully.
Home Selling Tips
Every one wonders when the best time to list a property for sale is? The truth is you and an experienced Seller's REALTOR® can create the timing providing all decisions meet with what the area market will bear!
Home Selling Tips – Create a Timeline for home selling – Knowing when you should be at a certain point in the home selling process can be stressful. It requires a plan and a timeline to know when tasks should be getting done. HOUSES ARE SOLD ANY TIME OF THE YEAR…ALL YEAR LONG. Check out some of these ideas to make your own timelines for the home selling process.
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12 Weeks out
- -Consult with a real estate specialist and decide on the initial asking price. This price should be determined by researching what other homes in the area have sold for in the last six months. Also find out what your current competition is selling for.
- -Make sure you have the title, deed, and survey of the home ready when you are ready to sell.
- -Determine all of the improvements that need to be made. This can range from small repairs and paint jobs to something more major such as floor replacements. When considering changes select updates that are neutral selections.
- -This is also the time for big cleaning jobs such as carpet cleaning.
- -If you haven’t decided where you would like to move, now is the time! Check out some towns you are considering and also do some research on things such as demographics, schools, and local entertainment options.
- Get your house on the market as quickly as possible now that you know what your competition is.
8 Weeks out
- -Check to make sure heating, air conditioning, and any appliances you are leaving behind are in good working condition.
- -Take care of landscaping. Consider this the time to make all aspects of curb appeal at their highest.
- -Clean out the garage
- -Get a home inspection done – this is not a must but it will make you aware of what might be an issue so you can address items that may need repair.
6 Weeks out
- -Contingency planning! Create a Timeline for Home Selling. Make sure you have plans set for if your home if it sells faster than you expect it to. Whether this be moving into your new home or renting, make sure you are ready. If your buyer is not planning to move immediately, you may be able to rent your home back from them until you are ready to move.
- -Relocation planning! If you are relocating for a job, make sure you know of any requirements. You also need to find out exactly how much the company is willing to pay for moving expenses. Consider asking questions such as if the company will provide temporary housing while you find a new home or if your company will offer assistance in purchasing a home.
- -Garage sale time! Get rid of all of that clutter! Not only will it make showing your home easier, but also moving.
- -Call around and get estimates from moving companies. Take in recommendations from family and friends.
- -Make a list of everyone that needs to be notified of the move. This would include doctors, friends, teachers, and creditors.
5 Weeks out
- -Contact your insurance company to make sure your belongings will be covered during the move. If not, see what the moving company you chose will cover. The basic insurance coverage offered through the moving company may not be enough. They normally cover items by pound, meaning you could need more.
- -Get an appraisal of the expensive items being shipped by the mover.
- If you're selling one property and purchasing another and you need money from the sale for the purchase, talk to your mortgage company about the time frame. They have programs where you can borrow against the sale but you have to take out the new mortgage with them.
- -If you are flying to your new home, book your flight, arrange for your vehicles to be shipped, and line up a rental.
- -If your home will be vacant because you are moving before the home sells, check with your insurance company about what you need to do. Vacant home are liabilities that insurance companies don't like.
4 Weeks out
- -Pack things that you don’t want the movers to pack.
- -Give away or prepare to move items that movers won’t take. This includes plants, paints, flammables, ammunition, and chemicals.
- -Be prepared for closing. Talk with your attorney or representative. Make sure you understand all fees, commissions, and taxes that you may have to pay.
2 Weeks out
- -Arrange to have utilities and phone service shut off, or transferred if it's a local move.
- -Remember, movers need light, so have power cut off after you're sure the movers will be gone.
1 Week out
- -Valuables, your safe, and other important documents should travel with you for the move.
- -Get a cashier's check for the movers.
- -Review the bill of lading very carefully.
- -If the house isn't sold yet, make sure a relative and the real estate agent have keys.
- -You'll have plenty of papers to sign before getting the check for your property, and you may be invited to take a final walk through the house with the new owners. Create a Timeline for Home Selling!