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Selling Your Home? Don’t Overlook These Small Details.

Putting your home on the market may produce feelings of overwhelm simply because there are so many moving parts to a successful listing. Aside from the obvious, such as cleaning and repairs, you may quickly become surprised at the small details that pop up from the moment your shake hands with your new realtor.

If you’re selling your home, consider these tips that are often overlooked by real estate rookies:

Be Mindful of First Impressions.

Imagine you’re a motivated buyer checking out a listing. You ring the doorbell to what you thought was your dream home only to be met with…silence. As the owner, you may have been so focused on repainting the interior walls that you didn’t even think about the doorbell. As the prospect, you may see this as a sign to move on, or at the very least a precursor to what you may discover inside.

Point being: first impressions are important. Whether it’s a silent doorbell, a dirty doorknocker, or cracks in your walkway cement, buyers are going to take note of how they felt when they were first introduced to your home. Make them feel welcomed, not weary.

Google Your Address

The information superhighway leads prospective buyers right to your digital door. One search on Google or social media networks will drum up every online occurrence related to your address or neighborhood. Take a moment to see what others are saying.

And for those who think that the internet isn’t a factor, know that 90% of buyers begin their house-hunting online according to the National Association of Realtors.

Declutter Your Closets

Fact: buyers are going to look inside your closets and cabinets. If there is a door that can be opened, they are going to open it. If they find a cramped closet full of knick-knacks and winter coats, they may have a hard time envisioning their own belongings in that space. The moment you decide to put your home on the market, start cleaning out your closets.

The job of an experienced local realtor is to take care of all of these minor details, as well as major ones, so that your home can be positioned in the best possible way in front of the best possible buyers. So when you start making your real estate to-do list, make sure that the first entry is “find the right realtor.”

Source: Realtor.com, 7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do

Smith Mountain Lake Market Report

The market at Smith Mountain Lake continues to improve in the waterfront home sector.  More buyers are coming into the market and the average sold price is just slightly higher.  The strongest part of the season is just getting started so if you are thinking about buying, now’s the time.  Inventory has stayed high as sellers who have been waiting are steadily coming on the market, so it’s still technically still a “buyers market”, but be ready to act as new, appropriately priced homes don’t stay on the market long.  If you are thinking about selling, don’t miss getting out there during this busy time of year.  Off water homes and condos & townhouses are still challenging for sellers, and the sales of water front lots is still the weakest part of the market with high inventory and continued price pressure.  Call me for complete details!

How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

The idea of a home inspection seems easy enough to understand. You’ve received a contract on your home and now the buyers want to send someone in to see if there is anything wrong with it. The inspector gives the buyers a list of their findings, which can be used as fuel for a counteroffer or as reasoning to back out from the offer completely.

While you might be put off by the thought of a stranger coming by to your home to critique it, having your home inspected is a part of the home buying and selling process. We’ve put together a few tips so that you know what to expect during an inspection:

Inspectors Look at Everything

If you think that strategically placed wall hanging will keep them from noticing a water stain, think again. Home inspectors have a 1600-point checklist, and they are going to hit every single item. From roofs to basements, interior and exterior, rest assured that your home is going to be searched from top to bottom.

Be Prepared

While inspectors aren’t looking at how clean your home is, having a clear path to basements, attics, and the like will help them do their job properly. If you’ve had work done to your home recently, have your paperwork organized and ready to present.

You Don’t Need to Hang Around

It will be tempting to follow the inspector around like a shadow, but it’s not necessary. Give them your contact information and head out for the day. Why? Your presence could actually impede the process, causing the inspection to take longer. It’s also awkward for the inspector.

Ask your realtor for a more detailed account of what to expect during a home inspection. Their local experience with area home inspection professionals will provide you with an unbiased perspective.

Source: Realtor.com, Selling Your House? Better Prepare for the Home Inspection