Dickson Realty Preparing Buyers to purchase a home by Bob Ellis Truckee Realtor

Dickson Realty Preparing Buyers to purchase a home

 

Tahoe Truckee Real Estate Market Recap by Bob Ellis Dickson Realty

 

Tahoe Truckee Real Estate Market Recap by Bob Ellis Dickson Realty

 

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The Key to Selling Your Home: A Great First Impression

Have you ever been house hunting and come across a home where the siding was dirty, the lawn and landscaping looked like a war zone, and the inside looked like it was hit by a tornado?  Chances are you crossed that property off your list pretty quick.

So now that it’s your turn to sell, are prospective buyers crossing your home off their list?

Granted, it’s a great time to sell in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe area as home sales are up and top Tahoe Truckee Real Estate agent Bob Ellis is committed to making your home sale a reality, but you will still want to do your part to help your home sell quick.

Below are a few things you can do to help make a great first impression on any buyer:

Beautify the Exterior

It may seem like common sense, but when it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is extremely important. You’ll want to make the exterior of your Tahoe Truckee home look clean and inviting.  Here are a few things you can do to spruce up the exterior:

  • Mow and water the lawn.
  • Trim trees and if you have flowers, water them and clean up trash and debris.
  • Clean up along the street curb, sidewalks, and entry paths.
  • Wash exterior windows and doors.
  • Store any equipment or tools out of sight.
  • Wash your home’s exterior or consider painting if it’s really looking worn.

Make the Inside Welcoming

You did such a good job making a great impression with the exterior of the house, the buyer is ready to see the interior. This is where doing a few simple things can make your house welcoming and cozy:

  • Wash the carpets with a deodorizing shampoo.
  • Clean tile floors including the grout.
  • Remove spider webs from the ceilings and walls.
  • Arrange your furniture and get rid of pieces that are broken or unsightly.
  • Organize and clean carpets.
  • Tidy up the garage, basement, and attic.
  • Clean the interiors of all windows and open them up to let fresh air in.
  • If you have pets, give them a bath.
  • Put fragrance in your air conditioning system.

Repair and Replace Where Necessary

What may seem cozy and homey to you may look broken and in need of repair to others. Take a walk around your home and take a fresh look at anything that may need some attention:

  • Broken or missing doors
  • Damaged or missing cabinet handles
  • Cracks or stains in ceilings
  • Dirty ventilation filters
  • Broken tiles in bathroom and kitchen
  • Leaking or non-functioning faucets
  • Faded or peeling wallpaper

Get a Second Opinion

Sure, you think your home looks great. But a good way to see if your house is ready for buyers is to ask friends, family, or neighbors to take a look at it and offer suggestions.

Additionally, you may want to consider investing in a professional home stager who can have your home looking sell-ready in no time to help sell your house quickly.  Top Truckee Realtor, Bob Ellis can help you find a professional stager if you want to have this service completed.

Let’s face it: no one wants to scare potential buyers away from their home. Take the time now to make it sell-ready and you’ll be inviting them to your doorstep instead of scaring them to someone else’s.

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Top California Realtor Bob Ellis provides a superior level of informed, professional real estate services to buyers and sellers in the greater Truckee and Lake Tahoe areas. Whether it’s lakefront estates, a Lake Tahoe vacation home or vacation rental investments, turn to Bob to help you find the best value in the Lake Tahoe, Northstar, and Truckee, California areas.

 

 

 

 

Price Your Tahoe Truckee Home to Sell Quickly

Have you ever needed a haircut and decided to do it yourself?  Unless you were looking for that “just butchered” hair style, chances are you would have fared much better with the help of a trained professional.

And when it comes time to setting a selling price for your home to help you sell it quick, you’ll probably want to reach out for some professional help with a Truckee Realtor as well.

But if you have the itch and just can’t resist setting a price for your beloved home, you may want to keep a few things in mind.

For example, if you set the price on your home too high, it will sit on the market waiting for some Prince (or Princess) Charming to sweep it off it’s feet and off the market.  Translation: setting your house price too high will drastically reduce the number of people who will show any interest in it.

Of course, you can always set the price high and lower it later. But think about the impact that will have on potential buyers. They will either think that you set the price too high in the first place (and even after lowering it, it’s probably still too high) or worse, that something is wrong with the house and the price had to be reduced.

On the other hand, if you set the price of your Tahoe Truckee home too low, you may get a mob of buyers stampeding their way to your door and you may get a bidding war driving up the price, however, you may end up getting way less than fair price and that can do damage to your bottom line.

While some sellers do indeed set a low price on their home, the vast majority tend to go high because after all, their home is their castle, a cherished possession, a treasure that everyone in the world will appreciate as much as they do. Unfortunately, the buyer rarely sees it that way.

To help you set a reasonable price for your home to help it sell quickly, consider the following:

  1. Location, location, location! It may seem cliché (and incredibly obvious), but a home in a more desirable area will cost more than homes in less desirable ones.  Homes for sale on Lake Tahoe can command triple or more the price of other homes for sale in Tahoe Truckee without the majestic Lake Tahoe frontage or views.
  2. House condition. A well maintained home in good condition will demand a better price than one that is in various stages of disrepair.
  3. Surroundings. Schools, shopping, and amenities around your home all come in to play here. And what about your neighborhood in general? You better believe that prospective buyers will want to know what the quality of life is in your area.
  4. Additional features. Does your home have additions or upgrades that stand it apart from other homes in the neighborhood? A swimming pool perhaps or a beautifully landscaped yard or patio? All these things play a part in deciding on a fair home price.

One source of information you can turn to for help are local home selling advertisements. It will help you get a feel for what houses similar to yours are going for in your area. Fortunately, you can also do a lot of research on the Internet for home comparison pricing.

Getting help from a Truckee Realtor to do the research to come up with a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) is also time well spent. A CMA is looking at homes similar to yours and comparing their actual “sold”s prices and not “asking” prices. This will also give you a better idea of setting a fair price for your home.

Homes for sale in the Tahoe Truckee real estate market area have been steadily climbing upwards making it a great time to put your house on the market. And just like getting a great haircut from a professional, Bob Ellis, a top Tahoe Truckee Realtor can help you take the guesswork out of setting your house selling price.

And unlike a bad haircut, you’ll come out looking really good!

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Top California Realtor Bob Ellis provides a superior level of informed, professional real estate services to buyers and sellers in the greater Truckee and Lake Tahoe areas. Whether it is lakefront estates, a Lake Tahoe vacation home or vacation rental investments, turn to Bob to help you find the best value in the Lake Tahoe, Northstar, and Truckee, California areas.