When it comes to selling your home in Fairfield County, the importance of that old saying ‘You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression’ cannot be understated. From the first moment a showing begins, you want your potential Buyers to have a positive feeling, not one that is negative in any way. The reason is that while purchasing a home is for the most part a logical process, logic alone will not cause a buyer to pull the trigger. A buyer must have a positive emotional response to your home in order for them to make an offer. Continue reading
Just as they say an iguana will grow as big as its cage our stuff grows as big as our homes. Day-to-day it is perfectly fine living with a filled basement, attic, closet and drawers but when if comes to selling a Fairfield County home, all of this stuff can end up costing you money at sale time as well as during the move.
First of all, the greater the number of boxes going to your new home, the higher your moving bill. Consider this: Three years after I moved from a coop in NYC to a house in Long Island my husband brought my attention to a box labeled ‘Decipher Immediately”. It had never been opened. Second of all and of much greater importance is how having a lot of things will impact the sales price of your home. Decluttering will avoid the impression of a ‘too lived-in’ house, makes rooms appear more spacious, and enables potential buyers to picture their own belongings and lifestyle in place. The result: increased showings with the potential for increased offers at a higher price. Continue reading
When the time nears to sell your Fairfield County home, getting an advance home inspection is one extra bit of due diligence that can ensure a smooth selling process and help maximize your selling price. While not advisable for everyone, this is particularly valuable when yours is an older home, when you have lived in your home for a long period of time and if your are not absolutely positive that your home is in tip-
top condition. With so much uncertainty in the economic environment today, buyers are reluctant to take on the additional expense of a home that has a laundry list of maintenance issues. I, therefore, advise you to become knowledgeable about the state of your home and do whatever you can to bring it to the best possible condition. Continue reading
When getting ready to list your home for sale, here are three of my favorite inexpensive fixes that I recommend to my clients in Fairfield County:
1. Painting walls in pale neutral colors. Freshly painted walls erase years of wear from any room. While you may personally prefer rich or bright colors, potential buyers may not. Beyond ensuring that rooms look as big, bright and airy as possible, you want potential buyers to picture spaces where their furnishings will fit in without redecorating. Pale beige or grey rooms work with furnishings of all colors, and wind up appealing to the greatest number of potential buyers. Continue reading