When should ‘home staging’ take place?
If a home is cluttered, the rule of thumb is: Remove all personal photos and 50% of accessories. The sleeker, crisper and more open the home looks, the better able a buyer is to visualize themselves living in the house. If a house is empty, it is sometimes worth it to have one or two main rooms staged as well. The home should be freshly painted, old carpets removed and landscape trimmed. Contact us for more information and resources on staging services.
How important is photography?
Most buyers shop on the internet, at least initially. The better the house shows on the web, the more likely a buyer will make a phone call to the agent, otherwise the home will be eliminated. We hand select the best photographers in the area for your home. A picture is worth a thousand words online and in print advertising.
Should I have a home inspection and how can I find a good inspector?
We always recommend a thorough home inspection to our buyers. Once you have a signed contract on a home you want to purchase, ask your attorney and your realtor if they can give you a list of inspectors. It is important to have a licensed inspector do a comprehensive check of the structure from the roof to basement, internal and external, a pest infestation inspection, radon, environmental, septic and pool if applicable. Normal wear and tear is not what you are looking for but environmental, mechanicals, appliances, roof etc., and any structural issues-may be something the homeowner may be expected to correct or credit. Even when purchasing in “as is” condition, this due diligence should be done.