Seller Tips

Tips For Selling Your Home

These are tips that won't cost a lot but can make a big difference on the appearance of your home. It is amazing how just a little attention to the details will add that special appeal that the buyer is looking for!

Pre-listing Inspection.

Having your home inspected by a professional home inspector before you list is a recommendation. Eventually your buyers are going to conduct a home inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:
 

  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
  • It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that ...
  • Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
  • You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if you are qualified.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  • It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation (not all inspectors offer these extra services, you can check for radon yourself).
  • It may relieve buying prospect's concerns and suspicions.
  • It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
  • Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.

Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers. Be sure the inspector you use is insured and licensed or certified (if your state requires) or at least belongs to a professional organization such as NACHI, ASHI, NIBI.

Clean up the outside.

  • Curb appeal is the first impression of all homes for sale. Keeping the grass cut and the area tidy will help make a great first impression.
  • Paint or wash the exterior of the house (including window casings, shutters, and doors).
  • Wash the windows inside and out.
  • Check the gutters and chimney.

Touch up the interior.

  • Put a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas of the home. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms.
  • Wash the walls where paint is not appropriate (i.e. wall paper, paneling).
  • Wash all floors and bathroom tiles.
  • Shampoo dirty carpets.
  • Get rid of clutter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic. Use self storage if necessary.
  • Replacing air filters will help keep the dust down.

Replace bathroom and kitchen fixtures that are worn or leaking.

  • People will notice a leaking or worn-out faucet. By replacing these items, you will give a new look to the room.
  • Clean under the sinks. If there is any leaks fix them. Then clean up the damage using contact paper or paint.

Get rid of any bad smells in your home.

  • Pay attention to pet or cigarette odors.
  • Place scented potpourri around the house.
  • On the day you're expecting a potential buyer, pop a batch of frozen cinnamon rolls or home-made bread into the oven for a great aroma.

Use a title company to handle the closing.

  • A title company can handle the title search and paper work for a very small fee. It is well worth the cost.

 

Contact an Associate

Deborah K. Brady
760-256-6843 Ext 103
debbie@barstowrealestategroup.com
DRE Lic #01061912

Nancy Wunker, GRI
760-256-6843 Ext. 110
nancy@barstowrealestategroup.com
DRE Lic #00519417

Annette Short
760-256-6843
annette@barstowrealestategroup.com
DRE Lic #01894134

 

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Testimonials

I am writing this in response to your request for feedback for the services of your Barstow Real Estate Group's Agent, Nancy J. Wunker.

First, let me explain that Nancy listed the property with Jack Fordyce who held the property as part of his Trust Estate. Jack was 87 years old; the property had been a rental for the past many years and was in need of updating and repairs. Nancy helped him tremendously in obtaining workman, supplies and services. Jack lived in Huntington Beach while the property was in Barstow so this assistance was extremely appreciated.

Ironically, on the day that Jack passed away, an offer was presented for the purchase of the property and I, as Successor Trustee of Jack's Trust, was thrust into immediate service. You can imagine what it was like losing a family member and at the same time having to attend to: accepting an offer to purchase, signing disclosures and all of the papers necessary to open escrow and providing all the documentation necessary for me to take over as the seller on property that I knew nothing about and was located quite a distance from me.

This was in addition to handling other duties of the Trust, such as transferring bank accounts, paying funeral expenses, obtaining Death Certificates, to name just a few; and all quite overwhelming.

As you know, in all Real Estate transactions, time is of the essence when you have a buyer that is ready and able to perform so everything had to happen quickly and accurately in order to have a smooth transaction. Nancy was the ultimate professional. She took charge and handled so many details I can't begin to list them all but included finishing some of the repairs, taking care of anything that the inspectors and the lenders found necessary to fix, handling escrow procedures and countless other tasks that were necessary including forwarding all the faxes that needed signatures, etc., turning on utilities, dealing with issues regarding the pool. She was on top of everything and kept me informed as well.

The escrow was slated to be closed January 18, 2016, and it closed December 9, 2015 in a mere 50 days from offer to close.

As you can see, I would not have been able to accurately describe her value in your survey. She performed above and beyond my expectations and made my duties as Successor Trustee so much easier in an already stressful time.

Thank you for the opportunity to again express my gratitude for Nancy's services.

Carol Halperin, Successor Trustee

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