DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS - Besides staging, sellers also should take a few more steps to ease the stress of their sale. Realtor.com® offers up some of the following often-overlooked tips:
When your clients are opening their doors to the public for showings, they need to take extra precautions. Share these suggestions to help them keep their belongings safe. BY TRACEY HAWKINS
After Christmas, many people put the empty boxes their expensive gifts came in out on the curb. What do you think that says to potential burglars? It screams, “I just got a brand-new TV! Come and rob me!”
Don't walk into the mall or fill your online shopping cart without a plan. BY AMBER TAUFEN
It’s something many real estate professionals know about. Right after a sale closes, many clients don’t just like the agent that helped them; they love the agent that helped them, especially when the transaction went seamlessly and was even pleasant. Of course, happy buyers often make great sources of referrals snd, down the road, they’re often move-up buyers who will want to use their agent’s help once again.
Do your buyers think that once the home inspection is over and the concessions have been negotiated, they're done? Remind them that their own annual inspection can save them a bundle by preventing headaches and spotting problems while they're still minor.
Outside the house, they can use binoculars to get a good look at the status of high walls, the chimney, and the roof line. Make sure everything is level and looks solid. There shouldn't be any crumbling in masonry or rot in wood. Also, look for crags and clogs around gutters and downspouts, cracked or peeling paint, and blockages or cracks around the chimney. The roof might be missing shingles, or tree branches might provide a path for pests to enter the house. Anything that lets water in can be a particular source of long-term problems.