Ever wonder why some homes sell quickly and others seem to sit on the market indefinitely? Our advice to sellers is to put yourself in the buyer's shoes.
Scenario. Your agent drives you up to a home that you are excited to see as it ticks all of the boxes. Your enthusiasm fades as you immediately see overgrown landscaping, peeling paint, a dirty driveway, etc. Your first impression? Since the house has not been maintained on the outside, it will most likely look the same on the inside. You tell your agent to move on to the next home on the list.
"It takes a minimal investment of time and money to spruce up the curb appeal of your house" says Junior Partner A.J Couch. "You get only one chance to make a first impression so make it count.”
Pressure wash the exterior siding, eves and the driveway. Prune any unkempt trees and bushes. Paint the trim and make sure that the front of the house is as fresh as possible and pick up any stray items that may be lying around.
Let's say that you pull up to the same house that has had a curb appeal makeover. After being impressed at how well the home and yard are kept your agent opens the front door and the first thing that you see is clutter — dishes in the sink, stray clothes thrown about, an over abundance of mismatched furniture that fills nearly every room in site and the 400-piece ceramic cat collection that the seller is so proud of.
"Nothing against cats.”
The house now looks unkempt and the rooms size small due to the sheer amount of "stuff." Take the time to look at the inside of your home through a buyer’s eyes. What will be their first impression?
Buyer's need to envision the house with their furniture, their family photos on the wall, and keepsakes on the shelf. Depersonalize your home. I know that it's not easy but the goal is to sell it after all. Remove family photos and the cat collection. Pick up the clutter and make the space as clean and inviting as possible, and yes, that includes windows. Touch up any marked walls or trim. If staging is out of the budget, remove any excessive furniture and arrange what you have to make the living space more family friendly. Make your home feel like their home.
The moral of the story? Most of the investment is time. Invest a little time and sell your house quicker and for more money.
"Destin Palms offers curb appeal makeovers for our sellers and we will even defer payment until the house sells," says Partner Glenn Forrester.
For more tips on preparing your home for sale, contact Destin Palms Real Estate, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-424-1088. We look forward to hearing from you.
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“The environment in our office is one of teamwork, energy, and passion. We feed off of each others success and it is infectious and exciting,” says partner Jessica Forrester.
“There are so many directions we can go with our concept, the potential for growth is wide open,” says senior partner Paul Couch. “We are looking for key people to expand our real estate division immediately. Our vacation side is steadily growing, and with that inevitably comes work for our property preservation division. We are in a good position to invest in growing our team.”
The location of Destin Palms’ office is one attribute that helps the motivation of the Destin Palms’ team. Most real estate offices don’t have the luxury of looking out their windows to be reminded of exactly what they are selling and working for — the white sand and emerald coast beach lifestyle.
Destin Palms has a unique real estate business model in that the company profit shares across the three divisions. Whether you are an entry level painting apprentice or top sales producer, everyone enjoys a piece of the profit and has the opportunity to own stock in the company.
Destin Palms also covers the cost of the typical Realtors expenses; MLS dues, supra costs, Realtor dues, office expenses, advertising, etc.
Realtors on the Destin Palms’ team have two huge advantages over others in the area. First: strong, qualified leads are provided at no cost to the agents. Second: because of their prime office location on the ground floor of Majestic Sun, the agents also enjoy walk in traffic from vacationers wanting to buy in the area.