Ten tips to help you sell your home faster, at the price you want!

1. First Impressions Matter.
People typically over estimate the cost of minor repairs such as painting. Having the painting and repair work done yourself up front will contribute considerably to a faster sale at the price you want.
2. Curb appeal is important.
The first view a buyer will have of your home is the one they see when they drive up. Keep the lawn well manicured and avoid clutter. Keep the gutters, driveway, and sidewalks clean. A new coat of paint on the trim and railings will do much to give your house that well maintained look.
3. Clutter reduces Appeal
Do your spring cleaning (whatever time of year it is!). A clean home implies a well maintained home. Avoid interior clutter too.
4. Remove excess furniture and wall clutter
Remove excess pictures, posters etc. to make rooms appear larger. It may be an optical illusion, but it works!!
5. A casual environment means leisure living!
Soft music on the stereo and a scented candle tell a buyer that this home is comfortable. It tells them they will be comfortable living there.
6. Pay particular attention to Kitchen and Bathroom areas.
Check and repair all caulking and counter tops. Keep personal items neatly stored out of sight.
7. Make the MOST of Your Storage Space.
Make the most of your storage spaces by storing your things someplace else! You can get a jump on the move by packing ahead of time. Items that can’t be stored elsewhere can be packed in boxes and neatly stacked. An empty storage area looks HUGE with very little in it!
8. Look critically at your home – you know the buyer will.
Check for loose door knobs and oil the creaky hinges. Detect and repair all the minor defects that may detract from your home’s perceived value.
9. Open the Blinds and Curtains!
Let your home be bright and cheery! Wash the windows and blinds to let in more light. Turn the lights on for additional brightness.
10. Take Rover for a walk!
Many buyers are very pet sensitive. Find a way to have pets not be home when showing your house. Reduce pet odors by removing bedding, bowls and toys.
Most of these are just common sense items but could really make a difference when showing your home. Make sure the buyers can picture themselves living comfortably in your home!

 

Home Sellers Checklist?

It is important to attract as many qualified Buyers as possible. In preparing your home for sale, it is eminent to envision your home through a “Buyer’s eye.” Fact is, people purchase what they see, not “how it’s going to be.” Now is the time to make your home as Buyer-friendly as possible.
You can improve the market value of your home without finishing the basement or remodeling the kitchen. Paint is your best improvement investment for getting a greater return on your money. Remember, presentation is key.

OUTSIDE

  • Mow the lawn, trim the trees and shrubs away from your house.
  • Remove dead plants, flowers & shrubs.
  • Put away tools, garbage cans, hoses, toys & building materials.
  • Remove window screens while selling your home & keep windows clean.
  • Check for broken roof shingles.
  • Seal or resurface driveway (if applicable).
  • Clear patios or decks of planters, flower pots, charcoal & barbecues.
  • Dress up front yard shrubs & lamp posts with fresh mulch.

KITCHEN

  • Clean your stove & oven
  • Repair drips, squeaks or binds in cabinet drawers.
  • Discard old food & leftovers from refrigerator.
  • Clear refrigerator of messages, pictures & magnets.
  • Clear small appliances & cookware from countertop.

FOYER

  • Use bright bulb in the foyer light fixture.
  • Turn on all lights in evening to welcome potential buyers.
  • Clean all light fixtures.
  • Fill the house with a fresh scent.
  • Spotlessly clean woodwork & carpeting.
  • Clear window ledges of all objects to give a nice glimpse inside & out.
  • Repaint walls, if necessary, in a neutral color such as antique white.

FAMILY ROOM

  • Clean fireplace & remove any items in front of it.
  • Replace carpet if it has a loud color.
  • Remove magazines, books, or toys.
  • Create an easy going, relaxed atmosphere.

LIVING ROOM

  • Discard worn-out furniture & move extras to a storage area.
  • Visit a model home to get decorating ideas.
  • Clear away all magazines, books & other objects from furniture.
  • Take down picture that hide walls. Patch nail holes & paint.
  • Add lamps & lighting in dark area.
  • Open the curtains.
  • Set out some fresh flowers.

BATHROOMS

  • Remove any unnecessary items from the vanity, tub, etc.
  • The fixtures, tile & shower curtain should be immaculate.
  • Caulk & grout tile. Bleach discolored grout.
  • Remove any wall paper that is not “conservative.”
  • Decorate with towels.

 

What to Know About Short Sales?

Are you facing foreclosure? You may have a better way out!
There are countless hardships that can turn home ownership from a joy into a burden. The loss of a job, medical bills, or an unexpected hike in monthly payments can all make a mortgage unaffordable. But ignoring the bills will not make them go away, it will only make things worse.

If you need help, there are approaches that can help, but you may not be familiar with them. One of these is a “short sale.”
In an approved short sale, the lender agrees to accept less than what is owed for the property, and the homeowner is relieved of the debt. A lender may be willing to do this because it spares a lot of hassle and expense involved in executing a foreclosure. And typically, a short sale does far less damage to the homeowner’s credit than a foreclosure does.

If you would like to explore the possibility of a short sale for your property, avoid foreclosure, and potentially save your credit rating, please contact me. I am a certified short sale negotiator and I will be happy to talk with you and explore your options.

Frequent questions about tenants?

How do I know if I’m getting a good tenant?
There are vital pieces of information that we gather in order to create a profile of all applicants for your property. Our recommendation to accept an applicant is based on the results from the following data.

  • Credit Check
  • Reference Check
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Employment / Income Verification
  • Rental / Mortgage History

What happens if the tenant doesn’t pay the rent?
We follow a strict procedure which begins by personally contacting the tenant in an effort to resolve the delinquency. Eviction is always our last line of defense however, if further action is required, we will notify the tenant in writing of the breach of contract and the pending court proceedings. V&V Properties will always advise you as to your options as well as the best course of action to immediately restore a positive cash flow.

Who collects the rent?
V&V Properties collects all rental payments from tenants. Your residual funds are disbursed by the 15th of each month provided we have received payment from the tenant accordingly. You will be provided with a monthly accounting of what amount was collected, what (if any) items were debited and balance.

Who pays the recurring monthly bills?
If you desire, and at no extra charge for this service to you, V&V Properties will make any or all recurring payments on your behalf for you such as your HOA fees, lawn maintenance contract, pest control contract, etc. Your account can be set up in whatever fashion best suits your needs. These funds will be paid from collected rents, and the net proceeds will be forwarded.

Am I informed of all repairs you make on my property?
Our standard management agreement includes emergency service consent as well as authorization of non-emergency repairs up to $200. For repairs estimated to exceed this threshold, no work is initiated without your express approval.

How do I know the repair people you hire will do quality work?
With few exceptions, the contractors we use are smaller, family owned firms. We prefer these companies to the larger ones because of their dedication to customer service and attention to detail. In addition, the volume of work we provide them assures us of priority response and very competitive prices.

What happens if there is an emergency?
All tenants go through orientation before they are handed the keys to your home and what to do in emergencies. Tenants are encouraged to take a proactive approach not only to emergencies but to routine maintenance items as well. Tenants are provided instructions how to handle issues in the event there is a problem that can’t wait until the next business day.

How often will you inspect my home?
In between tenants, a property condition report is completed that provides a list of required/recommended items to get the property to the level that it needs to be to lease to a new tenant. Inspections of the property while leased may be requested by the owner (for an additional charge). When this is requested by the owner, a property manager will visit the property to check the status (interior and exterior), and will send a report via email to the Owner. Any lease violations discovered during this visit will be addressed with the tenant.
If you would like to visit your property while it is leased to a tenant, you will need to contact us. Just as you have rights with regard to ownership; tenants have rights with regard to privacy. A member of our staff will arrange a time for you to visit and meet you are the property as well.

I want to sell my property – can you list it for me?
As always, we at V&V Properties encourage you to keep your real estate investments, but in the event you’ve made the decision to sell, we can help with that as we obviously know the property better than anyone else!