Barbara Newton, REALTORĀ®
Agent Owner, The AgentOwned Realty Co.




Barbara Newton, REALTOR®
Agent Owner, The AgentOwned Realty Co.


              
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Click here to search the Charleston MLS and take a look around to find houses similar to yours in size, age and location. This will give you an idea of the overall market, as well as the specifics of your neighborhood.  There are many facets to placing a fair market value on a home, but this will give you a very general idea of the current market. If you would like my help in determining the current value of your home, please sign my Guest Book below and provide your contact information.
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FYI - It's never too early to start making your home the best it can be for potential buyers.  For tips on preparing your home for sale, click here.

Once you've finalized your plans to sell, you'll need to prepare for moving. Click here to read Tips for Packing Like a Pro.

Home warranties are a wonderful tool to make your property more attractive to Buyers. Click here for some reasons why.

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                                                      How to Prepare Your Home for Sale


• Test all door and cabinet knobs. Replace mismatched or inexpensive hardware for a quick update. Buyers rarely can get beyond a knob that comes off in their hand as they attempt to use a door.

• Take the time to paint walls, trim and ceilings. Keep adjoining rooms in the same color palette which will make your home appear larger and flow better. Clean up spills from messy painters. Hire professionals to paint mullions on windows and staircase spindles.
 
• Slipcover, replace or remove mismatched furniture in a room that requires visual unification.
 
• Discover ways to organize day-to-day room needs. Substantial wicker baskets or square stainless steel or brass can organize magazines, remote controls and toys. Books provide a good look, but vary them by laying some down and standing some up.

• Wallpaper is considered fill-in-the-blank decorating . No two people have the same taste in this instant decorator wannabe. If it's more than three years old, take it down and paint in a neutral color. And wallpaper borders are out.
 
• Simple furniture rearrangement can bring new life to a tired space. Float sofas and coffee tables away from walls for a designer look. Use area rugs to anchor furniture groupings on bare tile and wood floors. Place groupings of candles and clear glass bowls filled with natural potpourri, fresh fruit or glass crystals on side and coffee tables.

• Make sure there is balanced lighting in every room for dusk and evening showings. Dimmers help set the right tone.
 
• Polish and wax hardwood floors to brighten and blend an old finish.

• Clean every surface until it shimmers and shines. Clean can seal a deal. Don't forget the windows.

• Purchase the best quality carpet pad which can make any new carpeting "cushy", and home buyers love cushy. Stay away from shag styles, buyers know it won't be around long in style cycles.
 
• Streamline window fashions. Heavy drapes are in the minority. Think "let the light shine in" when placing blinds and shades. Light and bright can overcome other issues with a home.

• Freshen-up closets with closet organizers to maximize storage space and paint a neutral washable color. Make sure buyers can see the back of all closets and cupboards. Lighting is often overlooked feature in closets, but buyers will always turn on lights when viewing a closet, big or small. Thinning closets, cabinets, basements, attics and garages will also help your storage spaces look larger. If you can't part with items, rent a storage locker to hold items for decision making later.
 
• Don't forget the basement; dark, dirty and musty basements are a turn-off to buyers. Add extra lighting, paint the floor and vacuum out all the cobwebs. Organize storage areas and take the time to clean the washing machine and dryer. To spruce up the hot water heater and furnace, wipe down with a strong cleaner. Scrub the laundry tub and sweep left-over leaves out of exterior stairs and window wells. Run a dehumidifier to reduce basement moisture.
 
• Take a good look from the street or road at the front of your home. Look for shrubs that are over grown or dead and remove and replace with shrubs that are to scale to your home. Small inexpensive bushes send the wrong message.

• Limit yard ornaments to a favored few. Excess ornaments can make yards look busy and buyers might want them included in a purchase contract.

• Paint and refresh yard lights, flagpoles, mailboxes, window boxes, fences and trellis. Don't forget the swing set or play equipment.
• Replace broken bricks on terraces, cracked concrete patios and steps. Eliminate trips and falls on property showings.

• Restore screens on porches and lanai's. Dirty, rusty and ripped screens limit functionality to homebuyers.

• Have carpets and area rugs cleaned before showing your home to potential buyers. Those allergic to animal dander and hair, even if they can't see your pet will know when their eyes and nose start to alert them to an allergic reaction. Many will not purchase a home that poses strong allergy problems.

                                         Tips for Packing Like a Pro

 

1.      Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical.

 

2.      Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need.   Have a garage sale, donate to a charity or recycle.

 

3.      Don’t throw out everything.  If your inclination is to just toss it, ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you’d feel if you no longer had it.

 

4.      Pack like items together.  Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils or other kitchen items.

 

5.      Decide what if anything you plan to move yourself.  Precious items, such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move, should probably stay with you.

 

6.      Use the right box for the item.  Loose items encourage breaking.

 

7.      Put heavy items in small boxes so they are easier to lift.  Keep weight under 50 lbs. if possible.

 

8.      Don’t over-pack boxes and increase the chances they will break open.

 

9.      Wrap every fragile item separately and pad bottom and sides of boxes.

 

10.   Label every box on all sides. You never know how they will be stacked and you don’t want to have to move other  

        boxes aside to find out what’s there.

 

11.  Use colored-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in.  Color-code a floor plan for your new home to  

       help movers.

 

12.  Keep documents about your moving company together; including phone numbers, driver’s name, and van number.

       Also keep your address book handy.

 

13.  Back up your computer files before moving your computer.

 

14.   Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.

 

15.   Remember, most movers won’t take plants.

 

 

 

Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online by permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Copyright 2003.  All rights reserved.                                                    www.REALTOR.org/realtormag

 

 

                                                             HOME WARRANTY BENEFITS 

1.  Covers breakdowns in your home’s major systems such as plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning,
     plus major appliances like dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, ovens, washers and more.

2,  Ensures rapid professional repairs of specified systems and components and helps reduce buyer concerns  
     about future problems.

3.  A home warranty is an added benefit and a cost effective way to protect your home's mechanical systems and
     appliances. You never know when your appliances may fail. Home warranties help you relax while selling your
     home, and allows the Buyers to enjoy their new home without worrying about unforeseen expenses to it's major
     operating systems.

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