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Buy or Sell First?

Whether you decide to buy first or sell and then buy will depend mostly on your personal comfort level. There are pros and cons to both. Ideally, if you have already sold your home you will have more leverage when you make an offer on your new home.

If you make an offer subject to the sale of your own home, the Seller may accept your offer but you may be "bumped" if another more acceptable offer is received by the Seller. This is called invoking the time clause which may be as short as 24 hours, in which case you would have 24 hours to sell your home and/or remove all conditions from your offer to avoid losing your new home to the second Buyer.

If you sell first, you will have more negotiating power but also risk having to move twice if you don't find a new home you like. Usually, we can negotiate the sale of your property with a 60-90 day closing, giving you ample time to find a new home.  We will help you with the timing in order to make your move as smooth and hassle free as possible. 


Home Staging & Other Home Improvements Tips from Real Estate & Home Staging Experts

What’s the secret to getting my home sold in today’s real estate market? With more homes on the real estate market, you need to make yours stand out.

Properly prepared homes will sell quicker and for a better price. I'll give you the secrets on how to stage your home so that buyers get the best first impression when viewing your property – inside and out.

Air Quality

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Curb Appeal

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Furniture Placement & Lighting

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Home Inspection

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Main Selling Rooms

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Pre-packing, Clutter & Editing

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Updates & Repairs

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Six Essential Steps

  1. Make cosmetic improvements.
    An attractive, clean and tidy appearance will enhance your home's appeal.
    • Keep the lawn mowed & walks cleared
    • Wash the windows squeeky clean
    • Open the shades and curtains to create a bright, inviting atmosphere
    • Declutter the house, especially the kitchen and bathrooms

For some great ideas and examples of how a house should look for sale,visit Dekora's gallery of homes before and after.

  1. Pay attention to details.
    Fixing the minor items can go a long way toward improving that important first impression:
    • Repair leaky faucets
    • Tighten loose door knobs
    • Replace damaged screens
    • Replace broken panes of glass - cloudy sealed-pane units can often be replaced inexpensively, and will drastically improve the appearance of a window or patio door.
    • Replace burned-out light bulbs & broken light fixtures
    • Secure loose railings
    • Patch small holes in walls and ceilings and repaint
    • Repair or replace faded or peeling wallpaper
    • Repair and coat the driveway

  1. Make maintenance improvements.
    The maintenance improvements listed below are relatively easy and inexpensive to make, yet can substantially improve a home's appearance (value), efficiency and comfort.
    • Trim trees and shrubs
    • Apply new caulking and weatherstripping as needed around windows and doors
    • Clean gutters of debris and leaves, repair or replace cracked or broken gutters, downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage
    • Replace bathroom caulk or grout where necessary
    • Ventilate & dehumidify closed basements and crawl spaces
    • Grade soil around the house to prevent ponding of water next to the foundation
    • Replace dirty filters in the heating and ventilating systems
    • Have the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems professionally serviced
    • Have chimneys professionally cleaned & inspected

  1. Take safety precautions.
    Protect your home and its occupants from danger.
    Good ideas that create a great impression:
    • Install quality smoke detectors
    • Install quality carbon-monoxide detector
    • Ensure adequate outdoor lighting shows off house too
    • 'GFCI' outlets outdoors and in wet locations such a bath & laundry areas
    • Keep the stairwells tidy and free of debris and obstructions including around
    • the electrical panel and furnace
    • Keep flammables and combustibles away from the furnace and other utility areas
    • If you have direct entry from the garage to the interior of the home, consider installing a hydraulic or other form of auto-closure device on the door.
    • Check the tension on garage doors

  1. Check the major systems.
    A primary concern for home buyer's is the condition of the basic structure and major mechanical systems. Most buyers have great fear of the cost to repair these critical areas:
    • Roof structure and covering
    • Foundation, basement, and/or crawl space
    • Central heating and air conditioning systems
    • Electrical system
    • Plumbing system

  1. Prepare for the buyer's inspection.
    Find the various house records that can be used to answer questions from the purchaser and their inspector:
    • Appliance receipts, service records and warranties
    • Age of major components such as the roof, furnace, air-conditioner, etc.
    • Major component warranties
    • Heating, water and electric bills from at least the past 12 months