The real estate market is still very competitive for sellers.Â Sellers are in stiff competition more than ever with their home on the inside and out. A few home improvement projects will impact buyers. Sellers going to have to spend a little time (and cash) but it will be well worth it.
Painting â€“ take the opportunity to brighten up rooms and get rid of those scratches and finger prints and smudges. Use neutral tones. Your buyer is most likely not going to like that red wall (or even the wall paper) . Wall paper is an instant repair list item and instant work. I recently removed a wall paper border in a small bathroom and it was a thorn in my side. Freshen up paint on the outside and especially the front door. It is the first thing the buyers see. I have had buyers that pull up to a house and refuse to go in because the front is not appealing.
Landscaping â€“ trim the grass, get rid of any weeds, keep the shrubs under control. Low maintenance will be easier on you and the buyers eyes.
Minor repairs â€“ Buyers see the details and they can tell when you have a very clean house and all details are taken care of that the other working parts are most like taken care of the same way. Fix the handle on the drawer or that missing little piece of molding, or that stain spot.
Staging â€“ talk to your agent about staging. A job well done in this area can set you apart from all the other homes in your neighborhood.
Today was the big day in Leechburg, PA near my office. The newly built McDonald’s opened. As I drove by later in the afternoon today, the place was packed (not an open parking spot) and people were lined up around the building for the new double drive-in. On September 1, 2009 the old McDonald’s on Hyde Park road was torn down along with a vacant Long John Silver’s building. From start to finish in less than three months.
As I stopped to get get photos last night, the freshly new place was perfectly lit up. There were young kids hanging out already by the door and some had duffel bags. I thought rather strange. Later after talking with some locals, I heard unconfirmed reports that the first 100 people in the door would get free Big Macs for a year. Rumor also has it that it is one of the most high tech McDonald’s in the area.
As a real estate agent, I really enjoy looking at homes.Â As you may have read from previous posts, there have been some rather outlandish things and ancient items and decor.Â Today, I was out with a buyer looking at multi-unit properties.Â The first one we went to was curious and intriguing.Â There were two sides, and on each side was an upper and lower apartment.Â One of the up stairs had the bath out in the hallway – not inside the locked apartment.Â We later found out when speaking to the owner that the home used to be a hotel about 100 years ago.Â There were old original stair cases on both sides that were in excellent condition with ornate detail in the woodwork.Â There were fireplaces in most of the rooms.Â Each room had been a keeping room in the hotel which was mainly usedÂ by guests for the opera houseÂ next door.Â Â Since the owner happen to be there, she took us through and told us many stories about the house and the neighborhood being that it was in her family for years.Â She even told us where the secret cubbie holes where, that her dad had made as a child.Â The original hotel had four stair cases instead of the two that were currently there.Â Additional staircasesÂ made the traffic flow smoothly.Â Below is a photo of a stove that was in one of the apartments.
The next home we viewed had a rather strange pipe coming out of the house.Â This duplex had a room on the third floor and there was a sink in it.Â There was no toilet and no tub – just the sink.Â Now even stranger, the sink drained out the side of the house and connected into the drain pipe from the rain gutter.Â Â If anyone has any idea what they were thinking, I would be interested.