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10 Tips to Sell A House Faster This Spring

by Diane Cardano & Team

Hiring the expert stager who makes your home salable for top dollar is the first shark to tackle when selling youf home.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is never more true than when purchasing a home.

No one needs to remind home sellers  that today's market is a challenging one. In fact, there are on average more than 11 months of inventory on the market at any given time.

So it is vitally important that you make sure your home stands out above the others that are competing for the buyer's attention.

Here are some very basic pointers you can print out and share with home sellers to help get them headed in the right direction:

1. De-Clutter: This one is simple. De-clutter everywhere; inside and outside. If it's taking up space it is a potential candidate to be thrown out. The sellers need to make that all important mental conversion from "home to live in" to "house for sale." Personal things are a big distraction as you want the buyers to be able to visualize their own belonging in the house.

2. Repair: Buyers want everything working so don't disappoint them - dripping faucets, broken windows, leaking roofs, damaged walls and doors, etc, beg the question in the buyer's mind...What else is broken or doesn't work?

3. Lots of Light: The last thing home buyers want to see is a dark home with all of the doors and windows covered. Let the light in and open some windows to let in some fresh air. Room deodorizers leave the impression of covering something up as does a window that has the blinds drawn.

4. Clean Windows: Buyers want to know and see the view they will have from every room - don't make them look through dirty windows. If they do, the impression of a having great view is literally going "out the window."

5. Kitchen and Bathrooms: Two of the most important rooms in the house. They must be spotless and first class. Just cleaning up isn't going to be good enough - you need to "deep clean" all counters, floors, cabinets and all the fixtures in the bathrooms. In the bathrooms consider new fixtures or countertops and perhaps redoing the shower and tub enclosures. If new fixtures are not in the budget you may want to consider having them refinished. Think about having all the tile steam cleaned and make sure all grout is free from grease and dirt.

6. Odors: Absolute deal killers are cigarette or pet odors. If this is a problem - have the drapes, carpets and furniture professionally cleaned and please..."no smoking" in the house. Also, cooking odors are not a good thing. The best bet is to always for plan fresh air. Often a little lemon oil mixed with water in a spray bottle used lightly used will add just a bit of freshness without overpowering the house.

7. Paint: A fresh coat of paint on the outside or inside is an excellent way of freshening up your home. Be sure to use neutral colors and avoid accent painting. Don't try and guess what a potential buyer will like. In most cases they should use a professional painter because it's always a bigger job than most people think.

8. Yard Work: Deal with overgrown bushes, shrubs and trees. Everything in the yard needs to be trimmed, watered, manicured and "living." Remove everything lying around the yard including sports equipment, boats, trailers, toys, etc. You may also add some color by placing some annuals in planters in the back as well as in the front. Curb appeal makes that all important "first impression."

9. Furniture: The bottom line... less is best. If it's old, worn or dated, you should put it in storage. Remember that you are setting a stage and the actor needs to be the house - not their furniture.

10. Hardwood Floors: Hardwood floors can be a huge plus for buyers unless they look like a 20 year old basketball court. It may be a great investment to have them all refinished - but keep in mind that it's not a simple weekend project. 

Changing "lived in homes" into "houses for sale" is what it's all about.

So if you are selling your home, make sure you hire an Accredited Home-Staging Specialist (AHS),Diane Cardano & Her Team!! #1 in Montgomery and Bucks counties and #4 in the State!!

Molokai Birthplace Of Hula Celebrates Ka Hula Piko

by Diane Cardano & Team
May 17th 2008 was the Ka Hula Piko, celebrating the birth of the Hula. Molokai is the birthplace of the Hula Dance. This is real Hawaiian Hula dancing!!  Stan and I spend about 12 weeks a year at our home in Hawaii, yes working from an offsite location. We spend Monday -Friday working our businesses through our awesome staff of people and on the weekends explore this wonderful island of Molokai. We just could not miss the Ka Hula Piko this year, we are glad we came. If you are planning to go to Hawaii for vacation, don't miss coming to Molokai, it is old Hawaii.... no traffic lights, no big hotels, just back to nature!!!  Check out video of hula dancers chanting, a warriror song....

Virginia Tech Graduation & Marine Commission May 2008

by Diane Cardano & Team

I spent the weekend in Virginia, my nephew graduated from Virginia Tech. What a beautiful school, in such an amazing setting! I wish I had visited the school before he graduated!! On Saturday, we went to his graduation from the School Of Business in the Coliseum and then traveled around the campus. We visited the Memorial for the students who lives were taken last year, very sad and upsetting. It was hard to believe that this could happen in such a beautiful setting. My nephew was taking an exam while the classroom below his was under attack. Tom and his classmates were not physically harmed, but no one can take away the emotional trauma that affected each and every one of the Virginia Tech students last year.

 

On a brighter note, we ended our weekend visit witnessing my Nephew getting commissioned into the Marines as a Second Lieutenant. We are very proud of him, he is a very special guy and has now dedicated his life to protecting and serving the country. My husband and I feel honored to have shared in this wonderful & memorable occasion.

 Click here to See Savvy Seller Promotional Video at Whitemarsh Day  www.youtube.com/watch

Everyone deserves first class real estate consulting, not just a typical salesperson looking out for a commission check. There is a difference between choosing an Expert Realtor who sells  120 homes a year and the Average Realtor who sells only 5 homes a year.

Who do you want protecting your equity? The home is the largest investment for most people, so when it comes to making money, your home becomes just as important as any other financial investment you make!!

Diane & Her Team are offering on either June 17th or June 18th (Date was just changed) a Free Savvy Home Seller Dinner Seminar at the William Penn Inn. AT the seminar, Diane and Team have 3 main goals for their attendees.

      1. They are more savvy then when they came into the room and the information will help them save up to 12% when selling their home. They will learn the Home Sellers Mission Statement "I deserve the most amount of money, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of hassles."

      2. They will learn about the 5 Home Selling Sharks: Staging A Home, Pricing, Marketing, Negotiating, OVerseeing Details. If you do not have an Expert Realtor as your consultant fighting these sharks for you, you could lose thousands when selling your home.

     3. They will learn the entire home selling process and how it affects their bottom line.

Refer anyone you know to the Seminar and come see for yourself. Diane's mission is to take the 95% of the people losing money when selling their home down to only 50% in 3 years. Don't keep this a secret... pay it forward and be a Hero!!! 

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