Preparing your home for sale

Should I be present during showings at my home?

Answer: The simple answer here is No. Often, potential buyers will be reluctant to talk openly and freely with their realtor about your home if you are present, not wanting to potentially offend you, the seller, with whom they may be later negotiating.  Best practice is to leave shortly before the scheduled showing, allow the potential buyer ample time to view the property, and return once they have left – of course you can, and should, ask YOUR agent for feedback as to what the buyers thought while viewing your property.

What should I do to prepare my home for showings?

Answer: Preparing a home for showings is an extremely important task as a home that is well prepared for home showings will likely sell faster than the competition.  Make sure your home is cleaned, de-cluttered, bright and that no foul odors are present. Additionally, have your windows cleaned, and make sure all the lamps are working! Also, de-personalize your home so potential buyers can more easily envision themselves living there. And arrange your furniture so each room has a distinct purpose. These are just a few tricks to prepping your home for a quick sale.

Can I determine how much my home is worth from an internet website?

Not accurately. Websites such as these use computer generated home values based on calculations and formulas offering only a rough estimate of your home’s worth. Every property is unique and to properly price it for the market requires real estate experience, in-depth knowledge of your home, the market and the competition.

Q: Should I get a home inspection?

Yes. It is better to be safe than sorry. For buyers, a home is among the largest transactions of their lives and a home inspection prior to making an offer can alleviate any nagging concerns by looking into important aspects of the home such as the roof, heating, electricity and plumbing. For sellers, completing an inspection prior to listing your home is often recommended as you wouldn’t want an issue to appear down the road and potentially sidetrack a pending sale.

Is landscaping a good investment for a seller?

Q: I’m looking to sell my home. Should I spend money on landscaping to increase curb appeal? Or invest the money elsewhere?   Read More.

What’s the first step to selling my home of 30 years?

Q: I’m recently retired and thinking of selling my home which I’ve lived in for over 30 years.  What’s the first step? Read More.

Do you have any market information about the Upper West Side?

Q: Do you have any market information about the Upper West Side?  I need more space – am thinking about selling my one bedroom for a two. Read More.

Do finished basements add value to my home?

Q: If I am paying higher property taxes on a finished basement and additional full bath in the basement….Then why is that not considered added value $ to my house when selling? And why can’t I advertise such when selling? Read More.

Please tell us about dated colors, new colors and the worst colors to paint the rooms when preparing your home for sale.

Q: Dottie, please tell us about dated colors, new colors and the worst colors. Shannon Read More.