4 For Sellers

Selling Your Humboldt County CA Home is like Selling Your Used Car – OK it’s Harder, But…

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 4 For Sellers | Tags: , |

Have you ever sold or bought a used car from an individual or even a dealership?
What was your first impression when you saw the car you were thinking of buying?

•    Was it immaculate inside and out? – Detailed by a professional.
•    Did the seller have the car inspected by their mechanic/Dealership’s 21 point inspection?
•    Did the car appear to be in good shape?
o    There were no major mechanical problems your mechanic found when doing the buyer’s inspection.
•    Did it drive well, when you took it out for a spin?
•    Was it priced right, compared to prices on Kelley Blue Book?
•    Didn’t you spend some $$ to prepare your car for sale?

Selling your home isn’t much different.  Ok, so there are more details to getting your home ready for sale, but my point is this:

You have to spend some $$ to make $$$$

So if selling your home is important to you, keep the above questions in mind:

1)    Make sure you thoroughly clean your home, just like detailing your car.

2)    Get a home inspection, pest inspection and roof inspection, just like taking your car to the mechanic before you sell it.

3)    Fix minor items that show up on the inspection reports and possibly major ones, just like you would with your car (install new spark plugs).

4)    Walk through and inspect your home as if YOU are a buyer looking to buy – taking that car for a test drive.

5)    Price your home competitively – Have your Realtor do a comprehensive Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) – Remember just like car buyers have access to car prices, like the Kelley Blue Book, home buyer’s have access to what homes like yours have been selling for in the current market.

a.    Where do they get this information?  From their Buyer’s Agent.

6)    Items like cleaning, doing repairs to your home, and staging can cost very little, compared to what you may walk away with (your bottom line), depending on your situation.

Most of these above items may cost you as much as few thousand dollars to as little as $500 with a little elbow grease.
Remember, just like selling your car, you have to spend some $$ to make some $$$$. From a buyer’s perspective, buying a home is one of the larger investments one makes in his/her lifetime.  So make sure you make a good first impression for those buyers out there.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved.  *Selling Your Humboldt County CA Home is like Selling Your Used Car – OK it’s Harder, But…*

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Visit www.GoHumboldtHomes.com for information about the Humboldt County Real Estate market, to learn more about how we can help you whether you’re ready to sell your current home or buying your first home.  Or just learn more about what our community has to offer if you’re considering moving to Humboldt County California.

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Remodeling an Older Home in Humboldt County? Keep in Mind Who Your Future Buyer Will Be

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 3 For Buyers, 4 For Sellers | Tags: , , , , |

If you are one of many homeowners out there thinking of doing some serious remodeling project on your charming old home let me give you a few things to keep in mind before you push ahead on your project.

1) Be sensitive to what you update:

  • Keep some of the items that make your old home charming – like older windows (especially those with stain glass in them), old wood siding, interior and exterior window trim, other decorative trim inside and outside your home, high ceilings, older beat up floors and antique hardware, to name a few.

There are many buyers out there who I would call the “This Old House” kind of home buyer.  The person who is looking for that charming old home with some modern ammenities.  When looking for my first home, l fell into this category.  My husband and I quickly realized we wanted to own an older home (preferably a Victorian or Craftsman).  Why?  Because we wanted to live in a home that had some character and wasn’t your standard “cookie cutter” ranch.   Plus we liked the idea of living in a home that had some history and discovered early on that Captain H.H. Buhne’s family owned our house for a few years in the early 1900’s.  Pretty Cool.Pantry in Victorian Home

2) You will most likely sell to a buyer who wants to own a Charming Old Home with character.

  • Remember that if you own an older home (especially a Victorian or Craftsman) your ideal buyer is going to be one who wants to own an older home.  So if you completely remove all the character out of your home and update it to look like any other home built in today’s style, you will most likely have a much harder time selling. When that charming older home buyer sees that your home is modern inside they will move on until they find that charming old home that has character inside and out.
  • A buyer who is looking for a modern home will look for a modern home.  Most modern home owners are not interested in the old home look, therefore they would most likely look for a home that was built more recently than older home that was recently and extensively updated (ie: charm totally removed).

3) Make sure your additions are consistent to the rest of your home.

  • Nothing looks stranger than an addition that stands out like a sore thumb on your house.  Remember your buyer is going to want an older home and if the addition really doesn’t flow with the rest of the home or neighborhood this could affect a buyer’s decision.

You may not be selling today, but you will eventually sell your home at some point in your lifetime.  In today’s market there are plenty of buyers out there looking for older homes with plenty of character and in the future this group will probably grow.  So be careful what changes you make to your home today.  They could affect the value of your home tomorrow.

The Pink Lady

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger. All Rights Reserved. *Remodeling an Older Home in Humboldt County?  Keep in Mind Who Your Future Buyer Will Be*

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Visit www.GoHumboldtHomes.com for information about the Humboldt County Real Estate market, to learn more about how we can help you whether you’re ready to sell your current home or buying your first home.  Or just learn more about what our community has to offer if you’re considering moving to Humboldt County California.

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