Jack’s Advice

Tips For Selling a Home!

For more than 30 years, Jack Cooper has helped families realize their dreams. According to Jack, it all starts with listening. Real listening. Not just filling out a quick questionaire about your favorite home features, or clicking through endlless listings that don’t meet your expectations.

Jack understands that there are probably two homes out there vying for your attention: the practical one that meets all your needs and the one that rocks your world and fulfills your dreams. In a perfect world, you might find a home that satisfies both. But since this isn’t a perfect world, Jack is here to steer you through the emotional waters of your next home purchase and help you make the right decision.

Start talking to Jack today and begin your journey to your next home.

Tips For Selling a Home!

For more than 30 years, Jack Cooper has helped families realize their dreams. According to Jack, it all starts with listening. Real listening. Not just filling out a quick questionaire about your favorite home features, or clicking through endlless listings that don’t meet your expectations.

Jack understands that there are probably two homes out there vying for your attention: the practical one that meets all your needs and the one that rocks your world and fulfills your dreams. In a perfect world, you might find a home that satisfies both. But since this isn’t a perfect world, Jack is here to steer you through the emotional waters of your next home purchase and help you make the right decision.

Start talking to Jack today and begin your journey to your next home.

By Owner or Use an Agent?

If you sell your home yourself, without the assistance of a real estate agent, you save a bundle on commissions. However, make sure you know what you’re getting into first. Learn about what the process entails, whether it’s a good idea for your situation, and where to get help if you do decide to go it alone. Above all, get to know the market well enough that you don’t end up selling the home for less than it’s worth.

Listing your home with an agent means that when you sell the house you pay a commission to the real estate agent. The advantages of using an agent to sell your home is that they are familiar with marketing strategies and will do all the work for you.

Determining your home’s value, and setting a price, is probably the most important step in selling your home. Why? Because if your home is overpriced for your area, no matter what the cost of improvements that you have made on your house, buyers will shy away from it. On the other hand, an under-priced home will probably move on and off the market because of a quick sale, but there goes your profit.

To avoid losing time and money, you must properly price and present your home. Some of the factors to take into consideration when appraising a house include: the overall market, location, design, quality of construction, age and overall condition, number of rooms, square footage, storage, heating and air, and parking.

Showing your Home

A clean house is very desirable when prospective buyers come to visit the property. While cleaning has little to do with the assessed value of your home, it is an integral part of selling your house quickly. Even the most dedicated homeowners still have certain areas of the house that tend to be neglected. When touring a property, these areas will stick out if left unattended. Following is a checklist for areas to pay special attention to:

EXTERIOR

Clear away any cobwebs from the front door area
Mow & edge the lawn once a week
Make sure the front gives a ‘welcome’ appearance
Make sure the area in front of your property is clean and free of debris
Sweep off pathways; kill or pull up any weeds
Make sure the yard looks well maintained
INTERIOR

Dust and vacuum the whole house at least once a week
Put all valuables in a safe place
Put deodorizers in each room
Declutter – straighten up living areas & put away non essentials
Open up blinds & drapes to let in light
Turn on lamps as necessary to improve ambiance
Keep all toilet lids closed
Make sure the house is a comfortable temperature
Turn off TVs
Turn on radios at a soft, low volume (optional)
Make fact sheets about your home easily accessible

Location: Create a list of acceptable and unacceptable cities, towns, and neighborhoods where you’d like to live. Factors to consider when finding the right home for your family include school system, parks, outdoor activities, proximity of health care, size of library, crime stats, and any other quality of living standards you feel are important.

Features: Each family has different needs. Some features to consider include number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, one-story vs. two-story house, full basement, walk-up attic, one-car vs. two-car garage, acreage, type of heating system, and attached vs. detached home to name several. Your list may change slightly and become rearranged as you search for the perfect home.

Passing Home Inspection

A home inspection is designed to give the real estate agent or prospective purchaser a system to detect major flaws or deficiencies in the significant components and systems of a home. Use the checklist below as a guide for getting your house in good condition before selling it.

  • Attic
  • Balconies
  • Basement
  • Bathroom
  • Ceiling, Floors, and Walls
  • Crawlspace
  • Decks and Porches
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Drainage
  • Driveways and Walkways
  • Electrical
  • Exterior
  • Fireplace and Chimney
  • Garage
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Roof
  • Trees, Lawn and Vegetation
  • Water

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