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Friday, July 16, 2010

Getting Your House Ready For the Market

Once the decision to sell your house or condo has been made, the first major step in the process is to get it in the best possible condition.

Let me modify that a bit - go ahead and find your real estate agent and get their recommendation on preparing your house  to be shown.  I would shy away from a real estate agent who suggests you go ahead and list the house and then get it in shape later.  This reasoning is flawed because you get only one chance to make a good impression and with a lot if competition you will be discounted early on in the process.

Another issue to address is the do-it-yourself project that has not been completed.  Or, even worse, unfinished with poor craftsmanship!   I have seen projects with no permits pulled, no inspections done, even safety hazards!

A poorly prepared property will not bring a buyer as quickly and for as much money as a well prepared, well staged, clean, competitively priced property.  I would even go another step and recommend a pre-listing inspection be conducted to assist in your preparation.

Sellers in Viera, Rockledge and Suntree, call or email me to discuss how you can get the most money for your house or condo!

Gary L. Waters PLLC, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, serving buyers and sellers in Brevard County Florida.

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