Nice house! I'd go AWOL just to stay there. :-) But seriously, are you there
when it's being shown? If not, find a way to get the buyers' realtors to
call you and tell you what kinds of objections they're getting to the house.
They won't all cooperate, but I'm sure some of them will.
1) I don't see the satellite dish in the pictures. But, when I was buying, I
looked very carefully at any accessories which involved screws through the
roof shingles. If that's where yours is, offer to have a real roofer remove
the dish and do whatever patching or shingle replacement is needed. Holes in
the roof make people nervous.
2) I realize you're in a much warmer place than Rochester NY, but are pools
a liability down your way? Not in terms of kids falling in, but in terms of
turning away buyers who aren't interested in a pool no matter HOW easy it is
3) In the picture on your main page, it looks like the tree overhangs the
gutters. If it does, that could dissuade some buyers. Might be worthwhile to
call in a reputable tree service to give the tree a COMPETENT haircut. In
some cities, the utility company uses the better companies for seasonal tree
work. They have to. They can't afford to have morons damaging homeowners'
4) Here's a biggie: Most of the sellers I spoke with didn't really
understand their furnace & AC warranties. Get with your literature, call the
manufacturer if necessary, and xerox & highlight the crucial parts if
necessary so it can be handed to potential buyers. Focus on whether the
warranty is transferable. The wording's not always clear. If it's in your
favor, highlight it. Ask the same questions of the company which installed
the equipment. This is important. I bought my home this past summer.
Naturally, the inspectors and I tested the furnace, but it began acting up
in early October. It was installed this past April. The problems turned out
to be due to installation errors. The installer tried to claim that his
warranty was non-transferable and became confrontational at my attempts to
reorient his thinking. The manufacturer (Goodman) ended up paying a
reputable installer of my choice to straighten out the problem.
#4 might be especially important if American Standard is in the same
category as Goodman equipment. I'd never heard of Goodman until I looked at
this house. Inquiries turned up many similar answers: "It's OK. It's
contractor-grade stuff". Or, "usually installed by people who know they're
leaving the house soon. Otherwise, they'd install Trane or Carrier". Whether
this is true or not, you have to deal with peoples' impressions.
The satellite dish is located on the beam on the back porch. Holes in
the roof make me nervous too.
Pools, I'm told, are a plus. And it was for me, too, when we bought it.
Trees have been trimmed. I do that annually. Driving around I notice
most homes have taller trees with limbs overhanging roof, provided they
are above the roof and not within 3 or 4 feet of roof itself.
I'll have the warranties out when they come in. I'm always here when it
shows. It's transferrable and only 15 months old.
Being available,, for unexpected questions, but out of the way so they
and speak among themselves... that's a good thing.
Having the list like you have on the web page, of when this or that
was installed along with a few photos. Stack of these left on table so
they can take one with them is nice.
They say no matter the color of carpet or interior walls, you're prone
to pick a color that is not "perfect" in the buyers eyes... BUT a
color that's other than white can cause a normal sized room look
(in other words, painting a perfectly clean white or offwhite room you
may not get your money back for that... but a nasty, or purple-green
room may be worth the money to paint)
I personally don't care for the blue in the photo of the kitchen due
to it drawing attention to the size of the kitchen... makes it look
smaller. Also I'd prefer lighter color (white) with the stained wood
trim. THAT's what I dislike the most... the blue with the brown trim.
DON'T paint perfectly good wood trim...
Person I sold my last house to was a nurse,, She had perfectly
gorgeous stained chair rail, crown molding, kitchen cabnets painted
white.... (I went back for a visit..) Looked like a can of white
paint had exploded in there. This was den dining room and
kitchen...Oh she did this to window trim too...
Nice large stained mantle over fireplace,,, she had that painted white
too..... about cried...
You could light the whole den/ dining area with a 7 watt night lite
To each their own...
A few years back I went over to visit A fellow I worked with. Walked into
his NEW house and the railngs for his stairway were gone. I asked what was
the deal, and he brought me to the basement, where the parts of the railings
were. He had completely disassembled the railing, and was painting
everything white, his solid oak railing, balisters, everything, white!
What can you say?!
I could never understand why he had disassembled it all, let alone paint it!
OAK? !... man..
Well,,, that's one of those things.. it belongs to you,, do with it
what you wish...
BUT ANYONE who paints perfectly good wood or nice looking brick or
rock wall / fireplace should have to display some sort of bumper
sticker so the rest of us will know to steer clear...
My wife's a nurse too. Unfortunately she has her mother's taste in
colors. I do wish she had repainted before she PCS'd to MD. Would have
made it easier for me.
Oh well, one room at a time. I have painted the stair wall and wet-bar
area white instead of that dark blue show in the picture.
Next...the family room.
And the main thing that I saw in the pictures that I disliked was all that
dark wood trim.
To each his own :-) When we bought our house, among the first improvements
we made were changing out the dark hollowcore doors with white six panel
doors and painting all the dark brown trim white. It made the whole house
look much brighter and bigger. We also painted every white wall in the
house a different color.
I wouldn't have cared WHAT color the walls in the house were when we bought
it. Painting each room a different (not white) color was a given for us.
The OP's blue walls didn't bother me in the least.
Invite 3 friends who don't have dogs. Ask them if the place smells like
dogs. If so, make allowances in the selling price for replacement of all
carpets. Dog owners usually don't notice how disgusting those animals smell.
It depends on the dog, and how it is cared for. Every third visitor asks
how it is my house doesn't smell of dog. I tell them about my mother's
comment about my pets: "They are better fed, better groomed and better
disciplined than most of the children in the world."
but I agree on the nose test, although if it is for dog, the best thing
to do is run the vacuum. Carpets loaded with dog smell permanently alter
vacuum cleaners, IME
I don't think the dogs are a problem...odor wise. Some people have
commented on them just being there, but I just told them the dogs go
with me....not the house.
Also have them with collars that give a mild shock when they bark so
they aren't that noisy when we're in the backyard. I don't know if I
even need the collars now since they don't bark that much anymore.
They're also limited to areas of the downstairs with ceramic tile on the
floors. The floors are scrubbed daily with vinegar water.
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong ...
That property tax is in Texas - and Texas doesn't have an income tax.
So they raise money through property taxes.
In the northeast, you get to pay both.
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