CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Real estate experts point to encouraging signs for the spring market, and homeowners thinking of putting their properties up for sale need to do their homework.
Wendy Nolan and Alicja Bohmrich, who are Houlihan Lawrence agents in Chappaqua, offered tips to help sellers prepare their homes.
The first step for any potential seller is to research for an experienced real estate agent. They have the expertise, know the market inside and out and can help determine a marketing strategy that will create interest among potential buyers.
Realtors can also help determine the appropriate value of the property. Every seller wants to get top dollar, but homes that are priced right in the market move the fastest. An experienced agent can set the pricing to get the most out of the house and expedite the sale.
Nolan encourages homeowners to de-clutter and make the home appear pristine. “First impressions are the most important,’’ she said. “Put plants outside to make it look inviting and do all the prep work to make it look as best as you can. If they drive up and see that the shutters are falling off, I look at that as something that is badly cared for. If they see that, they’ll get nervous about the mechanicals. It’s really important to encourage homeowners to get excited.”
Bohmrich’s first task is to ensure records are correct at town hall. “Make sure there are no discrepancies or omissions,’’ she said. “If I discover an issues, I connect the sellers with local municipalities for further clarification. Discrepancies may lead to violations.”
Bohmrich also encourages a pre-inspection to find out if there are any items that need immediate attention.
Both agents also advised homeowners to de-clutter. “I help clients stage their home by arranging furniture and adding small touches,’’ said Bohmrich, who worked for a designer for 11 years. “I help my clients stage their home by rearranging furniture and adding small touches. In my opinion, less is more. Clean lines are simply more attractive.”
“You want potential buyers to be able to walk around the room and envision their own furnishings there,’’ Nolan said. “If every surface is covered with knick knacks and the kids’ ceramics, it shows there isn’t a lot of space. De-clutter the rooms and if the rooms are not freshly painted, make it look clean and nice. Keep the kitchen counter free of all debris. The kitchen sink should not have coffee mugs in it.”
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