Help Me Sell My House

If you have asked yourself, “can anyone help me sell my house”? The answer is yes. Previously I wrote about the importance of fresh paint and new carpet when trying to sell a home. If you want some additional ideas about selling your house in the St George Real Estate market, you may consider jazzing up the curb appeal of your home. One of the most obvious to improve your curb appeal is to clean your windows until they shine! Clean windows are indicative of the way a home is taken care of. Screens with holes in them and dirty windows are sometimes the first impression potential buyers may see. These are such easy problems to remedy, it doesn’t make sense not to take care of them.

Invest A Little


If you really want to make a difference with the first impression your house gives you may consider installing some window boxes. These are relatively easy to add, and can be done in most cases at a fairly low cost. There are plenty of places within the St George Real Estate market to help with this project. There are several websites that offer help for homeowners engaging in a do it yourself project, not the least or which is DIY. The addition of window boxes will allow you to add some color to the front of your home. It may not seem like a big deal, but some flowers really add to the appeal of the home. Not only are flowers in window boxes a nice addition, it is a good idea to clean up landscaping in the front yard. New bark or ground cover and some flowers can also be planted to freshen things up. Most local big box stores are very helpful when you are looking to begin a project like this. I like Lowes, but Home Depot is also very helpful for the do it yourselfer.

Add Some Shutters

Another inexpensive way to dress up your St George Real Estate is the addition of some shutters. Like other home improvement projects it is a good idea to measure the area you are interested in working on. It might even be a good idea to take some photo’s for reference on your smart phone. Armed with this information you can head to your local hardware store. You may also want to search online for shutters. It is always a good idea to get a few prices online, it will help when you actually get ready to purchase. Some stores may even match online prices. There are several types of shutters including color variations. You may want to take a sample of your exterior to match the shutters you are selecting. Some shutters can be painted or stained, making the color combinations endless. It is usually a good idea to keep colors more neutral to appeal to a wider variety of potential home buyers. The St George Real Estate market is pretty competitive even when it comes to for sale by owners.  It is a good idea to make your home look better than others in your price range.

2 or 3 Bedrooms

A great way to add extra value to a home in St George real estate market is to convert it from a 2 bedroom into a 3 bedroom. This is easy and possible if the house has an extra space like a living room that can be walled off. In order for a room to be considered a bedroom, it has to have a closet and and two forms of egress. That is a fancy way to say two ways to get out of the room. This usually comes in the form of  a window and a door. Some homes have two doors, which may also be considered separate forms of egress. Given the shortage of 4 bedroom homes under $200,000 in the St George Real Estate market, it is a good idea and a good investment to find a 4 bedroom house.

Murphy Bed

One home owner converted a formal living room space by installing a beautiful Murphy Bed with extra storage. The wall bed unit was concealed behind book shelves. The shelves fold back and make way for the bed to drop down. This way the room can be used as a bedroom, but still used as an office or living room. It makes a pretty handy place for guests to stay when they come to visit. The increase in value from a 2 bedroom house to a 3 bedroom house will differ from area to area. One thing is certain a 3 bedroom home will sell much easier than a 2 bedroom. This is especially true for areas that have a lot of young families looking for homes. The Real Estate market in St George are is continually evolving, a Murphy bed is a great way to capitalize on the evolution, and get the most return for your investment.

4 Bedroom Home in Washington Fields

Another way to increase the value of a home in St George Real Estate market, or any other area for that matter is to increase the number of bedrooms. As mentioned previously the conversion from a 2 to a 3 bedroom home increases the value and saleability of the home. This principle is also true for a 3 to 4 bedroom conversion. This can sometimes be easier for a 3 to 4 bedroom as in most cases the 3 bedroom home is larger to begin with. As many people quickly find, it can be difficult to find a 4 bedroom home in the Washington area. This fact makes the 4 bedroom conversion even more logical when trying to sell a home in a market where they are difficult to find. Many things change in the real estate market in St George area from year to year, but a 4 bedroom house is always desirable.

Washington Fields Home Layout

Some of the homes in the Washington Fields area which is part of the Real Estate market in St George have a somewhat less than ideal layout. These homes have very large master bedrooms. The problem is, many of these homes have very small kitchen areas. It would make more sense to decrease the wasted space in the master and expand the kitchen by a 3 or 4 feet. This can be a great answer if the windows aren’t situated in the wrong place. It is relatively easy to move an interior wall, as long as it is not a load bearing wall. The job becomes difficult and expensive when a window has to be moved. If the window is moved, there will be external repairs, stucco, electric, etc. that will need to considered. When considering purchasing a home in the Real Estate market in St George you should consider the layout of the home from a re-sale standpoint.

For Sale By Owner St George Utah

For Sale By Owner St George Utah

 

For Sale By Owner St George Utah

How To Sell Your Own Home In St George

Whether you are selling you home by yourself, (for sale by owner) or listing it in the Real Estate market in the St George area, there are some important things to do. One of the main problems people have when trying to sell their home is removing the clutter. Clutter might seem like a rude way to describe people’s belongings, but in reality all of the extra items are a distraction. Most agents will agree that “less is always more” when it comes to showing a home. A room that has wall to wall furniture looks more like a furniture store, than a home for sale. The house that is totally packed with furnishings appears smaller than it may already be. Most buyers are turned off by homes like this. A storage unit can be a great place to put items until the home is sold. Selling a home in the St George Real Estate market is very competitive. It is a good idea to seek the help of a professional. I will be happy to help you sell you home and give you tips about the St George Real Estate market, give me a call.

Paint Paint Paint

As mentioned before the Real Estate in St George is competitive, but with a gallon of paint running about $20, it is hard to understand why more people interested in selling their home don’t paint their homes. It is my opinion that this is one of the single best returns a home seller will realize. It may not be necessary to paint every room, but there are usually several rooms in every house that could use a little sprucing up. One area often overlooked by the home seller is the front door. The first place a home buyer sees when they are looking at a house is the front door. While the agent is opening the door the seller many times will spend more time by the front door than any other area of the house. Why not take a little time and a little money and make it look like new? With the St George Real Estate market being as competitive as it is, take a little time and spruce your home up a bit.

Carpet Carpet Carpet

Another way to improve a house is by installing new carpet. The new carpet may be the leg up that helps you compete in the tough St George Real Estate market. Some home sellers avoid this issue by the notion that the new home buyer would rather select their carpet and paint colors. This may be true in some cases, but it is my opinion that many home buyers would rather walk into a freshly painted home with new carpet. If a home buyer has to carpet and paint prior to moving in, it will delay their move in date. This is because they can not begin any renovations until they close on their loan.

A typical loan will close in approximately 30 days. The new home owner in our St George Real Estate market then has to wait until the carpet layer, and painter can schedule them in. This can delay a move in date by as much as two weeks. On the flip side of the coin, if the house already has fresh carpet and paint they are ready to move in right after closing.

The argument mentioned earlier about the St George Real Estate home buyer being able to select their colors can be minimized by using neutral colors. This way the home is not offensive to a new buyer’s taste. Many people that do not like neutral colors will simply add a wall with a lot of color, to satisfy their taste until it is time to re-paint the room.

Don’t under estimate the power of smell. Recently I accompanied several other agents on a tour of a home.  There first thing to him me was the distinct smell of cat urine. The home had new carpet and the paint was in very good shape. Several of the agents that were looking at the home mentioned the smell, and didn’t notice much else about the house. Hopefully these tips will help you as you enter the St George Real Estate market.

For Sale By Owner

Pricing Your Home Correctly

For Sale By Owner and Pricing Your Home Correctly.

In an effort to save money some people try to sell their home on their own. This is referred to as “For Sale By Owner” or in the industry FSBO. In order to sell your home it is important to know what other similar type homes are selling for. These homes are your “competition”, in any type of sales it is good to know what your competition is. Let’s say your home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage, 2000 square feet built in 2006. There is another very similar house in your neighborhood that is listed for $200,000. You would like to sell your house for $250,000; which home will sell first? We can help you establish a price by looking at what your competition is. Give us a call and we will be happy to assist you at no cost.

Appraisal Hurdles

Most buyers are going to need to get financing to purchase a home. All lenders will require an appraisal by an independent appraiser. If the home does not appraise for the agreed sales price, the buyer will need to come up with extra money or the seller will need to drop their price. In most cases neither buyer nor seller have any extra money to make the deal happen. When selling a home on your own, it is a good idea to have the buyer submit a pre qualification letter along with their offer. If the potential purchase is hinged on the buyer obtaining financing, this can be a very important step.

Use An Attorney

Another suggestion to help with the sell of your home is the use of a qualified attorney to help with the paperwork. Since this may be the largest transaction in your lifetime, an attorney can assist with the details of the sale to make sure you don’t lose more money than you are saving on your FSBO. If an attorney is used prior to closing the deal, the legal expense will be greatly reduced, rather than hiring one to come in after the deal and try to correct any mistakes. Some attorneys routinely help with real estate, and have a set rate for reviewing the transaction. It will definitely cost less to pay up front than to hire an attorney to begin a law suit. Many attorneys will ask for a $10,000 retainer to open a lawsuit. This makes the paperwork review cost of $1,000 or even less seem insignificant.

What Goes? What Stays?

A issue that should also be considered when selling a home are the items that will be left and taken by the seller when they leave. A good example are the drapes, light fixtures, refrigerator, stove, landscaping items, etc. etc. There have been no shortage of law suits regarding items taken or left behind in a real estate transactions. Yes, left behind; items like old cars, non working refrigerators, tires, 55 gallon barrels filled with who knows what? Some times items left behind can cost more to get rid of than items taken without permission. It is much better to address these issues prior to closing than trying handle them after the sale.