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4 things to do now if selling your Tredyffrin Easttown home this year

Want the highest price for your Tredyffrin Easttown home? Four things to plan now before you list your Tredyffrin Easttown home for sale that will pay off big in the price you obtain.

Having a plan before you start often leads to a better result. These four steps will help you layout a basic plan to get your Tredyffrin Easttown home ready for sale.

1) Pre listing home inspection

snowy ac unitA home sale of an older home usually includes a home inspection carried out for the buyer. The real purpose of this is to make sure the home is structurally sound and there is nothing broken what is often called a material defect. Home inspectors may call for further evaluation to specific items such as heating, electrical systems, structural or roofing issues.  However, buyers usually use anything found to renegotiate the price as much as they can. It is always much cheaper to know beforehand about anything that needs fixing and have it done without any time pressure than letting a buyers home inspector discover it. Somethings may be as easy as purchasing covers for light switches, and if you are handy you can probably tackle many of the other items that crop up usually in a home inspection. It also helps you know about systems that might be near the end of their lives and for which you need to make adjustment for in pricing the home as well. Because your buyers will be doing that when they make an offer. However, if you disclose it and mention price has been adjusted accordingly it removes that negotiation off the table, you can even provide estimates to support your price for whatever needs to be replaced. A pre listing home inspection also allows you to plan any projects that need to be taken care of such as painting the front door, putting that handrail back you took down, replacing any rotting windows etc.

2) Plan your landscaping projects now!

TulipsYou have just a few seconds to impact a buyer when they arrive at your home. After that you are either supporting that first impression or trying to overcome it. Whilst it is still winter plan how to make the best impact with simple landscaping fixes. Do you need to have trees and shrubs trimmed back from windows and sides of the house? Do you need to buy some planters to arrange on a deck or by the front door to provide a splash of color. How about the beds and paths leading up to the front door, will they need weeding and mulching? Are you going to hire a lawn service or handle the yard work yourself? What about gutters, do they need cleaning?

3) Make an appointment with a stager prior to listing your home.

Staged roomStaging is not just de-cluttering, but it is making the buyer see each room as it is intended to be used and in the best light. It may require some removal of furniture to make a room feel larger. It may require you to pack away some clothes, but you are going to need to pack them up anyway so make your closets look spacious. It doesn't mean you have to become a minimalist, but less does make a house feel like there is more space. A stager can also advise on the best colors if you need to paint any rooms as well.

4) Cleaning

This is often overlooked. But one of the most often heard comments from buyers is how dirty a house is. Cleanliness lets a buyer know you care, and if you care, you most likely also look after everything as well. It confirms that first curb appeal impression and helps a buyer relax in the home. I have seen buyers shoulders physically lift and squeeze together as they walk into a dirty home, the showing is usually cut short and it is not the home on which they place an offer. Are you going to clean, or are you going to hire some professionals? Will this be a once and done or will you need to have a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning service. Cleaning includes windows, any drapes, skirting boards, edges of carpets, carpets need to be steam cleaned, counters need to wiped down daily and everything left neat and tidy for each showing.

Need other advice on preparing to sell your Tredyffrin Easttown home, call, text or email today Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email


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Comment balloon 7 commentsNick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • January 09 2018 10:22PM


THese are excellent ideas - I would also add to your list a pre-listing appraisal

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 7 months ago

Hello Nick and Trudy, Excellent suggestions for selling a home no matter where you live.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 7 months ago

Nick and Trudy, I like the idea of a Pre-listing home inspection. Wish it was common practice.

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 7 months ago

Nick & Trudy all great advice, now hopefully the sellers actually listen to the advice, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 7 months ago

Lise Howe we don't find too many people do that in our area, the other things are more common in ones or twos.

Will Hamm very true, and something that would add dollars to the bottom line for sellers as well.

It works for older homes very well, obviously newer construction homes need it less Gloria Todor 

Endre Barath, Jr. like anything it is up to us to explain the benefits for them.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

These 4 tips will bring the sellers more money in the end. The cleaning will do wonders if the seller does it right.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 7 months ago

Debbie Reynolds it is surprising how few people know how to clean properly. It is a lost art. I am not sure I ever found it in the first place, but luckily Trudy is an excellent cleaner.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

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