It seems waaayyy to warm for the Christmas season of 2018. 70 degrees today . . . . BUT that’s why we live here and you can too!!
Thursday was our meeting with Phil S. and Donna regarding the launch of our new website.
We had expected to leave the meeting and get some much-needed retail therapy in afterwards. After an hour and a half (we had only covered ½ the bullet points on Phil’s list) we staggered to my car and beat feet out of the Scottsdale vortex on Perimeter Drive . . . or as Debbie calls it “oh no, not there?” Things might have been lost in translation . . . . . maybe . . .ya think?
To explain further . . . . we come from a time when there were only landlines and 911 had not been in service yet. I have been the main/anything to do with website person for us and Debbie has had it in for Al Gore since he invented the Internet. It’s not that she doesn’t like the Internet (it’s great for email and ARMLS and shopping or Facebook) but she is barely on speaking terms with her Gmail and is constantly losing things. Let’s not get into Dropbox, okay? She feels that her computers and their accompanying devices have formed personal alliances against her, and it is their mission to not comply with her wishes at all costs.
So as Phil talked about “driving clients to our website” and then logging into the Admin area and blogging, which we MUST start doing . . . (click here, click here, click here – and then hit “publish”) I was attempting to keep up, I could feel Deb starting to dissolve into the girl from the Exorcist . . . . head spinning . . . .the whole bit. When we hit the car the only places we wanted to go was home to our nice snug beds and pull the covers over our heads, and never come out.
Cos Real Estate . . . man we can do that all day . . . seriously. Website stuff . . . not so much. We have dragged ourselves kicking and screaming into a “new, modern” website because we had to, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.
We respect and trust Phil and know that he wants our new website to succeed (cos he told us that). We are going to attempt to learn new things (VIDEO??? AAARRRGGGHHH) and Donna we know you are the woman getting it all done, Phil is the idea guy and the pretty face . . . .just saying.
So Phil, here we go . . . off like a prom dress (as my Girlfriend Laura used to say) . . . to apply all those things we discussed. Wish us luck!! AND Debbie wants her finger back.
Real Estate, that’s our thing, CALL US!!
While the services of a professional stager can’t be discounted, anyone can stage and prepare their own home for a fast sale. To that end, let me walk you through your home, room by room. Let’s start at your front door. Is your front door clean and in good condition? If not, a quick cleaning and/or fresh coat of paint should do the trick and make the buyer’s first impression a positive one. Next, starting inside your entry way, what is the condition of your floors? If you have carpet, is your carpet clean and in good condition? Are your tile and grout sparkling? Clean floors are critical for that initial positive impression. Also, can a potential buyer see the flooring in each room, or do area rugs cover a large amount of your tile or hardwood? If so, remove them.
Next, is there evidence of “you” within your home? For example, are there personal items in each room that may distract a potential buyer from looking at the actual features of your home. Do you have family photos around the room? Those should be tucked away before you list your home for sale, as they make it more difficult for potential buyers to see themselves in your home. Do you have sports paraphernalia or collections of items displayed in your room? While these items may be things you cherish, they are distracting to buyers and may cause it to be difficult for a buyer to imagine themselves living in your home.
Moving into the kitchen and bathroom, are your countertops clean, and free of personal items or clutter? To highlight the beautiful features of your home and the spaciousness of these important spaces, eliminating any and all non-essential items from these horizontal surfaces is a quick and easy task when staging your home for sale.
Finally, how is the lighting in each room of your home? Are all of your window treatments opened to increase natural light in your rooms? Are your windows sparkling clean? Are any of your lamps and fixtures missing lightbulbs? All of these steps are easy ways to increase the ability of buyers to notice and appreciate all of the features in your home.
Of course, every home is different, with different staging needs. I would be happy to walk through your home and to give you more staging tips specific to your own home.
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