Janice Peluso | Watertown Real Estate, Waterbury Real Estate, Thomaston Real Estate


Getting your house ready to be sold can seem like an overwhelming undertaking. Like any large project, though, if you take it one step at a time, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish!

The ideal scenario involves having everyone in the family pitch in to keep your house looking its best for each showing. When you divide the labor and work as a team, things get done a lot faster and more efficiently.

Keeping your lawn mowed, bushes trimmed, and house clean on a consistent basis are among the many challenges of always being ready for the next showing. Another common necessity involves applying a fresh coat of paint to walls and other surfaces. That relatively inexpensive step can help make your home look dramatically brighter, vibrant, and more appealing to prospective buyers.

One thing to keep in mind when preparing to put your home on the market is that you (the owner) are probably "too close to the trees to see the forest." In other words, you may be overly accustomed to the appearance, the imperfections, and the décor of your home to be able to identify what needs to be upgraded, fixed, or changed. An experienced real estate agent can help you develop a cost-effective plan for staging your home, enhancing curb appeal, and making necessary improvements to maximize your home's appeal and marketability.

There are dozens of inexpensive things you can do that often have a major impact on the impression you make on potential buyers. Having your carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies professionally steam-cleaned, for example, can make a world of difference! So can adding a few colorful flower arrangements, inside and out. Lots of light -- both natural and artificial -- also helps make your home look more cheerful and inviting. Keeping your windows crystal clear is another way to make a positive impression, as well as cleaning out your closets to avoid a cluttered, unkempt look.

A few other critical things homeowners sometimes forget to do is clean up dog droppings in the yard, fix squeaky hinges, and remove visible mouse traps from the basement and garage -- especially if there are mice in them! The cleanliness of your cat's litter box is another major priority that can easily be overlooked.

Even the most meticulous, conscientious home sellers can forget to clean, prepare, or organize important things before potential house buyers come to visit, so it's useful to create checklists and routines to get ready for scheduled house showings.

While some homes pose more of a challenge than others when it comes to getting ready for real estate showings, the goal is to make the most of what you have, and do so within your available budget and timeframe.



This listing recently sold for $185,000.

17 Mcburney Road, Plymouth, CT 06782  

Residential
$189,900
Price
$185,000
Sale Price
6
Total Rooms
3
Bedrooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Country living at its best yet close to Rt-8. This updated colonial offers open floor plan and spacious living. 24 x 14 deck converted to a bonus room with cathedral ceiling, windows surrounding for a perfect view of the private back yard. Has a pellet stove for those winter months. Dining and living room combination makes for a nice flow with ample windows letting in lots of sunlight. Pellet stove insert in living room making the main floor super warm and cozy think of the money save on oil! Updated eat in kitchen has gorgeous corian counters and tiled floor. Half bath has washer and dryer. Hardwood floors through out to upstairs full bath with tiled floor. Master bedroom has attic walk up access not to mention a walk in 11 x 12 walk in closet! Thermo windows, new roof, extra insulation, new electrical 100 amp and new tank-less hot water system!! Basement area was part of a garage can be converted back to useful garage space. Appraised at $192,000 come a take a peek you will not be disappointed.



This listing was recently rented for $1,000.

884 Highland Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06708  

Rental
$1,000
Price
$1,000
Rental Price
6
Total Rooms
3
Bedrooms
1
Baths
Rare to find 3-Bedrooms with an open floor plan.!! 2nd floor, new hardwood flooring, freshly painted and washer/dryer included! Lots of closet space. Nice back yard with swing set. Highland Avenue offers park, bus line, close to major highways and some of the best restaurants in town! If you wish to have garage access rent will be $1,200 per month.


Adding a quality home to the real estate market offers no guarantees. And if you fail to set a competitive initial asking price for your residence, your home may linger on the housing market for many weeks or months. Fortunately, we're here to teach you about the real estate sector and ensure you can use your home's initial asking price to differentiate your residence from the competition.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you establish the right price for your house prior to listing your residence.

1. Analyze the Housing Market

The housing market is tough to navigate, particularly for a seller who wants to separate his or her residence from the crowd. Thankfully, an informed home seller can review housing market data and use this information to establish a price range for his or her house.

A home seller who assesses the real estate sector can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's one. This seller will collect and analyze housing market data related to the prices of recently sold residences and how long these houses were listed before they sold. Then, this seller can determine whether he or she is preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market.

2. Conduct a Home Inspection and Appraisal

Although a home inspection usually is requested by a buyer after a seller accepts an offer to purchase, it may be beneficial for a seller to conduct an inspection before listing a home. An inspection enables a seller to identify problem areas in a residence. As a result, a seller can use an inspection report to prioritize home improvement projects, complete home repairs and boost the value of his or her house.

A home appraisal also may prove to be exceedingly valuable to a seller. In fact, an appraisal provides a seller with a property valuation that he or she can use to establish a competitive initial home asking price.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

There is no telling how homebuyers will respond to a new house that becomes available. Lucky for you, a real estate agent can help you plan ahead to list your house and ensure you can establish a competitive price for your home from day one of the property selling journey.

A real estate agent is an expert resource that you can leverage when you sell your house. He or she can help you review housing market data from a variety of sources. Furthermore, a real estate agent can put you in touch with the top home inspectors and appraisers. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent takes the guesswork out of pricing a house and will help you set an initial home asking price that matches buyers' expectations.

When it comes to selling your house and maximizing its value, there is no need to work alone. If you hire a real estate agent today, you can get the help you need to showcase your residence to prospective buyers and boost the likelihood of a profitable home sale.



This listing recently sold for $128,000.

10 Eastside Boulevard, Waterbury, CT 06706  

Residential
$135,000
Price
$128,000
Sale Price
6
Total Rooms
3
Bedrooms
1
Baths
WHY RENT? WHY BUY A CONDO??? Stones throw away from Prospect, East Mountain Park and Golf Course! looking to downsize or are you a first time buyer? Look no further move right into this move in condition home. Cozy is the operative word - main floor offers an open floor plan dining/living room with fireplace, very nice galley kitchen with breakfast bar, decent size bedrooms with spacious double closets. New shower enclosure in main bath. Lower level offers a finished heated play/family room. Hallway has a 5x7 closet for added storage. Other half of lower level has a 22x20 unfinished area with washer and dryer. Walk out to huge deck which overlooks a pristine back yard beautiful trees and a sunset to die for. Roof is aprox 10 yrs old, driveway is 3 yrs old. The possibilities are yours! Great alternative to renting. Price is right.